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Re: “Take ’Em Down

"Of course, there is also the National Socialist model."

Which was to use the tools of democracy to co-opt a republic and install one-party rule, then make it illegal for anyone else to do the same thing. Sounds like what the GOP is trying to do under Dolt45. See, for example, usurpation of the rule of law in turning the DOJ into a mob (see, we can use that word too!) law firm.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 07/13/2020 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Germantown on Viral Video: 'Our Community Is For Everyone'

Germantown was named a very, very long time before Germany had any connotation with Nazism. When the town was founded, there were a half dozen little villages and towns along the Memphis-Charleston RR between it and Memphis.
But being a resident of said burg, I will agree there is a whole lot of barely concealed racism among some of its denizens.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 07/08/2020 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Disproportion: The Legislature's Shorting of Shelby County

Funk is on to something; although the city of Nashville is indeed at least as liberal as Memphis, it's perceived as a "white" city, while Memphis is perceived as a "black" city. If you think that doesn't matter with these rural hick legislators, take your pacifier out and grow up. No, it's not Nashville doing it to us, it's the state legislature. But Nashville gets better treatment overall.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 06/26/2020 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Senate Vote Gives Rep. DeBerry New Opportunity to Run for Reelection

MLK was not a Republican, Jeff. He never registered as either a Dem or Rep, because he didn't want to have the cause of civil rights to be seen as a partisan one. His father was at one time a registered Republican, when it was still the party of Lincoln, but he supported and voted for both Kennedy and LBJ.
As far as LBJ is concerned, yes, he was a mixed bag. But when it counted, when he had the power to do something, he was on the right side of history. Without LBJ, it's doubtful the civil rights legislation gets passed. It's axiomatic that too much credit for the civil rights movements successes gets handed to white supporters when it was mainly southern blacks who carried the load, but read about MLK's (and the people's in his room at the time) reactions to the televised speech in which LBJ said "and we SHALL overcome." They clearly understood that LBJ knew the power of those words, from a black religious perspective, and broke out in cheers.
LBJ's legacy will always be tarnished by his actions (and lack of action) regarding the Vietnam War, but he did reject his racist southern white loyalties (We of the south speech) and he knew he was killing the Democratic Party with southern whites, in order to fight for the civil rights of black, brown, etc., people.
And it's an inarguable fact, that Reagan, along with the Goldwater wing of the GOP, opposed the Civil Rights Act. They won control of the party from the Rockefeller faction and have never looked back with their racism.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 06/22/2020 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Senate Vote Gives Rep. DeBerry New Opportunity to Run for Reelection

Yeah, Jim, the problem Reagan had with the Democrats at the time Reagan left the party is that the party started vigorously supporting civil rights, which Reagan and Goldwater opposed, cuz, freedom or something. So basically, he had the same problem the Dixiecrats had. No wonder he kicked off his 1980 presidential campaign in, of all places, Philadelphia, Mississippi and talked about "states' rahts." Philadelphia, you know, the town where Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman were murdered by KKK and local law enforcement about 15 years prior. Just a coincidence, that.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 06/19/2020 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Take ’Em Down

It's hard to come up with another example of the losers in a brutal war who got to write the history for so long.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 06/18/2020 at 11:00 AM

Re: “City Council Votes to Require Masks in Public

It isn't about being "noble," J Thom. It's a public health issue, and local government absolutely does have the responsibility to enact laws to protect against the outbreak of a potentially deadly communicable disease. Now, I agree that requiring a mask when driving one's own car or walking in an open area such as a park away from others is probably not necessary, but the idea that government should never legislate "personal behavior" in the interest of public health is not supportable. Hell, the GOP tries to legislate personal behavior all the time in service to fundamentalist Christian ideology. The City Council is just pissing upwind with this, anyway. It's become such a ludicrous battle in the tribal culture wars that I fully expect the Boogaloo Bois to show up in Hawaiian shirts and AR's and start threatening to kill lib'ruls if anybody tries to curtail their right to go maskless. The MPD will probably give them motorcycle escorts around the city, since they're "armed friendlies" after all.

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Posted by Bakerspond on 06/17/2020 at 2:44 PM

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