Last night, I watched coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. It was mostly a republican’s house party complete with some dumbfuckery entertainment that includes treating a CNN Anchorwoman like some kind of zoo animal, and Clint Eastwood’s slaying of an imaginary President Obama. It was a show that reminded (mostly) White Americans of the loss of so-called American wholesome values that vanished when women, black and brown people were given freedoms.
Throughout the whole program, the common themes of loving America and church values were spoken almost ad nauseum with most of the guest speakers including Presidential hopeful himself Mitt Romney. Their faith in a white male god is part of the conservative trope. To them, America is a God-fearing nation, a chosen nation that was founded to be a model for all countries around the world and to be their “protector” from all kinds of threats except from those from America itself. In their minds being a religious non-Muslim believer is part of the American Dream if one is to succeed in life.
Personal responsibility was also mentioned at the convention. You see, personal responsibility for conservative Republicans is a one-way street. It means that other people, particularly the poor and poor people of color should only hold themselves responsible for…being poor. You see, if they just simply go out and find some work, they wouldn’t be so damn poor. And it’s not the fault of failed economic policies, especially those put forth by the Grandfather of the modern day Republican Ronald Reagan and all of his GOP successors.
Republicans believe that by helping businesses, especially big businesses, the economy would pick itself back up. History has shown that it’s pure bullshit. By giving businesses so much help, they eventually can do whatever they want even if it hurts their workers and adds another million in their bloated bank accounts. In short Republicans want to help those who can help themselves and help Republicans.
Lastly, we can not forget the Obamaphobia that’s been buzzing around like a swarm of bees. Conservatives are hellbent to get the current President out of office to the point where voter suppression is a priority. What kind of voters would be suppressed? You guessed it! Black voters. The party is certain that most black people will cast their vote for Obama they will do and say anything to turn the tide in their favor even if it means taking the right granted to a people who have fought so hard to obtain. We definitely saw that during W’s rise to power.
All this and more comes from a party that claims to have nothin’ but love for America. Yet, they support various forms of exclusion and oppression against people who do not define their definition of what an ‘American’ is! They are stuck in the 1950’s sitcom version of America, and they desperate want that America back by any means available.