Scare white people for political profit

Rachel Maddow lays bare the well-worn tactic of the American political right by which xenophobic sound-bites are repeated in the quest to herd middle class white folk into signing up for the “I’m the most American” party.

Aka, fear-mongering. It’s time-tested, yet it’s often astonishingly transparent, especially to those not automatically inclined to take the likes of Beck, Bush, Fox, or Limb at face-value.

Be afraid. Of Osama bin Laden. Of Muslims. Of people with dark skin. Of conspiracies against “America.” Of Obama. Of “the enemy.” Yes, be be be afraid. And vote Republican. Uh-huh.

Here’s Rachel Maddow. It really gets going at 2:40.

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