Tempest in a teapot

Tempest in a teapot

By now you’ve probably heard about Sen. Trent Lott and his comments at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party that if Strom had been elected president when he ran in 1948, we’d be a lot better off. The whole liberal establishment went crazy because Strom ran on the Dixiecrat ticket and was a segregationist. Ergo, according to the race-baiters, Lott was saying that the whole civil rights movement and legislation should never have happened. That’s just stupid. Lott was obviously saying that Thurmond is a man of greater character than many of the presidents of the past 50 years. He wasn’t praising racism. I’m no fan of Lott—he squandered the Republican Senate Majority last time he was majority leader—but there’s no sense reading into his words something he didn’t say.

But that’s not enough for the liberal headhunters. They want Lott censured by the Senate or forced from his position or even forced out of the Senate. The thing that’s been lost in all this is that the man Lott praised, the man who’s apparent views has gotten everyone all exercised has been a senator for five decades. Why hasn’t anyone been calling for Strom Thurmond’s censure or ouster over the past 50 years? Because, it isn’t about Strom Thurmond’s views then or now. It’s about political calculation and manipulation of the sensitive issue of racism for political advantage.

The leaders of the racism industry have gone to the outrage well so many times now that they’re in danger of draining it dry. People are beginning to get wise to their tactics and realizing that not most times they yell racist, there’s an innocent man at the other end of their pointing finger. I pray for the day when every American realizes the frauds for what they and refuses to rise to their manipulations.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli