Sunday, March 21, 2010

Republican leaders call protesters' yelling racial slurs 'isolated incidents'

" ... let's not let a few isolated incidents get in the way of the fact that millions of Americans are scared to death, and millions of Americans want no part of this growing size of government." -- House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio

Well at least he didn't claim as some conservatives did on Twitter that there was no proof it ever happened.

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Yesterday on Twitter, I tried to stay away from the storm over the slurs yelled during yesterday's conservative protest as much as I could because, let's face it, if you let yourself get worked up every time a conservative says something blatantly racist or homophobic/hetero-supremacist or plainly insane, you'll stay in a funk. So, I wrote a poem instead under "The Poetry ObamaCare Writes." One person called it "Zen on today's ugliness."

The ruckus stemmed from the health care reform battle and the news that conservative protesters yelled racial slurs at members of congress, called one leader a faggot, and apparently spat on another. On Twitter, @QueenofSpain stayed in the fray, debating a certain young conservative who calls herself Christian and yet can never bring herself to admit blatant racism when it reveals its head among Republicans and conservatives. She won't even concede Rush Limbaugh, for instance, makes racially-charged statements.

I think her defense of yesterday's racist and homophobic harassment was that she needs proof. You know what that's about. They claim they can only believe something true if Fox News says it's true, or that they must see it with their own eyes and hear it with their own ears, but since they've shown they don't know a racial slur when it comes from one of their own mouths, what do they say when they do see and hear them? Either they say it was not a racial slur or that the person who said it was an Obama plant. You know the drill.

This morning CNN reports that "House Republicans denounce racial slurs hurled at Democrats." They called the actions of those protesters "isolated incidents."
Three Democratic African-American lawmakers - including civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis of Georgia - said demonstrators against the health care bill yelled racist epithets at them as they walked past. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said a protester spit at him. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, an openly gay Democrat, said protesters yelled anti-gay comments at him.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the incidents "reprehensible" but said on NBC's Meet the Press "let's not let a few isolated incidents get in the way of the fact that millions of Americans are scared to death, and millions of Americans want no part of this growing size of government."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, appearing on NBC, said, "I think the tone of the this entire debate has been denigrated, has been brought down, frankly, by the rhetoric on government takeover, socialism, things that are not accurate."
As said in the CNN report, the talk took place on NBC's Meet the Press.

I agree that not all Republicans would shout racist, homophobic slurs and spit on representatives nor condone the behavior. However, I also think that if they would stand up to people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and stop kowtowing to the part of their base that loves the Limbaugh-Beck type rhetoric, then those Republican "denunciations" would sound more sincere.

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