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 Those laws were not completely repealed until November 2000, when Alabama became the last state to repeal its law.”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That’s a critical point: many have been quick to dismiss the “message” as being something outdated or “old south”, and would have no appeal to southerners today.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.