The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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May 2, 2013

Visit to Howard University

What does it say about the current state of race relations in a supposedly post-racial America when the visit of a white conservative U.S. Senator to a predominantly black university results in a nationally syndicated opinion column that excoriates his visit?

Of course, it is the operative word "conservative" that drove Leonard Pitts Jr. to take Senator Rand Paul to task for his bold and principled effort at crossing the Rubicon of the liberal monopoly on institutions of higher learning in America. Pitts wanted to remind Senator Paul and all of us of the futility of any attempt to bridge this chasm of liberalism that has been indoctrinating the vast majority of college kids for a generation.

Make no mistake about it, Pitts was sounding the alarm for all liberals that the visit by Senator Paul to Howard University may portend a crack forming in the dam that has been erected by those who endorse ever increasing government control over our lives and the diminishment of individual liberties.

What is most repugnant is that Pitts sank to a new low in his never-ending quest to cast the motives of Republicans in the worst possible light by describing Senator Paul's visit with the most reprehensible racial overtones. Maybe Mr. Pitts would have found Senator Paul's visit more palatable if he had assumed the sing-song voice of Hillary Clinton quoting a Negro spiritual or Joe Biden's and Al Gore's southern slang dialect they tend to adopt whenever they address an African-American audience. Given these well documented demonstrations of patronizing behavior by leaders on the left he dares characterize the political right as having a penchant for self-deception.

Mr. Pitts in a condescending manner that the GOP has a legacy of bigotry. Mr. Pitts would do well to familiarize himself with the history behind the party of Lincoln and its role in advancing the rights and freedoms of all Americans. To wit, the Voting Rights Act signed by President Johnson in 1965 was filibustered by Democrats for 74 days and only succeeded in becoming law under great pressure from Republicans. When southern schools were being integrated for the first time in the 1960s three Democrat governors defied the federal mandate by forcibly trying to stop integration. Regrettably, I believe Mr. Pitts would have written the same critique if Abraham Lincoln himself had paid a visit to Howard University.

John Rowe, Lewisburg

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