C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Sonic Youth - Though I had read quite a few things about Sonic Youth while in high school, I never heard a full album by them until I was in college. The year was 1986...
Friday, March 29, 2013
Conservatives Live In Their Own Zombie Film
Erick Erickson at RedState just spent the week using the Crucifixion as a marketing gimmick to tie together a series of articles about how Christians who favor gay rights are betraying their faith. And he claims that the push for same-sex marriage is a prelude to a massive government persecution of the faithful:
The left will use the state to tell churches what to do or force churches to give up their primary purpose of going and teaching in Jesus’s name.
Pat Buchanan just wrote a screed about how a wave of immigrants and a change in the basic morality of this country threaten to destroy the GOP. Meanwhile, the infighting between establishment Republicans, tea partiers, and operatives like Karl Rove continues with no signs of stopping, with charges and countercharges of betraying the movement and turning RINO. And of course there are the constant warnings of conspiracies: the DHS stockpiling ammunition to shoot citizens in the streets, the secret Department of Education mind-control program, Obama's plan to tank the economy so he can rule as a dictator.
A threat from everyone around them. A complete alienation from a world turned evil and foreign. And the possibility that even those who call themselves your allies might, at any moment, get too close to the enemies you fight and become one of them.
See? They're in their own imaginary zombie film. They think they're hunkered down in the compound, fighting for their lives, while monsters stalk them outside. There's no dialogue, no compromise. No possibility of anything but a vicious fight.
They won't win, of course. Politics is a game of addition. But zombie films are all about subtraction. One by one, people leave to become part of the great hideous enemy. The true believers get chipped away into a smaller and smaller group until no one is left.
This is the legacy of Willie Horton and the Jesse Helms "white hands" ad. Of using gay rights as a wedge issue for years, and even playing to bigotry against Catholics and Mormons in the primaries. The GOP maintained itself by demonizing different minorities for so long, that when demographics and culture changed, and the minorities weren't minorities anymore... it couldn't stop. It did the only thing it knew how. It's begun to turn on itself.
So... You want to pry this door off its hinges and chow down on the bastards?
On second, thought, let's leave 'em in there. This is starting to get fun.