The local xenophobes club is bringing another anti-Islam rant session to Aberdeen tonight. The session with Clare Lopez will do nothing to advance Aberdeen’s economy or culture. It certainly will not advance fact. Part of a cluster of fact-free celebrations of bigotry happening around the state this month, this “Americans First, Task Force” program seems to serve no purpose other than to stoke an angry conservative voter base just in time for another election.
I have as little need or desire to sit through another of these dreary, un-American programs as I do to sit through a performance at the local nudie bar to know what will happen.
We know the contents of Clare Lopez’s propaganda pole dance. We can view her material on any number of filthy websites (although with the new sell-our-data law Kristi, Mike, and John voted for, I hesitate to access these sites, even for mere research).
Just as at the strip club, a woman will stand before a leering audience and peddle lies. She will tease her audience into believing that behavior that would be unacceptable in most public settings is perfectly fine in this darkened room. She will tease her viewers into thinking they are viewing deep, exotic truths that make them stronger and more manly.
Observing this spectacle serves little good; it only degrades the observer.
The viewers will go home with some vague sense of manly achievement, but they will awaken surrounded by the same disillusion, the same details of their same pathetic lives that somehow cannot be resolved by the fantasies they imbibed the previous night. And they will continue to look for opportunities to objectivize, to otherize, and to subjugate to make themselves feel better about lives that a thousand slideshows about Sharia will never change.
So go ahead, Aberdeen, let Clare Lopez hypnotize you with her twirling pasties about Muslim conspiracies and Joseph McCarthy. Let her stroke your dark, sweaty fears. And be sure to let us know when you wake up tomorrow how listening to these lies makes you a better person and Aberdeen a better town.
But understand if the rest of us look away from your embarrassing lies.
- Take Clare Lopez’s rantings about the infiltration of the United States government by the Muslim Bortherhood, strike “Muslim Brotherhood” and insert “Zionists,” and you get exactly the same paranoid propaganda peddled by anti-Semites like Rudy Stanko.
- A study in California finds that the state’s program of allowing illegal immigrants to take driving tests and get driver’s licenses resulted in 4,000 fewer hit-and-run incidents. But hey, evidence-based policy doesn’t jazz the lizard brain nearly as much as a good pole dance.
- The Aberdeen High School Democrats will protest the Clare Lopez event this evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside the Dakota Event Center. These young people represent the better side of our fair city. Please join them on the sidewalk, or at least give them a friendly honk and wave as you pass them on your way to dinner or Target or Walmart.