If you haven’t read the outstanding rant by Charles M. Blow, please click over there as soon as possible and read it. There are many things for which I am thankful this season, and the editorial opinions of Mr. Blow are among them. However, there are several things for which I am definitely NOT thankful.
I am not the least bit thankful that the Executive Office is going to be host to rubbish like Steve Bannon and his ilk. There is no “normalizing” Nazis. There is no way to white-wash over the anti-Semitic, racist, and corporatist ideology which moves him. These people aren’t conservative, and definitely aren’t Conservative. Nothing about them reminds any sentient being of William Buckley or even Lewis Powell. They aren’t populist or even Populist. They aren’t anything like Mary Elizabeth Lease or William Jennings Bryan. To label them “populist” is a measure of the lack of historic knowledge imparted to or retained by our journalists and political writers. Honest Conservatives were worried Bannon would bring this collection of misfits and simpletons into the White House. They were correct. No sooner did the Trumpster move toward the Oval Office than the neo-Nazi were in full Heil Trump form.
I am not thankful for any suggestion that there’s even a remote way of legitimizing “registries” for members of minority groups. When Trumpster spokesperson Carl Higbie suggested that the internment of Japanese Americans set a “precedent” for the registry of Muslim Americans, alarm bells should have gone off all over the country. This country, in one of its worst moments, rounded up approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans along the west coast and herded them into internment camps. They sold their homes, their businesses, their farms, mostly at a fraction of their value. And, now we have Chris Kobach inches from the Trumpster’s ear calling for a repetition of the failed NSEERS program to register Muslims in America.
“The program was considered a failure, both within the Bush administration and by outside experts. By the time the Bush administration ended the domestic registration portion of the program in December 2003, it had registered nearly 100,000 men and led to the deportation of nearly 14,000 ― many of them for overstaying visas or ignoring previous deportation orders. It did not lead to a single terrorism charge against any individuals.” [HuffPo]
That’s correct: 100,000 registrations; 14,000 deportations, and not a single terrorism charge against any individual.
I am not thankful that anyone near the White House should spout such nonsense as “I don’t know any woman who can’t afford birth control.” “Just Google it.” If that weren’t enough, there’s Wayne Allen Root, Trump supporter extraordinaire, who thinks any woman who seeks public assistance, food assistance, or gets free or inexpensive contraceptives should be struck from the voter rolls. [RWW] This level of misogyny and sexism is long out of date, and way beyond the pale. I am thoroughly tired of the blatantly mischaracterized attacks on Planned Parenthood. They are manufactured out of heavily edited, purposefully misleading, and dubiously sourced material – whole cloth as it were. I am not the least bit thankful for that.
No, I’ll continue to call neo-Nazi’s Neo Nazis. I’ll call sexists Sexists. I’ll call racists Racists. Remember when the Right was so sensitive to politically correct speech? Let’s be politically accurate – a Nazi is a Nazi; a Sexist is a Sexist, and an Anti-Semite is an Anti-Semite.
No matter how much “nuance” the editors and publishers may want to cover over those matters with some tasteless seasonal canned gravy.