The Glory of White-Wing Politics

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress… but then, I repeat myself.

– Mark Twain

Much has been written — argued heatedly by ideological TV pundits — over the past several years about the inability of members of Congress to agree on anything. Republicans stomp around like elephants in a china closet, shouting “No! No! Hell No!” no matter what legislation comes before them. Democrats, in a timid effort to reach across the aisle, stumble and fall down, where they just sit, plaintively begging, “Please don’t hurt me…”

Both parties are adrift; cut loose from their moorings — in total disarray. Much of the chaos is a result of the previous administration lighting a myriad of fuses before slinking into the shadows, setting off a string of political and financial explosions designed to blow this republic all to hell. What they failed to consider — and what the bumbling members of Congress have yet to realize is — when the ship of state sinks, everybody on board is going down with it.

Which appears to be what the race-baiting Rush Limbaugh, the self-appointed “leader” of the Republican Party, is feverishly attempting to provoke. Anybody who doubts that Limbaugh hasn’t been in racist meltdown since 2007 when it became obvious that Barack Obama was a threat to White-Wing Limbaughesque “values” just hasn’t been paying attention. Throughout the campaign — from constantly airing the insulting Barack, the Magic Negro jingle to calling Obama and actress Halle Berry “Halfrican-Americans,” to accusing Obama of “disowning his white half and deciding to go all in on the black side” — Limbaugh led the pack.

And he still does. Republicans are united in support of the “I Hope He Fails” Limbaugh Doctrine which El Rushbo announced as millions of relieved — even giddy — Americans gathered at the nation’s capitol for Obama’s inauguration. Just a day later, Limbaugh hit the racist trail, telling Fox’s Sean Hannity…

[r]acism in this country is the exclusive province of the left. We’re witnessing racism all this week that led up to the inauguration. We’re being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles. Bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president. We’ve got to accept this. The racism that everybody thinks exists on our side of the aisle has been on full display throughout their primary campaign. So I think they’ve done a great job, the media has, of covering up his deficiencies.

So, it’s all the Democrats’ fault. The Democrats are militantly racist. If we buy into Limbaugh’s rationale, none of his hateful, cruel, racist remarks would have been necessary if the Democrats hadn’t selected a Halfrican-American who threw his grandma under the bus and then backed over her before going over to the black side as their candidate for president. On his October 12, 2009 show, Limbaugh explained just how innocent and colorblind he is…

I’m interested in people’s hearts and their souls, because that’s what animates us as human beings. Not our skin color. I’m colorblind. I have reached the point where everybody professes we need to go. I treat everybody equally. Nobody is — in the political arena — I don’t care. Male, female, black, white, gay, straight, bisexual. If you are opposed to the things I think are great for the country, I’m going to say so. I’m going to criticize you. Not because of whatever it is distinguishes you from me on a surface basis, but because of ideas. I’m just a lone guy here, in the arena of ideas, sharing mine.

The Democrats quake with fear at the thought of being labeled “racist.” When Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in their January 2009 book, Game Change, wrote that, during the campaign, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was delighted that Obama was the Democratic presidential candidate, and had said privately that “Obama, as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” all hell broke loose.

Reid immediately apologized to the media, to “any and all Americans,” and personally called President Obama, as well as “House Democrats Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and Barbara Lee of California; the Rev. Al Sharpton; CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile; NAACP chairman Julian Bond; and the head of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Wade Henderson.”

If there is evidence of Limbaugh or any of his White-Wing cohorts in the media, in Congress, or in the dangerously leaderless, out-of-control Teabagging movement offering even the semblance of an apology for their hateful rhetoric, I am unaware of it. Just last week, on July 2, Limbaugh was in full, bouncing racist fervor. According to Media Matters

Rush stated that President Obama is “no different than Castro, in the sense that neither will be stopped by a governing document.” He also asserted that “[w]e are not a Third World country here, putting up shacks and huts like the president’s brother lives in.” And if that wasn’t bad enough, Rush “speculate[d]” that Michelle Obama did not attend the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s funeral because of her “authentic slave blood.”

Is anybody, other than a bunch of Dittoheads or his obedient followers in Congress, listening to this guy? As if we didn’t have history to remind us, racism rots the soul of a nation, and the upheaval in Congress has its roots in racism.

This is about so much more than destroying one man, or even one party. Americans — not just Democrats — must find the courage to shout “No! No! Hell No!” to the destruction planned for this republic. Unless we stand up, shake ourselves off, and dare to fight back, the evil glory of White-Wing Politics will devour us.

We have no choice. Because this ship is going down.

Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites. She can be reached at: rsamples@sirinet.net. Read other articles by Sheila, or visit Sheila's website.

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  1. Deadbeat said on July 5th, 2010 at 1:40pm #

    What a pity as I wanted to get something out of this article but unfortunately this analysis too simplistic and is sorely lacking. It fails to analyze how racism is used by the Democrats to corral the votes of people of color. The Clintons use of the race card in 2008 is what helped to catapult Obama to victory in the primaries. Understanding how race is used by BOTH parties is necessary in order to build a real anti-racist front that can pull support of people of color away from the Democrats.

    Also the “brown shirting” of the Tea Party misses that their original formation was a response to the $12 trillion bank bailout which the Left has yet to really organize around and provide some sought of civil disobedience response to it. It is the undeveloped political basis (the lack of a Marxist perspective) is why the Tea Party was able to be co-opted by the Right. And this development is an opportunity for the Liberals to sell lesser-evil Democrats once again.

  2. Sheila Samples said on July 5th, 2010 at 3:38pm #

    Sorry to disappoint you, Deadbeat. However, this article is about one thing — the hate and racism that is spewed daily by the professed — and accepted — leader of the Republican Party — Rush Limbaugh. The one or two Republicans who have slipped up and dared to disagree — not challenge — Limbaugh are forced to apologize publicly, lower their heads and take their places in line. Neither racism nor Rush Limbaugh should be allowed to be a force in our government; both are destructive.

    Your racist comments concerning “people of color” as a mindless block to be pulled left or right does not warrant a response.

  3. Don Hawkins said on July 5th, 2010 at 4:15pm #

    Rush Limbaugh is a mindless blubber mouth and from the look’s of things in November then 2012 more mindless blubber mouths even more than now and I guess the one good thing as you said this ship is going down. Stay on dry land and get some boot’s. “My fellow Americans people of Earth we are in deep…………………..”.

  4. Deadbeat said on July 5th, 2010 at 4:47pm #

    Ms. Samples writes …

    Your racist comments concerning “people of color” as a mindless block to be pulled left or right does not warrant a response.

    Firstly let’s cut to the chase about what racism is. Racism is not xenophobia, racism is not nationalism, racism is not even discrimination. What makes discrimination problematic is due to Capitalism because people must engage in the Capitalist labor market in order to survive and discrimination curtails one’s labor market participation. However unemployment equally has the same effect. Racism is the ideology of supremacy combined with power. The most powerful form of racism today in the United States and worldwide is Zionism.

    Simply labeling me a “racist” exposes your own abusive use of “racism” just like a Zionist who uses the word “anti-Semetism” — as an ad hominum.

    The fact of the matter is that your analysis is specious especially in the light of the way the Democrats has manipulated racism for their own goals. It was the Democrats that formed the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) to counter Jesse Jackson’s and progressives participation in the 1980′s. It was from this wing that birthed Bill Clinton and which Barack Obama now serves. The Democrats has played the race card for years using the strategy of lesser-evil in order to confine the black vote to it and it was the Clintons who played the race card during the 2008 primaries whereby Blacks then rallied behind Obama.

    In the 2008 election, blacks voted a whopping 95% for Obama while Hispanics voted 85% for Obama. It helped that he was running against Republican Arizona Senator John McCain as we now see Arizona enacting racist immigration laws. This certainly will helped Obama and the Democrats win over the Hispanic vote.

    The Left’s failure to provide an alternative to the Democrats is primarily why Blacks constantly vote for the Democrats even while the Democrats continue to support cuts to programs vital to the Black community.

    Ironically it was Leona Fulani who most vocally challenged Jesse Jackson’s bid in the 1980′s stating that his run would be reactionary. And she was right. However she was ridiculed by the Left and most recently in 2004 when Ralph Nader in his independent run for President approached her in New York for support.

    Rush Limbaugh has been on radio since the mid-1980. Yet he’s still on the air taking shit. But Limbaugh obviously service the Right wing agenda but he also serves the Liberal agenda as well. Liberals make millions writing books about him and the Liberals need Limbaugh to scare their constituency into maintaining the LESSER-EVIL context.

    Ms. Samples, the next time you think it’s OK to label me a “racist” you better f’n think TWICE.

  5. Deadbeat said on July 5th, 2010 at 4:54pm #

    Here’s the premise of my commentary that got me label by Ms. Samples as a “racist” yet goes unaddressed by her …

    Understanding how race is used by BOTH [political] parties is necessary in order to build a real anti-racist front that can pull support of people of color away from the Democrats.

  6. teafoe2 said on July 5th, 2010 at 5:36pm #

    I too found this article very disappointing. In fact I wonder why the DV editors found it worthy of publication. I’m tempted to ask “what’s the point”, so I just did.
    However I think I may have a slightly different take on the Tea Bag movement than that offered by the perspicacious Mr Deadbeat. I find myself in total agreement with his view of things so often that it may be best to try to find something to quibble over, if only to preserve a sense of separate identity;-)

    I agree that there is a genuine upsurge of dissatisfaction with the way things have been going in the country, but in my view the Tea Bag ideology, designated mealymouth “leaders”, organizational structure and core funding was all prepared in advance, put in place to be there ready to attract anyone moved to protest current realities but unable to escape thinking within the rhetorical parameters of the prevailing mythology. I mean all that Fourth of July crap about “Liberty”, “founding fathers”, “taking our country back”, etc etc.

    Which is a racist discourse. So I agree with Ms Samples’ characterization of Limbaugh, Beck, Palin & Associates. Where I disagree is with her failure to mention that all this rightwing racebaiting provides excellent cover for Obama, Geithner, Gertner & Petraeus as they proceed with their racist screw the poor and kill them ragheads policies at home and abroad.

    The thing that worries me the most about this Tea phenomenon is its resemblance to the early Nazi movement. Both were deemed worthy of support by wealthy strata of the respective societies, who felt/feel that however outlandish an image these groups displayed to the general public, the leaders were/are people who would/will stay within bounds acceptable to their “betters”. We know now that the German financial elite who chose to ditch the Weimar Republik in favor of Herr Schickelgruber’s fanatics made a big mistake. I believe there is a sizable slice of the US ruling class who are sufficiently racist, and sufficiently entranced by the propaganda version of reality served up by their own hired gunsels, that they might actually put Palin et al in charge of the store. Or Oliver North, or Carly Fiorina?

  7. Hue Longer said on July 5th, 2010 at 6:43pm #

    colored people? people of color? colored people? people of color?…push the flak button, DB! Do not admit to being a fuckwit! You rock!

  8. Hue Longer said on July 5th, 2010 at 7:12pm #

    hello Sheila,

    I wouldn’t put much stock in the play that has Dems cast as gutless–they are all playing their role and Dems unlike Repubs need to apologize when showing their “colors”.

  9. Deadbeat said on July 6th, 2010 at 3:45am #

    hue longer writes …

    colored people? people of color? colored people? people of color?…push the flak button, DB! Do not admit to being a fuckwit! You rock!

    Hue, I know you have a personal grudge towards my commentary and like the author in your inability to form a rational arguments labeled me a “Zionist”. I guess getting people like both you and the author upset means that I’m making my arguments count.

  10. Deadbeat said on July 6th, 2010 at 4:13am #

    Teafoe2 writes ..e.

    I find myself in total agreement with his view of things so often that it may be best to try to find something to quibble over, if only to preserve a sense of separate identity;-)

    LOL.

    I don’t necessarily disagree with your analysis of the Tea Party either. I can sense the nuance in your analysis which adds more complexity to the Tea Party than the simplistic “brown shirt” labeling. Petras recent article expresses similar nuances and I think this is important in order to understand the politics of dissatisfaction and alienation.

    What is disappointing is that a similar sense of outrage is largely missing from the Left. And what I’m more concerned about from Tea Party politics is opportunism by the Left to sell ‘lesser evilism’.

  11. Deadbeat said on July 6th, 2010 at 4:30am #

    Teafoe2 writes …

    The thing that worries me the most about this Tea phenomenon is its resemblance to the early Nazi movement. Both were deemed worthy of support by wealthy strata of the respective societies

    I guess here we can have some debate. I don’t see the Tea Party as a threat. I see Beck and Palin as the greater threats. In fact I recall the original founder of the Tea Party movement writing that the Tea Party has been co-opted.

    Since I had originally assumed that the Tea Party was a creation of Fox News my assumptions where along the same lines as yours but that was until I read Petras article which seems to be providing a more nuanced analysis.

    This it to be construed as an endorsement of the Tea Party but I think it’s too early and a bit unfair to “brown shirt” them. In addition in Hitler’s Germany the Left didn’t seem as weak and as corrupt as the Left today is in the U.S. In other words the Hilter’s Brown Shirts were necessary in order to suppress the Left. In the U.S. you have Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman so there’s really no need for “Brown Shirts”.

  12. Deadbeat said on July 6th, 2010 at 4:41am #

    The sentence above should read as follows …

    This is NOT to be construed as an endorsement of the Tea Party but I think it’s too early and a bit unfair to “brown shirt” them.

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain said on July 6th, 2010 at 5:55am #

    We see the same phenomenon in Australia where the Rightwing hatemongers,on talk-back radio and in the print media, fall back on inciting race hatred as a reflexive move,intended to garner political support and votes for the Right. Race hatred here is principally directed at Aborigines, the remnants of the indigenous inhabitants who survived the genocidal occupation of the country by English colonists, and who became a greater threat to the country’s real rulers when they gained some vestigial land rights in the 1990s.
    Race hatred is, however,only one of the hatreds that the Rightwing media provoke and cultivate. They also never cease to preach a virulent Islamophobia, all manner of xenophobias, tinged, inescapably, with racism, directed at refugees,non-Western immigrants and ‘multi-culturalism’ and class hatred. Unionists are always demonised and abused as ‘the enemy within’, with the exception of Rightwing unionists, who have collaborated with the bosses for decades, and whose roots in Roman Catholic anti-Communism are well known. These Rightwing scab unionists are the central controlling force in the so-called ‘Labor’ Party, and have added rabid Zionism (so useful to garner political contributions),and unctuous sycophancy to the US and support for its neo-imperial genocides, to their Vatican ordained social atavism,misogyny,homophobia and intolerance.
    In short we have a ‘free press’ that expends much of its energy preaching hatred and asserting a crude Manichean worldview, where the US, Israel and market capitalism and its plutocratic beneficiaries are the perfection of goodness, and most of the rest of humanity the spawn of the devil. Elections are vast carnivals of lying,false promises and invitations to join in group hate sessions. The votes of the very worst amongst us, the most vicious, the most stupid, the most ignorant,have just as much weight as their opposites.Indeed decades of relentless media brainwashing have instilled such reflex habits of disdain, contempt, fear and hatred for so many others, in the hearts of the worst strata of the public, that many people vote against their own economic and social interest, but in the hope that a regressive, repressive regime will kick the tripe out of all those that they have been taught to hate. Need I point out that a public brought up on hatred, fear and paranoia is a dangerous, unstable beast,particularly in an age of economic collapse. But this is emphatically what our masters have set out to create.

  14. teafoe2 said on July 6th, 2010 at 2:23pm #

    Deadbeat, this is one time I don’t totally agree with Petras. The second time in about five years.

    I read his article when he listmailed it. At the time I tended to accept it, but since Glen Ford et al had vehemently offered a different analysis I decided to reserve judgment until I had more knowledge of the subject.

    So eventually I did some googling of the history/origins of the T-party phenomenon. Also of the demographics.

    I had assumed that the movement had a lot of blue-collar roots, but it turns out that the bulk of TPers are college grads, as well as White, over 45, male, and well above the median in terms of income and assets.

    Some organizers of early events under the TP label had no visible ties to national rightwingers, but the earliest events of what became the organized Tea Party were launched as protests against Obama’s stimulus bill, which was labelled the “porkulus” bill by Limbaugh & pals. So the prints of the usual fascistoids are all over the TP thing. Who knows how that woman in Seattle came up with “Tea Party”, but once she pulled off her first event, the national far-right media & politician element jumped all over it.

    So to me, the “grassroots” image is just that, an image. One projected by the national far-right media, and echoed by the MSM. To me it all looks like a top-down typical far-right scam. Right out of the Richard Mellon Scaife playbook, racism to the nth plus hatred of poor people. So yes, I’m sorry but I have to differ from Dr Petras this one time. With trepidation, since basically I regard myself as his pupil.

    Wikipedia often shows a lot of bias, but I found it informative on this. Out of the plethora of Google listings it gave a pretty handy overview. I guess I should add that I didn’t really follow the TP thing when it first came out, being preoccupied with international developments as well as my personal logistics, computer hassles etc. Fortunately the whole story is on record due to all the media coverage.

  15. Deadbeat said on July 7th, 2010 at 3:05am #

    Thanks teafoe2 for your perspectives. I think the Wikipedia offering provides good background. Here’s the link for others who are interested …

    Tea Party Movement

    I think the TP is more “Libertarian” in its formation and not White Nationalists as Glen Ford portrays them to be. I’m suspicious of extreme depiction of the TP especially by the Liberal/Left. Founders of the TP are on record that the TP is being “astroturfed” by the Republicans. I also agree that the TP political bent make it fertile ground for the Republicans.

    But Libertarians are suspicious of Republicans so I think the fear of the TP by the Left is extremely overblown. I think the TP must be watched carefully and that vigilance and building a radical alternative is the best response.