Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Pulpit Bullies

Today's column for the Daily Banter takes a look at what a vote for Mitt Romney inadvertently rewards: the scorched-earth, hostage-taking politics of the right.

Here's the opening shot:

"One of the realities of modern politics that I’ve never been able to get my head fully around is the desperate desire of the right to revel in the suffering of its political adversaries. I get that I shouldn’t be surprised by it, since it’s the traditional behavioral pattern of most schoolyard bullies, but it’s still always seemed staggeringly unproductive — not to mention dangerous for the country — to rally around a cause or candidate solely because doing so “pisses off liberals.” Things like hypocrisy, the naked contradiction of previously embraced views and the potential detriment to self-interest don’t even enter the conservative thought process these days so long as something provides an opportunity to point and laugh. I think this goes to the argument that modern conservatives seem to be interested only in power for power’s sake, while just about everyone else across the political spectrum is interested in actually governing; it doesn’t matter if they act like children because they’re not really in it to make a difference anyway. Mitt Romney is, in many ways, the living embodiment of this cynical political ethos — or at the very least the current world champion of exploiting it."

Read the Rest Here


Villemar said...

Republican humor is all about schadenfreude...taking delight in the misfortune of others (a word only the Germans could have come up with).

Another thing I think they think when trolling is the classic "hippie punching"...they have this idea in their heads unchanged from 40+ years ago that liberals are all passive hippies, that we'll just complain about them harshing our mellow then forget about it because we're all stoned as fuck like Tommy Chong. Which is fucking insane, I'm in my early 40's and I was born after that Boomer shit. Yet I think it still resonates even though you have two whole generations of adults of voting age (X and Millennials) where the Hippie movement is about as relevant as the Sinking of the Maine.

Sirius said...

I can't tell you how many idiots I've encountered who gleefully boast that they will 'celebrate' Earth Day by leaving all their lights on and running their lawnmower engines all day.

They get no benefit; they accomplish nothing other than wasting their own money; but I guess they get tiny little boners by counteracting what the smelly hippie treehuggers are doing.

Fuck I hate Utah. And Mitt. And the GOP. And the Mormons too, to be quite honest.

I'll get my own schadenfreude seeing all the frownys on Nov 7th