I’m wondering if the TV technicians who are setting up the House Chamber for the State of the Union speech tonight have adjusted the lighting so as not to blind us and the President when he and the camera pans to the Right. It will be a sea of white and you know who reflective that is. I’d advise the crew to dim every-other lamp on the right side of the aisle while giving full wattage to the darker Left side.
Forty-two African Americans and 25 Latinos will sit on the left side of the aisle while one African American and 7 Latinos will sit on the right. Not only is the skin tone of Congress becoming darker [on the left] but the number of women over there is continually increasing. Look for lots of colorful dresses on the left [right on the screen from the podium].
In the February issue of New Republic, Sam Tanenhaus has a stinging article he has titled, Original Sin:Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people. It is a damning report which ought to shake up the Republican Party. But I doubt that it will. So many on the right and far-right wing of the GOP believe that they are [no pun intended] right. They know. And they will go down with the ship or drag it down before they will admit that their vision no longer serves the nation here in the 2nd decade of the 21st century.
Republicans ought to read this article and it ought to frighten them terribly- the ones who still believe that theirs is the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower. The author suggests that it is becoming the party of South Carolinian John C. Calhoun. Yes, that Calhoun, the man who defended slavery, states’ right, nullification and limited Federal government. He would have been a leader in the secession movement of the Civil War era had he lived another 10 years.
These radical ideas- segregation, nullification, states’ rights and secession are today the underpinnings of the far-right wing of the Republican Party. Lincoln? Eisenhower? Rather, Strom Thurmond, Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms and the Dixiecrats.
Old white men longing for the days of yesteryear when ‘they’ knew their place. It must be an awful time for these curmudgeons. The ‘world’ that they knew is rapidly changing. Perhaps that’s why they create their own fanciful world, encouraged by talk radio hosts and FoxNews. And bloggers.
One person to watch tonight, not a politician, is Ted Nugent who referred to the Obama Administration as “evil, America-hating.” The poor soul. He ‘believes’ that the President hates America. In reality, Nugent’s view of America reflects what Tanenhaus described above. Nugent hates the America that has evolved and longs for those ‘good old days’ when white men ruled.
Stupid cowboy. Does he know that the Lone Ranger is dead?