A Lott over Nothing
12-18-02 –Rochester, NY—
First, before I even draw breath, let me mention my personal position against segregation.
I take that off the table right now, because what I say after this will without a doubt be used against me, in an attempt to paint me as a racist, even with this statement up front. So be it; at least now, they have no excuse.
That bit of Political Correctness dealt with, it must be noted that Majority Leader Trent Lott’s situation is not justified by the facts. This is a completely contrived state of affairs… created by frantic Democrats, who are desperate to regain power, in any way they can.
Consider the whole situation, here. Democrats, who are still smarting at their unprecedented mid-term losses, search for a way to retake Congress. At the least, they want to be able to limit the power of the Republicans by slashing the leadership. So they look at the new Majority leader. Now, what would happen, if we painted him as a racist? This is by no means a new trick, for them. The race card has
always worked before.
They see that Mississippi has a Democrat Governor, who will doubtless appoint a Democrat to the Senate if Lott quits, under the kind of pressure they can generate, given their wherewithal in the leftist press. This would place us back at 50/50 again in the Senate.
Lott’s comments about Strom Thurmond must have seemed a gift from Heaven. Oh, wait. These are liberal Democrats. Sorry. I meant to say a gift from Gaia.
“But…. Bit!” , I hear you say; “Lott’s comments were racist!”
Were they really? Let’s examine this, by looking at what he’s actually said, not what we’re supposed to think he meant:
“I want to say this about my state: when Strom Thurmond ran for President, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”
Hmmm. No direct reference to segregation there. The people linking this to segregation are in reality those looking for an excuse to take offense, and at that, one has to do some serious digging. Talk about manufacturing a controversy!
Segregation as a problem of that day in 1948 aside, what was at the core of Thurmond’s run for the White House was strict constitutionalism. Yes, I expect there were many of the day who supported Thurmond on the issue of segregation. Yet, I think where the run got the most support was on it’s lean toward a strict
constitutionalism. Meanwhile, where it eventually lost the most support, was with regards segregation. Regardless of how good the concept of a strict constitutionalism may have been, most Americans couldn’t get over the race issue, and Thurmond lost. Both the gain and the loss were justifiable.
But consider; It’s no accident that those who are against a strict ‘original intent” reading of the constitution call such a reading ‘racist’, and that… what do you know… these are the same ones ‘taking offense’ now.
I have no indication provided me by any available facts, that Lott, wasn’t speaking of the constitutionalism aspect of Thurmond’s 1948 presidential run. The assumption that he is making racist comments sells better, I suppose.
Perhaps it would help to note the words of Dick Morris:
“…one third of Mississippi blacks vote for him, year after year. He
took the lead in doubling funding for historically black colleges in
Mississippi, sponsored the bill to make racially motivated arson a
federal crime, broke the filibuster to get the Africa Free Trade bill
passed and brokered the deal that led to a vast increase in federal
Title I education aid and earmarked it for poor schools. And he
helped get the Congressional Gold Medal voted for Rosa Parks. “
Gee, a real reacist there, huh?
Further, a comparison or two is in order. I mean, let’s test this supposedly well-known Democrat sensitivity to racism, shall we?
Does nobody recall Slick Willy Clinton honoring William Fulbright? I don’t recall anyone, black or otherwise, lining up to take a stab at ol’ Bubba for speaking warmly of HIM, do you? I’ve even been unable to find any record of anyone within the DNC or within Congress raising their voice in objection.
And of course there’s the Grand Wizard, Robert Byrd, which no Democrat will EVER go after, regardless of the comments made. I recall like yesterday, his saying on Fox, that..
“…there are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my
Was he talking about whites who act like blacks, I wonder? Years after Byrd supposedly renounced the Klan, he wrote in a letter, he would never fight…
…”with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
It was Byrd who fought against the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — an act which was supported by the supposedly racist Republicans – and fillibustered it for over than 14 hours.I wonder if he mentioned his little dog, Billy. Byrd also worked against the nominations of the Supreme Court’s two black justices, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas.
Certainly, his Fox interview alone is a greater and more direct offense than Lott’s indirect and unwitting connection in his comments to segregation. If using ‘Nigger” on a news program won’t get his butt booted out of office, much less the remaining racist history of Byrd, nothing will.
Michelle Malkin, who I find myself respecting more and more of late, accurately notes that if Byrd were a Republican:
“Maxine Waters and Ralph Neas and Julianne Malveaux and Al Sharpton and all the other left-wing bloodhounds who sniff racism in every crevice of American life would be barking up a storm.”
Yet, it is the supporters of such as Clinton, Fullbright and Grand Wizard Robert Byrd, who are going after Trent Lott on his supposed racism? Forgive me, but I smell a fish.
It gets even worse when we reflect on Byrd’s comments about Clarence Thomas…
” I’m very sorry the matter of race was injected here, not in an effort to clear one’s name but in the effort to shift the ground. And so, instead of making an effort to clear his name in the minds of the committee members and in the minds of other senators who are not on the committee, he shifted the blame to the process and to race prejudice. I think it was preposterous…”
Much the same could be asked of Byrd and his fellow Democrats, here.
And now we see chatter from Lott’s home state that the man being considered to replace him should he quit, is Clinton co-criminal Mike Espy. I must say, I’ve never seen so brash a coup.
Make no mistake; this was planned from the get-go. Evidence for this, comes right from my own hometown in Rochester NY, where the attack pattern of the Democrats is all too clearly established. The executive of Monroe County, Jack Doyle is suffering much the same fate as Lott. I’ve met Jack Doyle, and can tell you from even that minimal understanding, that the man is no racist.
I’ll post a little of this article, because the D&C is not known for keeping stories online for a long time, apparently having some kind of space issue on their servers.
More or less from the Article: (edits added to clarify for non-locals)
The comment in question was published Monday in a list of quotes (the Republican) Doyle and (the Democrat Rochester City) Mayor William Johnson . made about their frosty relationship and about governing. Doyle said: “If there was a mayor that looked like me, it would be a whole different landscape.”
During the interview, Doyle was asked whether he meant it as a racial issue, but said “No” and responded, “If there was a Republican mayor, there would be no end to it. Do you know what this city needs? It needs a Republican mayor to go in there and clean the bureaucrats out and straighten this city out. This city is disassembling, it’s deteriorating. And I live in the city.”
Doyle is on record as commenting later: “Any crass political effort to twist these comments into a racially charged statement is entirely inaccurate and can only be explained as partisan politics at their very worst,”
(I strongly advise you visit the D&C site, paying particular attention to the investigative links at the bottom of that web page… as long as it lasts.)
The pattern here is too obvious to ignore… after years of there being no worries about racial discrimination from the left, now suddenly, there’s a national crisis? The tming of this is questionable at best. Forgive me, but this is obviously a co-ordinated effort.. The Democrats have shown their hand… they will play the race card in this is desperate effort to steal power again, by any means they can… in this case dealing the race card they’ve been holding up their sleeve….
The card they won’t play against their own racists, black, white, or whatever.