The NSM thread paints an extremely bleak portrait of our fortunes in Tennessee. A casual visitor of this site who watches those two videos reaches for Oswald Spengler, the liquor bottle, or a white towel.
Fortunately, the Neo-Nazi sideshow in Knoxville (like the one in Missouri) masks a more fundamental transformation going on underneath the political surface. As with so many stories in recent weeks, the bad news comes out of the White Nationalist movement, and the good news comes out of the mainstream, whether it is Virginia or Arizona.
By a 4 to 1 margin, 72% of Tennessee voters want to enact Arizona’s SB 1070 in the Volunteer State. In fact, Tennessee state legislators plan to introduce a similar bill in January in spite of Judge Bolton’s ruling. Support for real immigration reform among White Tennesseans must be even higher.
This bill has the support of 92% of Republicans, 72% of Independents, and 44% of Democrats. The Tennessee state legislature passed a resolution earlier this year congratulating Arizona for defending its borders and standing up for state sovereignty.
Last month, eight state legislators from Tennessee went to Arizona in a show of support for SB 1070. Secessionist talk has entered the mainstream. Nullification is on the table. Sovereignty resolutions are the fashion of the day. The 14th Amendment is under attack.
White Tennesseans are dusting off and reasserting old ideas which been dormant since the Civil War. 37% of Tennesseans approve of Barack Obama’s job performance; 62% disapprove of the Magic Negro. White Nationalists aren’t sweeping to victory in Tennessee, but neither are progressives who are bracing for massive losses.
The mainstream on immigration has shifted in our direction. White Tennesseans haven’t been this angry or alienated since the Civil Rights Movement. Such a historical opportunity cannot be allowed to go to waste.
The subject without confines?
A more practical and intelligent message – one based on “reasonable extremism” – could succeed in pushing moderates along a more radical course. In this case, the failure to communicate is wholly the fault of the messenger, not a flaw in the message itself.
In the diluted form, White Nationalism has been gaining ground and making progress for several years now. In the strong form, it turns off ordinary people and socially cripples its own advocates.
It seems easier to cure ordinary people of ignorance than odd people of more serious problems. If change ever does come to America, I predict it will come out of the implicit corner of White Nationalism.