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Don Feder Gets Trenchant On The Lott Affair
Don Feder Com ^ | 12/22/02 | Don Feder

Posted on 12/24/2002 1:09:54 AM PST by goldstategop

TRENCHANT (I HOPE) COMMENTS ON THE LOTT AFFAIR By Don Feder December 22, 2002

At the outset, please note the following:

1) I am no fan of Trent Lott. As Senate Majority Leader, Lott was an unprincipled pragmatist. So much so, that when he first became majority leader, DC conservatives produced buttons proclaiming: “Lott For Sale, Will Build to Specifications.” At the height of the current manufactured crisis, the Mississippi invertebrate went of Black Entertainment Television to plead that he now supports affirmative action (racial quotas) “across board.” That declaration was more profoundly racist than anything the Senator said at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party. In many ways, Lott does indeed represent everything that’s wrong with the Republican Party – lack of purpose, lack of courage, at times, even lack of consciousness – though not in the way his critics charged.

2) Segregation was evil. To tell a man that he can’t use a public restroom or that he has to sit in the back of a bus, -- to bar his admission to a public school or university -- on the basis of skin color is loathsome.

3) Had I voted in the 1948 election, it would not have been for Thurmond – or Thomas Dewey, for that matter. I would have supported Harry Truman, one of the few Democratic presidents I admire (along with Andrew Jackson). If not for Give ‘Em Hell Harry, we might have lost the Cold War at the outset. Truman also integrated the armed forces, another courageous move.

Enough disclosure. Lott’s resignation highlights a profound double-standard regarding racism. I doubt Lott’s opponents really believe his dumb remark reflects ingrained, or even visceral, racism, or a desire to return to the era of Jim Crow. But America now has a racial sensitivity Gestapo that pulls out its truncheons at the slightest sign of hostility – real or imagined -- toward people of color.

Of course, the reverse is not the case. Black grudge-bearers are free to condemn whites as a race, to say virtually anything about them, however vile and unjust, and to support policies (quotas, reparations) that are manifestly racist – designed to punish people for an accident of birth. And Democrats are free to race-bait to their hearts’ content, a tactic almost as reprehensible as racism itself.

You think Trent Lott’s awful?

You know what Lott didn’t do? He didn’t refer to New York City as Hymie-Town and complain that Jews are always “whining about the Holocaust.” He didn’t call Judaism a gutter religion. He didn’t spark a race riot in Crown Heights that led to the death of a young man or organize the picket of a white-owned business that resulted in the deaths of five (all minorities). He didn’t write a poem about Jews blowing up the World Trade Center.

He didn’t try to justify the thugs who burned down a large part of South Central LA in 1992 by calling their crimes “a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration.” Oh, and he didn’t suggest that George Bush had foreknowledge of Sept 11, but did nothing to prevent it so his business friends could profit from a war on terrorism.

In case you’re curious, those laurels go to Jesse Jackson, Louis Farakhan, Al Sharpton, New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka (the artist formerly known as LeRoi Jones), Congress-creature Maxine Waters and soon-to-be-former Congress-cretin Cynthia McKinney. But don’t hold your breath waiting for any of them to be taken to the woodshed.

An unspoken assumption of our culture is that it’s racist (or insensitive, at the very least) to criticize a black person. Thus if I observe that Jackson is an opportunistic jerk – a person of limited intelligence and low morals – in the establishment’s eyes, my views must be shaped by racial animosity. (The more unscrupulous black leaders invariably exploit this assumption.) Thus it would seem that prominent blacks suffering from foot-in-mouth disease are to be the exception to Martin Luther King’s dictum that Americans should be judged by “the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”

Democrats passionately embrace the accountability double standard. Republicans meekly acquiesce.

When it was disclosed last year that the Reverend Jackson had fathered a child out-of-wedlock and used his influence to engage in corporate shakedowns, President Bush called the race hustler par excellence to commiserate. In the 2000 election, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Al Gore each made a pilgrimage to Sharpton’s Harlem headquarters to kiss his ring.

Black-on-white crimes are roughly ten times as prevalent as white-on-black offenses. How many of the former are hate crimes is anyone’s guess. Surely the anti-white racism that pervades our culture (the idea that whites as a race are responsible for black suffering) -- encouraged by the liberal elite and black race-baiters – plays a part in these crimes.

The Democratic Party, the media and groups like the NAACP are avid proponents of racial quotas in education and hiring. Cut through the rhetoric and murky reasoning in defense of these vile programs and it’s clear that they penalize or reward solely on the basis of race. What’s worse – to praise a form of racism long dead (if in fact that’s what Lott did), or to support a virulent strain of racism that’s alive and kicking?

For admissions to the University of Michigan, whose affirmative action program will soon be before the Supreme Court, race (minority status) counts for more than a perfect SAT score combined with an excellent essay. To tell a man or woman that they won’t get in to an elite school – even though they’re bright, studious and creative – because they also happen to be white (or Asian) is a species of racism every bit as ugly as get-to-the-back-of-the-bus or whites-only restrooms.

Although still just a sick notion (whereas affirmative action is a sick reality), reparations is racism writ large. It seeks to hold today’s (largely white) taxpayers responsible for the racial sins of the past. It’s a giant rip-off scheme, favored primarily by the least responsible black leaders – who believe they’ll be the ones to divvy the loot – and the loopier white liberals (which, come to think of it, might be a redundancy).

Race-baiting is almost as bad as racism. At this the Democrats excel. It is for them mother’s milk.

You may recall that during the 1998 election, the Missouri Democratic party ran ads which said, in effect, if Republicans win, more black churches will go up in flames. (Newsflash: “Newt Gingrich was seen fleeing the scene of a burning black church, a can of kerosene in hand.”)

Former felon-in-chief, William Jefferson Clinton (who actually believes he was born a poor black child) used the Lott fiasco to pontificate that Republicans are the second coming of the White Citizens Councils.

In the last election, Republican gains in the South were due to racist appeals to white voters, Clinton opined. “How do they think they got a majority in the South, anyway? I think what they (Republicans) are really upset about is that he (Lott) made public their strategy.”

This from a leader of the party that has it’s own unspoken strategy – to do whatever it takes to monopolize the black vote, including terrifying black voters with lurid visions of Republicans seeking to disenfranchise them, reestablish segregated lunch counters, and send them back to the plantations in chains. Simultaneously, Democrats strenuously oppose those measures that have the best chance of ameliorating the condition of urban blacks – including education vouchers.

Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi have intimated that it’s now up to congressional Republicans to prove that they aren’t a bunch of cross-burners by supporting affirmative action, a general expansion of welfare programs and DC statehood -- in other words, to embrace racism to prove that they aren’t racists.

And so, as we rejoice in the political demise of the villainous Lott, we can all congratulate ourselves on this historic victory over racism. Meanwhile the most prevalent racism in America – camouflaged as compassion, justice or sensitivity -- is either tolerated or celebrated. Ah, well.


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KEYWORDS: affirmativeaction; billclinton; conservatism; democrats; gop; harrytruman; jessejackson; liberalism; pc; racecard; trentlott
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A number of things to note in Don Feder's latest essay:

1) Trent Lott embodied all the things missing in the GOP that it needs more of and does it!

2) The denial of basic freedoms to our minority race was the original sin of American history for which we're still paying the price today.

3) Harry "Give Em Hell" Truman was one of our greatest Presidents and one of the few Democrats I admire for doing what was right rather than what was politically expedient. There's a lesson here for today's Republicans in what to do in the aftermath of the Lott saga: stand up for your principles and give the opposition hell.

4) All that being said there IS a double standard AND we do have a PC Gestapo. By that racism in reverse is permitted and is virtually never censored by our elites. Although Feder doesn't mention it, Republicans by definition ARE held to a higher standard.

5) Lott didn't slur any one, didn't incite a pogrom, or write a poem defaming Jews. Lott didn't justify the burning of South Central Los Angeles or accuse President Bush of turning 9-11 into a quest for his own personal aggrandizement. We all know who made such remarks but in our culture they're good as forgiven. Today's original sin is being a white male.

6) It follows that its acceptable to discriminate against whites and Asians and no one raises an eyebrow. Reparations advocated by some of the loopier black leaders is merely an extension of the doctrine that discrimination is legitimate if its meant to advantage a politically correct racial grouping. And to disadvantage every one regarded as politically incorrect in the process.

7) Which brings us to the Democrats' strategery against Republicans: make them the bogeyman. Bill Clinton and Al Gore and other Democrats have been driving the process to make sure blacks never get off the Liberal Plantation. They have a two track prong: portray Republicans as dyed in the wool racists and force them to support the racism masquerading as the liberal agenda to clear themselves of suspicion of being racists.

In short, yes racism of the old Jim Crow variety in America is dead and buried forever. However in its place is a new and more virulent form of racism that dare not speak its name - liberalism that will live on long after Lott's yesterday's political news. The future of the GOP will in no small part be determined by how it responds to and confronts the hatred, intolerance, and insensitivity that's now the political brand of the 21st century's Democratic Party.

1 posted on 12/24/2002 1:09:54 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
There is one achilles' heel in the dem's monolithis black vote: reparations=democrat's worst nightmare. They do not want this issue to become a big one, and say as little about it as they can, that is, if they even say anything at all. Let's hope the race hustlers push this issue to the forefront and watch the dems squirm. It's high-time they should come forward and say exactly what they think about it.
2 posted on 12/24/2002 1:26:50 AM PST by gop_gene
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To: gop_gene
Yes... especially the wackier Marcus Garvey types. I'd be especially interested in hearing from the Democrats as to their position on whether I as a white person, need a good slap on the face so black people can regain their mental health!
3 posted on 12/24/2002 1:30:32 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
It's not just whites they'd have to worry about ticking off--I'm sure Asians and Hispanics wouldn't be thrilled about paying for this either.
4 posted on 12/24/2002 1:35:39 AM PST by gop_gene
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To: goldstategop
My Dear Friends,

During the 1930.s and the 1940.s Hillary Clinton.s race-baiting, class war-fare,
Socialistic mentors ended up being responsible for the deaths of 55 million people.

How many millions do you feel will eventually die because of Hillary and her
neo-socialistic, poverty pimp, race baiting allies like Jackson and Pelosie?

Do you feel that Hillary.s socialistic dupe comrades, that spread her filthy hate speech
in the media today, are more or less despicable than those that used race hatred and class
war-fare to start World War Two?

Love,

Octavian Pliny
5 posted on 12/24/2002 5:36:19 AM PST by Pliney the younger
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To: goldstategop; HalfIrish; NMC EXP; OKCSubmariner; Travis McGee; t-shirt; DoughtyOne; SLB; ...
If not for Give ‘Em Hell Harry, we might have lost the Cold War at the outset.

Not true. Harry Truman nearly lost the Cold War for us at the outset by sabotaging our Free Chinese Christian led Kuomantang allies and thereby ensuring a takoever of mainland China by Mao's Red Army in 1949. Then, he fired General Douglas MacArthur for wanting to win the Korean war. Plus, Truman gave the Russkies Northern Korea, northern Japan and Manchuria in the first place. The short story is that there would be no Communist China or Communist North Korea today without Harry Truman or a Communist appeaser like him. Thurmond would have come into office too late to rout the initial ChiCom takeover of mainland China, but he could have helped the Nationalists retake it over and win the war in Korea using the MacArthur Plan.
6 posted on 12/24/2002 5:49:20 AM PST by rightwing2
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To: goldstategop; mhking
2) The denial of basic freedoms to our minority race was the original sin of American history for which we're still paying the price today.

There it is. I've waited and waited, knowing that sooner or later a FReeper or FReepers would say it outright. And you just smacked it over the centerfield wall.

Outstanding!

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7 posted on 12/24/2002 5:51:06 AM PST by rdb3
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To: rightwing2
Truman's reputation as a tough guy was sealed the day he ordered the atomic bomb dropped. Nothing will ever change that.
8 posted on 12/24/2002 5:55:12 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: rightwing2
Your conjecturing is specious. No one wanted troops in China right after WWII. Thurmond would have been a disaster in more ways than one. Do you think HE would have integrated the armed forces? Truman was one of the few excellent Dem presidents.
9 posted on 12/24/2002 6:13:48 AM PST by driftless
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
OUTFREAKIN'STANDING! This, truly points out the issues facing us today on the heels of the Lott debacle. None of the whining or carping or curmudgeonly grousing by myself and others comes close to succinctly pointing out the truth as contained here!

God bless us all as we move forward and try to make things better for us all! Merry Christmas!

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10 posted on 12/24/2002 6:35:16 AM PST by mhking
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To: mhking; Trueblackman; L.N. Smithee
"the Mississippi invertebrate"

Recommendation: This is how we should refer to Trent from now on. 'Pod

11 posted on 12/24/2002 6:45:43 AM PST by sauropod
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To: rightwing2
I have always thought HST was the most overrated of presidents. But it has been the Republicans who have helped to strengthen his reputation over the years. Goldwater cited HST as his favorite president even as HST was denouncing Goldwater and speaking out for LBJ and HHH. Reagan often quoted HST. I am unable to recall any Democrats extolling Dewey, though former Senator Paul Simon admitted that he voted for Dewey over HST. And when a Republican legislative leader extols Thurmond on his 100th birthday, all hell breaks loose. Remember, HST scolded Vice President Alben W. Barkley for waving at Thurmond as the 1949 inaugural parade passed the SC governor, standing with the spectators. HST called Thurmond an "SOB."
12 posted on 12/24/2002 6:47:56 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: goldstategop
I'm puzzling over the thought of reparations for the living victims of legalized segregation in the states of the old Confederacy. Seems to me that they have a claim of entitlement as great as those receiving Holocaust reparations from the German government and Swiss corporations, especially considering that it was more recent. Of course, there would be lots of people that would really resent that recent past being in the spotlight.
13 posted on 12/24/2002 6:53:28 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: goldstategop
Lott was backstabbed by Bush!
14 posted on 12/24/2002 6:56:06 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: goldstategop
-- in other words, to embrace racism to prove that they aren’t racists.
15 posted on 12/24/2002 6:57:09 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Bush backstabbed Lott!
16 posted on 12/24/2002 7:01:16 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: TLBSHOW
Lott was backstabbed by Lott!!
17 posted on 12/24/2002 7:04:30 AM PST by woofie
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To: Fred Mertz
mornng Fred looks like don gets it
18 posted on 12/24/2002 7:05:16 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Lott was backstabbed by Bush!

Both you guys should have stayed in the Democratic Party, where you'd be appreciated..

19 posted on 12/24/2002 7:05:43 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
But America now has a racial sensitivity Gestapo that pulls out its truncheons at the slightest sign of hostility – real or imagined -- toward people of color.

and freepers helped make it so by being spineless
20 posted on 12/24/2002 7:07:01 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Lott was backstabbed by Bush!

Get over it. If you truly believe that, then you don't understand the dynamic between the parties in this country. This country is already predisposed against us. Anything we do will be scrutinized more closely than anything the liberals could do - no matter how bad. You want proof? Look at Billy-boy. At best, he was a mysogenistic idiot. In any event, he was more wrong than anything that anyone on our side of the fence has been able to come up with in more than 100 years. But thanks to the handwringers, bedwetters and their friends in the media, he's been whitewashed (pun intended) into being two steps short of canonized.

Hell. To hear them tell it, Clinton could walk on water. All Lott did was to stick his foot in his mouth. And now you're upset because Bush cut his losses? Please. Bush may be a lot of things, but stupid isn't one of them. Get over it, and let's move on. If you and others who are also crying in their beer (and no, I won't hold it for you) can't get over this, then what hope do we have against Hillary! and whoever else she finds to go up against us in 2004?

21 posted on 12/24/2002 7:08:07 AM PST by mhking
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To: TLBSHOW
Who ISN'T spineless in your eyes?
22 posted on 12/24/2002 7:10:40 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
So, you are FOR reparations?
23 posted on 12/24/2002 7:11:18 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Nonstatist
That would be you democrat helpers in case you can;t read the story.
24 posted on 12/24/2002 7:11:51 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Fred Mertz
Look the blind prople are waking up! lol
25 posted on 12/24/2002 7:12:39 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Yes, I think reparations are on the pubbies' table this coming year. hehehe
26 posted on 12/24/2002 7:13:50 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Republic of Texas
Not for slavery - but the period of legal segregation and dixie apartheid for the living is something that is entirely different, and definitely akin to the reparations paid to holocaust survivors.

Considering that those particualar Southern states had to be forced to do the right thing for many people who are alive today, can you reasonably dispute it?

27 posted on 12/24/2002 7:18:00 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: Fred Mertz
I think we should file a claim against the Democrats for damages resulting from their one party rule after 1877. Its a big bill.
28 posted on 12/24/2002 7:19:39 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Republic of Texas
So what are your thoughts on AA being kept? What about thought control, what I think you think is true? What do you think about about banning PB Abortion?

Stand against rats and they will run you over.

Ann Coulter said Trent Lott should not of resigned.
29 posted on 12/24/2002 7:20:31 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Yes. War on poverty. Welfare. $6 TRILLION transfer of wealth over the last 40 years. Sorry, if $6 TRILLION isn't enough, no amount will EVER be enough (which, is the point you know).

Seriously, why are you here?

30 posted on 12/24/2002 7:21:09 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: TLBSHOW
I just want to know which politician you think does have a spine?
31 posted on 12/24/2002 7:22:10 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: goldstategop
How far the Democrat party has fallen from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. May the freefall continue. It can only be good for the country.
32 posted on 12/24/2002 7:22:22 AM PST by What Is Ain't
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To: TLBSHOW
Au contraire Ann Coulter thought little of the man she derisively labeled Vacant Lott. There's a lot to be said in how little he offered conservatives.
33 posted on 12/24/2002 7:23:15 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Fred Mertz
I think reparations are on the pubbies' table this coming year.


lets hope they haven't fallen that far!
34 posted on 12/24/2002 7:24:07 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: What Is Ain't
Yup. I doubt we'll see a Democrat like Harry Truman again in our lifetime.
35 posted on 12/24/2002 7:24:08 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
You might see a man like Harry Truman, but today he'd be a Republican.
36 posted on 12/24/2002 7:25:01 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Republic of Texas
My understanding is that most of that 6 trillion went to white recipients and was paid out in salaries to white administrators - plus, it wasn't limited to those Southern states where segregation had been in effect.

Seems like some aspects of corporate America might have some liability some behavior back then, too.

And I'll remind you - that wasn't way back when.

37 posted on 12/24/2002 7:28:58 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: TLBSHOW
But according to several Lott loyalists, he's still focused on gaining some kind of position. Keep in mind, he currently holds a seat on the powerful Finance Committee, which for just about anyone else, would be enough. One potential chairmanship he now is said to be eyeing is the Senate Rules Committee, currently chaired by Pennsylvania's Sen. Rick Santorum. Previous rumors had Lott circling the Energy Committee, where Pete Domenici now controls the chairmanship and Budget, where Lott's old rival Don Nickles, is slated to take over. On all three committees, Lott isn't thought to have a chance.

The White House, which suddenly is taking a very proactive approach to its dealings in the Senate, does not want Lott on Budget, where he would have to work with both the Bush Administration and Democrats. "You saw how fast he sold the Senate Republicans down the river to save his job," says a White House legislative liaison staffer. "Can you imagine the kind of deals he'd cut on Budget?"

The same reasoning holds for Rules, where prior to the Lott debacle, Republicans were said to be holding tight to demands that Democrats not get an even close to equitable shares of staff levels and budgets on committees. Again, there would concerns about Lott's ability to stand firm on conservative, Republican policy and game plan.

38 posted on 12/24/2002 7:29:42 AM PST by woofie
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
I'm puzzling over the thought of reparations for the living victims of legalized segregation in the states of the old Confederacy.

There is no puzzling. There are no potential recipients left who were slaves. The government did not actively enslave anyone. There is no way to accurately account for the individuals who were slaves, as census records were spotted at best. And finally, I have no desire to be given something for nothing; and I have no desire to be the recipient of blood money.

If you have the measure of guilt that compells you to pay something to someone, then find a suitable charity and give them whatever you want to give them. It's even tax-deductible. But don't you dare tell anyone else here that they've got any obligation in that regard - and especially not on my behalf.

39 posted on 12/24/2002 7:30:28 AM PST by mhking
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Seems like some aspects of corporate America might have some liability some behavior back then, too.

Oh, please. Take your guilt and go assuage someone who gives a damn. You sound as bad as Lott.

40 posted on 12/24/2002 7:31:54 AM PST by mhking
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
It went to more white people, because there are MORE white people. Haven't you learned? Giving people stuff, for whatever reason, never works. They just become dependent. That's why SOCIALISM ALWAYS FAILS.

Seriously again, WHY ARE YOU HERE?

41 posted on 12/24/2002 7:32:10 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Republic of Texas
Why am I here? To be a burr under your saddle of smug complacency.
42 posted on 12/24/2002 7:33:29 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: Republic of Texas; mhking
You need to back the hell up. You're saying here that this transfer of wealth went directly from whites to blacks. That's a damned lie.

Don't bring that weak crap to the house.

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43 posted on 12/24/2002 7:34:16 AM PST by rdb3
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To: mhking
I'm not talking about reparations for slavery - I'm talking about the conditions pre-1964 - a completely different critter.
44 posted on 12/24/2002 7:34:47 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: rdb3
No, I'm saying that a transfer of wealth, never helps either party. But yes, when the war on poverty was started, part of the motivation, was to rectify problems of the past. I didn't come up with that idea, because I was 2 yrs old then. It is obvious now, that that approach NEVER WORKS. Take your racial guilt somewhere else, you're barking up the wrong tree here.
45 posted on 12/24/2002 7:37:49 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
You're comparing segregated lunch counters to the extermination of six million Jews?

And, by the way, isn't it amazing how Jews managed to make it through Holocausts, pogroms, segregation and discrimination (Jews were segregated and discriminated against repeatedly in Europe for centuries), and still succeeded on their own?

If you travel to Europe, do you see Jews living on welfare with half a dozen illegitimate kids? Do you see them roaming the streets in gangs? Do you see them failing on college entrance exams, and demanding affirmative action programs in which they are given extra points for having ancestors who suffered through inquisitions and holocausts?

No, you see Jews making it on their own merit. They went through hell, but weren't broken by it. They got up, brushed the dust off, went to work, and became successful. I think that's one of the reasons so many so-called black leaders (Jackson, Sharpton, Cynthia McKinney, etc.) hate Jews so much. Jews prove that even the most horrendous abuses can be overcome if you work hard.

In contrast, the so-called black leadership in America has encouraged blacks to become a dependent class.
46 posted on 12/24/2002 7:38:35 AM PST by puroresu
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To: Republic of Texas
And I'll add - a true conservative takes responsibility for his actions and recognizes when his living forebears were wrong. If he wants to honor his older family and social traditions going back generations, he acknowledges the bad with the good, and doesn't sugar coat it.
47 posted on 12/24/2002 7:39:42 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
No, I mean, what do YOU get out of it? You're obviously a socialist. Why come here and get trounced everyday?
48 posted on 12/24/2002 7:39:49 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Republic of Texas; Theodore R.; belmont_mark
Truman's reputation as a tough guy was sealed the day he ordered the atomic bomb dropped. Nothing will ever change that.

Yes, Truman did a fine job of killing a couple thousand innocent Japanese civilians by atomic means and thus joined Stalin, Mao, and various Italian mafia dons in earning a well-deserved reputation as a "tough guy." However, his policies in regards to the Communist threat were nothing short of disasterous. The loss of 600,000 of our Free Chinese allies to the Communist hordes was the result of Truman's treacherous sabotage of Chiang Kai Shek's Free Chinese Nationalists.
49 posted on 12/24/2002 7:41:18 AM PST by rightwing2
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To: Republic of Texas
Racial guilt? Puh-leeze!

If you would have stated it like you did here, there wouldn't have been such an objection.

No chasers here. 120-proof.

Ya heard?

Birth of Tha SYNDICATE, the philosophical heir to William Lloyd Garrison.
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50 posted on 12/24/2002 7:41:53 AM PST by rdb3
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