"American Weekend" - Waxahatchee
It's dark now but we made it that way
with what we drink and how we think and what we say.
We degrade ourselves
and then expect help.
- The essence of right wing politics -- its very core -- for the last fifty or so years -- has been racism. It is the tie that binds among the disparate elements that make up the Republican coalition. The last couple of weeks, watching the Trayvon Martin trial coverage, the appalling food stamps vote in the House, and the avidity with which the "we don't need no stinkin' immigration reform, we just need more white votes" meme posited by Sean Trende has been embraced by the wingers, has been quite the ugly little show. I enjoyed as well the "blacks are the real racists" poll by Rasmussen and this bizarro twist on it by James Taranto. There is something about the fact that blacks were historically victimized throughout American history that seems to make conservatives nuts. They cannot stand to have their mythical America shown to be flawed from inception. Perhaps more importantly, they cannot stand to not be the victims, the oppressed, the beleaguered. After all, people make fun of them on the internet. What's a couple of hundred years of slavery followed by terrorism and apartheid versus some snarky tweets. I don't really understand this latter phenomenon, but it is real as the day as the day is long.
So what's going on with you all?