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23 October 2013 @ 06:02 am
Not just racism  
Why the Teabaggers hate Obama
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Quetzalcoatlus northropidalmeny on October 23rd, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
As a Scot, I find this a very strange characterization of the Borders, although it's true I wasn't there in the 17th or 18th centuries.
browngirl on October 23rd, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
As an immigrant American, I wonder if this widespread-in-the-US idea of who the Borderers were is more important to the current culture of their American descendants than any of the actual realities of who they were.
Quetzalcoatlus northropidalmeny on October 23rd, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly this.
houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddhahouseboatonstyx on October 24th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
True of many things.
houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddhahouseboatonstyx on October 24th, 2013 05:07 am (UTC)
Istr such an attitude described as 'Jacksonian', but Jackson is not mentioned in the article.
Kalimackalimac on October 24th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
Because the article is not that much about history. (The values that the article describes as anti-Tea Party were dominant in the New Deal, Fair Deal, and Great Society, yet the article makes no attempt to explain how, if the "Borderers" are so vehement and always there, their opposition did not rise to such pitches of fury then. In fact, the fault lines in the New Deal were different; the Borderers actually signed on to that one, and the main opposition came from the Puritans, who considered it coddling.)

Anyway, it's obvious from this viewpoint that Jackson was the first Borderer president, after a history of Cavaliers and a couple Puritans. A big shock at the time, and one quite consistent with the thesis.
houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddhahouseboatonstyx on October 24th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
A quick reply would be, past eras did not have Fox News. All media are more fragmented now, so all extremes can build their own furnaces to fan their own heat. And, to let us know about it. The Comment sections now reach across the nation, not just across the spittoon.

Bill Clinton was accused of rape and murder, and impeached. When JFK was assasinated everyone assumed the rightwingers of Dallas had done it.

And, forgive me, the other Democtatic Presidents were better politicicans -- better able to sell ltheir policies to the public.

(Sorry for typos, LJ box is unreadable.)