Herman Cain’s a threat to both the left and the GOP Establishment.
“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” — Abraham Lincoln on the choice between himself and Stephen A. Douglas
Well, well, well.
Or as Private Gomer Pyle used to exclaim: “Surrrrrrr-prize, surrrrrr-prize, surrrrrr-prize!”
You know why all this flapdoodle over Herman Cain and charges of sexual harassment, charges that Mr. Cain has flatly denied? (Here in this Fox News exclusive Herman Cain is what Abraham Lincoln called a “living dog.”)
A living dog? Yes, and we’ll come back to this in a moment because it bears directly on what’s happening here. As Herman Cain the “living dog” comes under the inevitable attack from the left, if conservatives understand where they are, where they appear to be heading, where they’ve been, it becomes easier (although perhaps not easy) to understand what to do next — and how and with whom to do it.
There are two parts to this disgraceful attack. Both must be examined to understand exactly what is going on with this story.
Part One? History. And this history has two parts within.
So let’s begin — and let’s be blunt.
Let’s recall in some detail how this racial game — and it is a racial game — is played.
Liberals and the Democratic Party have a two centuries long vivid and extremely graphic history of racism. (Detailed previously here ). From the almost thirty — thirty! — party platforms that either supported slavery or segregation or chose to be silent on the subject, to an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan, electing Klan members to all manner of political offices federal, state and local, not to mention supporting everything from lynching to the racial quotas of today, racism has been the life blood of the left.
Part and parcel of all this has been the fine art of portraying black men as sexual predators. And dealing with these black men so accused in a terrifyingly horrific fashion: they would be lynched.
One could fill cyberspace with these stories, but perhaps one of the more famous is the story of Emmett Till. PBS once did a documentary on the Emmett Till case and as the crescendo rises from the liberal media lynch mob about Mr. Cain it is worth a look at what PBS notes on its website about this particular issue.
Said PBS, no outpost of conservatism:
Some whites espoused the idea that black men were sexual predators and wanted integration in order to be with white women…. Lynchings were frequently committed with the most flagrant public display. Like executions by guillotine in medieval times, lynchings were often advertised in newspapers and drew large crowds of white families. They were a kind of vigilantism where Southern white men saw themselves as protectors of their way of life and their white women. By the early twentieth century, the writer Mark Twain had a name for it: the United States of Lyncherdom…. Lynchings were covered in local newspapers with headlines spelling out the horrific details. Photos of victims, with exultant white observers posed next to them, were taken for distribution in newspapers or on postcards. Body parts, including genitalia, were sometimes distributed to spectators or put on public display. Most infractions were for petty crimes, like theft, but the biggest one of all was looking at or associating with white women. Many victims were black businessmen or black men who refused to back down from a fight. Headlines such as the following were not uncommon:
“Five White Men Take Negro Into Woods; Kill Him: Had Been Charged with Associating with White Women” went over The Associated Press wires about a lynching in Shreveport, Louisiana.”
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