Why is the Republican Party so racist?

by twit

via TPM, from the Press Enterprise on October 16, 2008:

The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps — instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of “Obama Bucks” — a phony $10 bill featuring Obama’s face on a donkey’s body, labeled “United States Food Stamps.”

The GOP newsletter, which was sent to about 200 members and associates of the group by e-mail and regular mail last week, is drawing harsh criticism from members of the political group, elected leaders, party officials and others as racist.

But wait, there’s more…

Via McClatchy on October 15, 2008:

Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to “Waterboard Barack Obama” – material that offended even state GOP leaders.

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image via Wired

There has also been a racial undertone to the spin by Republicans and McCain about the causes of the current economic crisis.  McClatchy reports on October 11, 2008:

As the economy worsens and Election Day approaches, a conservative campaign that blames the global financial crisis on a government push to make housing more affordable to lower-class Americans has taken off on talk radio and e-mail.

Commentators say that’s what triggered the stock market meltdown and the freeze on credit. They’ve specifically targeted the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which the federal government seized on Sept. 6, contending that lending to poor and minority Americans caused Fannie’s and Freddie’s financial problems.

Federal housing data reveal that the charges aren’t true, and that the private sector, not the government or government-backed companies, was behind the soaring subprime lending at the core of the crisis.

When you hear McCain blame “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac” for the current economic crisis (as he did in last night’s debate), not only is he lying about the actual causes, but he is also appealing to the idea that “poor and minority Americans” are to blame.

And then there is this:

Via the LA Times on October 12, 2008:

Before McCain spoke, a Christian pastor offered a prayer that seemed to ask for divine intervention on his behalf. “There are millions of people around this world praying to their God — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that [McCain’s] opponent wins for a variety of reasons,” Pastor Arnold Conrad said. “And, Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens.”

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6 Responses to Why is the Republican Party so racist?

  1. leapsecond says:

    Holy fucking mother of God. I thought that “Obama Bucks” thing was bad, then I looked at the call to waterboard Obama.

    Is this what some Joe Sixpack actually thinks? Maybe America is, indeed, doomed.

  2. leapsecond, please don’t despair!

    check out this report from Newsweek on October 10, 2008:

    With four weeks left in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama now leads John McCain by double digits, 52 percent to 41 percent among registered voters—a marked shift from the last NEWSWEEK poll, conducted one month ago, when the two candidates were tied at 46 percent.

    … Obama appears to have broadened his coalition of support and made inroads with groups that have not reliably embraced him over the course of the long presidential campaign.

    He now leads McCain among both men (54 percent to 40 percent) and women (50 percent to 41 percent).

    He now wins every age group of voters—including those over 65 years of age, who back him over McCain 49 to 43 percent.

    Supporters of Hillary Clinton, as many as a fifth of whom had at one point told pollsters they’d support McCain over Obama, now back the Democratic nominee 88 percent to 7 percent.

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/163339

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  4. and now there is this:

    New polling and a trickle of stories from the battleground states suggest that Sen. Barack Obama’s coalition includes one unlikely group: white voters with negative views of African-Americans.

    … “What you see is it’s perfectly possible to hold a negative view of at least one aspect of African-Americans and yet simultaneously prefer Obama,” said Charles Franklin, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Racial feelings are not as cut and dried — not as black and white — as people often say.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14691.html

  5. Eternallyfree says:

    I guess no one is brave enough to answer this question.

  6. Truth says:

    REPUBLICANS ARE THE GRAND CHILDREN OF SLAVE OWNERS

    MOST WILL SAY THIS WITH PRIDE…

    You see, Most Humans use 10% of their brain.

    Republican’s use 1% of their brain.

    See http://www.stormfront.org for details on why Republican are so Stupid and Racist

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