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Huey P Long Said

Sure we'll have fascism in America, but it'll come disguised as 100 percent Americanism.


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Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
This would be when he wasn't cavorting with strippers, right? I seem to remember a surprisingly good movie I watched about that a while back.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
Huey was a lot of things, but he sure wasn't a saint.

What bothers me about modern US politics is that we'd rather elect someone outwardly pious than, say, someone competent to solve political problems.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
It's certainly glaringly obvious to those who take the time to be well-informed that no-one can justifiably consider Bush's first term as anything but a disaster in terms of foreign policy. In spite of this, 51% of the voters re-elected him--and you can be sure *some* of those votes were cast by people who consciously chose to do so in spite of those failures.

Religious faith and a sense of conviction are not persuasive reasons to vote for a candidate, in my view.

Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: Competence
I posted the exit polls in my own LJ but 22% of voters cited moral issues as the most important thing for them in this election. I find it shocking and really disturbing that people would rather have a pious president than a competant one.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
Our problem is that we are inevitably the hero of our national narrative. It isn't just the politicians of today but the American myth itself that tells us we're always the Good Guy, the White Hat, the Messiah Hisself, and that we can never do any wrong. What America does is, a priori, the Right Thing To Do.

Of course, it's not that way to everyone, but enough people have unquestioningly absorbed this myth that belief in the national narrative is now the only possible definition of patriotism in their minds. America has done nothing terrible enough yet—at least, nothing that the world has been able to force us to confront, as happened with Germany in World War II—to force us to reevaluate this myth. (America has skeletons in its closet a-plenty, starting with genocide during the Philippine-American war between 1899 and 1902, or maybe earlier, but nothing we've let stick to us.)

My father says that no one person has done more damage to America in the past 30 years than John Kerry. I assume he believes this outrageous sentiment because Kerry dared to stand up in 1971 as a decorated war hero and point out that the American myth was untrue, that the emperor had no clothes. I believe there's still a giant, blinkered segment of the populace that will never forgive him for that. (Kerry, I mean, not my father.)

America is young as nations go, and while it's agile and vital and brimming with brio, it's also immature and often rash, like a typical adolescent. It struts and preens and disregards the hard-won lessons of its elders. We can only hope that its maturing process, in which it comes to terms with its own beliefs about itself, right and wrong, is one it survives.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Its the whole "My country right or wrong" sentiment. Which personally I find annoying. Yes American is my country right or wrong but that doesnt mean I shouldnt do something about it when I feel we are being wrong. I just cant understand how so many people think we are doing the right thing. Also, I fear for the next four years of Bush with no risk of not being elected. This was the first presidential election I was able to vote in and I sincerely hope it wasnt my last.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
"This would be when he wasn't cavorting with strippers, right? I seem to remember a surprisingly good movie I watched about that a while back."

--No, that was his brother Earl Long, who took over after Huey's murder.
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