Colbert King: The modern GOP is the New Confederacy

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In a follow-up to my post, Republicans on the modern GOP: An anti-government, Neo-Confederate insurrectionist party of radicals, the Washington Post's Colbert King details today, The rise of the New Confederacy (excerpt):

Confederale SoldiersFederal government as the enemy.

Today there is a New
Confederacy, an insurgent political force that has captured the
Republican Party and is taking up where the Old Confederacy left off in
its efforts to bring down the federal government
.

No shelling of a
Union fort, no bloody battlefield clashes, no Good Friday assassination
of a hated president — none of that nauseating, horrendous stuff. But
the behavior is, nonetheless, malicious and appalling.

The New
Confederacy, as churlish toward President Obama as the Old Confederacy
was to Lincoln, has accomplished what its predecessor could not: It has shut down the federal government, and without even firing a weapon or taking 620,000 lives, as did the Old Confederacy’s instigated Civil War.

Not
stopping there, however, the New Confederacy aims to destroy the full
faith and credit of the United States, setting off economic calamity at
home and abroad — all in the name of “fiscal sanity.”

Its members
are as extreme as their ideological forebears. It matters not to them,
as it didn’t to the Old Confederacy, whether they ultimately go down in
flames. So what? For the moment, they are getting what they want: a
federal government in the ditch, restrained from seeking to create a
more humane society that extends justice for all.

The ghosts of the Old Confederacy have to be envious.

South Carolina wept and wailed as it withdrew from the Union, citing the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott
decision when it noted that states in the North had elevated to
citizenship “persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable
of becoming citizens; and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new
policy, hostile to the South, and destructive of its beliefs and
safety.”

Not to worry, Old South, the New Confederacy’s spirit is on the move.

In June, the Supreme Court got rid of fundamental legal protections against racial discrimination in voting.

Legislation aimed at suppressing votes is pending across the country, notably in the Deep South.

Hold on to that Confederate money, y’all. Jim Crow just might rise again.

But
it’s here in Washington where the New Confederacy’s firebrands are
really holding court. Many of them first appeared after the 2010 midterm
elections and when the scope of the president’s economic recovery
program was taking form. Unlike their predecessors, however, members of
this group hail from Dixie and beyond, though I stress there is no
evidence that the New shares the racist views of the Old. The view on
race is not the common denominator. The view on government is.

These conservative extremists, roughly 60 of them by CNN’s count,
represent congressional districts in Alabama, Arizona, California,
Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana,
Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska,
New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and
West Virginia.

But don’t go looking for a group by the name of New
Confederacy. They earned that handle from me because of their visceral
animosity toward the federal government and their aversion to compassion
for those unlike themselves.

They respond, however, to the label “tea party.” By thought, word and deed, they must be making Jefferson Davis proud today.

The "Party of Lincoln" has become the Party of the New Confederacy. I half expect to see tears streaming from the eyes of old Abe at the Lincoln Memorial at the sight of this new insurrection and rebellion against the United States government, in a sad irony, at the hands of his own Republican Party.

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