You’ve probably seen it by now, the latest bile-laden spew from the National Rifle Association featuring that dusky-hewed siren of prevarication, Dana Loesch. If not, here you go:
Here’s the verbatim transcript of the controversial video, extracted for your convenience;
“They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance. All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place”
Yep, it’s a vitriolic mouthful to be sure, awash, from start to finish, with the whole gamut of faux statements–demonstrably so. Running beneath if all is a slough of ill-founded beliefs grounded in an ill-digested understanding of our history, our nation’s laws and the precepts and values we hold dear. Let’s just call it what it is, a resurgent and regurgitated set of strains very similar to those upon which the Confederate States of America were founded. Of course Ms. Loesch, like so many on the right cut from similar cloth, remain steadfast in their quasi-Patriotic convictions and they’re willing to fight for their “truth”.
Destroying the First Amendment’s Guarantees of a Free Press
Loesch, like so many cut from the same cloth, operates in a nefarious, selective region utterly lacking in respect for any of the free and ever-evolving liberties upon which our constitutional framework was constructed. People like Loesch simply don’t understand what that means. At inception, the Republic had enfranchised a mere 14% of the population–only white, propertied males could vote. She would do well to remember that for if she really did extol the virtues of what some call “strict constitutionalism” she, for one, would neither be allowed to vote nor would she have a public platform to shout from. The expansions which allowed her those rights were not achieved by the forces of political or social conservative efforts, but by those which were clearly within Liberal ideological frameworks.
It’s not fake news to note that under the current administration serious attempts are underway to undo a slate of significant protections–fundamental civil rights and liberties. People are screaming “racism”, Dana, because when the North Carolina, Republican-led legislature undertakes voter suppression efforts which, in the language of the Circuit Court decision handed down, sought to attack black voters with “surgical precision” it’s not fake news to note that such attacks are, by definition, racist. Such efforts targeting minority voters are afoot across the nation.
It is maddening to attempt to treat with these people for they simply do not care about our values, they do not know our history well and they could care less about the integrity of factual frameworks and rational discussion. They are led by the a profane, untutored buffoon who also happens to be a megalomaniac and the biggest liar in the annals of the Oval Office. The rest of the world knows this….but Ms. Loesch, as a denizen of the 35-40% of the rabble who support Trump, believes that they are the custodians of the truth.
A New Confederacy, with Corporate Backing
One of the oft-repeated bits of nonsense spouted by the Right is the revisionist view of history which claims that the Civil War wasn’t really about slavery. Of course it was about slavery you insufferable, ignorant fools. Bloody Kansas and John Brown, the many travails of the Buchanan Administration, the Missouri Compromise and Dred Scot. From Harper’s Ferry to the election of 1860 and from the Boston Abolitionists to the split in the Democratic party at the time, it is abundantly clear that the events leading up to the Civil War were all about the issue of slavery. What sort of moron holds otherwise? Only someone who understands nothing about US history could claim such a thing.
In terms of geography, attitudes toward Federalism, racial politics, judicial independence, justice….so many of the underpinnings of our political differences today reverberate directly out of the past.
The Fake News is the nonsense being perpetrated by the extreme political right at present and our President is playing a leading role. These forces are driving us toward another round of civil strife reminiscent of the war between the states. For students of history, one thing should be very clear: Dana Loesch and those cut from the same cloth will not be on the side of ultimate victory—they do not represent the best of our values and traditions, they represent the worst side of who we are.