Violence Is a Right-Wing Virtue

in Politics by

If you can’t beat ‘em, kill ‘em.

You would be forgiven if you believed that this was the GOP slogan for the midterms. After all, the modern conservative movement is not about lower taxes, traditional values, or all the other supposed principles that long obscured the right-wing predilection for violence.

No, the Republican Party has quit the exhausting task of hiding its affinity for head-bashing, and instead, conservatives are openly celebrating mayhem. 

Consider that a Republican congressman recently issued a death threat against his Democratic colleague—under the tortured guise of conservative humor. Or that one of the few Republicans to vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill received a “profanity-laced voicemail threatening his life and that of his family and staff.” And of course, a young right-wing hero for many conservatives shed crocodile tears in court over the two liberals he murdered in Kenosha.

And that’s just in one week.

We can point out that about a third of Republicans believe violence is an acceptable way to achieve political goals, that at least 10 attendees of the January 6 insurrection won elections under the GOP banner, and that a huge percentage of Fox News viewers think that having stormed the Capitol is something to be proud of.

This comes after years of escalating violence from conservatives, everything from ramming cars into protesters to celebrating war criminals to plotting to kidnap governors. It comes from the party where body-slamming journalists is admired and torturing immigrants is a selling point. It comes from conservatives who encourage vigilantes and provoke violence at political rallies and gleefully cheer for civil war.

The main terrorist threat to America right now is homegrown right-wing extremism. And it’s not the woke mob saying that. It’s the fucking FBI

Historians are alarmed that political violence is on the rise and say that it is “a grim warning about America’s political future.” And before you interject with a classic “both sides do it” argument, consider that many experts believe that it is conservatism, specifically, that has a violence problem, and that the GOP’s affinity for threats “is indicative of the broader threat the Republican Party poses to democracy in the US.”

Clearly, violence is just mainstream Republican politics now. But why is that?

Well, there are a number of reasons. Conservatives tend to be more religious, and thus value concepts like sacrifice, martyrdom, a vengeful god, and an inflexible moral code that divides the world into the faithful (i.e., the good) and the unbelievers (i.e., the bad). 

Conservatives are also just a tad fond of guns, which have an unfortunate tendency to go off and put holes in people. Guns are also a powerful display of intimidation, another conservative pastime.

Along those lines, Republicans are obsessed with appearing manly, and their definition of masculinity tends to revolve around intimidating others. The irony, of course, is that conservative men are often deeply insecure, which explains the need to appear macho.

The conservative mind is also prone to patriotism, which often leads to its vile sibling, nationalism. Combine that with the right-wing love of authoritarianism, and you have people who are willing, even eager, to slaughter their political opponents.

Finally, there is the fact that racism has become intertwined with Republican politics. Yes, bigotry has long been a central pillar of the GOP platform, but racism has become even more ingrained within the party as the country has become more diverse.

So when a messiah figure appeared in 2016, he encouraged white supremacists to stop sulking around, and he “welcomed their aggression as healthy enthusiasm, and justified it by ceaselessly inventing or exaggerating stories of left-wing and nonwhite violence, for which there was scant or no evidence.”

These factors supply an impressive list of catalysts, triggers, and justifications. Add it all up, and you have a political movement that is more about punching than negotiating

You have to wonder, therefore, about those pundits and Democrats who still think that we can talk right-wingers into refraining from aggression.

But violence is not a component of the modern conservative movement—it is an essential feature. 

Asking right-wingers to be nonviolent is like asking Cardi B to show less skin. It’s futile and misses the point. You’re asking fans to dismiss a large part of the appeal.

Furthermore, talking about conservatives and ignoring their violent subculture is like praising Giannis Antetokounmpo for his dribbling and passing while failing to note that he occasionally shoots the ball at the basket.

Or, to use a metaphor that conservatives themselves would love: Think of the Republican Party as a church. The congregation makes up most of the attendees, and they have various reasons for being there, ranging from the principled and deluded to the hypocritical and self-serving. Up at the front is the preacher, who claims he has all the answers but is most likely involved in some pretty shady business back at the rectory.

And then you have the choir. They are a minority, but a significant one. We’re not talking about one or two guys in robes. There are a lot of them, and they are dressed to stand out and placed in a position of prominence. 

When they sing, many of the congregants will ignore them, or even grumble how they don’t like the song, but none of them will object or walk out of the church. A few of them will nod or offer light applause. And a few others will feel the spirit move them, and they will get up and sing along, timidly at first but with increasing gusto. 

It’s the choir’s job to excite the congregation, and they have no hesitation to sing louder, even if it’s out of key and wretched to the ears. The choir members are doing God’s work, and they have no doubt about the sanctity of their mission. Nothing can make them stop.

Listen. 

Can’t you hear them singing?

 

Featured image: Scott Fairlamb, plead guilty for his role in storming the Capitol building on January 6 and punching a police officer (The Oregonian/Twitter)

So who is Daniel Cubias, a.k.a. the 'Hispanic Fanatic'? Simply put, he has an IQ of 380, the strength of 12 men, and can change the seasons just by waving his hand. Despite these powers, however, he remains a struggling writer. For the demographically interested, the Hispanic Fanatic is a Latino male who lives in California, where he works as a business writer. He was raised in the Midwest, but he has also lived in New York. He is the author of the novels 'Barrio Imbroglio' and 'Zombie President.' He blogs because he must.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*

Latest from Politics