The rise of Neo-Patriots and the Idiot Wing of the GOP

The rise of Neo-Patriots and the Idiot Wing of the GOP

When John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, he inadvertently created the Idiot Wing of the Republican Party. Until then, the anti-intellectual, anti-democratic tradition within the GOP was kept at bay by the free marketeers dedicated to profits instead of populism. With Palin, the politics of resentment found a champion. Eight years later, Trump grabbed the mantel and the Idiot Wing is now ascendant. Palin wore her ignorance as a badge of honor, spouting misinformation freely. She said exactly what was on her mind, no matter how misinformed or wrong. In interviews that created fodder for late night television, she attracted the loyalty of Americans with who saw themselves in her. Educated people might find her funny and ridiculous, but uneducated people didn’t care about the veracity of what she said. They cared about the sentiment behind it. Palin embraced patriotic symbols like the flag and the eagle without much clue about their meaning. She claimed to revere the Constitution but really only cared about the Second Amendment. Like her supporters, she claims to be a patriot with little understanding of patriotism. She and her ideological descendants like Madison Cawthorn and Lauren Boebert are neo-Patriots, embracing iconic images without knowledge of the symbolism behind them. Like Trump, they hug the flag but reject plurality. They cite the Constitution as if it were written in stone while ignorant of the ambiguities within or the compromises that made it possible. As Lauren Boebert tweeted last week , the neo-Patriots […]

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