In modern GOP, the old South returns
By Harold Meyerson, Published: August 28
“The Republican ticket may hail from Massachusetts and Wisconsin, but Mitt Romneyand Paul Ryan head the most Southernized major U.S. political party since Jefferson Davis’s day. In its hostility toward minorities, exploitation of racism, antipathy toward government and suspicion of science, today’s Republican Party represents the worst traditions of the South’s dankest backwaters.”
“Following the incident in which attendees at Tampa’s Republican National Convention threw nuts at an African American camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals,” the Republican National Committee issued a statement:
“Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”
CNN also issued a statement:
“CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”
In Michigan, a college sophomore attends an off-campus party. He is accosted and beaten unconscious by two men who claim to be Klan members and who behave as if they are Nazis. The victim is left with a broken jaw and his lips are stapled to his gums. No party attendees intercede or even call the police.
As if to prove the merit of Meyerson’s article, two conventioneers throw nuts at a CNN cameraperson, calling the African-American an “animal.” Such are the people who wish to choose the future of our nation. Such are the people who want to “take America back.”
The GOP sprang from the noble position of an anti-slavery platform. Since the days of Theodore Roosevelt, they’ve really done little to suggest that they recall their heritage. When they allied with the teavangelists and other religious right demagogues, they lost all moral and ethical continuity with the party of Lincoln.