Friday, September 30, 2005

Another "Trent Lott Moment" in GOP Politics. Now It's Bill Bennett and a Bush Cabinet Secretary

"But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down," -- William Bennett, former Secretary of Education in the Reagan Administration, and author of The Book of Virtues.

The problems never seem to end for the Republican party.The Republican Majority leaders in both houses of Congress are under criminal investigation, a prominent member of the Bush Administration has been arrested, the president's approval rating is hovering in the mid 30s, a majority of Americans now believe that the Iraq war was a mistake, and now the highly influential conservative intellectual, author, and talk show host William Bennett drops this disturbing bombshell. Maybe, just maybe, Bennett could have ended this controversy before it began if he had simply apologized for his ridiculous remarks. But, he is adamantly refusing. Good job, Bill. But where is the right on this issue? Nowhere. Wouldn't want to violate Reagan's 11th commandment -- Thou shalt not speak ill of a Republican. This kind of comment requires more than Scott McClellan's simple "...the comment is inappropriate." It is so far past inappropriate that "appropriate" is beyond view. And one wonders why the GOP is perceived as a racist-tolerant party. Let's see how well this works for them.

Add that to the statement by Bush Cabinet member, Alfonso Jackson (Secretary of HUD) that when New Orleans is re-built "it's not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again." Mr. Jackson, who is a black conservative toadie for the Administration, seems to be setting a goal for the White House. I guess Jackson would get along well with Clarence Thomas, Alan Keyes, Armstrong Williams, and other "prominent" black Conservatives who seem to hate other blacks. A sad and pathetic state of affairs.

Does Bill Bennett's comment rank at the top of the most offensive things uttered by right-wing talk radio hosts? What do you think? (Quotes from Huffington Post):

Rush Limbaugh: "Some of these babes, I'm telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd, they're out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes."

G. Gordon Liddy: "They've got a big target on there: ATF. Don't shoot at that because they've got a vest on underneath that. Head shot, head shots."

Bill O'Reilly: "We'd save lives because Mexican wetbacks, whatever you want to call them, the coyotes--they're not going to do what they're doing now, all right, so people aren't going to die in the desert."

Michael Savage: "[When you think gays] think only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son."

There has been zero outrage from the right about these comments, but they all went ballistic because Janet Jackson's tit was flashed for half a second during the Super Bowl?

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