Courtland Milloy produced a really on time piece yesterday –
Obama can’t seem to catch a break on his oil spill response
Which started out with the very telling paragraph –
So now the rap on President Obama is that his response to the oil spill along the Gulf Coast hasn’t been heartfelt enough. He comes off as emotionally detached, critics say, and, by the way, isn’t it a pity that the white folk from the coastal red states who never wanted a black man in the White House in the first place are complaining that he doesn’t care about them?
Governor Lester Maddux (with gun), and his son chase a black customer away from his segregated restaurant. Maddux would later have a change of heart, and during his term as Governor would appoint more African Americans to office than any Governor before him. He would remain though, a stanch states rights conservative until his death.
Lets take that one step deeper. The states most likely to be impacted by the massive spill, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama are all “red” states. If Obama could wave his hand and make the whole thing dissipate tomorrow – the white folks in those states are still not going to vote for him, or do a damn thing about the massive disparities in their states between white and black poverty, income, education, and incarceration.
Further – the Republican Politicians controlling those states have locked arms on the Courthouse steps, in acts of defiance similar to the infamous Lester Maddox against any proposal or bill promoted by the Obama Administration. They have blocked his nominees, whether for the Courts or appointees to Federal Offices. They have steadfastly refused to participate in governing the country, and have burned every single olive branch he has held out to them. There quite simply is no reason at this point for President Obama to enter into any agreement with any of these Republican stalwarts – simply because they have proven time and again not to be worthy of that trust.
Not inconsequentially these guys, and their political machinery have been in bed with big oil for decades. Their indignation at President Obama’s plan to hold BP fully accountable is an indication of just how deeply these whores have sold out their constituencies. During the Bushit Administration big oil had a large comfortable chair behind the desk in the Oval Office, fully acquiescent and accountable for the start of an unnecessary war for oil in Iraq, costing over 5,000 American lives and killing tens, if not hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. “Drill, Baby, Drill” as such, not mysteriously became the war chant of the McCain/Palin campaign.
When Katrina devastated Louisiana, the then Governor a Democrat had the temerity to complain about the Federal response. She was blackmailed by the White House, telling her to sit down and STFU…
Or get even less. All the while, instead of working towards the recovery, Republicans stabbed her in the back (including current Governor “Bobbity Jindal”), touting her “incompetence”. Now the shoe is on the other foot for Bobbity. WTF should President Obama trust him? He (Bobbity”) has already proven himself to be a rat when he rejected the TARP funds. Further, there is substantial evidence that Republicans in these states worked against NOLA’s recovery, based on the fact that eliminating a large portion of the City’s black population changed the political landscape in their favor.
Indeed the only ostensible reason I can see to hurry up and do anything on this deal…
Is to save the wildlife.
F34k the Republicans, whose goal is to make it a no-win situation…