Impeachment Is Punishment For Clinton's Civil
Rights Support

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Ph.D.

The Republican Civil War Against Clinton

House Republican Bob Barr finally solved the puzzle of why many House Republicans defy public opinion, ignore the advice of Republican governors, reject the advice of Republican Senate moderates, and are willing to paralyze the government to nail Clinton. He bluntly says that they are fighting a civil war. Since November, 1997 Barr has been the point man for Southern Republicans in calling for Clinton's head. This isn't the usual conservative political rage at a politician they regard as a corrupt, and immoral big spending, big government Democrat.

Barr who represents the mostly white, conservative, Suburban 7th District in Georgia is a big booster of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCR). This is the outfit that issued "A Call to White Americans," denounces black intellectual inferiority, champions the Confederate flag, and maintains tight ties to KKK'er David Duke. Barr in House speeches has slammed the Congressional Black Caucus, opposed hate crime laws, and spending on social programs. His web page is linked to the pages of the most extreme right-wing groups in the nation. His campaign against Clinton is part of the Republican party's Southern strategy to roll back the civil rights gains and eliminate the social programs of the 1960s.

Although Barr is one of the most extreme congressional Republican race baiters, he's got the political muscle to push the South's vendetta. Southern Republicans control 82 out of Republican 228 House seats which is by far the largest single bloc in Congress. The Clinton presidential victory in 1992 temporarily derailed their plan to gut civil rights and social programs. Southern Republicans watched as more than 85 percent of African-Americans voted for him in 1992 and 1996, and provided the swing vote for many Democrats in Congressional and state races in November 1998 and regard Clinton more favorably than Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan. They are distressed that the Congressional Black Caucus has been his biggest defender against the Republican assault. They are dismayed that far more African-Americans than whites oppose impeachment.

They are disgusted that he has appointed more blacks to high administrative offices than any other president, supported minority redistricting in the South, called for tougher action against church burnings and convened the first ever White House conference to push for tougher penalties to combat hate crime laws.

They are enraged that he is the first president since Lyndon Johnson to impanel a commission to talk seriously about racial problems, supported the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recommendations to "equalize" the disproportionate drug sentences given to black and Latino offenders. They are affronted that he increased funding for job, and education programs, made numerous high profile appearances at black churches, conferences, and ceremonies on school integration in the South, and opposed the anti-affirmative action proposition 209 in California. They are distressed that he is the first president to travel to and support economic initiatives in Caribbean and sub-Saharan African nations.

The faster the Southern Republicans rush to dump Clinton the greater his popularity will be among African-Americans. That because many blacks see impeachment as part thinly disguised attempt to hammer him for acting and speaking out on black causes, and part a back door power grab for the White House in the year 2000. But as long as Southern Republicans control their huge bloc of Congressional votes, they believe that impeachment is the civil war they can win.

Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is the author of "The Crisis in Black and Black"
email: Middle Passage Press
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