Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

In the name of God, Go.

Right now the Lott saga is proceeding according to the usual byzantine Washington routine, with the endgame being dragged out with the usual winks, nods, confirmations by omission, etc. What is needed to stop the bleeding the the lingering damage this is doing to the GOP is for a leading Republican Senator to step forward and say to Lott, as Leo Amery said to Neville Chamberlain on May 7, 1940 in the House of Commons: "You have sat here too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go."

(Amery was of course quoting Cromwell’s words to the Long Parliament when he thought is was no longer fit to conduct the affairs of the nation. This is for thos eof you who jumped on me for misremembering Nixon on Laugh-In. This is no Laugh-In.)

Discussions - 2 Comments

Come, come, Mr. Hayward, you’re getting all ruffled without concern for the facts in this case:

GOP: Your Honor, I call Bob Herbert to the stand, please.

Mr. Herbert, can you give ur your take of the present state of the Republican Party, sir?

Herbert: Yes, sir, I can. The Republican Party has become a haven for white racist attitudes and anti-black policies. The party of Lincoln is now a safe house for bigotry. It’s the party of the Southern strategies and the Willie Horton campaigns and Bob Jones University and the relentless and unconscionable efforts to disenfranchise black voters.

GOP: Are familar with that wonderful institution of our Constitution called the Census, Mr. Herbert?

Herbert: Yes, sir.

GOP: Are you aware, sir, that according to the latest U.S. Census figgires, "Migration to the South Brings U.S. Blacks Full Circle"? And that the census numbers show that "Blacks ended the 20th century by returning to the region that they spent most of the century leaving"?

Herbert: No, sir, I did not know that.

GOP: Do you think, Mr. Herbert, that blacks would be "returning" to place they thought was "a haven for white racist attitudes and anti-black policies"?

Herbert: Well, I, uh, don’t know ’bout that?

GOP: I rest my case your Honor. You may step down, Mr. Herbert. :)

Come, come, Mr. Hayward, you’re getting all ruffled without concern for the facts in this case:

GOP: Your Honor, I call Bob Herbert to the stand, please.

GOP: Mr. Herbert, can you give us your take of the present state of the Republican Party, sir?

Herbert: Yes, sir, I can. The Republican Party has become a haven for white racist attitudes and anti-black policies. The party of Lincoln is now a safe house for bigotry. It’s the party of the Southern strategies and the Willie Horton campaigns and Bob Jones University and the relentless and unconscionable efforts to disenfranchise black voters.

GOP: Are familar with that wonderful institution of our Constitution called the Census, Mr. Herbert?

Herbert: Yes, sir.

GOP: Are you aware, sir, that according to the latest U.S. Census figgires, "Migration to the South Brings U.S. Blacks Full Circle"? And that the census numbers show that "Blacks ended the 20th century by returning to the region that they spent most of the century leaving"?

Herbert: No, sir, I did not know that.

GOP: Do you think, Mr. Herbert, that blacks would be "returning" to place they thought was "a haven for white racist attitudes and anti-black policies"?

Herbert: Well, I, uh, don’t know ’bout that?

GOP: I rest my case your Honor. You may step down, Mr. Herbert. :)

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