4/6/09

Pitchforks and Pistols

I have pointed out many times to my friends at Lucianne.com that modern Republicanism and "movement conservativism" is a rightist (as in fascist) influence in American politics.

Of course, all Republican-voting citizens were not fascists. However, I would say that the moderates in the Party had been taken for granted as a voting block while the Party fashioned a core (aka their "base") at the far right..... characterized by combining the greediest of the rich, the most authoritarian and rigid Christian religious sectarians, Libertarians who have no clue what kind of government they would want, but know that they don't want to pay their taxes and do as they please, and a mish-mash of gun-toters, anti-abortion, anti-global warming and/or generally anti-government single-issue voters...... then throwing in a long-term racists "Southern Strategy" for good measure to keep white southern males voting as a "manhood" block.

In other words, the Liberal, moderate conservatives that just didn't like the 60's but were otherwise pretty much like average Democrats were bumped time and time again into narrow wins for Republicans by the right-wing fringe. But they (modersates) weren't in charge.

Slowly, the facade of the moderate, conservative Republican was eroded, with the last eight years of Dubya's gang, and the antics of the last election finally making it clear..... there is no moderation in the Republican Party...... as mentioned in the previous article, the Republican Party IS Rush Limbaugh, it IS ENRON, it IS the general failure in all things foreign and domestic that we perceive to be the truth of it all.

The Contitution of the United States and other supporting documents are testimonies to Liberalism. Judges make Liberal rulings based on the Constitution because it is a Liberal document.

America is Liberal....... the Republican Party was once a normal, Liberal American political party....... Dwight D. Eisenhower would say no different, as an educated and worldly man...... an American hero.

The Republican Party is, however, no longer Liberal..... it should be flushed down the toilet. But it won't go easy. There is that minority core; the "base" that is still out there....... never underestimate fascists.

Here is an interesting BLOG article from Charles M. Blow, an Op-Ed columnest for the New York Times (a national treasure).

By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: April 3, 2009
New York Times

Lately I’ve been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right. My read: They’re apocalyptic. They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged. And some of their “leaders” seem to be trying to mold them into militias.

At first, it was entertaining — just harmless, hotheaded expostulation. Of course, there were the garbled facts, twisted logic and veiled hate speech. But what did I expect, fair and balanced? It was like walking through an ideological house of mirrors. The distortions can be mildly amusing at first, but if I stay too long it makes me sick.

But, it’s not all just harmless talk. For some, their disaffection has hardened into something more dark and dangerous. They’re talking about a revolution.
Some simply lace their unscrupulous screeds with loaded language about the fall of the Republic. We have to “rise up” and “take back our country.” Others have been much more explicit.

For example, Chuck Norris, the preeminent black belt and prospective Red Shirt, wrote earlier this month on
the conservative blog WorldNetDaily: “How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution?”

Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, imagining herself as some sort of Delacroixian Liberty from the Land of the Lakes, urged her fellow Minnesotans to be “armed and dangerous,” ready to bust caps over cap-and-trade, I presume.

And between his tears, Glenn Beck, the self-professed “rodeo clown,” keeps warning of an impending insurrection by saying that he believes that we are heading for “depression” and “revolution” and then gaming out that revolution on his show last month. “Think the unthinkable” he said. Indeed.

All this talk of revolution is revolting, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
As the comedian Bill Maher
pointed out, strong language can poison weak minds, as it did in the case of Timothy McVeigh. (We sometimes forget that not all dangerous men are trained by Al Qaeda.)

At the same time, the unrelenting meme being pushed by the right that Obama will mount an assault on the Second Amendment has helped fuel the panic buying of firearms. According to the F.B.I., there have been 1.2 million more requests for background checks of potential gun buyers from November to February than there were in the same four months last year. That’s 5.5 million requests altogether over that period; more than the number of people living in Bachmann’s Minnesota.

Coincidence? Maybe. Just posturing? Hopefully. But it all gives me a really bad feeling. (Where’s that Pepto-Bismol?!)