It is not helpful (or surprising) that “birthers” — conspiracy
theorists who have convinced themselves that Barack Obama is not a
native son — have assumed kudzu qualities among Republicans in the
South. In apoll
commissioned by the liberal blog Daily Kos, participants were asked:
“Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of
America or not?”
Hefty majorities in the Northeast, the Midwest and the West believe
Obama was born in the United States. But in the land of cotton, where
old times are not by God forgotten, only 47 percent believe Obama was
born in America and 30 percent aren’t sure.
Southern Republicans, it seems, have seceded from sanity.
That same rage was on display again in the fall of 2008, but this time
the frenzy was stimulated by a pretty gal with a mocking little wink.
Sarah Palin may not have realized what she was doing, but Southerners
weaned on Harper Lee heard the dog whistle.
The curious Republican campaign of 2008 may have galvanized a
conservative Southern base — including many who were mostly concerned
with the direction Democrats would take the country — but it also
repelled others who simply bolted and ran the other way.
You think it was just 2008 that freaked people out? Really? Not 2003, or 2004, or even 2006? You think it all turned on a dime in the past three years or so? SERIOUSLY? Good people have been fighting this racist shit for decades, Katiekins, while you and your Republican garden party pals pretended you weren’t sleeping on a bed of bones. The only sin the birther nuts have committed that’s new is being a little louder about their crazy than you can convince people to politely ignore. Those of us who didn’t get to the party yesterday have noticed for a while that the tipping point was coming.
For YEARS now, for fucking years, Republicans and Southern Republicans particularly have been playing on the inherent, not to mention outright, racism all over this country in order to hold on to power. They called it Law and Order and they called it States Rights and they called it the War on Terror but basically what it’s all about is making people vote their worst suspicions about their fellow Americans.
In 2001 it was assholes painting their chests red, white and blue and beating up Arab and Sikh cabdrivers. In 2003 it was assholes pouring French wine down the storm drains and breaking windows of French laundries. In 2004 it was assholes tossing around the implication that John Kerry shot himself in the leg so that 30 years later he could run for president. And during NONE of that did you ever stand up, Katie, and say Republicans had better repudiate this insane horseshit once and for all, before they destroyed themselves.
It was the same couple thousand dickheads, spurred on by the same five rich pricks who wanted to feed off the mob to line their pockets. You think it’s a coincidence that the Swift Boat fuckers are speaking at the tea parties? You think they just kind of show up there? You think there’s not a bus that takes them from one shop in the Mall of Crazy to another? Come on.
Jude wrote this in the comments tothe Orly Taitz post:
THIS IS WHERE YOU EAT, Kathleen. These are your people and I’m sorry you don’t like it but you don’t get to pretend you got here yesterday. You’ve been heading for this for years, and it roiled and bubbled beneath you while you sipped your wine and nibbled your canapés. These are the people who make what you do possible. I’m sorry they gross you out but they’ve always been there and you don’t get to act like you had no idea gambling was going on in this establishment, you selectively self-aware, morally dsylexic enabler.
By the by, Kates, leave Harper Lee out of it. She’s got enough to deal with without being saddled with the entirety of the Southern worldview, and she was arguing against the very things you were lionizing for decades in the guise of sensible Republicanism. Why do I have a feeling Lee was the only Southern writer whose name Katie could pull out of her ass on deadline?