Chains

August 16, 2012 - 2:34 PM

"They’re gonna put ya’ll back in chains"

It's a little beyond belief that the Vice President of the United States of America would stoop, no not stoop, grovel is a better term, to such ridiculous and inflammatory rhetoric for any reason.

I guess we've come to expect just about anything to come out of Joe Biden’s mouth, but this is beyond the pale, even for him. His statement was totally irresponsible and offensive to any American with enough gray matter to recognize it for the desperate political trash that it is.

I'm especially offended by his remarks because I have memories as a child standing on the courthouse square of a small town in Georgia and hearing a dried up weasel of a man running for governor make a campaign speech, a big part of which was about what he would do to hold the black race down.

And by the way Mr. Biden, this man was a Democrat.

Mr. Biden, you come from Delaware and don't even know what chains are and what the implications mean to the race you're trying to impress with your insensitive comments.

Chains mean the back of the bus, segregated schools, segregated public bathrooms and drinking fountains. It means you can't even wait for a train in the same area as white people.

It means the worn out school buses and the hand me down books and being relegated to living in a run down part of town, being denied employment in the public sector, unfairly treated by the law and the courts.

Chains mean being discouraged from going to the polls and not knowing if your vote was really counted even if you did.

No, Mr. Biden, I know what chains are, I lived through the Jim Crow days, I've seen the cruelty, the unfairness, the downright fallacy of the way things used to be and those chains were real, not rhetoric and my total attitude is - to borrow a phrase from my Jewish brothers and sisters - “Never again.”

I don't appreciate your flippant attitude toward such a serious subject, with historical implications you don't even seem to be aware of. I don't appreciate your taking for granted that everybody with a different view of America wants to harm somebody else and your attempt to open an old and ill remembered wound.

I don't like you assuming that the people you were addressing were gullible enough to believe your irrational hyperbole and I totally resent your assertion that anybody wants to put anybody else in chains, unless it's the chains of government dependency.

You need to learn some respect, Mr. Vice President, respect for the intelligence of your fellow Americans, respect for the civil rights struggle you so flippantly disregard and respect for other people's right to disagree with you.

And while you're at it, take a geography lesson, Virginia and North Carolina are two separate states. And that's a big, blanking deal.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, and for our country.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

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