Friday, February 28, 2014

Should We Praise Jan Brewer in Arizona?

Not really. The loony Republican legislature there did something VERY TYPICAL of Republican legislatures: They passed a horrible law based on frenzied white Christian fear. Brewer just said to herself, "Shit, we sometimes do unbelievably stupid political things in our rush to see who can be the biggest asshole. The courts were going to shut it down anyway, and we'd look idiotic and petulant again."

Bravo. Sort of. But ugly will pop up elsewhere. White Christian America is having one large panic attack. GAY! BLACK! FREE CONTRACEPTION! DADDY'S NOT IN CHARGE! IT'S MY MONEY! ISN'T THERE SOME KIND OF FREEDOM THING WE CAN INVOKE? GUNS! RELIGION!

Real attractive, America.

Barack Obama was famously caught on tape at a fundraiser in 2008 talking about people in the "heartland." He said, "So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, and they cling to guns or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren't like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or, you know, anti-trade sentiment [as] a way to explain their frustrations."

Boy, was he right. We've been seeing it over and over since he became president. If and when Hillary becomes president, look the fuck out.

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