When Vice President Henry A. Wallace wrote that famous 1944 New York Times article warning about the dangers of American Fascism, he clearly could not have known just how prophetically he was describing the modern Republicans Party.
Wallace warned, “They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”
Yes, keeping the common man in eternal subjugation is the only conservatives get out of bed in the morning – a plan that cannot come to fruition unless “we the people” remain divided – especially along racial lines.
With ZERO Evidence, Right-Wingers “Cultivate Fissures of Disunity” and Smear Black Lives Matter
When members of the so-called “Alt-Right” Neo-Nazis see their opportunity to cultivate racial discord, they quickly get to work. This time, spreading the lie that the horrific kidnapping and torture of a mentally-challenged young man was perpetrated by “Black Lives Matter supporters.”
Wallace warned us of this when he wrote, “The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.”
In true, fascist form, right-wing propagandists labeled this crime the “BLM Kidnapping,” despite the fact that there is not a shred of evidence that any member of “Black Lives Matter” was involved in the act or condoned it after the fact.
So how did we get from a sickening but isolated criminal event to an indictment of Black Lives Matter? It appears this campaign of disinformation began with none other than Mike Cernovich, the nootropic-popping mouthbreather who was recently exposed as a “massive cuck” by his own alt-right brethren. His blog post does nothing to source claims that the attackers were in any way associated with Black Lives Matter. (The post also asks readers to help fund “honest journalism” through Cernovich’s Patreon page.)
Following his lead were the likes of Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson, YouTuber Sargon of Akkad, internet dickhead Richard Spencer, and Stefan Molyneux—I’m still not totally sure what Molyneux does or why his smirking avatar keeps popping up every time large crowds gather online to parrot demonstrably false bullshit. With more than 850,000 followers combined, the message reached those who wanted to buy into it in the first place, and any sensible request for proof was drowned out by sycophants referring to BLM as a “terrorist group.”
Buzzfeed News Reporter, Tasneem Nashrulla reiterated that the kidnapping has absolutely no connection to BLM.
“The Chicago Police Department told BuzzFeed News Thursday that they could not confirm if the kidnapping video was tied to any organization.
…Despite the present lack of evidence tying the four unidentified suspects to the Black Lives Matter movement, white nationalists such as Richard Spencer continued to use the #BLMKidnapping hashtag.”
It’s about CLASS – that’s why Conservatives Make it about RACE
How do you prevent working people from banding together and demanding their rightful seat at the table of power? Divide and conquer, of course!
Conservatism is – and always has been – an ideology that works to empower the elite few at the expense of the exploitable many. They can’t come right out and admit that, so they cultivate racial division among working people.
Make no mistake, George Wallace’s famous cry of “segregation n now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” was as much an economic call as it is a social one.
The Conservative elite knows that if the day ever comes when working people understand that the fight is about class not race, then that is the day they lose their greedy grip around power.
A Truth and Reconciliation Conversation Could Help Heal “We the People”
In 1995, the South African government established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to help bring the country together, and heal the wounds that occurred during the nation’s apartheid period. “Its emphasis was on gathering evidence and uncovering information—from both victims and perpetrators—and not on prosecuting individuals for past crimes.” There would have been no way for South Africa to move forward without confronting the uncomfortable truths about its history.
The United States needs a similar commission. Conservatives lose their minds when anyone dare challenge their cartoonish, childish, view of America,
For example, during a Q&A following his speech at Liberty University, Bernie Sanders said “I would also say that as a nation, the truth is, that a nation which in many ways was created, and I’m sorry to have to say this, from way back on racist principles, that’s a fact.We have come a long way as a nation.” Though 100% true, conservatives refused to even entertain the notion.
Conservatives can’t allow the American people to unify by finally having that heart-to-heart conversation about race and the racism that literally built this country. Be it Colin Kaepernick‘s protest of kneeling for the National Anthem, or the Black Lives Matter movement, right wingers must denigrate anyone might spark a mature conversation about race – and especially those who make the connection that the real issues are economic.
Shirley Sherrod is a case in point. In 2010, Sherrod was the target of a right-wing smear, in which the now-deceased, lying right-wing propagandist, Andrew Breitbart, deceptively edited a video of Sherrod speaking to members of the NAACP at a banquet in Georgia.
The SPLC describes, “the tape presented by Breitbart, who was furious about the NAACP’s recent criticism of racism within the ranks of the Tea Parties, left out the crucial conclusion of what was really Sherrod’s tale of redemption — that in the course of the 1986 case she was discussing, she came to realize that ‘the struggle is really about poor people,” and that her anti-white feelings were wrong. She said the case changed her entire outlook.'”
To the right-wing, Sherrod committed an offense they could not leave unchallenged. Namely, she told everyone that the struggle is about economics – not race. In other words, she told everyone the truth.
The white working class and the black working class have more in common with each other than they do with the Donald Trumps of the world who tell the working class dupes to nurse their bigotry like babies suckling their binkies.
This is why we will never catch the CON leadership challenging their supporters to embrace the better aspects of the human condition – like fellowship, community and the red white and blue American notion that we’re all in this together.
This really is fundamentally a debate not only about who we are as Americans but what type of civilization we want to create. We must decide: do we honestly confront the truths of American history and the repercussions of bigotry that reverberate into the present… do we want to help cultivate a society that flourishes for all its people – or do we want to be Republican?
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