The 2018 mid-terms are mostly history. We’re still waiting on a couple of recounts and mail-in votes to be counted to determine a few outcomes. While the Dems did not win as much as our fevered dreams had hoped they would, and the Repubes won more than what any sane electorate would allow them, there is one very clear take away: a portion of the electorate has shown us who they are, and we should believe them.
If it hasn’t been clear to you up until now, let me remove those rose-colored glasses: a substantial minority of the American electorate is racist authoritarian Nazis who are longing to live in a fascist state. It really is as simple as that.
The Ol’ Pussy Grabber has been serenading his base with all kind of blunt and discordant dog whistles for the past three years. He has gotten them all lathered up into a frothy head of racism. The main stream media can pussy foot around it all they want. They can both side it to death, but that is what it is. These people are longing to live in an openly racist apartheid state.
They responded to the call and came out in droves to vote for openly racist authoritarian politicians like Brian Kemp, Ron Desantis, and Ted Cruz. We have irredeemable and unrepentant racists living in our midst. When racism was taboo, they knew enough to keep their racist views to themselves. Now that the thin veneer that covered their racism has been removed they are dancing in the streets in celebration.
No one wants to believe that racism has been flourishing in the darkened corners and little used closets of America, but it has. No one want s to think ill of their neighbor and risk offending them by calling it what it is. That’s why we had talk of the economically distressed voter in 2016 until social science made it clear that it was the racially distressed voter. That’s why the mainstream media maintains a steady beat of both sideism. But, this election has made it clear: every vote for the Repubes was an endorsement of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and his racist authoritarianism.
We were in a fight for our democracy with the Machiavellian authoritarian forces of the Repubes led by Mitch McConnell. His wing’s constant use of the Southern Strategy has maintained the racist element in the country. It has fed and nurtured it. It has released the ugly demagoguery of race baiting fear mongering scapegoating foreigners and immigrants on us. We are now in a fight for our democracy with the openly racist base of the Repube party.
The victory of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber, the Repubes, and the racists among us — and anything short of a blue tsunami is a victory — will only embolden the worst elements. In the past, we saw uncomfortable white women calling the police on black and brown people who were out living their lives. We’ve seen ugly racist confrontations and open claims of being white makes me better being made. We’ve seen the unhinged racists doing real violence by sending pipe bombs and committing mass shootings. Now, we can expect to see physical violence by an impromptu mob of white people attacking people of of color.
Our failure as a country to rebuke the Repubes in the mid-terms will be taken as approval and read as they are in the majority. They will now act against anyone they perceive as opposition.
As it turns out, we really are the United Fucking States of Fucking Stupid.