Bigot of the Week Award: August 31, Not Paul Ryan…the Other Racists

31 Aug

Bigot of the Week

Of course, it would have been so very easy to have given Paul Ryan the BWA again, but I will not do that. I will refrain from calling attention to the many blatant lies the bigoted hypocrite Ryan spewed from his venomous lips at the GOP Convention.  Please TSM audience, please do not pressure cook me here about reporting what a spleen Ryan is. No. I must insist. I will not talk about the circus of lies he ringmastered during his speech, claiming:

  • that President Obama “closed a GM plant” in Wisconsin that was shuttered during the Bush administration;
  • that the Affordable Care Act steals money from seniors, neatly avoiding the way the plan actually works while dodging the fact that his proposed budget truly does delete almost exactly the same amount of money;
  • that the President is responsible for the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating for the first time in history even though it was the actions of the Republican Controlled House, actions Ryan championed, that were explicitly named as the cause of the downgrade.

No, I shan’t dwell on these and the other lies he told — so many that even the timid mainstream media called them lies in headlines. I must turn elsewhere to two anonymous but certified individuals whose horrific actions got them ejected from the Convention. Individuals whose actions mirror the beliefs of the GOP but made them too blatant even for the four-day ragefest.

CNN confirmed that two Republican delegates were asked to leave the convention after throwing nuts at an African American camera woman while yelling: “This is how we feed animals.”  This despicable behavior is wrong on so many counts, I hardly know where to start on the systemic impact of their actions. I find it alarming that the two delegates found it perfectly acceptable to behave in such a manner at the convention.  While I don’t want to paint the entire GOP with one brush, this incident does nothing to improve the already severely damaged relationship they have with the African American population.  In fact, I would say this incident paints a consistent picture of a rich white boy club that grows more elite, more white, and wealthier with each passing year, a la Clint Eastwood as he delivered his muddled mumblings to an empty chair.

I am exceedingly sad how far we have yet to go towards eradicating racism, homophobia, and misogyny.  I am more and more convinced that the current incarnation of the GOP addresses only the needs of the top 1% of Americans, which means any marginalized population will continue to be further marginalized.

12 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: August 31, Not Paul Ryan…the Other Racists”

  1. prideinmadness August 31, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I was watching a bit of the Republican convention a few days ago and laughed as I heard McCain talk about how they’re a party that believes in freedoms and rights.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 31, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      LOL! They do believe in the rights of white wealthy heterosexual males.

      • prideinmadness August 31, 2012 at 10:05 am #

        That’s what was so funny! Coming from McCain….his daughter is a lesbian, another is Indian (I think) so he’s excluding his own family members!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 31, 2012 at 10:08 am #

        I know Dick Cheney’s daughter is lesbian. I didn’t know McCain also had a lesbian daughter. Oy!

      • prideinmadness August 31, 2012 at 11:05 am #

        I made a mistake, she’s not but she’s a supporter of gay marriage and gay adoption!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

        Ah. Thank you for the clarification and the link.

  2. Jay August 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I think Eastwood gave an indirect assist to the Democrats with his bizarre conversation with an empty chair. Its trending high on Twitter, and he appears to have stolen the spotlight from what should have been Mitt’s big night. A blunder by the Republicans, I think its fair to say, to schedule some octogenarian’s ramblings on the climactic night of their convention.

    Thanks Clint!

    I think its also worth noting that its finally sinking in to a solid majority of the American public that Republican policies are distinctly favorable to the wealthy and detrimental to everyone else. Its a risky strategy for the Republicans to so relentlessly advance the interests of the top 1%. Aspirational dreams and fantasies, which have long caused many Americans to vote against their own economic interests, are a flimsy thing to build a long term electoral majority around (especially in a nation where upward mobility is now more rhetorical and historical than factual).

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      I almost felt sorry for Clint, but I fear I’m not at that point yet. Yes, I think he inadvertently helped the Democrats and proved the Republicans are catering to a very specific wealthy white population. It is very sad, but you are quite correct in your observation that we are now. “a nation where upward mobility is now more rhetorical and historical than factual.”

      • Christine Noble September 2, 2012 at 4:22 am #

        I don’t feel sorry for him, it was a gimmick that fell flat, nothing more, nothing less. I am angry at him for his cheer leader mentality. He is rallying for a party that presents a platform that is the opposite of values he has publicly expressed. He is pro-choice and pro-marriage equality, not to mention these people blasted him earlier this year for a car commercial that was non-partisan but because it denied the picture of America failing under Obama that they wanted to present, he was somehow betraying them. Sorry, but Clint exposed himself as a complete tool just by being on stage for these bastards.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 2, 2012 at 11:56 am #

        Well said, Christine. I would just add that Eastwood certainly demonstrated what a bunch of buffoons the current GOP are.

  3. nevercontrary September 1, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    This is slightly unrelated but when Romney came to visit the floods yesterday he told one veteran who lost his home to call 211 there was assistance for that. and then asked jindal where the water came from the sky, the ground, or the ocean.

    Someone has got to explain this to me. How can people be so out of touch with reality?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 2, 2012 at 11:51 am #

      I love this quote from Romney, as it does demonstrate exactly (as you pointed out) how out of touch this fool is.

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