Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
The Right's hostility to Ambassador Susan Rice has been described by the Washington Post and others as motivated by white racism. Partisanship, conspiranoid thinking, and an effort to defrock President Obama are most certainly part of the Republicans' hostility to a black woman who would dare to become Secretary of State. In an era where racism and conservatism are one and the same, Republicans cannot resist the urge and impulse to attack a black woman who serves in the Obama administration--even if race-baiting helped to lead to the downfall of their presidential candidate Mitt Romney.First, contemplate the term "dog whistle" with me.
They have not learned from their failures. Facing demographic suicide, conservatives are addicted to the political meth of white racial resentment and anti-black affect. It is one hell of a drug.
The Tea Party GOP's opposition to Susan Rice has found a new fixation. Just as conservatives wanted to find evidence of anti-white vitriol in Michelle Obama's thesis at Princeton, or anti-white sentiment in black liberation theology and Reverend Wright's common sense observations about American history during Obama first presidential campaign, the new meme will be focused on Susan Rice's work as a college student with the Black Student Fund.
In that capacity, she apparently committed a heinous crime according to the Right-wing muckrakers at The Daily Caller: in 1986, Susan Rice dared to suggest that black kids could benefit from learning that they are not bystanders in American history. To the Right, this is a great crime.
A dog whistle makes a noise only dogs can hear. In politics, it refers to a rallying cry white and wannabewhite politicians use to reach out to their white racist, sexist, and homophobic constituents. It's not very accurate term when you think about it; women, gays, and people of color overall have been hip to the "code" long before the code was even born. So though it maybe designed for the "dogs", other folks are hearing it as well.
Nevertheless, I like the term. It fits. A dog is a loyal, human-loving creature. It can be housebroken. It can be taught tricks. It can be trained to mindlessly obey. There's a reason why this particular creature is often referred to as "Man's Best Friend" (and may the gods have mercy on canines everywhere).
I was originally going to write about white and wannabewhite voters who've been housebroken and trained to vote against their own interests and derail their own progress all for the sake of whiteness and its false promises. But then WARN posted the above and I got to thinking.
Republicans really do live in an alternate reality. Like...am I the only one who notice how they lost the election? And when I say "lost the election" I'm of course referring to the vicious ass-kicking the Republicans experienced at the hands of the Democrats.
Let me do a quick refresher:
To make a long story short, the Republicans lost the election...by an actual landslide.
It was over in minutes. I knew who the new president was before 11:00 pm CST, which is simply unheard of.
So here we are, bracing for 2014 and 2016, and the "dogs" haven't learned a thing. For starters, women, gays, and POC overwhelmingly chose Obama. Jobs are an issue. Those of us with jobs are having salary issues. Wal-Mart workers and fast food workers are going on strike (CSRs need to join the fight). Gas prices are high as hell. The eyes of the tax-paying poor are on the fiscal cliff/curb/the hell you want to call it. Florida's
Long story short, there's a lot to be talking about right now. There's no shortage of serious issues troubling the nation and hanging heavily on the minds of citizens.
But all the Republicans want to talk about is Dr. Susan Rice.
What REALLY Happened?