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As an addendum to Julie Gulden's fine diary, let's be explicitly clear: it is about the bigotry.

The right wing in Arizona passing a law encoding racial profiling.

The right wing, nationwide, opposing immigration reform.

The right wing crushing the Equal Rights Amendment.

The right wing opposing fair pay.

The right wing trying to deny women the right to make their own reproductive choices.

The right wing, for decades, pursuing a Southern Strategy, based on inflaming racial tensions.

The right wing reacting to the election of our first black president by wanting to "take" "their" country "back."

The right wing reacting to the election of our first black president by talking secession.

The right wing reacting to the election of our first black president by questioning his citizenship.

The right wing in California backing homophobic Proposition 8.

The right wing, nationwide, opposing ENDA.

The right wing, nationwide, opposing repeals of DADT and DOMA.

The right wing, nationwide, pursuing a 2004 election strategy based on opposition to gay marriage.

The right wing labeling the quest for equal rights as a quest for special rights.

The right wing reacting to 9/11 by promoting racial profiling of, and the elimination of basic civil rights to, all Arabs and Muslims.

The right wing reacting to 9/11 by promoting a war on a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11, but is in the same region and is populated by people of the same race and religion as the perpetrators of 9/11.

The list goes on and on.

Whenever a political issue involves gender, race, religion, sexual preference, or any other form of personal identity, you can bet that the right wing will be there, inflaming tensions and opposing equality. The right wing, as it is, could not exist without bigotry. The right wing, as it is today, often is defined by bigotry.

Originally posted to Laurence Lewis on Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:28 AM PDT.

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