For a political party whose membership skews older, it might be surprising that the spirit that most animates Republican politics today is best described with a phrase from the world of video games: “Owning the libs.”
Gamers borrowed the term from the nascent world of 1990s computer hacking, using it to describe their conquered opponents: “owned.” To “own the libs” does not require victory so much as a commitment to infuriating, flummoxing or otherwise distressing liberals with one’s awesomely uncompromising conservatism.
And its pop-cultural roots and clipped snarkiness are perfectly aligned with a party that sees pouring fuel on the culture wars’ fire as its best shot at surviving an era of Democratic control.
Read the full article. It’s a fascinating, if supremely annoying, history of the phenomenon from Rush Limbaugh through Marjorie Taylor Green.
History of a mission statement: https://t.co/PhtED7UrIm
— Blake News (@blakehounshell) March 21, 2021