Politics of Hate category archive
In case you haven’t noticed, that’s now a Republican Family Value.
We have gone from the American Ideal to become the American Ordeal.
Esther Cepeda marvels at the apathy towards the barbaric treatment of migrants along our southern border. A snippet:
These frivolous spats effectively overshadow the tough-to-stomach reality that migrants are being penned in cages and locked in freezing-cold holding cells — that is, when they’re not fenced in under bridges and made to sit on the ground in 100-plus degree weather.
Eladio Bobadilla, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky, put it this way in a recent post on the Latino Rebels website: “[Conservative] commentators are wrong, both historically and morally. Not only is it historically accurate to call these detention centers concentration camps, but the uproar reveals a curious and cruel irony: Conservatives are more outraged by the terms used to describe the detention camps than they are by the conditions inside them.”
At AL.com, John Archibald notes that Roy Moore is again going to run for the Republican Senatorial nomination. As he reviews the field opposing Moore, Archibald reaches a distressing conclusion:
I thought Roy Moore would have to see the light one day, that he would have his own come-to-Jesus moment and realize his brand of judgment and one-dimensional morality wouldn’t play in a twenty-first century world.
Boy, was I wrong.
Because Roy Moore already won.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Dana Milbank examines the dialectic of Trumpery.
This (the interview on ABC–ed.) followed by a few days Trump’s claim that “I had nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.” Minutes later, he delivered a second opinion: “Russia did not help me get elected.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” Trump’s ability to function is a matter of much dispute, but if the ability to hold opposing thoughts in mind is a measure of intelligence, Trump is a very stable genius indeed. Nobody contradicts himself as forcefully, fluently and frequently.
Folks, not only can it happen here, it is happening here, and we must stop it.
Thomas Chatterton Williams points out that not being hate-full is not a high hurdle to surmount.
Kimberley A. Johnson wonders how many more must die at the hands of the Trump administration before Americans react.
The SPLC analyzes how the right-wing blames everyone else for its violent ways. An excerpt:
(Spokesperson for the far right group Turning Point USA Candace–ed.) Owens’s strategy has become standard fare on the right: diminishing the rise of white nationalist violence, diffusing blame onto “many sides” – as President Trump did after “Unite the Right” – or insisting, despite all evidence, that political violence is a left-wing problem. . . .
The right’s refusal to acknowledge actual political violence only aids white nationalists, not only by downplaying their culpability but also by allowing white nationalists space to push the narrative that the “violent left” is the real threat. . . . Accordingly, the right wing has strategically pushed what one commenter on the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer called “the ‘out of control, violent left’ meme.”
For a large swath of extremists on the far right, violence is the ultimate goal; it’s not a desire they try to hide. On social media and white nationalist platforms, they openly pine for the opportunity to attack and kill leftists and fantasize about a potential civil war.