Friday, November 17, 2006

Hurling Ourselves Over the Railing

An excerpt of what I posted at powerlinenews forum:

It won’t take any press blurbs to remind black America who Trent Lott was. They already know. And not just the militants who have a US flag upside down on the wall next to the poster of the Fist Salute at the 1968 Olympics.

Trent Lott is not a racist. Trent Lott is not a segregationist. Trent Lott is, as you point out, a fellow who loves the proper procedure. I believe he abhors all the raw emotion and absolutism of House debates. He is not a crusader, he is a clubbable legalist who values an amiable process as much as the legislation that results. In a word, a Senator. And what I think he meant, when he said that his friend Strom Thurmond’s election ‘would have avoided all the troubles we’ve had over the years’, was that the process of awarding civil rights to all Americans regardless of color could have been achieved with a lot more consideration, a lot more propriety, and a lot more comradely good fellowship.

I’m capable of giving him the benefit of the doubt, and assuming he just forgot Thurmond, at the time of his Presidential bid, was on the side of unblinking Evil. Or that black America, to its very core, is damn proud they forced the issue of their full freedom without waiting for the likes of Trent Lott or Strom Thurmond, or John Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson, to gift it after properly measured debate. They don’t regret the ‘troubles’ one bit.

I’m capable of believing in his good faith. I already knew two years ago that the average American is not. When I’ve got to try and explain why a chief in my Party wished a segregationist had won the White House, and the best I can do is ‘he forgot who he was talking to and what about’, it’s time for a change. Now we have the even greater task explaining of why our Party doesn’t take that very seriously.

Even if he were the ‘wizard’ who brought Brett Kavanaugh to a vote and broke the Gang of 14--and he didn’t, he was nowhere to be seen on those tangles-- I’d still say he needed to stick to the shady side of the stage.

Images of Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington is a lot more politically significant to many (if not most) African-Americans than Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall. I don't think Sen. Lott appreciates that, and I really question whether his supporters among our ranks do, either.

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