So…which ones are conservatives? The people who love civil rights? Or the people who…maybe…kinda…prefer the time before the civil rights movement came along?
According to Glenn Beck at his NRA convention speech earlier this month, Tea Party conservatives are the new civil rights movement. He even went so far as to adopt the “We Shall Overcome” motto. On his show, Glenn has told the story of the NRA as a civil rights organization created to empower blacks in the South.
Historian David Barton on Glenn’s show:
“The NRA rises up in 1871 with three Union officers who had fought to end slavery, fought for civil rights, fought for civil rights for blacks… And part of the reason is, they want blacks to defend themselves individually, use their individual right of self-defense against the Klan.”
So far, so good. After all, conservatives want to reach out to minorities, right? But ruh roh, wait! Here is James Porter, the new president of the NRA, and here is how he feels about how the NRA started:
“It was started by some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the War of Northern Aggression. Now, y’all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the War of Northern Aggression down South.”
Of course, Porter doesn’t say anything outright about how he feels about black people—if he did, he probably wouldn’t have a job anymore—but my guess is that anyone who refers to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression is likely not that excited about following in the footsteps of the civil rights marchers.
Ouch. Every time conservatives try to look a bit more, well, normal…one of their own comes along and completely ruins that PR job for them.