Monday, June 1, 2009

Pot Meet Kettle

Hey, I have been politically silent for a while. All good things come to an end.

Everybody get a chance to hear Representative (and former Republican presidential candidate), Tom Tancredo's remarks last week regarding Obama's choice for Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor? Let's refresh, shall we?

"If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which is, from my point of view anyway, nothing more than a Latino — it’s a counterpart — a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you belong to something like that in a way that’s going to convince me and a lot of other people that it’s got nothing to do with race. Even though the logo of La Raza is 'All for the race. Nothing for the rest.' What does that tell you?"

That's right, he called her a racist.

Now let's just ignore for the moment whether what Tancredo is saying has any substance at all. Instead let's see if he knows racism - real racism - when it looks him in the eye, writes his speeches, staffs his office and acts as Co-Executive Director of his PAC, Team America.

Marcus Epstein, Tancredo's speechwriter, staffer, and, yes, Co-Executive Director of Tancredo's Team America has pled guilty to attacking a random African-American woman on a street in Washington DC in 2007. He was witnessed walking down the street muttering offensive remarks when he suddenly jumped at the woman who was passing by, karate-chopped her in the head, and shouted the N-word. He fled the scene but was apprehended by an off-duty Secret Service agent who witnessed the attack. Mr. Epstein is to be sentenced on July the 8th.

Even better than that, Mr. Epstein is also the founder of YWC, Youth for Western Civilization, a known white supremacist group. This is all rather bizarre since Mr. Epstein is half Jewish and half Korean, and that ethnicity has usually been used by folks on the right to defend him. But his actions are rather indefensible. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the One People's Project have followed Mr. Epstein for quite some time and their feeling is that Marcus is the real deal in racism.

From an essay by Epstein:

“Diversity can be good in moderation — if what is being brought in is desirable. Most Americans don’t mind a little ethnic food, some Asian math whizzes, or a few Mariachi dancers — as long as these trends do not overwhelm the dominant culture.”

Referring to Howard Dean's comment that the GOP was becoming the "White Party", Epstein said:

Were it not for massive Third World immigration, being the “White Party” would mean being “The Winning Party”.

So there you have it. Rep Tancredo's proclaimed abhorence for anything that might appear racist does not seem to include those closest to him. Mr. Epstein remains in his postition at Team America.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a group of stinkers all mixed together in one story: La Raza, Epstein, Southern Poverty Law Center, Tancredo, Howie Dean...variations on a theme, that's all. No side is the only good side to be on with these hacks.
warmest regards,
Larry Hovis

judy's hubby said...

All I have to say is you have to love Right Wingers. Between calling people racist for comments taken out of context, to actually promoting domestic terrorism on an abortion doctor (in his own church, no less), yet blaming the left for everything that goes wrong in the world, all I have to say is WTF.

While the Left isn't much better a majority of the time, I often find myself amazed that the Right is all about the rights of individuals, yet they're so willing to reduce those rights to nothing. Also (and I know there's going to be a lot of churchy people that don't like this, but I don't care), I find it amazing that religious people feel they need to force their personal beliefs on everyone, yet I don't remember a single spot in the bible that says "Force God's will on your fellow man."

That's just my two cents...