Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Ignorance is bliss

The lies, the hate, the selfish petty meaness of the far right is wearing me down. I can't even talk about the governor of Virginia declaring this Confederate history month. Guess I wouldn't mind if I thought they were going to study the wrongheaded motivations behind the secession but somehow I think it's going to be a celebratation of the good old days when the poor and the black folks knew their place in society.

In any event, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote the best response I've seen and gets quote of the day from his short post.
This is who they are--the proud and ignorant. If you believe that if we still had segregation we wouldn't "have had all these problems," this is the movement for you. If you believe that your president is a Muslim sleeper agent, this is the movement for you. If you honor a flag raised explicitly to destroy this country then this is the movement for you. If you flirt with secession, even now, then this movement is for you. If you are a "Real American" with no demonstrable interest in "Real America" then, by God, this movement of alchemists and creationists, of anti-science and hair tonic, is for you.
Sadly, there appear to be a couple of million deluded Americans who feel right at home there.

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Blogger ed waldo said...

Let's call it what it was, Libby.

It wasn't 'secession.' That statement is, as they said in Watergate, "inoperative." Or was it Iran-Contra?

It was treason. We don't celebrate Benedict Arnold. No one would put up with an "Al Qaeda" heritage week.

We've been coddling them since 1876, when Reconstruction was abandoned. It's high time we stopped.

They can get over it. They've had 150 years to do so.

4:04:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Sadly, I've discovered the Confederacy is still alive and well here in the south and I'm only in the northern south.

8:57:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Hilarious to have the same bunch that yells about their jobs going to illeguls forgets that there were almost no jobs for them under slavery, and their labor was disrespected totally.

9:18:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Hilarious in a very sad way. The confederacy never died and in fact it's spread to the North. It was always based on self-serving mythology and the kind of people who can talk about freedom in defense of slavery are the same damn fools who got tax cuts and don't know it, waving tea bags in defense of people who are are paying even less.

No wonder they're so worried about FEMA camps for Republicans - deep down they know they deserve it.

9:37:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I understand Bachman says they're 're-education camps' which could not possibly be for the as yet entirely uneducated, really. We had a local rally led by a woman claiming to be a vet, therefore receiving full 'government takeover' style healthcare.

5:51:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Think I'll do a post about it.

9:41:00 PM  
Blogger ed waldo said...

While everybody was arguing about slavery, a far uglier agenda was uncovered with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a purge of people who just want to put flowers on their grandfathers' graves to a radical secessionist agenda from a guy who says that "Appomattox was just halftime."

But, you know, arguing that it was actually about tariffs was more interesting. Right.

http://wp.me/p5dEo-1Ze

11:54:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Quite a post Hart. These people are such monsters. Sad and a little frightening.

7:20:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And to think that some years ago, I was thinking of joining the SCV. I had a Confederate Great Grandfather after all.

10:29:00 AM  

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