A Visit From The Ghost Of Wingnut Past


It’s fitting that on the same dayMitt doubles-down — and doubles-back — to the “Obama’s giving those people free stuff” excuse for why he lost, The Nation and James Carter IV offer definitive proof that Lee Atwater actally did utter the now infamous lines that are his sorry legacy:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

The messenger might change, but the message remains the same.

They really do think they own the country, they assume they own or at least have purchased the government, and that anyone less wealthy is less worthy of the benefits of democracy if not civil society. 

Are there no prisons?  And the union workhouses — are they still in operation? Is their actual position on how to deal with the rest of us…


2 thoughts on “A Visit From The Ghost Of Wingnut Past

  1. Place this side to side with the repubs saying that they’re re-inventing the party to be more inclusive. Any cognitive dissonance?
    And Didn’t Romney disavow his 47% comment? But now that he has nothing to loose, he’s returning to that mindset in his talks. He wouldn’t lie would he?
    (timeline from saying the 47%, to the video being released, to a week or two of saying that it was inelegantly put, to saying that isn’t what he believes, back to this).

  2. I’ve been watching The Men Who Built America series on History Channel, and the episode that covered Carnegie and the steel mill union was telling. The narration talked about mill workers being forced to work 12-hour days for six days each week, escalating numbers of resulting safety incidents and mercenaries shooting mill workers in the back as they fled. Then they’d cut to interviews with business men from today, and they seemed almost wistful talking about the good old days before unions and government regulations. It was really disturbing in light of the makers/takers crap that went on in the election.

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