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Friday, October 21, 2016

Rand Paul did just fine at Howard University, thank you very much. Or at least, that’s how he remembers it.

Paul, GOP senator from Kentucky, told the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday that his recent visit to Howard didn’t go so bad at all. He said any perception to the contrary was created by — all together now — the “left-wing media.”

Knowing what we do about the political right’s capacity for self-deception, we may trust that he’s telling it like it is — or at least, telling it like he believes it to be.

But reality-based Americans know it wasn’t left-wing media that insulted students at the historically black school by acting as if a visit to their campus was like a visit with headhunters. “Some have said that I’m either brave or crazy to be here,” Paul said, somehow resisting the urge to add, “Me come-um in peace.”

And it wasn’t left-wing media that lied to those students. “I’ve never wavered in my support for civil rights or the Civil Rights Act,” claimed Paul who, in fact, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in 2010 that the act overreached in telling private businesses they could not discriminate against black people.

It wasn’t left-wing media that told those students, “I want a government that leaves you alone,” somehow neglecting the fact that, had government left their grandparents alone, those kids would still be legally required to feed their money into the colored-only slot of the Coca-Cola machine.

Finally, it wasn’t left-wing media that condescended to those students, at one point telling them, “If I were to have said, ‘Who do you think the founders of the NAACP are?’ would everyone in here know they were all Republicans?”

“Of course they would,” one woman grumbled.

Indeed. Any first-year history student would know that. But they’d also know the Republicans are not the same party now that they were prior to 1968, when they essentially traded ideologies with the Democrats and inherited from them all those disaffected white Southern voters who were mortally offended by the aforementioned Civil Rights Act and its sequel, the Voting Rights Act.

  • old_blu

    Everytime something dosen’t go the way the right wants it to they scream it’s just the left wing media, or as they say LSM (lame stream media) That’s how they cover their collective asses instead of having a good argument.

    • neeceoooo

      Or as our “friend” Lana says, MSM. Main stream media

    • adler56

      They have no defense for their un-american behavior.

  • JDavidS

    Priceless. The right-wing media bias is so palpable you could cut it with a knife. But, when the RepbliCON message isn’t sucked in by the masses…simply because it’s bullshit, and is seen to be bullshit, they blame the “left-wing media”. As long as they delude themselves into thinking it’s anything but their policies they will continue to wander in the wilderness. Ain’t self-delusion grand?!

  • idamag

    Simply more of the same – out of touch with the people. Don’t worry, even a child can spot a phony.

  • adler56

    If Republicans did all the writer suggests, they obviously wouldn’t be the hateful, greedy, Republicans they are.

  • Paul’s performance wasn’t geared toward minority outreach. It was to provide fodder for the old conservative talking points. By pretending he wasn’t a condescending bastard to the students at Howard U, he in turn is pretending that the students were unjustifiably hostile towards him.

    The end goal was not to reach out to African Americans. It was to enable people like Rush Limbaugh and Michele Malkin to start ranting about “reverse racism” and “race hustlers” again.

  • Charles___Darwin

    Leonard Pitts is a racist, plain and simple.

    • WhutHeSaid

      Why you would use Darwin as your avatar is beyond me — perhaps it’s because you anticipate winning the ‘Darwin Award’.

      If the Republican party is chock-full of white bigots — well, they just ARE. It’s a curable condition, but you’re too busy crying about your skinned knuckles to blame the people who are actually responsible — BY CHOICE. Stop whining about the media and learn to walk upright.

      • Charles___Darwin

        Too bad your mother never heard of Roe. vs. Wade. If she did , she made the wrong choice.

        • WhutHeSaid

          As opposed to your mother’s heartbreak? At least I’ll bet your father-uncle was beaming with pride. I mean, we all have to do our best to find happiness in what we have — no matter how little, eh Goober?

          • Charles___Darwin

            I like your gerbil avatar, LOL. You aren’t Richard Gere,, are you?

          • WhutHeSaid

            No, but then I’m not Rand Paul either. It wouldn’t matter much either way to you, so don’t fret over it, Goober.

          • Charles___Darwin

            Gerbils, lol. Have a good one, Richard. “Officer and a Gentleman” was your best, and what you do in your spare time is your business. Bye now, I’ve had my fun.

          • WhutHeSaid

            I see that you can’t tell the difference between a gerbil and a hamster, but then I guess they pretty much look the same from the angle that you usually see them. I knew that redneck goobers had an affinity for chickens and sheep, but now I know about rodents as well. Is there any living thing that’s safe in your trailer park?

        • Barbara Morgan

          Typical reply from someone that has nothing to contribute to the conversation but post anyway. Your post also shows the hypecrtic (not spelled rite) side of all Republican, you don’t want abortions to be legal and you tell people that don’t agree with you they should have been aborted.

          • Charles___Darwin

            Many Republicans, such as myself, are pro-choice, especially for welfare recipients and the poor in general. Read the theories of Margaret Sanger, the founder of the now left-wing Planned Parenthood.

  • montanabill

    You hit the nail right on the head. If it hadn’t been for government, Democrats would still be embracing slavery.

    • montanabill

      Oh wait! They still do.

      • johninPCFL

        Stop expecting a tickertape parade for things that happened before movies had sound.

        • montanabill

          If the Democrats are promoting self-reliance, they are promoting freedom. If they are promoting dependency, they are promoting slavery. Pretty clear which of the two the Democrat Party pursues.

          • johninPCFL

            A safety net is not dependency. Dependency, as measured by taking, is most prominent in the US today in the central US, where $2 in fedgov largesse per $1 in taxes is common (Montana gets $1.47 per $1.) Who runs those states? The GOP. Perry and Cruz just went to the rim for hypocrisy. While decrying fedgov spending they went crying with hands out for fedgov help paying for the destruction of a privately owned business. They are? Oh, yeah. GOP.

          • montanabill

            Can you really, with a straight face, claim the roughly 80 welfare programs are safety nets, given the length of time one is allowed to stay in the ‘safety net’? The rest of your dialog is simply a manipulation of numbers without regard to backing information.

          • johninPCFL

            Google “red state blue state” and look up some facts for a change.

          • montanabill

            Give me a break! These are the same regurgitated talking points the left loves to use. There is absolutely no analysis behind any of those posts.

          • plc97477

            Then go find people you like elsewhere.

          • montanabill

            They don’t need educated.

          • You have omitted the verb from your sentence. Perhaps it should have read “[T]hey don’t need TO BE educated.” Or perhaps only you require remedial grammar.

          • montanabill

            I need faster fingers.

          • johninPCFL

            Other than the data found at “tax foundation DOT org” you mean? Yeah, scatterplot does a good synopsis of how much money flows from the coastal states into dumbfuckistan, central USA. Drawing from your lack of analysis capability, Montana apparently holds down the northern border.

          • montanabill

            Money flow information does not answer the questions: why and what?

          • Only if there are references to support the purported facts. Otherwise, it’s just what ever the editor wants to post. You cannot really believe that everything on the ‘net is true, can you?

  • howa4x

    The republicans of today are like a many headed hydra. One head says were really moderate once,, while one says we are severely conservative, while another says give me more aid for my disaster,, and still another screaming climate change is a hoax, and another is yelling the cut taxes, and another is yelling to leave my guns alone and the last one is yelling abstinence for sex ed.
    Who would ever vote for these people?

    • july860

      Someone who is as seriously messed up as they are.

  • Rand learned much of his Black history from his Dad. Rand like many lawmakers today think minorities are less educated the whites. The surprise for Rand was learning the college is intergated and all the students know American History and Black History. Rand learned the Jim Crow rule of minorities less and obeying as he got schooled with respect. He did allow America and the World to know why Republicans/Tea Party are so upset with President Obama. Fredrick Douglas was treated the same way by less educated people and elected lawmakers. Rand was seen for who and what he is which isn’t Presidental or even Senate material but elected. Once lawmakers learn to respect minorities things might change but being condescending wont work for votes.

    • Charles___Darwin

      I don’t know why he wasted his time speaking at Howard, a joke school, the place that venerates look it up ) OJ Simpson.

      • Howard didn’t “venerate” O.J. Simpson. Howard simply reacted the way a number of people did upon hearing the verdict. I reacted the way Howard University did, but for entirely different reasons. I told everyone who knew me that O.J. was guilty, and that the only thing he didn’t leave at the scene of the crime was his business card. The reason why I celebrated him being found innocent was that it proved that color did matter. And that color was green, as in the money spent to defend him.

        O.J. did nothing to ingratiate himself with the black community prior to the crime and did pretty much next to nothing afterwards. The trial split the country by black and white. Blacks celebrated, whites were appalled. But try and keep in mind that this scene has been repeated “ad infinitum” throughout the history of this country, only the other way around.

        Howard is a respectable and honored University and will continue to be such for many many many years henceforth. To take one situation and use that as your point is baseless as well as ignorant.

        • Charles___Darwin

          Proving that whites are subjugated to as much racism as blacks, except racism against whites is trendy and politically correct.

          • Racism against whites? I must’ve missed the class on that. “Trendy and politically correct?” Oh this should be awesome. Please fill us in on that one.

  • Most of the Kentuckians I know are intelligent and pragmatic. How could they send this absolute moron to the Senate???!!!

    • WhutHeSaid

      I don’t know how anyone could even look at Rand Paul without bursting into laughter. The entire state of Kentucky must want to crawl into a hole every time this nut-bag starts flapping his jaws. Poor Kentucky.

  • Allan Richardson

    He’s partially right about the “liberal” media. All the media except right wing talkers, Faux and the Christian Taliban broadcasters are fact based. And, since “reality has a well known liberal bias” (Stephen Colbert), that makes them liberal, by right wing definition.

    And of course groups change over time and in response to events. Seventy years ago Germany was anti-Semitic and, for a while, conquering the world. Today pacifist and big allies with Israel, the US, in fact all their former enemies. And from the 7th century up to 150 years ago, Muslims protected Jews from the Christian persecutors in Europe (the largest synagogue in the world was in Toledo, Spain; larger than the church of Hagia Sophia, built by Emperor Justinian in Constantinople). Now, well, not so much.