My Blog Week: January 9 to January 15
A Word on the Week
Critical Lapses (part four)
An excerpt from the Rush Limbaugh CPAC speech of 2009:
We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see—what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt.
Excerpt from a speech by Ulysses S. Grant, 1877:
The Republican Party is a party of progress and of liberality toward its opponents. It encourages the poor to strive to better their condition, the ignorant to educate their children, to enable them to compete successfully with their more fortunate associates, and, in fine, it secures an entire equality before the law of every citizen, no matter what his race, nationality, or previous condition. It tolerates no privileged class.
Recent statement by new Virginia governor Glen Youngkin:
We are not going to teach the children to view everything through a lens of race. Yes, we will teach all history, the good and the bad. Because we can’t know where we’re going unless we know where we have come from.
(Made on Fox News, quote from Axios article, January 16, linked above)
The Limbaugh speech would have been a heads-up, to the Democratic party, as to how media-driven politics were to be shaped by the GOP, beginning intensively with the 2016 presidential campaign. Would have, since none of the opportunities to counter this propagandist style were noted, and taken.
As the Grant speech shows, Republicans in post-Civil War America already had the big tent idea. It was a selling point, but not a wholly cynical one. The party, through the Hoover presidency, and later Eisenhower, had not gone into its steep moral decline (licentiousness might be a better term), which began with the Reagans’ Second Empire-like reign.
Limbaugh, in his speech, twice makes hostile references to Joe Biden, although 2009 was the first year of the Obama presidency. Biden was placed as successor; and the tactic seems to have been a disabling of the successor, begun well in advance. Compare to Kamala Harris, barraged with criticism from the start of her tenure. And look out, as Novembers ’22 and ’24 approach, for articles and commentary on the theme of: “Should Biden replace Harris? Who would be a better choice?”
The Democrats would be wise not to let that conversation take place, among their loyal ranks. But they will.
Another excerpt from the Limbaugh speech:
You might have seen this. The days run together. It might have been Wednesday, but Biden was on the CBS Early Show. And he was asked—the anchorette—sorry. I’m trying to change my ways. I’ve been doing women summit programs so not to offend women. The anchor, Maggie Rodriguez, went out and got some man-on-the-street questions.
The attitude is offensive towards women, but in a broader sense, it invites the audience to regard liberal advances as “teehee” occasions, with the implication “we” can dismiss these changes; this isn’t normal American life. The push is to give permission, to get buy-in from the disgruntled—that progressive policies aren’t a steadfast course, that the nation isn’t moving farther in that direction, but are an aberration, one that will correct to the old ways…if ridiculed and naughtily forgotten, or loutishly ignored.
Below, some red-flag screenshots, prose taken from two newspapers, media of their era, which most of the world’s people have never heard of, but which are part of American history, waiting to be taught.
The Weekly Caucasian was a Missouri newspaper established post-Civil War for the purpose of expressing unreconciled Southern views, i.e., white supremacy, and racial hatred. The passages below give the complete picture, and contain a racial epithet—but note the rhetorical style, the humor, the coinage of “Purisatanic”, worthy of Marjorie Taylor Green, or Jeanine Pirro, with her “Demonrats”. And note the sly hostility towards women, again presented as humor, in image two.
The Dearborn Independent was published by Henry Ford, and was required reading for his factory hands. The front page, in image four, gives a good sense of the paper’s general racism, and Ford’s specific, active anti-Semitism.
The left needs to be on the alert, as the right-wing media gambit is to control both narratives, their own, and their opponents’. They do this by mimicking leftist arguments—as, “my body, my choice”; and by padding the dialogue with canned representatives of the worst liberal ideas, to make it seem that substantial numbers of people feel these things, and that these “overlooked” numbers deserve special Democratic attention, at the expense of moderate voices.
On Monday, The Sword Decides!, Maria undertaking to control some part of her fate. Tuesday, a new poem “King’s Bishop”, from the Eight series. Wednesday, the conclusion of “The Blue Bird”, with Gitana learning the magnitude of events, and why she’s different. Saturday, Catastrophe, Hess about to set foot in the city of Saint Pierre. Sunday, another part of Hammersmith, unraveling Shaw’s culpability, and testing whether he cares.
Images on my posts often have a link to related information (click first image), sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, sometimes in answer to a direct reference. Since people can be leery about links, I include them here: what they are, what sites they point to.
My Blog Week: January 9 to January 15