This is the comment I posted at Chauncey DeVega's Indomitable website as an observation on his article, "Summoning Lucifer and God at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland."
I would not say this is the end of the Republican Party, per se.
Adele Stan has a great article in The American Prospect on the
conservative old guard--Schlafly and Viguerie--supporting Trump because they view him as the imperfect wrecking ball who can complete their
life's work--to drive the Establishment out of the GOP and make it into a
right-wing populist party.
We witnessed tonight Trump humiliating Cruz inside the GOP convention on prime time. Trump delegitimized
Cruz's brand of theocracy and trickle down economics with his own
muscular policies. Evangelicals are flocking to Trump because he is a
strong man, an authoritarian father figure (Lakoff), and rich
(prosperity gospel personified).
Trump has captured the nativist
movement and made anti-immigration the centerpiece of his campaign. Indeed, he is actually waging a Fourth Generation Warfare campaign and using its associated political platform, according to Bruce Wilson.
Sheriff David Clarke's prime time speech was a wet sloppy kiss to the Patriot militia and Richard Mack's CSPOA. White nationalists are
wetting their pants and getting thrills up their legs by Trump promoting a white racial identity or consciousness. Clarke and Guiliani have delegitimized Black Lives Matter and turned them into a domestic terrorist group. Even our own Florida AG has advocated putting Hillary Clinton in prison, a theme first pushed by the delegates and ramped up by Chris Christie.
In sum, we are witnessing Fourth Generation Warfare, the central aim is to undermine the legitimacy of your enemy.
Hillary Clinton is not only "crooked," she is a traitor. By extension,
Obama is a traitor and all Democrats are traitors.
Matter are domestic terrorists. By extension, Black folks who voice
their anger and take to the streets to exercise their First Amendment
rights are terrorists. Logically, since speech is now terrorism, Blacks
folks are neither afforded nor entitled to any self-protection. If you
cannot use words in self-defense, then what can you use? I would
humbly submit that young readers consult Ida B. Wells and familiarize
yourselves with the Deacons for Defense and Justice. They are being
All Muslims are also domestic terrorists. Of course,
since many Muslims are also Black, and one cannot tell a Black Muslim
from a Black non-Muslim, then all Blacks are terrorists. They are
Ditto for Latinos and brown-skinned
immigrants. They are all potential "rapists" and "drug mules." By
logical extension, when they protest for immigrant rights, they too are
domestic terrorists. They are routinely scapegoated and demonized.
candidate Pence--but nearly all in the GOP convention--are rabid haters of the LGBTQ. When they protest in furtherance of protecting the LGBTQ
from discrimination, they too are domestic terrorists. They are
There is an importance to demonization that
goes beyond dehumanizing. The process of demonization is closely linked
by scholarship to delegitimization--political and cultural--and to the
idea of cosmic war--the end all battle of good vs evil, but really God
vs Satan. Thus, Carson's linking Clinton to Lucifer had a special
import for conservative evangelical Christians.
And, I will add
one further happy thought. The process of scapegoating, demonizing,
delegitimizing, and evoking a cosmic war are all preludes to genocide or
ethnic cleansing. Since 2005, the right-wing has been peddling what I
call "soft" and "hard" genocide into the mainstream. "Soft" genocide is
now fully inside the GOP.
In Kill the Messenger: The Media's Role in the Fate of the World, Maria Armoudian,
explained that the propaganda campaign in Germany succeeded due to four
factors: "dire social and economic conditions...a simple but corrosive
web of misinformation, emotional appeals, and a pervasive and
authoritarian message and ideology" (page 57).
explained what she called the "genocidal frame" which consists of "static, dehumanizing, or evil depictions; blame for serious
sociopolitical problems; a 'grand' cause that requires the elimination
of the 'bad guys;' and a 'kill-or-be-killed' dichotomy." She added,
"Under conditions of hardship and with a single, dominant message, the
genocidal frame, when widely believed, can convince populations to
support or, at least, turn a blind eye to the elimination of 'the
others' for the sake of rescuing their 'own' community" (page 279).
As Chauncey wrote, this "stopped being funny months ago."
the pieces are moving on the chessboard. You can be like the blowhards
on MSNBC or the chattering chipmunks on CNN and laugh and gape at the
spectacle, or, you can start connecting the dots. As William S. Lind, the originator of Fourth Generation Warfare predicted, the "next real war" has indeed come to American soil and you, dear reader, are the