This is the other thing I’ve been thinking about in terms of the whole Obama-Farrakhan thing and what the TNGOP flaks are up to in this press release.
And here is my question:
Do you think that the Beatles are responsible for what Charles Manson’s followers did?
By all accounts, Manson loved the Beatles, Beatles lyrics were left in the homes of Manson’s followers’ victims, and, if I’m remembering Helter Skelter correctly, Manson found meaning and direction in “The White Album” when plotting the murders.
So, since Manson loved the Beatles, I ask you, are the Beatles responsible for those murders?
I assume you believe that they are not.
And, as such, how in the world can Obama be responsible for inspiring Farrakhan?
I knew a hardcore white separatist* who was greatly inspired by the Minnesota Vikings, believed they were a symbol of the strength and power of the white man**. I believe he and his friends were responsible for spray-painting racist graffiti on Lincoln’s tomb decades ago.
Do we hold the Minnesota Vikings responsible for not repudiating the actions of those evil, idiot children?
I assume you can see how that would be ridiculous.
And here’s what strikes me as most curious about this whole affair. If the TNGOP is so concerned about anti-Semites who think the U.S. as it is now sucks and who have close ties to domestic terrorist organizations giving any sort of positive reaction to Obama, why didn’t they include anything about David Duke in that press release?
You’re telling me they couldn’t spin this—
“I don’t think Obama will be any more negative for the United States than Hillary or John McCain,” explains Duke. “In fact,” he added, “we probably have less preference for a European like a John McCain or a Hillary who has betrayed our interests, our heritage, our rights.”
–into an endorsement?
I’m not buying it. Farrakhan and Duke may come at it from different angles, but they end up in very similar theoretical spaces.
So, why, when “informing” the Republicans of Tennessee about Obama’s “ties” to anti-Israel factions, was Hobbs all over the Farrakhan “connection” and not the weird, if tepid, preference Duke shows for Obama?
Could it be because Hobbs is well aware that the folks he ultimately crafted that press release to appeal to have much more of a problem with Farrakhan than they ever will with Duke?
*Using that term to mean someone who not only thought white people were better than everyone else, but that he had a right to live in a community, if not a country, free from non-white people.
**I can only assume he’d never seen a football game in his life.