Say it ain’t so…

I think, out of weariness, I’m just going to let this one speak for itself. Representative Jim Moran (D-Va), never known as a fan of love-speech, had this to say on an Arab television network:

It [the Republican successes in the 2010 elections] happened for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States. It happened because the Southern states, the slaveholding states, didn’t want to see a president who was opposed to slavery.

In this case, I believe, a lot of people in the United States don’t want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is liberal, who wants to spend money and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society.

Can my liberal friends fill in the blanks?

Sources here, here, here, and here. The original source has a voice-over in Arabic, making it more difficult to determine what Moran was saying. Determine for yourself. If it turns out Representative Moran actually said, “the 2010 election results happened because Martians invaded and successfully converted hundreds of thousands of Americans to pod people…,” I’ll be relieved regarding our nation’s political health.

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5 Responses to Say it ain’t so…

  1. jeff veazey says:

    Those of us who have spent significant amounts of time in places like McCreary County, Kentucky, or Shreveport, Louisiana, or Kenosha, Wisconsin, or East Texas, or, Eastern Oklahoma, or Southern Arkansas, or Pocatella, Idaho, or Dallas, Texas, and have talked with people intimately enough for there to be a moment when our common humanity causes them to reveal some dislike, suspicion, prejudice, bigotry or racism, for a group or people; we know what Rep. Moran meant. The Republican Party is still 90% white and in any group of one color there will be a higher percentage who distrust the “other” than in a group that has a long tradition of diversity. I assume Rep. Moran’s office is shocked by the hateful, racist phone calls they get on a regular basis and this is what he bases some of his opinion on. Interesting that you use the oft quoted line, “Say it ain’t so…” which refers to the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. The famous line alledgedly muttered by a tearful newspaper boy to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, whose has never been proven to have had a role in throwing the World Series to the Reds, bemoaned an event that disgraced the game and stole a bit of our country’s innocence. No one wanted to believe it was true but it was. Rep. Moran may not have chosen the words we would have chosen and like all Politicians he just can’t resist hyperbole and exaggeration but the truth that the race of this President has become a fixation for many is undeniable. Attacking birthplace and true religion, are just code for…even uglier language that the haters know they dare not use.

  2. South Florida Jon says:

    your response is typical of people of which any view other than your own must be for “racist or bigoted reasons”, the race card is always the last card thrown by a losing hand. Very tiring to hear the same old claims of racism again and again. By using your logic “The Republican Party is still 90% white and in any group of one color there will be a higher percentage who distrust the “other” than in a group that has a long tradition of diversity”, I guess you mean to say Republicans are not diverse. What a prejudicial statement, however typical of those who are the first to accuse others of the very thing they themselves are guilty of.

  3. I believe that we haven’t progressed as much as we like to think we have when it comes to race relations. Saying “A lot” of people not wanting to be governed by a black President is walking a thin line. I would say there are still “some” who don’t want a black POTUS. Words like “a lot” and “some” are so vague. Racism and prejudices still exist, whether we like to admit it or not.

    I really hate the term “race card.” Sometimes, its completely fitting. I watched an HBO documentary on the 2008 elections and Barack Obama. There was one guy who said “I can’t believe we have a N for a president” on the night Obama won. Yup, racist. Well, at least he was up front about it.

    I think Moran is total jackass for saying this on record with a foreign news outlet. It’s our problem that we’re working on constantly. It’s our dirty laundry and our business.

    • Thanks Spinny, and I agree we haven’t progressed as much as we like to think — but maybe it’s because we HAVE progressed more than any other country in the world that we sometimes pat ourselves on the back a bit much and lose sight of the ultimate goal of MLK’s dream (most of which, by the way, we have achieved, but not all of it). I also agree with you that it was totally inappropriate for Moran to say such cynical nonsense to a foreign news outlet. But even more galling, to me, is the crass suggestion that disagreement with the president is racist. This kind of cynical race-baiting actually does threaten to set back race relations in this country, and that scares me.

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