Race, Sex, and Xenophobia: The New GOP

Rick Santorum and Joespeh Goebbels, separated at birth? Just a thought. . .

Forget Grand Old Party. From look at the party’s current field of presidential candidates, today GOP stands for Gasbags, Oligarchs, and [racist] Patriarchs.

The party’s fateful turn came with the civil rights movement in the 1950s and ‘60s, when Southern Democrats switched partisan allegiance because of the embrace of the rights of black citizens by the Democrats, most significantly by a Southern Democrat, Lyndon Johnson.

Previously, it had been Republicans who had been the most stalwart advocates of civil rights, as tradition dating back to the party’s first successful presidential candidate, Abraham Lincoln. But the rise of the GOP’s Southern Strategy, first successfully employed by Richard Nixon in 1968, signaled the reversal of a century-old alignment, fusing racism and traditional big business conservatism, and fundamentalist Christianity into a single party.

Barry Goldwater was the last old school Republican presidential candidate, and he deplored the rise of the religious right, exemplified in his 16 September 1981 remarks on the Senate floor:

“I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C’, and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.’”

Old school conservatives were adamant on separation of church and state, a position consistent with the conservative impulse to restrain government regulation whenever and wherever possible.

The fusion of religion and the political process is leading the Republican candidates to adopt many positions very similar to those of another hybrid movement, the National Socialism of Hitler’s Germany.

Two powerful strains in the Nazi movement were racism and control of women’s bodies. Like the modern GOP, the Nazi Party was bitterly anti-immigrant. And like the 2012 GOP, the Nazis criminalized abortion, contraception, and the practice of homosexuality, while branding those who opposed their positions as socialists and communists [though unlike the U.S. today, Germany in the early 1930s actually had significant numbers of socialists and communists]. And, also like the Nazis, the GOP seeks to break the power of organized labor.

But the most chilling attacks of late have been on women.

The return of the patriarchy

The GOP has captured talk radio, most notably in the cases of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, who are courted by Republican hopefuls to reach the huge radio audiences they condemn. And it’s been Limbaugh who, of late, has been leading the charge against women, most notably in the case of Susan Fluke.

From Andrew Belonsky of d+t:

Of all the heinous things Rush Limbaugh said about Sandra Fluke, it is the word “slut” that stands out.

“Slut” is a powerful word — both phonetically and in meanings, of which there are many and much debate, a debate I will not address here. Suffice it to say, Limbaugh was using “slut” in the most negative of ways and that one word has received more attention than the other insults Limbaugh used to describe Fluke, who became politically famous last month after Rep. Darrell Issa barred the 30-year old Georgetown law student from a GOP-led House panel on contraceptive accessibility. Congressional Democrats later invited her back to explain the many physical, economic and psychological burdens women face when expensive contraceptive drugs are not covered by insurance.

Fluke’s bravery and honesty are anathema to conservatives who don’t believe in birth control, and Limbaugh saw in her a perfect vehicle for his sensational rabble-rousing, and wasted no time in calling her character and name into question. Just a taste of his revolting comments: “What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”

Read the rest.

We’ll leave the last word to Alyona Mikovski of RT’s The Alyona Show and Alternet scribe Lynn Parramore:

UPDATE: With advertisers leaving his show in droves, Limbaugh has issued as half-assed apology, claiming it was all just hyperbole.

Here’s what journalists call the “the nut [para]graph”:

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

So calling a woman a “”slut” is humorous?


One response to “Race, Sex, and Xenophobia: The New GOP

  1. Pingback: Quiz: Who Said These Words on the Senate Floor? | The First Gates

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