Politics of Hate category archive
It appears that they just can’t stop themselves from showing their true colo–oh, never mind.
At the Idaho State-Journal, Leonard Hitchcock considers whether the Republican Party has turned into a cult of Trump. Here’s a bit:
It’s worth noting, however, that the Trump “personality” is not without policy implications. In any number of public remarks and actions, Trump has made it clear that he believes that white people are the “real” Americans and that conservative Christianity is the country’s “real” faith. It is this barely concealed racism and overt support for evangelical Christianity that seem to be the Trump traits that have produced a cult following. Admittedly, neither racism nor religious bigotry qualify as policies, in the proper sense of the word, but Trump’s immigration policy obviously flowed from his racism, and his opposition to abortion reflected his commitment to conservative Christian doctrine.
His is a thoughtful and reasoned analysis and well-worth the few minutes it will take to read.
*With apologies to A. Conan Doyle.
Thom points out that there is ample precedent for today’s right-wing in American history.
Mac Stipanovich attempts to understand Florida’s Governor
Maskless Marauder Ron DeSantis. A nugget (emphasis added):
When it became apparent that many of Florida’s 67 local school boards intended to require students, teachers and staff to wear masks based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, plus the clear consensus of health care professionals generally, DeSantis did not see a serious public health issue. He saw an irresistible opportunity to pander to the MAGA peanut gallery on a grand scale.
Follow the link for the play-by-play.
New Jersey pastors call out the Republican lieutenant-governor candidate for racist, bigoted remarks. Here’s what she said:
“I mean, right now look at all these people with COVID who are coming across the border, and it scares me,” Allen said. “They’re put on buses. I suspect some of them are coming up to New Jersey — not a good idea. (But) the people who are pulled over from the border who are carrying illegal guns or drugs, or whatever. So there’s a lot of things going on that I didn’t want to see go on, and that was the reason that I voted for Trump.”
Here’s part of the pastors’ response; follow the link for the rest.
Senator Allen is not alone in using this dangerous rhetoric. She joins the ranks of elected officials and cable news pundits who have sought to offload accountability for failed efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 on migrants crossing the southern border.
It should come as no surprise that their claims have been thoroughly debunked.
Elizabeth Dye points out that someone’s having been a Harvard Law School Professor doesn’t necessarily mean that he understands the law.
Seth returns from hiatus and looks back at events while he was away.
I know someone with relatives in Hungary, relatives who just happen to be Jewish.
I know from them that Orban is as bad as bad can be.
Writing at the Jersey Journal, Joan Quigley expresses being puzzled at the malevolcnce of certain (not Democratic, by the way) elected officials. A snippet:
I know there are crazies in every large group, so I can understand some members of Congress actually helped the insurrectionists on January 6th and hoped they’d take over government. I can even accept that somehow a Marjorie Taylor Greene slipped in.
But I really can’t understand how so many ordinary members of Congress brag about fostering chaos and stagnation. They brazenly promised their constituents to go to Washington and work to make the world a better place, while secretly pledging to do all they could to obstruct progress, refuse to help, and to make people miserable.
Follow the link for context.
As one who trained as an historian (focus on ante bellum U. S. Southern), who has never lost interest in it, and who has ancestors who held slaves (as the saying goes), I can attest what Hawley would pass off as America’s history is a fable, a tale told by an idiot, unmoored from fact and adrift in a sea of white supremacy. (I’ll stop now, lest I sink into profanity).
We are a society of stupid.