The Right’s Crisis Of Infinite Ragegasms
Imagine if you will that an alien life form has come to your planet, taken it over, made you into some sort of subservient being along with people that look like you, but somehow some people were just fine and dandy with it – they don’t react to the seven-tongued alien sloth that has subsumed your entire world. In fact, they are enthusiastic in their support of the alien overlord no matter how much you explain to them that the aliens are indeed feasting on our brains and spleens.
That is what it is like for a conservative in America in 2013.
Still shellshocked from the 2012 electoral loss, they are staggering around – physically and ideologically – trying to shake society out of what they assume is a temporary loss in sanity. As someone who lived through the tragic re-election of George W. Bush in 2004, I can somewhat sympathize. But unlike those of us on the left in the Bush years, this political loss has also come coupled with cultural shockwaves – a nation on the cusp of being majority minority, women continuing to assert their independence, a culture that favors a social safety net, and the near-mass acceptance of same sex unions and marriages. It would be too much to bear on its own, but for the right its happening all at once.
And unlike us squishy lefties, they aren’t beating up on themselves, wondering what did “we” do to cause this mass cultural rejection. Instead, surrounded 24/7 by politicians, news media, and even cultural figures who have explained to them that its the world that has gone mad, not them, the right is stuck in permanent ragegasm.
This weekend’s weird protest against the fallout of the government shutdown they engineered is just the latest primal scream from this slowly dying breed of American. There will be more, stoked by the craven politicians who don’t care about improving America as long as they get re-elected and the media figures who retire to their palatial mansions as their audiences question the very essence of their lives.
The right is having a ragegasm at a higher level than in the past, when even when they controlled all the political levers they were never quite happy enough. Even then, at the height of the Bush era, their world was slipping away from them. They aren’t able to publicly express bigotry that was expressed without restraint in the past. The country doesn’t look like them, and they’re constantly lied to by people who tell them they are in the majority but slapped in the face by polls and elections and more that show them that just isn’t true.
The cognitive dissonance is eating at their souls and they just NEED SOMETHING TO SHOUT AT TO MAKE THEM FEEL BETTER AND MAKE IT ALL GO BACK TO HOW IT USED TO BE. You know, before all the “unpleasantness.”
But it is never going back. Those days are long over. The country has moved on, and increasingly is leaving behind.
Cue the next ragegasm.