"Stop bending down to them. Stop placating them. No special treatment," said Alice Lemos, 58, speaking of Muslims and holding a small American flag on a stick. "This isn't about religion. This is about rubbing our faces in their victory over us."
Sunday, September 12, 2010
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Alice Lemos said it all. Americans on the Right have essentially been ignoring the war in Iraq for 6 years now. Since the surge the story has gone off TV. In the absence of news many Americans imagined the war had turned some kind of corner and that the objects of making Iraq a democratic Capitalist state were being accomplished. These objectives were pasted on to the war after WMD were not found and the government in exile was rejected, and the true deeper objective of somehow righting 9/11 could never be meet. Nothing short of the utter destruction of subjugation of all Muslims would placate many of these people.
This is the first 9/11 where it is no longer possible for many to image that the United States is on the road to triumph of any kind in Iraq. Just as at the end of Vietnam America is facing the task of masking a clear and obvious defeat. The objects of finding WMD was not meet because the intelligence was wrong. After over 7 years in Iraq the Americans live a nation full of terrorism, a government in chaos, a democratic system that does not work, and a collapsed economy. Yet America is still leaving because the combined efforts of different Iraqi groups has effectively liberated their country from total American domination.
2010 is the year when the defeat of Iraq has sunk in to the thick skulls of the die hard Bush supporters who have now for the Tea Party. The Tea Party is the first large neo-fascist organisation to for in the United States since the KKK. Its recent move from opposing health care to first targeting Mexicans who might try to flee the hell of Mexican poverty to come to America to work for jobs no Americans want at wages no Americans can live on. After targeting Mexicans and getting full GOP support the Tea Party has now taken aim at Muslims. The desire is to drive Islam out of the United States.
Fascist parties, we now know for sure, form out of Capitalist societies under intense strain and change. They generally take some imagined affront to national and racial dignity as a core issue. They begin always with claims of the restoration of nation dignity and pride. They make appeals to Nation, Religion, hard work, and law and they always cluster around a specific racial group and racial identity. They become obsessed with the past, looking to hero so long dead they are easy to lie about.
Glenn Beck is probably the key agent in the transformation of defeat after the utter failure of George W. Bush in to a active fascist party in the United States. His hijacking of Martin Luther King Day can be seen as a Nuremberg Rally for the Tea Party. When the groups broke up and went home they found that there was no way they could or would apply their ideology to helping their community. With the private sector still devastated from 2005-2008 collapse of housing and banking they can't just build their business more. Their are no private sector opportunities in this economy just as there were none in the depression. They can talk Capitalism but they can't act Capitalism. Nor do they have the time or money to do charity work they claim will make health care reform needless. The Global Right can talk charity but its policies of free market reforms and restricting workers rights have given people very little time to give to charity.
So what does the Tea Party member take in his home in the rural south have to express his frustration. Well it is obvious not a big lead from depicting Obama as a monkey to depicting the Mexican family down the street of Muslim family in the next community as a monkey, and that is precisely what has happened. In the face of defeat in Iraq and defeat on health care the last generation to be dominated by White Conservatives in the United States has re-embraced the fascism of their youth. The issue has gone so far that it is now common to read Americans who hold that the Constitution does not now apply to Muslim citizens.
What will happen? This community is getting old, in about 10 years enough will likely die off that they will not matter. But medical technology is improving all the time, and we may be facing a negative consequence in our politics of the benefits of longer life, with more neo-fascist movements able to get support of people who mentality is 50 years out of date. This group has already pushed the war in Iraq, so there is little hope for the future with them.