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"Is over the past several decades, our discourse progressed something like this:Guys, the're racists.Sensible Center: No, they just believe the very important science that suggests that black people are stupid. Also, crime and poverty. Black people are poor and get arrested a lot and stop&frisk is not racist so stop saying that. QEDGuys, they're white supremacists.Sensible center: No, they're just celebrating the very important heritage of the Confederacy, which is their history, even in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio, which were very important Confederate states. I don't see any actual Klan hoods. Maybe they are white nationalists, which just means they want to preserve their culture. QEDGuys, they're Nazis.Sensible center: Actually, I don't see much evidence (some, but not too much) of anti-Semitism, which seems to be an important feature of Nazism, right? I mean, the obsession with George Soros and the word globalist is simply political. Obviously they have some views about race which liberals don't support, but it isn't racism, and it certainly isn't Nazism.Nazis: hey, uh we're Nazis.Sensible center: No, I really don't think you are.Nazis: No, really, we're fucking Nazis. Heil Hitler! Check out my Nazi tattoos! We're Nazis!Sensible center: This is disturbing, but Stalin was bad, too, so, really, both sides."
That said, I don't really believe that Nazis are actually the issue in the U.S., and I find all of the memes about America fighting the Nazis on beaches of Normandy, etc. rather nauseating.
Patterson Hood of the Drive-by Truckers recently posted a "Dispatch from the Road" on the DBT website:"Many of my favorite bands lost it at that point and either broke up or at least began the path of destruction. The Replacements never really recovered from the ill fated Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour (I saw them get fired on stage in Nashville that year, one of my “Let There Be Rock” moments for sure)."Curious, I wrote to Patterson and asked him for the details:"They were actually fired??!!?? This was the tour that they allegedly hated so much they did everything in their power to get fired, from getting wasted and writing songs on stage mid-set to breaking into Petty's trailer, stealing his wife's clothes, and wearing them on-stage. Funny enough, I've also heard that Petty's wife loved the boys so much that she prevented their being fired early on in the tour. But I've never heard that they were actually fired!"Within a few hours, he had relayed this reply to me via Jenn Bryant:"While I wouldn't bet my savings on the total factuality of my dispatches, I saw the TPH / Placemats show in Nashville where they did indeed wear Jane Petty's dresses on stage. Early in the set, Westerberg said: 'Last night Tom Petty told us if we fuck up again we're fired. Fuck you Tom Petty and fuck you Nashville.' They then played a fifteen minute instrumental Walk on the Wild Side, a letter perfect Aching to Be (except they crashed and burned it right before last verse), one other song before another 'Fuck you Tom Petty and fuck you Nashville' and walked off stage. TP had a different opener next show. Petty then started his set early and said, 'The opener played a short set so we're going to play extra long because WE CARE.' Then they covered Should I Stay or Should I Go (letter perfect)." I met Slim Dunlap some years later and he said that Jane Petty was always in their corner and that she told them they looked better in her dresses than she. Paul Westerberg said, "You can say that again!" and staggered off.