I have been enjoying the political meltdown of Virginia Senator George Allen, one of the phoniest piece of maccaca politicians in America. If you haven't seen the news, at a campaign rally consisting of his usual lily-white supporters, he singled out a person of color, a campaign worker of Indian heritage who works for Allen's democratic opponent whose job it was to video tape Mr. Allen's campaign appearances, and proceeded to call the man "maccaca", not once but several times. Funny thing is that "maccaca" is a word that translates roughly to our word "nigger", and is used throughout Northern Africa and South Asia as a racial slur. Picky, picky you think? Well, it turns out that Mr. Allen is the son of a Tunisian immigrant and had spent time in those parts of the world, in fact in an even odder twist, it turns out that Allen himself wasn't even born in Virginia, he's originally from California, and the Indian gentlemen is Virginia-born and raised. To make matters laughably worse, Allen's explanation that what he was really saying was "Mo-cacca", a reference to the gentleman's mohawk combined with the Spanish word for "shit", in other words he singled out a minority type in an unfriendly crowd to call him a shithead. Problem is, the Indian guy not only does not have a mohawk, tapes of the event clearly record George saying "MA-caca", not "Mo-cacca", so he goes from being a bully, to being a lying bully, in other words a guy with the maturity of the bad boy down at the principal's office.
But what is even more hilarious is that this is causing all kinds of related negative information about Mr. Allen to come out - it seems his sister penned a tell all book a few years back that reported that Mr. Allen was a vicious bully in school, and routinely beat and abused his siblings. Next, we find out that Mr. Allen is obsessed with the Southern Confedercy, with the Stars and Bars hanging on a wall in his house where he can presumably sit and contemplate the good old days of raping, murdering and kidnapping black people that that flag represents. End results? His presidential hopes are now in the toilet, as even his own supporters now question whether a man who singles someone out in the crowd for racist ridicule has the temperment to be president, and even more delicious, he has now turned what would have been his routine re-election into a real chance for the Democrats to gain his seat, given the fact that Virginia has had more net immigration of maccacas and has a huge population of the descendents of all those people he wished this country could go back to raping, whipping and murdering, and also because for some reason this episode has really pissed off the women in his state, who probably remember all the times their own Bubbas publically ridiculed them and called them shitheads. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I so enjoy Kathleen Parker, who is usually a dependable shill for the neo-fascists, writing a hit piece on one of her own guys, as the GOP meltdown continues:
By Kathleen Parker
Friday, August 18, 2006
Sen. George Allen's macaca moment has granted the nation a few days' reprieve from thoughts of mass murder and provided a new vocab word for the zeitgeist.
For those who've somehow slept through the Sturm und Drang surrounding Allen's recent use of the word ``macaca,'' the story is this: He was stumping in Virginia with about 100 fans when he decided to recognize a young volunteer for his Democratic opponent, James Webb.
The fellow had been following Allen's tour, filming him, as is customary for both campaigns.
``This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt, Macaca, or whatever his name is. ... He's following us around everywhere. And it's just great,'' Allen said to appreciative laughter.
Doubtless no one present knew what ``macaca'' meant, but subsequently, those three syllables have caused a tectonic shift in the political plates. Literally, it's the name of a monkey common to North Africa and Asia; figuratively, it's a racial slur in some parts of the world.
And in the U.S., effective last Friday, it's an eponym for ``major political boo-boo.''
The young man at the center of this pre-JonBenet media phenomenon is S.R. Sidarth, an American of Indian descent. Which is to say, he is a person of color and the only one present that day in an otherwise pale crowd.
Sidarth charged that Allen singled him out on account of his complexion -- and not because he was holding a video cam -- and the incident has exploded as a racist-in-America story.
Everyone from political scientists to linguists to Tarot card readers has weighed in: Is Allen a racist? Has he ruined his chances for president in '08? Was he or wasn't he mean to his siblings in 1958?
Allen has apologized for hurting Sidarth's feelings, while his spokespeople have said that ``macaca'' was a made-up word Allen's staff created as a way of referring to the interlocutor.
According to one version, Allen was trying to say ``mohawk,'' referring to Sidarth's hairstyle, which is also the subject of much debate. Is it a mohawk, or is it a mullet?
Another version holds that macaca is a combination of the ``mo'' in ``mohawk'' and ``caca,'' Spanish for what often follows the English word ``bull'' when one is unconvinced of another's sincerity or truthfulness.
The latter sounds more likely. Mohawk-to-macaca doesn't quite pass the tongue-tied test. ``Mocaca'' for ``----head,'' sounds about right for the sort of nicknaming that goes on in the back of campaign buses.
Allen's campaign manager, Dick Wadhams, told me that Allen didn't know the meaning of macaca and credibly argued that no politician -- especially one with presidential aspirations -- would use a racial slur in such a public way.
``Why would he do that, period? It doesn't make any sense. The camera was on him. This wasn't a case where a politician thinks no one is watching. He knew that was going out. Why would he endanger his entire trip by making a comment that would come back to haunt him?''
And so. The macaca mystery is upon us. Did Allen know that macaca means monkey? Did he know it is often used as a slur? Is he a racist? Allen owns a Confederate flag, as nearly everyone has mentioned during this tempest. He also reportedly plastered his high school car with a Confederate bumper sticker and wore a Confederate flag lapel pin in his high school senior picture.
I don't know if Allen is a racist. I do know that owning a Confederate flag is not a damning offense if you're a collector of Southern memorabilia, as Allen is. And high school is, well, high school.
Here's what we may fairly conclude from Allen's macaca meltdown: he was a rude cad. And, despite his Confederate accoutrements, his cowboy boots, his chaw, his good ol' boy persona, Allen is missing the key ingredient in his Southern shtick: you gotta be a gentleman.
The mark of a gentleman -- Southern or otherwise -- is graciousness toward others less fortunate or less powerful. Singling out a young person for ridicule -- a lone Democrat in a crowd of rowdy Republicans -- is behavior unbecoming a gentleman, a senator and certainly a president.
For his sin, Allen should write a sincere note of apology to Sidarth -- the gentlemanly thing to do -- and then chill the hick act. Surely even bubbas are bored with Bubba by now.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
Last edited by FeelTheLove; 08-20-2006 at 12:05 PM.