Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Alt-Right - What Upsets Me

I'd never heard the term until this weekend.  Alt-Right was everywhere and I was flummoxed. Everyone knew about it but me.  The talking heads speak to TBG all day long; how had the phrase not osmosed into my brain?

I investigated the situation on-line, read Bannon's screeds and his history, and found myself awash in mainstream media trying to find the least offensive synonyms for racist, homophobic, xenophobic rants.  I thought that Alt-Right was another synonym.

Big Cuter disabused me of that notion.  Alt-Right is what the people who used to keep their beliefs under a rock have taken to calling themselves.  I guess I've been living in a bubble of people who think, but the words and the ?logic? are awful.
I refuse to provide links because nobody else should have that nonsense running around in their brain.
It's not that these are new ideas.  There has always been an ugly current in America - from the Salem Witch Trials to burning crosses to No Dogs No Jews Nobody Who Isn't a Real American... a David Duke American.... an American who doesn't threaten those who feel the most left behind.... I suppose... I don't understand it and I'm not sure I want to spend the time required to do so.

What upsets me is the 40% of Americans who plan to vote for a man espousing those values.

What upsets me is the mainstream media using Alt-Right instead of Far Right Extremists or the Splinter Wingnuts of the Party Formerly Known as Republican when they talk about people they despise but to whom they must give air time.

What upsets me is that this is happening in my America.

Words matter.

Putting lipstick on a pig still leaves you with Sarah Palin.

6 comments:

  1. OMG, I can't believe this is a *thing* & that more people aren't bothered by it...how terrifying for our country that such ideology even exists, HRF.

    ¯\_(••)_/¯ ...alt-wrong

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    1. That they are "mainstream enough" to have their own words, the very best words (no doubt) is terrifying, indeed.
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  2. I've heard it, but I just equate it to nut jobs or as friends call them Teapublicans. It scares me that anyone would think these people are normal. They are NOT and they shouldn't even be given the time of day or airtime. THAT upsets me... they are being treated as if they are mainstream. I hope they are not.


    Megan xxx

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    1. Trump has made that ideology mainstream, Megan, and that is what bothers me most. WSe're being dragged down instead of someone standing up and saying THIS IS NOT AMERICA!!!
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    1. Preaching to me choir is my specialty, Linda!
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