When will this nonsense end?
The hypocrisy of it all is getting to be to much to bare. Many in the Republican Party have gone so far to the right that it is just insane. For decades they made the word liberal seem taboo. Not too long ago the GOP professed to be the party of family values, the party of law and order. Of course it was self professed no one else actually believed they were those things. How could they be when everything they did was was contrary to those values.
They love to cite the fact the Abraham Lincoln was a republican, that it was the Republican Party that “freed the slaves.”
In theory they are right. But the so-called Republicans Party, were hitherto known as the Dixiecrats. They were once a part of the very racist Democratic Party, the party that had advocated for slavery and upheld the so-called Jim Crow Laws.
SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMMRROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER
The two Parties started shifting ideologies following Theodore Roosevelt’s loss to William Howard Taft in the 1912 Republican Party presidential primaries. Roosevelt and his followers broke off from the Republican party to form the Bull Moose Party. Wisconsin senator Robert M. La Follette also launched a presidential bid under the Progressive Party in 1924 after both the Republican Party and Democratic Party nominated conservative candidates. A period of realignment commenced following the onset of the Great Depression, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt constructed the successful New Deal coalition. Over the ensuing decades, Roosevelt’s Democrats embraced several tenets of modern American liberalism, while the Republican Party tended to favor conservatism.
The transition into what we see as today’s Democratic Party became cemented in 1948, when Harry Truman introduced a pro-civil rights platform and, in response, many Democrats walked out and formed the Dixiecrats. Most rejoined the Democrats over the next decade, but in the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. The civil rights movement had also deepened existing racial tensions in much of the Southern United States, and Republican politicians developed strategies that successfully contributed to the political realignment of many white, conservative voters in the South who had traditionally supported the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party. These approaches are known as the Southern strategy. Anti-civil rights members left the Democratic Party in droves, and Senator Strom Thurmond, the Dixiecrats’ presidential candidate from 1948, joined the Republican Party.
Racism and Xenophobia
The racism and xenophobia, while much more covert, continued throughout Ronald Regan’s presidency. Then there was a brief period of enlightenment during the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s. I say enlightenment because that is a word that seems to be acceptable, in actuality it is a period of wokeness. Society started to slowly become more inclusive and people of color began to make some gains.
Suddenly a fear was rekindled and the so-called supreme race started feeling threatened again. It started to get real ugly when Senator Barrack Obama had the Audacity to run for president.
Sarah Palin, the then Governor of Alaska was selected by Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain. She began her run for Vice President much like Trump did on a position of division and hatred, using code words like “Take Back Our Country”. She never stated who she wanted to take it back from, but we knew, and when I say we I mean most people of color knew what she was insinuating. Palin’s outrageous, and often veiled racist remarks may have been one reason for McCain’s loss. But her chants and way of thinking gave birth to the short lived Tea Party movement.
Senator Barrack H. Obama went on to win two consecutive terms as President, becoming the first African American President of the United States.
That ugly rhetoric prompted another campaign with the same school of thought, “taking back our country”, by none other than Donald J. Trump. Always an opportunist, Trump seized the fervor and rancor ignited by Palin, and began stating that President Obama was not a US citizen. He began a movement that was quickly seized on by White Supremacist and other haters. This movement became known as the Birther Movement. It was from this hate filled platform that Trump lunched his political life.
On the escalator of his Trump Tower, on June 16, 2015 Donald J. Trump lunches his campaign for the US Presidency. As he makes his announcement to the world his does so by using language that will frame his presidency. Trump stated, in part,
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best, They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump and his way of thinking has given rise to a new generation of hate mongers. This dangerous group of people have infiltrated the US Congress, both Houses, and continues to perpetuate division.
I will not name them but they are in the news almost on a daily basis spewing the same nonsense.
So after attacking the concept of woke and turning it into something evil, as they did with the word liberal, they continue to feign morality. They claim to be pro life, but will not protect the children that are being slaughtered weekly in the many school shootings that continue (since the first one in 1999), to take place in this country. They would rather fight for the right to bare arms then to fight for the right to safeguard children.
They would rather assert energy fighting against love by feigning morality. They say it is obscene for two men or two women that love one another to express that openly. But do not see anything wrong with allowing children to play violent video games, watch violence, gory violence on cartoons, television or in movies. Sex is taboo but violence is OK. Sex is how life is created, violence is how life is ended.
Insane In The-Membrane
If the definition of woke is: aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues
and many Republicans are fighting against this concept, the concept of woke. They, in essence are saying that they want everyone to be asleep, or un-awoke, which is when the body is not active and the mind is unconscious. Personally, I’d rather be woke while I work, then to be in a state of Sonámbulo (look it up).
This to me makes no sense at all. In the words of the Latino Hip Hop Legends, Cypress Hills, I think this is totally Insane In The-Membrane.