…it is about race.
Back in the late sixties the Democratic Party had broken their century long bond with the Confederate Party: those folks who believed (and still believe) that the cause of the South was just, that it was about State’s Rights and (on the hush-hush) that whites are the dominant race. Of these three beliefs the first two can always be uttered out loud but the last one must be said in code (damn those hippies and the NAACP!).
Richard Nixon thought he could bring this energy into the Republican Party and control it. For a while it worked. Reagan road this wave of bile to victory and with him came a generation of code talkers deeply skilled at spinning whenever the issue of race came up.
Today, these Confederate nostalgics control the Republican Party–lock, stock and barrel. Nixon and Reagan would both get the Arlen Specter treatment if they were still alive to see the product of their deal with the demons of our fears. It is a bitter cup of tea indeed.
Of course one must not speak of the racism at the core of the modern conservative/republican/teabagger movement. That would be rude. Instead, we are advised that we should allow them to play their games, like they did today when a highly edited clip got some poor bureaucrat fired and made the Obama Administration and the NAACP look like easy marks taken in by a quick hustle of three card monty on Houston Street.
Really? WTF! Rehire this women and fight back!. It really is past time to push back on these race-baiting fuckwads of hate. It is time to call them out and make them own their bile.
The dickless weasel who posted this clip is famous for race-baiting. It is all he does. His only gig is to promote fear of a black planet, a black President and a black or brown other hnding in the shadows to ‘Get Whitey’ . Regardless of his spin, everything he does is only about race. But he is not alone, he is just following the Confederate Party playbook.
Republican Confederate campaign for 2010 is built on dog whistles to race-baiting. Old folks vote and the fools who voted for Reagan in 1980 are all eligible for AARP membership. These boomers grew up in an age where racism was celebrated. They hear the race baited whistles with clarity and it comforts them. It is important to call attention to this racism and disrupt the comfort of these baby boomers. It is important to smash the idealized black and white world of their collective neo-Confederate fantasies. Some may even turn away from this appeal to the demons of their fears. Others are just hopeless. Sure, they can cast a vote for the Confederate world view–it is their right–but they don’t get to pretend that race has nothing to do with it. Especially when race is why they embrace wingnutopia in the first place. It is time to make these cowards uncomfortable.
The Confederacy is dying. It will not survive much longer, but is is a dangerous philosophy of hate and it will not go quietly to the dustbin of history. The good news is that over time the hate they promote will fade. The sad news is that those boomers who feed on that hate will be around for some time to come and their ears are very turned to these dog whistles. As they play their games we must be ready to call them out.