Teaches US History at Willamette Univ. Wrote a book on Tom Paine and the Americans who hated/loved him. Working on a book about the long history of the US Right
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Jun 29 • 14 tweets • 6 min read
A reminder that the conservative effort to undermine public school funding has been going on for a long time. This letter was in the files of a “Christian Patriot” (who was also a white nationalist antisemite) who worked on this issue assiduously for decades.
This language is particularly interesting. Let me decode how Walter Huss, the “Christian Patriot” in question, would have understood this.
Jun 29 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Trump has lost the editorial board of the reliably right wing Washington Examiner (the employer of Trump turd polisher extraordinaire, Byron York). washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editor…
A sampling of their other recent editorials.
Jun 28 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Flashback to 2016 when Mick Mulvaney said he and his fellow "principled" conservatives like Rand Paul, Cruz and Rubio would relish the opportunity to do "battle with a non-strict-constitutionalist Republican President." Source: Tim Alberta, American Carnage.
A few months after saying this, Mulvaney gave a speech at a John Birch Society meeting. Yes, that group. motherjones.com/politics/2016/…
Jun 27 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
The radically regressive Dobbs decision taken by our nominally “conservative” SCOTUS justices makes me think it’s time to scrap the term “conservative” as a descriptor of the GOP and broader US Right. Here’s an alternative formulation.
This excellent conversation about Dobbs made it clear that Roberts’ supposed (and now entirely discarded) incrementalism was never a tenable position. There’s no such thing as incremental revanchism. nytimes.com/2022/06/26/pod…
Jun 27 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
In 2008 Newt Gingrich told Bill O’Reilly “there is a gay & secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us.” Those fascists were “prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the gov’t if it can get control of it.”
In 1994 Gingrich described himself and his fellow Republicans this way. “People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz. I see evil all around me every day.”
Jun 27 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
TIL that Paul Englestad, the owner of a Las Vegas Casino who was worth about $400 million, paid $12 million to buy Hitler's limousine and was caught holding parties to celebrate Hitler's birthday and wearing a Nazi uniform. Hattiesburg American, 26 March 1999.
More on Englestad from the Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald, 30 September 2001. The UND hockey stadium was named after him. And of course he was a staunch opponent of changing the racist name for the university's sports teams.
Jun 27 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
Right wing political activists angrily berating school officials about the "radical left" teachers who are trying to indoctrinate their kids, and turning against their neighbors who they suspect are dangerous leftists. The year is...
1961, and the organization in question is the John Birch Society. This expose in Time Magazine played a significant role in turning public opinion against this far right organization. content.time.com/time/subscribe…
Jun 26 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
If you are 53 years old, you have never lived in a country where the majority of SCOTUS justices were appointed by Democrats, even though the Democratic POTUS candidate won the popular vote in 8 out of the 13 elections in your life.
If you are 33 years old, a Republican has won the popular vote for President exactly one time in your life, 2004. And yet, here we are.
Jun 26 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Seeing Huntington Beach in the news for fashy reasons reminded me that the town just south of there was served in 1970 by a paper that celebrated neo-Nazis like Richard Cotten & John Birch segregationists like Tom Anderson. "Conservative corner." LOL.
Also note the pro-police and anti-abortion pieces. Again, this is 1970. (FWIW, Congressman John Schmitz, who is mentioned here, fathered two children out of wedlock who he refused to support in any way.)
Jun 26 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
About 6 years ago I started using Twitter as a place to document and process unfolding events. I probably had about 250 followers (mostly friends and colleagues) at the time I wrote this thread. As someone who strives to be optimistic, I tried hard to suppress my worst fears.
For accessibility purposes, here's a link to that thread.
For example, in a 2010 poll of Tea Party supporters, 84% said that "the views of the people involved in the Tea Party movement generally reflect the views of most Americans." Only 20% thought Obama shared the values of most Americans.
Jun 25 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
The anti-choice movement likes to think of itself as the inheritors of the abolitionist & civil rights movement (even though that's a specious claim). That's the context for Cornyn's tweet. He's saying overturning Roe was equivalent to overturning Plessy.
The people who murdered abortion providers liked to think of themselves as carrying on in the spirit of John Brown. I think that's a BS claim, but it's a central plank of the anti-choice world view that Cornyn is giving voice to here. He's not saying Brown v. Board should go.
Jun 25 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
It's a sign of how effective the right wing media complex is that they managed to turn "antifa," which I'd guess <1% of Americans had ever heard of in 2016, into an effective shorthand reference that encapsulates "the threat of the dangerous left."
I remember seeing that Bill Mitchell/Gateway Pundit story making the rounds in the fall of 2017 and thinking "what on earth are these people talking about?" What they were doing was preparing the ground for Trump's central message--"the left hates America and wants to kill you."
Jun 25 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
The far right, theocratic, racist, homophobic, Holocaust-denying, conspiracy theorist with neo-Nazi ties who chaired the OR GOP in 1978 had a folder entitled "Discrimination." It contained one item, a mailer raising funds to fight "discrimination against Christians."
In 1963 Huss took Kenneth Goff, a White Christian Nationalist fascist domestic terrorist, on a speaking tour across the state of Oregon.
Agree 100%. Until recently most centrist and left-of-center Americans (esp. white Americans) considered "American conservatism" to be a conservative variant of "American liberalism," when to a great extent it was a fundamentally anti-liberal or illiberal persuasion.
It would take a book to fully develop that claim. But here’s one small example. The three items that appear in the “Dukakis” folder of the guy who chaired the OR GOP ten years earlier.
Jun 24 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
Starting with Brown v. Board in the 1950s and continuing up through Roe, the conservative movement drew much energy from the idea that an overreaching SCOTUS was transforming the US into something any good "traditionalist, Christian patriot" would not want....
...a multi-racial society that benefitted from diversity, a secular society that valued religious pluralism, a society committed to gender equality, a society that protected the rights of LGBTQ citizens. Not all conservatives opposed all of these things, but most opposed some.
Jun 24 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Working up a TV pilot about a retired baseball star who develops a new career tracking down and arresting people who make money impersonating professional athletes online. It'll be called "The Catfish Hunter."
I'll be the first to admit, that one is a stretch.
Jun 23 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Pat Buchanan’s take on the David Duke phenomenon was, shall we say, interesting. Oregonian, 23 October 1991.
"Duke pledges to vote against any new tax increase. He wants to toss the able bodied off welfare, stop payments to drug users and freeze benefits to welfare mothers who keep having children. He favors tougher penalties for crime and an end to....all reverse discrimination..."
Jun 23 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Update. A folder of Huss's credit card statements from the late 90s (when he was about 80 yrs old) reveal 3 major expenditures: 1) payments to MLMs, 2) hundreds of dollars to the John Birch Society for books and magazine subscriptions and 3) massive late fees & finance charges.
Chuckled aloud when I read this sentence about “eminent progressive historian” Gordon Wood in a 2011 book by an Ivy League educated conservative whose name you might recognize…
It’s this guy. The entire book is right wing foundersplaining to the Harvard law review editor President who supposedly reviles the Constitution.