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Why Haven't We Had a Requiem Yet?

Askia Muhammad | 8/1/2012, 5:39 p.m.

Why haven't we had a requiem for the kind of xenophobic thinking which dominates what passes for intelligent leadership of the Republican Party? If liberals were devouring their young the way White Republicans are doing nowadays, we would have already proclaimed a wooden-stake-in-the-heart death of socialism in America, for now and forever.

But Republicans are the recipients of several self-inflicted wooden-stakes-in-the-heart, and yet they are still roaming around casting blame instead of sharing it, over this country and the world teetering on the brink of financial ruin. The solution to our problem is to trust all the decisions and leave them in the hands of rich White people. They will always know the right thing to do, and we can trust they will always do it. Right.

Rather than pitch in and see the country succeed under this president, these GOP leaders would rather permit most people to suffer for another year, than to let this president claim credit for any improvement in the economy which those same Bush-era plutocrats pillaged before President Barack Obama even took office.

Their attacks on the powerless are unprincipled and immoral, even from their fringes, even from those who are not even among the favored group - White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant [WASP] males. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is African American. He claims that at least 80 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are Communists. Rep. West said they are all members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

There's not even one single Green Party member of the House or the Senate. A Communist U.S. Congress member in 2012? Absurd. Not just one, 80 Communists! Count them. West insists that Black people in this country who do not agree with his way of thinking are still "on the plantation" slaving for nothing, for the Democratic Party. No one however, has bothered to tell West that his privileges to utter such inanities in public are under review, and those privileges can be revoked!

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other members of Congress have gone. West "another-further" [so to speak], is declaring that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin is a card-carrying member of the Muslim Brotherhood, or worse.

Bachmann and four other House Republicans wrote a letter asking the Department of Defense, the State Department, and other departments to investigate whether the government is being infiltrated by Muslim extremists. It gets better. In particular they said that Abedin "has three family members - her late father, her mother, and her brother - connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position provides her with routine access to the Secretary Clinton and to policy-making."

Some prominent Republican leaders including 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and several of Bachmann's colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee denounced her actions.

"When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches vicious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are, in ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poor because of it. Our reputations, our character, are the only things we leave behind when we depart this earth. And unjust acts that malign the good name of a decent and honorable person, is not only wrong, it is contrary to everything we hold dear," McCain said on the floor of the Senate.