Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Repug's Outraged Over Hillary's "Plantation" Comment; Where's The Outrage Over Bush, Cheney, DeLay and Ney?
Since Monday, Republicans have been expressing their 'outrage' at N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton for what they claim was racial pandering during a rousing Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration speech at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, where she spoke of the oppressive manner with which the GOP runs Congress:
"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about. It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."
The Republican Party, never known for its efforts to further the social, economic and civil rights causes of minorities, has self-righteously injected itself into this issue, accusing Clinton of playing the race card and decrying her poor judgment for making such statements on MLK day.
First off, the GOP fought long and hard against even having a federal MLK holiday, so who are they to tell anyone now how to celebrate it? Next, unless I was dreaming, I saw and heard thunderous applause to Hillary's comments from the congregation. By attacking Hillary, are Republicans committing the worst possible form of racism themselves by telling Blacks they're too ignorant to realize that they should be criticizing instead of applauding? It's incredulous to me, but is the GOP actually telling Blacks how Blacks should really feel about racism? Wow. What could be more racist than that?
And where is the GOP's outrage over Bush's illegal NSA spying scheme? Where is the outrage over Tom DeLay being one of the most crooked politicians ever? Where's the outrage over Rep. Bob Ney's blatant acceptance of Jack Abramoff bribes? Where is the outrage over the Iraq war, and VP Dick Cheney's constant lying about its progress and success?
If the GOP wants to be outraged, there's certainly enough corruption and criminality under their own roof to keep 'em busy for years. But that's precisely the point. Maybe they're not really that upset with Hill's plantation remark, but rather her succinct assessment of the Busheviks:
"We have a culture of corruption, we have cronyism, we have incompetence. I predict to you that this administration will go down in history as one of the worst that has ever governed our country."
The woman does have a point.