Politics of Hate category archive
Mike Littwin suggests that Donald Trump believes his own lies and offers the “sanctuary cities” plan (if you can dignify it as a “plan) as evidence.
Ruben Navarette sums up Donald Trump’s immigration “policy.” A snippet (emphasis added):
But here’s the twist. America always gets the best and the finest — the risk takers, the hard workers, the dreamers, the optimists. We get the brave and the sturdy. The weak, the timid, and the dependent will often stay behind.
This was true with the English, Irish, Italians and Jews. It’s true with the Mexicans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans.
It’s the American story. The only difference is skin color. Unfortunately, that’s all some people see.
Shorter Dick Polman: Kirstjen Nielsen fired for being insufficiently sadistic.
A recurring pattern in U. S. history is that some members of each generation of immigrants have tried to close the “golden door” behind them. Donald Trump, a second-generation American, is not unique in this.
He recently ludicrously claimed that “the country is full.” (Really, Donald? Have you been to say for example Montana or New Mexico?)
Field explains that the country is not full, but Donald Trump is full of it.
Dick Polman delights in the videoed deposition of hate-monger Alex Jones. A snippet:
I trust you’re familiar with Jones. As the shock jock of InfoWars, he has long trafficked in preposterous conspiracy theories, none of them more sickening than his oft-repeated decree that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre (20 Connecticut schoolchildren, six adults) didn’t happen, that no kids were killed, that the whole thing was staged by actors shedding phony tears, all for the apparent purpose of undermining the Second Amendment. Or something like that.
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump loves the guy; during an appearance on Jones’ show in 2015, candidate Trump gushed: “Your reputation is amazing! I will not let you down…My audience, 90 percent of them, they support you.”
Do please read the rest.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Elizabeth A. Segal explores tribalism. After explaining that humans lived for centuries in small, homogeneous groups because geography and (lack of) means of traveling and mixing with others mandated it, we evolved with a predisposition to identifying with our “tribe.” But there is downside. Here’s a nugget (emphasis added):
We are built to be tribal. But sometimes that tribalism goes too far. The worst type of tribalism is groups aligned to destroy other groups, such as through ethnic cleansing and genocide. We have heard the word tribalism used a lot today in reference to our politics. Today in our political world we have “bad tribalism.” Bad tribalism is group identity that fosters bullying and scapegoating of others not like you. Bad tribalism joins people out of anger, jealousy, and spite, not for collective well-being. The unfortunate irony is that bad tribalism is easy to provoke, but not healthy to maintain. Staying angry is stressful, and large doses of stress is bad for our health.