If I didn’t know any better, I would think that the Republicans have somehow become trapped in a time-warp. We’ve got Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the national stage promoting the concept of raising military expenditures to the levels of the Cold War; rolling back Women’s rights to the 1950’s where a woman’s place was in the home—barefoot—pregnant— subservient to her husband’s whims.
At the more local level we have two GOP congressional candidates, incumbent Congressman Ed Royce and GOP hopeful Gary Delong, who have decided to add Red Scare and 1950’s racism to the equation.
In The 47th Congressional race, where Gary Delong is running against Alan Lowenthal for a newly drawn seat stretching from Long Beach into Little Saigon, has dipped into the anti-communist fears of the district’s Vietnamese community to promote his candidacy. As reported in the Orange County Register, Delong sent out a Vietnamese language mailer attacking Democratic opponent Alan Lowenthal for his 2008 authorship of a bill that would remove references to communism in the Education Code for community college employees.
Allegations of communist ties is nothing new in the Vietnamese community of Little Saigon. Back in 2008, I wrote about then Assemblyman Van Tran’s antics accusing Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen of having communist ties and her response. In the Vietnamese community, accusations of communism still spark angry reactions and such tactics are common fare in election season.
In the 39th Congressional District, we have Incumbent GOP Congressman Ed Royce spreading racist lies and distortions in mail attacking his opponent Jay Chen. AS reported in the Orange Juice Blog and elsewhere, “Desperate Ed Royce has a new mailer out — and in it, he’s going full-bore racist against his opponent Jay Chen.” The mailer attacks the Chen for the support he has received from his brother, an investment banker based in Hong Kong, who has formed an independent expenditure committee to support his brother’s campaign.
But the 39th race stands out as an example of Orange County based GOP racism at its worst.
OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley reports:
Jay Chen’s congressional campaign tells OC Weekly that it received yet another racist, anti-Asian rant over the weekend and this one threatened physical violence against the American-born Democrat who is hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Ed Royce.
We told you last week about a disgraced Costa Mesa businessman sending Chen, who is of Taiwanese ancestry, an email loaded with racist terms like “chink” and “slant-eyed gook” and “slope.”
The latest attack was also voiced by a person of outstanding intellect and maturity:
“Hey, you little Chinese fucker,” said the man, who voiced support for Royce manliness (no joke) and then went on to call Chen a “little shit” and “a piece of crap.”
Royce’s race-baiting campaign has sparked racist phone calls to Chen’s campaign, and even this yard sign in La Habra Heights. Now it is possible, based on our experience with Royce’s congressional district, that the sign has more to do with President Obama than Mr. Chen. Back during the 2009 Health Care debate Ed Royce held an Orange County town hall meeting where and individual openly distributed a flyer depicting President Obama as Hitler.
From Deborah White’s August 10, 2009 report on LiberalOC:
The Very Ugly
As I reported yesterday, political literature containing Nazi imagery linking President Obama and Adolf Hitler was openly disseminated inside the room just prior to Rep. Royce’s arrival.
The Congressman issued a statement today that an individual “… was able to sneak several highly objectionable fliers… into the meeting” and “Any attempt to portray me or my office as endorsing these repugnant fliers is 100 percent false.”
All well and good, I suppose, except that there wasn’t much sneaking. The young man distributing the 16-page booklets strode confidently up and down stairs on both sides of the room, loudly hawking the slanderous hand-outs as though he was selling peanuts at Anaheim Stadium. “Sneaking” is hardly the operative term.
BEWARE! The Commies Are Coming! The Commies Are Coming!