Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour made waves this past week with his references to slavery as well as defending a Confederate History Month in the state he governs. His words echoed that of Virginia Governor Bob McDonell. EJSIC invited the Republican governor to clear up any misunderstandings.
EJSIC: Governor Barbour, can you rephrase your comments from earlier in the week?
HB: No. I said what I said, and I ain’t taking it back.
EJSIC: So you really meant that “slavery ain’t diddly?”
HB: Yes. I stand by that now.
EJSIC: You do realize slavery was on this land long before the country was formed, right? It lasted for roughly 265 years. I think it had a meaningful impact on the country’s history. We fought a war over it.
HB: Not true. The War Between the States, as we like to call it here in the great state of Missippi [sic], was fought over two things: taxation without representation just like the American Revolution of 1776 and state’s rights. The federal government infringed upon our rights. It’s a lot like Obama is currently doing with this God-awful health care reform.
EJSIC: Interesting spin on historical fact.
HB: I’m not spinning anything. It’s the truth.
EJSIC: I can see why Mississippi is number 50 in education now.
HB: I resent that.
EJSIC: I’m sure you do. Moving on, Governor. Do you think your comments and revisitionist history will have any impact on the 2012 Republican presidential nomination? The majority of the country is not likely to see your comments the same way you do.
HB: I doubt it. I got the Tea Party at my back.
EJSIC: I don’t believe the Tea Party has enough members to get you the necessary votes.
HB: Don’t underestimate me, Michael.
EJSIC: I’m not. But you’re not worried about it at all? Not even a little bit?
HB: No. The Grand Ole Party is alive and strong in the country, especially the South. I imagine I’ll carry Dixie and enough border states to win the primary. Once we get into the general election, anything can happen. For Christ’s sake, Obama was elected after all.
EJSIC: Do you have any answers for people who have criticized the lack of educational development in Mississippi during your tenure? That is sure to be a hot topic in both the primaries and general election.
HB: No, what has education ever done for anybody? In Missippi [sic], we believe a good, agricultural background provides the foundation of a lifetime. Plus, once you learn to take advantage of economically dependent minorities, there’s really nothing else you need to learn in life.
EJSIC: Well Governor, our time has passed. Thank you.
HB: You’re welcome. Haley Barbour 2012. Spread the word.
Governor Barbour preceded to hand me three items before leaving the room: a Barbour 2012 bumper sticker, a Barbour 2012 pin, and a small Confederate flag. He exited with a broad smile, seemingly content with the interview. You can learn more about the crazy politician via a quick Google search.