Are you tired of winning?
As thousands of Orthodox Jews celebrate the release of Sholom Rubashkin in the streets of New York City, a very different scene played out tonight in Memphis:
“MEMPHIS — The City Council here voted Wednesday to sell two city parks with Confederate monuments, clearing the way for two statues to be removed before the city commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mayor Jim Strickland first announced the sales of Health Sciences Park and Memphis Park on Twitter.
“History is being made in Memphis tonight,” he said at a news conference later in the evening.
Health Sciences Park had a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and an early member of the Ku Klux Klan, which was removed around 9 p.m. local time.
By 10:30 p.m., cranes had maneuvered into Memphis Park and around a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. About 15 minutes later, a crane hoisted the statue onto a truck as a crowd cheered and struck up songs, including “Hit the road Jack.” …
The city sold Health Sciences Park in its entirety, Mr. McMullen said, and it sold its interest in an easement in Memphis Park. Each was sold for $1,000, he said.
The transfer of the parks to private ownership effectively allowed the city to skirt the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act, a state law that prohibits the removal, relocation or renaming of memorials on public property. …”
The Tennessee Heritage Protection Act was one of the few accomplishments that the Republican Party could hang its hat on with populist voters in the South.
Memphis found a loophole to get around the law. It now joins Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, St. Louis, Gainesville, Orlando, Durham and Charlottesville (pending) on the list of cities that have toppled Confederate monuments in the Trump era. The Trump presidency has energized the Far Left and the backlash has fallen on Confederate monuments all over the South while the Republican Party has devoted itself to removing the Confederate Battle Flag at the South Carolina Statehouse and unveiling a new monument to Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Georgia State Capital.
I doubt that I am alone in feeling disgusted with the Republican Party. There is the Twitter purge. There was the assassination of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. There was the massive corporate tax cut. There is all this shit we are doing for the Jews. That’s only December. We’re hearing that entitlement reform and a DACA amnesty is coming up next in January.
What is the point of supporting the Republican Party? What do we get out of this relationship? As far as I can tell, we aren’t getting anything out of it. There isn’t a border wall. We’re deporting fewer illegal aliens. The trade deficit is up. We’re losing more Confederate monuments. We’ve been purged from social media, defunded by crowdfunding platforms and subjected to street violence. We were unanimously condemned by the Republican Congress for defending ourselves when Charlottesville failed to uphold law and order. We’ve seen that free speech is on the ropes on college campuses.
The Republican Party is only interested in representing Wall Street, Jewish interests, corporations and the wealthy. It doesn’t have a policy agenda for the White working class. The polls shows that voters overwhelmingly support preserving historic monuments. The polls also show voters overwhelmingly oppose the tax reform bill. The agenda doesn’t reflect what voters want.
If something can’t go on forever, it will stop. This disconnect in the Republican Party between a White working class majority and an elite suburban corporate management agenda is going to be resolved one way or the other. This illusion of a “populist-conservative” coalition is unsustainable.