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No, no. Lind’s point is exactly that: they’re motivated by race, and are in fact racists. They’re just not toothless rednecks, though, but many of them are educated and wealthy. Maybe I’m preaching to the choir, but it’s important to note that the Tea Party is not about “small government,” or “individual liberty” and their leaders don’t really believe it is, any more than the white southern plantation owners thought the civil war was about “states rights.” It’s purely about preserving white privilege, and they know that. Of course that makes them evil, but it doesn’t mean their tactics are stupid. If you’re a committed racist, it makes more sense to get involved in local politics and jerrymander districts, and gather enough mass to hold federal governement hostage, than it does to join some trailer park klan klub.
But you’re right about the pinhead thing. I’m a total pinhead.
Seriousgum for a second — The Daniel Goleman NYT article is interesting particularly in relation to a piece on Slate.com today by Michael Lind, about how people misunderstand who the Tea Party is. According to Lind, they’re not ignorant buffoons, but are above average in eductation and wealth, and are leaders in their communities (“the local notables,” “lords of the local car dealership, country club and chamber of commerce.”) It’s important to understand that they’re motivated by the diminishing power of white local wealth in the face of demographic changes, and are struggling to hold on to it by dismantelling federal gov’t., just as they did after the civil war, etc.. They very much do not care about poor folks, or brown folks, and are acting rationally to protect what they see as their self interest.
But casual racism does need to be called out, even when its by bumbling, tone deaf people, because, as Gabe pointed out, many white people don’t think about white privilege and historical context. The old argument about the Confederate Flag being about “tradition” for white people and not about race is an example. The “tradition” they’re talking about is slavery. And white people, for whatever reason, do indeed need to be reminded that racism is the water they swim in, the air they breathe, and does have real effects on peoples lives. (i.e., black woman standing her ground with a gun is sentenced to 20 years, Zimmerman gets off).
You want the Force?! YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE FORCE!!!” – to Luke with the training helmet thingie.
Are you there God? It’s me, Gabe.
Actually, forget that. Now that I’ve read it to myself in a baby voice, it’s even more terrifying. I’m going to hide under my bed now.
Maybe if a baby read it, this poem wouldn’t freak me out so much/seem so constantly, terrifyingly relevant:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Yes, but if you remember, in Starship Troopers there were all kinds of hurt feelings. Plus a gratuitous naked shower scene.
Looks like Kelly has joined Gabe now on the front lines of polticsgum. Gabe, Santorum totally understands if that makes you feel confused and protective but also kind of turned on. You should probably fire her.
Rear Window XP
Can we get a little deconstruction of that Osama zombie movie? I thought Gabe was joking when he mentioned Osama, but that shows how much I know. Maybe I’m being overly sensitive, but doesn’t turning him into a silly zombie kind of demean the real horror of 9/11? Maybe that’s what pop culture does, (Captain America and Red Skull, etc.) but this seems particularly weird and jarring. Just me?
We few, we happy few, we band of honorary aunts.
I got your back on this one, badideajeans. I think she’s the worst interviewer on the radio. She consistently gets outstanding guests, and then she walks them to the brink of some really interesting point and then she changes the subject. Always. Grrrrrrr.
Lawyer Mike, if you won’t rest your case, who will?
tried to insert a jpeg of Lurch, but I’m too passive to figure out how to do it.
It’s still okay for us men to be empty husks, though, right? I can still live my entire emotional and intellectual life vicariously through my wife, right?
“The intensity of stupidity looking back at you is just amazing.” — Werner Herzog on seeing this photo.
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.
Given my avatar and my username, this whole thing is way too close for comfort. Get out of my head, Videogum.
Thanks for your honesty, Facetaco. If there’s one thing the events of the last few weeks prove, it’s that tacos of all kinds can bring this country together.
Hey, that’s fantastic. That’s exactly the kind of fact-based, rational response I’m dying for. I do disagree with you (I don’t think the individual mandate is unconstitutional, at least not moreso than helmet or seatbelt laws, and I think Russia turning Soviet is more about them than about us, but also self-contradictorially (?!) I think the recent election protests there are in part about global reaction to the green revolution, which we supported), but I really appreciate the response. You’ve given me stuff to think about. Thanks.
Ugh. Sorry about the double post. I stink.