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American Outgroup

Updated on February 24, 2014

Us vs Us?

One of the things about the "Tea Partiers" that gets to me is how these people can be so easily convinced to listen to corporate shills like Beck and Limbaugh and vote for corporate interests. 

But then I got to thinking, and realized that right-wing movements often share two common traits;  one is an odd synergy of corporations and government, the other is a need to divert people's attention from what the corporations are doing.  

One of the ways that the corps and their allies divert the attention of the masses is to create scapegoats, or as I call them "outgroups".  People that are somehow different from who those who stand to gain from keeping those who would and should be allied against them, divided. 

They often look different; African-Americans, Women, the long-time nemesis of many on the right, and newer scapegoats like Latinos and Muslims.  They may speak a different language, or even believe in a different religion.  

They may also mess with perceptions of things.  Gays and Lesbians may be the best example of a group that in the eyes of many seem to violate the "natural order" of things.  The idea that a man could love another man at a sexual level, or a female love a female, defeats the idea that emotional love is merely for procreation.  Religious ideas based on antiquated knowledge also comes into play here. 

Of course, the other issue is what point do these groups become a menace?   Perhaps when they become sufficient in number to make a political impact.  Latinos and Muslims for example now possess enough numbers to truly be a voting bloc, their power could also mean a further shift in political power away from the smaller, more homogeneous regions that make up the base of the GOP to the more diverse and urban centers of Democratic candidates.

Of course, this strategy may be fading slowly,  Obama needed support from White America to win, and much of that came from younger people who have grown up in a world where performers like Shakira top the charts, and Dora and Diego teach preschoolers.  A world where Adam Lambert can come out of the closet and finish 2nd on American Idol. 

One can only hope that eventually more people will see past the Right's divide and conquer tactics, ignore what Beck and Limbaugh tell them and work to return the political power to the masses.  At least before the corps can drive the divide to a critical mass. 


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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      As a friend said recently, Americans suffer from generational memory loss. Two generations after WWII, most have forgotten how Hitler and the Nazis became so powerful while England and France (and the U.S.) turned a blind eye until it was too late for millions of Jews and almost too late for the rest of the free world. With unions, education and anything else that promotes a strong, thinking populace in their cross hairs, corporations and their paid lackeys like Beck and Limbaugh are today's Nazi party.

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      ''Wisconsin and Ohio are some of the 'Have not's' trying to fight back a bit.''

      You have your haves mixed up a little.

      The states were going broke paying the high union benefits and pay scales.

      The employer in the public sector is the taxpayers, they pay the wages of those workers through taxation. The largest public employer in the US is the federal government.

      The union controls the ( WISC ) healthcare insurance payments and sends the money to the insurer. The insurer is owned by the unions, sounds like a conflict of interest?

      The governor said that using the state’s insurer, the cost would be 25/35% lower. In plain English the employees are paying too much, problem their paying with the taxpayers money. That’s similar to the union using union dues to put Democrats in office. Again the taxpayer money indirectly being used against the taxpayer. The teachers are not losing the take home pay, the savings are in the fringe benefits coming down to the cost in the market and the savings are passed down to the cities. Doesn’t that sound fair to the taxpayers?

      The state has a $3.7 billion deficit. The problem again, union pensions and pay.

      The only answer will be to lay off teachers, raise class sizes, let all the dumb dumbs drop out of school earlier than the usual. Remember the union big guys don't get hurt.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      what point do these groups become a menace...

      TeaPartyCrasher, I believe we are witnessing this point in Donald Trump. On a day when people are dying from tornadoes in the south, his news bite focuses on Obama's education credentials. I believe the fact that this "You're Fired" ego-addict has the mic and a chance to become a viable Presidential candidate illustrates best where we are as a nation. Hugs.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      The problem is that the "Have's" have pit people who should be allies against them against each other IMO.

      Also, I think for too long the 'Have's' have won. What's happening in Wisconsin and Ohio are some of the 'Have not's' trying to fight back a bit.

      All of this is, IMO.

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      imjustmusing 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      It is the left who continues to pit one group against another. Haves versus Havenots is the biggest example.

      I will only say this, in my opinion,I have no problem with ANY group, this is still a free country and they are free to live as they chose. However, I should not be forced to share what I work for with anyone and their freedoms should not be legislated to me.

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      thebrucebeat 7 years ago from Nags Head, NC

      socialism is their new bogeyman. and muslims. and gays. and women. and low income people.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      And what do they say about those who fail to learn from history.

      It worked well for the GOP in the South as well. . .

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      thebrucebeat 7 years ago from Nags Head, NC

      Creating an outgroup that the public was unified against was fundamental to the nazi plan, which himmler specifically enumerated at nuremberg. Why did they do it? Because it worked.

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Fantastic hub, Crasher. There is nothing more to have said it all.

      voted up/very useful and awesome

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      RGAldriedge 7 years ago from Arkansas

      We need large companies but we need to keep thier power in check. For all their faults, unions do this quite well. I wrote a Hub called "USA and Domestic Terrorism" and it shows that all power must be monitered. It could be argued that corporations have become more powerfull than the governemnt. And, in fact, American companies hire thugs to do their dirty work over seas and in south America and we hardly hear about it, its not to big a streatch for them to start terrorizing the American public if we get too out of line.

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      Howard Schneider 7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Hey Crasher, You are right on about how how this so called Tea Party movement has been fueled. Glenn Beck and also Dick Armey have been major organizers behind the scenes. They claim to be Patriots protecting the constitution but then bring guns to rallies alluding to violence. Demagogues like this need the scapegoats you speak of. This has been true throughout history. Remember Nazi Germany. Remember Huey Long in the 1930's in Louisiana. Many of the followers are genuinely concerned about out of control spending. But their nominal leaders stoke up a frenzy of hatred that is very dangerous. Your analysis of corporate spending on these political issues is also very prescient. Now the conservative part of the Supreme Court has upheld this power by striking down restrictions on their spending. When did corporations become individuals? I guess they no longer believe in strict constitutional constructionism. Great Hub. I look forward to more.

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      LRCBlogger 7 years ago

      TeaParty, your comment is spot on. I do not object to corporate America (I work for a fortune 500 that pays me well and is a great company), However, I don't think they should hold political power or sway elected officials. If you want further proof of the Republican ties to corporate greed, look no further than current bills in legislation. The "Fair Elections Now Act" is a very effective campaign finance reform bill that has 150 Dem supporters and 2 Republicans. Keeping money in politics is a central goal of the right. Secondly, the Disclose Act is getting zero GOP support. This would require corporate CEO's to appear in the political ads that they run and say "I approve this message." Apparently conservatives don't think it is a good idea to inform of public of who is funding these politically charged ads.

      I digress a bit too much, however, I share the same enthusiasm that we can celebrate a world in which people of different races, genders, beliefs, etc can all succeed and live together in harmony.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      You seem to be a case in point of how well it works.

      And my objection to Corporate America has to do with the political power they hold.

      As for your question, it will depend on if people can see past what CEO mouthpieces like Beck and Limabugh tell them.

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      American Romance 7 years ago from America

      Read the first two paragraphs and realized the propaganda, Yea bud middle aged working Americans are really trying to hide corporate America! By the way do you want corporate America gone? I mean not to worry because they are moving overseas as quickly as possible to avoid You in politics and the damage you will cause them! I just wonder where will everyone work when there are millions of people and all the companies are in other countries???


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