Washington Post: “Southern Republicans have seceded from sanity”

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Posted in category Establishment Rightists

Neocon Kathleen Parker has written an amazing piece of tediously conventional, anti-Southern trash out of sheer ignorance. Parker blames the dereliction of the GOP – which has become a party with barely noticeable distinctions from its Democratic opponent – on “ignorant, right-wing, Bible-thumping rednecks.” Miss Parker, in her bigoted sketch making modern Southerners look like slaveholder wannabees, refers to a “sense of a resurgent Old South and all the attendant pathologies of festering hate and fear.” 

Miss Parker hilariously hallucinates with politically-correct fantasies that bring forth visuals of the glorious North still fighting the Civil War, trying to end slavery in the South. Perhaps she is fantasizing about a new version of Abraham Lincoln, a known racist, when she comments that the Republicans should collectively “drive a stake through the heart of Old Dixie.” According to Parker, her GOP – the GOP that gave us the Security State, the Patriot Act, myriad wars, a militarized police state, a corporatist Wall Street, and the worst budget snafus ever – is the good GOP, yet it has been co-opted by these roving bands of skeptical Southerners fighting the mega-socialist state being put forth by Obama and his committed minions. How dare they! If only they could all just get along and play the partisan game, we could move forward swimmingly and enjoy our lives under tyranny in unity and peace.

As one who has grown up – and lives – in the land of the glorious, triumphant Union, and has one who has traveled extensively throughout the South since the early 1980s, learning about its people and its culture up close and personal, I have witnessed no greater polarization and hate and racism than right here in the North. In fact, I invite Miss Parker (born in Florida, living in South Carolina) to come up here to Detroit if she wants to see hate and fear and racism – of both the black and white variety.

Or perhaps she can take the time to breeze through U.S. census data. It is well known that the most segregated cities in the U.S. are northern, and in fact, most data shows that they are Midwestern industrial cities. Whether or not you use the 1990 census data or the 2000 data, the cities on the list remain consistent: Detroit, Milwaukee, Ceveland, Chicago, Buffalo, Gary, Newark, Cincinnati, etc. Yet since a few scattered Southern Republicans oppose the merging of the minds for a Republicrat-Demopublican joint force to subdue liberty once and for all, it must be that hate-racist thing rearing its reptilian mind again.

Since Miss Parker is in fact ignorant of history and can only recite modern scuttlebutt that will please her colleagues in the media and Washington D.C., I’ll remind her of the scholar Alex de Tocqueville, who said: “Race prejudice seems stronger in those states that have abolished slavery than in those where it still exists, and nowhere is it more intolerant than in those states where slavery was never known.” Some things haven’t changed in the last 150+ years, Miss Parker. Y’all come on up here and learn for yourself instead of flinging rhetoric from the establishment pulpit known as the Washington Post.

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4 Responses to Washington Post: “Southern Republicans have seceded from sanity”

  1. Splash Daddy says:

    August 5th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Great post Karen! Parker epitomises the “conservative commentariat” who support the ever expanding federal & state governments into every aspect of our lives. Being from SC I’m sure she thinks Lindsay Graham is a fine senator. They just want us to all get along while we are physically robbed and spiritually raped. You also point out Abraham Lincoln. The deification of Lincoln by both parties and most Americans is a scary omen to me. Lincoln oversaw the death of over 600,000 Americans and set fire to the Constitution which has smoldered ever since and is now nothing but ashes.

  2. Tomás says:

    August 5th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Great post, Karen. Growing up in suburban California and Maryland I never really experienced the so-called virulent anti-black racism that so many think persists among everyday white Americans. I realized upon spending my freshmen year in Rhode Island that anti-black racism was still alive and well, but sectional and all up North! I had never heard a racial slur uttered in public until I lived in New England. “Porch monkey”, “spear chucker”, etc. etc., and all in broad daylight among all three generations. I was stunned, but even more so, angry that they had gotten away with such overt racism while projecting their demons onto Southerners!

  3. Bruce says:

    August 5th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    A few years ago I used to stupidly think Kathleen Parker was pretty sharp. I’d catch her on Chris Mathews train wreck of a show on Sunday and often read her columns. She was a strong supporter of the military and seemed tuned into many conservative ideas. Fast forward a few years and she is almost unrecognizable! ….what is with her, I have no idea? Her views on north/south racism are completely wrong. Living in Chicago, I can tell you, it, like Detroit has always had stubborn signs of black and white racism, particularly on the southside.
    I grew up seeing this. Its not something I imagined. It still exists today.
    By comparison, I worked in Houston Texas for years and saw almost none of this overt racism. Yet towns like Houston are regularly ridiculed as being bigoted southern havens. …and apparently people like Kathleen Parker like to keep that myth alive.
    Parker is not just ignorant of history, she’s just ignorant, period.

  4. Robin says:

    August 5th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Bruce writes: “By comparison, I worked in Houston Texas for years and saw almost none of this overt racism. Yet towns like Houston are regularly ridiculed as being bigoted southern havens…” My wife and I moved to Houston from Northern California (SF Bay Area) in 2001, and one of the first things we noticed was how better whites and blacks get along down here. I attribute this partly to the social conservatism of the whites, and especially the masculinity of white men. Blacks despise liberal white men as weaklings. Liberal whites, in turn, look down on blacks as overgrown children who need to have their hands held by the welfare state.

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