Friday, April 14, 2023

Déjà Vu

 The GOP’s 2020s Culture War Is A Throwback To The 1970s

Conservatives are lifting their culture-war playbook
straight from the '70s in pursuit of a new national majority.

By Paul Blumenthal
Mar 25, 2023

Déjà vu - The face of Modern Authoritarianism

Déjà vu, pronounced day-zhaa voo, is French for “already seen.” It describes the fascinating and strange experience where you feel that something is very familiar but you also know that this feeling of familiarity should not be as strong as it is. (Google)


The Huffpost article mentioned in the title link is long.  Please read at least part of it as a history lesson. We are feeling the hateful repeat of these sad political actions "all over again" as Yogi Berra put it. 

Some of us will remember the vicious attacks on the gay community in the 70's and the labels used.  Florida singer, turned-political activist, Anita Bryant, called gays "human garbage" in her 1977 campaign against the Miami-Dade anti-discrimination ordinance.   

At this year’s (2023) Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the culture war reigned supreme again.  “When our schools teach kids to be ashamed of America, when they teach the 1619 Project instead of our founding, we’re at risk,” said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a potential 2024 [GOP] presidential candidate.

“All this woke, transgender athletes, CRT, 1619, they don’t teach reading, writing or arithmetic,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) said, perhaps less artfully.  The most incendiary comments came from Daily Wire podcast host Michael Knowles, who called for “transgenderism” to be “eradicated from public life entirely.”


I am going to leave this powerful history lesson to you to read.  It is enlightening and puts a spotlight on this vengeful hate.  There is an agenda and we are being used.  

Here is the concluding paragraph from the "The GOP’s 2020s Culture War Is A Throwback To The 1970s".

With the GOP having lost the popular vote in eight out of the last nine presidential elections, their hope is that they can resurrect the fears of the 1970s under the brand of anti-“wokeness” to build a new majority coalition. Instead, it increasingly looks like a desperate effort to hold together the party’s divergent voting and donor bases.

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