Ms Clinton says Mr Trump is mainstreaming hate.
Most of this nonsense is hatched in the foetid air of US conservative politics, and is spread miasmically by the hatestream media (H$M), Fox News, talk radio (especially its prince of darkness, Rush Limbaugh), militia confabs, and digital dungeons. The entire genre is traceable to the John Birch Society of the mid-20th century, which spread its tentacles throughout the right-wing milieu, ensnaring even “libertarian” politicians like Ron Paul. This “paranoid style” of politics, which is a political tradition in itself, was first identified by Richard Hofstadter in the midst of the McCarthy era. In Hofstadter’s view, groups on the fringes of US life, which faced diminished prospects, were the fertile ground of conspiracy thinking, scapegoating, fear, and hate.
On the other hand, much of the contemporary paranoid style is launched from the “center” of US social and political life (as pointed out by Michael Rogin). Hence, Trump’s “Birther” movement was incubated in mid-town Manhattan, not Lynch Haven, Alabama. The idea of Obamacare “death panels” was put into public circulation by Republican Vice-Presidential nominee and political Kardashian, Sarah Palin, not by Milo Yiannopoulos. Glenn Beck used several hours of his Fox News platform to map the massive influence of George Soros, “The Puppet Master.” Other Fox News presenters (Hannity, O’Reilly, etc.) reported on “Obama phones” and the nefarious activities of “ACORN” as evidence of “massive voter fraud,” which has never been confirmed by any rational investigation.
Trump, Farage, and Wilders are the “Three Tenors” of international right-wing extremism.
Mr Carson asked for Secret Service for protection against CNBC and NBC debate moderators.
The majority of Republican candidates who would not want to face far right-wing moderators such as the three neanderthals (Hannity, Limbaugh, and Levin): Jeb!, Rubio, Christie, Paul, Trump, and Kasich. Only Fiorina, Cruz, Carson, and Huckabee would welcome that scenario.
American conservatives have a problem with the female body and its reproductive functions.
Mr Trump’s comments are in line with the mainstream of American conservative views of women. You’ll recall the Missouri Republican Todd Akin, who argued that the bodies of women who suffer “legitimate rape” have the ability to “shut down” pregnancy. Rush Limbaugh, the de facto leader of the conservative movement in America, called Sandra Fluke a “slut” after she testified before Congress about birth control coverage in health care insurance. Don’t be fooled by the faux outrage of these conservatives now.
Mr Trump is the rapacious Id of the Republican Party. That’s why the Party seeks to repress him now.
In almost every area of domestic and foreign policy, and in all phases of morality, the Republican Party has become detached from reality. Its leading personalities – Mssrs. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, and John Boehner – remind one of a rundown circus troupe that relies on the clown car gag to carry each performance. Even worse, the Party now attracts, and is attracted to, one of the greatest collections of kooks ever assembled (e.g., Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Cliven Bundy, The Missouri State Fair Rodeo Clown, Ted Nugent). Already bereft of ideas under G W Bush, the love/hate/love relationship Republican politicians have with the Tea Party (a Party best situated to win elections in the nineteenth-century) has even further narrowed the GOP’s vision. The current state of the Republican Party is an object lesson on what politics looks like when it is driven entirely by emotion and ressentiment as opposed to reason and the reality principle: nasty and brutish. However, because of gerrymandering of electoral districts, the life of this politics, and the political life of the Republican politician, is not short.
American conservatives are outraged about the selection of Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s replacement. Rush Limbaugh calmly accused CBS of “waging war on the heartland.” I have news for Mr Limbaugh: American conservatives just aren’t funny. Well, except Sarah Palin.
Kim Dotcom is set up for steep and harsh fall. The fate of the modern pirate ’tis cruel. Arrr!
The lesson of Detroit: don’t build a city’s economy around a single industry. Old mill towns suffered a similar fate.
Your presence reminds one of a blind jackal, eternally dependent upon misguided archbishops to provide instruction in bowling.
The resignation of Kathleen Sibelius is a distraction from Benghazi.