Or at least a few of them. Since Ms. Marcotte’s accession to the position of chief blogger for the John Edwards presidential campaign, speculation has been rife about the often caustic opinions she has expressed, and whether or not Senator Edwards is in agreement with an important media player in his campaign on issues such as the nature of Republicans and conservatives in general, the role of Southern culture, religion, and so forth. Here are some of the quotes which I have found from Ms. Marcotte’s blog, Pandagon. (Update: Please note that the bolded headlines are my own distillations of the quotes; I believe them to be accurate summations, but they are not Ms. Marcotte’s. Only the material in actual quote marks is Ms. Marcotte’s.)
The Republicans are a Misogynistic, Homophobic, Racist Party
[In discussing wooing conservative voters away from the Republicans and to the Democrats] “Voters who are motivated by misogyny, homophobia, and racism arenâ€™t going to leave a racist, misogynist, homophobic party for one that is all those things but just less so.”
NASCAR is an Emblem of Southern White Supremacism (same link)
“Thereâ€™s no real reason that NASCAR has to have a political edge to it, much less be some weird symbol of Southern male white supremacy and yet through careful Republican marketing, it has become just that.”
“The main issue is that many wingnuts both donâ€™t know shit-all about history or literature, but they are also fed a steady stream of conservative opinion pieces about the value of the traditional canon, which they enjoy for patriarchal white surpremacist reasons.”
“Religious wingnuts, under the leadership of a San Antonio minister whoâ€™s close to Tom DeLay and pulls himself quite a bit of cash in the business of feeding right wing politics and fairy tales to the sheep, have formed a political organization called Christians United for Israel. CUFI has had multiple meetings with the White House to offer foreign policy advice. From the article, it appears that on top of the usual motivations behind Christian Zionismâ€”hatred for Muslims, a desire to bring the end of the world, political opportunism and a chance for ministers to make their congregations feel like they are a part of something dramatic and important so their pocketbooks fall openâ€”is seems to bug John Hagee, the founder of CUFI, that he most powerful lobby is D.C. is a Jewish organization, not a Christian one”
“The truth of the matter is that this disdain and disregard for actual Israelis infects the Christian Zionist worldview and makes them very eager to sacrifice Israeli lives to fulfill their two missions of ushering in Armageddon and killing off Muslims.”
“The paradox was thisâ€”how can anybody look at the figure of Christ on the cross and think thatâ€™s anything but a condemnation of torture? For the thinking person, it clearly is. But for the fundamentalist, that image creates anxiety about death and makes them cling to their hierarchical values even more, and those values include the belief that Muslims are inferior, not-saved, and eligible for torture. Theyâ€™re going to hell anyway, by the fundie logic, and why should god get all the fun of punishing them and making them suffer?”
“The favorite defense of religion, even the more odious Bible-thumping kinds, is that itâ€™s a great source of charity and has a positive overall impact on society. Iâ€™m skeptical, particularly for reasons like the above where the actual behavior of religious people, particularly the hardcore ones, demonstrates a pattern of using religious charity as a way to bolster tribalism, create damaging hierarchies, and leave the neediest members of society out in the cold.”
There are literally hundreds of other posts with opinion content that most Americans would find an interesting display of Ms. Marcotte’s views, if perhaps not a compellingly persuasive one.
A legitimate criticism can be made that I am simply listing out-of-context quotes; guilty. Obviously, I cannot reproduce Amanda’s entire blog. And in fairness, Amanda tends to write long and involved posts. Readers curious to understand Ms. Marcotte’s comprehensive worldview should, by all means, not limit themselves to my quotes, and should read her extensive body of work. I’ve made sure to include links in the subheads to the relevant stories on Pandagon, so that the reader can put the statements in context.
Assuming, of course, that the posts remain in the Pandagon archive, and don’t disappear as have other problematic statements. (Update: the disappearing post issue seems to have been a migration problem, not a scrub.)
This post is cross-posted at Creative Destruction.