Respected (if unfathomable in some terms) blogger Ortho bounces his ideals off some sad commentary on behalf of McCain supporters and posits:
I see the vocalization of white racism and disgust of a perceived "other" at McCain/Palin rallies as refreshingly honest. The American citizens who use racist, intolerant language to voice their frustrations help demolish the dominant narrative, perpetuated by both the "Left" and the "Right," which portrays the United States as a tolerant, multicultural society. Neo-liberal War Criminals use the same narrative to justify a perpetual, planetary "War on Terror" against "intolerant," "misogynist," "homophobic," "third-world" countries (i.e., Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran).In the commentary I counter:
The rabid racism at McCain/Palin rallies contributes to the destruction of a narrative that portrays the U.S. as a superior land of tolerance, freedom, and opportunity. We should applaud the racist McCain/Palin supporters for yet again, exposing the pathological hypocrisy that lies at the center of the United States' self-image.
"...Do you have a comparative society against which you measure and deduce this rampant racism and intolerance? Or is it purely metaphysical or philosophical?"In other words what concrete, real world example is Ortho bouncing his own indictment of American society against to realize his rather negative conclusion?
The term "ideology" entered the American lexicon in the early 19th century via Antoine Louis Claude Destutt and was alluded to in some of the infamous post retirement correspondence from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. Adams' reaction to the term was comical in a scoffing manner and included a tongue in cheek demand that Jefferson's usage of this term should be subjected to an import tariff against France.
Adams then followed up with this paraphrased conclusion*
Jefferson's style of political thinking was "much indebted to the invention of the word IDEOLOGY" because Jefferson harbored a set of attractive ideals, like the belief in human perfection or social equality, that he insisted could be implemented in this world merely because they existed in his head.Those that would, in such an offhanded manner and without regard to any evidence in regard to global societal comparison, profess the intolerance and racism of American culture do so within the concept of ideology that President Adams referred to. Without a real world comparison (an actual utopian society where their version of "equality" is realized) they rely entirely on their own imagination for comparing and denigrating American society as intolerant and racist. In this respect they can argue infinitely within their own ideology and not posit a single element of a comparative alternative to this "intolerant and racist" nation that might well soon have the very first African-American leader in western history.
*As adapted from American Sphinx:The Character of Thomas Jefferson.
Addendum: The nature of this post is not aimed solely at Ortho. Quite the contrary.