The GOP Circles the Drain

Cross Posted From Article of Faith:

Looks like the party of criminals and sex perverts can also add the monikers racists, homophobes and bullies to their titles, as the Grand Old Party circles the drain less than two weeks before election day.

Let’s start with miscegenation and racism. The racist ad running in Tennessee, where African-American candidate Harold Ford is being solicited by a dopey white woman who claims to have “partied with him at the Playboy mansion” and for him to “call her” (and who appears to be naked in the ad), is the work of a Karl Rove protege, surprise, surprise.

Rove, the chinless wonder who mastered the art of racist politics here in Georgia in 2002, when he scared up a bunch of toothless “flaggers” to go to the polls, is back at it again in Tennessee, dredging up fears of miscegenation, and stirring up that oldest of old racial fears: a black man making time with a white woman.

Miscegenation laws were on the books in Tennessee and many other southern states until 1967 when “one of them activist courts” called the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Loving v. Virginia that “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law.”

As Wikipedia notes, “At the time that anti-miscegenation laws were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, 16 states still had laws prohibiting interethnic marriage. Those laws were not completely repealed until November 2000, when Alabama became the last state to repeal its law.” LOL. Good ol’ Alabama, kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

That’s a critical point: many have been quick to dismiss the “message” as being something outdated or “old south”, and would have no appeal to southerners today. They would be wrong. Interracial couples still draw skeptical looks in the south, and the GOP’s covert message in the ad appeals to the older voters in the south who are, number one, more likely to vote, and number two, more likely to remember the “good ol’ days” when a “negro knew his place” and so forth. And as Arianna notes, not only is the ad itself is racist enough, but did the GOP really have to add the sound of “jungle drums” in the background every time Ford’s name is mentioned?

Classic “Architect” politics: Not only should we keep the races from interbreeding, but we need to keep “them queers” from gettin’ hitched too. Witness the GOP’s 100 yard dash to whip up homophobia in light of yesterday’s New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that legal benefits could be extended to gay and lesbian couples. The horrah.

Note too, by the way, that the decision didn’t “legalize” gay marriage. It wasn’t even close to that. The Jersey Supreme Court did what it was supposed to do: throw it back to the legislature to let it decide whether it wanted to legalize gay marriage or not.

But don’t let a few facts get in the way. As long as we can dredge up the “get them queers” cudgel out of Rove’s playbook and get the Republican Quada to the polls, that’s all that matters.

And then there is the matter of Rush Limbaugh’s attack on the actor Michael J. Fox (video of Rush here) and his ad regarding stem cell research. In keeping with the best GOP tradition of diagnosing by video, Limbaugh, himself an expert on drugs, declared Fox to have been “off his meds” in order to exaggerate the effects of Parkinsons.

Bullying is, of course, another hallmark of the GOP Rove playbook, and I don’t really need to say much more about the Fat Man, do I? A carnival of ugly pretty much sums it up.

Batton down the hatches, folks. With less than 12 days till the elections, I would expect even more vile and filth from the party of criminals and sex perverts.

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3 Responses to The GOP Circles the Drain

  1. Ginny Cotts says:

    Obviously miscegenation attitudes are strongest in the south but they certainly exist other places. When my brother and sister in law were trying to adopt, they were quite willing to consider a black child. My blond sister-in-law was queried about whether she could handle being accosted in places like a grocery store line about her black child and the father.

    This was in Alaska. Which brings up another big one: intermarriage with native Americans can be heavily charged. I had one native patient who had a 13 year relationship with a white woman. They hadn’t married because of the discrimination. It is the most incredible medical situation I’ve ever been a part of. The patient had a heart attack while in the hospital which was not caught early enough and he arrested. The resuscitation effort was about 5 hours because his rhythm would come back, then 10 to 20 minutes later he would arrest again. Finally, his heart sustained beating. Long enough for them to get married the next morning.

    The truly demeaning aspect is that the marriages getting the most trouble are those where the woman is white and a man of color has ‘taken’ her. When the man is white with a woman of color as a wife, it is like when it was morally acceptable for men to have sex with servants and slaves – sometimes legitimizing the offspring as heirs.

    Great post Todd, thanks.

  2. Javelin says:

    Great post Todd, well done.

  3. VirginiaFlagger says:

    Dear Mr Mitchell,

    Back on July 18th, 2005 you wrote
    (http://articleofaith.blogspot.com/2005/07/architectural-digest-part-2.html)
    “…Barnes’ opponent, another corn-pone savant from middle Georgia named Sonny Perdue*, played the “race” card by promising to restore the Confederate Battle emblem to the state flag. Rove direct mailed his way into the back woods of our state and scared up enough toothless rednecks (those that could read, anyway) into heading to the polls and giving us our first Republican governor since Reconstruction.”

    *NOTE – Perdue DID NOT promise to RESTORE the Battleflag, just promised a referendum that would include the 1956 Ga State Flag as a choice.

    Today you say “…Rove, the chinless wonder who mastered the art of racist politics here in Georgia in 2002, when he scared up a bunch of toothless “flaggers” to go to the polls…”

    I understand you dislike Karl Rove. I am certainly no fan of Rove, Bush, Cheney, or Perdue. I voted against R Reed, and I will be voting for Taylor on Nov 7th…

    However

    You do a serious disservice to your audience with this ‘information’.

    Barnes did himself out of his job. Teachers were angry. The Northern Arc. Lying about getting the Mercedes Benz plant, and of course the big reason – the 1956 Ga State Flag.

    I was there. I lived it from January 26th 2001 to November 2002. Believe me, Rove was NOT involved. The stupid repoobs were as wishy washy as SpongeBob SquarePants when it came to a strategy on the Flag issue.

    As a matter of fact, the repoobs were so stupid that in a N.W.Ga. Senate race in 02, a 30 year Democrat incumbent named Nathan Dean was being challenged by Repub. James Garner. Dean voted for the flag change and was SUPER vunerable. In an area screaming for Dean’s head, the repoobs flat out refused to offer Garner a dime of money or a second of assistance. Dean won the race by that year’s slimmest of margins -251 votes ! Where was Rove? Where were the Ga Repoobs?

    It was the Flaggers themselves, of whom I was a part, angered by Barnes actions and led by Elijah Coleman, his brothers Dan and Joel, and thousands more from around the state that put up Boot Barnes signs, flew banner planes at AMS, passed out leaflets at high school football games, and bought dozens of hours of radio messages to get rid of the potential Vice Prez.

    Dem. Barnes was scolded by Rep. Perdue and Lib. Hayes during the last ’02 debate over Barnes use of a racially divisive flyer sent to black voters in Oct 02.

    Please join with me and vote Taylor for Gov in 06!

    Thanx & God Bless