01-17-2003, 05:04 PM
Member Since: Sep 2002
Trent Lott/Strom Thurmond
I have never heard such sniveling and whining as I have over the words that Trent Lott uttered at the 100th birthday/good-bye party for Strom Thurmond. You would think that we were talking about a President lying when giving a deposition to a Grand Jury. Give me a break. And now Teddy Kennedy has opened his mouth on the matter, I guess we might have to remind him about his driving on bridges with young women and his recollection of what took place back then.
To the meat of it (sorry PETA). Of course his words were wrong. No one is disputing that. We know that the mentality of some in our nation is still an embarrassment, specifically on racial issues. But calling for his resignation is ludicrous after how Congress has acted on recent indiscretions and errors of our political characters (and yes they are Characters). The impeachment of Clinton set the bar. With how the Democrat controlled Senate handled that you could almost get away with murder (the previous administration did, according to many). To now hold a Senator to a higher standard then what we have held our President is simply an unacceptable inequity. The leader of the nation is a greater position then the majority leader of the Senate, at least to me.
If Congress wants to censure him for slipping up on his words then that is their business. We live in such a political world nowadays that a person canít be human. He did not break any law that I am aware of. Can anyone help me out, is there a law that was broken?
To me, he simply screwed up in what he said, it isnít the first time and I am sure it wonít be his last either. There are people lined up by the millions eager to make similar slips as they live their lives. Why should it be a shock that a Congressman wouldnít do the same? Are they beyond stupidity and unpopular ideas? Not if they are human.
Hell, he has even apologized for his comment, but you wonít hear him say that he feels differently, because he wonít. He still feels this way. He is acknowledging that he probably shouldnít have said what he did. Same thing old Slick Willie did back just a couple a years ago. But neither of them felt that they were wrong in what they thought or did.
If you can lie to a Grand Jury you can certainly make a biased statement at a birthday party. Remember that the Senate set the bar with Clinton, should a Senator now be held to a higher standard? I say no.
Who, by now, didnít know what some of the thoughts and views of many southern white people are like. Especially the ones with the maturity (meaning age) of Mr. Lott. Before the Civil Rights Act our nation had a different character, social blend, and conduct. There are still many that hold similar views as this man let slip out. Right or wrong, I would say that it is a fact. How else do you think that he keeps getting re-elected?
The bottom line is that it is still okay that they feel like that. I donít like it, but that is okay too. We allow that here in America. None of us have to like it. You canít be criminally treated for doing it because you are guaranteed the right to express your opinion as a citizen. The fact that this was openly expressed is simply an embarrassment upon the man. For some it will diminish what they think of him, for me I knew what he was all along and it wonít change my opinion of this bigot.
We are lucky to live in a country were we can change our way of life to be more equitable for all of our citizens. It still isnít perfect yet, but it is getting better. The problem as I see it is that some of these old bastards are just living too damn long. I mean 100 freaking years, come on. Until they and their ideas pass on, weíll have to deal with these ideas that we donít agree with or like. But thatís America and do you know what? I wouldnít want it any other way.