The Difference Between the Republican Party and the KKK?

Over the past few months, it’s been … interesting … to watch the Republican Party in action. In particular, when it comes to how they deal with issues of race, along with their statements. It’s not a pretty picture. One of the examples that has caught the media’s attention has been the statements of Donald Trump, as he appears on various media outlets to endorse Mitt Romney. The Donald, you see, is a birther. But he’s not the only one.

A look around the country shows that a number of Republican candidates and officials are either birthers, or playing flirty games with them. Pete Hoekstra in Michigan “suggests” a “federal agency to check birth certificates.” A representative in Colorado “has doubts,” which he then backtracks on. Primary candidates in North Carolina announce they have “serious doubts” about the President’s birth certificate. In Georgia, a state legislator, along with a county party chair, brought suits challenging President Obama’s eligibility. In Arizona, the Secretary of State “investigates” whether the President is eligible to be on the ballot.

Then there’s the “immigration laws” in Arizona, Alabama, and Arizona, which have had … singlularly adverse … effects on those states economies.  Voter purges, and “voter ID laws” (to combat a virtually non-existent problem) in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, and elsewhere.  All because, after all, you know that brown and black people are “problems.”  Pennsylvania’s GOP has elected a neo-Nazi to the Republican Central Committee.

All of which has been met with deafening silence from GOP leaders, or at best, waffling half-hearted “well, I’m not responsible for…” statements from those bold advocates of “personal responsibility.”  At least, personal responsibility for others.  Now, I’m sure there are Republicans who aren’t racists, but the trend is clear.  If you’re going to bet, the odds are more in favor than against.   My answer to the question in the title?  The KKK was open about their racism.   Sadly, that’s about the only difference.

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10 responses to “The Difference Between the Republican Party and the KKK?

  1. Vic78

    I’m not going to call them racist. That kind of talk hurts their feelings. I’ll say they are intellectually deficient dirtbags.

  2. Alan Scott

    Norbrook,
    Do you not think you are being just a little over the top calling the Republican Party almost equivalent to the KKK ? There were more Democrats than Republicans in the KKK .

    What’s wrong with getting the dead off of the voting rolls? What’s wrong with asking voters to prove they are really who they pretend to be? What’s wrong with being confused about where Barak Obama was born when there is so much contradictory evidence? Now I am ready to accept that he was born in the USA, but I would not condemn those who question it .

    • No, I’m not being over the top. It’s been systemic in the Republican Party, and particularly egregious since President Obama was elected. It doesn’t matter that the KKK was “Democratic,” in that many of those same Democrats switched to the Republican Party in the 1960′s, after LBJ’s passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights law.

      At the very least, if not actively racist, there’s been a pandering to and unwillingness – or inability – on the part of various Republican leaders, particularly Mitt Romney, to denounce or correct the various statements made by the more racist elements. So if they aren’t personally racist, they’re tolerating it. Which, for your history, was quite common with politicians when the KKK was a major political force.

      There’s nothing wrong with getting the dead off the voter rolls. But that’s not what these laws are about, Alan, and making it seem that way is just plain lying on the part of any official. You might want to look at what is actually going on. Florida is in the process of “purging” – or attempting to – and it turns out they have no verified lists, they have “identified” long-time residents and voters as “ineligible.” It’s a mess, and every single county electoral board has refused to implement it. The “what’s wrong” with making voters prove who they are? The requirements they’re instituting, Alan. It may not seem like a big deal to you, because you probably have a driver’s license, bills in your name, and so on, all of which you’ve had for years. I went through this process with my aunt earlier this spring, and it was definitely an eye-opener. Yes, it is a backdoor way to disenfranchise voters, because if you can make it extraordinarily difficult to “prove who you are,” you can keep them from voting. It’s particularly noteworthy that the “requirements” end up removing minorities.

  3. Alan Scott

    Norbrook ,

    I read your story of your Aunt . You had to go through a lot just to get her to the point of opening a bank account and transferring a car . You did not do all of this so that she could vote . My point being that Society requires all of this BS just to legally function as a breathing human being . Asking voters to prove who they are is not a new burden. They already have to do that . I saw where people wanting to meet First Lady Obama at some kind of public function had to have all kinds of documentation to prove who they were . I bet these same folks complained about whipping out an ID at the voting booth .

    You democrats always have a few elderly victims to trot out to say that Republicans are disenfranchising voters . Back in the 2000 election Democrats found the most frail looking old people on the planet, put them on TV and claimed these poor folks would be eating dog food if Bush was elected . Then later when Bush proposed allowing private accounts for SS , they again found the most victim looking old people to say that they did not want their SS lost on Wall St. It did not matter that those on SS were not eligible and thus it had absolutely nothing to do with poor ole granny and grandpa. And yes it worked. Trotting out old people works wonderfully .

    • Alan,
      The problem is that “requiring all that BS” is exactly what Republicans are asking people to do to be able to vote. Now, you and I have drivers licenses, and we’ve probably had them since we were in our teens. I know quite a few people from major cities who have never had one, since the public transportation system suffices quite well for them. They also rent, so many may not have the bills to “prove” who they are. Equally true is the fact that those nice “ID offices” are often not a quick jaunt down to find. Add in that they cost money to obtain, and when you’re poor, or struggling, it may not be possible to come up with the money to obtain it. So no, it’s not just a few old people.

      The other thing you’re ignoring? Voter fraud is only a problem in the Republican’s mind. Seriously, it’s so miniscule a problem that the cases in most states can be counted on one hand in any given election cycle. So all the bureaucracy, all the government spending, and effort by “conservatives” is simply to combat something that wasn’t a problem in the first place – except in their minds.

      I also note that you keep ducking the fact that your state is the one with the neo-Nazi white supremacist on its Party’s Central Committee. But hey, it’s OK …. he’s a Republican.

  4. Alan Scott

    Norbrook ,

    ” I also note that you keep ducking the fact that your state is the one with the neo-Nazi white supremacist on its Party’s Central Committee. But hey, it’s OK …. he’s a Republican. ”

    I beg your pardon, you are better informed than I am . Whom are you referring to .

    These people you mention who exist without ID, besides not driving, must not fly, buy tobacco, or buy alcohol . And speaking of your state, is it really that hard to get an ID. Pa. has gone out of it’s way to make it easy to go to Penndot and get one .

    You are right we believe there is voter fraud . Al Franken would not be Senator if there had been voter ID laws. There are too many mysterious happenings where votes show up when they are needed for there not to be . I say it is your imagination that there isn’t any . ACORN is dead in name only .

    • Frankly, Alan, you’re full of shit. I might note that “ID” is only asked in most places (I’ve worked at stores, BTW) if you look under 27. I haven’t been asked for ID in a long time, so no, they don’t need ID.

      The other thing you keep ignoring is that the states that are passing voter ID laws aren’t just asking someone for a form of ID, they’re asking for a specific ID, and then they make getting that ID extremely difficult, if you haven’t had one before.

      There was no voter fraud in Minnesota. Sorry, but that was investigated, and there was a complete – bipartisan, btw – recount done. Despite the allegations, and that’s all they are, by various groups who weren’t in Minnesota, there was no evidence to back them up. Sore losers, sure, but voter fraud? No. Here’s something for you to chew on: Do you know who has had the most cases of documented voter fraud? Republicans.

  5. Gret post, Norbrook. The only difference in some in the Repbulican Party and the KKK is the Republican Party wear BROOKS BROTHERS suits instead of white-hooded robes.

    And Alan, dude, enough with the other side does it bullshit. When I get actual visual and auditory proof of the other side walking around with Nazi Posters, effigies of PBO circulating emails watermelons on the WH lawn, etc. I consider your augement. Until then…. Bye Boy!

  6. Alan Scott

    Ametia,

    It’s always good to hear from a representative sample of the Left’s intelligentsia . The both of you seem upset . You guys must be taking the Wisconsin debacle very personally . I recommend you drink a lot of beer . It’s what’s gotten me through life since the 2008 elections . In fact you might want to stock up a whole lot for after November. Yuengling lager is the best when you have to cry in your beer.

    Norbrook ,

    Oh, and I found your White Supremacist . He got on with one write in vote, his own. The Republicans are trying to legally get rid of him . That’s your evidence of racism in the GOP ? Avoiding it ? It wasn’t worth my knowing about it .

    • No, I don’t take the Wisconsin debacle personally. I think the results of the polling showed more that people were against having recalls, than in whether they agreed with the governor. Then again, with his current legal troubles (oopsie!) he may be in jail before he finishes out his term.

      I have no intention of crying in my beer. Let’s face it, if you go by your preferred candidate’s record, he’ll do exactly what you Republicans claim (hypocritically) to be “against.” The problem for you is when it comes to fiscal responsibility, it’s the Democratic candidate who turns out to be more responsible. Let’s see: Mitt as governor managed to lose jobs, set his state into the bottom 20% of job creation, and manage to load more debt onto the taxpayers of the state. Yup, just what Republicans want.

      Oh, Alan? It’s not just Pennsylvania. It’s across the party. Seriously. There were so many dog-whistles that it wasn’t funny, including Santorum’s “blah” comments. I might note that all I have to do is look at the comment sections on any newspaper, news site, or on conservative boards to see the blatant racism running full bore. Do you see any Republican politician standing up to them? Including your presidential candidate? No, at best they give a half-assed response.

      I haven’t even begun to start on the anti-science aspects, and constant bible-thumping. If you’re going to come here spouting the latest from “Fox & Friends,” which you have, don’t expect “nice.” Seriously, you trotted out Al Franken’s election as an example of “voter fraud?” That was just plain dumb. A recount which was done in public, with everyone able to “look in” on the Internet, and view “challenged” ballots? One where the “hey, what?” moment came when a county registar “found” more votes for Coleman? That election? Give me a break.