I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either.Trent Lott resigned from his position as Senate Majority Leader, and I was rather happy to see the helmet-haired pantywaist fall by the wayside.
Now we have Harry Reid, who is quoted in a soon-to-be-released book about the 2008 presidential election campaign as saying about then-candidate Barack Obama that Obama had a chance of winning the presidency because he was "light skinned" and spoke with no "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
It has been fun watching the left tie themselves in knots as they attempt to defend and/or justify Senator Reid's bigoted remarks. I was listening to a soundbite of the so-called Reverend Al Sharpton on the radio this morning where he excused Reid because his remarks were made as a compliment to Obama, so what's the problem? Wow! If that's the case, does that mean I can sing the praises of our light-skinned Negro president who doesn't sound like a Negro? Sharpton himself let me know that I am in the clear. Unlike the most powerful member of the U.S. Senate, I refuse to stoop there.
I have also found amusement by reading what then-Illinois State Senator Obama had to say about Trent Lott in 2002:
"It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do... The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."Not surprisingly, Obama has accepted Reid's apology - he obviously was not swayed by Lott's multiple apologies - and has suggested that we should all move on.
My biggest chuckle of the day came this morning when Mike Gallagher, on his daily radio show, sought clarification from Hillary Clinton as to what constitutes a "Negro" dialect. He played the following clip:
Alan Colmes generously called that a "southern accent." I don't think that was exactly what Hillary was going for.
In all seriousness, I would love to just look at Dirty Harry's remarks as a tempest in a teapot and, yes, move on. The problem is that you know that if these remarks had come from the lips of a conservative, you would never hear the end of it from the media or the leftist politicians and pundits. What's good for the Republican Senator from Mississippi is good for the Democrat Senator from Nevada. If we on the right don't start standing up from ourselves and demanding the same pound of flesh from the left that they demand of us; if continue to bend to their will and let double standards stand, then we might as well just pack it in. With that in mind, Dirty Harry Reid needs to step down from his leadership position, if not the Senate.
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