The white supremacist Republican Party doesn’t recognise slavery. Hey, that is critical race theory! The warped and distorted truth according to the GOP exists in another dimension entirely from the rest of the world. Nikki Hayley don’t mention the Civil War. The Trumpist GOP marches to the beat of an election denying and coup trying demagogue. A compulsive liar who has spun so many mistruths he is a deflecting destroyer of democracy. The loathsome racist past of America is emerging from the shadows to once again dance on the graves of its many victims. Wilmington, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the decades of lynchings in the South. Memories of the time before!
The Civil War & The GOP Southern Strategy
Some political commentators say that the Civil War never really ended and that the fight for America has continued. Republicans have attempted to hide their embrace of southern racism and apartheid by banging on about state rights. However, the Southern Strategy was very real and that beacon of integrity, Richard Nixon, kicked it off. Selling your soul for political advantage was not invented by Americans but it sure has defined their recent political history. Historians like Cox Richardson tell us that the South really won the Civil War because of what it got away with in the Reconstruction. Chattel slavery merely morphed into peonage slavery. Blacks were locked up under the Black Codes and worked under debt arrangements, often, till their death from mistreatment. Apartheid flourished all over America for a century or more. It still widely exists in the north in schools, where whites don’t want their kids sharing their education with African Americans. The 21C and still racism flourishes in America.
God Bless America Nikki Hayley
Americans love to believe in fictions. The fiction that God loves America is particularly virulent. If God so loves America, why do Americans need to carry so many guns. They spend more than a trillion dollars a year on national security. It seems they have embraced the Judeo Christian mindset right down to the paranoia so prevalent in the Old Testament. Wacko prophets spouting siege mentality BS born of this Jewish cult with delusions of grandeur. Judea was a backwater during the times of the Assyrian and Egyptian empires. The bible as a text holds great appeal for those with a victim mentality. The Promised Land and the Chosen People are the dreams of refugees. It is interesting that the Christian Nationalists cannot see the parallels with the many illegal immigrants on their borders wishing for a better life. The GOP authoritarians paint this as a major issue to sow fear into middle class white America.
They Are Coming To Take It Away!
Someone is coming for your land and your property. Someone is always coming to take it away, according to fear mongering political stratagems. Conservative parties engender anxiety in ‘the haves’ regarding ‘the have nots’ potentially threatening their wealth and privilege. Ever since the end of the Civil War and the Fourteenth Amendment granted rights to African Americans politicians in America have been dog whistling about race. Warning white voters that any largesse shown to blacks would cost them from their own hip pockets. Every time slavery was abolished anywhere in the world it is slave owners who were economically reimbursed but never the former slaves. Property rights gazumped human rights every time. Americans like to pat themselves on the back for ending slavery but they have never repaired the economic damage to those enslaved. They have never willingly evened the playing field between blacks and whites. White supremacists have actively ensured the ongoing neglect and inopportunity presented to African Americans across the land.
“Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley declined to specify that slavery was a cause of the civil war on Wednesday, wading into an area of history that continues to reverberate and in some ways define US politics nearly 160 years after it concluded.”
This has morphed into rabid anti-government feeling in the US. A shared belief that the government in Washington DC has intentions upon the private wealth of citizens. The radical Trumpist GOP fosters these beliefs and intimates it has anarchical plans to defund the IRS and big government. The paranoid ambience of this gun toting section of the population is ripe for all sorts of BS about Liberal leftists and socialists. The poppycock that these folk believe is frightening in their very gullibility to eat up this crap. Fox News desecrates journalism every minute of the day. Rupert Murdoch should be prosecuted for polluting the truthosphere. Trump grifts off these delusions raising millions of dollars for his various campaigns and for his private embellishment.
Will the US Supreme Court hold Trump accountable for his crimes against the Constitution? How can you have a Presidential candidate running for office who claims that he was electorally cheated out of office by voter fraud? Numerous investigations by both public and private bodies have found no evidence for these claims. The Big Lie is just that. In what universe can you allow a candidate who serially questions the integrity of the electoral system to run for office? It makes no sense on any measure. In addition, there is evidence that Trump attempted to pervert the course of justice in his multiple attempts to gain votes via fake elector schemes. The pot calling the kettle black, even a white supremacist can do this in the United States, it seems.
Trump is clearly an insurrectionist following his January 6th call for his supporters to take over the Capital following his election defeat to Joe Biden. That he still has not been punished for this is a judicial disgrace. Hundreds of foot soldiers have been prosecuted and locked up. Wealth and power in the US affords a different kind of justice, it seems. If the wheels turned any slower they would be going in reverse. Jack Smith is beginning to look like one of those biblical prophets himself with beard and blazing eyes. Taking on the whole of ugly white America and its entitled cult hero puts him into the superhero category. I wonder whether Marvel will come knocking or is just too real for American tastes?
Nikki Hayley don’t mention the Civil War. The GOP candidates are a collection of the weird and wonderful. The political game is a strange one. Only Chris Christie, the man with two first names, will openly criticize Trump. The others are hoping and wishing that the many indictments will render Trump void in time for their own resurrection from obscurity and electoral irrelevance. In the meantime, just don’t mention slavery and other non-white stuff. White people are feeling less privileged and their thin skin is pink with righteous rage. White men are taking back their sense of entitlement over women and the other races. Reproductive rights are a male entitlement in the South. The GOP is championing their cause for more privilege. Just don’t mention the Civil War, Nikki Hayley.
Robert Sudha Hamilton is the author of Money Matters: Navigating Credit, Debt, and Financial Freedom.