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The Carbon County GOP’s Racist Values

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The Carbon County Republicans (the people who’ve brought the Montana Legislature Jason Priest and David Howard) really want people to understand that their opposition to President Obama has nothing to do with his race, despite a fixation on his skin color that wouldn’t be out of place in a Klan rally.

In a newsletter promoting their upcoming Lincoln-Reagan dinner, they quote a letter from one Lloyd Marcus, attacking President Obama and attacking those who have the temerity to suggest that the TEA Party movement might just be racist.

Why would anyone believe that?

One of the passages from the letter, which nicely captures the tone of the entire piece, follows:

They offered America a modern day Trojan Horse, a beautifully crafted golden shiny new black man as a presidential candidate. Democrat Joe Biden lorded Obama as the first clean and articulate African American candidate. Democrat Harry Reid said Obama only uses a black dialect when he wants.

White America relished the opportunity to vote for a black man naively believing they would never suffer the pain of being called racist again. Black Americans viewed casting their vote for Obama as the ultimate Affirmative Action for America’s sins of the past.

The entirely non-racist letter continues:

No white president could get away with boldly and arrogantly thwarting the will of the American people and ignoring laws. President Clinton tried universal health care. Bush tried social security reform. The American people said “no” to both president’s proposals and it was the end of it. So how can Obama get away with giving the American people the finger? The answer. He is black.

In other words, being an African-American didn’t present unique challenges to President Obama; being “black” actually works to his advantage. To argue that an African-American, born in the 1960s and living to today, has benefited more than suffered because of his race, ignores the legacy of racist attitudes and institutions than still exist in American life, not to mention the racist uttering from the TEA Party itself.

Carbon County Republicans want us to believe that the Republican Party, their Republican Party, represents the interests of African-Americans today. Their only evidence, of course, ends with Republican efforts during the Civil War. I’d even give Republican credit for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s (something most modern conservatives would have and do oppose), but to argue that Republicans are the party best aligned with the interests of African-Americans and civil rights demands ignoring history and contemporary policy.

Even a TEA Party sociologist should know that African-American voters, who began to vote Democratic with FDR, shifted radically to the Democratic Party in 1964, when the Democrats became the party of civil rights and the Republicans became the party of Reagan-Goldwater opposition to the civil rights movement.

In their deep commitment to their kind of anti-racism, the Carbon County GOP is also planning to “honor” noted American abolitionist Frederick Douglass at their annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner. Douglass was undoubtedly a Republican in the 1850s and 1860s, but to suggest that this man who devoted his life to ending segregation, granting the vote to African-Americans, criticizing the abuses of the states rights movement, and humanizing capitalism, would vote Republican, much less attend a gathering of the Carbon County GOP is more than absurd; it’s an affront to his memory.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • Truly amazing. For you see, one of the greatest events in Red Lodge history every year was the Festival of Nations, a week long celebration of all the diverse ethnic groups that settle in Red Lodge. It was a great time! All the different ethnic groups had their day. There was Scandinavian Day, Italian Day, Scottish Day, another I forget, and the best of all, the last day, SLAVIC Day! And we did’er up right! Pig roast and beer. PLENTY of beer! And just a damn good time was had by all!

    And now, the racist Ree Pubes in Red Lodge, have gone from celebrating diversity to HATRED of our first black president! That’s really sad. These must be all outta state transplants in the current Pube Party there, like Jason (the felon) priest. The true people of Red Lodge were all immigrants!, from the miners to the ranchers and the dude who owned the local whore house! (now owned by a buddy of mine). Red Lodge was NOT a racist town by nature, for you see, when you’re all riskin’ your ass daily underground, you grow a common bond. These newbies do NOT understand the history of Red Lodge. Red Lodge is the most beautiful town in the entire state, and was not Kaleefornicated until late in the game. But alas, now it seems to have arrived. I would like to know just WHO these a**holes are, by name, who are writing this garbage. For they are NOT native to Red Lodge, a town that gets its name from the color the Indians painted their teepees!

    Racism had no place in Red Lodge, a town I used to work in and love dearly. I spent a great deal of time in the Beartooths, the prettiest place in the state!

    Keep the racism outta Red Lodge! Take it back to californyeeha!

  • The two parties pursue the same agenda, as they must. But the base ignorance of one party that must appeal to the lowest intellectual elements is often undeniable. You do have that. If only, if only, you were capable of self-reflection. Your party’s IQ is not sufficiently high enough to justify your condescension.

      • Yeah, right. I am not the one who fills these pages with screeds of moral superiority. I merely comment on their passing that from the outside looking in, the party system is two pole dancers talking money and pointing their finger at the other because their money is cleaner. Look at yourself for once, shove the hubris and face the problem. It is not me.

        • “I am not the one who fills these pages with screeds of moral superiority”

          You’re kidding right?

          You clearly are not self-aware. Tokarsticrats are the problem.

          • If I were to share your mindset concerning your superiority to the other party, then no matter the arrogance, pretension and pride and smugness I put on exhibit, you would not notice it.

              • Ground-level organizing does that sort of thing, and you credit the man out front. Your political astuteness is … wait. Doesn’t’ exist. The only reason we still have Social Security is because there is a huge segment of the population that believes in it. That is frigging why Obama backs off, silly man.

                Sometime look up “How Monica Saved Social Security.” Clinton was all set to shut it down in his final term, but the scandal erupted, and he had to rally his base. Ergo, SS survived his term.

              • I thought the average American had no say in our government by oligarchy, Mark? And yet the huge segment of Americans who believe in social security caused Obama to back off making a change in accounting procedures most of them haven’t heard of, much less understand? No, Mark, its quite clear what happened. Boehner gambled that he’d get the White House in 2012 and use it to cut entitlements without raising taxes. He didn’t, and has thus had to swallow tax increases with no subsequent entitlement cut. If its all Kabuki theatre, why didn’t it work? There were no massive SS protests, very little understanding of the issue at all. There was an election, and that put an end to it.

        • Grate with what Mark? Tom Foolery?

          False equivalency?

          If a Pundit farts in the woods of Colorado is it heard in Montana? No… but the Pundit will write about his experience and opinion on it, and post it on here anyway?

          Does it matter to the Community of Montana?

          Nah!

          Thank goodness!

  • Let’s play a little game don how many comments can you censor because you aren’t worried about open discourse your blogs are about dissemination of your viewpoint only I’m waiting ….

    • Um, nouns of direct address should be set off with commas, dude. Ever heard of them? If you can’t even use commas correctly, how can we tell if you’re not a raving moron? What CAN you use correctly? Little toy blocks?

    • I tell you what. You learn how to use an apostrophe correctly, or write in something that demonstrates a 7th grade writing level and I won’t delete your comments.

      Alternatively, have a debate on an issue. Your infantile references to anatomy and functionally illiterate personal attacks aren’t welcome here.

      Given your apparent politics, I understand why you don’t want to engage substantively, but you’re welcome to try. If you can act with some decency, you’re welcome to disagree with anyone you want–and I haven’t deleted any comments other than personal attacks from you yet.

      As I said before, entirely your call.

  • I was wondering if Ted Nugent had a place in Red Lodge. Here’s his quote.

    “I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.”

    Must be the water combined with Tea Party tea.

    • Jeebus, Ingie, that’s simply a remarkable post! Kinda hard to believe that American people have slipped so far as to write like this! Scary really.

  • Don, thank you for bringing this awful and hateful piece to light. I was horrified to receive it in my mailbox. The Carbon County Republican leadership was so proud of this hate they sent it to every post office box holder in at least my little town of Roberts. I know many, many decent Republicans here in Carbon County, and I’m hoping they’ll take back their party from these lunatics.

  • Lloyd Marcus is the Black author of said literature which the GOP is distributing. And unlike privileged whites
    Don and Larry he might know a thing or two about racial prejudice.

        • Here’s a song you might enjoy, sonny. It’s marcus singing his ode to sarah paylin! Yes, the guy claims to be an entertainer too. Where DID the Carbon Co. Pubes FIND this buffoon?

    • I’m privileged? Wow. Source please. The Carbon Co. Pubes may not know much about racism, but they DEFINITELY know about chutzpah! This letter is hee LAR ious in its racist intent. A “golden, shiny black man”, well not just that, but a SCARY, anti-Murcan golden shiny black man who’s attempting to destroy the country! Jeebus. I’ve got a pretty active imagination and even I couldn’t make this crap up!

      But alas, we can look to son of a. and the carbon county Pubbies for inspiration to lead us on racial matters. They’re just so far ahead of everyone else!

      Oh, I particularly liked this passage. It’s amazing in its stupidity.

      “Sunday, March 21,29 I0, a secret door opened in Obama, the shiny golden black man. A.raging army of Democrats
      charged out. Without mercy, they began their vicious, bloody slaughter of every value, freedom, and institution we
      Americans hold dear, launching the end of America as we know it.”

      “raging army? charged? without mercy? vicious slaughter? of EVERY value? “we” hold dear? taking our very “freedom”? causing the end of Murca??

      Yep. The Carbon Pubbies are gonna open up a front in the war on Murca right there in Red Lodge!

      I’m sorry, but I can’t stop laffing and these morons!

    • Dont ya just love it when some white folks are happy to parade “Uncle Toms” around in the tea party express bus?

      Did my adopted mom, who comments here ever tell you about her time raising me, How we lived in the lower rent districts for a time with me growing up Half Black….

      The reason the Majority of Blacks don’t follow the likes of Lloyd Marcus and the tea party is because they know a Grand Hu$tler when they see one. All you poor whites, you Tea partier’s types… Wanting to look so normal like Democrats are now….but only 1% of your party is black dude…. A mere 1% out of the 18% of Americans who identify as Tea Party supporters. Have you swallowed, “The Uncle Tom Stories” hook, line and sinker? Us people of color are laughing at you!!!!

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tea-party-supporters-who-they-are-and-what-they-believe/

      Kevin Jackson, Star Parker, and Lloyd Marcus are being payed to show up and cry “The democrats never done nothing for me.” They are acting out a story line you need to hear… Playing the tea party for good money. so you don’t appear racist as a party. You only keep see the same three Blacks, cant you tell us apart/

      The Tea Party so desperate for color in their party they screamed hallelujah when this guy Lloyd stood up and said he was saved by Conservatives. He is a paid huckster.

      Its a joke to intelligent Black Americans everywhere to watch him downtalking the majority of black America. How is it Lloyd cant explain why the GOP have never uplifted the poor whites who lived in his getto growing up too. Why is it poor whites never did any better under GOP leadership?

      Your being played Craig.

      If you think I’m kidding, when’s the last time you’ve seen one of these folks of color talk about something other than how Black folks are held back by continually voting for Democrats?

      In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified and finally put an end to slavery are you saying we didnt want that? It held us back?

      Moreover, the Fourteenth Amendment (1868) strengthened the legal rights of newly freed slaves by stating, among other things, that no state shall deprive anyone of either “due process of law” or of the “equal protection of the law.” Oh hell no we blacks didn’t want that either? Is that what they are saying?

      Finally, the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) further strengthening the legal rights of newly freed slaves by prohibiting states from denying anyone the right to vote due to race.

      The 1965 Civil Rights Act keep us in the back of the Bus?

      Believe me us Blacks, are nowhere as dumb as your Faux Grassroots, white,old, middle-class tea party people are…And your so Gullible to boot?

      Just continue eating that crap up Craig!

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