The River Styx – Gustav Doré
I won’t bury the lede. After years of sifting through the endless permutations, the same three fallacies over and over and over again, and the smug bombast of sneerage and belittledom, a common denominator has at last appeared. The modern GOP philosophy, the underlying bedrock to all policy and ideological proscriptions and prescriptions boils down to one word: annoyance.
They are annoyed that they have to pay taxes.
They are annoyed that they can’t put up Christmas trees in government buildings.
They are annoyed by “illegal immigrants” (meaning in actuality, “Messicans,” or “Beaners” per se — it is a racial characterization, but in actuality a linguistic racism. More than 50% of illegal immigrants AREN’T native Spanish speakers, many are blond-haired, blue-eyed Northern and Eastern Europeans, like, perhaps, Melania Trump. But that’s not what annoys them.) And annoyed that they’re working for LESS than minimum wage, and “taking jobs” from Americans (who, demonstrably won’t take said jobs).
They are annoyed that anyone wants to “take” their guns.
They are annoyed that they can’t use the N-word. They are annoyed that “political correctness” chides them about racist and hateful speech. They are so annoyed that they characterize social ostracism for hateful speech (sometimes over the top, granted) with Nazi and Stalinesque suppression of all speech and thought.
They are annoyed that I point that last out.
They are annoyed that anyone ever got a “free” sandwich from the government — which they conflate with “welfare” and thence with Cadillacs. (This last is true, but please don’t ask me to explain it rationally, because it isn’t rational.)
They are annoyed that there are homeless people.
They are annoyed that Jesus hasn’t come back yet.
They are invariably annoyed by pop culture: styles, music, hair. You’d think that all of the USA were teenagers and they were the eternally -suffering parents.
They are annoyed by “liberals.”
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
They are annoyed when you ask them what a “liberal” actually is.
They are equally annoyed when you ask them if they actually know what Karl Marx wrote, or what “dialectic” is. This is invariably the result AFTER they call you a “communist” for having inadvertently annoyed them by evincing sympathy for the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned and the crippled.
They are annoyed by the poor, the homeless (why don’t they all just go home?), the imprisoned and the crippled or diseased or both.
They are annoyed when you don’t agree with them that the USA is the greatest country on Earth — save for all the liberals, the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned and the crippled.
They are annoyed that you haven’t read Ayn Rand and don’t know that they’re a Howard Roark Supergenius, misunderstood by a world they could give a damn about.
And they’re annoyed that you won’t accept their invitation to go to their Evangelical Super Church some Sunday.
GOP? Grievously Objecting Pollyannas.