Blog Archives

The agents of intolerance have won

The day after McCain’s “Agents of Intolerance” speech I was online exploring ways to volunteer for his campaign. Good thing I was quick, because it didn’t last much longer. That speech in February of 2000, posted here in its entirety,

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Religious Right, Republican Party, Uncategorized

Agents of Intolerance

Transcript of Senator John McCain’s remarks on the religious right, delivered in Virginia Beach on February 28, 2000, at the height of his campaign for the Republican nomination. [Intros and thank you’s] We usually conduct a town hall meeting after

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Religious Right, Republican Party, Uncategorized

Thank God for big, faceless corporations

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is scrambling to rescue his career. In an election year he should have known better than to sign a mindbogglingly stupid bill aimed at intimidating gays and lesbians. Republican Governors in such progressive strongholds as

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Neo-Confederate, Religious Right, Uncategorized

Our Next Republican President

Finding a gap in the Blue Wall was going to be nearly impossible in 2016 no matter who the party nominated. As the primary process descends into the political equivalent of a toxic waste spill, that goal has receded from

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in blue wall, Climate Change, Religious Right, Republican Party

How to destroy religious freedom

Originally, ‘States Rights’ was a dry Constitutional premise explaining the shape of our federal system. After long misuse as a political subterfuge it has been redefined as a byword for racial discrimination. ‘Patriot’ was once among the highest complements we

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Civil Rights, Religion, Religious Right

Republicans for Same Sex Marriage

This is what the GOP might look like when the culture wars finally end. Republicans in Massachusetts have openly backed same sex marriage, joining an amicus brief filed by former RNC Chair and Bush Administration official Ken Mehlman. Almost all

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Religious Right

The myths and realities of the Southern Strategy

Let’s recite the myth together. Richard Nixon, on the campaign trail in 1968, visits a Southern state and is shocked by the enthusiastic reception he receives. His campaign team scrambles to build a strategy that will tap into Southerner’s rage

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Race, Religious Right

Evangelicals and White Supremacy

There is still today a Southern Baptist Church. More than a century and a half after the Civil War, decades after the Methodists and Presbyterians reunited with their Yankee neighbors, America’s largest Protestant denomination remains defined, right down to the

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Civil Rights, Election 2016, Neo-Confederate, Religious Right, Republican Party, Tea Party, Texas

Bobby Jindal, WTF?

Why do smart Republicans say stupid things? It’s the central political question of our era and it demands an answer. In London Monday Bobby Jindal built an entire speech on the idiotic premise, already disavowed by Fox News, that European

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Election 2016, Religious Right, Republican Party

How pluralism threatens lower income whites

Democrats are seeing a steady erosion of their traditional support among low and middle-earning white families. That drift contributed heavily to the outcome of the 2014 mid-terms, but it has been in motion since the Civil Rights Acts of the

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Race, Religious Right, Tea Party
Goodreads

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 476 other followers