Richard Hofstadter, 1964:
If, after our historically discontinuous examples of the paranoid style, we now take the long jump to the contemporary right wing, we find some rather important differences from the nineteenth-century movements. The spokesmen of those earlier movements felt that they stood for causes and personal types that were still in possession of their country—that they were fending off threats to a still established way of life. But the modern right wing, as Daniel Bell has put it, feels dispossessed: America has been largely taken away from them and their kind, though they are determined to try to repossess it and to prevent the final destructive act of subversion. The old American virtues have already been eaten away by cosmopolitans and intellectuals; the old competitive capitalism has been gradually undermined by socialistic and communistic schemers; the old national security and independence have been destroyed by treasonous plots, having as their most powerful agents not merely outsiders and foreigners as of old but major statesmen who are at the very centers of American power. Their predecessors had discovered conspiracies; the modern radical right finds conspiracy to be betrayal from on high.
Michelle Malkin, 2008:
Over the weekend, I watched a hilarious, dead-on, and surprisingly honest skit on Saturday Night Live about the craptastic bailout and its Democrat roots. […]
Where did it go and why?
I have a theory.
One of the rapacious couples featured in the skit was Herbert and Marion Sandler (portrayed by Darrell Hammond and Casey Wilson). Unlike the other composite figures, the Sandlers are a real-life couple.
Also lampooned: Left-wing billionaire George Soros.
As Todd Thurman at Heritage notes, the Sandlers are left-wing moguls who built “a mortgage company whose major product was subprime mortgages and they sold it to Wachovia for $24.2 billion in 2006. And what do the Sandlers do when they are not peddling subprime garbage? They are busy writing checks to leftist groups like the Center for American Progress, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Yes that ACORN.”
The post-modern radical right, then, feels dispossessed by a conspiracy of: Democrats; liberals; “RINOs“; the enemedia; TV sketch comedy shows; community organizers; and “left-wing moguls”, “coastal latte-sipping elites”, “city-dwelling liberal bien pessant“, “secular urban intellectuals” and so on, which either is Hieratic Wingnuttese for “sinister Jews”, or has superceded it. Also, Barack Obama is a Commie Musselman, Rachael Ray joined Hamas, Margret Cho’s dog is a terrorist, and the economy is humming right along, thankyouverymuch. Betrayed once from below; then from above; and now an incomprehensible lattice of conspiracies impinging from all directions, and within.
Fortunately, WFB, Jr. expelled all the Birchers into the outer darkness 2 years befor Hofstadter noticed them, and it is now the Democrat Party which suffers the most casualties in this area. Fortunately.