Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Most Heinous Charges Imaginable

Times columnist David Brooks gets kind of huffy over implications that Ronald Reagan was a racist. He calls the accusation "one of the most heinous charges imaginable." I don't know if Reagan was personally racist (although a cursory looks at his films didn't turn up a single black actor as a co-star). It is true, however, that Reagan deliberately marketed himself to the cadre of Southern rednecks who had reluctantly put away their KKK hoods and were mourning the loss of their beloved Jim Crow laws. He used all of the right code words ("states rights" and "welfare queen"); only a fool would misunderstand his meaning. He was saying he shared their racism.

My interest is different. Where does "callously pitching to racists that you share their hatreds" fall on the list of Heinous Charges?
  1. Mass Murderer (Hitler, Stalin, etc.)
  2. Child Rapist (any number of priests)
  3. War Crimes (GWB)
  4. Torturing Humans (GWB)
  5. Being George W. Bush
  6. Slavery
  7. Regular murder
  8. Rape of adults
  9. Child Labor
  10. Racism
  11. Being Ronald Reagan
  12. Torturing Animals (Vick)
  13. Party disloyalty
  14. taxes
Actually, for me, those last two fall way down the list. Of course, for Republicans, they rank 1 and 2.

1 comment:

Humour and last laugh said...

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