Author's Note: When I first published this on associated content in November of 2010, the TP seemed more like an annoyance than an actual threat. Now it is becoming apparent that they can do some real damage. This is unfortunate, however I firmly believe that they are still doomed.
Witch Hunters, Queer Bashers, Cross Burners and The Thanatocentric Culture
Hope is the opiate of the liberal. It feels good until you run out of it. Hope is sold to the poor, sometimes by pushers who "get high on their supply" too, and it provides symptomatic relief without touching the pathology at the root of the pain.
Obama has failed to bring the "change we can believe in," and while he is guilty of dealing in and indulging in the hope-dope, he warned us even during his inaugural address that if we wait for the federal government to fix things, we might be waiting a long time.
Although Obama never presented any real threat to the status-quo, and has done more or less the same things that Bush was doing, and would have done too, (with the exception of the "Obama Care" debacle, and stances on cultural issues that turned out to be mostly talk), he's brought the haters out of the woodwork.
They hate taxes, but then again most of us do. They want to eliminate "entitlements" except for the ones that pay their bills. They are divided on issues of personal liberty. When former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson suggested to a Tea Party rally that the time had finally come to legalize cannabis, he was met with both cheers, and boos mingled with shouts of "No, that's wrong!" The most horrified voices seemed to be those of middle aged and elderly women.
The more sophisticated leadership carefully avoids taking a stand on cultural issues, sticking to the theme of fiscal responsibility; something the GOP is incapable of if recent history is any indicator. However, regardless of the outcome of elections, the biggest pigs at the trough needn't worry. When the spending cuts come, they will harm only those incapable of mounting any significant counterattack.
However, it is racism, pure and simple that created the revolting displays of claws and fangs. Obama is no "leftist ideologue;" LBJ's social and economic policies were far to the left of anything Obama's tried, yet the protest against LBJ came from the left*, due to his loyalty to The War State (in this case, the Vietnam "police action").
War Spending, Drug Enforcement, Prisons, and subsidies of banking and industrial interests will continue. Business as usual will not be disrupted, although various sectors of society may be temporarily inconvenienced by legislative temper-tantrums.
What is frightening is the "culture war;" the clamoring of "Real Americans" to return to Reagan's "culture of intolerance," on steroids. Comments appear online attacking the very idea of diversity, and claiming that by protecting the rights of persons they don't like, the government has deprived them of their right to "not put up with it."They know, much like their Islamic Extremist counterparts, that things are changing, in ways that even governments will be unable to stop. The advancement of technology, and the relegation of religious doctrine to the realm of mythology and metaphor have shaken the very foundations of their reality model, and they want it back. The old formula applies "They hate what they fear, and they fear what they do not understand."
As far as I know, I came up with the term "Thanatocentric" on my own. It just means "Death Centered." Thanatos is the Greek name for the personification of death. It is the opposite of Eros, the child of the Love Goddess and root of the term "erotic." We can look at the obvious and see where this culture has influenced the laws, customs, individual behaviors, and collective impact of American society on the planet.
When John Ashcroft covered the exposed nipple on the statue of justice, it probably summarized the ideology of the death culture more concisely than any single action could. They hate female nipples and all genitalia. They worship the bullets and bombs used not only in reality, but in cinematic and televised fiction. A film centered around the penetration of flesh by genitals is called "pornography;" a film featuring multiple deaths resulting from penetration of flesh by bullets and the use of other weapons is called an "Action Film," and will rarely receive anything more than a "PG" rating, unless it features much in the way of profanity, and, of course, frontal nudity or exposed female nipples.
Recently, at an informal gathering, I listened to a retired film-industry fight choreographer hold forth on the finer points of the S&M lifestyle. His knowledge of S&M, including S&M ideology and philosophy was quite extensive. A fight choreographer must often act out the scene with a partner before placing it in a script. The possible fringe benefits of this profession for a sadomasochist are plentiful.
Participation in an authoritarian structure is also an exercise in S&M, in which each participant gets their chance to dominate, and submit to domination. Add lethal weapons to this mixture, and you have a full-blown torture and death cult. Wilhelm Reich correctly identified this as the result of the suppression of overt sexuality. I personally don't understand the appeal of S&M sex, however it seems that it is predominantly consensual, and employs safeguards against injury and levels of pain above and beyond what the masochist requires, unlike its desexualized and mainstreamed version.
Business and Government suppress the overtly sexual elements of their practices. In War sexuality is suppressed and destroyed, appearing only as rapes that all too often are a prelude to murder.
Thus war is glorified, and anything remotely associated with the unknown, the living, and the female is held in the utmost contempt. As the sources of life are and condemned as distasteful parts of God's creation, meant only to increase the numbers of the chosen ones through equally distasteful practices, the cultists will then offer up their own offspring for sacrifice in the ritual mass murder more commonly known as "War." Heaven forbid that a fetus be aborted before it can be put to use by those who arrange these rituals.