GOP: Racism = Patriotism?

There was a time not so long ago when racism in America was institutionalized. It was a winning political platform especially among Southern Democrats. The 1964 Civil Rights Act caused the party to split and the racist became Republicans (as Pres. Lyndon Johnson predicted).

The 1965 Voters Rights Act made it much easier for Blacks to register to vote, so the adopted new tactics to prevent Blacks to actually vote. The Republicans continue to employ such tactics today.

The only thing that has changed is that more moderate (educated) Republicans don’t pronounce their racism publicly but rarely take a stand against it.

From New GOP “Racist” Headache – The Daily Beast

Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic]  is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.

Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.”

Piker (Eric S.) is just an ignorant racist, but Audra Sigler Shaw is an ignorant racist endorsed by Bobby Jindal for President of the Young Republicans.

This pattern of racial remarks from grassroots Republican politicos highlights a real problem: As the party tacks right, it seems increasingly reluctant to challenge folks on its fringe for fear of offending the base—even, in this case, by failing to immediately rebuke racist supporters on a [Young Republicans] Facebook page. Let’s say that Shay’s “LOL” response was the online equivalent of nervous laughter, the kind of passive response to racist jokes that may have once been considered acceptable in pool halls and country clubs of the past. In the Internet era, it offers indelible evidence of acquiescing to something evil in our politics. There is a fear-based paralysis, a lack of moral clarity, which is in direct contradiction to their historic role as the Party of Lincoln.

It is the obligation of all Republicans to stand up against the racism so deeply rooted in their party, starting with Bobby Jindal.

But don’t hold your breath.  Spineless people prefer to run and hide.  Case in point: Both Audra Sigler Shay and Eric S Piker have disappeared from Facebook…just more racism shoved back into the shadows.

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  1. #1 by Wolf50 on July 7, 2009 - 9:42 am

    When the democratic party admits that its ranks are filled with race peddlers, aplogists, weaklings, whiners, and hypocrites who mistakenly believe they are thinking on a higher level than everyone else.

  2. #2 by David on July 7, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Do we have any way to verify that they disappeared from facebook as opposed to being kicked off? I know facebook tries to discourage racist and bigoted groups/pages – perhaps that extends to individuals too.

  3. #3 by Patriot on July 7, 2009 - 10:20 am

    This is rich, as we sit here we have a man in elected office as president who many people voted for simply because of the perception that he is “black”. Wouldn’t that being the definition of a racist act?

    Incredible, it simply can’t see itself.

    • #4 by Cliff Lyon on July 7, 2009 - 1:04 pm

      Patriot, (Glenn)

      The idea that people voted for Obama becuz he is Black is a ridiculous charge so full of racist resentment, those harboring it need to do some serious soul searching.

      …if you can find it.

  4. #5 by Cliff Lyon on July 7, 2009 - 1:05 pm

    Yeah Glenn (Patriot) and a bunch of people voted for Bush because he ‘claimed’ to be religious, is White, pro war and a big liar.

    Whats your point?

  5. #6 by evil is evil on July 7, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    I am a right wing gun nut red neck racist from the Ozarks.
    I am not stupid. Right is right.

    You make a racist, sexist, homobigot remark I will hit you with the hardest thing that I can get my hands on. Then I will explain what I found objectionable, then I will beat you unconscious. I may not change your mind but you will stop and think before you ever consider saying it again.

    Sorry we are all on this mudball together and a homosexual brother saved me in the Nam. No, I am heterosexual or was till my Agent Orange induced diabetes caused me to be impotent.

    Oh, patriots and religious get special attention. I had no quarrel with the Vietnamese. I do have a quarrel with believers, no god that anyone should “worship” would have ever possibly let happen the massacres that I saw over there.

    • #7 by James Farmer on July 7, 2009 - 2:50 pm

      Welcome, evil. I look forward to hearing more from you!

  6. #8 by Kevin Owens on July 7, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    It’s sick that someone in this modern age would still be using racial slurs like that. It’s wrong, it’s hurtful, and it’s stupid.

    If someone’s going to be a racist, he should at least be polite about it. Name-calling like that isn’t doing anyone any good.

  7. #9 by brewski on July 7, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    Glen Hoefer, that is about the poorest excuse for political commentary I have ever seen. I would demand an apology, but what’s the point since I’m sure you don’t get that you owe me one. On so many levels your posting is just offensive, insulting and factually wrong.

    Yes there are a bunch of racists in the GOP, and I am embarrassed for them, just as there are a bunch of racists in the Democrat Party.

    I have never seen more open and unapologetic racism in my life than listening to conversations among union-card carrying lifelong Democrats in South Boston and Philly. Ever see what happens if a black person moves onto a white black in South Jersey? Burning Dog shit on the front step. I’m sure you think it is all those Irish-American union member Republicans in South Jersey who are doing it.

    Then there are the slips by Jessie “Hymietown” Jackson, Joe “Clean” Biden and Geraldine “only President because he is black” Ferraro.

    Glenn, let’s try to stick with issues and substance and not false posturing and moralizing with ad hominem attacks you will lose.

  8. #10 by Patriot on July 7, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Get real, there is certain segment of the population that voted for Obama because he is black. To deny it is laughable. Really get you going though, worth every keystroke. We have elected a president based on a segment of the population voting along racial lines, no matter the posturing.

    How did this get to be about gays evil? So this is about me now? To the ad hominem and damn the facts. How do you think I owe you Brewski?

    …and it still can’t see itself.

  9. #11 by Patriot on July 7, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    As well, look at the top post itself,

    GOP: Racism = Patriotism? Let’s stick with the topic there, the baiting begins with this hyperbolic statement, passed off as, who knows what?

  10. #12 by Cliff Lyon on July 7, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Patriot (Glenn),

    Even if we accept that some people considered Obama’s race when voting for him, Who the hell cares?

    Whats wrong with that?

  11. #13 by mike w. on July 7, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Glenn is simply pointing out your hypocrisy Cliff. Racism is not a one-way street.

  12. #14 by Cliff Lyon on July 7, 2009 - 8:36 pm


    I don’t accept that anyone is free of racism. But they cannot be the same when one is oppressed minority and the other is the oppressor.

    That BS about reverse racism and “two-way street’ is a stupid canard. Just plain dumb.

  13. #15 by Larry Bergan on July 8, 2009 - 3:37 am

    These days, patriotism seems like blind obedience and blind voting.

    Count me out, forever…

  14. #16 by Ken on July 8, 2009 - 5:26 am


    GOP: Racism = Patriotism

    The ‘=’ is an assignment operator while ‘Racism’ is just a variable. The variable holds the value of the right side. Therefore your statement is equivalent to:

    GOP == Patriotism.

    Try this code:

    String racism = “patriotism”;

    cout << “GOP represents ” << racism << “.” << endl;

    The output will be:

    GOP represents patriotism.

  15. #17 by Patriot on July 8, 2009 - 6:45 am

    “Even if we accept that some people considered Obama’s race when voting for him, Who the hell cares”?

    As I mentioned above the very definition of a racist act. This is racist behavior plain and simple.

    As for who cares, I thought you might. It is clear that your perception of racism is biased. It has no logical basis, like most racism.

  16. #18 by Cliff on July 8, 2009 - 7:40 am


    If you read the DB article about the set of comments and response, you will see that the person who called the others’ comment racist was censored immediately while the racist comment were applauded.

    One can find throughout Republican rhetoric, tons of coded but deliberate racism.

    As late as the early sixties, Republicans were still using phrases like “racial purity”. The ‘N’ word was clearly used in videos of McCain supporters just last year.

    So let me put it another way. If you are a racist, you are still embraced by the GOP. Hell, Steele is a racist.

    Ken, I’m not claiming YOU are a racist…just your party.

    Glenn (Patriot), The civil rights movement was about getting equal rights for Black people, not white people. Surely you can see the difference as it relates to reality.

    • #19 by Kevin Owens on July 8, 2009 - 8:11 am

      At present, whites are a majority in the United States, and we hold the bulk of the power and wealth. But our empire is on the decline. After 2050, non-whites will be the majority in America.

      Thus, it is relevant to the interest of whites to ensure racially equal policies now. Otherwise, if we allow liberal or conservative racist policies to survive, then we will be oppressed when it is our turn to be the minority.

      Reverse racism and the “two-way street” is a serious issue, and it’s getting more serious every year.

  17. #20 by Patriot on July 8, 2009 - 8:52 am

    “The civil rights movement was about getting equal rights for Black people” Is that all you think?

    Liberty and Justice for all doesn’t ring a bell?

    Racism in its forms have no color Cliff. Coded racism? It is quite a fantasy world you live in there. You in supporting this kind of crap places you now in the category of plain old racist.

    Ken is no racist, but you certainly are Cliff, by definition, not withstanding your own perceptions. That you include people of the majority that had nothing to do with any civil rights denial in the group of “oppressors” is plain old prejudice and in your case very likely racism, if i am to understand your “code”. The individuals who are racist are absolutely embraced by the Democrat party as well. It really is a shame.

    “All are equal before the Law”. That you still see all things distinctly in color, despite having a “black” president. who is in fact half white, it still cannot clear with you that such a view of the world can be described as anything but racist.

    …and yet it still can’t see itself.

  18. #21 by brewski on July 8, 2009 - 9:19 am

    The left has no interest at all in “equality before the Law” or “Liberty and justice for all”. They continue to promote disparate treatment based on race and call anyone who doesn’t agree with them a “racist”. Cheap tactic to just throw the R-bomb around, as Glenn so unintelligently did. Just undermines his own case.

  19. #22 by mike w. on July 8, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Definition of Racism

    1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

    2 : racial prejudice or discrimination

    If you claim to be better than someone based upon your race then IT IS RACISM.

    If you are prejudice or you discriminate against a particular person / group of persons based on their race then IT IS RACISM.

    This does not apply only when levied against a minority race by whites. It applies if the prejudice or discrimination occurs on the basis of race, period.

  20. #23 by mike w. on July 8, 2009 - 9:23 am

    For example, affirmative action is BY DEFINITION racist. It is a system of racial discrimination. How can we hope to get beyond race when we use race as a determinant factor in such social systems?

  21. #24 by Remo (changed from cav) on July 8, 2009 - 9:56 am

    Is it possible that racism in’t all bad?

  22. #25 by Patriot on July 8, 2009 - 11:59 am

    Have another Brewski. In a post that begins with accusations posed as questions, do you expect the charge to not be turned upon the like with the same ease? The post begins with the “cheap” tactic you describe, and as such it was doomed to its demise before anyone read it.

  23. #26 by Cliff on July 8, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Kevin, While I certainly agree that equal rights is an absolute moral imperative, I am concerned about your stated motivation:

    Otherwise… then we will be oppressed when it is our turn to be the minority.

    Such reasoning seems a bit twisted and will not serve the goal of true equality.

    Case in point. Despite the fact that equal rights protections have been written into law, de-facto racism in our culture leads to an great imbalance in justice.

  24. #27 by Patriot on July 8, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    True equality according to Cliff, wait for it…, and it still can’t see itself.

    “Case in point. Despite the fact that equal rights protections have been written into law, de-facto racism in our culture leads to an great imbalance in justice”.

    Yes indeed, and it works both ways, as the recent case involving firefighters that weren’t promoted due to their race, was ruled on in their favor. The concept you describe Cliff is one that no longer applies.

    • #28 by James Farmer on July 8, 2009 - 4:26 pm


      Read the supreme court decision and then come back and comment – correctly and informed – re the firefighter case.

  25. #29 by Patriot on July 9, 2009 - 4:26 am

    Read it, I stand by the statement. Before long affirmative action will be struck down as illegal, uncertified testing or not,

    Not Glenn though.

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