Landrieu and Democrat race baiting: Last desperate refuge of scoundrels

Landrieu and Democrat race baiting: Last desperate refuge of scoundrels

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Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu / Photo: Mary Landrieu, used under Flickr Creative Commons license
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu / Photo: Mary Landrieu, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2014 — The American electorate is losing faith in America’s utopian state and its chief snake-oil salesman, President Barack Obama. And it’s making Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu very angry at Bayou State voters.

“The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” Landrieu said, recalling those bygone days when the Ku Klux Klan was the paramilitary enforcer for the Democratic Party in the South. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader,” said Landrieu.

It’s clear Landrieu would like to rewrite American history.

White-hooded “bands roamed the countryside in the night, terrorizing blacks and preventing them from joining Republican [Party] clubs,” writes Gilles Vandal in his book, Rethinking Southern Violence: Homicides in Post-Civil War Louisiana, 1866-1884.

“State government reports demonstrate that violence in 1868 resulted from a concerted action aimed at forcing blacks to abstain from voting and driving white Republican leaders out of the state… Blacks could avoid intimidation and violence by joining Democratic [Party] clubs that gave them ‘protection papers,’” wrote Vandal.

NBC News reported that Southern Democrats are “attacking Republicans in blunt and at times racialized language on behalf of white Democratic hopefuls, even as those candidates at times shun President Barack Obama and seek to distance themselves from his administration.”

When Landrieu refused to appear with the president on his visit to New Orleans in 2013, the Times-Picayune noted, “Her [Landrieu’s] absence at Obama’s public appearance in Louisiana this year could raise some questions.”

It is Landrieu and her fellow Democratic Senatorial candidates who have refused to stand with the president and present him “in a very positive light as a leader.”

Democrats are in trouble because they promised to conjure up a strong economy and a strong middle class through legislative magic. Tangible, three-dimensional reality refused to bend. Having failed to summon utopia, they have decided to frighten African American voters with absurd stories of how victorious Republicans will inflict post-Civil War atrocities upon them. Atrocities forever linked to the Jim Crow Democratic Party.

In a rare, lucid, non vegetarian moment, President Obama got to the nub of what ails the nation: A growing loss of faith in Constitutional institutions in post-constitutional America.

“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch, but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”

Voters, no matter their skin pigmentation, are finding it more and more difficult to suspend their sense of reality for the sake of political magicians promising to pull rabbits out of hats.

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