LANCASTER, OH – OCTOBER 12: A supporter of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits for a campaign event to begin on October 12, 2012 in Lancaster, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
No self-respecting Republican will say this out loud, but this random racist in the crowd of a recent Romney/Ryan rally in Ohio perfectly demonstrates the true motives of the Republican base from the moment Barack Obama got elected. Is it fair to say that all Republicans or all Romney supporters are racist? Absolutely not. They are, however, the party of choice for racists nation-wide and until they publicly denounce and shame supporters like these, they are themselves no better.
John McCain earned a lot of respect from myself and the rest of the left when he corrected the lady at a rally who called the President a Muslim. Behavior like that should be commonplace on both sides of the aisle, but occurs far too infrequently. Instead, the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are paid millions to promote hatred and spread lies simply so that the Republican Party can scare up enough votes to get or retain power. Hopefully one day this will change and we will live in a more civil society, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
In the mean time, I’m proposing a new campaign slogan for the 21st century GOP: “Republicans: Not Racist, But #1 With Racists”.