April 11, 2003
The Republicans Vote Racism
How low can they get? The Republican Party was the party of Lincoln. I know its hard to believe in this day and age, and it just got even harder:
Yesterday's debate suddenly veered from guns to race when Cubin criticized a failed Democratic amendment that would have banned gun sales to drug addicts or people in drug treatment. After noting that her sons, ages 25 and 30, "are blond-haired and blue-eyed," she said: "One amendment today said we could not sell guns to anybody under drug treatment. So does that mean that if you go into a black community you can't sell any guns to any black person?"
Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), who is black, interrupted and demanded that Cubin retract the statement. Cubin said that she did not mean to offend her "neighbors" on the Democratic side, and maintained that her comment was within House rules.
Watt was not satisfied. "She needs to apologize for using words that are offensive for the entire African American race," he said. He demanded Cubin's comment be "taken down," meaning it was inappropriate for a House debate. In a largely party-line vote, the GOP-controlled House voted 227 to 195 to uphold the chair's ruling that the remark fell within House rules.
In other words the entire Republican party in the House of Reps just voted in favor of racism. Disgusting.
Debate on Gun Rights In House Turns Racial (washingtonpost.com) is the reference.
[via dailyKos]Posted by Abe at April 11, 2003 04:46 PM