This post couldn’t wait until the morning. More ignorance from TeaPublicans…
Sore loser. Spoil sport. Cry baby. Sour grapes.
Every single one of these is pretty much a spot on description of the Tea Party and conservatism in general. For decades, the right-wing had free run of American policy. We wallowed in our bigotry, selfishness and callousness towards others. We cut taxes for the rich and services for the poor. We passed laws denouncing homosexuals. We started wars in other countries just for fun. Corporations took over our courts and our politicians. We deregulated and privatized everything we could get away with. We venerated the amoral rich and mocked the poor and downtrodden. We took religion and turned it into a crass weapon. We reduced women to objects.
It was the best of times to be a bigoted white male heterosexual Christian in America because even if the majority of people were not on board with their obnoxious attitudes towards The Other, the majority was effectively cowed because they were still the loudest voice and “everyone knew” that was just how America was. But then something wholly predictable happened: Those other minorities kept growing and they grew faster than the bigoted white male heterosexual Christian demographic. Now they’re large enough where they’re not so easily shouted down anymore. Combine that with the utter failure of right-wing economic policy and the tide is rapidly shifting against the conservative movement.
So how are they taking it? Is the right doing any soul searching? Are they moderating their tone? Have rank and file conservatives realized that perhaps their views on race and sexuality are outdated and unwanted?
…a 49-year-old information technology consultant wants to apply the knife to Maryland’s five western counties. “The people are the sovereign,” says Scott Strzelczyk, leader of the fledgling Western Maryland Initiative, and the western sovereigns are fed up with Annapolis’s liberal majority, elected by the state’s other sovereigns.
“If you think you have a long list of grievances and it’s been going on for decades, and you can’t get it resolved, ultimately this is what you have to do,” says Strzelczyk, who lives in New Windsor, a historic town of 1,400 people in Carroll County. “Otherwise you are trapped.”
Strzelczyk’s effort is one of several across the country to separate significant portions of states from, as he puts it, “the dominant ruling class.” Nearly a dozen northern Colorado counties are the furthest along, with nonbinding referendums set for November ballots. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is making a move to join with parts of Wisconsin. Northern California counties want to form a state called Jefferson.
So the political movement that has wrapped itself in the American flag so tightly that it’s cut the blood flow off to their brains wants to take their toys and run away because they’re not winning the game anymore. It’s important to note that these are the people that are the “real” Americans in their own mind. They love love LOVE America, democracy and mom’s apple pie. But only as long as most of the pie is theirs and they get to make the rules. Once they have to share and everyone else gets a vote, suddenly, democracy is not fair, not right and they want their country back!
There’s a reason that Ayn Rand’s ode to narcissism, Atlas Shrugged, is so popular with the right wing. The idea of packing up and running away is deeply ingrained in the (White) American psyche. “White flight” is a very real phenomena. While ethnicities tend to congregate, White people have perfected the practice of fleeing an area when too many minorities move in. Now, they’ve taken it to a whole new level since a black man
violated broke into desecrated defiled was elected to the White House. The nonstop talk of succession and the useful idiots known as ”Sovereign Citizens” and, now, making their own states is just a manifestation of White Flight on the national stage.
The problem with this plan of making little ruby red states is that it would only delay the inevitable and, actually, be an ENORMOUS drain on the rest of the country. Red states are, by and large, total failures. The decades of sabotaging education and the social safety net while allowing corporations free reign to poison and exploit the population have left far too many of them in dire straights. True to the hypocrisy of the right, even as they scream about helping others with “handouts” they scream even louder if their own handouts are threatened. Even if we allowed them to form, in a generation or two, these right wing utopias would be the equivalent of third world countries. The rich would live lavish lifestyles and everyone else would be dirt poor.
And they’d still be blaming that goddamn Obama.
- West Maryland? Citizens Call for Secession (townhall.com)
- Group Calls For Western Md. Counties To Secede (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- How Did I Get in Bed With Them? (twooldliberals.wordpress.com)
- Calhoun’s Ghost and the Enduring Dream of Secession (thatdevilhistory.wordpress.com)
- Plan Afoot for Western Maryland Secession (drudge.com)