Nel's New Day

July 25, 2012

GOP Vision for America – 2

Since the election of President Obama almost four years ago and the far-right’s obsession with finding his “real” birth certificate, the racism in the United States has heated up to a boiling point, using anti-immigration laws to drive out anyone in the country with a darker skin. The unconstitutional immigration laws were first passed in Arizona, but they have spread across the nation, causing disaster to the farms that count on migrant workers to pick their crops which provides food all of us.

Caught in making racist remarks, people sometimes back off. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AZ) was in court today defending himself from a racial profiling charge and backpedaled from his earlier statements the he supports the KKK’s policies and identifies criminals by the color of their skin. When questioned about his earlier statements, Arpaio said, “Sometimes, when you’re talking to national television, it’s much different than when you’re testifying ….”

Past Senate leader of the same state, Russell Pearce, successfully recalled from that position over a year ago, is known for such bigoted comments as the this one: “Corruption is the mechanism by which Mexico operates. Its people spawn more corruption wherever they go because it is their only known way of life.”

Despite protests from her fellow conservative lawmakers, Rep. Michele Bachman (R-MN) joined four other Republicans representatives to demand an investigation in the Muslim Brotherhood and its plot to infiltrate the U.S. government. Her first target was Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton before she moved on to attack another Minnesota representative, Keith Ellison, who is a Muslim. Her source is a video report from Frank Gaffney, that claims Grover Norquist had helped the Muslim Brotherhood to “achieve information dominance over the George W. Bush administration.” Bachman’s racism caused protests against Clinton in Egypt because they didn’t know she was merely being racist.

Almost every day Rush Limbaugh utters offensive racist comments about progressives, and other prominent media personalities have contributed to the belief that racism is running the race against Democrats.

Newt Gingrich described the president as having a “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior” because he “is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president.”

Not all Republicans are cut from this racist cloth. Four years ago Sen. John McCain, Republican presidential nominee, stopped a woman at one of his speeches from making racist remarks about then-nominee for the Democrat party, Barack Obama.

The campaign of the current Republican presidential nominee has taken the opposite tack. While Mitt Romney is touring a few countries in Europe and attending the Olympics where he has entered his and his wife’s horse, one of his campaign advisers told the London Telegraph, “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” The indication seems to be that because President Obama was born to an Anglo woman from Kansas and raised for part of his youth by her parents in Hawaii, that he is somehow not “Anglo-Saxon.

At first the campaign said that nobody said that; then they changed the position to say that if anybody said that, it didn’t reflect Romney’s position. Even conservative blogs were a bit appalled by the statement. In reporting the event, The American Conservative described it as a none-issue before explaining that the statement was inaccurate because the Anglo-Saxon traditions had disappeared by 1066, long before the colonization of America.

It is to be noted that, in spite of his denial of the position, Romney has not demanded a retraction from the Telegraph.

In the same interview with the Telegraph, another adviser to the Romney campaign said, “Obama is a Left-winger. He doesn’t value the NATO alliance as much, he’s very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances don’t mean as much to him. He wouldn’t like singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory.’”

Romney has said that the president’s attacks are beneath him; Romney should look in the mirror and determine if his campaign tactics are not beneath a person who wants to be the president of the United States.

Although many Republicans do not follow the view that the United States should be “Anglo-Saxon,” too many see this as the “GOP vision for America.”



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