The Republican Party traffics in racism. This is not to say every Republican is racist. Nor to suggest that a good-faith argument about affirmative action is impossible. Nor to absolve fool-ass Democrats and our theoretical allies. However. (And it’s a big “however:”) The Republican Party is populated by an impressive cast of racist politicians, staffers, and supporters, who sometimes make the mistake of voicing their prejudices in public. Witness:
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The spokeswoman for the Republican Party in Nevada’s most populous county was removed from her post Saturday, after she said the Democratic Party made black people “dependent on the government.”
Best part? Ms. Didi Lima is herself Hispanic. Bestest part? She wasn’t just a party spokeswoman, she was co-chair of John McCain’s Nevada Hispanic Leadership Team. Full account of her remarks:
“We don’t want (Hispanics) to become the new African-American community,” Lima told The Associated Press. “And that’s what the Democratic Party is going to do to them, create more programs and give them handouts, food stamps and checks for this and checks for that. We don’t want that.”
“I’m very much afraid that the Democratic Party is going to do the same thing that they did with the African-American culture and make them all dependent on the government and we don’t want that,” she said.
It’s a pattern. Fernando Baca, GOP chairman of New Mexico’s most populous county, resigned last week after saying “Hispanics came here as conquerors. African-Americans came here as slaves. … Hispanics consider themselves above blacks,” so that they “won’t vote for a black president.” Stay classy, Baca.
Bond villain Auric Goldfinger nailed it:
“Once is happenstance; Twice is coincidence; The third time, it’s enemy action.”