“Get a rope.”
– Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, responding to the refusal by organizers of a Veterans Day parade in his hometown of Stephenville, Texas, to allow a Confederate group to participate.
Miller was upset the group wasn’t granted requested permission to march in the parade and later said he borrowed the comment from a 1992 Pace Picante sauce commercial. People were equally – and justifiably – upset Miller didn’t seem to graph the legacy of lynching in the U.S. and how the comment, ‘get a rope’, is linked to it.
Then again, Miller is a right-wing Republican conservative; so while people are upset with him, they shouldn’t be surprised. And, while I’ll never apologize for my Texas heritage, I’m always embarrassed that the majority of voters in this state continually put these Civil War relics into office.
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages taken place and whatever happened to culture after society? I know I can’t certify that I’m not a part of a product of that.”
– U.S. Congressman Steve King at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, on August 14; defending his position of not allowing exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation he tried to pass in Congress.
This is what happens when people attend a family reunion to meet their ideal mate.
“Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party. It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.”
– Pablo Pantoja, announcing his resignation as Director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Party in Florida.
Pantoja cites the RNP’s inaction on immigration reform as a catalyst for his decision, but says a report by the extremist Heritage Foundation that suggested Hispanics have lower IQs finally just pushed him into the other camp. These days a southern Republican switching to the Democratic Party is like an Indian joining Custer’s army. I know a few Hispanics who vote Republican on a regular basis – including some in my own family – but I love them anyway. I keep saying that immigration is not the only issue affecting Hispanics. To most of us, the economy and jobs are top priority. And, since the Republican Party seems hell-bent on doing nothing about that, their “outreach” efforts will keep falling on its collective ass.
“Who would ever have thought blacks would get out and support the first black president? Who would ever have thought women would shy away from the party of transvaginal probes? Who would ever have thought gays would work against a party that treated them as immoral and subhuman? Who would have ever thought young people would desert a party that ignored science and hectored on social issues? Who would ever have thought Latinos would scorn a party that expected them to finish up their chores and self-deport?”
– Columnist Maureen Dowd, on the declining state of the Republican Party. She coquettishly compares the GOP to the ancient Mayans; noting that the latter civilization self-destructed from internal bickering and a long-term refusal to progress. Then again, at least the Mayans left behind some things of value.
A sign at a NYC rally for Planned Parenthood. Photo by Sarah Seltzer.