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You mentioned xenophobia here, though my interpretation may have been incorrect:

In a world with inconceivable wealth concentrated in the hands of those who live in a gated, sterilized world of comfy, quiet illusions and xenophobic fear, noise and courage are our best weapon.

Just curious:

Some reading shows that many coups are not so much about ideology or policy as they are about naked power.

I'm having trouble thinking of many coups that actually were about ideology and policy.  I suppose the American Revolution was more about ideology, and I'm certain that there are plenty of other examples, but none that I can think of in very recent history.  The Bolshevik coup was clearly about power, in my opinion.  I suppose we could see the collapse of the Soviet bloc as a series of coups related to policy.

We were on the road to laying theocratic domination and homophobia to rest, and we are still on the road to laying the latter to rest, although it is a long and winding road that has, and will continue to, involve many setbacks.  As I've pointed out many times, public opinion has begun a fairly strong shift in favor of gay rights.  Theocratic domination also rests on the destruction of the right to privacy, which the Supreme Court has established quite clearly, and which the American people very much support.  Note how even the biggest lunatics in the GOP run away from the chance to state that they do not believe in that right.

Even if the Court were to throw out the right to privacy, tomorrow, Congress would be so fearful of an election-day revolt that it would pass a constitutional amendment in a matter of hours.  And don't think for a second that the states wouldn't pass it, too.  Even Florida, a state that is perhaps permanently dominated by the GOP (since it holds over 3/4s of each house, as well as the governer's mansion), recognizes the right to privacy.  (I believe it's even written in our state constitution, but I may be wrong.)  The public would go into a blind rage.

The point is that, given that the Religious Right's founding mission is really to throw out privacy (since that right is the foundation of, for example, Roe, it is, ultimately, a losing battle for the pseudo-Christian sociopaths.

But the two, homophobia and religious intolerance, really go hand-in-hand.  The Religious Right has been on the rise in this country for quite some time -- long before Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld were in any positions of serious power.  The Religious Right is virtually synonymous with the Old Racist Right.  (Not always, but more often than not, from what I've seen.  They're centered in the same parts of the country, among the same sorts of people -- namely, rural, working-class whites.)  The movement simply never got off the ground until Roe v. Wade was decided in the '70s.  And it didn't have any major impact on politics until 1980.

I would argue that the foundation for the current state of affairs was put into place in the mid-1950s, as the civil rights movement began to gather steam.  I would argue, further, that this is roughly as good as it gets for the Religious Right and the Neocons.  It's all downhill from here.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 06:27:58 PM EST
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