Who knew the Klan was that big?
With Christmas rapidly approaching and the elector morass essentially over, I keep telling myself to stop writing and get on with the holiday. Then a ludicrous article pops up on my computer screen and causes blood to pour out of my mouth, my ears, my brain – just everywhere – to paraphrase a line from the president-elect. What’s got my dander up this time is an article tracing the remarkable racist history of the Electoral College.
Here’s just one little sliver from Chauncey Devega, published in that venerated publication Salon:
America was also a racialized “democracy” where several million black people would eventually be owned by whites as human property. The enslavement, exploitation, rape, and destruction of black bodies were the economic engine that drove the American economy. Thus, by both design and intent, the United States Constitution was a pro-slavery and pro-Southern document. The Electoral College was central to maintaining America’s white supremacist slavery regime.
Mercy. It wasn’t enough to call the Trump campaign racist, so the left quickly moved to calling Trump supporters a host of horrible names, with the longest and loudest cry emerging as that of racist. Today, some sixty-two million voters are labeled racist by the childish, whining punditocracy. Even that’s not enough, so now we must go back in history and call the Founding Fathers racist. Mind you, they are not just your garden-variety racist; they were racists who intentionally set up a racist government of which the Electoral College is part and parcel.
More accusative pearls ooze from the keyboard of Mr. Devega, but frankly, I have too much respect for the readership of American Thinker to add them here, as they are certain to spoil your holiday.
In reference to all this incessant racist chatter, a friend of mine recently half-jokingly observed, “I didn’t know the Klan was that big.” And in fact, it is not. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is not exactly a right-leaning group:
Today, the Center estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different – and often warring – organizations that use the Klan name.
Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit here. They’re not calling us KKK members – just racists. But if you listen to the rhetoric of people like Mr. Devega or turn on CNN at any hour of any day, it doesn’t take much to jump the hurdle. And on the other side, one has to wonder how the left is making the leap from a few thousand KKK members to sixty-two-plus million people – many of whom voted for a black man for president in the last two elections.
All this finger-pointing and white race-baiting is getting tiresome; white men are racist, women are now racist, the Blue Wall is certainly white rural crazies who are racist. It’s getting to be a theater of the absurd. It would be funny if it weren’t so heartbreaking.
So what’s the point of it all? Is all this name-calling and hysteria going to bring us together as a nation? How many times does Donald Trump have to disavow the KKK in order to satisfy the left?
I, for one, am damn tired of being called a racist. Next, CNN will be telling us that Amazon reports an uptick in white sheet purchases in anticipation of Christmas. Must be all of us Klan members out there.