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I do not post this link because I care more about the Dole / Hagan North Carolina senatorial race more than others, or because I particularly care about what Ed Rollins has to say about it. But he is a long-time Republican Party enforcer; and one who represents true orthodoxy in the Republican Party. Listen carefully to both the tone and the content of this clip.

Many describe the ideological and strategic flailing and backbiting of the Republican Party as a “circular firing squad” at this point, but I think it runs deeper than that.

The tone and wording that Mr. Rollins uses in this appearance are those of someone telling-all about a former associate. And that’s what it is – the “Helms/Dole” people he speaks of were always fellow travelers, people trying to achieve the same things as he was aiming for by other (in this case, more nefarious) means.

This seems to be the tone I am hearing out of a lot of right-wing pundits at this point. The age-old divisions are coming out, the longstanding disagreements have finally caused a rift in the unified front, and the first incisions of the post-mortem are being performed. This will be a very interesting time in the Republican Party, as I have discussed before, it wouldn’t be surprising if the party itself did not survive until the next midterm election.

What do you think? Do you agree that the Republican Party is in the middle of an identity crisis, a possibleĀ  dismantling?

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Rush Limbaugh’s latest comment – that Gen. Colin Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Obama, is all about race is misleading in ascribing this motive to General Powell. In fact, leave aside the issue of whether the General’s endorsement is based upon Senator Obama’s race as inconclusive and moot – what is indisputably racially motivated is Mr. Limbaugh’s comment.

Dictionary.com describes racial as “2. arising, occurring, or existing because of differences between races or racial attitudes” [“racial.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 20 Oct. 2008. .]

By this definition, Mr. Limbaugh’s comment is in fact, racist. The reason is that amongst all of the Republicans who have endorsed Sen. Obama, it seems that the only one/s whom he has set apart from other Republicans for his/their endorsement of Sen. Obama is/are in fact, black.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines racism as “1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.” (emphasis mine) [“racist.” The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 20 Oct. 2008. .]

To single someone out of a crowd is to question their character as relates to the group by which they are being measured. So to ascribe General Powell’s behavior, (which differs with the norm expected by Mr. Limbaugh of Republicans) and ONLY General Powell’s behavior to the factor of his race is by the definition listed above, racist.

Why is this significant? The answer is the lack of denunciation of this racist view by the Republican Party leadership. The fact that prominent Republicans continue to consent to being guests upon Mr. Limbaugh’s show and having their views and his own broadcast side by side is a tacit endorsement of his racist views.

So this is the situation 43 years after passage of the Voting Rights Act affirmed the Fourteenth Amendment of 97 years previous (which – ironically enough – is a clarification of the Constitution dated eighty years previous to that). One of the only two major political parties in this country; one of the only two parties to be allowed automatic entry to the ballots nationwide, actively and openly embraces a man who espouses views contrary to the equality of races, established greater than one hundred and forty years ago.

It seems that the Republican party should get with the 1860’s. Because for all the pride that some of the party’s members take in being the party of emancipation, the party that held this republic together by military force when the calls for secession were loudest, that they have in fact regressed to a point previous to the 1868 passage of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Is this the way that a nationally trusted and followed party should be allowed to behave? Is this the kind of invective that would be purveyed by someone who has our best interests at heart? Are these the kinds of ideas that should be given heed while we face the most daunting set of overlapping crises in at least a generation?

From many, we have become one, and as one nation is it not time to stand up to those who would try to divide along lines that we, as one nation, have attempted to dissolve 220 years ago, 140 years ago, and again 43 years ago.

Can we trust a leader that would speak his name in the same sentence as someone who has done their best to undercut the concept of E Plurbis Unum?

There will be a massive update of actual content coming soon, you know, my actual thoughts and ideas, not just random childishness and political outrage.

There will be a massive rundown of my trip to Barcelona. And to accompany that, look for the massive Flickr upload I’m about to start of my pictures from there.

See you soon, boys and girls.

Is the only response I can muster.

You’ve got to be kidding me, right?

Have you really heard the same things said about you at Obama rallies? Racial epithets? Accusations of terrorism? Exhortations to bodily harm?

John McCain is a one-man race to the bottom.

Today, I’m taking off at noon Barcelona time and arriving in Los Angeles after a stop at 9:30pm. Including the 9-1/2 hours of the day that have passed already, that’ll make October 8, 2008 the longest day of my life, at 33 hours. That’s pretty intense, ain’t it?

So on the west coast – I’ll see you today, as frightening as that is.