Opinion: Banana Republicans

Anti-American Republicans seem to be stunned into obsequiousness, or the fear of not having a  white majority makes them surrender to their worst instincts. The Republican party, through their officials, both local and federal, Supreme Court Justices, and media outlets are profiteering off of hate. The party is now a banana republic whose chief export is hatred in the form of racial division, animosity, and when all else failed, insurrection. Banana Republics are single resource revenue countries [entities] where all power and wealth are derived; The Republic of Botswana is dependent on diamonds, and Ecuador, the most glaring example, literally relies on banana exports.

Black men suffer the indignities of racial innuendo as a part of life. Former President Obama was called [H]omey, and Glenn Beck accused him of being a “racist.” One-time FBI director J. Edgar Hoover referred to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a sex degenerate and a “tomcat.” Referring to his ten-year-old traffic tickets as his ‘RAP sheet,’ Senator Marsha Blackburn [I say] from the great state of Tennessee decided to show off her confederate chops in a hearing for Biden nominee, attorney Andre Mathis. She brought the nominee to near tears, eliciting an apology to his family for his traffic violations. Mr. Mathis did not choke up over traveling 5 miles over the speed limit, but the unnecessary humiliation to his manhood he was forced to endure in front of his wife and family.

The trick to most racial attacks is to dress it up as innuendo sans consequential fact. One way is to invoke the names of others as a cover. Blackburn pulled off a double whammy using the name of a black/woman to disguise her attack. She said there was no “meaningful consultation” from the White House. Sen. Blackburn says she favors Camille McMullen (who lists her party affiliation as non-partisan), an African American judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. She updated—while avoiding—the obvious tactics implored by Glenn Beck, who said, [Obama] has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture. I don’t know what it is…” After the pushback, the cover-up began, “I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem,” Beck said. “This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

The revelation that seven states, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, and New Mexico, had phony electors sign forged documents, which violates federal law, is unassailable proof of the GOP slide into autocracy. Just as frightening, Republicans are condoning an army of malcontents, cowards, and fascists to be their strong-arm men and women. Referring to the insurrectionists as patriots and political prisoners reveals their intent; domination through political force. None of the language or defamatory actions are new to racial politics. Yesterday, 11 so-called Oath Keepers, including founder and organizer Stewart Rhodes, were arrested for seditious acts against the U.S. government. One of the men arrested, who is identified as Lt. Commander Thomas Caldwell, told Tucker Carlson last night, “Everything that they’ve said about me and everything that they say today about me is untrue, and we can prove it.”

This is despite an indictment that alleges his true intentions, “So people started surging forward and climbing the scaffolding outside so I said lets storm the place and hang the traitors. Everybody thought that was a good idea so we did,” said Caldwell. [The] everybody he speaks of seems to increasingly include more and more members of the Banana Republicans.

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  • January 14, 2022