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  •  Love that the masks are all coming off! (6+ / 0-)

    A key quote from the linked article:

    Except for some material posted on websites of the local pro-family groups, there were no attempts at all that we know of to persuade the public through advertising that homosexual behavior was perverse, dysfunctional, and unhealthy. Our side basically conceded that argument completely, and even went to lengths to state that "we're not anti-gay." The homosexual lobby took full advantage of that by aggressively portraying homosexuality as just another facet of normal human behavior.
    So the anti-same-sex-marriage crowd is going to ramp up its efforts to pile sandbags against the advancing flood of history by expressly, in no uncertain terms, attempting to persuade voters that gay is bad?  They don't realize it, but that definitively means they're finished.  In the history of this country, no one has ever had to persuade people that homosexuals are bad; that was always assumed to be the case, and it just took a little twisting to turn that feeling into votes.  Now, apparently, they actually have to teach hate instead of just exploiting it?  It's over.

    A similar thing seems to be happening with respect to race.  Mitt Romney just yesterday expressly blamed his loss on "gifts" given to African-Americans, Hispanics and young people.  Paul Ryan blamed the loss on "urban" voters.  So the "makers vs. takers" innuendo lasted all of a couple months, and now not just the radio guys but the actual candidates themselves are expressly, in no uncertain terms, demonizing blacks and browns.  With reference to Lee Atwater's famous quote about the Southern Strategy, it seems that, in 2012, Republicans have all but come full circle and are back to saying "n----r n----r n----r."

    But do you see what's happening?  Used to be you could talk generically about "welfare queens" on the dole or drugs or crime, and white voters knew what you were talking about without your having to say it; their racism was pre-existing, it just took a little spark to turn that feeling into a voting decision.  I don't know if whites are less racist now than in the past.  But given whites' declining share of the electorate and the kids generally being a bit cooler with diversity, it's no longer possible to win many elections by using dog whistles to exploit white racism.  Winning 60% of the white vote---which would have produced a tremendous landslide a couple decades ago---doesn't even put you in the White House anymore, and the kids don't seem to get it.  So now, instead of changing the platform to appeal to other races, Republicans have apparently decided they actually need to teach white people---especially young white people---to resent the browns and blacks.  It's over.  And they absolutely don't get it.

    •  Even The Ones Who Are Still Racist... (5+ / 0-)

      ...have mostly internalized the message that racism is something to be ashamed of, which makes it difficult to get them to act on the feeling. And, of course, it inhibits transmission of the racist ideology to the next generation, since most normal people don't want to show their children aspects of their personality they regard as shameful.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:39:10 AM PST

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      •  That's what really shocked me about... (3+ / 0-)
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        Romney's call yesterday.  I don't know whether or to what extent Mitt Romney is a racist; I don't know the guy.  But I just can't for the life of me believe that someone who spent so much time in business, in politics, campaigning, etc., didn't know that it is SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE to expressly, by name, call out racial minorities the way he did as being responsible for his failure to win.  It's not civil discourse in 2012; it's boorish.  "We didn't try hard enough to appeal to blacks"?  Fine.  "Blacks, you know, are always looking for a handout, and the other guy gave them one"?  Shameful.

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