Saturday, August 6, 2022

The musings of two 84 year old women in the wake of recent events

In response to my prior posting about the August CPAC convention,  a college classmate of mine expressed dismay about America's future and, as fellow 84-year-olds, we will be "checking out" at the right time. She wished the best of luck to my grandchildren and her nieces and nephews in the future. 

Here is my reply (edited and cleaned up a bit).

The vote in Kansas this week  (upholding choice) gave me hope that after we check out,   women's lives will be ok and democracy will survive. The younger generations will dominate in the not- that-distant future.  It is called demographics. In the meantime, it will be all chaos, pain, and conflict as these changes and shifts take place. and as the white old boy order tries to cling to their power as long as they can. That is the era we are in now.

I wonder, though, if I were able to visit the earth twenty years from now, will US  citizens be giving the equivalent of the old Nazi salute to some dear leader, and will women will live the same kind of lives as subservient to men we had in our college days in the 1950s? I remember in those days opinions of women were dismissed then as not credible by the ruling white male majority and were not seen as competent as men.  It is conceivable.  Who would have thought within a short four years that fascism, racism, bigotry, and misogyny would dominate a major, though a minority, political party? Chin up and know we did our part to give women a better, fairer chance to live the kind of lives of their choosing.  We have also passed our legacy of the values of democracy on to our grandchildren and nieces and nephews. I believe most of them share these values.   Felicia

Friday, August 5, 2022

CPAC Cheers a white nationalist dictator: is that what the GOP base has become?


Is this what the GOP  base has become? It looks like it if the Conservative Political Action Committee attendees in Texas are typical of the extremists who have taken over the GOP.

Viktor Orban of Hungary spoke to CPAC to cheer for opposing mixing of races, anti-same-sex marriage, anti-immigrants, and the kind of democracy as we in America have known it for 250 years. He rose to power on racism, anti-immigrant and touting pure Magyar (Hungarian ethnic) Christianity,  and anti-semitic.  took over all media and the reigns of power in Hungary.   He has virtually assured his presidency for life by changing the country's constitution. He is a full-throated dictator, politely referred to as an autocrat. This is the member-approved preferred vision of CPAC now.  It is not conservatism; it is revisionistm, a throwback, to the 1930s.   He is isolated in Europe so he is looking for allies in the US to justify his takeover of a country that is already 97% ethnic pure. One of his chief advisors just resigned, calling a recent racial purity speech as Nazi.  This recent blog posting brings the issue of white Christian nationalism to current US politics

 From my posting in May 2022:

Such wide acceptance of replacement theory is becoming a threat to democracy itself.  This embrace of Viktor Orban of similar racist policies of anti-immigration and Hungarian ethnic domination also brings with it association with autocracy as a preferred method of governance instead of democracy. FOX's Tucker Carlson's enthusiasm for the autocratic ruler of Hungary inspired the US conservative pac,  CPAC to hold a conference in Hungary and plans more.  Hungary's Orban opens CPAC by telling conservatives "we need to coordinate the movement" of allies - CBS News    Tread lightly, CPAC.  You, too, will find yourself with not only the racist, anti-semitic white nationalism that is Orban's but saddled with his method of governing, which means no press freedom ( or press only permitted that is approved by Orban) and what we would consider in the US, a corrupt alliance between big business and government with rewards going to friends of Orban. An independent judiciary no longer exists.  Hungary is not like the US. Orban could be as racist and nationalist as he liked since 97% of the country is Magyar (Hungarian) and speaks Hungarian.  There are no large groups of minorities. That is not the US now and in the future. Takeover by someone like Orban appealing to white nationalists has not been. would not be, and will not be a peaceful process.  For US white nationalists, Hungary is a fantasyland.  The late Madeleine Albright, our beloved former secretary of state, tagged Orban as a fascist in her best-selling book, Fascism: A Warning "in 2018  mostly because of his racism and his opposition to "liberal democracy".  ( Fascism: a warning)

Hungary: where editors tell reporters to disregard facts before their eyes | Hungary | The Guardian

Living With Corruption: An Examination of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary — COLUMBIA POLITICAL REVIEW (