Sunday, March 23, 2014

Another license plate controversy

Republicans have perfected the dark art of exploiting racial divisions in the South. In the late 1960s, Richard Nixon and the GOP’s “Southern Strategy” capitalized onwhite resentment of civil rights legislation and school desegregation, along with anxiety about violence in the streets, to attract white Southern voters.

This year, the strategy has taken the form of a debate about custom license plates — in particular, a Georgia license plate sporting a broad, bold display of the Confederate battle flag. Democrats have traditionally struggled to counter such race-baiting. And Republicans are wasting no time in running Southern pride and prejudice up the flagpole against the two most promising Democrats to run for statewide office in Georgia in a decade: Jason Carter, grandson of President Jimmy Carter and a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination; and Michelle Nunn, daughter of the popular Democratic senator Sam Nunn and a candidate for the U.S. Senate.


The author just can't accept that Southerners might be proud of  ancestors who resisted the unconstitutional refusal by Lincoln to allow secession


Anonymous said...

proud of ancestors who resisted the unconstitutional refusal by Lincoln to allow secession

Who wrote that ridiculous nonsense ?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Anon 12:50 should study a little history, with an emphasis on what actually brought the states together under the Constitution. The ability to leave the Union was a deciding factor for ratification by many states. Btw, I wonder what side you're on in the Crimea secession? As a general principle, does a commitment made by one generation bind a people for all time? The answer would seem to be self evident. Or is slavery, of a sort, with a political veneer
smeared on top acceptable?

Anonymous said...

1:05 you nailed it. pwnage.

Anonymous said...

The secession of the southern states that precipitated the American civil war was due to many issues but historians generally agree that the south was following the constitutional provisions that all duties not specifically delineated in the United States constitution were reserved to the states, the so called “States Rights” movement. Many southerners and other “states rights” supporters in the western US and even the northeastern US identify with the confederate battle flag and sons of the confederacy. For the “states rights” reason, Liberals/progressives hate “states rights” supporters as they stand in the way of the federal government mandating everything even though that is unconstitutional.


Anonymous said...

Looks like John got this one wrong. Nixon was not appealing to republicans (they would vote for him anyway) he was appealing to southern DEMOCRATS, they were called Dixie-crats.

Never forget that it took a republican president and a republican congress to get the civil rights legislation passed.

Also, most blacks voted republican till the dems ran with the racists mantra and started handing out welfare! The black family has been in a state of decay ever since!

Bird of Paradise said...

Sure is better then those California licsens plates shows a whales tail

Anonymous said...

The leaders of the Confederacy should have been tried and, if convicted, hung for treason. There is no inherent right to secede. And to pretend the War was not about slavery is childish. It was proclaimed so by by every politician in the CSA.
Doubt me? I accept the burden of proof. We can start with South Carolina....
"We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection."- from "Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union" ratified 12/24/1860. And remember, every time it says "property" it means "people".
Shall I continue?