Thursday, November 05, 2009

Tempest in a Teapot


A write-in entry for Quote of the Week:

"His only success in one year as president is taking America apart piece by piece. Could it be 20 years of 'subconscious programming' from Reverend Wright to damn America?"

That's method actor and raving lunatic Jon Voight addressing the latest Astroturf gathering of the loudest and craziest voices in what Redmond over at Cesca's site has humorously dubbed "The Party of WTF?" In case you haven't heard because, you know, there's real honest-to-God news going on today, hundreds of Tea Baggers stormed the Capitol this morning at the prodding of Republican leadership (an important point to keep in mind) to prove once again the staggering ease with which fear can be used to get America's ever-reliable dumb-ass contingent to angrily rally against its own best interests.

They came. They waved their arms wildly. They shouted about the evils of Barack Obama's socialist health care reform plan. They gnashed their teeth. A few of them got dragged off in zip-cuffs.

But what's worth pointing out and circulating far and wide is not simply the overall tone of some of the oh-so-classy messages on the signs these assholes were proudly brandishing, but the responses of a few GOP lawmakers -- ostensibly rational, intelligent people -- to all the reactionary hate-speech on display.

Among the best (worst), according to NBC News's experiment in posthumous nepotism, Luke Russert:

"Get the Red Out of the White House."

"Waterboard Congress"

"Traitor to the U.S. Constitution" (with an image of Barack Obama on the sign)

"Ken-Ya Trust Obama?" (a sign which was personally autographed by a smiling Rep. Steve King of Iowa)

"Un-American McCarthyite" (with a picture of Pelosi)

"I'm the King of the World: Remember the Titanic?" (with, get this, a drawing of Obama in the mold of the "Jovial Sambo" from the Jim Crow era doing the Leo-and-Kate-on-the-bow-of-the-Titanic pose)

Now do yourself a favor and compare and contrast this kind of willfully ignorant and eminently vicious political feeding frenzy with last month's protest against the meeting of the American Bankers Association in Chicago -- that would be the one where hundreds of equally outraged, but infinitely better informed, people carried signs with slogans like "Put People First," "Reclaim America," "Jail 'Em, Don't Bail 'Em," and "Hold Banks Accountable."

See the difference?


12 comments:

Chris said...

The most hysterical part of all this is that the segment of the 'right' involved in these protests taunts the fact that they are emulating the protest tactics of the 'left'.

Not to split hairs, here, but how successful do these people think left-wing protesters have been over the ages? I don't think we've put a dent in the IMF or World Bank, countries still seek and proliferate weapons of mass destruction and folks can't differentiate between the capitalist economics of cap-and-trade and the social-democratism of medicare.

The most entertaining thing about America is our uniformed populace. God bless their pathetic little hearts.

brite said...

Would the difference be in how much media coverage they each received? It seems to me that all I ever hear about are the rightwing nut jobs, Glen Beck, etc. but I never hear about the 'other' people who protest in a less, shall we say, inflammatory manner.As Aretha would say, 'Who's zoomin' who?'

MJW said...

Yeah, it was really the GOP Congressmen's responses that stunned and sickened me. Particularly Boehner's -- which made me furious despite how I should know better, how I should expect this bullshit how many times he's said stupider, uglier shit in the past -- "This healthcare bill is the biggest threat to freedom in America that I've seen in my 19 years in Congress."

Pardon me, while I have a brief interlude.

WHERE THE FUCK WERE YOU FOR THE PATRIOT ACT, JOHN????? WHERE THE FUCK WERE YOU FOR WARRANTLESS WIRETAPS, AND WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE????? YOU WERE NOT ONLY THERE FOR EVERY GODDAMNED MOTHERFUCKING ONE OF THOSE BILLS BUT YOU SUPPORTED EVERY LAST GODDAMNED MOTHERFUCKING ONE OF THEM, AND YOU HAVE THE GALL TO CALL HEALTHCARE REFORM A THREAT TO FREEDOM?!?!?!?!?!?!? HOW DARE YOU???????????

I think I'm finished.

Burns said...

Hehe, ignorance.......

http://xkcd.com/154/

Mike Barber said...

Just wait... latest teabagger conspiracy theory (likely to be spawned by Glenn Beck himself if not Bachmann) is going to be that the violence at Fort Hood was perpetrated by the Obama Administration as a distraction to try to divert attention from the tea bagger "insurgency" (Bachmann's word) in an attempt to control the news cycle.

L. said...

In the (summarized) words of David Cross on this very subject: You know what? I don't want you guys to have healthcare. You can go ahead and die. I want less of you and more of me.

And to crib from him again: Go eat an AIDS cock.

Also, maybe it's too early in the morning or something, but it took me awhile to read the 'Abort Obama Care not babies' sign on the right in the picture. I was reading 'abort Obama are not babies' and was terribly confused.

Anonymous said...

We all know that the Right's gathering had nothing but crazies toting signs with absurd messages, and absolutely no one else. While the Left's get together was just the opposite. Sure.

It's amazing that to most people, it's the Left -vs- Right. Fact is, both of these parties are destroying all that is sacred in America.

Chez said...

Not entirely true. Extremism on both sides does nothing but hurt the country.

Ref said...

Not really quibbling with YOU, Chez, but why is it extreme to protest what the investment banks have ACTUALLY done to our economy?

Chez said...

It's not extreme at all. I didn't say that the protesters in Chicago were extremists.

Anonymous said...

Good point about extremism Chez. Unfortunately for both sides this is becoming the norm. There seems to be a huge vacuum in the middle of both parties. Everyone is migrating to the edges.

Kate said...

Wait...I don't understand...a teabagger is calling PELOSI a McCarthyite?

I thought McCarthy was known for, you know, accusing politicians of having communist sympathies. Kind of like what the teabaggers are doing...