It's one of those things where if you're under a certain age 'suck' is just slang that gets tossed around. it's like 'that sucks', 'that bites', 'bite me', 'you suck', 'oh my god that blows', etc. generational difference. that's just how people talk.
This is a good insightful essay. Really gets inside the mind of a teabagger.
Social scientists, historians, psychologists and others have developed an extensive vocabulary to talk about the lived politics of the color line. These terms include such notable phrases as symbolic racism, white racial resentment, the white racial frame, in-group and out-group anxiety, ethnocentrism, prejudice, realistic group conflict, colorblind racism, systems of structured inequality, racial formation, and front stage vs. backstage racism.
In thinking through the politics of race at work in the white conservative political imagination, this seemingly disparate terminology is connected by a common thread. Race and racial ideologies are ways of seeing the world, of locating people and individuals relative to one another, and are a cognitive map for making sense of social relationships. While shocking to outsiders, the type of racism played with so casually by Gingrich, Romney, Santorum, Paul and other conservatives is a type of common sense for their public.
For example, the audiences that cheer Romneys speeches about a country that is lost, one led by an anti-American usurper, are not necessarily bad people. They are motivated by a sense of belonging, and made to feel special by virtue of being real Americans, part of a special tribe anointed with unique insight and wisdom by their oracles.
Likewise, those who embrace Gingrichs habit of stereotyping inner city blacks as lazy, unmotivated, and criminal, probably identify as compassionate conservatives, or good Christians. There is no intended malice on their part. To them, everyone knows that these observations about black and brown people are true.
One of the most cited grievances to come out of Occupy Wall Street is the crushing burden of student loans. I have had a couple of guest posts on the topic including one from Tim Smith who blogs on the Echo Boom. Here, now, is a piece by Alan Collings, who has been devoting himself to the issue.
Some perspective is needed here. If there is an infectious disease outbreak, the CDC is pretty snappy about warning the public. Similarly for the USGS and earthquakes, NOAA and tsunamis, etc. Should we not expect the same type of response from the Education Department in the face of exponentially increasing student loan debt and astonishingly high default rates? When we were looking at a Trillion dollars in national student loan indebtedness, and the default rate was north of 1 in 4, why wasnt the Department of Education sounding the alarm? These questions have yet to be posed to those in charge at the Department, but need to be. By Congress. Department staff who should have warned congress and the public but didnt should be held accountable. This isnt a question of good government. Rather it would seem that is a question about minimally adequate government.
So the question now is how to fix what is broken, to borrow a phrase from President Obama, Secretary Geithner, and others following the most recent State of the Union Address. Gainful employment rules, dickering around with the Pell Grant, and similar activities do nothing here. Neither do the various repayment programs that are being marketed by the higher ed crowd as viable substitutes for the consumer protections that were stripped from the system. Some policy thought leaders, in fact, are pointing to these untested, unproven programs as a basis for dramatically increasing the federal loan limits! This is not the direction we want to go. We cannot afford it, and to claim otherwise is hugely irresponsible.
Dont be distracted by the sophisticated, confusing rhetoric being forced into this debate by those who would maintain the status quo no matter what the cost, or those who would end public support for higher education altogether. Neither extreme has the interests of the citizens at heart. Remember only that reall, this is not a difficult problem. Congress created it by removing fundamental, free-market consumer protections from student loans. Congress can and must fix it by essentially undoing what they did. Quite simply, it begins by returning, at a minimum, the bankruptcy protections that were removed without rational basis (when bankruptcy was the same for student loans as all other loans, far less than 1% of federal loans were discharged this way). With this fundamental, free market mechanism returned, the Department of Education will have a vested interest in compelling the schools to provide a high quality product at a low cost, and at reasonable debt levels.
January 3, 2012, 5:36 pm
Nobody Likes to Talk About It, but Its There
By ANDREW ROSENTHAL
DES MOINES Talking about race in American politics is uncomfortable and awkward. But it has to be said: There has been a racist undertone to many of the Republican attacks leveled against President Obama for the last three years, and in this dawning presidential campaign.
You can detect this undertone in the level of disrespect for this president that would be unthinkable were he not an African-American. Some earlier examples include: Rep. Joe Wilson shouting you lie at one of Mr. Obamas first appearances before Congress, and House Speaker John Boehner rejecting Mr. Obamas request to speak to a joint session of Congressthe first such denial in the history of our republic.
More recently, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, in a conversation overheard at Reagan National Airport in Washington, said of Michelle Obama: She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself. He offered a lame apology, but as Mary C. Curtis put it on the Washington Posts new blog She the People: Can you imagine how the incident would play out if an African American congressman made a crude remark about First Lady Laura Bushs body? It certainly would have taken more than an insincere apology to wash that sin away.
This ugly strain was crudely evident in the birthers and their ridiculous demands that Mr. Obama produce his birth certificate to prove that he was American, and not secretly an African Muslim.
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Ron Paul's policies are racist.
But as to the point in the OP...
Ron Paul is pretty popular among a certain group of mostly younger white males.
But most of them are not racist, at least they don't think they are.
Some of them support him because of his positions on issues.
If the Democratic party were to take clear positions defending civil liberties, reforming drug policy, preventing the police state, standing up to the military industrial prison industries, etc, etc., then we might be able to peel off some of Ron Paul's people to vote Democrat instead.
But mostly I think they won't go for a Democrat anyway.
Their basic principles are
1)State's rights and
2)An fetish for smaller government.
The areas where liberals/progressives/Dems/lefties might agree with Ron Paul people, as important as those areas are, they are just coincidences.
On issues of equal or even greater importance, we on the left would never be able to agree on a candidate for major office that the Ron Paul people would also find acceptable.
Unfortunately some people don't know the difference between talking about issues and talking about personalities, so it can make getting at the issues a little tough sometimes.
I still think Democrats should lead on many of those issues though, and some Democrats do indeed do so.
But I don't think we'll be snatching away many Ron Paul supporters. They "don't like us".
I like this song.
They can't criticize him for being too far to the left, so instead they just make stuff up.
I got to watch quite a bit of it over the holidays staying with relatives for a week. There was like a 30 minute segment talking about how much time President Obama spends playing golf. They seriously made out like he wasn't paying attention to running the country and he was just on vacation all the time, with hundreds of hours spent playing golf, with no clue what was going on. The ironic part: that was their guy Bush.