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Racism Fuels Republicans And Conservatives — Yes, Even The ‘Respectable’ Ones

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2012

In case it wasn’t made crystal-clear to everyone by their dependence on the Southern Strategy, Republicans and conservatives stopped being Lincoln fans a long, long time ago. Or rather, they gleefully embraced the NeoConfederacy as a way to get the votes their Big Business backers couldn’t buy outright.

And yes, this isn’t just the ones indiscreet enough to shout “RAHOWA!” in public, but the entire constellation of conservative thought from Rush Limbaugh to Tucker Carlson:

Have you heard about the Race War? It’s being censored by the media, but maybe you caught the news on Rush Limbaugh’s show — “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering” — or The O’Reilly Factor, or on the front page of the Drudge Report, or in Thomas Sowell’s nationally-syndicated column, or on one of many blogs, like the Daily Caller. Or maybe you heard about it when you were beat up by one of our country’s many roving mobs of black teens?

If nothing else you’ve probably noticed that “race relations are probably worse now among the average person on the street than they were the day President Obama was elected,” as activist Ward Connerly tells McKay Coppins in Coppins’ “In Conservative Media, A ‘Race War’ Rages,” an excellent summary of the current state of conservative journalism. Connerly is filled with pearls of wisdom: “Obama has been more racial than any white president has ever been in my lifetime,” he tells Coppins in an attempt to explain his perception of a current low ebb in American race relations. What a wonderful way of putting into words the conservative problem with Obama! He’s more racial than other presidents.

But maybe you haven’t experienced the Race War at all. Maybe you’ve somehow managed to avoid the dangerous gangs of black teens, flash-mobbing across the country in their insatiable search for white flesh. It’s okay. I myself didn’t know there was a Race War on until I read Sowell’s most recent column and learned that “the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress” the plain fact that “the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places.” How frequently do these “coordinated attacks” take place? As McKay Coppins points out, Sowell’s column doesn’t “cite any statistics, relying instead on anecdotal evidence.”

When the horrifying groups VDARE and American Renaissance are given pride of place at this year’s CPAC convention, that should tell us all something about Republican and conservative dependency on cultivating bigotry as an electoral strategy.

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GOP Congress Helping China Kill America’s Green Energy Industry

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2012

Not sure if this is mainly to please their dirty-energy industry friends, or because they might be getting money from overseas green-energy businesses, or some other combination of vectors, but this doesn’t reflect well on our GOP Congress:

According to Third Way, Congress’ view that private sector funding will be enough to create a vibrant new industry “ignores history.” It writes, “when the opportunities and/or risks are perceived to be in the national inter­est, the federal government has supported numerous industries and individual companies for centuries. As far back as 1789, the government imposed tariffs on coal imported from Great Britain in order to give domestic producers a competi­tive advantage in a developing domestic market.”

The report then points to the billions of dollars that the U.S. government has offered to oil, gas and nuclear companies, vastly greater than the level of support offered to renewables.

The full report is here.

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