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Thread #114421 Message #2442473
Posted By: Little Hawk
16-Sep-08 - 05:19 PM
Thread Name: BS: RFKennedy, Jr., - Palin quotes fascist
Subject: RE: BS: RFKennedy, Jr., - Palin quotes fascist
I agree with the stuff in Carol's last post.
To quote a brief part of it: "Since what is being implicitly said is that there are "true Americans", which precisely are those "small town Americans" ("good people" with "honesty, sincerity and dignity") represented by Sarah Palin (the true "volklish" leader, being a "hockey mom", a "pittbul with lipstick" and all).
Quite so. I have been bothered by this sort of implicit ersatz folk mythology fascism implicit in American politics all of my life. It is an endlessly repeated message underlying the rhetoric of almost all American politicians and seen again and again in popular entertainment, but it is usually employed more effectively by the Republicans than by the Democrats...because the Republicans draw their strength from those rurual people most inclined to believe the myth...since it tells them that they are the "good people" and that there's someone "bad" out there that they must band together against and defeat (destroy).
Yes, it's really a form of volk fascism, and I can't stand it. To focus on this one line out of Palin's speech, though, is merely to draw attention to the 10 millionth time this kind of message has been used in the last 100 years. There's nothing the least bit unusual about it. It's merely a matter of momentary convenience to liberal minds that she happened to use a quote from Pegler to say something that has been said so many times already that it's like a feedback hum in the American consciousness. She could have used any one of about 50,000 quotes from other American writers and have said the same thing....but she or her handlers made an error and chose Pegler....OH JOY!!!!
So it's a windfall for those specific people who hate the conservative movement, because Pegler just happens to be an author whose views are extreme enough that he makes a good target for raising a little outrage.
This only matters to the people who would never have voted for Sarah Palin or John McCain in the first place.
If people here are questioning the myth itself, great. It should be questioned.