Hate Loses

Barack Hussein Obama, November 7, 2012:

Despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.

The haters aren’t done–their work is never done–and the premise of The New Hate, that extreme right wing revanchism is a force to be reckoned with, is no less valid. But it is not ascendant, thank goodness, and yesterday its minions lost a huge opportunity to take back ground. As “Snowleopard,” an overwrought commenter on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, put it early this morning: “Congradulations communists….Learn the lesson well everyone, Obama will unleash an bloodbath across the nation now, there is nothing left to stop him from doing so save God Almighty. We have crossed the Rubicon and now there is no turning back.”

As for me, this might be the last time I link to Glenn Beck or even look at his site. I doubt I will ever use Allen West’s name in print again either, or Sarah Palin’s. As a wise man once said, “Let the dead bury the dead.”

I have been increasingly turning my attention to a different kind of craziness, and in due course may well begin to write about it. Stay tuned….

14 thoughts on “Hate Loses

  1. There will always be a genre of haters but I think hopefully this is the last run for this particular groups-when you get that extreme-the racism, bigotry, homophobia, sexism etc. are inevitable. They have reduced themselves to being a bunch of lying name calling thugs and I think this particular group needs to be marginalized and ignored by most people who want to get on and move on. I think media and universities should think very carefully before they invite the Malkins, the D’Souzas and the Coulters of the world on. They have shown they are not worthy of being taken seriously and there are places for them to rant but I think we have seen they have nothing to offer in the way of solutions. They are largely irrelevant and should be made to see that.

  2. Sadly, I expect that we have some more lonewolf violence inspired (at least in part) by the insane rhetoric of Beck. He just said that America has “to be destroyed because we will be a remarkable evil on this planet” if Obama is re-elected; if I recall correctly, he’s been saying things along these lines on his radio show for a while now, saying that if America doesn’t change course we will become the worst evil in history, worse than the Nazis.

  3. “It is pleasant, when the sea is raging and winds are thrashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another.”

    –Lucretius

    The Republicans have found themselves between the scylla of the spend-nothing libertarians and the charybdis of the restrict-everything evangelicals. It is a tragic outcome for a party so set upon a heroic victory never to be achieved amid the changing demographics of the New America.

    The death knell of these political delusions tolls a somber note that Republicans are loathe to hear: change, change, change

    1. I admit i had to look up that “scylla” and “charybdis” comparison. Mythology I see? I consider myself to be pretty well educated but appreciate learning some new things -including words. I think this particular cadre of reich wingers have pretty much run out of steam. Good riddance I say and let’s move on.

  4. With luck, Republicans will reject the graceless post-election comments of Sen. Mitch McConnell and hopefully the GOP will rid itself of the bigots who brought shame and dishonor on the party of Lincoln.

    However, as I have previously stated, the House Republicans are more ideologically committed toward Tea Party ideas than before this election so it will be very difficult for President Obama to achieve much at least until Americans perhaps decide in 2014 to give the House back to Democrats and/or give Democrats a supermajority in the Senate.

    1. Perhaps this shall come about as you describe.

      Or perhaps the House Republicans will take note of the staggering blow to their aspirations and deduce that continued political brinksmanship would be unwise, perhaps fatal, for the midterms especially since the People have clearly spoken.

      Judging solely by comments from the Speaker about the Republican defeat, I suspect the latter is more likely. Some of those House wins were a little close for comfort, it seems. My guess is we will see less party discipline as the factions of the right jostle for position in the next two years and more defections toward the center.

      At least until the GOP can regroup and come up with a message America is willing to accept.

  5. And, Arthur, as I observed in a message I posted many months ago, the threat to President Obama’s physical security is going to be much increased now because (in my judgment) the many within the GOP (1) simply cannot understand how Obama could possibly win re-election given the circumstances he faced and (2) there will be an immediate attempt by the haters to characterize the Obama re-election as yet more “evidence” that (to paraphrase Romney’s slur), a majority of Americans are losers who want government to “give them” benefits which they are not entitled to.

    The comment by Glenn Beck you quoted is likely to be one of the milder expressions of that sentiment. We can expect to hear something comparable from Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and others of their ilk.

    The best news that this election reveals concerns the demographic changes which are accelerating in our nation. Heretofore, the GOP has relied primarily upon white voters (particularly older voters) for their victories. The percentage of white voters is steadily decreasing and the Democratic Party is positioned to build a coalition of younger and minority voters which the GOP cannot breach.

    Hopefully, Hillary Clinton will take some time for reflection and rest — but announce within the next 6-8 months that she intends to run for President in 2016. If that happens, the GOP will, of necessity, turn to a new generation of leaders — but I don’t think any of the current crop could overcome the historic chance which Americans want to elect our first female President (not even a Christie/Rubio or similar ticket.)

  6. I think your analysis is right, Ernie. It wasn’t an argument for electing a “bi-partisan” Romney, but it dampens any optimism about a bold new agenda–at least until 2014. But for today, at least, I am happy and relieved.

    1. On a lighter note — the haters who insisted that Nate Silver’s projections were yet more proof of media bias must now confront the FACT that he projected Obama’s popular vote at 50.9% (it is currently 50.3%) and Romney’s popular vote at 48.2% (it is currently 48.1%).

      Silver projected Obama’s electoral college total as 315.2 and if Florida is called for Obama, the total will become 332. By contrast, all the Fox News pundits never got anything right

  7. Wow. Doesn’t everything look different now? I’m impressed.

    From my cursory review of far-right concerns nothing has changed. “Why would I care about an election that makes no difference anyway?”

    Considering how often these folks speak about “The People” they’re very quick to dismiss the actual voice of “the people”, aren’t they? Well, ‘the people’ are all brainwashed sheeple, right? Funny how many ‘individualist’ and libertarian types imagine the public to be an unthinking, monolithic mass of automata.

    I don’t expect them to go away but surely the facts of the matter (their rejection) must sink-in somehow? We shall see…

    1. I think the fact is this group will continue with this nonsensical incessant rant. However -I think the point is -less people are listening anymore. The Republicans were obviously esconced in some of bubble against reality because they are surprised with what happened . However -hubris often does this to people. So they can bray and cry and whine but I think there aren’t likely many who are listening or willing to give them any credibility. It didn’t take a genius to figure out most of what Fox and the right wing media was largely bullshit and lies. The problem was -people have been watching and listening to that swill for years and believed it.That is why you can get these in fear of someone coming for their guns or any other type of fearmongering. However I think it is obvious most people are not going back to some phony baloney halycon Leave it to Beaver scenario and don’t want to. People are changing and change will continue inevitably.These people can be part of the solution or get out of the way.

      1. Never underestimate the depths of stupid!

        I was just thinking that part of me – the same part that likes tornadoes and train-wrecks – is disappointed. That part of me was looking forward to watching America go to Hell. And now I can’t shrug my shoulders and say “What did you expect?” Bugger.

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