Sunday, July 24, 2016
My Sunday Feeling
That didn't take long did it?
Yesterday former KKK leader David Duke crawled out from under a rock somewhere in St. Tammany Parish to announce that he was running for the Senate seat vacated by the equally loathsome David Vitter down there in the Pelican State. In his remarks to the press after filing he stated that he was running "because the climate in this country has moved in [his] direction." The nomination of Donald Trump as the standard bearer of what was formerly referred to with a straight face as the "Party of Lincoln"was all the proof he said he needed of this.
I've written about Duke before. Back when I was at Tulane, Duke owned and operated a bookstore in Metarie which specialized in white supremacist literature in Metro. I seem to recall that he and some other "boys in the hood" came on campus for a demonstration which didn't amount to anything. Tulane, being a private school, did not have-shall we say?-the constitutional duty to let Duke exercise his First Amendment rights on its campus. Also, rumor had it back in those days that he was an informer for the FBI.
So actually, there's nothing you could tell me about Mr. Duke that I wouldn't believe. I think he's a stone con artist who may or may not believe the stuff he puts out. But don't take my word for it.
Because David Duke is a felon. He did time as a guest of the Feds after pleading guilty to mail fraud and filing a false income tax return in 2002. During 1993 to 1999, he convinced his weak-minded followers who weren't otherwise tapped out from giving to televangelists that he was broke and about to lose his home.
This, of course, was not true.
Indeed he had sold his home for a profit. So what did he use the money for? Gambling at casinos for the most part. Really. And now he has the gall to run for the United States Senate.
Then again, this is Louisiana and he is running to replace a scumbag like Vitter.
Anyway, you would think that disavowing the candidacy of a racist criminal like David Duke would be the easiest thing in the world. Indeed, it is for this reason that the Louisiana GOP and the Republican National Convention swiftly did just that. I'm writing this at 5:30 CDT Saturday evening. I checked before sitting down at the laptop and as of this writing we haven't heard "boo" out of the Trump campaign on this issue.
I mean, what is so hard here? Is it easier to refer to Hillary Clinton as "crooked?" How so? David Duke DID TIME FOR SWINDLING HIS CONSTITUENTS OUT OF MONEY. "Hillary as crook" may be a meme that resonates to those in the GOP that require red meat in their diets. Duke's criminality, along with his racism, real or showbiz, are a matter of public record.
So what's so hard Donald? Maybe sometime tonight I will read that you indeed joined the GOP establishment (for once) and that you have denounced David Duke's candidacy. Good for you. What took you so long?
To me, that's the issue. Duke does not have a snowball's chance in Hell of pulling this off. He's been running for statewide elections and losing down there for as long as I can remember.
Nope. To me the issue is what's taking Trump so long to denounce David Duke and his assertion that the advent of Donald Trump as presidential timber proves that the country has moved in Mr. Duke's direction?
How is this hard?
I mean really?