Monday, March 27, 2006

The Republicans 2006 Strategy In Tennessee: Play The Race Card

It appears that racism is alive and well in the Republican Party nowadays.

The Republicans know their chances in the 2006 elections are dim and they recognize they have no agenda to offer voters, so they have turned to their old friend, the race card.

Case in point, the website the NRSC recently launched against Congressman Ford. All throughout the website, one can find racist coded words aimed towards the Congressman. It simply is disgraceful. Do you really think the Republicans would never launch a website like that against a non-black or hispanic candidate? They haven't and will never.

Besides being racist, the website is also hypocritical in the worst way. The truth is, the Republicans do the exact same thing they attack Congressman Ford for and more.

Heck, just a couple weeks ago during the same time they were promoting their racist attack site against Ford, the Republicans all gathered in Memphis and stayed at the luxurious Peabody Hotel with the world famous ducks who join guests for tea twice a day.

George W. Bush, Bill Frist, and the Republicans are notorious about throwing parties for themselves. So apparently they see nothing wrong with it. Yet they criticize Congressman Ford for the exact same thing? I think we all know what that is about.

Another example of Republican racism right here in Tennessee takes place in the 8th Congressional District. There, you will find a Republican running against Congressman John Tanner who openly supports biological ethics and the notion that non-white races should be discouraged from reproducing and that immigration should be stopped.

I thought the Republicans had dropped to a new low when they resorted to trashing war heroes. However, I think their playing of the race card to score political points in the past few months takes the cake.

Nevertheless, I firmly believe that the people of Tennessee will reject these hate filled tactics in November.

People are looking for change and that is what Harold Ford Jr. represents.

82 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!