Monday, April 19, 2021

Saying The Quiet Bits Out Loud

One of the Trump traits that has continued after he’s holed up down here in Berchtesgaden del Sur is the tendency of idiots to tell the world what they really think and want to accomplish. From the Washington Post:

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Saturday tried to distance herself from a document published by Punchbowl News that purportedly outlined the goals of a new “America First Caucus” being formed by Greene and other hard-right GOP lawmakers. The document had received blowback from Democrats and some Republicans for promoting nativist policies and perpetuating the falsehood that there was widespread fraud and corruption in the 2020 election.

On Saturday, Greene (R-Ga.) described the document as “a staff level draft proposal from an outside group” and claimed she had not read it. She blasted the media for “taking something out of context,” but did not specify to which policies in the document she objected.

Why is she distancing herself from the agenda? She’s been talking about it ever since she arose from the fetid and fevered swamp.

According to the seven-page document, the group says it seeks to advance Trump’s legacy, which means stepping “on some toes” and sacrificing “sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”

In a section on immigration, the document describes the United States as a place with “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and argues that “societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country.”

Those of you with any memory of history or even your high school history classes will note that “America First” has been used before. In the late 1930’s when Hitler was on the rise and Europe was being taken over by Fascism, a gang of anti-Semites, racists, and conservative Republicans rallied in Madison Square Garden to hear Charles A. Lindbergh warn us against surrendering to the hordes of immigrants who were going to stream over the borders with the express purpose of defeating Anglo-Saxon values, except then they called them “Aryan.”

In 1939, the leaders of the “America First” movement allied themselves under the covers with Hitler and Mussolini. Today, the alliance is home-grown, reviving golden oldies like Jim Crow and Bull Connor, now coming out of the mouths of people like Greene. It may be eighty-plus years later, but the message is still the same: no one ever went broke by exploiting the greed, fear, and paranoia of the American electorate.

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