Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Careful with that pedestal, Eugene.

There's the really, really, really annoying right-wing talking point about how Condoleezza Rice is such an accomplished role model for African-Americans everywhere:

A powerful, successful Republican role model such as Condoleezza Rice could show young blacks an alternative to dependency on Democrats.

Then there's the flip side, where she's a weaselly little ratfuck who can't keep her promises any better than Stephen Harper.

Reality: 1. Wingnuts: 0.


thwap said...

Rice claims that she's a Republican because it's the anti-slavery "Party of Lincoln."

This reveals appalling ignorance and over-simplification of her country's history.

When LBJ alienated the Southern Democrats (the party of slavery) with his civil rights legislation, it was the Repugs who moved in to give those bigots a new political home.

They sold out Lincoln's legacy for cold electoral gain. She shoulda known that.

Chris said...

Well, actually, no.

Republicans took advantage of the fact that by 1969, Democrats had become a stridently pacifist antiwar party. This didn't play well in the American South, with its martial traditions that dated back to the Army of Northern Virginia and General Lee. LBJ and McNamara had screwed the nation in Indochina so badly, then dumped the problem in Nixon's lap. No matter how bad Iraq may seem, Indochina was infinitely worse.

The minute Nixon got into office, the formerly pro-war New York Times and WaPo turned on the new Administration, as did the Democrats, who instantly embraced the antiwar movement. Nixon instantly understood that he could sieze the South, given the historic Democratic weakness that had been displayed before working and middle class voters.

Americans don't like to lose at anything, and Johnson had lost his war. Democrats then tried to blame Nixon, who was working to extricate the U.S. from the tar baby that the Democrats had gotten us into.

Race had far less to do with it than the fact that Democrats had engineered America's first military defeat. Democrats never recovered from that in the South; despite the Carter interregnum, the South went heavily for Reagan as he pursued a more muscular foreign policy overseas.

The Southern Democrats came to us not because of racism, but because the Democrats lost the will to win war. Period. And Democrats have yet to recover that killer instinct that Roosevelt and Truman had. Propping up Jim Webb is the exception to their pacifist rule.

Condi became a Republican because she understood the Democrats to be weak. She was right then. She remains right today.

thwap said...

Well, actually, yes:

"Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman apologized to one of the nation's largest black civil rights groups Thursday, saying Republicans had not done enough to court blacks in the past and had exploited racial strife to court white voters, particularly in the South."

" Mehlman's apology to the NAACP at the group's convention in Milwaukee marked the first time a top Republican Party leader has denounced the so-called Southern Strategy employed by Richard Nixon and other Republicans to peel away white voters in what was then the heavily Democratic South. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Republicans encouraged disaffected Southern white voters to vote Republican by blaming pro-civil rights Democrats for racial unrest and other racial problems."

So it wasn't just a case of the Repugs inadvertently picking up Southern votes that were turned off by LBJ's mishandling of the war.

Also given the fact that Nixon had a "secret plan" to end the war, not win it, it's difficult to see that Americans were looking for a more robust commitment to the Vietnam War, ... the reverse actually.

The idea that the Dems are "weak" is just shallow partisan blather. Both parties are more than willing to spill blood around the world.

I think you could justifiably say though, that the Repugs are more consistently in favour of expensive corruption and are more consistently incompetent.

Ed said...

Let us not forget that Rice was recruited directly out of the board room of Chevron Oil. She, no doubt, will return to Chevron in a sinecure following her time in the WH.

Mes Amis said...

Several species of small dead furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a Pict would probably disagree with you.

That's OK though. I find the roadkill chorus disagreeable for body or mind.
No pill is as bitter as the one you're forced to swallow when wading through the posts or comments in that swamp.
Shouldn't Health Canada impose on such sites to bear a mental health warning before viewing, something akin to the tobacco packaging?
This is your brain: ~~~~~~~~~~
This is your brain on SDA: #**&%?WTF@@

They would see Kindasleazy as an example of how fair and balanced the gentle society to the south is.
Sure, she was touted as a Russian affairs expert but failed to see the fall of the USSR, but hey,who could have seen that coming?
The She Wolf of the State department along with Colin Powell are on record as saying in the summer of 2001 that Saddam had no WMDs, so maybe those mushroom clouds she warned about later came from more than just smoking guns.
She, along with Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell, benefited extremely well by the Democratic affirmative action legislation introduced in the 60s.
They wouldn't have had a chance to be placed in the universities and achieve their positions if not for equal rights.
There's an animal that is reputed to turn and bite the hand that saved it and those characters seem to resemble them more every day.

Niles said...

Uhm..."Rice could show young blacks an alternative to dependency on Democrats"

I.did.not.know young black people could become addicted to a political party. Caught within an allure their weak wills can't possibly overcome without shining examples like Ms. Rice glowing on the Democrat-free horizon (Methadone Majorette!).

Can't there be some argument under the "war on drugs" to jail such sheeplike liberal 'junkies' so at least they can't vote while under the influence?

Anonymous said...

What a typically racist comment from the "tolerant left", grow up.

M@ said...

cat fur, what comment are you referring to, out of curiosity?

Your blog is amusing -- I liked how you concur with Harper that GCM is a socialist scheme in a post tagged "batshit crazy lefties". Irony is just a word to you, isn't it?

CC said...

Dear "blazing cat fur":

You want racist? Here ... let me give you racist.

Now do everyone a favour and give the keyboard back to Mommy. That's a good little wingnut.

Ti-Guy said...

Catfur, don't be a troll and answer the question: What comment are you referring to?

A propos of nothing, when do you think the Reich-wingers will stop throwing the projectionist accusation of racism at their political detractors? It's become a sociopathy with them.