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Author Topic:   When did Republicans learn to hate Democrats more than Russia?
Chiroptera
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Message 6 of 68 (867652)
11-30-2019 10:19 AM


Quick, Sherman, to the Wayback Machine!
Actually, I still remember the 1990s and the Republicans' unreasoning visceral hatred of the Clintons. The question should be when the Republicans started hating Russia less.

And that was also the 1990s, when the Soviet Union collapsed and no longer posed a threat credible enough to gin up the fear and panic that conservatives require to keep their movement viable.

They've tried to create new existential enemies to replace their Communist boogey man, but the weakness of their efforts just leaves exposed their hatred of anyone who will tell them to their faces that they are wrong. It's the visible exposure of this hatred that's new, not the hatred itself.


For this generation of far-right nationalists, religion is not a question of ethical conduct; it is purely about identity and peoplehood. -- Jan-Werner Müller

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Chiroptera
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Message 28 of 68 (867856)
12-04-2019 10:07 AM
Reply to: Message 27 by Hyroglyphx
12-03-2019 11:18 PM


Hi, Hyro.

...but its also odd how vilified Russia became for Democrats.

Just wanted to add a clarification here.

It's true that in the 1930s large numbers among the Left remained enamored with the Bolshevik dictatorship far longer than they should have, but I think most in the Democratic Party were never all that fond of the Soviet Union. At most, Roosevelt understood that Nazi Germany was a greater threat to US interests than Soviet Russia.

In the 60s and 70s, the Cold War was every bit a Democratic project as it was a Republican one; it was Truman who ramped up the Cold War, after all.

Again, at most there were those among the Democrats who objected to using Cold War hysteria as justifications for the subversion of democracy abroad and the erosion of civil liberties at home.

Democrats were as eager to contain the Soviet Union as any Republican. If there were any significant disagreements, it was mainly in how to accomplish these goals.

Edited by Chiroptera, : Minor typo.

Edited by Chiroptera, : Another one.


For this generation of far-right nationalists, religion is not a question of ethical conduct; it is purely about identity and peoplehood. -- Jan-Werner Müller

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