Come Saturday Morning: Cliven Bundy’s Dead Elephant in The Room

By: Saturday April 26, 2014 6:45 am

See, it’s not just that the Republican Party and American conservatism made conmon cause with institutionalized bigotry — the John Birch Society, the White Citizens’ Councils (now united into the “Council of Conservative Citizens”), the “Sovereignty Commissions” of the various former Confederate states — for political gain. It’s that they did so to help out Big Business.

 

Late Night: The Last Throes: Way Underrated

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 8:00 pm

To any outside observer, the Republican Party of 2013 would appear to be toast.  They’ve lost the popular vote in five of the last Presidential elections, won nearly 2 million less votes in the House, are failing to gain younger voters with the same alacrity as they are driving away minorities of every sort, not least that “minority” that happens to be, well, half of us, women.  And each night, countless cane-shaking Fox watchers have a date with the Grim Reaper.

Come Saturday Morning: On Walking and Chewing Gum at the Same Time

By: Saturday April 27, 2013 6:45 am

The very fact that certain social issues are used as “wedge issues” to break apart coalitions whose major focus, witting or not, is class struggle, shows that these issues are connected to class struggle and not totally separate from it.

Late Night: National Review Staff, Their Fan Base, and Reality

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 8:00 pm

Joe Hagan of New York magazine went on the recent post-election Caribbean cruise held by the conservative publication, the National Review. And his limning of the event is a revelatory classic on a par with Philip Weiss’ 1989 foray into the Bohemian Grove in terms of laying bare the functionings of those who consider themselves our betters.

Late Night: Dixie Rising

By: Thursday June 7, 2012 8:00 pm

It seems that “Governor” Rick Scott of Florida is planning to force the Justice Department to sue Florida to stop its illegal voter purges, judging by the defiant, taunting letter he sent to Washington. The move is disturbing on several levels.

Come Saturday Morning: What Fifty-Plus Years of a Business-Bigot Alliance Gets Us — The Modern GOP

By: Saturday March 31, 2012 6:45 am

How did it come to be that what once was the Party of Lincoln is now the Party of David Duke and Strom Thurmond? It was a simple business calculation — Corporate America and rich people in general wanted to get out of paying the taxes needed to sustain our societal infrastructure, and they figured the best way to do that was to manipulate race hatreds among whites in order to convince them that societal infrastructure helped black people more than white people.

It succeeded very well in cutting the taxes on the rich and on corporations, but that success came at the price of poisoning the minds of the Republicans, from the lowliest grunt worker to elite-level opinion controllers like Noonan and Carlson, with the deep-set sickness of bigotry.

From Cadillacs to Pickups: Are Conservatives Swapping Black Scapegoats for Working-Class White Ones?

By: Sunday March 18, 2012 12:20 pm

Apparently racism is starting to lose its luster as an electoral tool for the servants of the 1%, so now they have to broaden their focus from picking on nonwhites and nonconservatives to attacking the very white working-class voters on whose backs they’ve rode time and again to victory.

The One-Percenters’ Misdirection Because They Can’t Handle the Truth

By: Sunday October 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Republicans and other elite representatives of the One-Percenters running this country know that the facts are against them, in everything from economic dealings to the criminal-justice system to the environment. So, when confronted by the facts, they do everything they can to draw attention away from themselves, preferably through the use of inflammatory statements intended to bog people down in defending against them.

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