subscribe: Posts | Comments      Facebook      Email Steve

The 2 groups I hate


There are two groups in America whom I loathe and fear more than any others: evangelicals, and white nationalist neo-nazis.

Both are diehard Republicans. Both represent dire threats to the country I grew up in and love, and to me, personally, as well. And both are the staunchest parts of Trump’s base.

Let me explain why I think they’re both scum.

Evangelicals: Many years ago, early on a Sunday morning, I was driving back to San Francisco from Los Angeles. I was looking for something to listen to on my car radio and stumbled across what sounded to me like a big Christian revival rally: a fire-and-brimstone male preacher and thousands of cheering voices chanting “Amen” and “Praise Jesus!” Now, I’d long had a fascination with these people, sort of an amateur anthropologist interest in them. Who are they? What makes them tick? So I listened.

The preacher was saying something about “How are we going to convince the doubters?” Well, since I was (and am) “a doubter,” it was interesting. How are they going to convince me, I thought, with their narrow-minded bigotry and superstitions (the virgin birth, the resurrection, all that literal interpretation of the Bible nonsense)?

Then the preacher started screaming:

“We’ll preach to them and tell them the truth, but some of them still won’t listen. Do you know what we’ll do to them then?”

Tremendous cheers from the flock. They knew what was coming.

“We’re going to find them—and we’re going to surround them—and then we’ll drag them kicking and screaming into the tent!”

Huge cheers, a tremendous burst of agreement, and even some laughter. And that’s when I pulled over to the side of the road. I was so stunned, I couldn’t even drive. And I thought about what I had just heard:

Somebody—probably a group of men—is going to hunt me down, and surround me, and then they’re going to seize my arms and legs and take me forcibly into some ‘tent.’ And then, they’re going to—what?”

That was my moment. Prior to it, I’d thought that evangelicals, and Pentecostals, and all the rest of that crowd, were harmless crackpots. Now, I realize they weren’t harmless at all.

Ronald Reagan had just been elected, with the notorious help of fundamentalist bigots like Jerry Falwell. The country seemed like it was drifting rightward—no, not just “drifting,” but rushing headlong into some kind of rightwing, Christian theocracy. We already were familiar with what had happened in Iran just a few years earlier. Could the same thing happen here?

Then, there are the white neo-nazis. About the same time as the incident on the radio, I happened by chance to come across a used copy of the first volume of Winston Churchill’s “The Second World War.” I blazed through it, then went on to acquire the other five volumes. That prompted in me a great interest in the origins of World War II, especially the rise of the nazis. During the Eighties, I read as much as I could. The years passed, with the presidency passing from Reagan to H.W. Bush, Clinton, and W. Bush to Obama. I continued reading, and saw with greater clarity how similar the rise of the right in America is to the nazis’ seizure of power. By the time Trump was elected (with Russian help), I’d reached my conclusions—conclusions that have only solidified since 2016.

In this modern Republican Party we have something resembling a cross between Iranian-style fundamentalist fanaticism and the white rage of the working class dispossessed who elevated Hitler to power. This is a type of mutation that has never existed before in the world. But it exists now, in America. It has been gaining strength for decades; the rise of the tea party was its debut on the stage of 21st century politics.

I despise both groups; I despise the unholy spawn that has resulted from their unnatural union. I fear greatly for America if Trump is not defeated next year, and if the Senate doesn’t flip Democratic and the House held. I pray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to live long. My only hope is that these white neo-nazis and these fundamentalist Christians make very strange bedfellows. Are there fissures that could eventually drive them apart? Have a great weekend

Leave a Reply


Recent Comments

Recent Posts