This past week, the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) of the Republican Party began its annual conference with more than 10,000 conservatives in attendance. Although the Republican Party says that it is a Party of inclusion (after all, their symbolic African American Herman Cain is scheduled to speak at the conference), the Chairman of the American Conservative Union (CPAC producer), Al Cardenas, said that the gay Republican group GOProud would not be allowed to participate. Cardenas said, “It’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship [with GOProud] because of their behavior and attitude.” In other words, gay is not cool as far as Republicans are concerned. However, CPAC has invited two white supremacists to speak. The first white supremacist is Peter Brimelow, a prominent anti-immigration activists despite the fact that he was born in England, will speak on a panel called “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity.” Brimelow said in 2003 that, “America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version. Whether we will want to call the new updated version ‘America’ at all is another question entirely.”
The other white supremacist is Robert “Bob” Vandervoort to speak on a panel called “High Fences, Wide Gates: States vs. the Feds, the Rule of Law & American Identity.” Vandervoort works for the site ProEnglish.com and also was the organizer for Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance. American Renaissance, a white supremacist organization run by notorious racist Jared Taylor, organizes a conference of racists including neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan including David Duke and Stormfront owner, Don Black.
It is unconscionable that none of the Republican presidential candidates or congressional Republicans have distanced themselves from these racist white supremacists. It seems to me that conservative Republicans are more open to embracing white supremacist hate groups rather than be in the same ballroom with Gay Americans! So much for inclusion.
Although CPAC had an extensive agenda for the week, one of the most notable contributions of many of the Republican speakers was to attack the President for what they called his “assault on religion.” The issue concerns a rule to require Catholic organizations to offer contraception services in their employee health plans. Republicans claim that the regulation infringes on the religious rights of Catholics and violated the Freedom of Religion provision of the Constitution, a blatant distortion of the facts. The proposed regulation has nothing to do with the Constitution but everything to do with Labor Law. Catholic churches and schools are exempt from the rule, but other Catholic organizations such as hospitals, must follow Labor Law including making contraceptives available through health insurance benefits like other organizations. Although a majority of women including Catholics agree with the President, because of the concerns raised by Catholic Bishops, President Obama announced a plan that the rule would be tweaked so that in cases where non-profit religious organizations have objections, insurance companies would be required to reach out to employees and offer the coverage directly. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called it “a first step in the right direction.” “Under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive service no matter where they work,” Obama said. Of course, Conservative Republicans are still criticizing the President in spite of the change.
Symbolic African American Herman Cain decided to throw more “red meat” to the Conservative Republican crowd by attacking democrats, saying, “We must outsmart the liberals; we must outsmart the stupid people that are trying to ruin America.” Cain says that liberals are “stupid people” yet it was liberals that passed the Social Security Act, Medicare, Voting Rights, Civil Rights Act of 1964 and much more; many of these laws contributed to Cain’s success as a businessman. I certainly don’t fault Cain for becoming a Conservative Republican but his consistent asinine comments ought to be an embarrassment to the Republican Party. I wonder if Cain is also referring to his Democrat wife who voted for President Obama as a “stupid liberal?”
At the start of the campaign, Republican presidential candidates began to attack President Obama on the economy. Willard Mitt Romney applauded the fact that unemployment had fallen to 8.3 percent, a three-year low, was “good news,” he stated that, “I know the president didn’t cause this downturn, this recession, but he didn’t make it better either. He made it worse.” Apparently, Romney’s advisers didn’t inform him that the unemployment rate fell to what it was during President Obama’s first full month in office, February 2009, and most economists agree that the stimulus actions taken by the administration and the Federal Reserve kept the recession from being worse. If President Obama’s policies failed, how do you account for the improved economy? First-time jobless claims are at their lowest, twenty-two months of new jobs added by the private sector, and the stock market is at an all-time high.
In a subtle way of introducing a hint of racism, Republican Gingrich called President Obama, “the best food-stamp president in American history” yet there were more folks on food-stamps under President Bush. Gingrich’s staff apparently forgot to tell him that at least 36 percent of the 46 million people on food stamps are white, 22 percent are black, and 10 percent Hispanic. Another idiotic comment designed to play to the conservative Republican base but a turn-off for most Americans.
The new front-runner of the Republican Party is Rick Santorum. Many of us recall just a few weeks ago, Santorum said, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.” But this Republican has a history of bigoted, UN-American comments. For example, Santorum once said that, “the ultimate homeland security issue” is making sure sodomites and homosexuals cannot marry each other. In a 2003 interview, Santorum likened sodomy to adultery, polygamy, and incest as “antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family”. He compared the idea of homosexual marriage to “man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be,” and said, “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.” If elected President, Santorum said that he would repeal all federal funding for contraception, and he supports state laws to outlaw birth control insisting that “it’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Santorum expressed his surprise that President Obama didn’t know when life began — given his skin color. “I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.” I do not believe that the American people would ever elect Conservative Republican Santorum as President who has a past filled with such colorful bigoted and racist comments.
When contrasting the policies of the Obama administration with those of Republican candidates and their bigoted rhetoric, I believe that Americans would be better served if we follow the current course. Of the many comments received on my blog, only one said that President Obama’s policies have failed. Yet, no “credible” evidence identifying specific failed policies was included. If anyone reading this article can identify a failed policy of President Obama, please cite it for me along with its trustworthy source. I will include that comment and policy in my next article.
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