I am by nature an optimist. Even when I posted on Redneck Pride, I assumed the role of the cultural anthropologist trying (as I have since I first met Levon Helm in 1968) to understand the crackers. But it is dawning on me that the level of racism that is tolerated or even encouraged by the conservative movement is a “bridge too far” and that there may in fact be two Americas.
Exhibit A- Two morons from Franklin Tennessee, Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, were selling Obama Waffles at the Values Voters Summit this morning in Washington. While next door to these cretin’s salesbooth Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney rattled on about the Conservative Revolution, the true colors of the right wing appeal may be depicted on this disgusting regurgitation of the Aunt Jemima stereotype. Rush Limbaugh may regularly play his “Barack, the Magic Negro” ditty to an appreciative radio audience without fear of censure. But I know the days of these Sons of the Klan are numbered. But as long as the press are silent and tolerant of Limbaugh and his dittoheads, this crap will continue.
In 54 days we will find out if Neanderthals like Whitlock and Demoss make up enough of the population to deprive our country of the real change it deserves. Many of you have asked me to stop acting like the electorate is a rational body, open to dealing with the facts of a Republican Party that has drawn our nation into the extremes of peril. I will go to church tomorrow morning and pray to God to forgive Whitlock, Demoss and Limbaugh for the poison they are pouring on our polity. And then I will get up and work hard for the next 50 days in the belief that they don’t represent a majority of hate.