Thursday, June 27, 2013

desperate hubris

"[...]the Court's opinion can hardly be described as an exemplar of restrained and moderate decisionmaking. Quite the opposite. Hubris is a fit word for today's demolition of the Voting Rights Act."
-Ruth Ginsburg, SCOTUS

I wouldn't worry too much about this setback, just yet.  The way society is trending seems to be causing desperation on the right, driving their politics to the right, but driving the American people away from everything they're doing.  The more underhanded they get, the more they'll need to be.  I think that might be why the political pendulum's been swinging a bit differently.  It might not be swinging back quite the it used to, so they're trying to push extra hard, despite all evidence that the more they push, the more they'll lose.

So now, even the Supreme Court is showing an especially brazen degree of partisanship.  With only the most paper-thin explanation, supporting these flagrant and entirely current attempts at voter suppression.  In what's really, a relatively minor way, in the broader scheme of things.  It isn't even likely to last, but threatens to cost them pretty severely in overall public opinion.  Not only is it the obvious blow to civil rights, but strategically speaking, it's just a terrible decision.  It's as if the party's gone off the rails, and we're seeing the wreckage in slow motion.

I've been thinking some more about just how much of this might have started with the 'southern strategy,' which could have more accurately been called, the 'simpleton strategy.'  Appealing to a specific subset of society that tended towards racism, but while the south may have more pronounced issues with racism than the north, it's really more of a widespread human problem.  Some people are just more prone than others, to bigotry and fear.  More likely to oppose anything that's new or different.  Narrow minded.  Gullible, easily lied to, and fed nonsensical promises and propaganda.  Essentially, these are people who make the easiest targets, but tend to be on the stupid side.

Lower intelligence tends to have a lot of common factors, racism being just one of them.  Problem is, after a few decades, more and more of these new allies were climbing the ranks and getting elected.  Gaining control of the party, but trying to steer it right into a ditch.  You know, because they're stupid.  Stupid people not only being prone to racism, but prone to being bad at everything.  Including political strategy, and they're probably not the best choice for a collaboration.

I'm thinking, what started with the backlash to the civil rights movement, has now gone crashing through one of its pillars. Regardless, I just don't see it working out well for them in the long run.

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