A Short Review:
The following was posted before Herman Cain’s self-destructive spiral of absurd behavior, in and out of the public eye, brought about an end to his candidacy, while he still maintained some tenuous possibility of success.
Media exposure of his history of abusive behavior toward female co-workers proved to be the “Final Straw”, rendering the possibility of winning national support as Primary Candidate yet another “Absurdity”, at best a subject of somewhat humorous disdain.
As we’re all by now aware
But there are lessons to be learned from the process involved, the vast GOP political machine that brought about the Cain ticket deserves a second look, if only for purposes of defining the vaunted Republican Values brought to bear in that tribute to NATIONALLY BROADCAST “Absurdity”.
GOP values and implied integrity of those candidates (lack of, essentially) deserve further review in the context of that past election cycle, with Mitt Romney finally bearing the cross of that prevailing “Carnival” atmosphere.
Let’s give him the deserved credit of having participated in that process, and he should bear his share of responsibility for it
POLITICAL TACTICS SUPPORTIVE OF HERMAN CAIN
Republicans are playing the same old HACK, they’re accusing Libs/Dems of classic Right Wing race-based tactics, methods promoted and applied across the decades.
IE we’re being accused of “Playing the Race Card” in support of the current President.
Toward that end, the GOP less “Fringe” center saw Herman Cain as an opportunity to dismiss the displays of intolerant Right Wing Fringe behavior we’ve all become familiar with, to distance themselves from those “Fringers” by promoting a minority candidate in the GOP primary.
For the express purpose of convincing the public that the Republican party has lately become “Inclusive”.
But those of us who’re inclined toward Historic perspective know better, we’re not convinced of recent inclusive behavior.
Especially since non-minority GOP candidates have a long history of supporting those intolerant *Fringers* when they’re running for local office, particularly concerning elections in Red States where the “Southern Strategy” STILL prevails, tho perhaps less blatantly than in times past.
And we mainstream “Moderate Voters” are supposed to forget history, we’re supposed to forget all context and perspective as tho the Republican party is completely blameless for those *Race-Based* historical tactics along with recent “Dog Whistle” coded messages across the media since this President has been in office.
Think the Birther, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Islamic, “Black Man in the White House” crazies have already vented out? Think they were just screeching that loudly across the last election cycle because of Mid-term Election Anxiety?
If so you’re apparently not nearly cynical enough to appreciate where WingNut aggression can lead. Watch what happens as the 2012 election nears, you’ve not NEARLY seen how far the “Fringe Right” can push their rants.
So a review of recent Right Wing “TeaPublican” legislation is in order, right? Let’s take a look at what they’ve promoted across the last election cycle related to long standing policies of “Inequity”.
Starting with Arizona SB1070
Righties won’t admit that this less than NEW State legislation in Arizona was completely unnecessary, SB1070 was designed to be a political tool in support of the GOP agenda, the general goal being influence of Arizona local conservative voters by promoting false “Reform Measures” against immigrant workers.
Enforcement of existing Federal laws would have made this hugely flawed legislation entirely unnecessary, and debate continues as to whether SB1070 is at all legitimate given that it conflicts with standing Federal Regulations.
Republicans are not the least bit interested in actual reform of our current poorly regulated National policies, so undocumented (potential immigrant) workers will STILL be confronted with the stigma of “Illegal” status. Reform isn’t the goal of SB1070, of course, and legislation designed to address actual significant change hasn’t been acceptible among Republican politicos.
Party of NO legislative blockades have assured that true REFORM isn’t likely while Republicans control that agenda.
Enforcement of standing National Federal Laws in Arizona (Hiring Practices) would require that Corporate interests be deprived of an unprotected, unregulated labor force paid pennys on the dollar. Being deprived of THAT would necessarily lead to compliance with MINIMUM WAGE standards and encourage the possibility of a Union-Based work force to fill the undocumented labor worker void, something those Corporate interests have no intention of allowing. Neither will Local Arizona GOP organizers who know where their campaign money comes from, the above mentioned Corporate Constituents.
What about Birth Right?
TeaPublicans would never actually TRY to repeal the 14th amendment, they’re just using that POSSIBILITY as yet another political tool to rally support of the right wing Fringe base.
But several GOP Senators have vocally supported repeal of that amendment to promote their supposed “Illegal Immigrant” political postures while voicing alarm about the (contrived) looming threat of “Anchor Babies”.
The intent being to provide Red Meat for the GOP Red Neck base.
Proposing repeal of that amendment as a further “Reform” measure that targets “Illegals” (Undocumented Workers, actually), encouraging the Racial Profiling behavior we’ve come to recognize as acceptable among the Conservatives.
More examples of improper targeting of minorities?
Senator Rand Paul states that he’d not REALLY like to repeal the last 50 years of Anti-Discrimination policies and supporting legislation in the United States, only certain parts of it
Specifically, the parts that prevent private business from engaging in discrimination practices.
Which serves to identify Senator Paul as supportive of Regressive political ideals, attracts them to vote in support of his cause.
Eventually Jim Crow law could easily “Rise Again” in Southern states, thanks to the GOP Right Wing fringe.
There are many further examples of improper Republican activities, but let’s review just one more.
Meanwhile, legislation’s been introduced to Rewrite History in Texas, otherwise known as Revisionist History that would Downplay if not exclude (among other things) our history of near genocide and complete displacement of Native Americans and exclude any possible culpability of White/European Ancestry citizens.
As well as revising historical references to slavery and later (related) discrimination, and several other forms of institutionalized bigotry carried forward by U.S. History.
Nothing “Offensive” there for Minority “People of Color”, right?
Back to Herman Cain
But how many rational people think that promoting Herman Cain for the GOP primary is compensation for these “Race-Based” tactics we’re all familiar with, used as recently as the last Mid-Term elections?
What’s the prevailing thread in all of the above GOP driven legislation?
How did we arrive at this “Perfect Storm” of right wing policy that specifically targets minorities, that concentrates on people whose skin tone doesn’t meet the definition of “White”?
Coincidentally having a black President in office, right?
What’s obvious to most of us is that the GOP supports minority candidates as a “Political Tactic” to the extent that it works AGAINST their Democratic opposition.
Once this Primary election cycle is over Republicans will revert to their tried and true “Redneck” methodology.
As Posted Recently Elsewhere:
Regarding the influence of Color on National Elections:
Speculative comments about how many of us may have voted for President Obama based on his color are irrelevant besides being unlikely. Voters would take that into consideration but reasonable people wouldn’t have voted for or against any candidate simply because he or she happened to be black or of ANY particular minority.
“Reasonable People” being equivalent to Libs/Dems, of course, or anyone to the left of Right Wing TeaPublicans, actually
That’s easily recognizable by lack of support for candidates in the GOP who can’t gain traction regardless of their ethnicity, like Herman Cain.
The point being that Herman Cain isn’t a VIABLE candidate for the Presidency regardless of his color, he’s simply not marketable on the National Republican platform because of his lack of appeal to a broad cross-section of voters.
He’s a Religious Bigot, for starters, he openly offends most of us who can see beyond the “All Muslims are responsible for 9-11” Right Wing propaganda.
Beyond that, he’s not at all comfortable in front of the media spotlight and (like Sarah Palin) is prone to making outrageous statements that embarrass his party management. So, (like Sarah) he’s necessarily carefully monitored and reminded to “Stay on Message”. Otherwise he’ll self-destruct
On the issue of so-called “Race-based Politics”, no well informed self-respecting voter will EVER vote based entirely on color, period.
Which by definition admittedly excludes a large segment of the Right Wing
BIGOTRY REMAINS A TOPIC OF NATIONAL CONCERN, MUST BE ADDRESSED IN THAT CONTEXT
While the 2012 election cycle is long since over, further review may be of use in terms of preparation for the next election.
In that Campaign Environment, claims of “Race Card” politics in support of our current president have been so obviously without merit as to be ridiculous, those claims attempted to simplify and distort what the rest of recognize to be complex issues into “Bumper Stickers”, red herrings useful to Punditry on that edge of the political spectrum.
Desperation remains the driving force behind the “Race Based” tactics mentioned above.
Those are serious topics which should NOT be reduced to “Talking Points” among the Republican Party Fringe, they deserve further careful review outside of the election process, after having been removed from the framework of impending elections where they were intended to subtract from our Presidential Election efforts (and were conversely diminished by that environment).
SEPARATING THE LEGITIMATE FROM THE ABSURD
Like “Anchor Babies“, “Disease Carrying Illegal Immigrants“, “Terrorist Mosques“, “Welfare Queens“, or pretense of Heath Care programs alleged to “Kill the Elderly“, we reasonable members of the Public should recognize derivative nonsense when we hear it, commonplace as these complete distortions have become.
BUMPER STICKER mentality engaged on a national scale.
Whatever other Contrived Nonsense the right wing Echo Chamber chooses to inflict on the uninformed Republican Base, let’s keep it in context of the above manufactured BS.
Given their record of complete Racial Bias (and/or Abuse) we should understand those claims to be just another distraction produced and approved by the lowest common denominator, GOP Talking Head Punditry.
So, once again, let’s Consider the Source and move on. Above referenced Lies and Liars notwithstanding
We have future elections to win, deserving of our attention. Absurd as the party of Mitt Romney has become, it’s still a threat to our entire National Integrity.