Class Warfare Blog

August 6, 2019

Make America Hate Again

Donald Trump has encouraged certain collective hatreds in this country, but he didn’t invent them. I think there are two interconnect streams of influence in the rise of hate in this country.

The Republican Party (Before Trump)
If you look back at the Republican Party over the past 50 years or so (and their enablers, e.g. conservative intellectuals, etc.), you will find that they have been mining pools of the country’s hate the whole time. After the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the South became much less Democrat and far more Republican. It wasn’t that the Democrats didn’t have their own racists (look up the Dixiecrats, if you need an example) but politicians down South voted with their feet and the GOP embraced them with open arms. Reagan’s “Southern Strategy” is another example and there are many, many more.

In addition, Republicans launched a propaganda campaign against the “liberal media” sowing distrust in people’s information sources and then embraced their own biased media in the form of Rush Limbaugh on the radio and Fox “News” on TV (should have been named Faux News). This wasn’t possible until the act requiring balance when using the public airwaves was repealed, under Reagan (of course). The whole campaign was a smear campaign because evaluations of the media showed no such glaring bias, but when it appears that when “facts have a clear liberal bias” is used as a criterion, I can see how they arrived at their conclusion.

Then another propaganda program was advanced by the same crew to turn “liberal” into an epithet, which it is today. This is why the term “progressive” was resurrected, after having fallen into disuse, as a replacement for liberal. Anyone calling themselves a progressive today would have called themselves a liberal thirty years ago.

The Republican Party selling its soul to Trump became easier because of the practice they got in selling it for “winning.”

The Internet
Enabling hate to grow, as if in an incubator, was caused by the ability of people to publish anonymously on the Internet. The incredible growth of that medium (being used to create this post, right now!) has short circuited the social approbation of public displays of hatred and prejudice. Where we used to shame those who said such things in polite company, now they are blared at high volume on the Internet by anonymous speakers and no shaming conduit is available.

And the Collateral Damage . . .
What is being lost is the absolutely required continual promotion of public virtue. The Grand American Experiment in ruling ourselves (instead of letting the rich elites continue to lord it over us) requires each and every one of us to balance our individual interests with our collective interests. Each citizen needs to think about our collective welfare simultaneously with his individual welfare and strike a balance between the two. This needs to be explained to each generation and promoted and reinforced continuously. We are losing this battle as the wealthy elites promote individualism over collectivism. In fact they are executing a propaganda campaign besmirching collectivism as I write this. They, of course, go to extremes by arguing that “big government” wants to make all of the decisions, therefore collectivism bad, very bad! These people, who are all in favor of more and more spending on the military make arguments like “its your money, the government (aka “us” collectively) shouldn’t be confiscating it (in taxes).” They do indeed want it both ways and seem to have no shame in arguing this way.

As our civic virtue goes, so goes the republic.

5 Comments »

  1. Concur on EVERYTHING, every word, every implication Steve. Very well stated! All of it spot on. So…

    …now what will Americans do? That is… UNITED(?) Americans of 50-States?

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — August 6, 2019 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

    • That is the crux of the matter isn’t it. If people can’t get off their dead asses and vote in the coming elections, I feel I will be losing what little faith I still have in the wisdom of “We the People.”

      On Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 5:04 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 11, 2019 @ 11:58 am | Reply

      • “E Pluribus Unum”??? Today? Where? lol

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        Comment by Professor Taboo — August 11, 2019 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

        • Yeah, I want that motto back. Can you imagine that we traded that motto in for “In God We Trust?” The story about how that happened is abysmal. Of course, the perpetrators (perpetraitors?) played upon people’s fears to sneak this through.

          We need E Pluribus Unum more than ever before.

          On Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 1:54 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 11, 2019 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

          • Yep. The deterioration started with Dwight D. Eisenhower and has been declining ever since — each later Administration learns from the previous usurpers the Playbook moves of how to make the Executive Branch much more powerful than the other two. Unless of course you convert those Branches as well… which happened with our Supreme Court October 6, 2018. And the takeovers are slowly continuing. 😦

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            Comment by Professor Taboo — August 11, 2019 @ 2:11 pm | Reply


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