Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Monster Years

by Paul Krugman, NY Times

Last night wasn’t just a victory for tolerance; it wasn’t just a mandate for progressive change; it was also, I hope, the end of the monster years.

What I mean by that is that for the past 14 years America’s political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggested that the shootings at Columbine happened because schools teach students the theory of evolution. Monsters like Karl Rove, who declared that liberals wanted to offer “therapy and understanding” to terrorists. Monsters like Dick Cheney, who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start torturing people.

And in our national discourse, we pretended that these monsters were reasonable, respectable people. To point out that the monsters were, in fact, monsters, was “shrill.”

Four years ago it seemed as if the monsters would dominate American politics for a long time to come. But for now, at least, they’ve been banished to the wilderness.

2 comments:

Tiffani Ellis said...

Unfortunately, similar monsters are rearing their heads in my small town, and likely small towns all across Texas. I woke up with high hopes today, and was stunned by the hate-filled invective that I have heard all day. Fear has been so deeply ingrained in our psyche for the past eight years, that some of us can't shake it. This is no excuse for people continuing to practice racism so many years after the Civil Rights Movement. I was so disappointed by the small-town reaction that I witnessed today.

New American Patriot said...

Tiffani:

Sorry to hear it, my friend.

The stark truth is that, unbeknownst to the smug, arrogant, ignorant white middle class racists in rural and bible belt America, they are a dying breed, destined to go the way of the dinosaur.

First, we have the steadily burgeoning Hispanic, Asian American and Afro-American populations. Whites are rapidly becoming a minority in terms of populations.

Second, the middle class as such is in serious jeopardy as well. Unless seismic economic, social and intellectual shifts occur, the greater part of the middle class will be impoverished and marginalized further and further by their corporate overlords.

Third, bigotry is widely recognized as low-class, ignorant, vile behavior and its prevalence will only continue to diminish.

What we will eventually see is exactly what happened in South Africa, where the privileged white minority was forced to give up their oligarchy and became a globally despised and marginalized minority class.

Let's hope we have the sense to avoid the chaos that inevitably followed resistance to accepting that reality.

In the meantime, take comfort in knowing that BILLIONS around the worlkd are literally DANCING in the STREETS with JOY at the news. You are in the happy majority.

They cannot keep us down.