Is There Anyone The Right Doesn’t Hate?

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]


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24 Comments on "Is There Anyone The Right Doesn’t Hate?"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm |

    A sad, sad portrait of self-loathing people consumed with fears of their own inadequacy turned outward against the very folks whom they should be relying upon for help. You'd want to extend a helping gesture to these Tea Partiers–just mind you don't get your fingers bitten off.

    • Hadrian999 | Aug 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm |

      but can you blame the people who is it to control them,
      history has shown it's a sure thing. the list did make me laugh, the one about the federal reserve
      if the right was so worried about the little guy why are they always taking their orders from the big guy.
      well that works for both parties

  2. Any time I see a story (or even a comment) that goes something like “If only the Right Wingers…” or “It's those Left Wingers who don't…” I pretty much know that the article is going to have major defects.

    The problem isn't the Right wing or the Left wing, it's both.

    Blaming the “idiot” across the aisle, across the street, or across the country is worse than useless, it's counterproductive.

    The real enemies of peace control BOTH sides of the conflict.

    The real enemies of abundance profit from both productivity and poverty.

    The real enemies of understanding control information and foster ignorance.

    • Accurate…and well spoken!

    • Liam_McGonagle | Aug 19, 2010 at 11:07 am |

      Sorry, as well intentioned as your comments are, they draw a false equivalency between the spinelessness of some traditional dems and the hate mongering right, which has now become all but completely identified with 'mainstream' Republicansim. Read the stuff I posed separately a few minutes ago.

  3. Earbudcontender | Aug 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm |

    someone needs to show us what is evil and wrong…. And they do a good job of it.

    • Connie Dobbs | Aug 19, 2010 at 8:21 am |

      Yes they do. Except that they're showing us that they're the ones evil and wrong…

    • Connie Dobbs | Aug 19, 2010 at 8:21 am |

      Yes they do. Except that they're showing us that they're the ones evil and wrong…

  4. Earbudcontender | Aug 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm |

    They don't seem to attack porn either I don't get it.

    • They did attack porn once and it backfired.

      Nixon did a war on porn and sent someone out to find a porn movie to prosecute. The person picked, “Deep Throat” for no particular reason. It got all over the news that the Feds were prosecuting “Deep Throat”. This made everyone in the country want to watch “Deep Throat” so they can see what could possibly be on film that's worth prosecuting. The movie turned out to be a spoof on old porn films, the kind disguised as an educational film.

      Later the title of the movie “Deep Throat” was adopted by the Nixon people for their own use.

  5. Immigrants. They want to steal our jobs, go on welfare, have babies, and talk behind our backs in Spanish.

    Maybe if you would have put “Illegal” before “Immigrants”, that statement might be somewhat correct. I hate stereotypes, but damn it, I cant help if a lot are true. This article also continues the whole finger pointing. Its like being a kid and your sibling starts something and you both just keep saying, “Did not!”, “Did too!”. Damnit, get rid of the party system for gods sake! It doesnt work and it gets us nowhere!

  6. Vox Penii | Aug 19, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    “Appeal to ridicule, also called appeal to mockery, the Horse Laugh, or reductio ad ridiculum (Latin: “reduction to the ridiculous”), is a logical fallacy which presents the opponent's argument in a way that appears ridiculous, often to the extent of creating a straw man of the actual argument, rather than addressing the argument itself”

    By mocking “the right,” (however that term is defined) you fail to take their arguments seriously, giving smirking summaries of why “the right” supposedly “hates” various groups and dodging more complex issues. .

    “*Muslims. They want to fly airplanes into our homes.” Muslims DID fly airplanes into THREE buildings, killing thousands of Americans. Do they represent ALL Muslims? No. But it's naive to pretend that SOME Muslims don't want to kill each and every American they can. “This battle is a decisive battle between atheism and faith,” said Al Qaida spokesman Abu Ghaith.

    “* Immigrants. They want to steal our jobs, go on welfare, have babies, and talk behind our backs in Spanish.” Again, you're disingenuously conflating concern over ILLEGAL immigration with LEGAL immigration.

    “* 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.” Thousands of Americans opened their homes to the Boat People of the 1970s who were fleeing Communist brutality in Vietnam and Cambodia … including several Reagan-voting Mormons in my hometown when I was a kid in the late 1970s and early '80s.

    “* Gays. They want to destroy our families by getting married.” Not all right-wingers are religious or opposed to gay marriage. Again, you're overgeneralizing. And it's Castro in Cuba who forced homosexuals to live in concentration camps:

    And so on and so on.

    The hard truth is that leftists are responsible for most of the large-scale brutality of the 20th Century. Lenin? Leftist. Trotsky? Leftist. Stalin? Leftist. Hitler? Leftist. Mussolini? Leftist. Pol Pot? Leftist.Ho Chi Minh? Leftist.Castro? Leftist.

    Yes, Hitler and Mussolini were leftists. 'during the 1920s “progressives” in the United States and Britain recognized the kinship of their ideas with those of Mussolini, who was widely lionized by the left.'

    • Liam_McGonagle | Aug 19, 2010 at 11:09 am |

      Yeah, Lenin, Castro . . . Hell, if you have to go outside of America to dig up instances of left wing intolerance, I take that as high praise indeed for the American left! Get real, people don't fall for that phony bolonga any more.

    • A Bad Joke | Aug 19, 2010 at 11:57 am |

      Yes, us liberals can be dangerous. But the right is more insidious, invading our homes one fear and hate filled speech at a time. Every time one opens their mouths, the spector of TERRORISM ZOMG is brought up. If its not 9/11 ZOMG then its mexicans ZOMG. If its not mexicans, its gay marriage ZOMG.

      I have a solution for these “Republicans” but bullets cost money.

    • Mom?

    • Hitler and Mussolini are on the left only if you define everything that's not laissez faire capitalism as leftist. This is not only a one-dimensional view, it is what psychologists call “splitting.” The two-dimensional Political Compass is much more descriptive, nuanced, and accurate. Putting Hitler on the same side as Gandhi and claiming that's informative is, frankly, stupid.

    • “* Gays”— “Thanks to 'leftism'…that isn't allowed here…but the only voices calling for it are on the right.
      “* Foreigners”—apparently the only acceptable poor foreign people are those fleeing left wing dictators…we ship the victims of right wing dictators back to the murderers we supported and funded.
      “*Immigrants”—despite efforts from moderate republicans and democrats alike to rebuild immigration policy to effect a reduction in illegal traffic…the extreme right fringe of the GOP has blocked every effort to date. They don't want legal OR illegal immigrants…it is a race issue, not a legal status issue, or they would have joined with Bush when he pushed for reform.
      *”Muslims”—a fraction of a fraction of the near billion and a half Muslims in the world are part of an anti-Western fringe, largely funded by our “allies” in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, frustrated by a complete unwillingness by the US to moderate its intrusion in regional affairs and its use of bribery, coercion and other illicit means such as coups and assassinations to open markets for business and maintain political hegemony. If they could get results by talking, they would have by now…the amazing part is that 99.99% of Muslims are still sane, peaceful and primarily concerned with having a normal life. If we applied the logic of right wing pundits to the Southern Baptist Army of God, we'd be arresting Baptists based on belonging to a similar church or donating to Baptist charities, and refusing to allow new Baptist churches to be built because a fraction of a percent are engaged in acts of terrorism, murder, assault, conspiracy and fraud. It would be wrong to do this to any one other than the actual Baptists who are involved in crimes…just as its wrong to treat 1.4 billion people as if they are all members of a tiny fringe group that employed violence against civilians.

      The right…especially the neo-con agendists and revisionists who have destroyed conservatism as we know it, use deliberate lies and manipulations to prop up a state of hysteria where none belongs…because if people weren't frightened and enraged by trivia…they'd notice that the party platform is “free loot and no laws for corporations and billionaires”…which no one would support. Fear sells…suckers buy.

      and you omitted some very stodgy conservatives from your list of murderers …Marcos, Noriega, Pinochet, Saddam and many many more…all big fans of free markets and dead political enemies. You can have Hitler and Mussolini back as well…fascism was the darling of the American right and corporate interests…as a means to quell disruptive forces like labor movements through nationalistic fervor and top-down executive authority. However much Beck and revisionists of his ilk tell you that the left is the sole source of evil, the truth is that the moneymakers and power brokers aren't plotting socialist subversion…they're planning corporate feudalism…always have, and always will. As foul and repugnant as some of the left-leaning experiments in government have been…only one force has freed people from slavery, granted rights where none existed before, pushed for education and for legal equality of human beings, championed women and non-Caucasians as human beings of equal worth etc etc etc…

      …Liberals. Because progressing upward from feudalism and monarchy and serfdom has been the thrust of the last thousand years…one small step at a time, with plenty of falls along the way…and the only people standing against that progress were those who gained from the inequities of the past…the stodgy conservatives, veiling their naked self interest in patriotism, nationalism and other various clothes…always for the same purpose…to cling to the control over the lives of others, and the wealth and comfort gained at the expense of others.

      And with time, bloodshed and suffering…the progressives eventually won on every issue. You can cheer for the morally bankrupt and intellectually deficient losing side all you want…but since the dawn of the Enlightenment they have been dinosaurs…just killing time before going extinct.

    • Well, the Christians actually started the wars with the Muslems that led to them flying planes into those buildings in New York Oh about a thousand years ago when they attacked Muslims in Jerusalem.

      The Christians continued their attacks on Muslims in this century by once again ripping away land that belonged to the Muslems and giving it to the Jews following WWII.

      The Christians largely funded the efforts of Hitler during WWII.

      And most of those in the right wing are these same Christians. Glen Beck could make a drinking game out of the number of times he says “God” during his programs.

      And If the right wing gets back in power they will be pushing to take away rights from the rest of us that have reason to believe differently from the Christians because every major piece of evidence out there says the Christian faith is founded upon pure bs.

    • And again…you quote Sowell…which is like taking a dump in the public pool. You're already on the fail-wagon…you don't need a rocket booster.

      But more importantly…I have to admit I'm jealous because you came up with a name that I totally would have loved to use. It is deeply embittering that I didn't think of that first. Damn you!

  7. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 19, 2010 at 11:02 am |

    Sorry, but I have to stand up for principle and perspective hear: The Right Wing Clearly is Feeding This Hatred.

    Let's not defeat ourselves with a phony equivalency. The right wingers like Dick Cheney love when that stuff happens. They've learned to use the Left's strengths against it. Because, on average, the typical left winger is better educated and more thoughtful, they are better able to draw forth the potential consequences of a series of hypothetical actions. Right wingers tend to live in a real much more characterised by a gritty Realpolitik.

    Children of mixed marriages, be they racial black/white, or political like a nationalist/unionist match in the North of Ireland, or religious like Hindi/Muslim in India will usually understand this better. They have had the practical experience of negotiating a complex and volatile set of relationships between cultural communities with historic antagonisms and deep, deep power asymetries. They may understand the perspective and values of each parent's “side”, but they will NEVER see them as equally culpable.

    Instead, if they are lucky, and have space and nutrurence to grow, they will come to understand the MOTIVATIONS of both sides equally–not that they have equal culpability. They will understand that aggressive, hate-mongering subcultures are the result of desparation and fear. Maybe as a result they will even feel a type of paradoxical identify or sympathy for them. But NEVER will they believe that hatred and race or religious intolerance are acceptable.

    I will NEVER be convinced that Harry Reid's waffling about whether the NY mosque is “wise” vs. “legal” is the moral equivalent of Sarah Palin's hateful remarks about the United States being a while christian nation for a white christian people.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Aug 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

      Sorry for the couple of typos. But they should not trouble the serious reader unduly. It literally made me shake with rage to see the American left's small rhetorical lapses equated with the clear, unambiguous hate propounded by the Tea Party. That type of irresponsible, airy university-coffeehouse talk is the noose that the right wing used to hang Progressives in 2000, and to see it brought out again, by anyone, no matter how well intentioned, literally made me sick.

  8. Tuna Ghost | Aug 24, 2010 at 2:46 am |

    “Everyone on the Coasts, except San Diego and the Old Confederacy. They look down their noses at regular folk in the heartland.”

    Hate to break it to you, but I grew up in the ‘Old Confederacy’, and you’d better believe we look down our noses at anyone not from the ‘Old Confederacy’.

  9. Tuna Ghost | Aug 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm |

    “Everyone on the Coasts, except San Diego and the Old Confederacy. They look down their noses at regular folk in the heartland.”

    Hate to break it to you, but I grew up in the 'Old Confederacy', and you'd better believe we look down our noses at anyone not from the 'Old Confederacy'.

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