Woke Republican: Racism bad, Wind Power Good

August 6, 2019

One thread that lit up Twitter following the shootings of the past weekend was from a Republican Nebraska State Senator, John McCollister, who expressed shock and dismay at the increasingly dysfunctional state his party, and the inability of his peers to deal with clear White Supremacist messaging by the Commander in Chief.

John McCollister on Twitter:

The Republican Party is enabling white supremacy in our country.  As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it’s the truth.

I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist.
What I am saying though is that the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party.
We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base.  He calls certain countries “sh*tholes,” tells women of color to “go back” to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth.

We have Republican senators and representatives who look the other way and say nothing for fear that it will negatively affect their elections. 

No more. 

When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing.
The time is now for us Republicans to be honest with what is happening inside our party. We are better than this and I implore my Republican colleagues to stand up and do the right thing.
We all like to cite Abraham Lincoln’s Republican lineage when it is politically expedient but NOW is the time to ACT like Lincoln and take a stand.

The Senator followed up a few hours later –

Wow! Thank you all for following. This is quite unexpected…..

To my Republican friends, I hope you know I wish our party no ill will. I’m not trying to “harm” us. I’m trying reclaim what our party CAN be.
We are the party of Abraham Lincoln. We are the party that conceived of our National Park system. We are the party of the EPA and the strongest environmental regulations ever conceived.
These aren’t “liberal” ideas. They are American ideas and as Republicans we should be PROUD that we introduced them.

Three years ago, I passed legislation that brought wind energy to our state and now Nebraska is LEADING the nation in wind growth.
This industry has brought millions in investment, has created new income streams for farmers, great jobs, and new tax revenues that improve our schools and infrastructure.
Now, if I mentioned just THESE benefits, most Republicans would get excited but if I include the “wind” part, many TUNE OUT.

Why do we do this!? This is silly my friends! Renewable energy is a most CONSERVATIVE cause and we shouldn’t be afraid to champion it at every turn.
Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great Monday. 🙂

UPDATE:

Former Cato Institute Denial expert Jerry Taylor adds-

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2 Responses to “Woke Republican: Racism bad, Wind Power Good”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    A Republican with a brain? Who is worried about the future of his party and the country? Nah, can’t be—-must be fake news!

  2. jimbills Says:

    Ah, he’s the same guy I read about this morning:

    Nebraska GOP tells Republican lawmaker who said party is ‘enabling white supremacy’ to register as Democrat
    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/456290-nebraska-gop-tells-republican-lawmaker-who-said-party-is-enabling-white

    So much for the Nebraska GOP backing him.


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