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  •  Republican projection on steroids; preemption.. (22+ / 0-) my guess after seeing this tactic time and again when republicans are defending the indefensible.

    This from Rick Santorum’s frothy imagination.

     Santorum compares Mandela’s fight against injustice to Obamacare - by Traci G. Lee | 12/06/13 12:45 PM—Updated 12/06/13 02:11 PM

    “…And I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives–and Obamacare is front and center in that.”

    Warning  - Bill  O’Reilly video:  

    Rachel Maddow covered the various laws that were imposed upon blacks in South Africa :

    (short ad - sorry)
    transcript @ link:

     • Papers please laws required to be carried by all non-whites at all times
     • Prohibition of mixed marriages Act 1949
     • Immorality Act -  to prohibit carnal intercourse between Europeans and non-Europeans 1950
     •  Population registration Act - registration by race 1950
     • Group Areas Act -  relocating non - whites out of "white areas"
     • Reservation of Separate Amenities Act - to provide for the reservation od public premises and vehicles or portions thereof for the exclusive use of persons for a particular race or class, for the interpretation of laws which provide for such reservation, and for matters incidental thereto.
     • Separate schools; separate everything
     • No right to vote for non-whites (at first non-whites could vote for whites only, but then that too was canned)

    These Apartheid  laws have a striking similarity to the laws republicans have advocated in the past and today.

     • papers please – SB1070

     • attacking voters rights: ~36  republican controlled states actively engaged in suppression/caging and or purging (including gutting of VRA)

     • mixed marriage

     • group areas? Back of the bus, whites only bathrooms?

    And this is not the first time I’ve noticed that the republicans reverse the truth while accusing others of their own discriminatory agenda: attempting to preempt the truth being told about their own agenda of Apartheid by accusing others of the shit they themselves pull - an agenda of white supremacy in way too many ways

    -    Imo - and this republican trash talk won't preempt me from speaking out, even if not that eloquently

    Thx MB

    P.S.- eloquently like every word from Ta-Nehisi Coates on this:

    But the overall failure of American conservatives to forthrightly deal with South Africa's white-supremacist regime, coming so soon after their failure to deal with the white-supremacist regime in their own country, is part of their heritage, and thus part of our heritage. When you see a Tea Party protestor waving the flag of slavery in front of the home of the first black president, understand that this instinct has been cultivated. It is still, at this very hour, being cultivated.

     -emphasis added

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