Ah, Yes, Let’s Worry About Inflation…

…because, after all, the wingnut meltdown into evangelical fascism really belongs below-the-fold (ok, the virtual fold in the digital age), or buried in the back pages, right?

Nothing to see here, move on please…that’s an order

In Arizona, a stay-at-home dad and part-time Lyft driver told the state’s chief election officer she would hang for treason. In Utah, a youth treatment center staffer warned Colorado’s election chief that he knew where she lived and watched her as she slept.

In Vermont, a man who says he works in construction told workers at the state election office and at Dominion Voting Systems that they were about to die.

“This might be a good time to put a f‑‑‑‑‑‑ pistol in your f‑‑‑‑‑‑ mouth and pull the trigger,” the man shouted at Vermont officials in a thick New England accent last December. “Your days are f‑‑‑‑‑‑ numbered.”

Just some good old fashioned trolling…

Then there are the school board meetings

Hell, I’m so old I remember a time when school boards were merely an opportunity for small time wannabees to have some fun politicking…and when I was a bit older, paid employment for videophiles when they weren’t honing their skills via cable TV public access obligations

Beverly Anderson, a long-serving board member for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, said she first noticed an uptick in discontent when she began receiving 50 to 60 emails a day following her school system’s decision to close because of the pandemic in March 2020. Parents started showing up to complain at board meetings soon afterward, and the tone quickly turned far nastier than anything Anderson had seen in almost a decade serving on the school board.

By the fall of the 2021-2022 academic year, with the vast majority of school districts reopened for five days a week of almost-normal in-person learning, the arguments shifted to center on curricular and cultural issues. Some parents nationwide — usually White, conservative parents — have become alarmed over what they argue is the indoctrination of their children with critical race theory, a college-level academic framework that examines systemic racism in America.

Nowadays, meetings in Anderson’s small Virginia Beach district of 65,000 regularly last until 1 or 2 a.m., she said. Parents sign up in scores for public comment. People hold rallies in the parking lot beforehand, and security personnel or police have begun escorting Anderson and her colleagues to their cars at night’s end.

At one meeting, Anderson said, an attendee gave the board the middle finger and began shouting obscenities, causing the board to ask police to escort her from the building — which spurred accusations that the board had silenced the speaker. At another meeting, after students spoke in defense of books including Toni Morrion’s “Beloved,” parents accused the board of paying the students, Anderson said. One woman vowed an investigation.

“There is a faction of the community [that] is just discontented with anything public-school-wise,” Anderson said. “They look for issues that are able to divide us, anything they can come up with that is negative, because they are just so angry.”

Oh, and actual United States Congresscritters, maybe not quite as elite as the Senate, but 435 in a nation of 300 million is still pretty exclusive…

Paul Gosar is hardly an outlier in a caucus that includes MTG (MTG Lite?–Cold Filtered? — more like No Filtered),…Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert…Gret Steters Clay Higgins and Steve Scalise…Kevin McCarthy…

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is claiming the reaction to a violent video he posted depicting him killing Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is all due to a misunderstanding.

The far-right Republican posted a video Monday that altered the opening credits of the Japanese animated series “Attack on Titan” to show Gosar slashing the neck of a foe with Ocasio-Cortez’s face.

On Tuesday, Gosar posted another tweet, this time a lengthy screed in which he accused detractors of “gross mischaracterization” and claimed, without irony, “I do not espouse violence or harm towards any Member of Congress or Mr. Biden.”

Gosar then claimed the video was simply depicting “a battle between lawful and unlawful policies and in no way intended to be a targeted attack against Representative Cortez or Mr. Biden.”

Thinking about these, and other outrages…on the one hand, goddamn; on the other, this sort of ugliness and violence isn’t exactly an exception (I can’t think of any era of US history that, well, hasn’t been).

But, considering the blasé reaction from the elite media — 6 percent inflation generates panic headlines (note: inflation averaged roughly 5 percent during the glorious reign of Ronaldus Magnus in the 80s), while Gosar, et al, merit an “in other news” approach?

Bull Conner, when not dealing with whatever inflationary spikes Satan’s devised to enhance hellfire, must be envious.

And while I’m repeating myself — again — what’s particularly frustrating is that this isn’t a case of a pendulum swinging.

Once they’ve broken the body politic, it’s not like it’ll ever get fixed…