Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Republicans Speak Their Mind, Reveal Their Nature

The recent Republican practice of "doubling down" ... standing by things they have said that never should have been said in the first place... is getting out of hand.

Twice within the past week a Republican has touched the third rail of racial politics:

  • A GOP precinct chair in North Carolina (on the Daily Show, of all places) spoke of "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything." Even if we put aside the ignorant lack of agreement of subject and verb in number, that statement, in the second decade of the 21st century, is dumbfoundingly racist in itself. And then the man, in defending himself, used the "n-word" a couple of times, apparently not realizing he had done anything offensive. But the GOP apparently made him resign as precinct chair.
  • Today, another GOPer, this one an assemblyman in Nevada, was revealed in a YouTube video from 2010 (apparently since removed) to have said to a county party meeting that he would vote to bring back slavery if that's what his constituents wanted: "If that's what they wanted, I'd have to hold my nose ... they'd probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah," he was quoted in an AP article on TPM as saying in response to a talk show host's question.

When will Americans realize that these videos are not anomalies? When will Americans see that these Republicans are bigots finally coming out to their constituencies as who they really are? When will Americans stop electing these hateful people?

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