"Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) took a lot of heat last week for leaving slavery out of a "Confederate History Month" proclamation...But Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) thinks all the fuss was unnecessary...When asked if it was a mistake to leave slavery out of Virginia's proclamation, Barbour responded "well, I don't think so...It is not significant," Barbour said of the controversy that surrounded McDonnell. "It's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddly."
This comes after Barbour's recent praise of the White Citizens' Councils, generally considered to be sort of the upper class KKK back in the day.
So slavery apparently didn't amount to diddly. I don't know about you, but I never, ever thought that we would live to again see a day when mainstream politicians felt free to engage in open race hatred like this, encouraging the ugliest passions of the ugliest segment of our population. This kind of unrepentant racism is something we haven't seen since at least the sixties, but it is coming back with a vengeance, and who knows where it will end. No one is really stepping up to excommunicate the likes of Barbour and Bob McDonnell from the body politic, as their behavior richly deserves, and the result is that such conduct is becoming acceptable in the Republican party.
I am starting to pray that the Southern States decide to secede again from the country, as the alternative seems to be an outbreak of vicious, racist fascism. We have already taken the first steps toward the latter, with the country's toleration of the likes of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. Personally, I would rather let these hateful people go, and see how they do on their own, without the Democratic states' money to constantly prop them up.