Some thoughts on MLK Day:
I recall that the KKK was a religious organization who targeted everyone who wasn’t a straight white Christian man (including Catholics); it started as a reaction to Reconstruction; it rises and falls throughout our history, but never goes away, at least not in practice though it has rebranded.
You can look to modern violent fraternal organizations as heirs to the KKK, from the Boogaloo Boys to Proud Boys to the assorted white nationalist militias and they are all of the same stripe and creed. What you will notice is that they all are supporting the Republicans in general and Trump in particular.
I was struck by some of the flags at the Stupid Coup, with Jeebus on top and Trump on the bottom. Just like the Southern Baptists sprang out of white supremacy (and is now the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, and this is not a coinkydink), the GOP is splitting into factions.
The largest faction supports The Lost Cause; the rallying cry is States Rights, but that’s a thin white wash for white supremacy; the Texas history textbook re-write of the Reagan 1980s launched States Rights and now a couple of generations later a large portion of our country believes that was the root cause of the Civil War and not slavery. The other, smaller faction of Republicans stands for corporations, and they will be swept away by the White Supremacists.
So the Republican Party —founded by Lincoln and now ironically the party of White Supremacy, and not coincidentally the party of Straight White Christian Men— is the face of white domestic terrorism.
Here we are on MLK day, preparing for another white supremacy, domestic terrorist insurrection on the Capitol to overthrow an election that the Republicans lost. And our failed political press is writing themselves into pretzels to not say Republican, and to try to Both Sides the BLM peaceful protests of last summer.
Disclaimer: not all Republicans are racists, but scratch a racist and you will find a Republican.
UPDATE 1: want more proof that Republicans support domestic terror?
New: Michigan GOP Senate leader advised militias on messaging, says they’ve gotten ‘a bad rap’
I take some heart in the fact that while they are the largest bunch of Protestants, they’re also part of a pretty rapidly dwindling fraction of the total population:
and the ‘None’s are the fastest growing group…
But otherwise, yes the modern GOP is the direct descendant of the unholy marriage of the reactionary conservatives and the Jim Crow Dixiecrats.
On this day it’s informative to remember:
William F Buckley, the intellectual leading light of the Conservative movement, was an out and proud white supremacist.
Barry Goldwater (who has long been rehabilitated to mythic status, but remained a reactionary bigot until his dying day. His “Goldwater Institute” remains a reactionary and malevolent force in AZ politics to this day) only won the Rump Confederacy in 1964 ( he barely> won Arizona , by ~ 1%, or 5000 votes )
Nixon started the Southern Strategy to invite the Wallace White Spupremacist vote into the Republican party to keep power.
The Evangelical political movement was started, not as a reaction to abortion, but in direct opposition to integration and ending Jim Crow https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/religious-right-real-origins-107133
The GOP has, since the 80’s, been expressly and openly the party of White Grievance, even if they didn’t say it as out loud and proud as they do today…
There is zero distance between Lee Atwater in 1980:
and Madison Cawthorn 40 years later:
The GOP hasn’t ‘become’ the party of White Supremacy…it has ‘been’ the party of White Supremacy for decades since LBJ’s prophetic words on the passage of the CIvil Rights Act “We have lost the South for a generation”.
They might as well openly adopt the flag they really fly:
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To be clear, the GOP is no longer the party of Lincoln and hasn’t been for several generations. Calling the GOP the party of Lincoln is an insult to Lincoln.
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Say it again . . . if your are a registered voter in the (R) column then you are a white supremacist domestic terrorist.
Republicanism is only Reactionary (reacting to society shames on you) and do not and CANNOT govern, first, not govern themselves nor any wider associations involving them.
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