It’s a genuine problem.
The GOP is in a reactionary phase right now, more than anything. A time of responding to the leftward-drifting political landscape and, rather than modifying their positions on key issues, hunkering down and redoubling the anti-progressive stances. In a lot of ways, the United States is less progressive than it was in the past, less accepting of sweeping changes to the way we do things. But that’s how the world is: it moves left.
A fun activity, if you’re a history geek, is to dig through revolutionary thinkers of the past and seeing where their ideas and stances are in an absolute sense rather than relativistic. You’ll find that even the most wildly liberal thinkers of bygone days would be almost laughably backward in the 21st century. Anti-slavery advocates didn’t think blacks were equal people, just that slavery was wrong. Even Lincoln didn’t see the negro as rising particularly high in society.
This sounds contradictory, but the point is that the paradigm as a whole will always, always shift to the left. However, what we’re seeing now is such a hard press against it that wasn’t the case throughout American history. Ours has been a country that, generally speaking, prided itself on pressing forward into the new age, forging new territory and showing the world how we as a goddamn species can advance from century to century.
What does that have to do with the Republican Party? Well, everything. Their emotional-level, cranky grandpa response to gay rights, womens rights, secularism and domestic policy are necessarily self-defeating. We’re getting less dogmatically religious (high percentages of people claim Christianity, but the number who believe the Bible literal truth drops every year), women are a larger percentage of the population than men, gays are more comfortable with being open, and whites are slowly losing their majority. So a party that largely appeals to white, Christian males is one that is painting itself into a corner.
The Republicans are going to have to make a decision: step forward into the 21st century, or die off entirely. Time will tell what they do.
Y’all remember how charitable I was last time around. Uh, yeah. I don’t know what else he could have been trying to say here. Listened about 10 times. I got no clue.
Seriously, if anyone has a guess, let me know.
Side note: ol’ Hanlon has new employment that’s making it MUCH harder to keep updates as flowing as before, but I’m not gonna let this site fall dormant! Just gonna be a bit until things settle and I can really start pounding on the updates.
I have nothing to say on this one. The released 911 tapes turn my stomach. Hearing people defend Zimmerman, a grown and armed man who followed an unarmed 17 year old against the 911 dispatcher’s instructions, is just more than I want to dive into. Especially considering Zimmerman’s dozens of 911 calls and asking neighbors to be on the lookout for young black men.
There’s a difference between playing the race card and simply calling it like it is. If a shifty black guy ran down a white high school football player and shot him, he’d be in the injection chamber before the gun barrel cooled.
So, Derrick Bell, the first black law professor at Harvard and former University of Omaha School of Law dean is a “radical, racialist professor” and Obama associating with him is clearly proof that Obama’s extreme.
First, I would put money that these pundits and everyone following them exclaiming how Bell was a radical professor and it’s bad never heard of him before today, never heard of critical race theory before today, never read any of Bell’s writings on critical race theory ever, and never read the academic community’s analysis of critical race theory ever. Continue reading
I’m at a loss here. The fact that the answer to this question isn’t 100% just blows my mind.
Q23 Do you think that interracial marriage should be
legal or illegal?
Illegal …………………………………………………….. 20%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 14%
This is just a poll among Republicans, and the fact that only 2 out of 3 believes interracial marriage should be legal is surreal. But that’s what we’re up against here.
EDIT: Fixed a typo.
Newt Gingrich, with the most hilarious claim of all time.
Gingrich told a town hall meeting at a senior center in Plymouth, N.H., that if the NAACP invites him to its annual convention this year, he’d go there and talk about “why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”
Oh please invite him. PLEASE invite him.
Newtie, on people who speak Spanish.
“The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. … We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.”
Way to endear yourself to minorities there, pal.
There certainly are reasons to argue for immersion in English rather than teaching in a bilingual fashion, but equating English to prosperity and Spanish to the ghetto is most certainly not right.