Monday, July 18, 2011

Racism And Fascism: A Marriage Of Convenience Or Inevitable, True Right-Wing Love?


Not all Republicans are racist and not all racists are Republicans. But an extraordinary number of Republicans-- by design (they were recruited by Nixon and Reagan to build the party in the South)-- are racists and they're over-represented in Congress by a pack of shockingly bigoted representatives... and it goes beyond overt or even covert KKK supporters like Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III of Alabama.

The so-called "fiscal conservatism" the media insists is the one and only raison d'etre of the teabaggers was always demonstrably a hot, stinking pile of bullshit. Two years ago the teabagger movement was still being put together by the fascist puppeteers at Koch Industries and FreedomWorks. Here in L.A., a local racist and neo-fascist organization, Pasadena Patriots, worked with the local GOP and hate talk radio host Kevin James to organize a teabaggy presence at the Alhambra healthcare town hall meeting of Blue Dog Adam Schiff. I went. Although the teabaggers were outnumbered 5 to 1, the were noisy and disruptive-- and entirely racist. Every argument ended in racist epithets against Hispanics and "anchor babies." Every argument! Not 90% of them... every single one of them. I had never encountered a more racist, bigoted bunch in my entire life.

Last week Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee pretty much spilled the beans that plenty of her Republican colleagues in the House have the same bigoted mentality (see famous teabagger art below) and that they're willing to destroy America in the process of delegitimizing the presidency of the first non-caucasian president. Her immediate point is that the raging and disproportionate battle over the debt ceiling is another reflection of the GOP's surrender to the vilest form of racism.
"I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness [toward] this president,” said Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Why is he different? And in my community, that is the question that we raise. In the minority community that is question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully? Why has the debt limit been raised 60 times? Why did the leader of the Senate continually talk about his job is to bring the president down to make sure he is unelected?”

Earlier in her speech, Jackson Lee said Obama has been targeted unlike any other president.

"I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president-- only this one, only this one-- has received the kind of attacks and disagreement and inability to work, only this one," said Jackson Lee from the House floor.

"Read between the lines," she continued. "What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills, something required by both statute and the 14th amendment?"

Jackson Lee concluded by saying that she hoped someone would step up and say that what appears obvious to her is not in fact true.

"I hope someone will say that what it appears to be is not in fact accurate," said Lee. "But historically it seems to be nothing more."

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At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that usually, if not always, fascism is like a gun that needs a unifying trigger to be operative. Scapegoating is the usual trigger, I'd say, and since the easiest way to identify a scapegoat class is by race, racism and facism is an inevitable marriage. Sometimes a foreign 'enemy' is the scapegoat, but usually it is intra-nation and is racism.

This marriage could also be true right-wing love, but I think that would be because the right-wing truly loves fascist authoritarianism so intensely that it learns to truly love the racism that enacts it (and/or xenophobia also).

- L.P.

At 7:53 PM, Anonymous me said...

not all racists are Republicans

I find that difficult to believe.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with Rep. Jackson Lee's contention that "Only this one" (Obama) has been subjected to the harassment and bullshit from the GOP and the right wing. It was done to the last Democratic president as well. But how often do we hear the truth about that from our Potemkin journalists?

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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