About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel. It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. … As with other forms of dementia, the signs weren’t obvious at first. After the 2008 election, when former House majority leader Tom DeLay suggested that instead of a formal inauguration, Barack Obama should “have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million,” black folks didn’t miss the implication. […] – White America Has Lost Its Mind
Actually, we’re talking about right-wing white America, with the distinction the whole ballgame. Because anyone not thinking there are real, substantive beefs with Pres. Obama and the Democrats just hasn’t been paying attention.
I’ll start with the caption below the Andrew Breitbart photo: “Dear White People: Please stop believing a word this pus-bucket, Breitbart, utters.”
The only trouble is that when Shirley Sherrod was fired it was because the White House bought into Breitbart, but also Fox News.
Shorter Village Voice today: these crackers are cr-razy, and it’s all because of the new black president. Otherwise known as, It’s the racism, stupid.
Now, I don’t doubt for a second there is racism among right-wing Republicans. After all, white racist southern Democrats founded the Republican south when the Civil Rights Act passed, which Lyndon Johnson foretold. However, when you listen to Independents, as well as other conservative Tea Party activists, their anger is more than skin deep.
Pres. Obama simply no longer represents what candidate Obama did to non-Dems & non-loyalists, and these people are mad, feeling duped and want payback. Nothing will likely change this feeling, not even the economy ticking back up. Many of the Obama non-Dems in 2008 are now lost to him, and it’s not because he’s a brother.
Steven Thrasher’s Village Voice piece today is laugh out loud hilarious at times. The foundation of it is, however, not simply white folks are nervous, but that far right Republicans finally came unglued at the marginalization of all that they’d worked so hard to establish, going back to Reagan, which is why they’re reaching for him so desperately again. Their defeat in 2008, which came at the hands of a conservative Chameleon, John McCain, was too much for them to take. They knew they’d just experienced a political death, but also that the GOP establishment wasn’t going to get them out of it. So, they hitched their message on to the closest wagon: Sarah Palin.
The rest is history and has morphed into chaos politics 2010.