As I was waking up, the germ of a blog post started to grow in the back of my mind, one about the fundamental flaw in the reasoning that blames Democrats for not adequately appealing to persons who voted for Donald Trump. I was musing about how to frame an argument that such “analyses” overlook the tactics that Republicans used to attract those votes: venal appeals to selfishness, hatred, and bigotry. I question that persons welcoming such appeals would be receptive to anything the Democrats might offer.

When I got to my RSS feed reader, I found that Badtux had written the post for me. Here’s how he starts:

So the criticism is that the Democratic Party hasn’t done proper outreach to: racists, xenophobes, Christian Dominionists who want to impose Biblical law upon non-Christians, bigots who want to stone gays and trans-people to death, and other such deplorables of that sort. At which point I say: Wha?! Frankly, if the Democratic Party had embraced bigots, I would have voted Green Party because I can’t support a party that embraces bigots.

Not to mention that it would have been futile in the first place. Even if the Democrats had reached out to bigots, the Republican Party appears to have a lock on the bigot vote at present . . . .

Thanks to Badtux for making my day a little easier.

25 November 2016 · Comments Off on Victory Lap · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

The celebrations continue.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been tracking hate crimes across the United States for decades, reported several incidents locally among the roughly 700 nationally that center officials say have left them stunned.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Maureen Costello, who runs the organization’s Teaching Tolerance program in schools. She noted that the group had coined the term “the Trump effect” earlier this year because it believed that divisive rhetoric concerning immigrants and race in the presidential campaign was getting picked up and mimicked by schoolchildren.

This should surprise no one.

More at the link.

17 November 2016 · Comments Off on A Game for Our Times · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre

14 November 2016 · Comments Off on It’s about the Privilege · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Leonard Pitts, Jr., does not mince words about the core of Donald Trump’s victory. He recognizes that it’s not what the corporate media are saying it is. A snippet:

As a TV analyst observed on election night, his victory was a “primal scream” from the undereducated underclass of white Americans that feels ignored by both parties. True, but let’s be clear on what they are primarily screaming about.

It isn’t the economy. It isn’t poverty or trade. It is the coming America in which white people no longer bear the stamp of demographic primacy, in which they will be reduced from lead actor to ensemble member.

Read the rest.

09 November 2016 · Comments Off on “The Repudiation” · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Elie Mystal.

06 November 2016 · Comments Off on Closing Arguments · Categories: Culture Warriors

03 November 2016 · Comments Off on Reality Bites · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre, Politics of Hate

DougJ has a theory as to why persons frequently say they just want the campaign to be over: because it hurts to be reminded of the reality of today’s Republican Party.

I hear a lot of people saying “I wish the election was over, I can’t take it anymore”. I too wish that Hillary had already won the election officially, but when I probe, that’s not what these people usually mean. Instead they mean that they don’t like to be confronted with the reality that the GOP is a white nationalist party that nominated an ignorant, xenophobic sex abuser, and that the voters of the country are so out of it that at least 40% of them will vote for this lunatic.

31 October 2016 · Comments Off on American Taliban · Categories: Culture Warriors

Woman in Muslim head scarf standing in front of sign saying

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30 October 2016 · Comments Off on Toll of the Tarheel Potty Police, Reprise · Categories: Culture Warriors


The Roanoke Times has endorsed N. C. Governor McCrory for a second term because, as they say in the editorial, he’s been good for the economy–Virginia’s economy (follow the link for the full article).

. . . Pat McCrory, the Republican governor of North Carolina, who’s seeking his second four-year term in the November election. We can point to specific and multiple ways he has helped the economy — our economy. North Carolina panicked and made a spectacle of itself by passing HB2, its so-called “bathroom bill.” In response, various companies and even sports leagues pulled events from the state. Three of those have wound up in Salem — the NCAA Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships, as well as the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship. That’s money in the bank for us.

Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.

Via Joe My God.

30 October 2016 · Comments Off on R-E-S-P-E-C-T · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Via C&L.

29 October 2016 · Comments Off on Trumpling the Women · Categories: Culture Warriors

At the Boston Review, Kate Manne explores the relationship between sexism and misogyny as manifested in Donald Trump and his supporters. She argues that misogyny can be thought of as the enforcement mechanism for sexism: sexism is believing that women belong “in their place,” which is inherently inferior to and servile to men, while misogyny is a means of putting and keeping them there if they dare step foot beyond their prescribed bounds.

It is a long and thoughtful piece that warrants your attention. Here’s a bit.

Trump’s misogyny has given us vivid examples of the phenomenon at its crudest. Trump is in many ways the American id—especially for the white men who comprise the majority of his voter base. He has won millions of supporters, partly by holding up a mirror to a certain segment of the population, reflecting its anxieties, hopes, fantasies, and narcissism. To make American white men feel great again is Trump’s implicit promise. This will involve casting others down the relevant social hierarchies.

But his misogyny is, for better or worse, strictly limited. This is because of a striking and alarming limitation of Trump generally: he seems to lack a superego, or even the ability to mimic one. This explains both his remarkable shamelessness and the non-moralistic quality of his misogyny. It isn’t moralistic because Trump isn’t either. His normative words are simplistic and aesthetic terms of praise: “best,” “beautiful,” “great,” and “winning,” are some of his favorites. When he tries to engage in moral talk, he becomes uncharacteristically flummoxed.

29 October 2016 · Comments Off on Toll of the Tarheel Potty Police · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Image:  N. C. Governor McCrory raising arms in triumph while holding a paper saying

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28 October 2016 · Comments Off on Deplorable and Proud Of It, By Gum · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

Voter intimidation was what it was all about, was it not?

And, in more news of the deplorables . . .

The stupid. It burns.

27 October 2016 · Comments Off on The Candidates Debate · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre, Politics of Hate

Via C&L.

24 October 2016 · Comments Off on The Trumplets of God · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate

These folks worship no Jesus that I know.