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The GOP’s NeoRacist Agenda

This is the ad that just happened to be in the body of the Pat Buchanan article titled “Tribal Politics” about Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama.

In his article contending that race was the major factor in Powell’s endorsement Buchanan contends that in hailing Barack as a “transformational figure” whose election would “electrify our country … (and) the world,” Powell seems to testify to the centrality of Barack’s ethnicity to his decision. For what else is there about this freshman senator, who has no significant legislative accomplishment, to transform our politics and to electrify the world, other than the fact that he would be the nation’s first African-American president? This is echoed and is the central point in many of the GOP’s rationalizations for this extraordinary endorsement. In their view, why would the man that McCain described as his favorite living hero endorse the opposition? Couldn’t be that he actually meant what he said, that he gave the matter intense consideration and decided that Obama would make a better commander in chief. Could he possibly have real reasons beyond race for his reasoned decision?

In September, following McCain’s wacky statement about the Russian-Georgian conflict that “we are all Georgians,” Powell was quoted as saying, “The fact of the matter is that you have to be very careful in a situation like this not just to leap to one side or the other until you take a good analysis of the whole situation…”

Buchanan goes even further though: Understandably, Powell is being hailed by the Obama media as a profile in courage. Equally understandably, his endorsement of Obama is said by Republicans to smack of ingratitude, opportunism, and even vindictiveness toward a party to which he owes his fame and career. Ingratitude? Opportunism? A party he owes? This smacks of that good ole pre-Civil Rights “stay in your place” racism from 40+ years ago. He should have been “grateful” enough to ignore the facts that McCain/Palin may be dangerous to the country he served throughout his career? He owes the GOP for his fame and career? I think this might come as a surprise to the thousands of men and women who served under him during his distinguished 30-year military career. At this point in his life he is willing to sacrifice the safety of the people of the United States just to push any African-American candidate ahead? This assertion is so incredibly disgusting, I cannot believe they have the nerve to put it forth. GOP God Ronald Reagan trusted Powell to be his National Security Advisor.

George H. W. Bush named him chairman of the Joint Chiefs, over hundreds of more senior officers. George W. Bush made him the first African-American secretary of state. Are we to believe that there was something about these appointments that was not based on merit, that the Bushes were just being nice to the poor black general? A quid pro quo appointment or two?

And the scatter-gun attack Powell launched on the GOP ticket … suggests a man with scores to settle with the party of George W. Bush. Finally we get to the meat of the argument, that this is payback to W for setting Powell up to lie at to the UN. But since McCain is running against the Bush legacy, this makes no sense.

Yet, what kind of Republican can Powell be when he professes deep concern that McCain might choose Supreme Court justices like John Roberts and Sam Alito? Can there be no Republican with a conscience? Can there be no Republican who wants a balanced Supreme Court? Is it antithetical to the GOP for someone in the party to think differently? Is Buchanan suggesting that Powell is a closet Democrat or that he is willing to put aside his true ideology to back Obama just because he is a “brother?” This is unbelievably insulting on so many levels.

But in the last analysis, one comes back to the forbidden issue of ethnicity. For example, would Powell have endorsed Hillary, had she won the nomination? If Hillary had electrified the country, the youth, the world, and had been able to stay above the dirty politics of the right the way Obama has, perhaps he would.

I think that the most troubling thing about this to the Republicans is what Mark Halperin notes in Time Magazine, “Even after being tied to the Bush Administration and its widely disliked foreign policy decisions, Powell has maintained extraordinary popularity, with nearly three-quarters of Americans continuing to view him favorably, in part because he is perceived as a nonpartisan figure, almost above politics.” That is exactly what this is all about.

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I am a little scared

“As a cold political calculation, I could not be more pleased,” McCain said, calling Palin “a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America” and asserting “she’s the best thing that could have happened to my campaign and to America.”

Yesterday, Colin Powell endorsed Obama in what I can only describe as the most thoughtful analysis of this election I have heard. And yet, the polls say that Obama is slipping a bit. I hope that is just a statistical quirk. The fact that Powell’s endorsement is being framed by the Republicans and voiced by Rush Limbaugh as “totally about race” troubles me. It is also disturbing that they are characterizing Obama’s statement to Joe the Plumber that “we need to spread the wealth around” as being proof that he wants to turn the US into a socialist country. Come on! We just nationalized the banks, Bush is talking about another stimulus package that means giving everyone another free check, and Palin gives every resident of Alaska a free handout every year (paid for by taxing the oil the rest of us are using by the way.) Who is the socialist in this picture? And what is really so bad about spreading the wealth? Don’t taxes do just that anyway? And how does this hurt the people at the bottom? After all, Obama’s plan takes from those at the top and takes less from those at the bottom. That is exactly why the Republicans continue to lie about Obama raising taxes. If you knew that you would pay less and the rich would pay more, why would you vote for the opposite?

Actually, my fear is more that McCain/Palin want to turn this into a fascist country. As evidenced by McCain’s statement at the beginning of this post. What does he mean by “the liberal feminist agenda for America?” Is it about being pro-choice or wanting equal pay for equal work? Perhaps he thinks that abstinence only will work for women around the world and here at home better than helping with birth control and family planning education. Seems he isn’t even aware (doesn’t believe) that condoms help in preventing HIV. Too bad for all those women in countries where we give funds only if they agree not to talk about family planning or abortion. And too bad for the women here, too. In 2005, McCain voted “no” on a $100-million allocation for preventive health care services targeted at reducing unintended pregnancies, particularly teen pregnancies. In 2006, he voted against funding for comprehensive, medically accurate sex education for teens. Could that be pork in his warped little world view? Just what is the conservative “feminist” agenda? Or is that oxymoronic? I think it is mainly one issue: the pro-life crusade. Is there anything in this hypothetical conservative women’s scheme about taking care of women, raising them up, dealing with problems of single moms, sexual and physical abuse, inequities in all kinds of areas, taking care of their children’s health? If there is, then McCain/Palin do not speak for them. Their record is so anti-woman it is insane.

I think not so deep down McCain is one of the most misogynistic people in Washington. I think of The Handmaid’s Tale when I hear him talk about women. Sarah Palin is actually the first trophy VP; McCain’s choice of her is just as he said “a cold political calculation” — nothing more. But this cold political calculation could be the President if they manage to cheat their way into office, and he happens to accidentally find himself on the wrong end of a moose rifle. Then where would we be? In deep deep shit.

I can already hear those goose-stepping conservative feminists. All in their high-heeled boots with their big shouldered suits and their beehive hairdos, chanting “you betcha” in unison, rifles cocked and ready to take out all those liberal feminists at their gosh-darn family planning clinics. I am afraid for us all.

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