Tea Parties, Know Nothings, and Klansmen: The Enduring Specter of American Nativism


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James Pilant

 

That Devil History

In light of the 2013 shutdown of the federal government, much proverbial ink has been spilled trying to understand the lumbering, lily-white, unreasonably enraged, largely geriatric albatross known as the Tea Party that has taken the Republican Party into its paranoid talons and simply refuses to let go. Understanding what drives these Medicare-scootering reactionaries is key to understanding the mind of contemporary American conservatism. But these neck-vein bulging, spelling-challenged, addlepated political equivalent of howler monkeys are, in fact, only the most recent manifestation of a seemingly intractable American tradition: nativism.

A recent Salon piece by Michael Lind characterizes the Tea Party as the “Newest Right;” the angry progeny of historically southern-based movements like the Jacksonian Democrats and the supporters of the one-time Confederate States of America, who are lashing out at impending changes that threaten the national and local power of various subgroups of white people. The Tea Party…

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Fantastic Video / Garfunkel and Oates – “Save the Rich”


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I have long been a fan of Garfunkel and Oates (Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome) since I came across their video “Sex with Ducks” some years ago. If you want smart, intellectual humor you can find plenty on their You Tube web site or you can go to their main site here. (WARNING – Strong Language)  I’ve written about them before but their new video calls for comment on my part.

Here is the video – just click on the link below –

Save the Rich by Garfunkel and Oates

Music is often a vehicle for social comment. Garfunkel and Oates usually aim their musical commentary at the weird social scene of Southern California but here they show some sharp satirical teeth regarding economic inequality.

This one captures with I believe considerable accuracy the views of many in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the 99 percenters. It’s topical and it is very funny.

Besides, an occasional jab at the Republican spin phrase, job creators, is something I relish.

James Pilant

P.S. Here’s a review of one of their performances from Katherine Phelps, in search of LOLitanium

Lindhome and Micucci showed skill in their playing and tightly blended voices. The vocal clarity and articulation were excellent. This is important. Some people think that with comedy they can forego skill in certain performance elements, because doing something badly is funny. However, most comedians who have received the biggest laughs for this sort of gag, do so out of genuine ability and understanding how to make something hilariously bad. Victor Borge was famous for this. Micucci and Lindhome do not take this approach. Instead they ensure they deliver their material with such competence that nothing gets in the way of the jokes. It’s a very smooth package.

Riki Lindhome - courtesy UCBComedy

 

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