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Into the Warroom; a barely noticed source of Right Wing Rhetoric

May 30, 2022

1994, the middle of the 90’s, and the height of anti-government and economic rhetoric on the Right, with Newt Gingrich shutting the government down, and conservatives placing a steady focus on “big government spending” (of our too high “taxes”), with the loudest decried expense being “social programs”. (This as two brand spanking new federal courthouses featuring amenities such as bronze doorknobs are built in lower Manhattan, over historical sites: one, the colonial era African Burial Ground, and the other, the notorious 19th century Five Points, right next to the state courthouse I worked in. All of this on top of stuff you occasionally heard on the news throughout the previous decade, such as $400 screwdrivers, huge airports in the middle of nowhere, etc. But the biggest concern is “welfare“, which was about 2-4% of the spending! The majority going to the military, which the same conservatives were in favor of).

In some radical Right Christian paper from upstate, I see a retelling of Aesop’s fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper”:

The Original Version:

The ant busts his ass in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

The New Liberal Version:

It starts out the same but when winter comes the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC, and ABC show up and show pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to film of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be, in a country of such wealth that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Then a representative of the NAAGB (The National Association of Green Bugs) shows up on Night Line and charges the ant with “Green Bias” and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of greenism. Kermit the frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when he sings “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton make a special guest appearance on the CBS evening news and tell a concerned Dan Rather That they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the summer, or as Bill refers to it, the “Temperatures Of The 80’s”.

Finally the EEOC drafts the “Economic Equity and Anti-Greenism Act” RECTRO-ACTIVE to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and having nothing left to pay his Retro-Active taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he’s in….which just happens to be the ant’s old house…. crumbles around him since he doesn’t know how to maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. And on the TV; which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant’s food, Bill Clinton is standing before a wildly applauding group of Democrats announcing that a new era of “Fairness” has dawned in America.

There was no source attributed to it.
Ten years later, I see the same thing pasted in a discussion on a Christian board I frequented, only with “NAAGB” replaced by “ACORN” (and, IIRC, a couple of other small changes). It seemed people realized “NAAGB” was too “obvious”, and so tried to cover up the implications a bit more. Meanwhile, all the tax complaining had actually been heard, and something was actually for once done; some changes had actually been made! Welfare had by that time been replaced by “workfare” (where recipients had to get little menial jobs to be eligible for the benefits), and at the same time, tax breaks began to be given to the middle class (making it look like “welfare” really was the problem after all), and this did quell the conservatives’ complaining for a bit, but around the 2004 election, it quickly resumed, as if nothing had changed at all! (This is the one where they were so disgusted with the Republican party as not conservative enough, that the radical Constitution Party was all the rage!)
So a decade after that, liberals are finally beginning to rise up and respond more to conservative rhetoric (after the deafening silence I witnessed at the time of the original meme and decades before), including naming things, and the common conservative tactic of using “code language” to imply blacks as the cause of the nation’s problems, has been dubbed “dog whistling”. Only, “NAAGB”, wasn’t really even a dog whistle, but I’d say, pretty audible!

Forward to recent years, the source of the meme is revealed to be Jim Quinn of the radio show “The Warroom”, and who was a close associate to the main conservative mouthpiece of the generation, Rush Limbaugh; —himself a master dog whistler, who then tries to gaslight us all by portraying himself as basically more of a “comedian”. One radio ad on TV had him with a smile, ask “You decide whether I’m ‘the most dangerous man in America’, or ‘just a sensitive guy’“! Yet, he’s always taking the clear conservative talking points, deemed deadly serious when pitched by others, including on the race issue. His followers then become what were dubbed “dittoheads“, as they all ate up and agreed with all of it! The most infamous statement on the subject, being addressing blacks, and saying “THEY’RE ANGRY…!” This, to a white fanbase that already thinks we’re fearsome animals! Meanwhile, look at the anger and utter CONTEMPT and even hatred on his own face right as he’s saying this (or ANY time he addresses the race issue. It BEGS the question “What the hell did we ever do to you?” Rudolph Giuliani, the NYC mayor who dismissed us with “They’re alive, aren’t they?” and claimed Amadou Diallo brought on his own death by “not doing what the officers said”; —and they were plain clothes and jumped out at him, mind you— had this same sort of hostile look on his face when addressing race as well!)

So “anger” is pitched like it’s wrong; but that is, when we’re doing it. It’s actually OK and perfectly justified, when you do it! —being angry about our anger! Why? Because it’s all part of a plot to take something away from you, as you claim was already being done! The same with incessantly leveling terms such as “whining” during that time, when conservatives have been the loudest and most effective complainers; claiming to be no less than “persecuted”, often!

In other words, only you have the RIGHT to be angry; others don’t. We’re told we should only be “thankful”. (But the conservatives certainly don’t sound thankful, except for some past ideal they are steady complaining of losing! And these people would fiercely deny thinking they were “superior”, but then what do you call this?)

We do end up managing to elect a black president, and when his first lady mentions now being able to be “proud” of America, she’s excoriated as “anti-America”. But Rush then shortly after goes the opposite direction, in saying he’s no longer proud of the nation, and this is basically the sentiment of all his followers! She goes from “not proud” to “proud” (positive direction). He goes from “proud” to “not proud” (negative). But she’s “Anti-America”, and he’s “pro-America”! Conservatives often spoke as if to be critical of America is to “hate” America, but both of these speakers had periods where they were not proud of it. One was in the past, with all the racial conflict and other issues (involving oppressive control by one demographic). The other was the loosening of that control. In the latter view, America was only “good” (and worth being proud of) in the past, up until the 1960s.
This is what the Christian Right had been saying ever since that decade! “Make America Great Again” (MAGA), we associate with the next president, Trump, but he only half-heartedly copied the line (didn’t even sound genuine when he first uttered it; it sounded like he was just spouting something he knew his listeners wanted to hear); it was Reagan and the Christian Right who had been saying this (and similar lines, such as “take back America”) up to four decades before!

Today, the focus of the left’s criticism of the right is Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor-Greene. Previously, it was Donald Trump (of course; him being the president, and fully embodying the mindet of the right), and FOX News hosts such as Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck. Limbaugh had all along been the central figure of the conservative media, until beginning to wane in the decade or so before his death last year (and I feel he could have stood more criticism by the Left!) But Quinn is someone who deserves more exposure; being such a “behind the scenes” source of a meme that perfectly embodies the Right’s beliefs about the race issue, and what drives all of their rhetoric and behavior today, from “Great Replacement Theory” to the Jan. 6 2021 insurrection attempt (which both Limbaugh [in his last two months of life] and Quinn seemed to be rather silent on!)

Liberal writers such as Tim Wise and Ian Haney Lopez began speaking in terms of “narratives“; that the conservatives had created narratives they drive their views off of, and liberals needed to create narratives as well, to counter them.

So the conservative narrative (put together):

•We did the blacks a favor by rescuing them from their tribal life and bringing them into our “exceptional” advanced civilization
•They were really well off and happy under slavery and segregation. (We did so well in creating this “exceptional” society!)
•The “godless” white Marxists wanted to destroy the nation, and so decided to “use” the blacks in their scheme
•They took all the money of the hard working “makers” and gave it to the undeserving black “takers”, who no matter how many opportunities and good things they had here, only wanted more “free stuff” and refused to pull themselves up like others.
•This created all the urban decay, crime and financial scarcity of the late 20th century, as the makers withdrew their wealth and jobs.
-i.e. all those horrible violent cities like Chicago were run by “northern Democrats”.
-(The “makers” deserve all the billions they have [stop ‘coveting’, you liberal snowflakes!], but the government has taken it and given it all to the blacks, who have squandered it; so now everyone struggles!)
•So don’t call us racist; we’re actually looking out for the blacks and know what’s best for them; it’s the liberals who did all of this, and are the real racists!
-(The “colorblind” tactic. But it always points right back to colorism, as the blacks were too stupid and greedy for “free stuff” to avoid getting caught in this liberal scheme. The “alt-right” will then conveniently step in to fill in the blank; the problem is really genetic! The “dog whistle” becomes a giant foghorn, and the mainstream conservatives relievedly didn’t have to blow it!)

This is what has been cleverly summed up by Quinn’s “Ant and Grasshopper” story! It’s what they have been telling an already “angry white middle class” that had already long blamed minorities and their issues for the downfall of the country, since the Civil War; all the while the billionaires skate off scott free as the middle class “punch downward” in blaming the poor. (And the financial aspect of it, where the rich benefitting from the status quo get the middle class to look down on the blacks, was the name of the game since slavery as well!)
They also manage to get even black figures to agree with this stuff. Allan West once posted a video spoofing the stereotypical “welfare queen”, which boldly proclaimed “This is where ALL the money goes!”. Larry Elder similarly once had a video claiming that these “handouts” “brought the country to its knees”. The “angry white middle class” continued to eat it all up. Even the alt-right would cheer them on, against any liberal “cucks” in the comments!

The likes of these two are just making money for themselves by attacking their own race, and along with the entire Right, are just serving the interests of the super rich by portraying them as “overtaxed” for the sake of the lazy poor. On Quinn’s website https://www.warroom.com is a “Quick Start Guide”, and on #6, he says the progressive tax code “rewards bad choices and punishes good ones”. So simply making less money is purely bad choices, and making more money is always good choices (and never any form of string-pulling or dirty dealing, including buying out politicians, etc. No, that type of stuff is blamed on “government intrusion” somehow, and of course, that is siphoning all the money to the people making the “bad choices”! So you’ll sometimes admit the rich are in bed with the government, but it’s only the left’s fault, and still the poor “grasshoppers” wrongly gaining everything from that!) In passing, FOX News commentator Michelle Malkin, inspired by Quinn, came up with her own version of the Ant and the Grasshopper, villifying those homeowners caught up in the housing loan crisis; also seen as “irresponsible”, and often associated with minorities). It becomes clear this whole game is about worshiping and justifying the rich!
But the rich in fact already have many loopholes and bypasses where some of them in actuality pay almost no taxes. Where’s the “new wealth” created from this as he says in #17 in praising “Reaganomics”? No matter how much was given to the rich, pundits like this kept complaining all of it was really going to “lazy” poor minorities, and the lack of wealth blamed on “socialism”. Which is precisely what the Grasshopper meme is saying!

So the billionaires in the world are rapidly increasing, and again, have plenty of tax loopholes, shelters and refuges! But this isn’t enough!
So keep blaming poor minorities! Keep telling the angry middle class that this is the source of all their problems! No wonder, many of them would justify police shootings of blacks, and fall to such desperation as to elect Donald Trump as president, have rallies such as at Charlottesville, and then attempt an actual overthrow of the US Capitol, and individuals holding these views continue to produce mass shootings. Just think; if you’re black, and you look around and see abandoned factories and run down neighborhoods; it’s YOUR fault; (i.e. us collectively).

Even libertarians and “paleo-cons”, who are more aware of “corporatism”, “banksters”, “oligarchs”, etc. and their global effects, still ultimately place the most heated blame on “welfare” [e.g. “the nanny state”, etc.] as nevertheless central to [benefitting from, somehow] the whole scheme, or at least still the number one gripe. Those two groups likely make up a good portion of the “alt-right”.

Questions this raises:
•WHERE is all the money given the blacks, then, since they don’t still have it themselves; hence being “stuck” in poverty and government “dependency” where they need more? If they’re wasting it on expensive sneakers and electronics and such, even if they don’t maintain these things, they just go and get more, putting the money back into the economy. (It’s never seen this way!) They’re not the ones sitting on it, or taking it out of the country like the rich. Oh, but then they’re only doing that because of the oppressive tax system! That still doesn’t change the fact of who has the money; aside from the question of who “deserved” it or not!
Do the rich have all their deserved money, or has it been taken from them too? If they’re the productive “ants”, then all of the ants are portrayed as falling in the end. The meme doesn’t have any characters escaping this unscathed in the end (except perhaps the “Democrat” leaders). If you admit they’ve simply taken it elsewhere because of taxes spent on the ‘unproductive’, then why do we accept them (the “Queen Ants”, basically)
punishing all of us because of what some others do?

The real source of this narrative is the old Puritan-derived notion of the “chosen nation”. That’s what drove the colonizers and slavers. Here is their line of reasoning.

•The World is a mess
•There is inequality; some people (including cultures) are on top
•God is in control

The extended backstory of all this is:
•Man “fell”, and became deliberately evil and against God
•The punishment for this is pain and suffering (in this life and afterward)
•God has “chosen” some groups of people out of this state
•Their “hostile” nature is removed, and they are inclined to do right 
•So they are qualified to rule over God’s earth 
•The “unregenerate” remain against God and His people, and so seek to destroy God’s rule via His “godly” nation, and accuse His people of wrong!
•Part of this “conspiracy” is taking from God’s people to benefit and make “equal” those suffering the punishment for sin. (i.e. countering God’s judgment).

This was the original basis of the institutions of colonialism and racism, as well as the defenses of them! When they were challenged and brought down, the people losing power, instead of realizing the systems of control handed down to them were wrong, then had to justify them. They began speaking of the “godly founding” of the nation, and that all problems were “ungodly” people, not only bringing down Christian “morality”, but also forcing the inferior subhuman race on them as “equals”; bringing it down even faster. And this is what passed down all the way to the present, with more and more code and innuendo piled on top of it as each layer of racism was stripped away (i.e. first, slavery, then Jim Crow, then poverty, now “institutional” racism, etc.) and more and more racist expressions became censored. So now, they can claim, and hide behind a “colorblind” premise and deny any “racism” and instead blame it on others.

Rather than a “northern Democrat” plot to use blacks to destroy the nation; the most obvious cause of all the urban decay was “white flight” (which occurred in the South as well!); where because blacks could no longer be isolated from them, they ran (citing “lowering property vaues”, in addition to “rising crime”), yet still owned the property, which they allowed to run down, and often abandon (or even set on fire, to collect the insurance)! Services and most importantly, education were cut, rather than the “Democrats” pumping all of this money into the urban minority communities and they letting it decay, as Quinn’s story insinuates. This was just patently ignored; so as much as the blacks were the ones suffering all that blight and crime of those cities, conservatives callously fit this into their phony “colorblind” narrative against the blacks via the liberals!

Just think; fathers had told their sons “When you grow up, all of this will be yours”, but by the time they did grow up, large chunks of the power had been taken, and they were increasingly demanded to share what was left. So instead of realizing their fathers promised them something ill gained, and which couldn’t be kept, they blamed the forces making them share, as well as the recipients. This is why they began praising the nation’s past, and demanding it be given “back” to them.

This is the basis of Quinn’s “Grasshopper” story. It is one of the most insidious, boldface, hardly attempted to be disguised attacks on blacks, painting us as both stupid (can’t maintain all the stuff we’ve “taken”) on top of destroying the entire society. (Even if one tries the “colorblind” deflection and claim the “takers” are really anyone of any race, gaming the system. But all the “green bugs” references make it clear it is about color; you’re still using color; just substituting a different one! (Spoofing the name of an agency named after a racial ‘color’) —But I guess we’re supposed to be too stupid to see right through that; right? “ACORN” did little better in covering it up! So at best, it’s basically implicating blacks as the symbol of everyone and anyone abusing the system!)
This is why I would focus on this one person here. It is not even a feeble attempt at covering up the racial blaming.

But then looking more on his Quick Start Guide seems to confirm he’s not really trying to hide it, as it gets worse! #11 says “Racial profiling” is “an act of common sense” they speak pejoratively of “when they have a problem that they don’t want to talk about” — which is a frequent alt-right “race realist” dog whistle phrase for the “pathologies” that signal black inferiority and “negative affect on society”! “This conveniently puts the onus on you and not the perps.” So everyone who gets pulled over and/or harassed because of their race is a “perp”! Even worse, regarding another scapegoated group; #14 says “Islam is a global mental illness. It is a sickness, it is a cancer and it is evil.” This is a classic “snake”; lying in the background supplying propaganda like this, as his friend Rush and others get the spotlight. (And yet, they’re the ones who fire back at “the race card” being played on them!)

You can easily see all of this borne of the same seething anger that appeared on Rush’s face whenever talking about race. You despise these people so much; all you want to do is sling muck and blame at them, and can’t even hide it. Again, what have these people ever done to you, really, aside from the lies you’ve created to maintain that despisal? Quinn’s rhetoric can for all purposes classify him as “alt-right”, though Rush, being mainstream, wasn’t considered as part of that radical movement! Yet we see how closely under the surface the radical sentiments were!
People like this and their clever rhetorical tactics need to be exposed more.

Quinn was once supposedy a liberal, but then got in trouble for some remark he made on his show about women, and then turned to conservativism in revolt. Today, on his website, the first things you see is a section, “Worth dying for”, with links to the texts of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Of course, to show that they are the “true” Americans, but we see how quickly on this “wing” of politics that loyalty goes right out the window when they don’t get everything they want. Starting with Trump, liberals are the ones who have been defending the Constitution more against the antics of him and his followers! (Of course, each side interprets it in their own ways).
Also noteworthy is QSG #19, where God, “whether [he] exists or not” is effectively just a mascot and a utility, as he’s only “necessary for the maintenance of freedom”! (And Christians want to follow the ideology of someone like this?!)

You would think the “Grasshopper” story would be some past embarrassment hidden, and maybe even disowned by now (after first trying to change “NAAGB” into “ACORN”). When you click on “about us”, you see first, a restricted Youtube imbed about D-Day, and then three article links, and look; the middle one is the Ant and the Grasshopper! And not only that, but the original version, with the “NAAGB”!
(And at the bottom of his Quick Start Guide page is the gloat: “There is nothing you can do about this show, Get over it!” Liberals’ tactics had been what’s now dubbed as “cancel culture”; just banishing the person, and this has only played right into their narrative that the liberals are the true oppressors, and the conservatives are only valiantly standing up for “freedom”).

This is still the way these people believe (and wrapped up in the cause of the “Constitution”), and this sort of subtle, partially hidden source material to Right Wing mindsets needs to be recognized as a big source of the rest of the Right’s belief systems. And pundits on both sides are pointing out how divided the nation has become, and we seem to be headed to a new Civil War. It’s rhetoric like this that is keeping the racial resentment going. It’s recent events that all are what kept reminding me of Quinn’s meme! But conservatives will counter; no, it’s the incessant “race baiting” for the purpose of getting “free stuff” (and the liberals using this to “buy votes”) that is causing these tensions —thus yet again reiterating the classic (and untrue) racist stereotype, and all the more proving my point!
“Grasshopper”-like narratives are just a tactic of deflection, so that those riding off into the sunset with all of the wealth and power will have us too busy fighting each other to see what they are doing; if not outright justifying them (as “deserving” it), as they continue to blame the other side, including those with less power than them. It plays upon racial resentment, from the “equality” that had to be forced on them for nearly 200 years. This is why these things must be called out and challenged, wherever and in whatever form they are seen!

(Here, BTW, is another side of the story. https://www.amazon.com/Grasshopper-Narrated-Fanciful-Truthful-Other/dp/1515828727 Haven’t read the whole thing, but it right away looks like it applies!)

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  1. Since I discuss “resentment” above (how it is kept going by rhetoric like that of the topic), then here is to addres the subject of black’s supposed ongong resentment (which conservatives believe is either unfounded, or worse, part of a plot to guilt-manipulate them into giving us “free stuff”:

    “Racial resentment”; “slavery was 150 years ago; why is there still resentment

    The people forced to give up slavery became resentful, and in turn retaliated in different ways, including trying to secede (Civil War) and then setting up new institutions to prolong control as much as possible, such as convict leasing and finally Jim Crow, and many other forms of discrimination inbetween.
    This is where blacks began becoming more resentful. (And the racist society, not even believing in our humanity, reasoned we were just fine under those systems).
    When those were challenged, then white society’s own resentment increased and they continued to craft new forms of discrimination, such as abandoning the cities (urban decay and poor schools) the drug war (mass incarceration) and police violence. There were also still many smaller or subtle forms of discrimination as well.
    Black resentment continued to rise.
    Conservatives then created their “welfare queen” narrative, tied with their war against “socialism”, to basically justify increasing the resentment of their own base
    To blacks who are aware of this, it will also confirm their resentment. (And especially as the previous batch of racist elements continued).

    So the “resentment” was both started and maintained by those trying to HOLD ONto things (evil systems of the past), and others are simply REACTing to this. It’s NOT simply “this thing happened so long ago and we’re still resentful about it”. It (slavery) often gets named as what the resentment is about because it marked the START of something being perpetuated, in different forms.

    Here are some articles on related subjects (starting with one big source of resentment whose effects would not wear off to the present):

    The Founding Fathers Were Child Sex Traffickers
    America will never evolve until it adopts a responsible attitude about slavery
    https://readcultured.com/the-founding-fathers-were-child-sex-traffickers-1135ee8f78bc

    Apologists will try and claim that the Founding Fathers were only following the norms of the time, or that they should be judged on the sum total of their deeds and not the worst things they ever did. But the truth is, we don’t even know the other crimes the Founding Fathers committed because we don’t discuss them honestly or truthfully. Maybe they did hundreds of other terrible, unspeakable things that our nation covers up out of a sense of “patriotism.”

    The same apologists (especially the religious ones) will often praise “the norms of the time” (nack then only) as “godly”, “more civilized”, “more reverent”, etc. and scold the norm of the modern times for all of its “sin”, sexual looseness, etc. and add “God changes not”.

    So does “the times” change moral standards or justify people’s actions or not? It seems only they can determine when it does or not. This is by definition “relativism”, which they have long condemned modern society for!

    Continuing this thought:

    Your White Ancestors Were Evil by the Standards of Their Own Times
    I don’t judge white colonizers and slave owners by the standards of the 21st century. I judge them by the standards of their own times. And by those standards, a lot of your white ancestors were pure evil.
    View at Medium.com

    American Antebellum Slavery Was Among the Most Evil Periods In Human History
    There is no such thing as a benevolent slave owner
    https://aninjusticemag.com/american-antebellum-slavery-was-among-the-most-evil-periods-in-human-history-425f4eeec4fb

    Charles Koch Won; We the People Lost
    ‘Government is the problem’ ideology has permeated America, and most have no idea how to affect change
    https://mitchellglennfrommichigan.medium.com/charles-koch-won-we-the-people-lost-e2269ef156f8

    Many conservatives (and especially libertarians and “paleo-cons”) will acknowledge government in bed with corporations, but will still blame it on the government; i.e. “government intrusion”, even though the corporations and rich are still the ones benefitting. The conservatives will say the rich deserve it and are only “protecting” themselves, and still place blame on the poor (with a focus on “minorities”) as the ones “getting” everything from the govenment wrongly (and thus draining the wealth, and squandering it), and if they and even the struggling middle class would only “delay gratification” and pull themselves up like the rich did, then all would prosper (“all boats would be lifted”), and the system would work.

    The Radical Right Brainwashes Their Base With Rote Learning
    Progressives have to learn to blast their message on repeat
    https://readcultured.com/the-radical-right-brainwashes-their-base-with-rote-learning-936e7868b2d8

    Perfectly explains why you cannot get through to them, and they will just repeat all the stuff discussed in the OP so sure it is the infallible truth, as if it was never answered.

    Americans Are Conditioned to Equate Pointing Out Injustice With “Whining”
    The mechanism of oppression influences how you interpret the transgressions you’re forced to endure
    https://readcultured.com/americans-are-conditioned-to-equate-pointing-out-injustice-with-whining-807a1e330fc5

    As I’ve said, it was always highly annoying how conservatives would toss out that term “whining” (used heavily in the race issue), and they actually don’t use “victim” on themselves either, but likewise condemn what they call a whole “victimization culture”, which is everyone complaining about the institutions they are defending. It’s part of this whole “alpha” “rugged individualist” culture they champion. But as pointed out, they then make themselves victims (without using the term) and have been the loudest and most effective complainers. But it’s deemed “standing up for rights” ony then, when they do it!

    Here we see the “projection” dynamic that totally colors the Right; that what you condemn others for is what you do yourself:

    Takes One To Know One
    “Hey, that thing you accused me of? It’s so weird that the only way you could have thought of it is if you were up to it yourself.”
    https://doctorow.medium.com/takes-one-to-know-one-104d7d749408

    What If Black People Are Just Stupid?
    Let’s talk about race & IQ.
    https://steveqj.medium.com/what-if-black-people-are-just-stupid-8162b47199a6

    Umair gets an honorable quote:
    View at Medium.com

    “Americans lived in a kind of fantasy land. They thought that they could dominate and dehumanize blacks, natives, Asians, poor people, women, immigrants, and so on — but never pay any kind of price, the “real” Americans. But that was never true.”

    Here’s a site anwering the meme “is this what you call a well regulated militia” (and the idea that the writers of the 2nd Amendment were thinking of “muskets”)

    https://me.me/i/this-is-not-a-well-regulated-militia-and-this-is-22059586
    It breaks down the amendment line by line, arguing “you must understand that language is fluid and that it changes over the years, that the definitions of words change and adapt all the time. Therefore, you must look at the words and phrasing from the point of view of 1791, the time it was written, and you can’t apply our current use of language to it, and you must keep that in mind as you read older texts. And just because language changes, that does NOT mean the original intent of words changes, too.” (Funny, but this sounds just like the liberal’s line they refute, that the guns have changed over time. in any case…) It then defines what each word “means” and “doesnt mean” and then puts it all back together. Like “well regulated” really means “hooked up; well outfitted; well provided for; has lots of all the latest and greatest things; well-armed”. “Militia” is “the populace; a general, unofficial body of those citizens physically able to engage themselves in combat; those of us who have guns; a self organized and self managed group of people gathered for the purposes of defense”. So basically, anyone who is able to have a gun and fight. Where they get this from, I do not know. They don’t even cite any sort of lexicon showing those terms are what the original terms mean; they just seem to plug it in from nowhere; basically; what they want it to say!

    So the rewritten 2nd Amendment now says:

    “Because a thoroughly hooked up and well-armed population is the only way our nation will ever be able to remain free and sovereign, and the only way we will ever keep our precious rights and liberties, every single citizen of this country is freely allowed to possess any firearm or weapon and to use said weapon in any way, and nobody is allowed to ever change, restrict, or limit laws about, or prevent any citizen from owning, keeping, or using any kind of firearm or weapon, even if people think that’s what they want.”

    Interesting, is that they point out that “fully automatic” (“Rambo-style”) is what we think of by “semi-automatic”, and then point out that fully automatic is already illegal. Yet they go on to use their reworked amendment to say that fully automatic is included in what should be legal!
    So maybe the “musket” argument is not as strong as we thought, but with your (highly questionable) retooled 2nd Amendment, you really do want to have every weapon the military has, and fight the government! It’s understandable to not want tyranny over us, but then what was it again you are trying to fight the government over? Stuff based on lies? Such as it taking your tax money and giving it to lazy minorities”. Trying (in numerous ways) to “replace'”your race? You trying to make your old Confederate South “rise again”, just as the losers of the Civil War defiantly shouted upon retreat? That only the rich have earned wealth, and giving more to them will spread the wealth, even though decades of doing that shows it won’t; and that they could care less about your “nation” or “moral values”? Controlling people’s private behavior based on the [selective] morality of a God some of you barely believe in yourself, except as a “mascot” for “freedom” (meaning your own, at everyone else’s expense).

    Unless you come up with more valid reasons to wage war against the government, you are rightly perceived by everyone as just an autocratic threat that we ourselves have the right to stamp out (using the well regulated “government sanctioned” authorities), to protect ourselves!

  2. Continuing the throught regarding “racial resentment”:

    The ongoing guilt of the conservative:

    °Didn’t own slaves or actively segregate, but DO call the societies (and institutions, such as religious) that DID those things “godly“.
    °Claim the same period of time these institutions were overturned was a fall of the nation into “ungodliness”.
    °Thus, IDENTIFY with them
    °Constantly DEFEND them from modern reactions such as “PC”, “cancel culture”, “SJW”, BLM, CRT, “egalitarianism”, economic concerns, etc. (Even as you pretend to accept a colorblind ‘equality’. You wouldn’t directly condemn the past society itself, but instead condemn the things that censured it).
    °No movement defending blacks is EVER seen as right; they’re all portrayed as evil communists duping an unintelligent “pathological” people looking for someone to create and excuse to give them “handouts”. How is that?*
    -(MLK only accepted generations later in retrospect as a cheap defense of the Republican Party. When he was alive, he was condemned as a “communist” and his death cheered on by the “godly” conservatives, including Christians, holding the same “values” as conservatives today..
    -His whole cause reduced to “judge by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin” to support a phony “colorblind“ deflection. —that always turns right back to colorism when it’s generalized to things such as “the black problems”).
    °Have never renounced the past racism; have only brushed it off as irrelevant now, or blamed it on nonChristians and the Left, while “Biblical” bases such as the “Curse of Ham” are ignored as if they never existed.
    °Love of Confederate symbols, even though they have been clearly shown to have been about the defense of slavery, or at least the institution favoring it.
    -Still basically believe in and promote “The Lost Cause”
    *The only way this can be justified is that the people are ‘cursed’, or we can start from the ‘sin’ of all man, taken to mean he ‘deserves’ pain and conquest, and God has “called” certain groups of people out of this

    °How do you figure you have not TAKEN ON the guilt from those institutions?
    -(You certainly assign “guilt by association” to anyone you see as remotely associated with movements you think are evil, even if they deny it)

    So continuing the legacy:
    °Prolonging the aforementioned stereotype; of the freeloading blacks
    °Uncritical praise of capitalism, which was the same system slavery was based on, and is basically trying to recreate as much as possible economically, and, again, blaming the blacks, or [by “colorblind” extension], anyone financially struggling, seen as “irresponsible”, while the rich are assumed to have “done all the right things” if not being “better” or “smarter”
    -(We think of “Scrooge” as just someone “stingy” or “selfish“, but he had the same moralistic arguments against the poor as “undeserving” and unjustly impinging on him someway. No conqueror or enslaver ever said “We’re taking you over because WE’re evil and immoral!” That’s TV; particularly chirdren’s TV or other fiction. No, they always had some “moral” justification against those they captured; if nothing more than putting it on God/“gods” or even nature, such as “we were diligent, you’re lazy”, etc.).
    °The ongoing music issue of the more radical “[independent] fundamentalists”. They are aware of the power of music (and thus build their whole premise off of it, to a greatly overgeneralized extent), and so have maintained what is one of the oldest “dogwhistles”. It deserves mention because it is still not quite as “backwoods” as you would think

    You [the Christians among the Right] have really thought that the Gospel glorified you (collectively, via “Church” and “culture“, even as you may pretend to abase your own person; like “I’m a lowly sinner saved by Grace”, etc.), and that commonly known and preached scriptures such as “esteem others better than [your]selves” (Phil.2:3) just didn’t apply then.

    Here’s a good piece on slavery:

    How American Slavery Gave Birth to Mechanisms of Modern Labor Exploitation
    Your job exploits you, and it’s because the control class has been perfecting its means of oppression for over 150 years
    https://readcultured.com/how-american-slavery-gave-birth-to-mechanisms-of-modern-labor-exploitation-4ba4e785d36b

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