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.