This morning on Candy Crowley’s CNN show State of the Union Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour defended Bob McDonnell’s decision to declare confederate (treasonous traitor) history month, and doubled down on the stupid by also defending his omission of the institution of slavery.
When CNN "State of the Union" anchor Candy Crowley asked Barbour, a onetime lobbyist and former head of the RNC, if the slavery omission was a mistake, he said, "I don't think so, my legislature has made an active holiday of Confederate Memorial Day... Anyone who thinks that you have to explain that slavery is a bad thing, it goes without saying... It's sort of feeling that it's a nit, it's not significant,
trying to make a big deal."
Link to the Politico article where I got the quote.
You see Governor it does not go without saying because racist people as yourself still need to be told, not that it was a bad thing infantile person, but that it was an existential evil at the heart of treason and rebellion. A nit is the egg of a louse. When we as Americans wish to minimize things we use that analogy. We call people who stress over unimportant issues nit pickers. We call people with limited brain power nitwits. Yet in one sentence you managed to prove every point about a racist Republican confederate southern Governor.
The issue of slavery was not a nit to the civil war, it was the entire reason your treasonous backwards state joined the confederacy. Cotton and slavery were what made your state a state.
In honor of confederate (backstabbing rat) history month I present you Governor Barbour with the Mississippi Declaration of Causes of Treason
In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.Link to the source of their treason
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.
That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove.
The hostility to this institution commenced before the adoption of the Constitution, and was manifested in the well-known Ordinance of 1787, in regard to the Northwestern Territory.
The feeling increased, until, in 1819-20, it deprived the South of more than half the vast territory acquired from France.
The same hostility dismembered Texas and seized upon all the territory acquired from Mexico.
It has grown until it denies the right of property in slaves, and refuses protection to that right on the high seas, in the Territories, and wherever the government of the United States had jurisdiction.
It refuses the admission of new slave States into the Union, and seeks to extinguish it by confining it within its present limits, denying the power of expansion.
It tramples the original equality of the South under foot.
It has nullified the Fugitive Slave Law in almost every free State in the Union, and has utterly broken the compact which our fathers pledged their faith to maintain.
It advocates negro equality, socially and politically, and promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst.
It has enlisted its press, its pulpit and its schools against us, until the whole popular mind of the North is excited and inflamed with prejudice.
It has made combinations and formed associations to carry out its schemes of emancipation in the States and wherever else slavery exists.
It seeks not to elevate or to support the slave, but to destroy his present condition without providing a better.
It has invaded a State, and invested with the honors of martyrdom the wretch whose purpose was to apply flames to our dwellings, and the weapons of destruction to our lives.
It has broken every compact into which it has entered for our security.
It has given indubitable evidence of its design to ruin our agriculture, to prostrate our industrial pursuits and to destroy our social system.
It knows no relenting or hesitation in its purposes; it stops not in its march of aggression, and leaves us no room to hope for cessation or for pause.
It has recently obtained control of the Government, by the prosecution of its unhallowed schemes, and destroyed the last expectation of living together in friendship and brotherhood.
Utter subjugation awaits us in the Union, if we should consent longer to remain in it. It is not a matter of choice, but of necessity. We must either submit to degradation, and to the loss of property worth four billions of money, or we must secede from the Union framed by our fathers, to secure this as well as every other species of property. For far less cause than this, our fathers separated from the Crown of England.
Our decision is made. We follow their footsteps. We embrace the alternative of separation; and for the reasons here stated, we resolve to maintain our rights with the full consciousness of the justice of our course, and the undoubting belief of our ability to maintain it.
There can be no doubt now that the current incarnation of the Republican Party has reached for its race card. It’s the White race card and it is all four aces in the deck. While in the same interview Haley Barbour can decry that Michael Steele see’s a difference in the treatment of a white and black chairman of his party he can declare that slavery was of the same importance to the civil war as a nit. On national TV, withourt being contradicted or called a bold faced liar, and people consider him material for President! Why is it in the year 2010 and with a President who isn’t white do we have to re-litigate the civil war? What’s next Bull Connor was the freedom fighter? George Wallace had a point? Maybe the country would have been better off if segregationist Strom Thurmond had been President? Oops sorry they did that one already, but I hope you get the point. Happy Confederate History Month!!!
Update: Here's the interview
He actually said more than it was of the same importance as that of a nit. He said it didn't mean diddly, and if you don't like it talk to the Dems in his legislature that also agreed with him.