As we all know, a few days ago (December 2014) two NYC police officers were shot to death while sitting in a patrol car. The individual who shot them had earlier shot his girl friend. He then allegedly posted on his social media account a claim that he was going to kill police officers in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in NYC.
As usual the rightwingers went absolutely berserk, attacking demonstrators who are protesting the deaths of Brown and Garner.
HOWEVER -- earlier this year, a couple (wife and husband) walked into a pizza parlor in Las Vegas where two Vegas police officers were eating lunch -- the couple -- Jerad and Amanda Miller -- pulled out several firearms and killed the two cops. They then stripped the police officers' bodies of their guns and covered the bodies in the Gadsden flag -- the familiar yellow and black "Don't Tread On Me" flag.
As it turned out, the Millers had been at the Clive Bundy ranch standoff where they threatened federal officers. Their Facebook accounts were filled with anti-government and anti-police rants.
So -- when these two people murdered two police officers, exactly what did the rightwing say?
NOT A GODDAM WORD.
You heard not a single word of condemnation from Limbaugh, Fox, Beck, or any of the other rightwing propagandists.
And why not?
Because these two people were Tea Party stalwarts -- they covered the dead cops' bodies with the flag used by the Tea Party -- they espoused all the usual Tea Party bullshit.
Funny how that works -- black guy kills a cop and the rightwing is all up in arms. Tea Partiers kill two cops and the rightwing doesn't give a shit.
Mary Landrieu’s loss in the senate run-off election in Louisiana gives the deep South entirely to Republicans for the first time in history. From Texas through the Carolinas, the GOP now controls every U. S. Senate seat, every governorship, and every state legislature. The Republican party began its life before the Civil War as the party that took on slavery, leaving the deep South to the Democratic party.
After the Civil War and a brief period of "reconstruction," Jim Crow Democrats controlled the South, enacting the "black codes" that essentially reinstated slavery. Under these laws, blacks were kept from voting through a web of laws, fees, rules, and intimidation by the Klan.
When Harry Truman integrated the armed forces, Strom Thurmond led a walk-out, forming his Dixiecrat Party. The hatred for Truman was so deep that he did not appear on the presidential ballot in at least one Southern state.
When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts in the mid-1960's, he is said to have remarked "I have handed the South to the Republican Party for a decade." LBJ knew this because he knew that among his fellow Southerners, blind hatred of African-Americans trumped every other factor. In fact, LBJ said:
I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.
Said in 1960 in response to racist signs held by Johnson's motorcade in Tennessee.
Whether we call Southern politicians Democrats (before the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts) or Republicans (after the two acts)
the sad fact is southern white politics is dominated by hidebound racists seeking to suppress the votes of African-Americans. Oh, they may have degrees from fine universities, attend church, wear tailor-made suits, and praise diversity. But make no mistake -- they will vote to suppress African-Americans and poor people every time, without fail.
I say to Mary Landrieu and Southern "Democrats" who joined her in turning her back on a Democratic President: Good riddance.
Regardless of party label, the goal must be to fight voter suppression, strengthen the voices of minorities, and encourage white southern progressives to continue their fight.