Archive for March 29th, 2011

Black rightwingers just as dippy as white rightwingers.

Mar 29, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives, Racism

Herman Cain knows how to shuck and jive for the white, I mean the right:

White conservatives really like it when black conservatives draw parallels with ideological and racial persecution in a way that allows them to imagine they’re a persecuted minority even as they assert themselves as the singular, genuine voice of Real Americans. For this reason, remarks like Cain’s go over really well, even though he’s actually saying something profoundly racist (most black people vote for Democrats because they’re practically slaves who can’t “think for themselves”), no one bothers to point that out.

Gay Republicans often face the same kind of pressures that black Republicans do: Why are you on the side of those who have such antipathy towards your ilk? And I honestly sympathize with somebody who identifies with Republican on most issues and wants to change the party from the inside via the power of example. Gay Republicans can do a lot to squash Republican anti-gay tendencies, and black Republicans can do the same for Republican anti-black attitudes.

Except when they traffic in anti-black rhetoric.

-hw

Reality check on Republican “conservatism.”

Mar 29, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives

Andrew Sullivan has been standing still while Republicans race to be as extreme right as bloody possible:

Income tax rates are now lower than they were under Ronald Reagan and far lower than they were under Eisenhower. And yet it has become a Norquistian non-negotiable that no taxes can be raised at all on anyone, let alone the beneficiaries of the last thirty years – and those who differ must be “leftists” – even when the US is facing debt of historic and dangerous proportions. Someone advocating what Eisenhower was perfectly comfortable with would be regarded by the Republican right today as a communist. And yet, of course, Eisenhower was emphatically not a Communist, whatever the John Birch society believed. In retrospect, he might even be seen as the most successful small-c conservative of the 20th century. (This was indeed Paul Johnson’s take in Modern Times.)

Similarly, those who view Obama as some kind of radical have to come to terms with what Glenn Greenwald spells out here:

Since Obama was inaugurated, the Dow Jones has increased more than 50% — from 8,000 to more than 12,000; the wealthiest recieved a massive tax cut; the top marginal tax rate was three times less than during the Eisenhower years and substantially lower than during the Reagan years; income and wealth inequality are so vast and rising that it is easily at Third World levels; meanwhile, “the share of U.S. taxes paid by corporations has fallen from 30 percent of federal revenue in the 1950s to 6.6 percent in 2009.”

Do they have to come to terms with it? Republicans apparently don’t think so, and the corporate press isn’t likely to force them to, so who will? Voters, likely, yet whatever yahoo the Republicans finally settle for in 2012 is still going to get a minimum of 55 million votes. That’s simply too many for a bankrupt party that doesn’t deserve 10 million votes (a rough guess at the actual number of people whose interests they serve). Crazy irresponsibility just doesn’t deserve that much success, even in failure.

-hw

When wanting to hate Obama leads you to invent standards you can’t pass…

Mar 29, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives

Trump doesn’t have a birth certificate.

51% of Republicans are birthers, and another 21% are unsure. Only 28% of Republicans can acknowledge the basic, long proven fact that he was born in Hawaii. Once again, there is the difference. Whatever the subject, Republicans invent their own facts to satisfy their emotional needs and can not be unconvinced, because most anybody trying isn’t a Republican, and the last few sane ones are castigated as traitors. How can we possibly expect this crowd to fix our country’s problems? Basic competence eludes them when ideology is at stake.

And yes, birtherism is racist. This has always been about the need to portray Obama as Other, a foreigner with a foreign name, typically also having a foreign religion, steeped in foreign ideologies from Mao, Stalin, etc., resentful of hard-working white Americans and American (white) culture. Naturally, since they can convince themselves of all of this, it’s easy to convince themselves they aren’t racist and get all pissed about it, but as they demonstrate, basic credibility is beyond their reach. It doesn’t have to be that way, but until the remaining 28% start getting pissy about things like paying attention to facts and basic objectivity in determining them, the Republican label (and, of course, Tea Party, since they are just the GOP base trying to put on a new face) will remain saddled with this baggage. Unfortunately, just being white means getting tagged with a little bit of this baggage too, so to my fellow white people, you need to calm the hell down.

-hw

UPDATE: Trump seems to have produced a genuine birth certificate. Guess what? Obama was still born in Hawaii. Sorry.