So one of the key aspects of Republican politics and, more importantly, neo-confederacy is to engage in elaborate victimhood narratives.
The victimhood narratives fulfill multiple purposes: building false aggrievement; minimizing the suffering of the truly oppressed; diluting the power of language; confusing “balanced” observers and further cementing the idea that their political opponents are unreachable.
It’s no surprise that white journalism raced to the defense of Sarah Sanders when Michelle Wolf joked about her lie-liner, but is totally silent when the President of the United States uses his office to humiliate black women journalists doing their jobs.
Also check the attention given to Acosta versus this routine harassment and public attack on the intellect and interests of black women trying to hold the Admin accountable.
They say that the first step to solving a problem is accepting that it exists. Well, racism motivating the votes of white people is something that the “progressive” wing will have to accept.
There are no small amount of white voters who are activated by racist campaigns. There are another set who are unbothered by racist campaigns. And then there are the set that doesn’t like the policies of the racists but doesn’t want to share the positives of society with POC.
Democrats have just gained more seats in one go than any time since Watergate. Inexplicably, despite the complete failure that has been GOP governance, the NYT Opinion page thinks the onus is on Democrats to not screw things up?
This is how you step on an historic victory. This is how you convince people who were just elected as a rebuke to Trump to doubt their purpose and question their motives. This is how you accommodate authoritarianism.
Leadership really does matter and people who know what they’re up against matter and people who have taken tough votes matter. Consider that after last night’s map and before a new Congress is sworn in two months from now.
Here I was, about to talk about what Democrats did right last night and here we are with a crisis in day 1 of Lame Duck.
It’s no surprise that Trump is acting against Mueller now: two months hence he is looking at a House with subpoena power and relentless interest in his criminality. Yesterday, he needed squishy GOP and “both sides” press to disassociate his allies from his abuses of power.
Today, Trump has a lame duck session full of people who have no shame and no decency and no costs left to pay. Organizing as much of the government under his sway into an ironclad protection racket is precisely what any crook would do when the walls start closing in.
There are a lot of us still up so I will say: tonight was an extraordinary victory for local organizing. Tonight’s Democratic House victory is founded on the ordinary people who knocked on doors, phonebanked, text-banked and talked with their neighbors.
It may not have turned out at the statewide level the way we hoped, but so many people ignited a passion about their families, neighborhoods, and communities and invested in a vision that sees those as the building blocks of a healthy society.
Tomorrow (lol, today) we will begin work on flexing and seizing more power at the state and national level and putting unwavering support behind a Democratic House with a tremendous task ahead of it.
There is no question anymore than Republicans represent white supremacy, a government in which white men are the only legitimate voice of power.
This has resulted in a surge of domestic terrorism at groups perceived as a threat to white supremacy, voter intimidation and suppression, disintegration of our institutions and dismissal of majoritarian government, the very foundation of the American idea.
Those of us doing all we can are just tired of hearing excuses as to why everyone else can’t do the least.
No one is even asking these people to call or canvas. Just to vote. They won’t be confronted with literacy tests or poll taxes. They won’t be physically harassed or barred. They just need to put a minimum of effort to do this one thing and then they can surf Instagram again.
It is really, really not too much to ask. Many, many candidates are aware of voter suppression and are organizing against it as part of their bid for office. But it doesn’t matter if the people with easier access don’t GET OFF THEIR ASSES AND VOTE
If you come into my mentions with BS about voter suppression:
- acknowledge that those people are actively trying to vote (because they know their value)
- recognize that every dipshit that chooses not to vote is abandoning those people
Deflecting away from people who can easily register and vote relative to the people who are having their votes suppressed is just excusing the former with the latter as a shield.
If you are not physically or structurally prohibited from voting you had BETTER FUCKING VOTE YOU FUCKING COWARDS
This is a good thread in many ways except the idea of “normal.” For many people (perhaps with more melanin or less cisgender privilege) our society has always been in crisis. There has never been a “normal.”
There was never a time when eschewing expertise for the sake of balance was ok. There was never a time when making truth and lies equivalent was ok. There was never a “normal,” and so the very crisis journalism is experiencing now is one that they cultivated.
Indeed, the idea that “both sides” may have some value, irrespective of what each side represents or their incentives for truth, is precisely what has allowed madness and lies to take the day and force society into existential crisis.
Senator Whitehouse is not worried about Republicans as a philosophical block (they have no shared ideals); he’s worried about them as the representatives of white people. What happens, he wonders, if we structure government to be less amenable to white people?
Racial sorting hasn’t just made the Republican Party white supremacist; it has made most white Democrats “race traitors” constantly in search of comity with white supremacists.
I’m going to help everyone thinking about 2020 out with a little advice thread. It starts with STOP TALKING ABOUT 2020
Nothing is more damaging right now than taking voter attention away from the support system Republicans have constructed around Trump. Democrats need majorities and tying existing office holders to Trump is the best way to make that happen.
Testing the viability of a presidential campaign right now is like trying to anticipate the weather on Election Day 2020. There are way too many variables in play.
Things that won’t be mentioned today:
- The Bundy Ranch standoff where guns were pointed at federal officers
- The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Reserve and subsequent lack of punishment
- the 2009 DHS report on rightwing militant violence, buried by the GOP
Other things that won’t be mentioned:
- the plane flown into the IRS in Texas
- the Sovereign citizen movement
- survivalist propaganda intertwined with right wing commentators like Beck, Jones and Shapiro
Our vaunted press is going to act as though these developments came out of nowhere, that it is the act of a lone, crazed person, unattached to any philosophy or direction. This is a lie and they are fools to believe it.
It is totally normal that I am consumed with rage over the fact that Trump was doing all of these things in the campaign and it is only now - that he’s beyond accountability - that the disproportionately white male media is taking it seriously.
He talked about how much he hated journalists and loved authoritarians, and it was painted as rhetorical.
He called for violence against anti-racist protestors (American citizens) and it was only covered in how it inspired and motivated his base.
I wrote this back in July and I’m putting it back out there for these last days before the midterms. We don’t just need a Democratic victory; we need Democratic power. m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5b…
Republicans frame the debate about what government is and can do and then Democrats pick a side. No more. Democrats must lay out what they think government is for.
I understand the resistance to doing this. Lincoln tried to keep the Union’s interest in the Civil War from being about slavery; JFK tried to keep civil rights from being the defining topic of his presidency. But this moment is greater than the mere desires of men.