Do you remember back in 2002 when then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) said,
I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.
At the time he ran for President, in 1948, Strom Thurmond was the nominee of the Dixiecrat Party. The platform of the party was “We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race.”
Many people took Trent Lott’s comments to mean he supported the policies of the Dixiecrat Party, and although he apologized, he ultimately resigned because of the statement.
Then Illinois State Senator, Barack Hussein Obama called for the GOP to get rid of Lott.
It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do.
He also went on to say,
The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.
Barack Obama was wrong to claim Lott was the president of the Senate as everyone knows the president of the U.S. Senate is the Vice-President of the United States, and he was also wrong to call for the ouster of Trent Lott from the GOP and the U.S. Senate.
While some may have taken Trent Lott’s comments and jumped to the same conclusion State Senator Obama did, he very likely was just commending the 100 year-old Thurmond for a distinguished career in which he moved away from his segregationist position and served much longer afterward than before.
Now, fast forward eight years.
During the 2008 presidential race, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) referred to then Illinois Senator Barack Hussein Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one”.
Where is the statement calling for the Democrat party to drive out Harry Reid. Seriously, if they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person they want representing their party. Right? No, you’re wrong.
When the news of Mr. Reid’s statement was getting ready to break, he quickly apologized to President Obama for the remarks. President Obama immediately accepted his apology “without question”.
Apparently, if you are a member of the Republican party, the party which brought civil rights to the table, the party responsible for civil rights being passed in this country, you are not allowed to make a complementary remark about a 100 year-old former segregationist without risking your political career and coming under attack by State Senator Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, if you are a member of the Democrat party, the party which fought civil rights at the table, the party responsible for dragging out the fight over civil rights, you are allowed to make comments and remarks which are completely and blatantly racist without risk all the while sitting peacefully at the side of President Barack Obama.
The shadow of President Obama’s character is telling quite a tale isn’t it?