“Patriarchal Terrorism” – The Same Old Tricks: Reflections from the Gaslit Nation Podcast Episode, “FURY”

Andrea Chalupa reads her editorial on authoritarianism and the Texas abortion ban describing the “patriarchal terrorism” we are witnessing.  She connects the attack on reproductive rights to other signs of fascism and tyranny in the U.S., and the similarities this country now shares with dictators around the globe.  — LMO

Here are a few excerpts from the always informative discussion by Gaslit Nation:

“…patriarchal terrorism. This is not only a war against women but a war against LGBTQ people as well…Republicans in Texas and elsewhere are determined to drag America back to its roots and calling on vigilantes for help.”

“Americans, like many corners of the world today to varying degrees—from Afghanistan to Russia, to Syria, to Poland, and the United Kingdom, and too many other places—are up against the threat of patriarchal terrorism. This is not only a war against women but a war against LGBTQ people as well, who, by their very existence, challenge the rigid, harmful confines of who gets to be considered a human under a patriarchy. In predominantly White societies trapped under or threatened by patriarchal terrorism, all non-White people are also relegated to objects to ensure the unchecked power of the White male ruling class.  Needless to say, Republicans in Texas and elsewhere are determined to drag America back to its roots and calling on vigilantes for help.

“This is the type of law they will cling to in order to justify their violence and make it seem no longer fringe, but now part of the establishment…The Texas abortion ban is legalized fascism…”

“The Texas abortion ban provides a fancy institutionalized spin on the increasing White terrorism plaguing our country. The Proud Boys now can rally around the law in Texas and hunt down people even considering getting abortions. This is the type of law they will cling to in order to justify their violence and make it seem no longer fringe, but now part of the establishment. And the Supreme Court, with a cowardly, shadowy abdication of duty to uphold the Constitution, let them do it. The Texas abortion ban is legalized fascism and the Supreme Court, packed by an illegitimate president brought to power with the help of a xenophobic, mass murdering terrorist regime—Putin’s Kremlin—and this illegitimate president who has a history of keeping a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed, who was raised by an infamous racist arrested at a KKK rally in New York, refused to stop the fascist Texas abortion ban because fascism is the end goal.

“The entire Republican agenda is now a fascist White terrorist movement often hiding behind the veneer of respectability with such harmful groups as, now, the Supreme Court, the Federalist Society, the Heritage foundation, Freedomworks, the Family Prayer Breakfast, the Chamber of Commerce, Republican trifecta states, bewildering New York Times columnists, cable news pundits, and a whole list of White men and White women and token minorities who have chosen power and greed over the public good.”

“If you do not believe us, Google the definition of fascism and flashing before your eyes will be today’s headlines on the growing threat of nationalism in America; the cult worship of a dictatorial leader, violent suppression and harassment of opposition, including the press, racial and other scapegoating and so forth. The entire Republican agenda is now a fascist White terrorist movement often hiding behind the veneer of respectability with such harmful groups as, now, the Supreme Court, the Federalist Society, the Heritage foundation, Freedomworks, the Family Prayer Breakfast, the Chamber of Commerce, Republican trifecta states, bewildering New York Times columnists, cable news pundits, and a whole list of White men and White women and token minorities who have chosen power and greed over the public good. And they’re doing it against the will of much of their hostage states known as so-called red states. In Texas, for instance, if 11,000—only 11,000 in a state as large as Texas—if only 11,000 votes had flipped across nine districts in 2020, Republicans in Texas wouldn’t have had the power to ban abortions and pass one of the most restrictive voter suppression laws in the country.

“The Texas abortion ban is legal warfare against our democracy, much like the court packing by the Federalist Society, the voter suppression laws across the country amplifying Trump’s Big Lie, all of that paid for by a massive amount of dark money…It’s the same legal warfare you see in authoritarian states and declining democracies like Viktor Orban’s Hungary…”

“This comes according to a great group we should all be supporting and following called the State Government Citizens Campaign, a group of like-minded people working, volunteers, community organizers, working to flip state governments from red to blue to avoid tragedies like what’s unfolding in Texas. The Texas abortion ban is legal warfare against our democracy, much like the court packing by the Federalist Society, the voter suppression laws across the country amplifying Trump’s Big Lie, all of that paid for by a massive amount of dark money. Look at Jane Mayer’s piece recently in The New Yorker, all about the dark money that’s fueling these voter suppression lies all based on Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, and justifying expanding voter suppression laws and putting the power of our elections in the hands of right-wing partisan ideologues. It’s the same legal warfare you see in authoritarian states and declining democracies like Viktor Orban’s Hungary, where opposition leaders face intrusive and expensive audits, for instance.

“Authoritarianism isn’t always tanks and brutality. It’s also really expensive lawsuits and investigations, and…financial audits.”

“Republicans are also going after the rights of local governments to pass mask mandates, ensure environmental protections and so forth, using vigilantes to carry out their culture of fascism, like George Zimmerman and the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, which allowed Zimmerman to get away with murdering a child walking home from buying candy…” 

“Authoritarianism isn’t always tanks and brutality. It’s also really expensive lawsuits and investigations, and, like I said, financial audits. All of this is done to financially ruin and harass and demoralize and crush the opposition, completely ruin their lives, and therefore, they don’t have any energy or any resources left to fight authoritarianism. This is what we’re seeing now in Texas, where anyone can turn in others for getting an abortion or helping someone, even an Uber driver can be sued. And those lawsuits can earn the so-called bounty hunters thousands of dollars. These so-called vigilante laws like the Texas abortion ban aren’t limited to abortion. Republicans are also going after the rights of local governments to pass mask mandates, ensure environmental protections and so forth, using vigilantes to carry out their culture of fascism, like George Zimmerman and the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, which allowed Zimmerman to get away with murdering a child walking home from buying candy…”  — Andrea Chalupa

“The Texas attack on reproductive rights is where theocrats, kleptocrats, authoritarians, white supremacists, misogynists, and secessionists all meet – much like they have in the Trump administration and its GOP backers. Texas is a hostage state…”

“This week’s episode is devoted to the Texas state attack on reproductive rights and civil rights and its ramifications – not just for Texans, but for all Americans. This authoritarian attack codifies violent vigilantism, will inspire baseless reporting of citizens for political reasons, cultivates an atmosphere of vengeance and paranoia, and is backed by a Supreme Court packed with multiple corrupt justices installed by a career criminal Kremlin asset president. The Texas attack on reproductive rights is where theocrats, kleptocrats, authoritarians, white supremacists, misogynists, and secessionists all meet – much like they have in the Trump administration and its GOP backers. Texas is a hostage state, and we encourage you to support the Texans fighting back against their oppressive legislature. We are all Americans and we must support vulnerable Americans threatened by this abuse of power and corruption of law.”  — Gaslit Nation

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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