This article was in response to Re. Jim Jordan's tweet (which has echoes of such "intellectuals" as Sarah Palin):
"Real America is done with #COVID19. God bless!" the Ohio Republican tweeted. I'm confident he didn't mean to, but Jordan has provided us with perhaps the best illustration of what it means to be an American fascist today
When Republicans say "Real America," they have in their heads a very specific place. It's not a real place, as I said. It's a wholly imagined place that, as such, frees them from moral accountability and all manner of mutual obligation to anyone who is not already committed to this wholly imagined place. It is a confederacy of the mind and spirit,
unbound by tangible boundaries, a "nation" existing inside the actual United States, where "real Americans" live as God's chosen people.
In Real America, as opposed to the real America, social relationships and political power are structured according to "the way things are," according to "the natural order," according to God's will. As such, God rules over Mankind, men rule over women and white Christian men rule over everyone else.
To GOP confederates, this is not their doing. It's God's. As such, anything that threatens ordered power threatens God and is deserving of any kind of response necessary to defeating it.https://www.alternet.org/2021/09/jim-jordan-tweet/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7810100% x 100!
The American Taliban!!
Afghanistan is a Red State!