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It seems to never stop. The more the Republican Party attempts to remove the veil of prejudice from itself, the more Republicans come out of the woodworks to show that they are exactly what most know them to be, a party that has a prejudice and tolerance problem. Oklahoman Republican State Representative Dennis Johnson stepped all over and in it while talking about running a small business.

There is such a thing called niche marketing. What you do you find out what you do better than somebody else and that is what you market. … Then you get the reward of success. People come back to you. They like what you do. They like the service they get. And they don’t ask me. They may try to Jew me down on the price. Fine!

[He was then made aware of his racist comment]

Sir? Did I? Alright! I apologize to the Jews. ….[insensitive laughter in the chamber] They are good small businessmen as well.

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For anyone believing that this GOP lack of sensitivity is an anomaly, one just have to check out this Jon Stewart montage, this from GOP Senator Grassley, this from South Carolina state Rep. Kris Crawford (R), and this from Arkansas Republican State Senator Jason Rapart.

No autopsy can solve a problem of the heart and the soul. The GOP must first come clean. They must first acknowledge that they have a race, homophobic, and prejudice problem. Only then can they solve the problem by changing hearts. The problem however is that during their campaigns many times they rely on subliminal racist or otherwise prejudice messages in an attempt to divide their way to victory.

Republican State Representative Johnson may need some brushing up on niche marketing. All businesses hope they are providing a product or service that is better than the competitor. There is no niche marketing to that. This guy is a poor representative of the business party with an explanation like that.

Then again, based on his antics in his video he does not seem to have a clue of how insensitive his initial remark and pseudo apology were. He just may be altogether a clueless racist.



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  •  State Rep Johnson might have (9+ / 0-)

    been one of those kids in high school History class who never read one sentence of one chapter in the textbook, didn't listen one iota to his teacher, and was handed a diploma at 18 without having the slightest idea in hell what the Holocaust was all about.  

    Or, he possibly absorbed a vague outline of Europe under the threat of Nazi Germany, but lacked the capacity or attitude to pursue the information he needed to equal an understanding of what people's lives were like then, the perils many of them faced, the deprivation and risk and isolation.  

    What Johnson said appears to reflect a shallow person who does not take anything seriously, even when compelling information is readily available, even when 6th graders in his home state could provide a better, fleshed-out picture of that era, and even despite his slur and contemptuous "apology" making the rounds on the web.  

    In disrespecting one ethnic group Johnson plays the smear-tactic bully.  A smart-alec who isn't smart.

    Shame on him.

  •  What comes next (10+ / 0-)

    1. The perpetrator explains innocently that all his Republican friends use that term all the time and he simply forgot that he was not back at the country club where "boys will be boys" and people talk like that all the time and what's your point?

    2. After a panicky phone call from Boehner, he explains that of course he did not mean to put it that way, and he was taken out of context and he should have put it more eloquently....maybe, "Hebrew me down on the price."

    3.  Second phone call, and he contritely appears on David Gregory, where he explains that some of his best friends are Jews, and Gregory grills him with such probing questions as, "But wouldn't you say, sir, that in the final analysis, both sides do it?"

    4. Wait a day, and a new republi-bozo steps to the plate' and start over.

    "I wonder why Congress again in a new poll out today--11% approval rating. (It's) because they don't work for us. They work for the sons-of-bitches who pay them." Cenk Uygur

    by Dave in Columbus on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:27:56 PM PDT

  •  Brainwrap diaried this on Monday (5+ / 0-)

    LINK  But it's always good to keep pointing the finger at anti-semitic morans.

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:28:11 PM PDT

  •  I often hear (4+ / 0-)
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    Basil Fawlty in my head with these guys:

    Listen, don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

    by TracieLynn on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:58:04 PM PDT

  •  I might need to turn off the computer (3+ / 0-)
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    I swear that headline read "Another Rapist Republican Caught on Tape". Which, come to think of it, probably will happen any day now. Sigh.

    Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:06:36 PM PDT

  •  Can't help themselves. It is what they are. (6+ / 0-)

    Tonight - the guy in the park that I got registered to vote. He's a big movie fan. Gets Netflix every single day. Goes - I guess I must be a jew lover. I'm a Netflix addict. They make all the movies right? This was as I was handing him his movie outta the communal mailbox. I just looked at him, shook my head, turned my back and walked away. I am never sure if he says this shit just to shock (coz he knows how I think) or he really is just that much of a f'n racist. Honestly, I cannot answer that question. All I know for certain - is that he thought he could never vote being an ex-felon. I got him registered, and we took him to vote in November. We took him out to dinner to celebrate. As we were leaving the bar/restaurant - (about 10  baggers present) I managed to get the barkeep to turn on MSNBC.  I said - Well - at this point, I think Obama is going to win with about 320 electoral votes. You all have a good night! And we walked out. Mr. new voter went - no way! And we discussed on the ride home. Sorry, Mitt is going to lose - get used to the idea! This was about 8pm pacific. He came down the store a day or two later and went - how the fuck did you know that!?? One of the best days of my life. Thanks Nate Silver!!!

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:15:16 PM PDT

  •  They live in a very small world where everyone (7+ / 0-)

    either thinks like them or doesn't want to become an outsider by pointing out what assholes they are.  

    Here in GA I cannot believe the small minds that ferment inside an alarmingly shrinking bubble, totally lacking in self-awareness and an ability to comprehend a large and wonderfully diverse world.  So sad.  No wonder they're so awful and ugly.  They are unable to be individuals.  

    I hope I live to see this small mindedness snuff itself out due to lack of inflow.  So far what I see is the hate being spoon fed to the next generations, sometimes in greater amounts than originally fed to them.

    The GOP will try to destroy anyone who doesn't think like them or anything they can't own. Time to stop this childish crap.

    by AnnieR on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:19:52 PM PDT

    •  I am in SC and mostly keep my opinions to myself (4+ / 0-)
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      I am tired of trash on the porch and deer guts in the mailbox as a form of political debate.  "sides pointing out reality to these guys is really a waste of my time

      •  You can't reach through the hateful noise (1+ / 0-)
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        that must be going on in their brains.  I live with my rightwing sister and her extreme rightwing boyfriend right now.  There's no point in having any kind of debate with them, political or otherwise.  It's their way only, and open season for hate on anyone disagreeing.  Unbelievable.  

        The targeted success of rightwing media worked it's magic on them.  Who ever came up with a way to reach the ignorant masses with festering fear and hate was brilliant, and probably never expected it to be so wildly successful.  There was probably money to be made, would be my guess - but just a guess.  These folks will have to be deprogrammed in order to be reachable as well as reasonable.  Of course that is subjective, I realize.  

        Very sad that an appeal to hate and fear worked so well.  Even sadder is the fact that our politicians and citizens alike don't see a problem with propaganda.  I do.

        (obviously feel very strongly about what I'm seeing - sorry to go on and on)

        The GOP will try to destroy anyone who doesn't think like them or anything they can't own. Time to stop this childish crap.

        by AnnieR on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:41:45 AM PDT

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  •  this is like the NASCAR comment some time back on (3+ / 0-)
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    "rigging"; I have heard these uses growing up in Jim Crow South and no one ever thought anything about them.  The pity would be if no one thought anything about them today as this guy seems to do  

  •  Holy Shit! It never ends with these guys. Racism, (2+ / 0-)
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    Sexism, and Gay-Hating Bigotry.

    He didn't even seem to realize what he said wrong. It was like second nature the way it came out so easy. ...And we're paying taxes to employ these scum-buckets, oh my.

    Chis Matthews's expressions and remarks are wonderful. Thanks for the diary.

    When facing darkness - be the light.

    by Leslie Salzillo on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:02:25 PM PDT

  •  Another one bites the dust (0+ / 0-)
  •  Instinct-driven people have no self-awareness. (0+ / 0-)

    Having no self-awareness means they have no basis for comparison. So, they have no awareness of others, either. They don't see people as individuals, but rather as representatives of groups with certain obvious characteristics--obvious, as in not easy to miss by simply looking. The instinct-driven human goes by sight, unlike dogs, which go by smell, or birds which go by sound. If humans happen to be blind, they go by touch. The brain compensates, if it is sufficiently adept.

    The instinct-driven people who get ahead in the public arena are largely verbal. They speak to acquire what they need for themselves. They speak the speech as it is pronounced to them, as do actors or parrots--set speeches made up of platitudes. Their patter is a compendium of phrases their audiences are used to hearing. It works for them because humans like having their own words thrown back at them and reward them for it. That the words are empty, devoid of action, is not immediately evident. So, the delay between promise and non-implementation can be assigned to forgetfulness. The instinct-driven get through life this way because most humans are basically generous and even forget that they've already given whenever asked.

    I just looked up "platitude." Moat definitions seem to focus on the quantity of use -- i.e. that a phrase is often used is objectionable -- rather than that a particular verbal expression has no meaningful content and is superficial. It's the content that defines whether "good morning" is a platitude, or not. Used as the opening phrase by the organizer of a Rotary breakfast, "good morning" is a platitude and a formality.
    Antonyms for "platitude" are almost non-existent, although there are many synonyms, including stereotype. I'm reminded of a new foreign language learning program that relies on people memorizing the 250 or so stock phrases on which most languages rely. They will learn to speak, but will they be able to communicate, if they don't know what the phrases mean? Will they be able to get along in a foreign country? Presumably because most people will presume that they mean well.
    "Meaning well" goes hand in hand with "speaking without thinking." Speaking without thinking is what the fellow in Oklahoma was engaged in. The report says "he was made aware." I don't think so. There was an effort to make him aware, but it didn't register, just as it never registered with McCain that there was something wrong with singing "bomb, bomb, Iran."

    There ought to be a word for a platitudinous culture, people whose existence is made up of stock phrases which are unrelated to anything on the ground. Why was the gentleman from Oklahoma even talking about marketing in the legislature?
    The reality is that "free market" refers to taking free (or cheap) goods to market for a profit. The reality is that the public treasury or purse has always been considered in terms of resources to be dispensed to the elect -- free goods for the worthy. Profit is a reward for moving things on. Profit has nothing to do with creativity or transformation or even usefulness. So, in a sense, it is a euphemism for theft and all profits are actually unearned, truth be told.

    At what point does a platitude become a lie?  At what point does a platitude become an insult?  Is it an insult, if there is no intention or even thought behind it? We presume that native speakers should know better. But, is that fair. What if a person is just a walking compendium of platitudes? Whose fault is it if such a person gets elect to hold a public office?

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:33:33 AM PDT

  •  Republicans...such comedians. (0+ / 0-)

    His jokes actually "brought the house down" in the there. GOP parties must be a blast.

  •  I'll never forget Father Guido Sarducci on SNL (0+ / 0-)

    talking about a deal he'd gotten buying a used car from a dealer - after he'd "presbyterianed him down" on the price.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Fri May 03, 2013 at 10:40:07 AM PDT

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