“All your daddies fought in vain, just to wear the Mark of Cain”
There are many reason not to vote for Haley Barbour for President, the whole silly brouhaha about his comments in a Weekley Standard article about his life growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi is not one of them.
I’m curious as to why writer Andrew Ferguson felt he must ask these questions, because its not as though Haley Barbour had anything to do with what was going on in Mississippi during the 1960s as a young lad or could have changed anything. It’s not relevant in the course of his being President. My guess is Barbour was accurately describing what life was like for him in Yazoo City growing up and now he’s made to look like a racist because he wears the old Southern Mark of Cain (as line from song I know goes). If were going to start using that standard then Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or John Edwards should have been disqualified from being President because members of their respective families more than likely fought for the Confederacy and Carter himself grew up on a big farm in southwest Georgia whose family, like Barbour’s, was part of the landed gentry who hired black tenant sharecroppers and probably didn’t pay them a whole hell of a lot. It’s as ridiculous as asking eight-year old Barak Obama to retroactively condemn Weatherman Bill Ayers for being a terrorist, so why should Barbour be forced to do the same thing? Condemn things he never did or said as a person because of his background growing up? Should we all be as suspicious of Barbour as those who are suspicious of Obama’s origins because of his foreign background and strange name?
If what one did during the 1960s is going to be the new litmus test for presidential candidates, it’s going to be a long time for another Southern white gets elected to the White House. Talk about bigotry.