The Democrats and their Rhetoric of Fear - The Maltese Nominee

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Republicans get a bad rap. They have allowed themselves to be thought of as the party of hate and fear. They hate brown immigrants because they are racist, just as they were racist against blacks. They hate gay people with their evil sneaky sodomy. They also win elections only by preying on the fears of naive (stupid, redneck, etc.) voters, constantly talking about how the evil terrorists (much like the black and brown gay immigrants) are out to get you.

But when it comes to hate and fear, the Democrats rolled up their sleeves and said: "Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you." And they do it better because they are presumed to be the "halo" party, the party of inclusion, the party of economic justice and hugging everyone. How better to use that image than to prey on people's hate and fear? It's almost breathtaking how the Democrats, and in particular the putative leader of their party, has so conveniently found ways to legitimise jingoistic rhetoric into their populist vernacular.

Whenever they talk about all their money being sent to China, that's what they're doing. Anytime they talk about wanting to be free from "foreign oil," that's what they're doing. "I will not allow a single dollar of taxpayer money ot subsidise sending American jobs overseas." They're saying these are the same foreigners who take Americans hostage, come into our border to blow things up, steal our jobs, and even when they are being strange far away, they're still rubbing their hands together to steal our jobs and manipulate their currency.

Free Trade stops wars. Free trade stops wars because economies become too intricately bound to one another so that to even think of engaging in some kind of military aggression would be like pulling on ends of a rope. What is more, free trade is incumbent on free interactions of people, rather than the ghetto-ization of people by geographic origin.

So what if you "owe money to China?" As with all relationships between borrowers and lenders, the tension cuts both ways. Yes you have obligations to the people who are lending you money, but the people who are lending you money are also vulnerable since all their money is with you. They're as afraid you will renege on your debts as you are afraid you won't be able to pay them back. As long as that relationship exists, it's just yet another powerful deterrent to either side going too far off the reservation.

Businesses know how useful foreign things (including people) are. You get things better and cheaper now than if you didn't have foreign things. I trust a pro-business party to be inclusive in a way a patriarchal party finds much more difficult. Pro-business individuals are more likely to put aside predjudice in order to get what they want/need for their business - it is in their self interest. 

In contrast, people who want to paint themselves as being "inclusive" have this rather woolly soft-headed notion that we should be nice to everyone because "it's the right thing to do," that things should be "fair" and there should be an "even playing field." I trust people who have their own self-interest in mind, not people who have this flexible notion of right and wrong; who can "include" people to feel good about themselves, but damn all things foreign with the same breath.

You can feel good about yourselves all you want for rubber stamping a symbol of progress, but that does not annoint you as holy. It's a peculiar kind of self-deception to lionise the symbol of something that has none of it at its base. You might as well have the Maltese Falcon as the nominee of your party.



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