Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tomthemick@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't Apologize


Did Governor LePage tell the NAACP to “kiss my butt”? Well, yes and no.

The NAACP expects politicians to kiss their butt, and for decades they’ve gotten in line, kneeled down, and puckered up. Many resented it, but they held their noses and laid on the lip smacks anyway. While the NAACP may once have been a legitimate civil rights organization, they have devolved into a condescending, left-wing, special-interest group and their biggest interest is playing on white guilt to further their far-left agenda - especially racist policies like Affirmative Action. Martin Luther King would never have supported it, saying as he did: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”Maine’s new governor is unpretentious. He’s conservative so I’m inclined to like him, but his candor is most refreshing: “I’ve not yet learned to speak out of both sides of my mouth,” he says. Liberals, who have been running Maine for decades, find him appalling. They claim he told the NAACP to “kiss my butt.” He didn’t, actually, but that’s what is going out over national news. Ben Jealous, CEO of the national NAACP, wants LePage to apologize.

To put this into perspective, we must go back a bit. First, LePage is in sync with the Tea Party movement whose primary goal is to limit government to what the framers of our Constitution intended. Thousands of small-government-conservative candidates for state and federal offices across the country were swept into office as the Tea Party changed American politics. Big government liberals are in shock and desperate to stop it. Trying to pin the recent Arizona shootings on them is only their latest in a series of attempts to tarnish them. Maine elected a conservative governor because enough people - even in this very liberal state - see big government as the problem, not the solution.

While LePage campaigned against big government last October, opponents videotaped him saying: "We came from behind because we have a message. We have a message that says:  One, we've had enough of the federal government. We've had enough. Two, we've had enough of the state government. And number three, government should be working for the people, not the people working for the government. And as your governor, you're gonna be seeing a lot of me on the front page saying Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell."

Well, that last phrase is exactly what liberals in Maine were hoping for as they followed LePage around with a video camera. The comment made national news, but the context in which it was spoken did not. Obama is the quintessential big government liberal. Obamacare is his signature accomplishment and the Tea Party was born in opposition to it. Government will take over 18% of our entire economy and force Mainers to buy health insurance. Obamacare’s constitutionality is being challenged by dozens of states in federal court for exercising power the constitution didn’t grant it. Obama has run up more debt and expanded government more than any other president in American peacetime history, and it all makes life much more difficult for state governors like LePage.

Any criticism of President Obama is assumed by our liberal mainstream media to be racially motivated. They think all conservatives - especially us rural types - are dumb rednecks. Obama himself said: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

So, when LePage declined the Maine NAACP’s invitation to an event at the Maine State Prison last weekend, the media pressed him. LePage knew where they were going and he said the NAACP was a special interest group, while he represents all Mainers. A reporter asked how he would respond to those who claim his decision not to attend was part of a negative pattern (in other words - what do you say to people who imply that you’re a racist?), he smiled and said: “Tell them to kiss my butt.” Cameras were running, so it’s on video.Last July, the NAACP accused the Tea Party of racism. There was no evidence, but a lack of evidence never stops liberals from accusing conservatives - as we’re seeing in Arizona. The mainstream media is always ready to amplify baseless accusations because perception is reality in politics. People vote based on their perception of issues and the liberal media, until just recently, have enjoyed monopolistic control over that perception. Lately conservatives have used talk radio, Fox News, and the internet to chip away at their monopoly and that’s driving liberals crazy.One of the first things LePage did as governor was to rescind his predecessor’s executive order banning state employees from inquiring about anyone’s immigration status. Now police, welfare officials, or anyone else can refuse to grant special privileges to illegal aliens. Maine is no longer a sanctuary state. Naturally, Maine chapters of both the far-left NAACP and the ACLU organized a protest against LePage for Martin Luther King Day. In Maine and Arizona, liberals consider those of us who are against paying benefits for illegal aliens sneaking into the United States to be just as “racist” as the Tea Party.

Governor LePage shouldn’t apologize for telling them all to kiss his butt. In fact, he should tell them more often.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Alexander from Bartlett said...

Thank you Tom. Informative and encouraging. I looks like normal America is still kicking, even in Maine, does it really?
OK signing off quick to let anonimouses express their valuable opinions.

1/18/11, 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Irregardless NH said...

Tom wrote: "First, LePage is in sync with the Tea Party movement whose primary goal is to limit government to what the framers of our Constitution intended."

Uh, would that be the way the Constitution was originally written, or the 'sanitized' version (where the 3/5th designation was somehow omitted) the GOP read on the House floor the other day?

I'm just askin'...

1/19/11, 6:48 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Conservatives don't sanitize the Constitution. Liberals do when they legislate from the bench. The 3/5ths compromise was negated with the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery - pushed through by Republicans. Democrats, you'll remember, wanted to preserve slavery, then Jim Crow, and so on.

Amending the Constitution is a hassle, which is why liberal Democrats would rather just disregard it as an anachronism. Kind of like Ezra Klein's comment last week, remember?

See here:
http://tv.breitbart.com/liberal-star-blogger-ezra-klein-constitution-has-no-binding-power-on-anything-confusing-because-its-over-100-years-old/

You liberals would be funny if you weren't so dangerous.

I'm just schoolin'...

1/19/11, 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN BROTHER !!!! Thats two consecutive columns I have agreed with you Tom. Mercy, what is to become of me.

1/19/11, 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually have fun ripping you to shreds every week, but you've been making it WAY too easy, and this piece just put me to sleep, so I'll just sit this one out.

1/19/11, 10:57 AM  
Anonymous JZ said...

Congratulations! You just got a democrat to agree with you. Well, once they got past the liberal-bashing.

1/19/11, 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J Z, Are you saying that all Democrats are Liberals?

1/19/11, 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are referring to me as a Democrat and therefore a Liberal, please get your head out of the sand. Believe it or not it is possible to have a point of view that is not dictated by one political philosphy. I take each column on its content and agree or disagree with it as I go along. I try to see both sides of the issue and express my opinions based on the conclusions I draw. NOT on a 'just because' basis. It is the disagreement we are allowed that helps make this country great.

1/20/11, 8:13 AM  
Anonymous JZ said...

Don't worry, Anonymous, I wasn't referring to you. I will get my head out of the sand as soon as possible, however, as I probably don't know enough about politics to be commenting on this post.

1/20/11, 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it possible for Gov. LePage to achieve his agenda without lying and using, I don't know, some tact and a sense of decorum?

Way too many caveats surrounding this guy already--residency status in florida, the appointment of a recent biology graduate who happens to be his daughter to his cabinet; does he actually have a legally adopted son, or does he just like calling this young Jamaican man his son? Not to mention the "kiss my butt" incident (which you have misrepresented)---swearing at a press conference, I know not a big deal, but...The infamous Obama quote, which, even if taken out of context, is embarrassing.

It's still only January. Way too much bs surrounding this guy already.

By the way, I am a proud member of the GOP but refuse to blindly support sophomoric behavior from a man who holds the office of governor.

1/20/11, 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ayup, another Massachusetts guy in exile who actually believes he is from Maine. Let me guess----you misspent your youth drinking too much and smoking some reefer. Due to a lack of conviction and the overwhelming burden of true freedom you found it much easier to hide behind the guise of a right wing extremist. To make an Easy Rider analogy-- you went from being a Peter Fonda type character to becoming one of the rednecks who shoots and kills the personified vision of freedom embodied by Fonda and Hopper.........Boring.

1/21/11, 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Winston Churchill said...

How charming! Why strive for civility or some form of elevated discourse?

Here we have a teacher, someone presumed to be a role model, endorsing rude behavior. I doubt you'd react so enthusiastically if a pimply faced teen was telling you to kiss his ass. (Especially because that might be GAY!)
You're the perfect Teabagger Mr. McLaughlin. Not too smart, but rude, angry, and entitled.

1/21/11, 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm tired of your Conservative Crap

1/28/11, 1:12 PM  

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