There’s Always Another Cynical Battle in Our Stupid Culture War

Barry Dredze
3 min readMar 9, 2021
Col. Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally at the Gospel Tabernacle in Fort Wayne, IN; Oct 3, 1941 (Photo: AP)

The Republican Party is a fascist death cult. This is not hyperbole but rather a simple statement of fact, borne out by the GOP platform adopted by the 2020 Republican National Convention and submitted for the public record:

“RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda….”

The Trump White House never had a coherent policy for dealing with covid-19, if it even had any interest at all in developing one, leaning instead on an inane but deadly promise of herd immunity (with conservative projections under such a policy adding up to at least 1,385,800 American dead) and punting the national response to a global pandemic to the ill-equipped states.

Thus, the succeeding Biden administration inherited a steaming pile of states’ rights slathered with an accelerant of disinformation and conspiracy theories from the federal level. Republican lawmakers just fought in lockstep against the Democratic legislative majority’s American Rescue Plan, even as a Morning Consult/Politico poll concluded that 76% of American voters like the bill, including 60% of Republicans.

Republicans love to regurgitate that old Rahm Emanuel quote about never letting a disaster go to waste because every accusation is a confession. So, when a blast of arctic air hit Texas while a heavy storm front collapsed the state’s independent and unregulated power grid, of course Texas conservatives found a use for their disaster to charge into the Green New Deal and just another stupid battle in their cynical culture war.

It’s a neat trick. It’s slight of hand. Look over here (Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head), not over there (at the senate Republicans obstructing voting rights and pandemic relief bills)! Nobody does cancel culture better than Republicans and other conservatives.

They always do this. They don’t even treat it like a policy difference. Instead, any Democratic policy priority is “cultural Marxism” and an assault on basic freedoms and liberty. It’s always the same. It is always an “assault on religious liberty” and “baby-killing” and never about the right of a woman to make a decision about her own body and terminate a pregnancy that is not even considered…

Barry Dredze

Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.