Republicans and race

One of the main obstacle facing the Republican Party in the 2014, 2016 and thereafter will be its desire to turn back the clock to a time when the majority of citizens who could vote were white.

Commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. claims that "Tea party haters seem to view conservative support for limited government as 'code' for the desired dismantling of a welfare state that protects the poor and minorities. Left unsaid (by some) is the notion that opposing an African-American president is in and of itself racist. Try rebutting that premise" ("Republican resurgence faces many challenges," July 28).

The first part of this statement can be attributed to Mr. Ehrlich's failure to read or understand the budget plan of Rep. Paul Ryan, which the Republican Party has embraced with open arms. It takes aim at all the programs that have been put in place to help our fellow citizens, be they black, white, brown, veterans or senior citizens.

Are Republicans racist? Of course they are, and if you listen closely you will hear evidence of it almost daily — on CSPAN, on the news and in print — as well as see it in action.

The Republican Party has always been racist in my 68 years of life, although they kept it under wraps for many years after 1964. But in 2007, when then-Sen. Barack Obama declared he would run for president, well, the Republican Party saw itself threatened. When Mr. Obama won, Republicans of all sizes and shapes were enraged. The good-ole white-haired man, a hero in their eyes, lost the election to a black American.

All Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, could find to say about the Trayvon Martin incident was "get over it!" Mr. Harris seems to think it is all right for an adult to shoot and kill an unarmed child just because of the way he looks. Would Mr. Harris feel the same if one of his kids were shot down in cold blood? As a politician he has yet to learn what his job really entails.

Then of course there's the message of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who stated that his top priority was to ensure Mr. Obama became a one-term president. He certainly became the biggest racist in the country. He was the one who defined his job that way and it certainly wasn't for the benefit of the citizens of Kentucky or the United States.

President Obama could come out today and agree with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to do away with the IRS, and Senator Cruz would vote against it just because an African-American president had suggested it. It's the same with all the parts of Obamacare that Republicans first wanted — then decided they were against when they became part of the president's agenda.

And let us not forget what's going on at the state level. Republicans already know they cannot win a national election. So they found they need to gerrymander elections state by state, redrawing voting districts to eliminate the majority black and Hispanic vote, and passing ridiculous laws to suppress minority voting rights.

More than ever the Republican Party is showing itself as the most racist political party in the United States, whether on the state or national level. I am a white senior citizen who watches closely what is said — and also what is distorted by Republicans such as Mr. Ehrlich.

Stanley Jakiel, Elkton

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