Today is the day that we’ll find out whether the USA has completely fucking lost it and actually elect a large number of christofascist teabaggers into office, or whether some semblance of sanity prevails and most of them will not be elected (completely incidentally, this will also be the evening on which I decide whether I should take the extensive or the intensive route if/when I make it back to college in January :-p ).
According to this map, , teabaggers are running in 129 house and 9 senate races. Theoretically, that’s a lot of potential for fucknuttery. Luckily it seems that in a lot of the races, the teacandidate stands no chance of winning (This apparently includes Christine O’Donnell, who is some 20 percentage points behind the democrat, according to various pre-election polls). Still, they could win some of them, and if they win enough of them, especially some strategically powerful ones (Most notably the Reid vs. Angle Nevada Senate race), they could become an actual active voice in the government of the US.
And what then?
This article has been making the rounds in the liberal half of the internet (and if you need a right-wing “endorsement” for it, Jonah Goldberg (of “Liberal Fascism” and “Assange needs to be murdered” fame) hates it :-p). It’s based largely on this paper(pdf link!)* from 1998, which tries to usefully define fascism in a way that makes it possible to identify before it gets to the marching-in-lockstep stage. And what the paper identifies as the core identity of fascist movements (pp. 6-7; sorry no blockquote, my c/p from pdf doesn’t seem to work), seems eerily close to the christian-patriotic, anti left, anti-furriners, anti-intellectual core of the teadentity. Now, the alternet article identifies the current election as possibly that step in the development of fascisms beyond which there’s a point-of-no return. now, looking at the electoral map, I don’t think that’s quite accurate. The teabaggers can’t win enough to become overwhelmingly powerful just yet, and it’s possible that intra-part conflict will kill the movement in the next 2 years. But I can see how having them as part of a legitimately elected government is definitely a first step, with the 2012 and 2014 elections either killing them off or indeed becoming the point of no return. After all, the teabaggers have already started shaping US politics from outside the official structures. Once they’re in, the insane narrative that American values indeed are teavalues will become even more prevalent in the media. And we all know how well the democrats are able to withstand these narratives instead of fully buying into them.
So what’s the point of this post? Really only to slap my American friends over the head with it and remind them to not fucking fuck this thing up!!!!
Now excuse me, I have to drive the boyfriend to the nearest voting station
P.S.: sorry for the overuse of tea as a prefix. It just fit so well :-p
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*regardless of whether it’s relevant to the teabaggers, or whether the teabaggers will even be an issue after today, it’s a paper worth reading and keeping in mind for future reference. I really do think it captures the definition and development of fascism really well.