Monday, June 15, 2009

GOP Gorillas: Who's Got a Leash?

I'm with on this one: Is there any point in commenting on South Carolina GOP activist Rusty DePass's racist "joke" about FLOTUS Michelle Obama? Probably not.

Supposedly he thought he was funny when he said an escaped gorilla was harmless and one of Michelle Obama's ancestors. Racists calling themselves political activists are going to keep saying this crap. That's what they do.

DePass further proves himself to be a liar and a fool when he claims Mrs. Obama said it first. Hmm.

As you can see in the video, DePass has now apologized. Who gives a damn, man, about you and your apology? As I said in an email thread on this topic, "I'd bet money the guy sees no similarity between what he said and the way Von Brunn, the white supremacist and murderer, thinks." I doubt DePass thinks too hard about anything beyond his small world.

I know that there are hardcore racists in the Democratic Party. I live in Louisiana, and so there's bound to be some here if no place else, but what the GOP is only starting to get is that the Dems try to avoid giving these people power and putting them in the spotlight while the GOP has made embracing and promoting them a favorite pastime.

I said all I need to say about the history of the Republican Party welcoming and stroking racists in the past when I talked about RNC Michael Steele's ascendancy. Undoubtedly they'll condemn what DePass said, but only because they've felt pressure to do so. If they thought sending out talking points on DePass's right to free speech would get them votes later on, they'd do that too.


msladydeborah said...

What knocks me out about this situation is DePasse's lack of knowledge about how facts are checked in the 21st Century. He should of considered that when he claimed Michelle said it first-that his claim would be checked via the internet.

This generation of neocons don't get it. This is no longer a nation of people who are solely dependent on the MSM to get facts on stories.

Now that we know Michelle didn't say it first..what's a racist to do?

Vérité Parlant said...

He's such an idiot. How do idiots go so far?

Joseph G. Krygier said...

This was an absurd thing to say. On the other hand it illustrates a greater truth. Darwinian evolution is a "racist" worldview considering the human species. Any way you want to slice, it, dice it, or try to try to moderate it or tone it down, like a difference between moderate Islam or extremist Islam, liberal Christianity or "fundamentalist" Christianity etc. etc., that is the history of Darwin.
Ask a school teacher, regardless of ethnicity, if they are racist. Most will shudder at the thought. Do an honest study of Darwin and then ask why they teach it.

Vérité Parlant said...

A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

Darwin was also a sexist. If evolution falls or stands on Darwin's personal biases that influenced his science or the limited world view lens through which he formulated his theory, then it's dead. As we can see, it's still alive and kicking. It's error to confuse the philosophy of any scientist with the science itself.

How we choose to interpret information says far more about us than it says about the value of the information. Thinking black people are rarely swayed by revelations that any white male from the past was a racist or that his followers are racists. We know it. It's never news.