George Allen and dividing and conqueringSenator George Allen has taken a lot of heat in the last few days because he referred to a demonstrator who was apparently working for his opponent as "macaca," which can be interpreted as an insult meaning "monkey," or worse-a racial slur (the demonstrator was of Indian background).
Here is the context of Senator Allen's remarks.
Now I have a confession to make: I haven't yet decided who to support for the White House in 2008 because I never like to make that kind of decision before the field is closed, but I like George Allen quite a lot. I have always thought highly of the man because he has been unafraid to say things that make people uncomfortable. He has especially been outspoken in standing up for States' Rights (he once called the Late War "a four-year struggle for independence and sovereign rights.") and for pro-life issues. Allen's conservative credentials simply can't be questioned. These kinds of positions make me more likely to support the man, not less. The day such a man is sworn in as President of the United States, I want to be at the inaguration and I think the Marine Band should play Dixie and God Save the South-it would be sweet revenge for Appomattox.
Rob Huddleston even has a new blog up in support of Allen and tackles the issue of Allen's apparently off-the-cuff remarks at a tour stop in his latest post.
The problem is simple here. I don't think Allen meant to be racially insensative or harmful to that fellow (who was acting silly by all accounts), but that is not the point. I am a believer in States' Rights and Compact theory as much as the most ardent member of the paleocon Old Right, but this is still 2006 here. It isn't just for the sake of politics that we ought to desire the lack of racial bigotry-we ought to desire that because all men are equal in the eyes of God and we have come to recognize that. I think Senator Allen does too, but we must be careful of the things we say and do in the most conservative of conservative circles, because it does not matter that harm was not meant by words and actions, all that matters is that the Enemy seeks to divide us so that they may conquer.
(Hat tip: Kleinheider)