This Isn’t Going To Be New

We’ve seen it before:

“The blacks” get the jobs, the government handouts, the special treatment, and now they’re being handed the Presidency. That’s the particular view of the world that Limbaugh is endorsing here. The Republican Party, demoralized and frustrated, is hoping to rile up the country with an identity politics-based campaign intended to speak to white people as a captive, persecuted minority against the big, bad un-American black majority waiting to install themselves in the White House and send every Caucasian to a re-education camp.

The Republican Party was reaching for this shit long before they became demoralized and frustrated. Democrats have always been the party of taking your hard-earned, perfectly meritricious achievements and giving them to some welfare queen who just wants to blow your factory paycheck on bling. Democrats want to take away your marriage and your Bible and strip Jesus from the schools, Democrats want to give your money to the government to give it to France. Democrats have always been this, to Republicans, and they always will be, no matter what we say or do.

And yes, Obama’s candidacy will make the shorthand a little shorter, but if anybody’s thinking that this is gonna be something we haven’t seen before, they’re kidding themselves. We know the playbook, they’ve been showing it to us for years, since Lyndon Johnson was president. Racist old fuckers defected to the Republican Party and stayed in power by appealing to people’s anger at their lot in life and fear of anything new, and they will continue to do it until somebody makes it stop working.

I don’t know if Obama’s that guy, who can make it stop working, but I hope he is because now he’s what we’ve got.

A.

8 thoughts on “This Isn’t Going To Be New

  1. There isn’t enough money in the world to pay me to take Obama’s place now. He is in for an extremely immportant job, with few rewards, all kinds of traps being set for him, and only a small chance for success. Bush has virtually ruined the office of the presidency for whomever would follow him, leaving the country in possibly the worst shape it has been in since 1932. That Obama is willing to tackle this gains him all of my admiration.

  2. Democrats have always been the party of taking your hard-earned, perfectly meritricious achievements and giving them to some welfare queen who just wants to blow your factory paycheck on bling.
    Over at Pandagon, Amanda Marcotte noticed that those good Republican FLDS members take an awful lot of welfare cheques, and because they practice illegal polygamy, what you essentially wind up with is a welfare mother with a guy with nine other women on a string, all of whom are having children by him. And if they were black (I dunno, to translate it, picture if the Nation of Islam or another black-separatist group had the same scam going on), she wagered the Republicans would be using it as a scare story until approximately three weeks after the heat-death of the universe. Very few people ever seem to mention the welfare-scam aspect of the FLDS story, however, not that the rest of it isn’t hair-raising.
    I haven’t heard Rush Limbaugh or anybody say Thing One about that, either. (Nor, oddly, about the entire communities of ultra-Orthodox Jews who do about the same thing because their men spend all their time studying Torah and their women don’t usually work after the birth of their first or second child.) Interesting double standard at work when the people involved are (nominally) white and conservative, huh?

  3. Isn’t BHO’s whole idea that he is most certainly NOT the guy, and that the only way to stop the hate/stupid is for each one of us to remove our heads from our asses?
    Much like the American Communist Party lingers to this day, I expect Republicans to hold on more or less forever (they have always been with us, after all). What will change is their ability to win elections, which will be a factor of thee afore-mentioned head-removal scheme.

  4. Great post Athenae and Interrobang. Nice to have such brilliant friends.
    Anyway, when I listen to 3rd tier talk radio you get the early warning signals about what they will do next only in a more subtle manner at the right wing think tanks and “serious” conservative
    I heard a fill in for someone (Hannity I think) going on about how the Republican party was the party of Lincoln and that the Democrats were against the civil rights and blah, blah, blah. As if the Dixiecrats aren’t all Republicans now.
    All comments against Obama will have to start with “I’m not a racist.”
    Interesting all comments against Hillary didn’t have to start with ‘I’m not a sexist.” That just goes to show how it is still okay to be sexist but at least they have to try to appear non-racist with Obama.
    With Obama it’s all about his “terrible associations!” They always do to us what they do because they assume that people are just a horrible as they are.
    So look to Sen. McCain’s associations. THEY will be the terrible ones.
    I’ve also been hearing them talking about Obama’s religion and it’s TERRIBLE associations. They will throw up anything they find and run it like truth.
    And if you bust them on it? “So?” “It’s just my opinion.” “I’m just quoting Drudge.”

  5. if anybody says that to me i say the republikans perfer welfare to big corporations like walmart and mcd’s.
    and i would rather poor mothers get it.

  6. “Democrats have always been the party of taking your hard-earned, perfectly meritricious achievements and giving them to some welfare queen who just wants to blow your factory paycheck on bling.”
    “Meretricious”? Is that a Freudian slip, or is that perfectly accurate. It means having a veneer of merit, but actually lacking in any value.

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