Happy Easter Bunny day.
Thought I’d share a couple of articles that fortuitously got my attention this morning. The first is the latest post by Anthony Weiner, co-editor over at The Crisis Papers, a flaming-liberal website I just rediscovered in an overly long, years-old list of bookmarked websites. Weiner’s title: A Modest Proposal: Bring Back the Inquisition!
Here’s one of the money quotes attributed to his fictional but all-too-real conservative author:
Our faith rallies us to the cause. We can use any tactic, any strategy, break any human-made laws we need to, because we are the shock troops for The Lord. All it will take for our crusade to be successful is our hard work and the actual or metaphorical burning of a few political heretics at the stake. The other side is composed of nice-guy liberals who don’t know how to fight, and wouldn’t want to fight even if they knew how to go about it. They will either meekly keep quiet or will move toward us — or else.
Like all good satire, it exposes the nature of the beast – in this case the proto-fascist, rightwing mentality so thoroughly dissected by the always brilliant Sara Robinson at Campaign for America’s Future:
We’ve arrived. We are now parked on the exact spot where our best experts tell us full-blown fascism is born. Every day that the conservatives in Congress, the right-wing talking heads, and their noisy minions are allowed to hold up our ability to govern the country is another day we’re slowly creeping across the final line beyond which, history tells us, no country has ever been able to return.
Makes me more sympathetic to what Obama’s been dealing with. Not that I think he’s doing it right – clearly he’s not – and that’s why the proto-fascists are winning. The president is a decent, gifted person; but then there are many gifted people who are not qualified to lead a nation during a crisis like this. Maybe no one is. Maybe the right has already won the war, barring an incredible run of good luck.
All of which raises the overriding question at this point: Are we progressives and moderates ready to recognize that our Second Civil War started 30 years ago and the right-wing army that declared it is winning? That there’s no turning back, no compromise that’s possible except from a position of strength? That we have to put aside internecine differences, form our own army, and fight them on every front from local to national with all the weapons at our disposal, the most powerful weapon being our unity?
I don’t think so, and that’s why I think it’s clear we’re losing a war so many of us don’t even realize we’re fighting. How do we curtail the steady, rightward
drift lurch that has made the Democratic Party more or less equivalent to the pre-Reagan Republicans?
Believe me, I want to be convinced that this assessment is wrong. So please point out my errors.