Ah yes, the dogmatic English Protestants of the 17th century were well known for their pro-Catholic views.
It's hard to imagine a more historically illiterate tweet than that one. Hating Catholics was one of the few things that the warring sects of North American Protestant settlers could always agree on. washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/0…
Love it when conservatives who are really mad about "the left's distortions of American history" reveal themselves to not know even the most elementary facts about American history.
Anyway, here are some recent posts from the super-MAGA former head of the Polk County (OR) GOP, so have fun working in patriotic coalition with her!
One memorable 17th century phrase I picked up in graduate school when I studied the Puritans intensively was “Scarlet Whore of Rome,” a term they used to refer to the Pope because, presumably, they admired him ever so much.
I have subsequently learned that the Catholic League speaks for Catholics roughly as much as the Human League speaks for all humans, so that clears things up a bit.
To be a bit more serious for a second, the US separated church and state in the 18th century precisely because of the long history of the religious wars of the 17th and 18th centuries that the original tweet elided in the name of "fighting the left."
To see today's soft theocrats on the right simultaneously frame themselves as defenders of "America's Judeo-Christian tradition" AND "the Enlightenment" is thus, a bit rich. Their willingness to work in coalition with hard theocrats like that MAGA bigot is even more worrying.
So called conservatives like Josh MAGAndel might think religious wars are good and are easy to win, but history would suggest that such wars have a way of backfiring on people like him and me. Which, again, is the whole reason we separated church and state.

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This is "news" in the same way that it would be news to say that ESPN showed edited highlights of a recent football game. That is, showing deceptively edited videos of Democrats is just what conservative media does, it's a feature, not a bug. ImageImage
Is Twitter going to run a story like this every day between now and the 2022 election? Or might they try to act like a gatekeeper that keeps such intentionally deceptive garbage off of their platform? No need to answer, we know already.
Our situation now is that 99% of the people who create and consume those intentionally doctored videos of Biden DO NOT CARE that they're fake. Twitter can "fact check" all they want, but it likely has almost no impact on actual consumers of media.
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An appeal made by a right wing anti-communist group in Portland, March 1963. Pretty sure one could reprint this verbatim, send it out as an email to the GOP mailing list today, and no one could tell the difference.
That appeal is from the National Eagle, edited by Walter Huss. The same month it appeared, the newspaper was filled with stories about Operation Water Moccasin, which was like the Jade Helm of 1963, only with extra racism.
The story of Operation Water Moccasin is a useful reminder that the Alex Jonesification or Mike Lindellification of our political culture is not without precedent.
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Has anyone done the equivalent of the "Trump voter in a Johnstown diner" story, only this time about the "Trump voter in a Johnstown diner who, like the majority of Trump voters, has gotten vaccinated despite the barrage of right wing anti-vaxx propaganda?"
I ask this because I'm curious as to what drove them to get vaccinated despite the headwinds they likely faced from their peers and the media they consume. Was it because they just trusted their doctors on this, like they do with other health-related matters?
How many got vaccinated reluctantly and only because there was a mandate? How many "did their own research" but in this case relied on sources that were science and reality based?
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With all this talk about the "radicalism of the right," we should bring some balance to the conversation and talk about the dangerous, radical left.
Look at this list of wild eyed radicals!!! Do you know who was present at the founding of the ADA in 1947? HUBERT H. HUMPHREY!!! Need I say more?
If you want to do something about this outrageous leftist radicalism, you can go down to the Joe McCarthy bookstore in South Boston, named for that great American patriot, and buy a pamphlet that'll show you what you can do to combat the real threat to America, the radical left.
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These charts are a perfect visual representation of the concrete harm caused by the radicalized GOP. This is not about“polarization,” this is about one party building a brand and a culture around defying science and denying reality.
Here’s some good reporting from on the ground in one of those MAGA counties. And this is even one of the more highly vaxxed ones. opb.org/article/2021/1…
This podcast noted how Fauci gets sporadic waves of hateful calls, many with death threats. The host chalked it up to “polarization.” NO, THAT’S NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING. It is right wing radicalization. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pos…
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If you don't believe this, consider how Reconstruction was taught in most American schools for the entirety of the 20th century--as a tyrannical overreach by vindictive northerners that was finally remedied in 1877 when the "outrages" of Reconstruction finally came to an end.
This dominant take on "the abuses of Reconstruction" wasn't just in history textbooks and classrooms, it also played a central role in US popular culture. Two films considered foundational "classics" for much of the 20th century were Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind.
Listen to George Wallace tell this story about the "oppressive" nature of Reconstruction...and then listen to Bill Buckley at 19:30 (who was no fan of Wallace's) decry the North's "persecution of the South" after the Civil War.
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