An Open Plea to Harry Reid’s Family

Vowing to “do something” about the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling, Senator Harry Reid, who continues to work under a cloud of ethics charges, renewed Democrats’ plans to undermine the high court’s decision by attacking the “five white men” who voted in favor of the Christian, family owned business.

“The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men,” Reid told reporters Tuesday. “This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous and we are going to do something about it. People are going to have to walk down here and vote.”

There’s just one problem with his statement — Justice Clarence Thomas is black.

This has left many wondering about Reid’s mental faculties. In May 2009 I posed the question: “Does Harry need Mental Health Help?” after he published an unfounded ‘memory’ about deceased Nevada Congressman Walter Baring in his book, “The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington.”

In it, Reid claimed that on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated Baring told him it was good thing as JFK was leading the U.S. into Communism.

“But on the evening of Kennedy’s death, I sat with Congressman Baring of Nevada as he nursed his drink. And I was shattered. Then Baring said something that I will never forget. He was a conservative Democrat, reactionary actually, one of those guys for whom there was a Communist behind every bush. Fluoride was a Communist plot. And Kennedy, too, had been leading us down the path to Communism, Baring told me. It was probably a good thing that he was murdered. That’s what he told me.”

Reid’s assertion has been countered by Baring’s son, Jeff.

“There is no way my dad would have said anything like that, much less to Harry Reid,” the younger Baring said.

He also kept an Associated Press newspaper clipping from the day of JFK’s assassination which contradicts Reid and points towards his father’s real thoughts on the president’s death.

“I am stunned by the tragic death of our president and as congressman for Nevada; I join the people of the nation throughout the world in this dark hour, in mourning the death of our President, John F. Kennedy, and in extending our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Kennedy and family,” Congressman Baring stated.

Now — this strange statement about the only black member of the current Supreme Court is adding fuel to that fire.

Meanwhile others have wondered about Reid’s racist tendencies, and may interpret Reid’s comments as just another way of calling Thomas an “Uncle Tom,” thereby accusing him of not really being black. In 2008, Reid said Barack Obama was electable because he was “light skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Thomas was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito in the 5-4 Burwell versus Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case. Thomas is seen as a strict constitutionalist and one of the more conservative members of the Supreme Court.

Finally…

With a deep compassion in my heart, I’m pleading with Harry’s wife Landra, his daughter, Lana and his son’s Rory, Leif, Josh and Key to talk him into retirement before his mentation problems escalate. It’s obvious to even the most-casual observer that he’s dealing with onset of dementia and needs to leave public life.

It’s hard to understand why any family member, who loves their husband and father, would allow his situation to continue deteriorating to the point it would become a public spectacle. I may not agree with anything he does politically – but I do believe he deserves to leave the public spot light with his dignity fully intact.

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Tom Darby

Former radio personality and newspaper reporter

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