An Open Letter To Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland Who Called Obama Uppity

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Dear Lynn Boy,

I just wanted to thank you so much for finally coming out and being a true representative of the GOP when saying what you and the rest of your party really think of Obama when talking with reporters outside the House chamber:

"Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity," Westmoreland said.
And I wanted to thank you even more for not taking it back when you got the chance:

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.” [...] Democrats have charged that the Republican campaign to paint the Illinois senator as an “elitist” is racially charged, and accused them of using code words for “uppity” without using the word itself.
The reason I'm in fact so thrilled about this is because you're no longer hiding behind code words to say what you truly think, and I respect that. I respect people who are honest and say what they mean, like how you and your party won't stand for an uppity black man to become President of the United States.

We all know this election has a lot of people who won't vote for Obama simply because he's black, so let's just come out and say it (and isn't that one of those Ten Commandments anyway - don't steal, don't lie, don't vote for people of color...oh wait I can't really remember them either...).

But here's the thing - I don't think you actually went far enough into how you truly feel, and because I'm the type of guy that wants to help people, I'll say what you really wanted, and what in effect you were truly saying:

See? That wasn't so hard was it?

I mean sure, what you're really trying to say is ugly, pejorative, and just downright racist, and some of the phrases I used I actually had trouble writing myself - but if I can do it, and show the world who you really are, you can too - because let's face it - when you use the word uppity, all those other phrases aren't that far from the tip of your tongue.