“Socialism, Communism, go to Russia!” shouts the woman wearing a cross.”He should die,” “Socialist Swine,” “Terrorist.” These are not the epithets of a civilized society. “That guy gets elected, he hangs around with Terrorists!” “He’s a lawyer, we don’t need more lawyers in Washington.” “Commie Faggots!” “You killed 50 million babies with abortion!” “Screw Obama!” “European socialist!” “Sleazy scum of the earth.”
The videographer asked the man who said “Obama should die,” “do you really think Obama should die?” his response, “everyone dies.”
Then a rousing drunken-sounding chorus of “God Bless America.” Yeeeeeshhh.
I’m ashamed to share a country with these people–no question. The hatred, ignorance, and prejudice is so palpable, it makes me wonder what kind of future we have. Half our population more or less falls in this category. A hundred years ago, it would have been a lynch mob and this crowd would have been picnicking while people were hanged.
Are we doomed to this nonsense every election cycle? Do we really want the future of our country decided this way? Really??
The intelligentsia and technocrats are in a stalemate with the rabble. Then the soccer moms of about 5 states, plus the coal miners of Virginia and a few other small demographic groups break the tie while we fret over hanging chad and electronic voting machines.
Democracy??? You decide. For a nuanced (if slightly apologetic) discussion of the psychology at play, read Jonathan Haidt’s article on Why People Vote Republican at the Edge. I’m unconvinced by Haidt’s justification of right-wing honor-culture, but at least it helps to understand what’s driving these people.
Update: From a 2022 perspective, the rabid insanity in this video is pretty ho-hum. But it’s the same bile, the same rage we saw on January 6, 2021 that tried to block the peaceful transfer of power. It hasn’t gone away. It’s only become bolder. Two observations: 1) This strain of cultural insanity goes all the way back to those who wanted to maintain slavery and the Confederacy. 2) It’s highly correlated with Evangelical Christianity. The right-left battle in this country has now become almost entirely about religion and white privilege and vs. secularism and multiculturalism. The hatred for the democratic party is a hatred for anything that promotes justice or equality, the rule of law, or human rights, which might come along with a modest loss of white privilege. This kind of out-of-proportion rage only occurs when a formerly dominant majority begins to see its exclusivity eroding. The fact that it was going on in 2008, before President Obama was even elected, explains the entire Trumpism phenomenon to a tee. –Sean Prophet, September 2022