If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention. Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.
The above quote comes from Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Florida). Hastings was a U.S. District Court from 1979 to 1989. He was impeached and removed from the bench for accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for a lenient sentence and a return of seized assets. In other words, a typical politician.
In 2006, it was reported that Nancy Pelosi was favoring Hastings for the position as head of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Ultimately, the chair was handed to Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) after someone on her staff told her that Mexicans are the smartest people in the World, and therefore, would do a much better job with intelligence matters. The staff member cited the Mayan civilization and their magical calendar which successfully predicted the end of the World in 2012.
I didn’t know that “gun toting” and “moose stripping” were behaviors associated with racism and and anti-Semitism. But then again, I do not possess the supreme intelligence and insight of a former federal judge and Congressperson. Hasting’s comments speak more to the low regard he held for the Florida rally attendees that he was addressing. Surely there are plenty of other valid reasons to oppose the McCain/Palin ticket. Now I see why he didn’t get the Intelligence Committee chair position.
Congress should not be in the business of supporting state-sponsored discrimination. ~ Alcee Hastings