David Blight: Trump Has Birthed a Dangerous New Lost Cause Myth. We Must Fight It

Here we go again.

The Guardian:

“American democracy is in peril and nearly everyone paying attention is trying to find the best way to say so. Should we in the intellectual classes position our warnings in satire, in jeremiads, in social scientific data, in historical analogy, in philosophical wisdom we glean from so many who have instructed us about the violence and authoritarianism of the 20th century? Or should we just scream after our holiday naps? …

The lies have now crept into a Trumpian Lost Cause ideology, building its monuments in ludicrous stories that millions believe, and codifying them in laws to make the next elections easier to pilfer. If you repeat the terms “voter fraud” and “election integrity” enough times on the right networks you have a movement. And “replacement theory” works well alongside a thousand repetitions of “critical race theory”, both disembodied of definition or meaning, but both scary. Liberals sometimes invite scorn with their devotion to diversity training and insistence on fighting over words rather than genuine inequality. But it is time to see the real enemy – a long-brewing American-style neo-fascist authoritarianism, beguilingly useful to the grievances of the disaffected, and threatening to steal our microphones midway through our odes to joy. …

And if and when it is 1861 again, the new secessionists, namely the Republican party, will have a dysfunctional constitution to exploit. The ridiculously undemocratic US Senate, now 50/50 between the two parties, but where Democrats represent 56.5% of the population and Republicans 43.5%, augurs well for those determined to thwart majoritarian democracy. …”

Here is our checklist:

  • Civil War and Reconstruction scholar
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Winner of Frederick Douglass Prize
  • Yale University professor
  • Brahmin Left
  • PMC
  • Lives on East Coast

Whereas Timothy Snyder sees “fascism” and “authoritarianism” in literally everything because it is always Hitler in the 1930s, David W. Blight sees the “Big Lie” as a new “Lost Cause” myth and Dump and the GOP as the new secessionists. Maybe it is 1861 in America again?

This analogy strikes me as particularly absurd. Lincoln won the 1860 election with only 39.8% of the vote. He won because the Democrats were so badly split over squatter sovereignty. The Trump presidency was turbulent, but it wasn’t like Hitler’s Germany or the War Between the States. This is another ludicrous exaggeration and says more about the deranged mindset of the person making the comparison.

Dump barely lost the 2020 election. It came down to a few thousand votes in a handful of swing states. Independents swung against him. He barely lost in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century. He expanded his support with women, rural voters, conservatives and the “Latinx” community. Several million more people voted for him in 2020 than in 2016. He barely lost the election.

How is this like the downfall of the Confederacy? The Confederacy was vanquished for good. Republicans dominated the country until the Great Depression. The South wasn’t in any position to mount a comeback after the War Between the States. Dump only lost a close, but contentious election due to bad luck. This isn’t over by any stretch of the imagination. Surely, he is going to run again in 2024 when he appears to be in a stronger position than ever both in the polls and within his own party.

If Joe Biden is still the guy standing in the breach in 2024, you are doomed.

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11 Comments

  1. Man, I hope so, but I don’t think so. I love how the premise is that we can have nothing but “muh precious Democracy.” Let it burn.

  2. The Trump presidency was turbulent, but it wasn’t like Hitler’s Germany or the War Between the States. This is another ludicrous exaggeration and says more about the deranged mindset of the person making the comparison.

    In Hitler’s Germany this blight would likely have been eradicated on the spot by the SS. They wouldn’t have tolerated his nonsense for a single day. At the very least he would have lost his academic job and been carted off by the Gestapo to do some real work. Dumpf by contrast might have appointed his worthless arse to a cushy job under Kang Jared to teach dindus his-to-ree under the Platinum Plan. Blight’s comparison is truly deranged and utterly ignorant of history. As Napoleon remarked: Never stop (or even warn) you enemy when he’s making a fatal error. Hopefully the shitlibs don’t read this site.

  3. If Blumph was asked about the confederacy when in office or now, he would call them insurrectionists and traitors to our “freedoms’

  4. OT

    And now for something completely different:

    linkEven after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway. God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast.

    I checked — he appears to be able-bodied.

    The replies are good for some laughs.

  5. People like him would be the first to be fired, their tenure revoked, and their retirement fund re-apportioned, and put on HONEST latrine duty, if I were Minister for Education….

  6. Trump is damaged goods, thanks to his role in that January 6th fiasco and his shilling for the rat poison “vaccine”. Deep down we knew Zion Don was a snake when we voted for him.

  7. The only people who still support the present System are effete old cucks like Blight and French. I’ve had enough of them and their ‘multiracial democracy’. Burn dis bish dowm!

  8. @ Winner of the frederick douglass award, that is about inspiring as bette midler, winning a lifetime achievement emmy award, I wonder? Where mister blight’s and the midler thing, where there forbears were when “west’ VIRGINIA, was being settled.

  9. The North won the war. Or more precisely, these people did.

    They’re the biggest, whiniest sore winners in history.

    I guess ruling over America and millions of talking animals and dysgenic monsters, didn’t turn out like they expected it to.

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