By Christopher G. Adamo | RINOTracker.us
On June 20, 2015, Mark Caputo and Ali Breland of Politico.com, write:
Mitt Romney showed his enduring influence on the Republican presidential field on Saturday when he weighed in on the national debate over the Confederate battle flag, calling bluntly for South Carolina to remove it from the state Capitol in the wake of the shootings in Charleston.
“Take down the Confederate Flag at the SC Capitol,” the 2012 Republican nominee tweeted. “To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor Charleston victims.”
It was hours before the GOP’s 2016 contenders followed with statements of their own, illustrating their reluctance to wade into a conversation that could put them at odds with the base of a party with deep roots in the South and a complicated racial legacy.
Jeb Bush was the first candidate to issue a statement, noting that as governor of Florida, “we acted, moving the flag from the state grounds to a museum where it belonged.” But even Bush declined to demand that South Carolina remove the controversial flag, which alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof was shown brandishing in photos that emerged Saturday on a website reportedly linked to him.
“This is obviously a very sensitive time in South Carolina and our prayers are with the families, the AME church community and the entire state,” Bush wrote in a Facebook post. “Following a period of mourning, there will rightly be a discussion among leaders in the state about how South Carolina should move forward and I’m confident they will do the right thing.”
RINOTRACKER RESPONSE FROM CHRIS ADAMO:
Ever since the June 17 mass murder at the Emanuel African American Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina, the political left has been in overdrive, not out of concern for the victims or their families, but attempting to exploit the situation through any possible means for political gain. Of course this is standard procedure for liberals. From Baltimore to Benghazi, the left is indifferent to any loss of innocent life unless it can be remolded into some “cause célèbre” by which the Democrats might advance their agenda.
Unfortunately for them, things have not gone smoothly since the Charleston disaster. Initially, they sought to use it to make a case for gun confiscation. However, the Church was already in an officially “gun free zone,” and everyone involved was in compliance with the law except Dylan Roof, the deranged thug who committed the murders.
So public reaction to the reflexive gun-grabbing demagogues (including Barack Obama) was swift and thunderous. It is becoming obvious to all but the most ideologically blinded anti-Second Amendment leftists that the lack of guns was a huge contributing factor in this appalling event. For liberals, this inconvenient truth and the vast public awareness of it meant only one thing. It was time to change the subject.
Their next effort was to decry the situation as some sort of evidence of far-reaching “racism.” But here, the righteous character of the very Church in question proved to be the biggest obstacle. Rather than responding “in kind” to Dylann Roof’s hatred and dementia, members of the Church rose to the spiritual precepts of the Christianity they profess (and obviously live) by offering forgiveness and hopes for healing of the many horrible fissures in the American culture. In the shadow of such greatness, leftist efforts at fanning the flames of racial discord within that community appeared petty and opportunistic, and rightfully so.
In a flailing last ditched effort, the race-baiting left sought to invent a connection to the public presence of the Confederate Flag in the Palmetto State. Democrat Charleston Mayor Joe Riley decried it as a “symbol of racial superiority and bigotry” for Roof, “and those like him,” thus offering a faux connection between a lone homicidal youth and any who have an affinity for Southern Heritage.
But for these glaring manipulations to work, liberals would have to make their case against a historical symbol that’s been commonplace for more than a century and a half. Moreover, having no substantive racial repercussions associated with it for many decades, it has only recently been targeted and vilified as a looming symbol of “racism” (along with just about everything else the left can seize upon).
As they saw this window of opportunity to make political hay closing before their eyes, unscrupulous Democrats were getting truly desperate. Their guilt game was tenuous and transparent at best. What they needed was a hapless Republican to ride to their rescue. And, fortunately for them, Mitt Romney showed up to save the day. By asserting that the Confederate flag should be taken down, Romney gave a façade of legitimacy to pathetic liberal efforts at painting their “guilt by association” across the state with a comically broad brush. Now, instead of backing away from their ludicrous ploy, they are enjoying renewed energy and momentum.
The leftist “Politico,” in all of its well established “objectivity,” is characterizing Romney as a defining figure in the GOP by claiming he has “an enduring influence on the Republican presidential field.” And in the wake of Romney’s treachery, other morally rudderless candidates have been feeling a need to pander to this ruse instead of decrying it.
Ultimately, under the combined duress of leftist “PC” types and the “me too” wing of the Republican Party, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley folded, and is currently demanding that the flag be removed from the State Capitol. Joining her, to nobody’s great surprise, is South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. With the help of an invertebrate GOP, liberal Democrats are safely affixed on the “moral high ground,” clearly owning the issue. And South Carolina citizens are no safer from gun violence than they were before.
So does anyone believe that the GOP will now enjoy renewed interest from traditionally Democrat minority constituencies? Don’t hold your breath. Instead, they will be decried, and rightly so, for their insipid and meaningless pandering. Score another point for those hapless “Establishment Republicans.
Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of Wyoming. He has participated in local and state level political campaigns, as well as having written articles for regional and national print publications. For many years, he wrote a popular weekly column that appeared throughout the Internet. During the course of his political involvement, he came to the realization that liberalism is alive and well inside of the GOP.