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The Rise Of The ‘Alt Right’ And Religious Right Are Chillingly Similar

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The Rise Of The ‘Alt Right’ And Religious Right Are Chillingly Similar

We can glean a lot about whats ahead by studying the legacy of the Religious Right.

By Katherine Cross

The Establishment

November 26, 2016

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http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/ rise-alt-right-and-religious-right-are-chillingly-similar

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/h82qnj8

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It wasnt over on November 8.

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Of course it wasnt. This race, with its roiling of our electoral landscape, is the kind that leaves legacieseven if Trump had lost, the stain of what Trump has made possible would be with us.

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Trump has reinvigorated white nationalism; his nomination of Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist makes that clear enough. While many across the political spectrum have reacted with horror at Trumps bigotry, all too many Republicans and conservatives may instead be taking lessons from him on how to exploit the newly-invigorated alt-right, the trendy name given to people who are mostly unreconstructed white nationalists and neo-Nazis. (Theres even been a push to disavow this term altogether, for the way it obscures and normalizes the bigotry and hatred that fuels this movement, with media figures taking pledges to never use the term alt-right at all.)
For a party that has shown itself to be chronically allergic to expanding its base, finding ways to ratchet up the rage of angry white men may seem to be the only hope. Worse, the self-identified alt-rights internet-savvy gloss provides Republicans with the illusory sense that young voters are turned on by this fundamentally paleoconservative message.

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It could work, for a time at least. With Faustian grace, the Republicans have shown themselves to be adept at buying a moments vigor and wealth at the cost of their souls. The last time the GOP made such a deal was in the late 1970s, awakening the politically quietist constituency of Evangelical Christians and giving birth to the Religious Righta force that would imbue the Republicans with immense power, even providing the margin of victory in the painfully tight 2004 presidential race. But it would also consume the party, drowning it in ever more stringent purity pledges, infighting, and indulgence of extremismdragging the country in its undertow by saddling us with draconian abortion restrictions, bathroom bills, and other self-satirizing absurdities at every level of government.

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The racists Trump has courted will destroy the Republican Party as we know it, but that slow, violent death will catch us all in its wake, with potentially devastating consequences for American democracyand what may rise in its place should comfort no one.

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We can glean a lot about whats ahead by studying the legacy of the Religious Right.

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Republicans found their wedge issue in religiously inspired segregation._
Throughout the 1970s, the Christian college, Bob Jones University, had been fighting the Internal Revenue Service to keep its tax-exempt status despite its prohibition on interracial dating and marriage; for many white Christians, the IRS rule and successive court rulings against Bob Jones University were unforgivable intrusions on their religious liberty. In 1984, at long last, the matter was settled by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the IRSs revocation of tax exempt status did not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. But during the cases many years wending its way through the courts, Republican doyen andHeritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich used the issue to galvanize white Evangelicals angry about political correctness. More than even abortion, this issue began getting the nascent moral majority to pull the lever for Republicans and eventually, for Ronald Reagan himself.

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Just six years after Nixons historic resignation, Republicans were back on their way to the White House with a thumping mandate from the electorate. But the moral majority wanted more than occasional meetings with the Gipper and God Bless America.

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The history of the Republican Party these last 30 years is the tale of a flesh-eating virus. Though many politicized Evangelical Christians will speak fondly of Reagan, to speak to them in private is to hear their quiet laments about his overall inaction on issues like abortion and divorce. Indeed, Reagans administration, though thoroughly right-wing, was more consumed with neoconservative foreign policy and Friedmanite Monetarism than the soft social issues that so animated the Religious Right. They wanted more, and demanded it quite loudly at the 1992 convention when they booed Massachusetts Governor William Weld off the stage for making a pro-choice speech (his political fate was to be Gary Johnsons running mate this year).

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This is the party Trump now commands, clothed in terrifying power at the federal and state level, leading an ongoing revolution against itself and the nations women and minorities. The deal made with the religious right was one built on the idea that Platonic Republican leaders could use the noble lie of Evangelical Christianity as a circus for a new bloc of voters. It consumed them and came to dominate the party with terrifying sincerity.

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Now the Republican President will be a man who, despite his bombastic repudiation of piety, is taking his party in a new direction with the blessing of those religious voters. Over the years, these voters have been convinced to reverse their prioritization of religion over politics, giving in to ever more worldly political causes. Its made way for their heirs. There is a very real possibility that Trumps white nationalist voters will be the next cancer to metastasize on the GOP.

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Trump has tapped into what we might think of as the KKKs David Duke wing of the Republican Party, feeding racist resentment in ways so blatant that dog whistles are just whistles now. The energy Trump has generated, riding to a convincing primary victory through cultivating a cult of personality around his bigoted tell it like it is bombast, is doubtlessly attractive to Republicans.

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Weve been here before; the Faustian temptations abound. Even if Trump had led his party to a historic defeat, the forces that hes summoned up would not have gone away; as things stand, things are just more blatant now.
Trumps victory was excruciatingly narrow, and hes poised to lose the popular vote by millions. This is cause for some cold comfort, but it carries its own warning. Barry Goldwater and his fiery far right conservatism lost in a nationwide rout in 1964 while giving Nixon ideas for how to win big just four years later, and set the stage for a young Ronald Reagan to begin making the case for his own brand of right-wing ideology, cultivating a new base for the party.

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We should not doubt that there are many Republicans in the wings now looking at how Trump made white nationalism respectable again, trying to figure out how best to exploit that. They see that voter suppression has worked, and that Trumps appeals excite rural whites (of all classes) who had been turned off by mainstream Republicanism. They, undoubtedly, feel they have a formula now, which will be deployed at every electoral opportunity.

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Goldwaters radical credoextremism in defense of liberty is no vicehas been the rallying cry for those dragging the Republican Party further and further to the right.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[Net-Gold] UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY : INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM : LIBERTARIANISM : RACISM : BIGOTRY : EXTREMISM : HATE GROUPS : INTOLERANCE : DONALD TRUMP : BLATANT FALSEHOODS: SERIAL LIARS : REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN : RAPE CULTURE : SEXISM : NEO-NAZIS : KU KLUX KLAN : RELIGION: CHRISTIANS: RELIGIOUS RIGHT: The Rise Of The ‘Alt Right’ And Religious Right Are Chillingly Similar

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