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Shawn Mercer

Posted on 12/11/2002 8:17:36 PM PST by winin2000

The crux of the onslaught against Trent Lott would seem to be, "How can you argue the U.S. would have been better off electing a segregationist?" Well, it only makes sense to examine that question in the context of both history and, more to the point, what his opponent had to offer.

It is easy to lose sight of just how far the pendulum has swung on what is deemed respectable opinion on matters of race. Not too many years ago, the political spectrum in toto was, by today's standards shockingly "racist." And elected officials, who are now idols of the left, were no exceptions. And I'm not simply talking about the abundant Southern Democrats who were segregationists; there's much more.

Woodrow Wilson, for example, was a dogmatic, practicing white supremacist, enforcing segregated office during his tenure as president of Princeton University and while in the White House. An often forgotten gem of his on the subject of immigration:

“I stand for the national policy of exclusion. . . . We cannot make a homogeneous population of a people who do not blend with the Caucasian race. . . . Oriental coolieism will give us another race problem to solve and surely we have had our lesson.”

I must have missed the news account of Rainbow/Push's protest march in front of Wilson's Presidential Library and think tank.

Too far back you say? Okay, fast forward a few years. Who could possibly have said something as repugnant as:

Californians have properly objected (to Japanese immigration) on the sound basic ground ... that the mingling of Asiatic blood with European or American blood produces, in nine cases out of ten, the most unfortunate results."

Nobody important. Only FDR.

Still not recent enough to the period in question? Okay, let's deal with the gentleman whom Senator, then Governor, Thurmond waged his rebellious campaign against in the first place. The man who is hailed as a visionary for his breaking down the color wall in the military. So happens Mr. Harry Truman wrote in private correspondence:

“I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, yellow men in Asia and white men in Europe and America.”

And for good measure, he wrote to his daughter that the White House kitchen staff was an "army of coons."

And lest you retort that these examples are not analagous, consider again the specific complaint against Lott. Although none of the Democrat vultures pecking at his carcass will make the straightforward accusation that he is a racist, they wax indignant about the propreity of having in high leadership someone who arguably thinks - who THINKS - America would have been better off under a President Thurmond. Some thoughts, however latent, are just too ugly to tolerate; whether they manifest themselves or not.

Now, that being the case, how can you seriously argue that these examples of rank, personal racism among liberal icons is irrelevant because they were sound on matters of policy. Truman's candid contempt for blacks is fine and dandy because, see, he got the ball rolling on integration. Yet Lott, whom no one can credibly accuse of attempting a recission of any of the substantive "civil rights" laws, is unfit to serve because he might have some deep-seated respect for the segregated society in which he was brought up.

Well, sorry folks, I ain't biting. The opportunism displayed on this forum these past few days is contemptible. From absolutist righties nursing impeachment grudges to self-righteous Yankees who see the Southern GOP base as some kind of albatross politically, most, if not all, calling for Lott's head have ulterior motives. I don't once recall seeing on Free Republic this kind of vitriol on the question of race and the Old South directed at Jesse Helms. And put your whitewash away, my friends; I love the man dearly, too. But the man who was elected to the Senate as commentator on a North Carolina newscast regularly attacking the civil rights revolution never formally repudiated his views on race. He simply stopped talking about it.

Why is Helms fit for Rushmore, yet Lott's sin is unforgivable?

Well, I for one will not let mortal fear of what kind of campaign ad will be run against us two years hence drive me to throw an innocent man to the wolves, giving craven idiots like Al Gore and professional anti-white demagogues like the Black Caucus yet another Republican scalp to hang on their wall.

I hope I've convinced a few folks to join me.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: lott; thurmond; truman
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To: stylin19a

A little late for that to happen isn't it?

21 posted on 12/11/2002 8:42:32 PM PST by deport
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To: siebold
ah, so youre a gore voter?
23 posted on 12/11/2002 8:44:04 PM PST by nocommies
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To: Intolerant in NJ
I agree with you. I wish just once Republicans would stand firm instead of running under the beds for cover.
24 posted on 12/11/2002 8:44:38 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: winin2000
Lott is a drag on us nationally. He has been for a long time. Even arguing the merits of his case at this point is reinforcing failure. We must seize the opportunity to remove him from the Senate leadership now. This is not about "fairness" to Lott. What happens to him is irrelevant. Think about who would be President now if Gore had called on Clinton to step down instead of extolling his "greatness" at the time of impeachment. We can no longer carry these coon-ass bigots on our backs. They belong in the dustbin of history, not our future.
25 posted on 12/11/2002 8:44:46 PM PST by GRANGER
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To: Intolerant in NJ
I'd wager that for every person offended by Lott's supposed "racist" comment there's another one offended by the way conservatives run for the hills like scared rabbits when the game of racial gotcha begins - makes them all look like they have guilty consciences.....

Excellent observation. And I would want in on that side of the action.

26 posted on 12/11/2002 8:46:22 PM PST by winin2000
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To: winin2000
No. Read Ohioan's post # 44 here. Lott's remark, viewed from a historical perspective, is not the same as Hitlery's chilling casual, banal antisemitism!
27 posted on 12/11/2002 8:47:01 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: winin2000
I just think it is time too get the old school southern people out of the leadership. Most of all when their weak kneed. Unless Moconnel whants the job. We need some new blood in their too fight for our side, not cave in.
28 posted on 12/11/2002 8:47:55 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
You know what, I agree! Do the letters FO mean anything to them??? :)
29 posted on 12/11/2002 8:48:14 PM PST by GOP_Raider
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To: Brimack34
I don't think we should generalize old school southern people, LOL!
Old school southerner's are some of the best patriots in the country!
32 posted on 12/11/2002 8:51:30 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: winin2000
Has Party Backing

I hope everybody likes that soundbite. Because we can "explain" till we're blue in the face, but if we keep defending Lott, we're gonna be hearing it for a lonnnnnnnnnng time.

I say it's not worth losing the whole Republican agenda over him, no matter what other high-minded motives we might have.

Lott expresses regret for remarks; court filing from 1981 surfaces


33 posted on 12/11/2002 8:55:10 PM PST by SerpentDove
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To: nocommies
yes but Gore didn't have any family/moral issues. If Bush winked at a cute girl and Gore was Barney Frank's lover...Arkansans would've punished Bush handing Gore the victory!
34 posted on 12/11/2002 8:55:44 PM PST by arielb
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To: Latina_Abogada
Uh...that's not how you wrote it...and that's kind of how the Vacant Lott got his toupee into the trouble he did.
35 posted on 12/11/2002 8:55:49 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: Latina_Abogada
its the "Amen" thats big and fat . . . not the Latina!

LOL. thanks I needed that, it's been a rough couple of days. Still lol.

36 posted on 12/11/2002 8:56:30 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: winin2000
Defending racial wrongs of the past.

Interesting strategy.

You are kidding, right?
37 posted on 12/11/2002 8:56:55 PM PST by SerpentDove
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To: Latina_Abogada
LMAO, too funny! i agree with you completely! as an attorney, im sure you have to take your words literally and carefully, no?
38 posted on 12/11/2002 8:57:13 PM PST by nocommies
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To: SerpentDove
how about this:


39 posted on 12/11/2002 8:57:40 PM PST by arielb
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To: SerpentDove
He's assuming (and we know what happens when we ASS-U-ME) that the press will give Lott a fair shake relative to liberals.
40 posted on 12/11/2002 8:58:45 PM PST by Poohbah
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