Cultural Revolutions

Demonized

Right-wing extremists are a threat to the peace and safety of good Americans.  Hateful gun-toting Southerners are riled up again and want to invade Massachusetts and New York and deprive people of their rights to abortion and atheism.  So one must conclude from a recent piece in The New Yorker and an article on Patheos, a popular website on religion: “White, ‘Christian’ and Treasonous: Who [sic] Will They Kill?”  The latter, by Frank Schaeffer, informs us that “a bunch of far-right, white, mostly Southern paranoid extremists are preparing for armed revolution and apocalypse.  They speak treason: literally.”

This has been a burgeoning theme in the mainstream media lately.  Judging from individual comments posted to some of the articles I have read, there are a considerable number of Americans who feel personally threatened by their fellow citizens who disagree with them.  History repeats itself, though not exactly, which is the tricky part.  It has happened before.  This scenario describes American history, 1846-76: the Cold War against the South followed by invasion and destruction.  You can get the basic story from the lyrics of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  The Puritans (now even more godless than before) are gearing up again for a purge.  Puritans believe they have the right...

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