In the “comments” section of my October 1st post, Wizbang! critic Bob Armstrong provides evidence that Democrats are racists. Here is what Bob posted in response to one of my comments:
Yeah – Republicans aren’t racist – they don’t give a damnabout skin color.
“The name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock – lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint – remained by the gated entrance to the camp.”
Perry called the place “NiggerHead” — hereby proving that there is no racism in the Republican party.
According to the logic used by Bob, the fact that Rick Perry is associated with a piece of property called “NiggerHead” is evidence that Perry is a racist, and thus the Republican Party is tainted with racism.
According to the same logic used by Bob, the Democratic Party is also tainted by racism.
Here is a quote from the Washington Post story about Perry’s use of the place with the aforementioned controversial name:
Some who had watched Perry’s political ascent recalled their reaction to the name on the rock and their worry that it could become a political liability for Perry.
“I remember the first time I went through that pasture and saw that,” said Ronnie Brooks, a retired game warden who began working in the region in 1981 and who said he guided three or four turkey shoots for Rick Perry when Perry was a state legislator between 1985 and 1990. “. . . It kind of offended me, truthfully.”
So, Rick Perry was using the aforementioned property with the controversial name between 1985 and 1990.
Now, was Rick Perry a racist back then? According to the logic used by Bob, the answer to that question is “Yes” because Perry’s connection to that property proves that Perry is a racist.
In fact, according to the same logic, Perry’s father was a racist, too, because he was the first member of the Perry family to lease the aforementioned property.
Well, if one accepts Bob’s logic, then one would have to conclude that Democrats are racists, because between 1985 and 1989 Rick Perry was a Democrat. Indeed, during the 1988 presidential primaries, Perry chaired Al Gore’s campaign in Texas.
Perry’s father was also a Democrat when he became associated with the aforementioned piece of property.
So, if Rick Perry the Republican is a racist, then Rick Perry the Democrat was a racist also, and Perry’s Democrat father (himself a politician) was a racist.
Rick Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and re-elected twice during the time that Perry was associated with the hunting camp. Thus, according to Bob’s logic, Democrats in Texas had no objection to putting a racist in the Texas House of Representatives.
The Washington Post story states, “In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.”
Perry’s supporters knew all about the hunting camp that Perry used, and yet they had no objection to electing and re-electing him. Being that Perry was a Democrat at the time, his supporters were most likely Democrats, too. Gee, who knew that there were so many racists in the Democratic Party?
By the way, the same Washington Post story says that Perry’s hunting camp was given its controversial name before the Perrys started using the camp. Furthermore, nowhere does the story say that Rick Perry called the hunting camp by that name. Indeed, as the Washington Post story says, the name was painted over, and the rock it is on was turned over, because the Perry family disapproved of the name’s use. The part of the story that Bob quoted states that the name is faintly visible beneath the paint, meaning that it is not easily seen. Now, why would a racist want the name covered up?
Besides, the party responsible for the land’s name is the land’s owner, and Perry is not the owner. That’s the problem with this little brouhaha – the wrong party is being criticized. If you want to complain about the property’s name, then complain to the owner, not the tenant.
What I find interesting is the fact that Perry’s critics are using the “guilt by association” tactic in an attempt to portray Rick Perry as a racist. Well, if association equals guilt, then what are we to make of President Obama’s association with Jeremiah Wright? Sure, President Obama distanced himself from Wright in 2008, but Governor Perry distanced himself from his family’s former hunting camp prior to 2008. If Perry is guilty of racism because he formerly used that particular hunting camp, then Obama is guilty of approving of Jeremiah Wright’s rants against the USA because Obama was formerly a member of Wright’s church.
That is what you get when you apply Bob’s logic equally.
For what it’s worth, I do not wish to pick on Bob. You may not agree with what he says, but he is willing to read viewpoints that are opposed to his, which is a way to grow intellectually. As long as Bob remains civil, then I think he should always be welcome here at this blog. If political opponents cannot coexist peacefully on a blog, then where can they?