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Response to citysyde (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:50 PM

7. Racism is the thickener in the hate-smoothie, but it's not the only thing in there

One thing didn't get touched on about "what's different now" is simply: how long the RW spin cycle has been working at it to de-legitimize Democrats and Democratic presidents.

The major conservative bullshit-blasters have been pushing this since 1992. Rush Limbaugh pounded the idea that Clinton was "only technically" president because he only won a plurality of the vote rather than a majority (a point that did a Soviet-grade disappearing act in 2000). They trumped up bullshit scandal after bullshit scandal (Travelgate, anyone? Whitewater itself?) until they finagled a real one (and blew that beyond legitimate levels) all to foster a meme of corruption and illegitimacy. They encouraged disrespect, as when Jesse Helms suggested a mutiny could happen if Clinton visited a military base in his state.

They've been pounding this for years -- decades now -- at the presidential and congressional levels (when suddenly ACORN was cast a shadowy and swarthy-skinned new Tammany Tiger). An entire generation has come of age being constantly fed this. For some of these people, it's not a matter of tactics. They really just don't see the bullshit as bullshit.

So there's no reason to be surprised that some of these yahoos are fed up with what they see as standing by and letting them (Democrats) "get away with it" while they (Democrats) "destroy the country". They don't see themselves as arrogant jackasses, they think they're brave stalwarts rightly confronting a corrupt and evil power.

And that meshes very nicely with the dog-whistle racism that believes that Democrats just want to hand out other peoples' money to lazy, shiftless you-know-whos to buy votes, and so of course when the black Kenyan Muslim community-organizer usurper stole the office that would be his biggest priority (followed closely by grabbing their guns).

Add ice and blend in a FOX-brand RUSHBOmatic, and there's your high-fructose kool-aid smoothie. Serves millions. Or rather, served to millions for the benefit of the 0.1%

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