Sunday, February 12, 2012

Writer who penned source of Sinquefield KKK remark: It was taken out of context

Retired billionaire Rex Sinquefield created a firestorm this week when he quoted from a 2007 column by Linn Unterrified Democrat owner Ralph Voss and said that public education began as a Ku Klux Klan pan.

"By taking my comments totally out of context," Voss, a former judge, tells The Turner Report, "I am made to look like a racist."

Voss asked that the entire column be printed. I am happy to oblige. The column is printed below:

In early 1962 the grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan was really out of sorts. Ever since the Civil War the Klan had been trying to control blacks, and up to that time had been relatively successful. But times were changing and the country was no longer in the mood for blacks to remain as second class citizens. The grand dragon didn’t know where to turn, so he called a meeting of some 10 leaders from throughout the country and someone suggested scraping up all the money they had and hiring one of those Washington think tanks to come up with a plan.
So the grand dragon and his cohorts traveled to Washington D.C. and walked into the office of a think tank with two shopping bags full of $100 bills and explained their dilemma. The think tank manager was hesitant at first, but he saw the bags of money and decided that maybe they could help after all.
“This will take a little time,” the manager advised. “Come back in two weeks and we will have a plan for you,” he said. “The plan will be presented to you orally; we are not willing to put it in writing.” The two Klanners agreed to this, turned over the money and departed.
In two weeks the Klanners went back and the think tank people presented their plan. “You need to place liberals in charge of the public schools,” the think tank folks explained. “The liberals will hurt the public schools in every state, but their policies will simply devastate the big city public schools that the blacks and poor whites attend. The big city schools will get so bad they will lose their accreditation and the dropout rates at those schools will just be unbelievable. Liberal judges will take money that should be going to schools outside the big cities and pour that into the big city schools, but it won’t help because of all the corruption. The extra taxes ordered into effect by the liberal judges won’t help either. The big city schools will continue their downhill slide and finally realism will set in and the blacks and poor whites will ask for vouchers so they can send their kids to the same schools the politicians, trial lawyers, big city school teachers and big city newspaper folks send their kids. The request of these blacks and poor whites for equal treatment for their children will go unheeded for 45 or 50 years, but by then some conservative Republicans will be pointing out the hypocrisy of the liberal position and the people with kids in these inner city schools are going to become very restless and the demand for vouchers will become impossible to resist. But at least you will have bought yourselves 45 or 50 years. That’s the best we can do for you.”
The Klan members did not comment on the plan, but thanked the think tank people and left. When they got outside the grand dragon was ecstatic. He turned to his buddy and said, “Man, is that ever a plan. We sure got our money’s worth.”
The unfortunate thing for Missouri and most other states is that the above plan was put into action. The Klan had nothing to do with it. But the fact remains liberals were placed in charge and the results are what we see unfolding in front of us. The public schools in St. Louis—with 32,000 students—are no longer accredited. Kansas City schools are about as bad. And remember, this is after the state of Missouri poured hundreds of millions of dollars into those schools. And do you recall U.S. District Judge Tom Clark in Kansas City ordering a tax increase on the people of Kansas City to pay for all kinds of ideas he thought were advisable. In St. Louis U.S. District Judge William Hungate did about the same thing, although he did not order the tax increase. The result was huge sums of money that should have gone to outstate school districts was instead shipped to the two metropolitan districts.
And how much good did it do? None. The schools in St. Louis and Kansas City are worse now than 30 years ago. Vouchers are the only answer. The residents of St. Louis and Kansas City need to be given the means to send their children to other schools, public or private. We need a voucher system. Without this the problem will only get worse and we will be taking more and more money away from other schools.
Liberal ideology is so sick and twisted the government will help a young girl terminate her pregnancy without the consent of her parents, but will not help a 30-year-old black couple send their kids to the same schools the liberals send their children.
Trial lawyers love to file suit against defendants in St. Louis City, a good example of which is the case which resulted in the $34,000,000 judgment against Three Rivers Electric. But very few trial lawyers even live in the city, much less send their children to school there. Many of the teachers in the St. Louis public schools do not send their children to those schools. How about the politicians and newspaper folks? We’re not going to find out, because the St. Louis media is not going to dig into this story. Just shut the hell up and keep giving your money to the liberals. As I’ve said before, the more you know about liberals, the more there is to dislike.
While we continue to see a lot of bad news on the drug scene here in
Osage County, there is good news to report with respect to Alcoholics Anonymous. The folks at AA are receiving a lot of calls from people seeking help or information. That’s very good news. Apparently a lot of people realize they or someone they care about has a problem and they want some help.
I can’t give you the names of the current AA members who would go to great lengths to help those with alcohol or drug problems, but I can talk about one former Linn AA member that a lot of you remember. I’m talking about Paul Backes, the farmer and cattle buyer from Frankenstein, who died a number of years ago.
Paul was quite a boozer. In fact he was one of my Dad’s old drinking buddies. Like my Dad, he overcame his problem and for many years dedicated his life to helping people recover from their alcoholism.
Paul told a funny story about himself. He said he woke up one morning and knew he had bought a bunch of cattle the day before, but he couldn’t remember one little detail. He did not know who he had bought them from. He knew then he had a problem, but apparently he didn’t quit until some time later.
When I was still in office, Paul would drop by and we would talk about individuals who might need a hand. I was always impressed by the fact Paul would be willing to make almost any sacrifice to help a fellow alcoholic. If it meant getting up in the middle of the night to get someone through a rough time, he’d be there. If he had to drop what he was doing during the day to be of assistance, he’d do it.
Paul Backes may be gone, but the spirit he personified is alive and well and there is nothing those who carry on the work of AA would rather do than give someone a hand. If you or someone you know needs help, that help is only a phone call away…573-943-6501.
The above column appeared in the April 11, 2007, issue of the Unterrified Democrat, a weekly newspaper published since 1866 at Linn, Mo. The owners of the U.D. from 1866 to 1979 were conservative Democrats. Three liberal Democrats bought the paper in 1979, ran it into the ground and were forced to sell it. At that time it was purchased by the current owner, a Reagan Republican.

Sinquefield sent a non-apology apology for his remarks to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"I apologize for my reference to a quote from Ralph Voss of the Unterrified Democrat. The public discourse on these issues is too critical for an ill-timed, inappropriate reference. It is my sincere hope that this does not distract us from the important mission of helping all children access a high-quality education."

The Post-Dispatch terms that an apology. To me, it sounds like Sinquefield is parsing words and is simply upset that people aren't just rolling over for his money and accepting his word as gospel.

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