Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Politics of Fear and Loathing

John McCain Slams Michele Bachmann's 'Unfounded' Attacks On Muslim-Americans

I'm just now finishing a thoughtful novel by Amy Waldman.  It's called The Submission--and it explores fear and xenophobia in the aftermath of 9/11.  Characters are nuanced and complex...their experiences shift and expand and change over time  New York City comes to life, convulsing, rushing forward, looking back at the rubble.

It's unsettling how presciently Amy Waldman anticipates Michele Bachman's recent endeavors in the House of Representatives.

There is very little about Michele Bachmann's politics that could every be called expansive or evolving, generous or constructive.  She seems determined to stir fear, anger and angst into American politics.  And all that does--let's be honest--is drag on the system.   The surest way to change nothing in Washington is to allow Michele Bachmann to lead us all in a McCarthy-like witch hunt.  We'll argue about who's American and who's not--instead of changing the tax code or bolstering our educational systems or protecting families from foreclosures.  We'll watch Michele Bachmann clips on CNN and John Stewart, then we'll watch clips of folks responding to this insanity--instead of doing something (PLEASE!) to address global warming and the greening of our economies.  Go where Michele goes, and we'll go nowhere.  Precisely nowhere.

Come to think of it, maybe she's got a plan after all.  A nowhere plan.