American politics has boiled down to labels that we attach to different things…..like political correct or apologist or bleeding heart or ……..yada……
Well 2016 is NO different……
Some have described the liberal policies as being “race traitor”….but that is not the best…..the newest label that someone has attached to the white people that are angry with the “establishment” as a philosophy of “alt-Right”…..and it is all the rage in the media….
Suddenly, “alt-right” is the political phrase of the moment. Hillary Clinton on Thursday called out Donald Trump for being linked to what she calls a racist, “paranoid fringe” movement, while Trump denied even knowing what the phrase means. Coverage:
- What Clinton said, per Gothamist: “These are race-baiting ideas, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas, anti-woman—all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘alt-right.’… The names may have changed. Racists now call themselves ‘racialists.’ White supremacists now call themselves ‘white nationalists.’ The paranoid fringe now calls itself ‘alt-right.’ But the hate burns just as bright.”
- What Trump said, per the Hill, on CNN: “Nobody even knows what it is, and she didn’t know what it was. There’s no alt-right or alt-left. All that I’m embracing is common sense.”
- Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, formerly of Breitbart Media, told Mother Jones last week that Breitbart is the “platform for the alt-right.” Read the interview here. (Asked about it on CNN, Trump responded, “I don’t know what Steve said. I can only speak for myself.”)
- CNN’s Brian Stelter has an explainer video on the movement here.
- The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel has a primer here.
- At Breitbart, editor Milo Yiannopoulos says Clinton herself is responsible for the rise of the alt-right. Earlier this year, he wrote “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right.” Read it here.
- A USA Today columnist offers a definition: “It’s an online movement of white people—young white guys, mostly—including white supremacists, nationalists, nativists and plain ol’ racists. They’re anxious. They’re afraid. They worry whites are losing power and influence in America, and so they generally oppose immigration and multiculturalism.”
- This video blogger and alt-right supporter says the movement is “about us having a home, a place where we can be with people like ourselves.”
- When Clinton called out the alt-right movement, the alt-right loved it. See tweets rounded up by Slate.
I am sorry but I do not appreciate labels…no matter who they are attached to…..and I truly despise dog whistle slogans that are solely for the applause they generate….
I believe that any campaign or political program should be driven by dialog and not these labels and slogans….this is why our political system has become a huge joke….there is NO substance any longer to political campaigns…..(there are so few of us idealists left)
We on the Left have been living with labels of a century…I guess it is only fair that the wealth get spread…..
In closing a few words about fanaticism…….
“Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity”
“Fanaticism comes from any form of chosen blindness accompanying the pursuit of a single dogma.”
“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.”
“Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”