For unknown reasons, Billings state representative Ed Walker has embarked on a major twitter rant about race. And his thesis is that the Democratic Party is the party of racists, while the Republican Party is the party that fights racism.
As evidence of this, he explains that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and that Democrats have a “slave agenda.” He also says Martin Luther King was a Republican, although that’s not true. King’s father was once a Republican, but so were most blacks long ago.
Which is exactly the point. These silly arguments, about Lincoln and slavery and so on, are often used by Republicans as supposed proof of their party’s abhorrence of racism. But, as anyone knows, it’s pure nonsense because the party’s have long since reconstituted. The Democrats and Republicans of today bear no more resemblance to the Democrats and Republicans of a hundred years ago, or even 50 years go, than do modern Egyptians to ancient Egyptians.
As the 20th century progressed and a succession of Democratic presidents began voicing their support for civil rights, culminating with the signing of the Civil Rights Act by Lyndon Johnson, the two parties gradually realigned and the racists departed the Democratic Party and ended up in the Republican Party, while blacks went over to the Democratic Party.
And that’s how it stands today. For this reason, when somebody in Montana makes a joke about how blacks like watermelon; or makes an Obama effigy on Halloween out of a pumpkin in blackface; or sells bumper stickers that say “Don’t Re-Nigg in 2012“; or calls the President a Kenyan; or wears a confederate flag, or says that the south was right during the civil war; or is a Klansman running for Congress; or is a federal judge who sends a racist email; or produces a documentary about how Obama’s secret plan is to start a race war; or distributes racist flyers about Indians; or is a U.S. Senator and says “It’s a hell of a challenge” when asked by a constituent, “Senator Burns, how can you live back there in D.C., with all them niggers?”–these people are always Republicans, without fail.
I’ve pasted down below some of Walker’s tweets. Note that Walker seems to have an additional obsession–the Cowgirl Blog. Many of his tweets, for reasons I don’t understand, are directed at me. And he calls me a “demo terrorist,” whatever that means.
If Ed Walker really wants to dispel the notion that the GOP comprises racism, then he should maybe oppose some of the GOP’s policies that are rooted in racism–like, for example, making voter registration more onerous, which Montana Republican’s are constantly attempting to do for the purpose of keeping Indians from casting votes. Or, obstructing the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water rights. Or birther legislation designed to keep president Obama off the ballot for being a son of immigrants, a bill which a GOP committee tried to push forward without a peep of opposition from Walker; or nasty anti-immigrant bills, of which his party has introduced about two or three dozen in the last two legislative sessions.
Here is a sampling of Walker tweets and re-tweets. (click to enlarge)