Thursday, September 04, 2008

He Lost His Dog Whistle

Republicans are usually very clever using code words, dog whistles only rabid followers can understand, which is a trademark of the southern strategy.
Atwater: 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 forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me - because obviously sitting around saying, 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Nigger, nigger.'

Well, Rep, Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA, decided to throw away the dog whistle:
Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

He probably isn't even aware the word "uppity" is a racially charged term, and just because he feels Negroes should know their station in life does not make him a racist either.

The case for the next President is clear, Bush's approval ratings are similar to those of several social diseases and explosive diarrhea. John McCain offers more of the same. Senator Obama offers a vastly better choice, but their are a large percentage of Americans desperately searching for the slightest excuse not to vote for a black man. Any nail they can hang their racist cloaks on other than skin color will do. Muslim, patriotism, experience, radical wife/preacher, whatever. Truth does not matter. Hopefully enough Obama supporters will turn out on November 4 to overcome this. I believe he will be our next President, nevertheless, they will nuke him for his entire term(s) so we need to have his back.

Time to drag America into the 21st century.

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