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article imageOp-Ed: MSNBC racism charge a straw dog?

By Gar Swaffar     Oct 29, 2011 in Politics
MSNBC has again been taking shots at Herman Cain in an apparent attempt to discredit his rise in the polls. Now the charge by MSNBC is that Cain is only a soporific for the GOP to feel good about themselves.
Karen Finney has an understandably difficult time trying to assimilate how Herman Cain is able to have the support of a conservative political base in America. Pointing the finger of blame at the GOP rather than at herself and other liberal pundits in support of President Barack Obama is a common exercise now, and dismissing the concept of conservatives (as distinguished from the GOP establishment) actually liking Herman Cain with no regard to his race is seemingly completely foreign to her thought processes.
On Martin Bashir's program on MSNBC, as reported at the Weekly Standard, Karen Finney offered her opinion as being: "One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy," Finney said. "I think he [is] giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he's a black man who knows his place. I know that's harsh, but that's how it sure seems to me."
Finney presupposes that a conservative message such as that which Herman Cain brings to the political process can't be accepted on its merits alone because those on the right are racists, and also that we are racists because we can't accept Herman Cain as a viable candidate.
I'm inclined to believe she hasn't been watching or reading the same polls I've been seeing which show Herman Cain at the top of the leader board at this time, including a Rasmussen poll showing Cain in the lead in Iowa.
Finney makes the point that we must be closet racists who are unwilling to admit to the authenticity of the messenger and his message, while I suggest she is only espousing a straw dog proposition, one which the Urban Dictionary defines as
Straw Dog:
A straw dog is a scapegoat group, place, person or idea in which we dump our evilness, so we can blame it and then by attacking, dissing or destroying it, we externalize it outside of us so we feel free of sin.
Shall we consider a few historical facts instead of the vacuous hyperbole presented daily by liberal media outlets and liberal politicians?
1854 -the Republican party is formed, to stop the spread of slavery.
1854 - Steven Douglass, the Democratic Party leader authors the Kansas-Nebraska Act. to support the spread of slavery in opposition to the Missouri Compromise which held slavery to south of latitude 36°30´, the hope being to spread slavery to new states without his having to take a stance in favor of slavery.
1861 - Abraham Lincoln is elected as the Republican President, and most of the Southern states controlled by Democrats secede from the Union. With the American Civil War beginning on April 12, 1861
1863 - Lincoln doubles down on the Southern Democrats with the Emancipation Proclamation with the stated goal of the elimination of slavery as a goal of the civil war.
1865-1870 The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments were passed by the US Congress. The 13th Amendment garnered 100% support of the Republicans and 23% of the sitting Democrats.
1865 - The KKK was formed as the terrorist arm of the Democrat Party and Confederate Army Veterans.
1866 - The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was passed by a Congress dominated by Republicans.
I found it interesting to note the that the official site of the Tennessee KKK describes those who worked and fought for an end to slavery as Radical Republicans..
In 1875, the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was passed by a (Radical) Republican majority of Congress, it was the first anti-discrimination act in our nation.
Does anyone see a trend here? Those who were attempting to bring this nation to a point of understanding that all men are created equal before the law were labeled as "Radical Republicans" while the Southern Democrats obstructed at every opportunity the advancement of equal rights for each citizen.
Even a Democrat President, Woodrow Wilson, took issue with the idea of all men being equal and in 1914 allowed the segregation of nearly all of the Federal Government by his Cabinet Officials, and took the opportunity of presenting the first movie to be shown in the White House as "The Birth of a Nation".
While I can admit that racism is completely possible from any political party member, i strongly resent the implication of a racist agenda by the only political party which has repeatedly taken a stand for the rights of all Americans to seek the benefits of liberty and equal justice under the laws of this nation.
For Karen Finney to suggest that a candidate for office such as Herman Cain enjoys the support of the conservative base only as a means of ameliorating some intangible guilt is both juvenile, disingenuous and puerile.
And then Elijah Cummings (D) Maryland has also chimed in with a denigrating statement for Cain “I think when [members of the tea party] can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, ‘Well, you know, I can, I support this guy and... so it shows that I’m not racist and I’m supportive.’”
As disingenuous as Finney was, Cummings takes it a step further at MSNBC by discussing Herman Cain not as an actual person, but instead as "a" Herman Cain. As if the leading Republican candidate seeking the office of President were simply another in a succession of Black Americans making themselves available as Trophy Candidates to deflect any criticism of the Republican Party.
I would suggest a remedial course in American history for both of these individuals, specifically they should ask Newt Gingrich, another Republican candidate, for a refresher course since history is the source of his degree. And Newt should have enough time to offer the refresher course since he is going no where in his own campaign for the office of President.
Newt does happen to be a very intelligent gentleman, and I'm sure he could keep the history lesson simple enough for either Finney or Cummings to understand it.
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