It’s fitting that on the same day Mitt doubles-down — and doubles-back — to the “Obama’s giving those people free stuff” excuse for why he lost, The Nation and James Carter IV offer definitive proof that Lee Atwater actally did utter the now infamous lines that are his sorry legacy:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
The messenger might change, but the message remains the same.
They really do think they own the country, they assume they own or at least have purchased the government, and that anyone less wealthy is less worthy of the benefits of democracy if not civil society.
Are there no prisons? And the union workhouses — are they still in operation? Is their actual position on how to deal with the rest of us…