Tuesday, December 13, 2005

If The Sheet Fits...

So, Mr. Bush is insisting that his non-response to the Katrina disaster was not due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of those being shown on TV suffering were black.

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Monday the federal government's reaction to Hurricane Katrina was appalling, but was not the result of racial indifference to blacks hard-hit by the storm. "You can call me anything you want, but do not call me a racist," Bush said.

That might be easier to accept if Bush hadn't used the first five years of his presidency to:
  • attack affirmative action
  • appoint federal judges with at-best quesetionable views on civil rights
  • used Condi Rice and Colin Powell to lie for him in justifying an unjustifiable attack on a Middle Eastern country
  • ignore the slaughter of black Africans in Sudan
  • sign into law tax cuts that will benefit a nearly black-less class of Americans and corporations

and if he hadn't come to occupy the White House through the smothering of the voting rights of blacks in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.


Mr. Bush can not rescue his reputation with blacks, though it is doubtful that he cares about that anyway. More important to him would be helping the GOP in Congress retain its ever-diminishing share of the non-Southern white vote. Those voters can be turned-off by racist tones in policy, and they hold the key to the GOP's chances in the 2006 elections and to Mr. Bush's "legacy."

2 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding about ignoring blacks in the sudan? Where in hell was Bill Clinton during the slaughter in East Africa? - probably waiting in the oval oriface for the next meeting with Monica

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but I thought Bush was more "moral and virtuous" than Clinton so why is he not intervening in Darfur? One would think a Man of God who apparently is not racist would go down to Darfur and help stop the genocide.

 

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