Pat Buchanan’s new book,Â â€œSuicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,” has reminded many — at least on the Left — that Pat Buchanan is a racist anti-gay homophobic bigot who has no business being paid by MSNBC as political analyst. None. And now, the Buchanan team has decided that they can make far more money pushing his book as a victimization vehicle than on the basis of its merits alone.
So now the Buchanan book’s blog has decided to post stories of the Left attacking Buchanan for his 18th century views.
Of the fifteen posts to theÂ â€œSuicide of a Superpowerâ€ blog, Buchanan’s team (I have every confidence that it’s not Pat Buchanan who’s writing his blog,) one-third are all about how Buchanan is a victim — and they’re using it for all it’s worth:
Comments like, “Suicide of a SuperpowerÂ has earned theÂ scornÂ of left-wing groups —generating publicity and boosting sales,” and “Peter Finocchiaro … posted over aÂ half dozen audio excerptsÂ from the audio book version ofÂ Suicide of a Superpower, showing an ‘ignorant moment’ of the left-wing: when it comes to books, any publicity is good publicity,” prove the point.
But this post is the most-offensive:
Two-left wing groups, Color of Change, with eight known members, and its co-conspirators at Media Matters—self-endowedÂ Orwellian censors–are attempting to gag and have Patrick J. Buchanan fired as an MSNBC Political Commentator as his new book,Â Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive Until 2025?, soars in sales. Â (The book has been a top nonfiction bestseller at Amazon.com since it debuted last week.)Â Using charged racist language, gross misinterpretations, out of context quotes, and sugar-coated anti-Catholic sentiments, Media Matters has written 16 vile posts in the past 12 days in anÂ orchestratedÂ campaign of hate and bigotry.
SPLC’s Hatewatch notes:
Pat Buchanan and his extremist allies are up in arms over liberal media watchdog groupsâ€™ recently launched campaign to get him fired from his news analyst position at MSNBC.
Following Buchananâ€™s Saturday appearance on James Edwardsâ€™ racist radio program â€œPolitical Cesspool,â€ to promote his new book, Suicide of a Superpower, Color of Change and Media Matters for America initiated a call for MSNBC to terminate Buchananâ€™s position. (Full disclosure: Color of Change was co-founded by James Rucker, a member of the board at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which publishes this blog.)
Said Color of Change in a letter that doubled as a petition: â€œFor years, Pat Buchanan has passed off white supremacist ideology as legitimate mainstream political commentary. And MSNBC continues to pay him and give him a platform on national TV to do it. Buchanan has just published a book which says that increasing racial diversity is a threat to this country and will mean the â€˜End of White America.â€™This weekend, to promote his book, he went on a white supremacist radio show whose host has said things like â€˜MLKâ€™s dream is our nightmare,â€™ and â€˜interracial sex is white genocide.â€™ Buchanan has the right to express his views, but heâ€™s not entitled to a platform that lets him broadcast bigotry and hate to millions. If MSNBC wants to be seen as a trusted, mainstream source of news and commentary, it needs to fire Buchanan now.â€
Media Matters said much the same: â€œFor too long, your network has ignored Buchananâ€™s bigotry. But, enough is enough. MSNBC has the power to send a message â€” that it will not tolerate bigotry by its employees, on its airwaves or off.â€
That letter, which also doubles as a petition, closed by suggesting MSNBC executives review documentation (here and here) detailing Buchananâ€™s history of bigoted comments, and asking that they â€œPlease â€¦ take the necessary steps to ensure that MSNBC stops supporting Buchananâ€™s bigotry.â€
Some on the extreme right are incensed by the watchdogsâ€™ campaign.
Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation (one of the Tea Party movementâ€™s most extreme factions) â€“ has leaped to Buchananâ€™s defense. In a blog post yesterday, Phillips â€“ who claims not to be a Buchanan fan â€“ wrote: â€œThe racist in this story is the group, the Color of Change. â€¦ MSNBC does have some conservative voices. Pat Buchanan is one of them. â€¦ [T]he left wing racist nuts at the Color of Change want that to end.â€ And the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist hate group that has called blacks a â€œretrograde species of humanity,â€ also expressed strong support for Buchanan and Edwards.
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MN Police Officer Sentenced 3.5 Years for Death of George Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Keung has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for aiding and abetting manslaughter in the death of Black city resident George Floyd.
Keung, age 29, had accepted a plea deal in order to avoid an additional charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. His guilty plea acknowledged that the restraining holds used by police on Floyd were excessive and likely to cause serious harm.
Video of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder at the hands of city police captured footage of Keung kneeling on Floyd’s back while another officer knelt of the man’s neck. for over nine minutes, officers applied pressure to Floyd while he laid face down in the street, crying and telling officers that he couldn’t breathe while also calling out for his mother.
Video of Floyd’s murder sparked international outrage and inspired protests against institutional racism and police brutality.
Keung is the fourth and final police officer to receive prison time for his role in Floyd’s death. He will serve his new sentence and a federal sentence for Floyd’s death concurrently, serving a total of about 2 1/2 years for the killing.
Virginia Republican Files Bill Defining a Fertilized Egg as a Human
Virginia State Delegate Marie March (R) has pre-filed House Bill 1395, a law that would define life as beginning at fertilization.
“Life begins at conception and each person is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States,” the proposed bill states.
The proposed bill would effectively outlaw all abortions in the state and even endanger the use of Plan B (aka. “The morning-after pill”), a medication that prevents fertilized egg cells from attaching to a woman’s uterine wall.
The bill could also effectively criminalize in vitro fertilization, a method of inducing pregnancy that uses fertilized eggs and discards any unused ones.
Even though Republicans control the state’s House of Delegates, it’s unclear if the bill would have any chance of passing the state’s Democratic-led Senate. The legislature won’t reconvene until January 11, 2023.
Virginia currently allows a woman to get an abortion within roughly 26 weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has proposed passing a law that would reduce that window to 15 weeks, a period of time in which most women may not even realize they’re pregnant.
In response to March’s bill the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance said in a statement, “In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and despite the vast majority of Virginians who oppose it, Virginia’s anti-abortion elected officials keep proving there are no limits to their extremism and true intentions to ban abortion for all Virginians.”
Georgia GOP Says Its Voting Restrictions “Backfired” & Helped Dems Win Senate Seat
When two Republicans lost Georgia’s special runoff senate elections in January 2021, state Republicans in the General Assembly re-wrote voting laws to restrict absentee ballots and give voters fewer days to vote in future runoff elections.
However, after Republicans lost yet another runoff election for Georgia’s Senate seat — with Herschel Walker losing to his Democratic competitor, Rev. Raphael Warnock, earlier this month — state Republicans want to re-re-write the rules, hopeful of a more favorable outcome.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), the official who oversees the state’s voting procedures, said he plans on giving three proposals to lawmakers when they return to the General Assembly in January.
“[The proposals] include forcing large counties to open more early-voting locations (in an attempt to reduce the hours-long lines some voters waited in) … lowering the threshold candidates must achieve to avoid a runoff from 50 percent to 45 percent; and instituting a ranked-choice instant-runoff system that would not require voters to come back to the polls again after the general election,” The New York Times reported.
To be clear, it’s unclear whether these changes would’ve helped Walker win. But they stand in contrast to the changes state Republicans made to voting laws following their failed January 2021 Senate runoff ambitions.
The changes after that time severely restricted the types of people eligible to receive an absentee ballot. While 24 percent of the January 2021 vote came via mail-in absentee ballots, the rule changes resulted in 5 percent of mail-in votes coming in for the January 2022 runoff.
Republicans also lowered the number of in-person early voting days to five (though the rule change allowed counties to add extra days.) The Times found that 28 of Georgia’s 159 counties opted to add extra in-person early voting days — 17 of the counties that did largely backed Warnock while 11 backed his challenger.
Before the recent run-off election, Raffensperger also tried to enforce a state law forbidding in-person early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. However, Warnock successfully sued to prevent the law from going into effect.
Overall, the changes may have “backfired,” Republicans told The Times, actually encouraging Democratic voters to come out in greater numbers.
While Republicans point to the large turnout of runoff voters as “proof” that their changes didn’t discourage voting, Warnock’s campaign criticized the changes, saying that such restrictions shouldn’t make it harder for people to vote in the first place.
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