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Something made middle-aged white American men go desperately off the rails (good read)

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Raw Story/Salon: Everyone has a pet theory or two about what has gone wrong in America. And by America I of course mean the United States of, discounting the other 34 countries of the Americas — which speaks to our exceptional self-centeredness, which might in fact be seen as one of the overarching reasons why the country has gone to pot. Not only do we harbor a fervent belief that we have nothing to learn from others, we barely comprehend that they exist.

With the Republican Party’s platform morphing from obstruction to fascism (e.g., CPAC is planning a spring fling in authoritarian Hungary), citizens losing their minds over wearing masks and talking up anything but a safe and free vaccine in a deadly pandemic that has taken more American lives than were lost in our Civil War (in an era before doctors could do much more than use a saw), and school board members facing violent threats for supporting basic inclusion and diversity efforts in public schools — for many, the concept of American exceptionalism has been turned on its head.

One could easily contend, as was argued back in the day, that the country “went south” (literally) when it was first truly established because too much had to be given to the South to get the Constitution ratified. We are still suffering from those compromises, and still making them, to this day.

America’s hidden wound, as writer Wendell Berry termed it, our collective unwillingness to fully acknowledge our history of slavery, is now producing the bad-faith arguments about critical race theory being taught in public schools and the banning of books that address the history of slavery in this country. This wound may prove mortal.

In what I wish were a side note, I will mention the insightful — and unfortunately highly pertinent to our era — article entitled “Who Goes Nazi?” by Dorothy Thompson, published Harper’s Magazine in 1941. If you’ve not read it, read it now, as if we were up against it. Because we are.  Read more…https://www.rawstory.com/angry-white-middle-aged-men/

 

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  1. Fascism-Hungary? What are you trying to imply? Tucker went there, to have an interview with Orban? Yes, Hungary is protecting its’ borders! Is that a crime? According to Soros it is. Are YOU on the side of Georgy? The Visegrad 4 are in that together, protecting their borders. Authoritarian Hungary? What? Two third of the Citizens of Hungary voted for Orban/FIDESZ! It is a DEMOCRACY!

  2. “””You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”””
    Matthew 5:13

  3. “Not only do we harbor a fervent belief that we have nothing to learn from others, we barely comprehend that they exist.”

    You’re getting close.
    We don’t comprehend WE exist (USA)! 🤯

    The youngest nation, yet we don’t know our history. Cuckservatives are throwing epic TrumperTantrums to avoid learning it.

    What’s their #1 bugaboo?
    (DeSanitizer DeSantis invoked it in a presser on… Covid!)

    They can’t even handle self-evident truth like that…

    #OpenBorders #MadeAmericaGreat. (#MAGA!)

    • “… citizens losing their minds over masks”.

      💯%. Being a hysterical Drama Queen is a hallmark.
      See my YT vid: “TeaParty/Trumper Paranoid, Racist Hysteria”.

      And substantively ironic, again, because failure to comply with “Spanish” Flu mandates could get you jailed shot #WhenAmericaWasGreat.

    • But snowflake hysterics aren’t new here.

      From the Boston Tea Party, to the OpenBorders migrants who called Ellis “Heartbreak Island” for the low acceptance rate of…

      99%!

      And long processing times of…

      4 m̶o̶n̶t̶h̶s̶ hours!

    • Whoopi Goldberg:
      “ReEducate”.

      Hysterical Bill Maher:
      “Mao! Communism! Camps😱!”

      WHILE we find mass child graves* from the ReEducation Camps in USA: where it literally wasn’t illegal to kidnap N̶a̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ American children until 1978!

      (See sanitized NBC News headline:
      “Indian Boarding School Investigation Faces Hurdles In Missing Records, Legal Questions”.)

  4. Let me guess, it must have to do with the 50 million US evangelicals, 80% of whom voted for Trump, who thought he would be their ticket to the Rapture. What happened?

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