Friday, March 23, 2012

"Needed Killin' " Revisited

The reaction to my revealing last week that the announced Vermont secessionist senatorial candidate for one of the Addison County seats, Robert Wagner, has been pretty much as expected. A few emails expressing outrage or wonderment from readers, some of whom would just as soon not have their names connected to Wagner's tasteless Facebook chat, and no walkback whatsoever from the remarks made a week ago that giddily proclaimed that an African-American woman "Needed killing' " by either the originator, Robert Wagner, or his seeming admirerer, Ripton resident Robin Blair Lewis.

Oh, there were a few tentative FB page security adjustments but nothing that dealt with the substance of what was said, nor has Wagner explained why he'd made no such comment about a similar, somewhat contemporaneous robbery story where the perpetrator was white.

Vermont seceshers have been afflicted with an ongoing tone deafness when it comes to matters having to do with race, from their numerous associations with out of state, white supremacist organizations and campaign contributors, to insensitive remarks by a secesher leader that it really isn't any of his "damn business" that a close associate might be a leader of a racist group, to repeatedly racist, extreme policy positions pertaining to the Middle East, as well as an unremitting intellectual (or as they prefer to call it, "scholarly") inbreeding that's created a surprising lack of awareness as to how they are seen by Vermonters.

Wagner needs to be aware that the racist undercurrent to his comment, when contrasted to his lack of commentary about a similar situation where the criminal was white, isn't going away.

Vermonters don't care for racist ideologues, particularly the surreptitious kind, and his inconsistencies will likely dog him through to November 6.

Meanwhile, in another matter related to Wagner's conflicting positions, there's been no word yet about whether Wagner will be returning the $288.30 subsidy he received while flying out of the airport in Rutland, VT, which is exactly the kind of subsidy that he "is strongly opposed to" and has argued harms Vermonters that I revealed he'd hypocritically availed himself of (as in sticking his snout in the federal money trough) here. Wagner must publicly give back that subsidy money or he'll be exposed for the hypocritical fraud that many of us Vermonters know him to be.

Coming soon: Dennis Morrisseau wants to create a hit list.

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