“… a badge of honor and a job well done!”

In the midst of crowing about Van Jonesresignation, the posters and commenters at redstate.com are taking a short break to engage in a bit of self pity because, as they say, the meanie progressives, liberals and Democrats are calling them, gasp, racists.

But, jutting their jaws to show their resolution, they proudly say such lies and smears will no longer make them cower. Here’s a representative comment by a regular commenter:

I am going to guess the left doesn’t get that we…
JadedByPolitics Monday, September 7th at 9:03AM EDT (link)
and by we I mean Americans just don’t give a crap anymore about that word “racism”. It has no effect. They have chicken-littled that word to death in the past year (and 40 yrs) and WE DON’T CARE.

I will go so far as to say that from know [sic] on when we are called racists that it is a badge of honor and a job well done! [Emphasis added.]

Whoever has his enemy at his mercy & does not destroy him is his own enemy

You may have heard the silly right wing argument that the Nazis were actually left wing socialists — see they have the term “socialist” in their name. QED!

As easily refuted as that is, there is another even more astoundingly obtuse claim by rightwingers and Republicans concerning race.

They like to say, with disbelief that everyone else also doesn’t repeat the claim ad naseum that Lincoln was Republican and Republicans supported civil rights and Democrats opposed much of the early legislation.

What they conveniently leave out is that those Democrats from the south who opposed civil rights were racist southerners who became Republicans in the wake of civil rights.

Why is the south, the region that should have an enduring hatred of Republicans, now the stronghold of a Republican party in danger of turning into a rump?

Of course, it’s because of Nixon’s racist southern strategy, built on and expanded my Ronald Reagan who launched his presidential bid in 1980 by giving a “states’ rights” speech in the town in Mississippi where three murdered civil rights workers’ bodies were recovered.

“States’ rights” was, and is, a common code word for continued racist laws and practices.

I mentioned in my last post that I think the rightwingers and Republicans are going to get over confident and reach beyond their grasp. The Jones resignation only seems to make that more likely.

And in the process, they will expose, like the commenter above, aspects of their character and makeup that are rejected by the majority of Americans.

Update: Here are a couple more:

this is what employers, teachers, retailers
mom2oneson Monday, September 7th at 9:21AM EDT (link)
deal with all the time. Any type of negative consequence will get met with a cry of racism from *some* people even children.

VJ: Flashback to High School
minncon Monday, September 7th at 10:10AM EDT (link)
Good Lord… I’ve been hearing this “it’s because I’m black” crap since going to a 30% black high school back in 1972! You reap what you sow… if you have a big mouth and make ongoing racist statements (like Vanity Jones did), you can’t cry race when you’re canned. It is a fact: the largest group of racists in America is made up of the very people who continually cry “racism!”

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