After all of that BS that went down with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his words/associations with Senator Barack Obama, John McCain for the most part has been given all but a free ride with the endorsement of John Hagee. Hagee, a long time evangelical zealot nutcase gave a few choice words regarding the Catholic church in calling them “the apostate church” or “the great whore.” McCain glady took his endorsement anyway and claimed to be ignorant of his remarks. This is because McCain is trying to shore up as much of the republican base as he possibily can. It is interesting to see him play this game of conservative musical chairs, as on one hand he plays to his past as being an adverary of many of the ways and policies of W, and at the same time embracing many of W’s policies such as the war in Iraq, the disdain of anything Islamic, and making permanent tax cuts for the rich. Like many politicians he’ll say anything to get elected and because Hillary and Barack have been kicking each other’s asses in the headlines from state to state, he has gotten a free ride.
In addition, I believe that in addition his ride has been easier because to a degree white people can afford to be more polarizing than people of color. You’d be hard pressed to convince me that there would be that many Catholics who lean towards conservative politics who wouldn’t vote for McCain regardless of some crackpot preacher comments. But Obama’s relationship to Wright who didn’t call any religion any names has to be exhausted to the point where we are tired of hearing about it.
But what is with the generic apologies that people make often in the media? Rarely do I hear these people take responsibility for what they said – or speaking directly to the core of what was done or said.
For example, what about a racist comment like Fuzzy Zoeller’s years ago at the Masters:
“That little boy is driving well and he’s putting well. He’s doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it?”
Then Zoeller smiled, snapped his fingers, and walked away. Then he turned and added, “or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”
After the outcry from fans who found those statements racist and stereotypical – Fuzzy’s apology went like this:
“My comments were not intended to be racially derogatory, and I apologize for the fact that they were misconstrued in that fashion.”
He apologized for our dumb selves misconstruing his comments – Imagine that?
Hagee chose a similar reprive:
In a letter to William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, Hagee wrote: “Out of a desire to advance a greater unity among Catholics and evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.”
Uhhh does that mean he no longer thinks the Catholic church is an apostate or the great whore? And perhaps others who are not Catholic found those remarks to be offensive. He continued…
“In my zeal to oppose anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its ugly forms, I have often emphasized the darkest chapters in the history of Catholics and Protestant relations with the Jews,” Hagee wrote. “In the process, I may have contributed to the mistaken impression that the anti-Jewish violence of the Crusades and the Inquisition defines the Catholic Church. It most certainly does not.”
“I may have contributed????” What is that? It’s a poor excuse and a lame ass political statement is what it is. Can you imagine telling your significant other, “In the midst of arguing in the kitchen last night, I apologize for words I may have used that may have given you the impression that I called you a bitch.” This would never fly in real life – but in the life of media and politics it seems to be just fine.
When it comes to race or hate politics, whites who are racist tend to effectively dismiss such comments by Hagee as being a part of the process. They know that McCain probably does not have an opinion on Catholosism one way or the other – other than they vote. Therefore Hagee’s comments won’t stick to him like a leach sucking his political hopes away. As long as he holds to their political views when it comes to abortion, gay marriage, the economy, the war and a prevailing dose of subtle white superemacy.
If there was no election at stake and McCain wasn’t pining for every vote there would be no apology. clearly they got to Hagee. Meanwhile McCain never disassoiated or rejected Hagee’s endorsement anyway. And it was cool – unlike Obama who had to run the hell away from fellow Chicago resident and political firestormer The Minister Louis Farrakhan who is still getting raked over called the Jewish faith “a gutter religion” after so many years have passed. Look at how Obama responded to Tim Russert’s questions about Farrakhan’s support of his candicy:
“You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally, with Minister Farrakhan.”
See the difference? We have a long way to go in this country when it comes to sincerity and acknowledgment of these subtle nuances. When we are honest with ourselves and our prejudices – then we won’t accept these lame apologies and hypocritical philosophies.