[Today in the FDL Book Salon, we are so thrilled to be discussing F.U.B.A.R. : America’s Right-Wing Nightmare by Sam Seder and Stephen Sherrill. Joining in the discussion today is their pal, Marc Maron, who really needs no introduction because you likely remember him from his Air America work…you do, don’t you? As always, please keep discussion on the Book Salon thread confined to talking about the book and the issues raised therein — you may continue other discussions in the previous thread. Anyway, welcome to Marc…let the serious discussion begin. –CHS]
So the country is Fucked Up — according to Sam and Stephen, "beyond all recognition." Sam tells me that he knows the actual acronym is "beyond all repair," but that Sam is "an optimist and still thinks it can be repaired.
He doesn’t sound so optimistic here, but I still agree with him:
This is a different kind of fucked up. It’s the Rapture Right Paradox: to whatever extent you realize Bush and the Rapture Right have fucked America up, it’s always worse. And however ever worse you think it is, it’s worser.
FUBAR isn’t just another Bush bashing book. It focuses on a particular strain of Republicanism — the far-right Christian strain of Republicans or as I like to call them, the Christo-Fascist-Zombie-Brigade. But the authors also make a good case that this is no longer just a strain of the Republican Party, it is the Republican Party:
…We use the terms "Bush," "republicans," and "rapture right" interchangeably. What was once the fringe—the embarrassing cousin they saw only when they had to (special occasions, especially the ones held every four years in November)—has now become the heart of the Republican Party. They’ve finally got the real power, and, like Bush with the phantom "political capital" he claimed to have earned after the 2004 election, they intend to use it. (more…)