…JUST LIKE SELMA!
This political ad was run in a county commission race in Fulton County, Georgia in 2006 the day before the election. John Eaves, an inexperienced political newcomer and nephew of a former commissioner who served time in prison for corruption, was running against former Atlanta city councilman, Lee Morris, a moderate Republican who was even endorsed by the very liberal Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lewis recorded this shameful ad to support Eaves. In it, Lewis claims that the election is “the most dangerous situation we have ever faced.” He literally equates the possible election of “right-wing Republicans” to the county commission with “fighting off dogs and water hoses in the ’60s.” Young claims that voters have to vote for Eaves “unless you want to turn back the clock on equal rights, human rights, and economic opportunity.” Lewis concludes by warning voters that they have to act because “your very life may depend on it.”
And that’s just county commissioner–you should see how he feels about Parks & Rec!
You may recall that during the campaign, after McCain praised him, Lewis turned around and gutted him exactly the same way.
Whether its for president or parking lot attendant, Tea Partier or coffee-fetcher, county commissioner or Commander-in-Chief, Lewis has a ready-made, One-Slur-Fits-All smear: RACIST!
You get the feeling that when his wife asks him to wash the car, he accuses her of bringing out the rubber hoses. When his kids asked for a dog, he compared them to Bull Connor and his German Shepherds.
Fifty years ago, Lewis stood up to hack segregationist Democrat officials. I’m glad he did. But somewhere along the line, that “absolute moral authority” morphed into a sick sense of royal entitlement. Today, Lewis is now the abusive, race-obsessed hack Democrat official.
Just like Selma.
UPDATE: Thomas Sowell:
He [Obama] preceded [the Sotomayor] appointment by talking about needing people on the court with “empathy.” That is a pretty word, but the ugly reality is that it is just another euphemism for bias. For generations, white Southern judges had all kinds of empathy for other white Southerners, which is to say, bias against blacks.
The question is whether you want equal treatment or you want payback. Cycles of revenge and counter-revenge have been at the heart of racial and ethnic strife throughout history, in countries around the world. It is a history written in blood. It is history we don’t need to repeat in the United States of America.
Ceylon was one of those peaceful countries in the first half of the 20th century, before the politics of group favoritism so polarized the country — now called Sri Lanka — that it produced a decades-long civil war with mass slaughters and unspeakable atrocities.
We know — or should know — what lies at the end of the road of racial polarization. A “race card” is not something to play, because race is a very dangerous political plaything.