I’ve been trying to come up with a word or phrase to help explain the ‘philosophy’ of the so-called reactionary right wing, but I struggle with delineating the group. My political and ideological philosophy is so far from that of this group that I am at a loss in an attempt to figure them out. Perhaps that task is altogether impossible given the term ‘reactionary.’ Or perhaps that is, in fact, all that there is to know.
The right-wing cave posse to which I often refer are ready to ‘bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran’ as John McCain urged. Nukes too! It’s all about that alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador. Knee-jerk reaction: blow Iran off the face of the earth. That posse must have been drooling [with erections lasting more than 4 hours] at the opening volley of Bush’s Shock ‘n Awe on March 19, 2003. Kick-ass! Waahoooo! Kill them bastards!
Yes, they now want to do the same to Iran [link]. Apparently the reactionary right would be willing to sacrifice another 30,000 U.S. Military killed or wounded to ‘teach’ them a lesson. Ironically, those posting comments to that blog linked above claim to be veterans and/or are strong ‘supporters’ of the military. Go figure, because I can’t.
Imagine if ‘their’ candidate actually won the Office of President. I can’t.
In case you missed the details of the assassination story that has lit the fuse of the reactionary right, here they are. You may need to take notes because the plot is highly complex:
An elite branch of Iran’s military handpick a divorced, 56-year-old Iranian-American used-car salesman from Texas to hire a hitman from a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the ambassador to Saudi Arabia by blowing up a bomb in a crowded restaurant in Washington.
There you have it. The perfect plot! What could possibly go wrong?
I’ve often said that the reactiveness of that group reminds me of my adolescent years when ‘the moment’ was a lifetime. Adolescents seldom think of the big picture, the consequences of their actions. The future is tomorrow, the moment is everything. My Psychology 101 analysis is that perhaps these reactionary right-wingers never left their adolescence and are forever stuck in that awful stage of life that we were so happy to leave behind. Kay S. Hymowitz, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Contributing Editor of City Journal, wrote a piece a few years ago in which she defined a ‘new hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence.’ She used the term, ‘the child-man.’
Take bombs, guns and GI Joe, for example. We boys [and several girls] used to play war, cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians. We used to ride tricycles and poop our pants, too. Yet, not too sadly, we left that stage of our development and moved onward and upward towards adulthood. Sadly, many on the reactionary right still like to play guns and war. They may not dress like GI Joe [some do] but they sure like to pretend that they are. Vicarious warriors, alternate reality.
Dare I throw religion into this potpourri? After all, most are true-believers- yet another example of an alternate reality.
Have I been successful in delineating the reactionary right-wing? Hardly. Who can? The term, amorphous mass comes to mind. And not at all a benign amorphous mass, to be sure.