It looks like the race to the bottom among the folks in the
Republican Confederate Party is moving faster than events in Egypt.
John noted the other day that after attacks on Rape Victims and Veterans he expected somebody to introduce the “Kick an Orphan and Beat a Puppy Act of 2011” any day now. And while that may be in the works there seems to be a lot of other other idiotic and despicable ideas–from child labor to Repeal of the Reconstruction Era Amendments and more–that windnutopia is promoting in their ongoing effort to restore their collective fantasy of 19th Century perfection.
And so it should come as no surprise that support for Ethnic Cleansing is seen as a winning issue for 2012
Republican Confederate Party candidates for President. And yesterday, professional candidate Mike Huckabee came out in favor of Ethnic Cleansing as a virtue. At a ground breaking for a new settlement on ‘liberated/appropriated’ land in East Jerusalem he called for the removal and relocation of Palestinians in Palestine to some new place carved out of “vast amounts of territory that are in the hands of Muslims, in the hands of Arabs.”
Huck then went on to declare the idea of seeking peace in the region to be a waste of time, but it was some other things he said that illustrated perfectly the dedication to white supremacy and
American Confederate Exceptionalism that has become the dark heart of the so-called ‘Conservative’ movement in America.
Now because Huckabee made his full-throated defense of Ethnic Cleansing in the context of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict it would be easy to lose the significance of his ideas in the all too predictable auto-comment back and forth that follows any post mentioning the I/P issue. And if you must go there automatically, who can stop you. Mazel Tov and have fun with that.
But, the focus of this post is not the I/P conflict, rather it is looking at Huck’s additional comments which revealed a lot more about himself and the white supremacist world view that he–and the modern so-called ‘Conservative’ movement–defends and promotes. That world view makes Huck’s call for erasing Palestinians predictable as it is a movement dedicated to cleansing people from the narrative, denying their humanity and erasing them from history. On issue after issue, it is what the modern
Republican Confederate Party is all about.
Expanding on his support for the removal of Palestinians from the West Bank and colonization of the ‘liberated’ land, Huckabee told Jerusalem Post:
“I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English. I would be outraged if someone told me that in my country, I would be prohibited and forbidden to live in a part of that country, for any reason.”
Huckabee added that the “essence of freedom, the very heart of it,” is self-determination and self-direction.
It was high-minded rhetoric to support the denial of those rights to Palestinians because they are not white and they are not Christians (or important plot points in the Rapture fantasy). Huckabee can not imagine a white man being denied anything even as he actively supports cleansing others of the Rights that he holds sacred for himself and those HE chooses to share some of his rights with.
And ALL of the rights Huckabee can not imagine being denied because of his race, gender, language or faith are rights that he and his movement actively seek to deny people in America and around the world because their race, gender, language and/or faith are not the same as Mike’s.
This is the essence of white privileged laid bared: all rights are mine and I get to decide who is a ‘lessor’ group of people and what portfolio of rights I will allow those groups to have.
For Huckabee, the Palestinians are not human and they have very little rights. They exist to be demonized and are easily erased from the narrative of humanity. In fact, their erasure is promoted as a virtue.
The same is true for women in the wingnut view on abortion–they are not human, they are containers holding zygots and can be easily erased from the narrative. The same is true with immigrants–they are easily erased as human and denying them rights can be promoted as virture. Workers, Veterans, liberals, the poor, students, city dwellers, Native Americans, African American, GLBT, whatever–you only have the rights and your place in the
American Confederate narrative of history that Huck and his ilk are willing to grant you. And if you do not fit in to that narrative you will be erased from that history. And if you challenge that narrative you must be destroyed.
Huckabee has added a call for ethnically cleansing the Palestinians from Palestine to the growing list of people the Right seeks to erase from history. Expect others in his party to follow his call and try to outbid him. In the fight for the white supremacist vote that drives the Right these days you will never loose ground by calling for the erasure of this or that group from the narrative and you will never be faulted for advocating for
American Confederate White Exceptionalism.