Throughout the past few months, Jeff Blanco’s website, LouisianaConservative.com, has served as a living testament of the distorted wingnuttery of the far-right of the Louisiana Republican Party. All too frequently, it’s an anti-intellectual smorgasbord of conspiracy and divisiveness– more of an embarrassment to the Republican Party than an asset.
Blanco’s website has asserted, for example, that Obama wasn’t really born in America and is, therefore, unqualified to be President. Nevermind that Obama posted his birth certificate on his website and nevermind that, only weeks ago, the State of Hawaii, after pressure from the crazies, confirmed the authenticity of the certificate, Blanco prefers to believe the ridiculous, far-right, Hail Mary conspiracies.
The irony is that, in fact, Mr. Blanco’s candidate, Senator McCain, was actually not born in the United States. He was born in Panama. But because his birth occurred on a military base, he is technically considered to have been born in the United States.
You would be hard-pressed to find a Democratic blogger who openly questioned Senator McCain’s real nationality based on this technicality, but Mr. Blanco appears to have no problem espousing and promoting a total fabrication about President-elect Obama in order to perpetuate the meme that Obama’s not really an American. It’s shamelessly ignorant and purposely divisive.
Readers may recall that Governor Jindal, right after taking office, hosted a blogger’s roundtable, which, in addition to Erick Erickson of RedState.com, also featured Deryl Bryant (a.k.a. 4UnionParish), a contributor on LouisianaConservative.com.
In Blanco’s most recent post entitled “Not a Drop of Slave Blood,” he asserts that President-elect Obama’s proposal for a community service/college assistance program is a violation of the 13th Amendment. If Mr. Blanco believes the conscription of community service in exchange for increased opportunities is analogous to slavery, then he should consider questioning the Constitutionality of the education system too. He should also consider filing a class-action lawsuit against the United States Government on behalf of the men and women who were involuntarily drafted to serve our country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
In his mind, service to our country is slavery. How patriotic of him.
Here’s what Mr. Blanco says:
Um, requiring service? Look, I know during times of slavery, there were a lot of black people who would help capture and sell other blacks into slavery, and as Barack Obama would say, I mean think about it, wouldn’t that lineage still be from Africa? Now I’m not saying Obama’s father from Kenya is from that side of heritage. What I am saying is that I know Barack Obama doesn’t have a drop of slave blood, so he probably doesn’t understand this, but to require even one second of forced service is, um, UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
I’m not saying Barack Obama is the black guy in the house, and some neighborhoods might actually have a different term for it. But I have to admit, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that the first black President would actually be proposing to force some people to work in servitude, or rather, slavery.
This isn’t just idiotic; it’s offensive.
And it’s racist.
What the hell does “slave blood” have to do with anything, Mr. Blanco? And what do you mean when you say “some neighborhoods might actually have a different term for (the black guy in the house) it?”
What is that term, Mr. Blanco?
A word of caution to our Governor and his staff: If you guys and gals want to run for re-election in 2011 or for President in 2012, STAY AWAY FROM JEFF BLANCO.