A political “Clash of the Titans” is being waged within the Republican party; battles are being fought that place members of the Grand Old Party against none other than themselves in fights centered around a myriad of topics. So-called “Rush Limbaugh” Republicans are waging war against their common sense-minded colleagues, dubbed “Colin Powell” Republicans, often ending with disastrous results. One hot button topic, race, has been a perennial thorn in the side of GOP’ers for nearly a century with the trend seemingly continuing into the 21st century. The party created by abolitionists is widely regarded as the party of bigotry and greed with the actions of the political party’s youth contingent revealing what the GOP has in store for the future.
Saturday saw the Young Republicans, an umbrella organization that houses GOP members under 40 years of age, elect an overt racist to the head of their national association. In a tight race decided by a mere 50 votes, Audra Shay ascended her menial past into a position of power after being elected to the presidency of the Young Republicans. True to historical GOP trends, controversy surrounds the election results, and more specifically, the woman elected. In the days leading up to her win, Shay came under fire for racists comments that she made on her Facebook, using the World Wide Web to voice her disdain of everything from President Obama to Black people.
Hiding under the veil of free speech, the 38-year old mother, army vet, and former event planner for the Young GOP’ers wrote in a post that “WalMart just signed a death warrant” by “endorsing Obama’s health care plan,” after which, friend Erik S. Piker replied “Obama Bin Lauden is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons … and illegals.”
Shay voiced her support, saying “You tell em Eric! Lol.” The new president, who has a history of making inflammatory remarks, has come under fire for agreeing with the obviously racist remarks made by her fellow group member; an action that Shay dubbed “political attacks” saying that “proves that my opponents will stoop to the lowest levels to steal this election from the jaws of victory.” In 2008, Shay voiced her outrage over the hanging on Sarah Palin in effigy outside of an affluent Hollywood residence by posting on her Facebook account, “What no ‘Obama in a noose? Come on now, its just freedom of speech, no one in Atlanta would take that wrong! Lol.”
Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, endorsed Shay in quest to become president of the Young Republicans.