The only real answer to the racism that is “floating” around out there is education, information and people sharing it with people who are ignorant. I’m pasting the lyrics to the Stevie Wonder song Black Man from the album “Songs In The Key Of Life” below. A little name drop, my brother Rod sat in on a session at Stevie Wonder’s Electric Ladyland Studios when they were recording the song Pastime Paradise for this album. Another great tune. I remember the first time I heard the album, my brother had promo copy of it before its release, every song was amazing even on the first listen. You need this album/CD in your collection. As I was reading through the titles of the songs on that album, I decided I need to listen to the whole thing again. Love Is In Need Of Love Today, Joy Inside My Tears, Ordinary Pain…ah, definitely going to listen on my commute home today….
Black Man by Stevie Wonder, lyrics courtesy of Iamfan.com (I don’t vouch for the spelling of names)
First man to die
For the flag we now hold high (Crispus Attucks)
Was a black man
The ground were we stand
With the flag held in our hand
Was first the redman’s
Guide of a ship
On the first Columbus trip (Pedro Alonzo Nino)
Was a brown man
The railroads for trains
Came on tracking that was laid
By the yellow man
We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It’s time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men
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Benton Harbor Michigan is made up of 92% African-Americans and is the first city in Michigan that our new dictator Governor Rick Snyder has targeted for takeover by an “Emergency Financial Manager”. This is scary stuff, people. If you aren’t sitting up in your chair with your jaw on your chest, you haven’t read far enough. Eclectablog has all the details, go look at it. I’m pasting just a piece of his first post on the matter, this is BREAKING NEWS and I’m sure he will keep us updated, bookmark his site.
Today, for the first time, an EFM did just that. According to a press release from the Michigan AFL-CIO, Joseph L. Harris, EFM for Benton Harbor, Michigan issued “an order prohibiting all action by all city boards, commissions, authorities and other entities, except as authorized by the emergency manager.”
And you thought that you got to pick your elected leaders, think again. I’m thinking of getting in my car and driving to Lansing to storm the castle. And I thought I was going to have a relaxing weekend.
Updated: Rachel Maddow does two stories on our nutty Governor. I love that woman.
After over a year and hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars spent, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has released its report on the Fox News generated “nontroversy” about voter intimidation by a couple of guys playing dress up in Philadelphia. Here’s Rachel Maddow with a little background and clarity…
Adam Serwer has the details of the report released and some great links to details about the case. Go take a look. Here are a couple of snippets from his piece at The Plum Line…
It should come as a shock to no one that the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has “found no evidence that the decision to dismiss the case against three of the four defendants was predicated on political considerations” or that there was “improper political interference or influence from within or outside the Department in connection with the decision in the case.” As Ryan J. Reilly reports, this comes after OPR interviewed numerous staffers and sifted through “thousands of pages of internal Department e-mails, memoranda, and notes.”
To sum up: The New Black Panther tale — a years-long journey into the fevered right-wing imagination that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and led to no shortage of scurrilous accusations of racism against the first black president and attorney general — was a colossal waste of time and taxpayer resources.
Republicans seized on this case for one reason, and one reason only. Despite the absence of any actual intimidated voters, and the hasty, weak nature of the original case, the GOP sought an opportunity to inflame white resentment by leveling charges that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are racist against white people. Though the staffers who filed the case have also been cleared, conservative media seized on the case to support a narrative of white racial victimhood, where virtually every single policy of the administration is attributed to a covert hatred for white people.
When I used Google to look for background for this, I ran across all sorts of crazy stuff. The same is true for when I searched at Youtube for the clip. Racism is alive and well in America, folks.
I just stumbled across this at Daily Kos and just had to share it with you. And it inspired me to go look for more people who called out Fox on Fox.
This one is pretty wild because it is Chris Wallace of Fox News doing the “calling out” which is unusual. Chris Wallace deserves some huge credit for this.
The good part of this clip is at 1:00 or so, Howard Dean gets a great plug in for Robert Greenwald’s documentary “Outfoxed”.
This one is really awesome. I hate to dredge up the Jeremiah Wright bullshit, but this is just amazing. He rips into Fox News and their techniques. I remember seeing this guy during the election but of course, I don’t watch Fox so I never saw this.
I was over at FDL earlier today, wondering what kind of anti-Obama horseshit they’ve been peddling lately and a couple of things occurred to me. Janey Hamsher has been quiet for about a week, it took a lot of “previous post” clicking to get to her last one. And the other thing I noticed is that its “Bradley Manning” all-the-time…your “Bradley Manning unfairly incarcerated headquarters.” I’ve been meaning to write a post about the Manning thing….Wikileaks leaker, military guy who knows how to use a computer. I won’t go too far into my thinking on him because this post is an FDL sucks post and I wouldn’t want to distract from that. My thoughts on Manning are that when you go into the military, you are entering a different world…you sign papers saying you will obey, be loyal to your country, do whatever the hell you are told and if you get out of line, they have their own code of conduct and they take care of things internally. It’s one thing to be a civilian, but it is quite another to be in the military. If you think you can do shit like leak a bunch of military and diplomatic papers and walk away from it without a little punishment, then you are much more stupid than your entry test for the military showed. Now I don’t necessarily like the fact that our military is like that, but it is the reality of how it does work.
So I click over to my favorite blog, Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog! Go! and he has a post up with a link to Balloon Juice where my second favorite blogger, Angry Black Lady, (and not just because she’s a reader, although that helps :) ) had a post up about none other than Firedoglake. Here is Angry Black Lady’s blog and here is Balloon Juice, go read them. I’m pasting from ABL’s post at Balloon Juice below…
A month ago, I wrote a post about the racism which is festering and beginning to ooze out of the open sore known as Firedoglake. Essentially, my point was that if FDL continues to ban opposing viewpoints in its comment section, it owns the racism contained therein. Soon after that post, I stopped reading FDL because it was doing nothing but raising my blood pressure.Well, last night I took a break from not reading FDL and, like a dumbass, I read FDL. Here’s what I found in a post about restoring the unions and strengthening the labor movement [I’m not linking to that sewer, but you can Google “The Liberal Blogosphere Is A Neoliberal Blogosphere, Unfortunately” and find it your ownself]:
The basic problem is that the Rich ate all the pie. What do you intend to do about it? Snuggle up to their Democratic Party incarnation some more in the hope of getting some crumbs? There used to be a term for that, on the plantations. House N****r.
My jaw dropped when I read that line. My jaw dropped further when I realized it was more than 50 comments later before a commenter decried the use of the term as offensive. My jaw eventually fell right off my face when other commenters began to defend the diarist’s use of the language as “appropriate” and a matter about which the parties could “agree to disagree.”…
I too have noticed the subtle and not-so-subtle racism at FDL, especially in the comments section and I hate to say it, but the commenters at Crooks and Liars are nearly as bad. I sent a complaint to John Amato (C&L) and his reply was less than satisfying to me…he basically said we have all sorts of viewpoints on our site, deal with it. I think he likes clicks about as much as Janey and Arianna do and they all seem to be tapping into the hatred for our President. Please don’t give them clicks, it’s like heroin to them. It’s a shame too, because C&L has some good posters on the site, but the comments have been taken over by trolls and what I like to call the new “litmus-test liberals”. I also think a lot of the commenters on liberal blogs these days are really Republican trolls trying to stir up the pot, they tend to copy and paste Fox News cliché’s and use the same vocabulary as the GOP….it’s pretty easy to spot.
So just to recap, Firedoglake really sucks, if you didn’t already know that.
If you were watching Morning Joke on MSNBC this morning, you witnessed how the media loves to change the narrative. Juan Williams was fired by NPR for making comments on Fox News that “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR”. Good for NPR. What Mr. Williams said was this…
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” Williams said on the “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday. “But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
If you watched Morning Joke, you might have noticed that they never mentioned why he actually was fired, they turned it into “he was fired because he works at Fox News”, not that he said an offensive remark about a religion that has 1.57 billion members. Nah, it was all because he works for that respected news organization Fox…spit, cough, puke my guts out. And all these idiots who say his first amendment rights were violated, come on you idiots, do you even know what the first amendment says?
Now on to what he actually said that was not just Islamophobic, but in my opinion pretty stupid too. When I see someone in “Muslim garb”, I usually think the exact opposite of what Juan thinks, that these people are devout Muslims. It is a peaceful religion and those who are devout are just as caring and loving as any other devout religious person. It is the fringes of all religions that bastardize their beliefs, whether Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, whatever….all of those religions have had extremists who don’t represent the higher purpose of their religion. Can you imagine Juan being disturbed by a Catholic nun wearing a habit, “catholic garb”….because you know, Timothy McVeigh was a catholic. Many terrorists in Ireland were Catholics, right? So shouldn’t we all be afraid of people wearing “catholic garb”?
I was offended by Morning Joe ignoring exactly what Juan said, because you know it doesn’t matter if people bash Muslims, right? That isn’t a good enough reason to fire someone. But just imagine if it were a statement about “catholic garb”, oh my god, they would hit the fan (they being shit, hitting the fan…get it?). The fact that they completely ignored what he actually said, the basis for his being fired, speaks volumes about how clueless everyone sitting around that table was. Ron Brownstein was the only one who came close to presenting reality, but he clearly didn’t want to go there either with so many people ready to pounce on him. This is just a continuation of the media allowing Muslim bashing, very similar to how they treated the community center two blocks away from “ground zero”.
As a side note, I met and talked to Juan many years ago, in the mid 90′s when he was in town for a speech. I videotaped the speech, which I should dust off and watch for the hell of it but who has time. When I chatted with him for about 5 minutes, it surprised me how conservative he was. I was used to seeing him on Crossfire as the person on the left battling Pat Buchanon but in my conversation with him I was surprised a couple of different times about what came out of his mouth.
President Obama proves once again, why he is the right person for the job. In remarks at the Ramadan Iftar dinner at the White House, he spoke in support of the controversial community center being planned 2 blocks away from “ground zero”. For anyone capable of being tolerant to others, this is really a silly issue. Jon Stewart does the best job of summing this up, go look at it. I am unable to embed Comedy Central clips on this blog, I’m too poor right now to pay the upgrade fee. But if you haven’t seen Jon’s piece, you really have to. Then come back here and read the rest of this post. There is a commercial that plays before the clip.
“Let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.”
What bothers me about this crusade by Islamophobes and Xenophobes is that somehow because of the “symbolism” of it being so close to “ground zero”, the media is helping to push this bigotry and justifying it with the fact that it is close to the World Trade Center site. There are so many things wrong with this idea, the first is that the whole touchy-feely symbolism thing about everything, is getting out of hand. I’m not sure when Americans became soooo sensitive and such big wusses. Everything “sends a message” these days or has some sort of deeper meaning, apparently whatever any given person reads into a situation. It’s like we are all quivering little children who are afraid of anything that moves.
I remember thinking after 9/11 that a lot of Americans really have an attitude that an American life is much more important than any other life. How many hundreds of thousands of people have been killed around the world, genocide in Darfur, starving in many places of the world, but when 3000 people get killed in New York City, they are somehow way more important than the lives of…well, how about an estimated several hundred thousand in Iraq that Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Feith/Wolfowitz and the rest of the neo-cons murdered in a war of choice. Now I’m sure some will take offense to that for the exact reason I said it and say something like “these were Americans killed on 9/11″. Yes, they were Americans and 310 of them were foreign nationals. One source I found said 62 Muslims died in the attack. But when you read or listen to those most outraged by the community center, they talk as if all 3000 where white, god-fearing Christians. I’m sure if we tried to point out to them the diversity of the people who were in those buildings, their eyes would glaze over and there internal “nah nah nah nah” would kick in.
Besides the symbolism thing, there is also the whole blaming an entire religion for the actions of a group of terrorists. Timothy McVeigh was raised Catholic and killed 168 people in Oklahoma, are we preventing Catholic churches from being built because of Tim McVeigh? Or how about the Israeli serial killer that was just caught who killed 5 people, should we stop that synagogue from being built down the street? When people buy into that bullshit mentality, they are admitting that they are bigoted, there is no other reason for it. Of course these days being a racist has become chic (in some circles, not mine). The racists have come out of the closet and are being paraded on my television daily. Maybe it’s a good thing to get them out in the open, is it worse to have them simmering below the surface or out there in the light of day?
I recently traveled to New York and New Jersey, was all over NYC one day and do you want to know what was cool. There were people of all races, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, whatever and they spoke many different languages….and the really cool thing about it, they were all getting along. When you get out into real America, one that isn’t filtered by a news anchor or political pundit, you see what the true American spirit is about. I didn’t see one teabagger protest during my whole trip. I didn’t see anyone screaming racial slurs at people. I didn’t see anyone yelling about illegal immigrants while packing a gun. I didn’t see Pat Buchanan dividing people up into stereotypes or Joe Scarborough talking about the latest poll on a street corner. I saw people living their lives and letting others live theirs. It was beautiful, really. I guess that is why I am making an effort to turn off my cable news, go out in the real world and interact with people. When we live in a cable news bubble, we run the risk of thinking like the people who want to ostracize anyone who is different from them.
I’m pasting the text of President Obama’s speech at the dinner last night after the fold. Read it, it shows that President Obama is a real American who contrary to the bigots on the right, knows the beliefs our country was founded on. Thanks to the LA Times for the text.
The Tea Party
Finally the Tea Party seems to have found something that goes over the line as far as what they allow their “members” to say and do. They kicked out Mark Williams, the head of the Tea Party Express, below is just a taste the fantasy letter he wrote…
It began “Dear Mr. Lincoln,
“We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!”
The media obsession with the oil spill and the immediate need to blame someone shows the immaturity of the press. Every twist and turn has caused them to hyperventilate on TV. They act like the Deep Water Horizon was the first oil well drilled in the gulf and ignore the over 30,000 other rigs out in the gulf. I wish as a country, we had done something about our dependence on foreign oil back in the 1970′s when OPEC was jerking us around.
Sarah, Sarah, Sarah…..there is this thing called “spell check” and this other thing called “dictionary.com”. You have to give her credit for sticking to her guns, right? She’s like George W. Bush in many ways, why should I be surprised that some Republicans like her? When I went to post this, I had to ignore the spell checker on “refudiate”. :)
Whoopie Goldberg, Come On!
What in the hell is wrong with Whoopie? Defending Mel Gibson after the latest racist, misogynistic rant? I googled Whoopie and the word “defends” and realized, she is a habitual defender of assholes. WTF Whoopie. Here is the list with links….
“Single Ladies Dance” (You know, the little girls dancing like Beyonce)
As regular readers know, I’m not a fan of polls and how they are being used by the media to try to sway legislators into voting with the popular trends in the country. Morning Joe on MSNBC is barely watchable anymore. And it isn’t just because Obama has been down in the polls, it isn’t just about politics these days. Remember this where the baseball pitcher was robbed of a perfect game, someone did a poll to see what the American people thought of a bad call in a freakin baseball game. If that isn’t taking the polling phenomenon to new levels of stupid, I don’t know what is.
Now everyone knows that Rush Limbaugh is a racist, he has made his views plenty clear over the years, so his latest racist rant is no surprise. What struck me about what he said is the alternate reality he seems to be living in. I chalk it up to his drug abuse combined with his racism, the two are a powerful combination. Here is a quote as posted by The Raw Story….
Limbaugh suggested Tuesday that Winfrey and other African-Americans owe their success to their skin color.
“If Obama weren`t black, he`d be a tour guide in Honolulu or he`d be teaching Saul Alinsky Constitutional law or lecturing on it in Chicago,” Limbaugh announced.
“He wouldn`t have been voted president if he weren`t black. Somebody asked me over the — oh, I need to remember. Somebody asked me over the weekend, why does somebody earn a lot of money, have a lot of money. I said it`s because he`s black,” he continued.
Limbaugh then went on to attack Winfrey. “It was Oprah. No, it can’t be. Yes, it is. There’s a lot of guilt out there. To show we`re not racist, we`ll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth,” said Limbaugh.
Who is he talking about when he says “To show we’re not racist, we’ll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth”. So let me get this right, the American people (whites only I guess) all got together, at a convention I imagine, and decided to show people they aren’t racist by making Oprah famous and Obama president? Really Rush? I can just imagine folks sitting around in their living rooms thinking, “I really don’t like this woman Oprah, but because she is black, I’m going to make myself like her damn it. I have to get rid of this guilt somehow, I must like this woman.” How fucking stupid is that?
During the election, a co-worker who is a right wing hack, made a similar statement that Obama got the Democratic nomination because of affirmative action. It is a similar kind of stupid as Limbaugh’s, rooted in racism. I called him out on it on the spot, it got kind of weird, but there was no way I could let such idiocy stand. Give me a fucking break, you get nominated when people vote. Real Americans going to the ballot box and casting their votes, not some cabal of white people deciding to give him the nomination because he’s black. I lost all respect for that professor when he made that statement.
This sort of fantasy thinking is permeating the right wing these days. It goes right along with Stephen Colbert’s “Truthiness” idea. Apparently these people are fine with fooling themselves, lying to themselves and everyone else, not letting facts get in the way of their fantasy thinking. They buy into the “death panels” and “birther” conspiracies, they cling to every idiotic word that Sarah Palin utters or tweets and they send money to Glenn Beck because someone has to take money from the crazy people in our country, call it affirmative action for dummies.
Of course this isn’t the first time that Rush has some weird conspiracy theory about successful black people, this is from Pensito Review…
When it comes to discussing any topic other than politics, he is clearly out of his league. For example, his one foray outside politics, into sports as a football commentator on ESPN in 2003, ended abruptly when he made a blatantly racist comment about Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb that was very similar to what he said here about Oprah Winfrey.
“I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,” Limbaugh said then. “There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”
You wouldn’t want to give the quarterback, the field general, the leader of the team…any credit for the success of the team. And according to Rush, it must be because he is black….apparently the “media” all got together and decided that it was “desirous that a black quarterback do well”. Once again, Rush is living in an alternate reality where groups of people come together and decide they are going to help those black people get ahead, because you know they can’t do it on their own. And the fact that a black man won the highest office in the land, is the leader of the free world, well that just doesn’t compute for Rush in his pea sized brain.
So with Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and many others within the Republican party going to extremes to fool themselves and cling to their racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic and all the rest of the “phobias” out there it seems – where is the media in all this. How can these people keep spouting this crap and get away with it. Are Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow the only ones in the media that see through the bullshit? Is the rest of the media just as stupid as the leaders of the Republican party? It sure seems that way to me.
I’ve been to Arizona a couple of times, both of them on trips to see the beautiful landscape and of course, the Grand Canyon. My wife and I took a very cool helicopter ride over the canyon, thanks to some wonderful friends who gave it as a wedding present. I think the only state I’ve been to that I think is prettier is Utah, Bryce Canyon and Zion are magical. I have to say that even though I love the visuals in Arizona, I’m not sure I want to visit there again. The blatant racism that is bubbling to the surface there is making me re-think whether it is a state worth visiting. I have a very good friend who lives in Phoenix, he reads this blog sometimes, and I’m sure glad that at least one person in Arizona isn’t racist. I’ve been wanting to go and visit him, but I might have to make him meet me on the Utah border because I don’t think I can stand the stench in Arizona.
The latest odors emanating from the state come from a city councilman Steve Blair who has a radio show on a Fox-owned station. I’ll let karoli from Crooks and Liars fill you in on the idiocy...
This mural is painted on the side of an elementary school in Prescott, Arizona. Recently completed, it features the faces of children who attend the school, but not everyone is pleased with the outcome.
Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair, who also has a daily radio show on Fox News-owned radio station KYCA-1490-AM wants the mural taken down completely. He claims it depicts an agenda, an indoctrination of public school children. Somehow I do not think this has much to do with indoctrination nor do I think he really cares much about public schools. Especially public schools with brown children in them.
Instead of removing it, the school principal asked the artists to lighten the faces of the children in the picture. This request follows harassment of those same artists by drive-by wingers flinging racial epithets at them while they were painting it. Welcome to Arizona.
A little explanation of what the mural is all about comes from Wonkette…
And these children, for the past several months as this happy mural encouraging “green transportation” was being painted by local artists, have been treated to the city of Prescott’s finest citizens driving by and yelling “Nigger” and “Spic” at this school wall painted with pictures of the children who attend the school. And this has been encouraged by a city councilman, Steve Blair, who uses his local radio talk show to rile up these people and demand the mural be destroyed.
Apparently this elected city councilman has a history of bigotry and hatred, more from Crooks and Liars
A few more gems from City Councilman Limbaugh wannabe Blair:
“I’m not a racist by any stretch of the imagination, but whenever people start talking about diversity, it’s a word I can’t stand.” Daily Courier
“I will tell you depicting a black guy in the middle of that mural, based upon who’s President of the United States today …” Daily Courier
“To depict the biggest picture on the building as a Black person, I would have to ask the question: Why?” AZCentral.com
Why depict a black person on the building? Why not, you fucking idiot? The only reason those words could possibly come out of his mouth is because he is a fucking racist. I’m sorry, but these assholes have to be called what they are. Sorry about the colorful language but those fuckers piss me off.
(Update) Steve Blair was fired from his radio gig, no more broadcasting of racist hatred for him….buh bye! And the principal and school superintendent have realized they screwed up. And someone put it on Youtube, here ya go.
If you haven’t seen this, check it out. Rachel gives Rand Paul a lot of opportunity to back off his previous racist statements but he digs in and seems to make matters even worse. It ought to be a fun year in politics. Strap on your seat belts folks.
A huge congratulations to Rima Fakih for winning the Miss USA pageant, we in Michigan are proud of you. Hooray! Even if the Teabaggers and right-wing bigots feel empowered, the rest of the United States of America including the judges of the Miss USA pageant are much better people than the media would want you to believe. With as much attention as those nutballs get, you would think the whole country is Islamophobic, but alas, America proves once again that the loudest voices aren’t necessarily the majority.
But of course the bigoted, hateful, right-wing in this country doesn’t like that idea at all. Apparently they believe America is a melting pot, but you can only put white people in that pot. From a TPM story on the win….
A new Miss USA was crowned last night, the first time a Muslim, Arab-American woman won the honor. But for Daniel Pipes, a neocon pundit who writes for the National Review and was a Bush appointee to the Peace Institute, that’s one too many.
On his blog yesterday, Pipes pointed out five other Muslim women who’ve won beauty contests in the U.S., Britain and France over the last five years.
“They are all attractive, but this surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants makes me suspect an odd form of affirmative action,” he wrote.
That “suspicion is borne out,” he wrote, because of one pageant winner at North Carolina A&T University who wore a hijab under her crown.
Pipes does not explain why Miss A&T’s hijab proves his suspicion that a handful of Muslim beauty pageant winners are the result of some “odd form of affirmative action.”
I have to call out TPM for not even mentioning Rima Fakih’s name. I’m sure it was just an oversight, but it plays into the idea that pageants are superficial, you mean she has a name?
We could debate the whole idea of beauty pageants in general, but let’s leave that for another day. Hooray for Arab Americans and hooray for Michigan, we are proud of you Rima.
From Alan Grayson on Real Time with Bill Maher. It was in regards to the Arizona law and the tea party in general. I may be paraphrasing, go Alan….
“This is the death rattle of racism”
From Real Time with Bill Maher regarding the Tea Party protesters who think their taxes have been raised too much.
“Why let the truth get in the way of a perfectly good Klan rally”
Republicans and many conservatives who no longer call themselves Republican live in a fantasy world that they have created and to some extent, the media has nurtured. I’ve typed before about how the pundits across the spectrum like to talk about what the American people want, usually based on a poll that often has questionable methodologies. For example, I saw a report the other day that said the president’s approval rating is at an all time low of 44%. It was a CBS poll and I had to scratch my head because I had heard other poll results that had him around 50% and higher in some. I saw the reason on the graphic on the screen, no explanation from the anchor, but 15% answered “Don’t Know”. Ahhhhh, the perfect example of how a question can yield different results depending on how it is asked. Those 15% who don’t know are the difference between claiming he is at an all time low and the actual number of people who voted for him in 2008, which was 53%.
This post isn’t about polls though, it’s about how Republicans want to distinguish between “real Americans” and the those who don’t really matter that much. Amanda over at Pandagon has an excellent post that I’m going to share with you. She sums it up better than I ever could.
Digby is amused/disgusted at conservatives who simply will not accept that having a majority in both houses of Congress and having the Presidency means that Democrats get to pass legislation. It’s been a common theme—making arguments about how “the people” don’t want this, arguments that imply that the Democrats got power by sneaking in and taking it without anyone noticing.
This next paragraph is where she nails it, in my opinion.
Well, it’s simple, really. They assume, if they don’t state it outright, that large numbers of American voters shouldn’t have the right to vote. That’s the implicit argument when Sarah Palin praises white rural voters as “Real Americans”, when Birthers obsess over the idea that the first black President simply can’t be eligible for office, when tea baggers yell racist and homophobic slurs at politicians, and when they insist that you eliminate black voters from the count if you want to find out how popular a politician “really” is. When Bart Stupak laughed out loud at the very idea that nuns have opinions worth listening to–and listed a bunch of men whose opinions were the ones that counted–you had a similar sentiment being expressed. Universal suffrage seems like a fundamental part of democracy to liberals, but it appears that conservatives think it de-legitimizes the results of elections. And that if you do something without Republicans on board, you’re eliminating those who represent the only people who count.
This phenomenon was perpetuated by the media during the election too, remember all the polls that were broken down by race. It was very obvious to me the prejudice being displayed by these “journalists” who acted like it was a real problem for President Obama. Some called it a white gap. Well, let me push back against these idiots, if you separate out the African American vote from any democratic candidate, guess what, you get the same results. African Americans see the democratic party as the only one that takes them into consideration, is concerned about issues that effect them. But my point is that they are just as much “American” as any in our country. While the media might have been wrapping themselves up in polls and demographics, they were not so subtly reinforcing the idea that some people matter more than others. You wonder where the anger comes from on the right, it’s because they really don’t accept that a black man can actually be president of the United States of America. Unpatriotic Mother-fuckers.