Oh, right. I should’ve linked to this article maybe a month ago:
Wrote that last month for my other job. It was a look at how the disgusting right-wing outrage of the month (the “Ground Zero Mosque”) was tied into a much larger campaign aimed at frightening conservative white Americans into thinking that everyone was out to get them. It’s not my best work (I usually have to flatten my tone for that audience), but I thought I brought up a lot of important points for the time. I was also a little proud that a few days after I wrote it, I started seeing other political writers I respect start saying the same thing, describing all of these smaller events as verses of the same song.
There’s also a line in a new Matt Taibbi article about the so-called Tea Party movement (which is largely a rebranding of the far-right of the Republican party) that also sums up a lot of the current American right: “At root, the Tea Party is nothing more than a them-versus-us thing. They know who they are, and they know who we are (’radical leftists’ is the term they prefer), and they’re coming for us on Election Day, no matter what we do.” Mainstream American politics right now is tribal warfare. Democracy and debate are currently tools for seeking victory for their group, not for better policies or societal progress.
I’ve now tried several times, and anything I write after this is just going to turn into a meandering rant. So I’m stopping now. Good day to you.
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