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  Anti-Lott Democrats and Blacks reveal their own Bias
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
December 2002

How prone some mortals are to hypocrisy.

A lota Lott is too much Lott.

That’s it. For the good of common sense. For the good of the USA. For the good of the Congress. For the good of moving on with real politics. Cut the lota Lott!

Obviously, three main thrusts are at work in this on-going non-story:

Demos are mad as mad can be. Why? Because they lost considerably in recent elections and so they lunge to make much adieu about nothing. Kids do it in school all the time. It’s called "getting attention."

Some (not the logical, responsible ones) blacks have felt politically ignored (read "media starved" of late) and so jump to into the news light at the drop of a misstatement. Same faces; same organizations; same cliches.

Some people just can’t get hold of an apology when a sincere apology is made—and repeated and repeated and repeated. Therefore, these discontents gag the apology by hollering louder than ever on their own egocentric themes for their own biased push.

So that brings me to the real point here. Those anti-Lott are biased. Don’t the loser Demos and the ranting blacks realize that they are revealing their own illogical bias in continuing with their rant-and-rave, TV camera clutching harangue?

Bias is bias. Demos are biased toward their own party and against the Republican winners. Ranting blacks are biased toward their own mugshots on TV and against dead air in contented times.

So. . .let’s face this head-on in this lota Lott situation: bias—honest-to-God bias—is at work here—in our faces bias. And that doesn’t stand well for an America that’s supposed to have come a long way from bias.

And it surely doesn’t look decent for those—Demos and blacks—who claim to be unbiased when in fact bias is very near to the surface of their skin. How prone mortals are to their own hypocrisies. If there ever was a "now" social setting circumstance that underlines that truth it is this lota Lott stuff.

Now history-rememberin’ folk know that US Senate Republican leader Trent Lott was brought up poor in Mississippi, one of the segregationists along with scores of others, took political stands for segregation just as did too many others, and now is a commendable conservative who would not consider returning to his prior political waywardness. Such is in fact the like position of many upstanding political and religious leaders breathing at the moment. Shall we now turn them all in, even if they make sincere apologies for pasts they would rather forget?

That should settle it. At least for logical, non-biased persons.

But obviously, there are not enough urgent, strategic, at-home political challenges these days so that Congress flip-outs set their goals to concentrate on an item partisan rather than move on with moving the nation ahead.

Sad. Infantile. Ridiculous. Biased!

Of course, the media loves a fight. And so media are also responsible for all this lota ‘Lott. Naturally, they will continue to flame the non-fires as long as discontented blacks stand alongside loser Demos to spout off about a genuine apology already dittoed.

Therefore, it is fortunate that, better late than never, responsible Republicans are coming to the fore to safety net Lott. Lott allies hit the TV and radio trails on Sunday, scheduling more appearances till the job is complete—hopefully soon so that substantive politics can get to the top of the list.

After all, what more can a man say than a sincere apology? In a dictatorship, his head would roll. But in a democracy, a man’s word is supposed to count for something—particularly when he’s proven his political acumen.

"He said the right things," Bob Dole, a former Senate majority leader, said of the news conference in an interview this evening.

Mr. Dole, who was at Mr. Thurmond's 100th birthday party when Mr. Lott made his remarks there, said he was confident that Mr. Lott would now survive this episode. And Mr. Lott's associates voiced a similar sentiment.

"We're going through the process of turning it around," said one Lott associate.

No one within the Republican Senate conference—the ones who elected Lott their leader and therefore the majority leader of the incoming Senate—came out against Lott.

"He's apologized; he doesn't believe in segregation and nobody in the conference believes in segregation," said one participant, describing the line argument that would be used.

So allies John McCain of Arizona, Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have set themselves to go very public in defense of Lott.

Good. May it happen early. Too much Lott is too much Lott. Another morning calls for real work in the US Congress.

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Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME

Graduate of accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.

Married for 41 years with 3 adult children.

Author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic
magazines, journals and newspapers. Writer of weekly religion column for
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.

Hobbies: Traveling to South America, Europe, Middle East, Canada; writing;
watercolor painting; meeting new friends.

Current occupations: Pastor; Teacher at Alternative Learning School for
at-risk youths.

Pastorates: Calgary, Alberta; Indianapolis IN; Akron OH; Fishkill NY;
Manchester CT; Walpole MA; Windham ME.

Winner of First Prize Writing Contest which yielded a three-week guided tour
of the Middle East.

Columnist for websites: MensNewsDaily.com, IntellectualConservative.com, MichNews.com,
Chalcedon.com, rePUNK.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com (USO Canteen Chapel link), WoundedShepherds.com (Insights link).