The blue uniforms of the Grand Army of the Republic and the grey uniforms of the Confederacy, buried deep in the nation’s soil, gave birth to Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May . . . .
The Democratic Party is now engaged in the opening battles of a Civil War. As in the 1860s this war cannot be avoided. Fort Sumter has been fired upon.
At Big Pink, we carry the Union flag. 50 States – some red, some blue – but 50 States form the Union. Men and Women from all 50 states for the Union.
Thus far, the Democratic? Party Civil War has been contained to the presidential level. At some point however those Democratic? officials and office holders who endorsed Obama will be held to account. As Kristen Breitweiser wrote
Those who are responsible for putting Democrats in the broken place we are in right now with regard to Barack Obama had better own it to the end. Leave those bumper stickers on and wear those campaign pins until the bitter end folks because YOU OWN IT. And people are going to want to know whose [sic] to blame.
And as for the superdelegates, just an FYI, we have the list with your names, you will be held accountable on Election Day and beyond, too. This time around, everybody’s going to be looking for accountability.
The Democratic? Party Civil War has begun. It will spread.
As Professor Sean Wilentz makes clear in his latest description of the Democratic nomination fight, Barack Obama is engaged in the destruction of the Democratic Party. Obama campaign officials and not-so-covert Obama supporters have an ugly vision for the Democratic Party which must be fought:
Donna Brazile: A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.
David Axelrod: The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.
Barack Obama is destroying the Democratic Party and Dean/Brazile/Pelosi are aiding Obama in the destruction of the Democratic Party. Obama has engaged in a campaign of race-baiting (calling Hillary supporters racists, presumably Hillary African-American supporters are racist too) anonymous memoranda attacking Bill and Hillary Clinton, covertly pushing ugly untrue stories to Big Media allies which distort what Hillary and Hillary supporters say and do (the RFK Obama pushed assasination story is only the latest example), and engaged in misogyny and gay-bashing tours.
There is a Democratic Civil War. It is already underway.
Obama is also trying to get the Democratic Party nomination by NOT counting votes. Obama thinks Democrats will forget his election theft by November. We have not forgotten 2000 and that was eight years ago. Democrats will not forget:
Obama dismissed suggestions that bitterness over the matter might unravel the likelihood of Democratic voters uniting behind a single presidential contender in November.
Once delegates are seated “this is going to be a story nobody is thinking about in August,” Obama said.
Democrats will remember in November – the question is whether the Civil War spreads down ticket from the Presidential level this election cycle or the next.
Obama’s delusions about amnesiac Democrats shows how little Obama knows about Democrats.
The Democratic Civil War, much like the great split that occurred when the courageous Lyndon Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, will be about Civil Rights and Respect – this time for Women.
Yet the excoriation of Hillary – under the cover of Clinton-bashing – raises the question of whether America could elect any woman at all. A country self-flagellating about its racial fissure has basked in its own misogyny. Racism is a proper injustice after all, sexism a Vaudevillian amusement. And so the “Bros not Hos” T-shirts depicting Obama (the black brother) and Hillary (the whore) are simply a blast. The Hillary Clinton novelty nutcrackers, on sale in American airports, are just frat-boy joshing, while a crude racial novelty item – perhaps a mammoth Obama pepper grinder to indicate the stereotypical size of the black male organ – is unlikely to have a patent pending.
Those who heckled Hillary with “iron my shirts” would be indicted or lynched if they barracked Obama with “bus my table” or “shine my shoes”. And it may be his slip of the tongue, “a bad habit”, as he says, to call a female reporter “sweetie” – although what might it be if Hillary called a black writer “boy”? – but did the journalist herself deserve to be branded a “bitch” or a “fat slob” merely for taking umbrage?
Clearly, American women should lighten up at these bottom-patting diminutions. Maybe it’s a sign of progress that Hillary hasn’t received as many death threats as the vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 when the Secret Service insisted she campaign in a bulletproof vest. Perhaps we should indulge male political commentators whose brains combust when looking upon a potential female head of state, so they are blinded by visions of their grasping ex-wife, a bunny-boiling mistress, their third grade teacher, a shrew, a nag, their mother… All that old, old stuff, even now?
The Obama Chicago thugs aided and abetted by Big Media and Big Blogs (DailyKooks, Arriana Huff n’ Puff, and Talking Pimps Memo) have insulted and degraded all women:
Gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which – sooner rather than later, I fear – will have to account for their sins. [snip]
I am no particular fan of Clinton. Nor, I think, would friends and colleagues accuse me of being racist. But it is quite inconceivable that any leading male presidential candidate would be treated with such hatred and scorn as Clinton has been. What other senator and serious White House contender would be likened by National Public Radio’s political editor, Ken Rudin, to the demoniac, knife-wielding stalker played by Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction? Or described as “a fucking whore” by Randi Rhodes, one of the foremost personalities of the supposedly liberal Air America? Would Carl Bernstein (of Woodward and Bernstein fame) ever publicly declare his disgust about a male candidate’s “thick ankles”? Could anybody have envisaged that a website set up specifically to oppose any other candidate would be called Citizens United Not Timid? (We do not need an acronym for that.) [snip]
To compensate meantime, I suspect, sexism has been allowed to take its place as a form of discrimination that is now openly acceptable. “How do we beat the bitch?” a woman asked Senator John McCain, this year’s Republican presidential nominee, at a Republican rally last November. To his shame, McCain did not rebuke the questioner but joined in the laughter. Had his supporter asked “How do we beat the nigger?” and McCain reacted in the same way, however, his presidential hopes would deservedly have gone up in smoke. “Iron my shirt,” is considered amusing heckling of Clinton. “Shine my shoes,” rightly, would be hideously unacceptable if yelled at Obama.
We will remember in November.
Here we come to the crunch. Hillary Clinton (along with her husband) is being universally depicted as a loathsome racist and negative campaigner, not so much because of anything she has said or done, but because the overwhelmingly pro-Obama media – consciously or unconsciously – are following the agenda of Senator Barack Obama and his chief strategist, David Axelrod, to tear to pieces the first serious female US presidential candidate in history.
Big Media tool Barack Obama and Big Media have fired the shot at Fort Sumter. It is long past time we returned fire.
“Gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which – sooner rather than later, I fear – will have to account for their sins.”
The Civil War has begun.