I hear a lot of the Ron Paul fans talking about the fact that there is no real difference between the two major parties…although they support him and generally vote republican. They think he is a hero for voting no on spending bills, but they conveniently overlook the fact that he loads the bills with pork spending for his district. They believe that The Powers That Be control both parties, and that the only difference between democrats and republicans is the elitists on the left and racists on the right.
I think the differences are much greater than racists and elitists, but racism is one of the major reasons I could never support a republican. Of course, not all republicans are racists, but if somebody is racist, they probably vote republican. And if a candidate runs as an openly racist, David Duke-type, they probably are not running as a liberal democrat. So to cast your allegiance with that lot, in my opinion, is to sanction its validity.
I do not believe that republican racism is even debatable at this point. Richard Nixon used the Southern Strategy to exploit racism in the south, and changed the electoral map to the red states that we hate today. Conservatives love to point out that southern democrats were the most racist of the time, but they always forget to mention that those same racists left the party to become republicans because of the civil rights movement.
Newt Gingrich is speaking to this audience when he uses terms like, “food stamp president,” or says that blacks don’t understand the, “key to future wealth.” Reagan loved speaking to this audience about his mythical welfare queen and her government riches. Rick Santorum is comfortable with this audience because the last thing he wants to do is, “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Santorum tried to clarify his remark by stating that he had actually said “blah” people not black people. I have a funny feeling that blah people is some conservative code aimed directly at the same audience.
The funny part, about this line of thought, is that I have historically heard the, “they’re all the same” argument from my liberal, hippie types. They never voted because, “it didn’t matter,” or they voted for Nader when it actually did matter. I like to blame them for allowing Dubya to get selected, two times!
I’m not saying I love every democrat just because they have a (D) by their name, it is really the liberal part of the caucus that I support. As a matter of fact, I cannot stand conservative democrats because they allowed Dubya to get whatever he wanted, and they have helped republicans to block anything President Obama has wanted.
Peace be with you,