Saturday, December 7, 2013

Tweet Conceit

Tweet Conceit
By Emma X

Emma X
It is a sweet tweet that bleats defeat.
The GOP is very good to its base.  They work hard to provide the emotional succor needed to justify a confusing Conservative social philosophy.  When doubts materialize, they are quick to respond with a comforting little made up aphorism.  For example, “How can you be racist, when racism is over?”  It’s a simple and sweet solution, and its most kind to anyone burdened with a pesky social conscious.  But what works for core voters does not necessarily play to the rest of the world, and that is where Reince Priebus has gone wrong once again.

Reince Priebus believes that a simple
misuse of words should not have garnered
the world-wide criticism that it engendered.
He is just trying to keep communications at
the third grade level at which he and his
Party base operate.  He thought that
congratulating the brave black lady for
choosing to ride up front was a nice way to
invite minorities to come in to the big tent.
It was a friendly thought that got lost in an
inappropriate discussion of semantics.
You can’t blame the guy for trying.  It’s much easier to just announce the end of racism than try to change Party culture.  And if the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, then a well-crafted tweet can end all debate in 140 characters or less.  It is an affirmative message that all is well, packaged in a repeatable savory nugget that comfortably fits the American voter's ever decreasing attention span limit.  In the end we are barely inconvenienced by philosophical debate.  All we have to do is believe and share.

Trick or Tweet?
Yes, it could have been a simple error.  But
the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act
of 1965 with the opinion that voter discrimination
against minorities no longer exists.  From the
Conservative point of view, the celebration of
minority enfranchisement is long overdue.

Priebus continues to promote the Republican Party as minority friendly despite all evidence to the contrary.  But he knows that Conservative media has successfully spoon-feed the faithful with subliminal messages that bolster the cause, such as “Obama is a Socialist and a Muslim”.  And social media gives Tea Party members that can tweet something to do with their hands while they’re sitting in their recliners watching FOX News.  So the Rosa Parks "racism is over" thing was beautifully crafted for consumption by base voters.  From Reince’s viewpoint that little revisionist pearl was also the perfect big tent Republican Party minority greeting.  What a shock it must have been for him to discover that people who are actually discriminated against on a daily basis do not agree with the assertion that racism has ended.  Conservative media has spent two decades constructing weaker and weaker arguments for discrimination until the whole topic is no longer considered rational in their book.  Perhaps RNC leaders have genuinely convinced themselves that the old nasty discussion is really is over.

Tweets for the Effete Elite.
Future efforts to convince minorities that the
Republican Party has their back may have to
beat a hasty re-tweet as well.  In the end, the
flagship effort caused even more negative
publicity for the RNC.
Well, maybe.  But I don’t believe it, because every other message the RNC sends out is crafted and polished like a well-cut gem.  Their purpose here was to help you to absorb the phrase “end of racism’.  Their naivete was not believing the message, but believing that it would float through Liberal cyberspace like a fairy-light, rainbow-colored butterfly.

The Republicans have spent no time trying to repair the rotting foundation of their antiquated house, but they have invested a lot of time and money in whitewash to try to sell it.  The “racism has ended” message was created and circulated long before it was boiled down to 140 characters.  The Rosa Parks tweet was just another little propaganda balloon that popped in their face.  And even though the intent was positive, RNC efforts to promote happy race relations have been stomped by the public rhetoric of Conservative bigots, and the damning obstructionist legislation put forth by Republicans in Congress.  You can’t vote against food stamps in this economy, or launch a vile anti-Mexican assault on immigration law and still tweet happy thoughts about how racial discrimination ended fifty-eight years ago when bus seating restrictions were reconsidered.  It is the repeated Party support of systemic racist policies that will alienate Republican national candidates from minority voters in 2016.   But keep thinking those happy thoughts, RNC.  If and when you get around to realizing that your Party actually represents the cultural values that put Rosa Parks at the back of the bus to begin with, then you can tweet us about that glowing revelation.  In the meantime, abandon cyberspace and get back to trying to repeal Obamacare.  No one can call that a failed political strategy until the effort actually ends.

"Today the MCR Revolutionary Council remembers Percival 'Midnight' Beeberman and his bold stand in ending the persecution of black cats as a result of the Santa Monica Incident, October 31, 1973." #meowbitches

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