One of my favorite lines from Casablanca is when Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) is told that he must shut down Rick’s Cafe American. He could not come up with a reason. Finally, he declares that Rick’s is closed.
“…Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
Captain Renault: Everybody out at once!…”
The uproar surrounding GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) reminds me of just that. Why they are ….shocked …. that he hung out with white supremacists. They are so shocked, why, they’re doing nothing about it. The protests are just a little like Captain Renault. The whole darn GOP is shocked, shocked to think that one of their own might have done something less than kosher, when it came to white supremacists. What they are actually shocked about is to discover that Scalise managed to get caught with his hand in the all-white cookie jar.
Give me a break, already yet, please. Anyone who has been following the anti-immigration and libertarian, Ron Paul, Steve Pence story line knows that the GOP has been waltzing with white supremacists, out in the open, for at least ten years, if not longer. It is so out in the open, what’s the use of even listing all the lovely little white supremacist connections? It will take all day, and frankly, I figure everyone already knows, but doesn’t really give a damn. Heck, Ron Paul regularly took campaign cash from the founder of Stormfront, and no one cared.
The extreme right of the GOP is so hip-deep wallowing in the ranks of white supremacists that it’s not even any use calling them down on it. They’ll just lie. They have so many people covering up for them that, unless you are willing to delve into their nastiness, and become quite ill in the process, well, what’s the use? It’s there. They basically control the GOP. The control the religious right. The control the entire anti-immigration narrative. They control FOXNews. The god-father of Sean Hannity’s children is a well known neo-Nazi who did jail time. One of the reasons I began blogging was to expose these people. During the process I’ve learned that no one really cares. If they did, we would have a wholesale purge of these people during the primary process. Instead, they just keep on getting nominated and re-elected. When one considers the truly disgusting neo-Nazi connections with our so-called Ukrainian allies, frankly, we’re screwed.
The rate the far right is going, one of these days David Barton is going to rewrite the history of World War II, in order to make his white supremacist friends look like the Nazis were the good guys. They’re already white-washing the entire Ukrainian World War II story. Let’s face it, David Duke basically rules the rank underbelly of the far right, along with John Tanton, and a few select others.
The truly nasty part of this is that the little tin gods of the far right, GOP, and libertarian movement have a pedigree which reaches into Germany and was right there at the founding of the John Birch Society. Golly, with over-lords like that, no one is going to tell a little two-bit player to quite the House because of a close, personal friendship with David Duke.