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Tarrant county Texas Republicans showing tolerance

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by oragator1, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. oragator1

    oragator1 Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
  2. wgbgator

    wgbgator Extremely Online Premium Member

    And for some useful context, Tarrant County isnt some place in BFE, its Ft. Worth.
  3. WarDamnGator

    WarDamnGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    Hard to believe that a recall election was even called when this was the reason given:

    Those who were in favor of Shafi's removal said he's unequipped to be vice-chairman because he doesn’t represent all Tarrant County Republicans due to his religion. They've also said Islamic ideologies run counter to the U.S. Constitution — an assertion many Texas GOP officials have called bigoted and Shafi himself has vehemently denied.

    Then there is this:

    Former Tarrant County precinct chair Sara Legvold did not vote on the motion to recall Shafi, but sat outside Thursday’s closed-door meeting wearing a burqa to “represent the Islamization of our county, our state and our country.”
  4. citygator

    citygator Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Why go to Texas for intolerance when you can find it here.

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  5. GatorRade

    GatorRade Rad Scientist Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Very hard to conceive of this.
  6. VAg8r1

    VAg8r1 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    Not completely surprising. The Republican Party has gone from the party in which its guiding principle was small government to the party of intolerance thanks in large part to Donald Trump, one whose first acts as president was to impose a travel ban on a number of predominately Muslim countries. It's also become a narrative among a certain segment of the right-wing media that Islam is incompatible with the American form of government. At least the leadership of the county party had the good sense not to cave into bigotry.
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  7. cpgator

    cpgator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    I disagree. The current Republican party isn't Trump's creation. He is simply the natural result of what the Republican party has been doing for the last 50 years.

    Following the Civil War the southern US from Texas to Virgina was referred to as the 'Solid South' as the old Confederate states hewed to their Civil War party affiliation. During this time most southern white racists were Democrats and, in fact, most all southern whites were Democrats. When current conservatives talk about Democrats being the party of slavery/segregation this is the era they refer to. This solidarity began to weaken as northern Democrats like FDR became more progressive and it fractured openly after the Democratic party embraced Civil Rights legislation in 1948. This lead to splinter groups like Strom Thurmond's 'Dixiecrats'. While overt racism and bigotry toward black people became much less acceptable in much of America Barry Goldwater (1964) and especially Richard Nixon (1968) saw an opportunity to stoke southern white Democrats' sense of racial grievance to bring them over to the Republican party.
    • In 1970 Republican political strategist Kevin Phillips said in a NY Times article "From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that... The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.["

    • In 1981 Republican strategist Lee Atwater famously said "You start out in 1954 by saying, “Ni**er, ni**er, ni**er.” By 1968 you can’t say “ni**er”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Ni**er, ni**er.”
    Atwater's quote really highlights how camouflaged racial resentment became mother's milk for the much of the Republican party. You can see it in Reagan's made-up story about 'welfare queens' and his 'states right' speech in Neshoba, MS right after clinching the Republican nomination. It follows through George H.W. Bush's Willie Horton ads and the ugliness of the 1988 campaign (Atwater was one Bush 41's campaign manager). Side note: In 1991 Lee Atwater, suffering from inoperable brain cancer, apologized to Dukakis for the 'naked cruelty' of that campaign.

    By the late 80s black Americans were becoming much more prominent in American culture. George W. Bush didn't overtly stoke racial grievance as much as his predecessor but was very willing to continue abstracts like 'small government.' Republicans also found a new boogeyman to galvanize resentful white conservatives: LGBT people. Homophobia and Transphobia weren't incompatible with racial grievance. This approach also the benefit of galvanizing conservative white Evangelicals who might have some qualms about overt racism but would give full-throated support to discrimination against LGBT people.

    Barrack Obama's election in 2008 wasn't really a surprise. He ran the best campaign of the the Democrats and the Great Recession plus Iraq drowned out many Republican talking points. For the most part, John McCain also resisted Bush 41-style racial politics. But Romney/Ryan in 2012 was the breaking point for the old Republican party. Two poster boys of Republican politics got beaten by a left-leaning African American who supported equal rights across races and gender identities. This was the worst possible fear of millions of resentful whites and the result was clear in 2016. A host of traditional Republican candidates was mowed down by Trump who ignored decades of Republican policy. He threw away Atwater-type abstraction and spoke nakedly to the racial, gender and religious bigotry Republicans had been stoking for years. He was absolutely correct that he could shoot somebody in the middle of the street and his supporters won't care. As women, minorities, young people, educated people and non-white/non-Evangelical Christians flee the Republican party Trump validates and gives force to his followers' darkest fears, resentments and fantasies...

    ...and they love him for it.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019