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Congressman Poe (hearts) the Ku Klux Klan

Wow!

Congressman Ted Poe of Texas' second district - based out of Beaumont - quoted the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday.

He quoted him as justification or example for why he thinks Congress should dump a few extra hundred BILLION dollars on Iraq's ongoing "liberation". He claims that if the war is not funded, we'll somehow forget about all those troops we've got in Iraq and just let them die without bringing them home ... Which is disingenuous, to say the least.

Congressman Poe attributed the quote to a man he simply qualified as Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. His exact words were ...
"Nathan Bedford Forrest, a successful Confederate general, said it best about winning and victory and the means to do so. He said, 'Git thar fustest with the mostest.'"
Nathan Bedford Forrest founded America's oldest terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan, as a means to murder as many slaves as possible.

And pardon me for asking, but, how are you going to call ANY confederate general "successful"? Last I checked, the Union won the Civil War.

Better still, it was a misquote. Forrest actually said "to git thar fust with the most men."

Not only does Congressman Poe quote one of the Godfathers of American Racism on the floor of our House, he does so incorrectly.

ThinkProgress has the video.

What say ye now of the inherent racism in much of the South's conservative ideology? If we've learned anything since Imus got stomped into the ground by free market forces, the legions of racial tolerance have finally gotten there "fustest with the mostest".

Or should I say, "[got] thar fust with the most dollars"?

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