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Joe Wilson's Dixie Partisans

by: Joe Conason,truthout

The stupid misconduct of entertainer Kanye West and politician Joe Wilson demonstrated, if any fresh proof is necessary, that thoughtless rudeness isn't confined by ethnicity, ideology or background. With their highly public episodes of misconduct, both earned sharp public censure.

Yet while West has expressed real remorse for his misbehavior at the MTV Music Awards, Wilson has swiftly left behind a quick apology to cash in on his historic insult to the president of the United States.

The South Carolina conservative's political consultants have raised upward of a million dollars from donors across the country who want to express solidarity with him for blurting, "You lie!" on the House floor - and they're peddling T-shirts emblazoned with "I'm With Joe Wilson." Those same consultants are now promoting his noxious outburst as an act of patriotism.

Nothing surprising there, however, to anyone familiar with the Wilson entourage and outlook. The consultant behind the excitable right-wing congressman is Richard Quinn, long a central figure in both South Carolina Republican politics and the "neo-Confederate" movement, notably as editor and publisher of a periodical called The Southern Partisan.

As a staunch defender of the antebellum way of life, he has advocated displaying Confederate symbols on public property and opposed the Martin Luther King holiday, and sought to restore the reputation of slave owners.

Long before Quinn started selling those Joe Wilson tees, his magazine used to market T-shirts denigrating Abraham Lincoln, which displayed a portrait of him above the slogan "Sic Semper Tyrannis" - the phrase shouted by John Wilkes Booth after shooting the Civil War president. No doubt Quinn considered that to be an expression of "patriotism," too, although not to the United States of America.

It is not accidental that Wilson is a client of the Quinn firm (which has also represented Arizona Sen. John McCain, much to his shame). The South Carolina congressman is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, once a relatively harmless organization of nostalgic Southerners that has been transformed into a virulently racist outfit in recent years.

Before his election to Congress, Wilson was among the tiny minority of state legislators in South Carolina who fought to the bitter end for the right to fly a Confederate flag over the statehouse - a campaign in which those die-hards enjoyed the support of Quinn's fundraising and publicity apparatus.

This is the ugly underside of the farthest right-wing elements of the Republican Party. Promoting Joe Wilson as a symbol of the GOP is a dangerous game, but it is nothing new for a political leadership that has been flirting with the neo-Confederates for decades now. Ever since Strom Thurmond left the Democratic Party in 1948, what was once the party of Lincoln has veered closer and closer to the ideology of his assassins.

Even now, Republican leaders in Washington - presumably including the black chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele - make common cause with the neo-Confederates. They pretend not to notice the Dixie flags, the habitual expressions of racism and bigotry or the poisonous attitude toward Lincoln, King and the other saviors of the nation. And they pretend that the politicians who stoke these smoldering hatreds are loyal to the same ideals as the rest of us.

Such weird political configurations also appeared briefly during the candidacy of Sarah Palin, whose career in Alaska was promoted by the secessionist party there. That strange interlude - which also embarrassed McCain - is similarly an artifact of the Republican attraction to the extreme right.

Whether this extremism will help the party regain a majority next year, or hinder its prospects, isn't yet clear. The House Republicans are staking their reputation on support for Wilson against a censure resolution. Fortunately for the people of South Carolina, he will have to face Democrat Rob Miller, a Marine veteran of the Iraq war whose service to country and political maturity are not in question.

Early polls after the Wilson disgrace suggested that the outcome of that contest is anything but assured for the incumbent.


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Added: Sep-20-2009 Occurred On: Sep-19-2009
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  • "Yet while West has expressed real remorse for his misbehavior at the MTV Music Awards"
    That statement alone proves the article is worthless

    tldr

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    • No it doesnt. Wilson first stated he was asked to apologize but didnt want to. Then he gave that shaky speech trying to explain why he couldnt control himself while again not apologizing.

      This man is a true embarrassment to his state.

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  • Slam Wilson?

    Yet it's ok for Obama to lie? Obama has intentionally tried to mislead the American people, regarding this bill, and Conason wants to go after Wilson for being rude. The left will do anything to divert attention away from leftist agenda of Obama and the Dem's.

    Another lame OP/ED from a lefty.

    Posted Sep-20-2009 By 

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    • Obama didn't lie. He hasn't signed any bill yet. The bill as it was being proposed in committee, did not allow illegals to be covered. The issue was about making people prove their citizenship.

      Just take a step back and think about the consequences of proving your citizenship every time you go to the doctor or emergency room.

      Would you be in favor of a national ID card? Talk about right wing hysteria when that comes up again...

      Posted Sep-21-2009 By 

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    • You are exactly correct. I can see right through Obama. I would vote for Joe Wilson in a heartbeat. At least he would have the American peoples best interest in mind. I don't think he would be kissing Breskinski's ass either like Obama is doing.

      Posted Sep-21-2009 By 

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  • I must have not gotten the last email from my SoCV chapter that informed me that we were now radicalizing as a hate group. This article is fucking stupid.
    PS: The confederate flag now sits front and center by the street in FRONT of the South Carolina capitol building and has a light on it at night. So the issue over whether or not to take it off the top of the building was kind of pointless.

    Posted Sep-20-2009 By 

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  • Rob Miller for Congress. We need more common sense.

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  • Looks like the Obamazombies are getting desperate and they are playing the race card as a last resort. If you don't like .gov taking over every aspect of your life you're just a racist?
    PS- Beck intentionally acts unstable to discredit patriots. He is a Judas goat/ modern-day Benedict Arnold.

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  • its a damn shame that the democRATs have snowed enough people into thinking they are the champions of the downtrodden and friend of the working man, while at the same time enslaving people under a yoke of bondage held in place by certain bold-faced liars and former clansmen people who only are rabid for power as is that peloci and their ilk. The president WAS lying and therefore IS a LIAR `why do you think they've got a new health-care plan every other week? America's chickens HAVE come home to More..

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  • It is the liberals that try to enslave the poor by giving them everything. Make poor uncomfortable and you may move up to the middle class.

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    • You must be right. Lets follow the republican attitude of denying them medical and hopefully they will just die.

      Unfortunately the middle class in America are now the poor. That just means the rich survive.

      Yep. Republicans have a plan...Sarah Palin says so.

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  • I say turn the southern states into it's own country and let the conservatives have it. That way they won't have to move anywhere or put the wheels back on their trailers.

    We get the military, they get NASCAR and WWE.

    Posted Sep-20-2009 By 

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    • And Palin. We dont want her left behind.

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    • Good point.
      It would be about a month into the good'ol boy's secession from the union, that the north would have to come in and save the fat racist cowards from a mexican invasion.

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    • LOL!! Actually I think we would have to save them from themselves. They will turn on each other with the same hatred they have for blacks, mexicans, Muslims, gays, women and themselves.

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    • What's funny is that you couldn't debate Palin for 5 minutes without blood coursing from your tore up asshole. Sit there in the bitter bleachers. Blah, fukcing blah.

      You are the most irrelevant poster on this entire network, which says a lot with cum sponges like Willy and TalkingMonkey running around like 9 year old girls shrilling away at MSNBC and CNN like their some sort of bible of journalistic standards.

      Weren't you called out earlier on another thread to actually back up a claim More..

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    • Well that is certainly a unique viewpoint seeing as how the largest group of military recruits every year (around 39%) are white, middle class, southern males.

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  • Its amazing that some people think they can come here and make personal attacks on my own uploads without them being deleted.

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  • good read...thnx

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  • Wilson looks good in a white sheet and hood, just one of the boys!

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  • The Republican Party and Conservatives will tell you that they do not consider the "color of a person's skin"....and look only at the person. Which is why in almost 90 years they have elected ONE black man to Congress...JC Watts.

    So is all of America to believe the lie that race didn't affect those nominations and elections...or should we believe the "token" Michael Steele...who said on National TV...that he hates the fact that the Republican Party in general and Conservativ More..

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    • Maybe you should study some history.

      It was a Republican that freed the slaves.
      Those weren't Republican Governors blocking school entrances when desegregation was ordered.
      A greater percentage of Republicans voted in favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964, than democrats.

      Dem's have kept minorities right where they want them, under their thumb, and you buy into their propaganda.

      You%u2019re clueless. If you keep buying their B.S., African Americans will never have the same success that More..

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    • SO remind me again...just for context...HOW MANY BLACKS HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS AS REPUBLICANS SINCE THE 20's? HOW MANY BLACK/BROWN FACES DID WE SEE ON TV WHEN JOE ACTED OUT ON YOUR SIDE OF THE ISLE??? Nuff said Brother...doesn't matter what THEY did "back in the day" where have they been for black Americans SINCE!

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    • What history book did you get that out of? Did it come with crayons?
      Lincoln was the president who freed the slaves.
      He was a whig.

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    • More Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Republicans.

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