One after another, people we thought were progressives–people we thought had the same values as we do–have shown themselves to be, at heart, cultural rightists who sympathize with the darkest forces of our society. Chris Dodd–I gave you fifty bucks during the ’08 campaign because I liked your stance on FISA. Now you’ve shown yourself to be a servant of the banksters. Can I have my money back please? Barack Obama: I gave you a LOT more than fifty bucks, in “hope” that I’d see real “change”. Now you’ve shown yourself to be a corporatist who hires the likes of Gibbs, Summers, Geithner, and Rubin; and the positions you take, deck chair here and there notwithstanding, are practically indistinguishable from those of Bush the Dimmer. Can I have that money back too?
But the most shocking thing I’ve heard recently is that Howard Dean, whom I admired and supported in his historic election campaign, has shown himself to be a cultural xenophobe who buys into the nonsensical anti-Muslim (and anti-Constitutional) world view of the likes of Sarah Palin and David Duke.
Et tu, Howard Dean?
Here is the whole disgraceful story:
There is much more here than a difference of opinion, or protecting the feelings of people who were traumatized by the criminal attacks of 9-11. To take the position that the proposed mosque somehow presents a problem because of the 9-11 disaster is to concede to the haters, liars, war pigs and racists that we are at war with Islam; that Muslims are somehow fundamentally different from and hostile to the United States; and that it is natural, normal and forgivable to hate and fear all Muslims because a few criminals who happened to be Islamic attacked us.
THIS IS INSANITY. There are about one and one half billion Muslims in the world. 99% of them are just doing what you and I are doing: Trying to live in peace and raise our kids with material sufficiency and hope for the future. This hysteria over the proposed mosque is un-American, anti-Progressive, unconstitutional, and a refutation of the principles of the Enlightenment. The people who are “offended” by the proposed mosque should not be catered to, and their hysteria should be met with a full-throated denunciation of their position and a loud and aggressive defense of our values of tolerance and diversity. There is no doubt that many of the Teabagger set really are anguished by this; but we should have no more sympathy for them than we would have for a Southern racist who is anguished because their little Suzy will have to sit in the same classroom as a black person. The anguish is real, but that isn’t our fault. They should be offered understanding, but their foolishness and hateful fantasies must be rejected out of hand.
Howard Dean. SHAME on you. And may the day come soon when the Fox matrix will break and elementary sanity will prevail again.