Politics of Hate category archive
In these Trumpled times, nasty is becoming the norm.
Words fail me.
What’s a few less laws, anyway?
The Department of Homeland Security, under authority conferred by Congress, has declared nearly 50 federal laws inoperable along sections of the U.S. boundary with Mexico, the better to build the border wall that Donald Trump has promised his “base.” Innumerable state laws and local ordinances have also been swept aside. Predictably, the Endangered Species Act is among the fallen. So are the National Historic Preservation Act, the Wilderness Act, laws restricting air and water pollution, and measures protecting wildlife, landscapes, Native American sacred sites, and even caves and fossils.
The new Wild West of the border wall is an authoritarian dreamscape where the boss man faces no limits and no obligations. It’s as though Marshall Wyatt Earp, reborn as an orange-haired easterner with no knowledge of the actual West, were back in charge, deciding who’s in and who’s out, what goes and what stays.
More lawlessness at the link.
At The Seattle Times, Clyde W. Ford discusses the “intellectual” constructs used to rationalize racism and white nationalism, or, to put it another way, how haters convince themselves that their hate is okay.
“Cleaning up homelessness” and “mopping up the homeless” are not the same thing.
The Des Moines Register’s marvelous Reka Basu looks at the effects of three years of Trumpery. A snippet:
The day after Trump was elected in 2016, as a high school teacher in Keota wrote to the Register in a letter, he heard a student bellow “Trump! Trump!” in a Hispanic student’s face, saying she should go back to where she came from and was probably illegal.
At high school sports events, fans have used the chants to intimidate opposing teams’ nonwhite players. In 2017 after a high school girls’ basketball varsity game between Mediapolis and Columbus Junction (which has a large Latino population), a message saying “Go back to the border” and “Go Trump” was scribbled on a whiteboard in a locker room.
In The Seattle Times, Elisabeth Becker Topkara recalls her grandmother’s warning her that antisemitism would not go away during her granddaughter’s lifetime. She offers proof that her grandmother was correct.
Before this Hanukkah, my grandmother’s dire prediction came true again, this time shaking our own family. On an otherwise ordinary day, my 11-year-old nephew Riley rode the bus home from school in his Wisconsin town. An older boy approached him. “What’s the difference between a Boy Scout and a Jew?” the child asked Riley. He answered his own riddle: “A Boy Scout comes back from the camps.”
Follow the link for the rest.
Matt Welch muses about how the Republican Party is remaking itself in the image of Donald Trump. A nugget:
Those Trump-weary Republicans who self-deport from office tend to either be replaced by loyalists to the president — as Bob Corker was by Sen. Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee — or by Democrats, as in the Arizona senatorial swap of Jeff Flake for Kyrsten Sinema. Either way, the remaining GOP looks and sounds more like its leader, while the alienated defenders of civility spin off into the impotent margins.