Thursday, November 14, 2013

Richard Cohen Says The GOP Isn't Racist And Then Proves It Is

The other day I stopped in at Viktor’s place — Maybe it’s JustMe — as I usually do, and he’d posted this quote from The Mama Grizzly Bore™ about the US debt to China:
"This free stuff, so seductive. Why do you think marketers use free stuff to bring people in? Free stuff is such a strong marketing ploy. But didn't you all learn too in Econ 101 there ain't no such thing as a free lunch? Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that note comes due -- and this isn't racist.. but it's going to be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to be beholden to a foreign master. Because there is no plan coming out of Washington, D.C. to stop the incurrence of debt."
Now, I’m not here to talk about debt, or even MGB™, because the part of the quote that got me is the part where she says “this isn't racist.. but it's going to be like slavery when that note is due.” I made a comment that when someone says they are about to say something that isn’t racist, then it’s usually racist. The qualifier does nothing but draw attention to your racism.

But that’s the GOP, in a lot of ways, though, to be fair, not all of the GOP. But, as we’ve seen these last five years, with the way the GOP has gone against anything and everything that our first Black President has put forward — without coming up with their own ideas, mind you, as proof that they are better in politics — the GOP is racist.

Even Richard Cohen, a Washington Post columnist,  is racist and thinks the GOP is racist, and we know this because he s trying to tell us that the GOP isn’t racist, by, um, well, writing about it. And, again to be clear, this is the same not racist Richard Cohen who, earlier this year, claimed victory in the George Zimmerman trial after Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin; Cohan had compared the image of Trayvon Martin in a hoodie had the same affect on a white man as a man Ku Klux Klan robes does to a black man.

Yes, he did. And now he’s gone off again, proving he’s not racist by being a racist, in talking about newly elected New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio and his family:
“Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering mayor-elect of New York—a white man married to a black woman with two biracial children. {Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?} This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their America at all.”
Oh, where to begin … ?

I guess I was first appalled about his verbiage ‘mainstreaming of what used to be avant-garde.’ I take it, he means The Gays and by mainstreaming he means equality, which apparently he doesn’t consider worthy of all for all people.

But it’s his blatant racism, his implication that a white man married to a black woman, and with children no less, is somehow appalling to conservatives because it doesn’t look like ‘their America.’

I’ve got news for you Mr. Cohen, you are a racist, and this isn’t just your America. Last I checked it belonged to all of us equally, regardless of gender, orientation or race. The great thing about America, to me, and I guess this is just another in a long list of reasons why I’ll never be called a conservative, is that we are all Americans, no matter our skin color, accent, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, gender, age, sexual orientation. And we can all — or at least some of us — marry whomever we choose to marry, be they different races or religions or, in at least 15 states and the District of Columbia, the same gender.

That’s America, Mr., Cohen, not your lily white one-way view, and that’s why the GOP is floundering, because while the rest of  America and the world, change and adapt and grow and learn, learn, and understand, the GOP is stuck in the mud up to their necks.

Racist, indeed.


the dogs' mother said...

'There is no such thing as a free lunch' is a famous Dad-ism. So is 'look there's a dead tree!' (But you had to be there to appreciate the laughter that it still makes my brother and I experience...)

Helen Lashbrook said...

So it is wrong to marry someone of a different colour to yourself? Does this extend to blondes marrying red-heads or black haired people? Or a different religion? This comment is wrong in oh so many ways; an ordinary normal person cannot even begin to explain to this deeply bigoted person

anne marie in philly said...

cohen is a pig.

Biki Honko said...

Why people who are any color other than bright white are scary to these bigots is beyond me. Classic LOB, lack of brains.