Rex Nutting poses the question for Marketwatch:
Whenever America faces her toughest challenges, you can always count on the right to be there.
Sowing hate, stoking fear.
So it’s no surprise that in the midst of a great economic catastrophe, the right would search for scapegoats instead of answers.
And so we have the fabricated crisis of the “Mosque at Ground Zero.”
Leave aside the fact that it’s not a mosque and it’s not at Ground Zero. This is really about hate and fear, the right’s old friends.
For the last 45 years, at least, no matter who the Republican candidate has been, hate and fear were really at the top of the ticket.
Recall that in 1968, Richard Nixon won the presidency by stoking fear of Negroes and hippies. The vaunted Southern Strategy of the Republican Party was at its core a campaign of fear. What a ride it’s had.
It’s no longer fashionable to be officially afraid of blacks, but there is no shortage of substitutes.
Who is the right afraid of now?
- Muslims. They want to fly airplanes into our homes.
- Immigrants. They want to steal our jobs, go on welfare, have babies, and talk behind our backs in Spanish.
- Foreigners. All the poor ones want to come to America (see above), and all the rich ones want the U.S. Navy to protect them.
- Gays. They want to destroy our families by getting married.
- Women. They want to be the boss at work and they want us to change the diapers at home.
- Everyone on the Coasts, except San Diego and the Old Confederacy. They look down their noses at regular folk in the heartland.
- The Federal Reserve. They stick it to the little guy…
[continues at Marketwatch]