One would think, early in the 21st century, that we have become a much more enlightened people. That what matters is the substance of the person and not the colour of their skin. If, however, you are part of John Sidney McCain’s leadership team here in Virginia, and specifically his campaign chair in Buchanan County as well as being the Treasurer of the Buchanan County Republican Party, then you may not be aware that it is no longer the 19th Century and blacks are no longer counted as 3/5 of a person.
The person in question would be one Bobby Lee May. He wrote an editorial piece in a paper called The Voice. In it he outlines Senator Obama’s ‘positions’ as he sees them. The jingoistic rant that follows leaves no doubt in my mind about what his bed sheets are used for.
To his credit, Sidney (did you know he’s a closet Australian?), asked for and got Mr May’s resignation. Couple of problems linger. Nearly $1 million in business sent to Mr May by the McCain campaign. Seems Mr May is in the business of making political paraphernalia such as signs and buttons and they’re still being cranked out. McCain only does the right thing on the surface. He distances himself from an avowed bigot but sees no problem in continuing to do business with him. No different than publicly dismissing his economics guru while leaving attached to the campaign in an ‘unofficial’ way. You know – Phil Graham, author of the Commodities Modernization Act, that warmed us up with the greed and collapse of Enron before taking us down the road to rampant oil speculation and leading to the global credit crisis and finishing with either a deep and hard recession or possibly even a global depression.
1929 – Banking & Investment Deregulation = Overleveraged Speculation =Market Collapse = The Great Depression
2008 – Banking, Commodities & Investment Deregulation = Overleveraged Speculation = Market Collapse = ???
Of course he’s not the only politician who is lining the pockets of this racist. Our dear friend Virgil Goode has done over $100k of business with this ‘good ol‘ boy’. You remember Virgil – the congressman who believes that the 1st Amendment applies only if your Christian. Running his campaign based on racial and religious bigotry is only different from McCain’s campaign and Palin’s rhetoric for it’s transparency.
Bush managed to hold onto power for 8 years through his judicious use of fear. In the closing month of the campaign – with his and the Con Parties economic policies shown to be completely bankrupt – fear, with a little bit of racial suspicion, are the only platforms he has left to run on.
Painting courtesy of Zina Sanders –