The Wingers Show Themselves
Last week, Glenn Greenwald published a piece called "The right's two-pronged religion of rage and self-pity" that seems a fair summary of what we're up against.
The Right in this country -- meaning the faction that followed George Bush for the last eight years -- long ago ceased being a movement of political ideas and is driven by two, and only two, extreme emotions: (1) intense, aggressive rage towards their revolving door of enemies, and (2) bottomless self-pity over how unfairly they're being treated. As their imminent defeat looks increasingly likely (potentially on a humiliating scale), these two impulses are in maximum overdrive, feeding off one another in endless self-perpetuation (the more they lose, the more victimized they feel, the more they rage against their enemies who oppress them, etc.).
The Right's rejection by the public can't possibly be due to anything they have done. It can only be due to some extremely vicious enemy that oppresses them uniquely and so very unfairly. For the moment, they're only losing because The Leftist Mainstream Media hates them and is deeply biased against them.
Now, the self-described "pitbull with lipstick (and heels)" is fanning the flames of hatred everywhere she goes.
We already know that the religious right is rooted in racism. Their response to the passage of civil rights in the 60's was to move to segregationist schools, and when that move was met with suspension of their tax-exempt status if they didn't allow non-whites in they howled with rage.
It shouldn't need much explanation that tax protesters and chicken hawks, the remainder of "Bush's base", are similarly self-entitled people who not only think they're better than everyone else, but that when the vote is turning against them it's someone else' fault. It's not possible, in their minds, that the one-button policies they follow (Bush: "I can't think of any mistakes I've made") could have led to their rejection by the majority in this country.
So, it's with a mixture of fear and determination that I read Dana Milbank's report of the crowds that "Sarah Sixpack" has been drawing.
Read it and weep:
Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
McCain's swoon is largely out of his control, the result of an economic collapse that ignited new fears Monday when the Dow Jones industrial average closed below 10,000 for the first time in four years. That's why his lead in Florida polls, which once reached as high as 15 points, has turned into a three-point deficit.
But the campaign has reacted with recriminations (the St. Petersburg Times reported that the Florida Republican Party chairman, after questioning Palin's aptitude, was told that he couldn't fly on her plane) and now Palin's rage.
The reception had been better in Clearwater, where Palin, speaking to a sea of "Palin Power" and "Sarahcuda" T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. "One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers," she said. ("Boooo!" said the crowd.) "And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,' " she continued. ("Boooo!" the crowd repeated.)
"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.
Considering this crowd would have attended an actual hang him by the neck until he's dead lynching party a few short decades ago, I don't want to hear "it was just a figure of speech", I want to hear "he was arrested and will face charges."
When a man in Sioux Falls, SD used the phrase "burning bush" in a bar a few years ago, he received a prison sentence. If this man in Florida, who publicly advocated the assassination of a President, was questioned, detained, arrested, or ANYTHING, I haven't heard about it.
The extreme right wing is (extremely) ugly when it doesn't get it's way. If we're successful their almost 30 year reign of terror (one Democratic President since Reagan, and he was the subject of a $70 million witch hunt that led to an impeachment and acquittal) could be coming to an end. None too soon, I might add, as up to 4 SCOTUS judges could be ready for retirement and the balance of power could be altered for a generation. But don't relax, yet, because we'll be living with the Bush "politicized" judiciary for years.
They will "get away with" things. Voters are being purged nationwide by the GOP. They're doing everything they can to ensure that their crimes against humanity aren't exposed, but if they are, expect more rage. The lunatics who shot up a church and killed a democratic party leader aren't an aberration, they're a sign of things to come.
No one said taking power away from the entrenched, corrupt GOP would be easy.
Watch your back.
In the last two months of this election -- as the Bush administration winds down as the most unpopular in modern American history and the Right is on the verge of a desperately-needed collective death -- we see a perfect microcosm of what our country has been over the last eight years. The financial crisis is spreading, accelerating, and morphing across the globe in unpredictable ways. The economic anxiety levels are as high as one can recall, teetering on panic, and even the Wall St. Journal Editorial Page is acknowledging that America's days of economic dominance are over. The national debt is over a staggering $10 trillion and has doubled in the last 8 years alone. And the symbols of our nation have become gulags, the waterboard, an endless stream of bombs and occupations, and people imprisoned forever with no charges of any kind.
And as these flames engulf America's foundations, what is the Right doing -- the movement that brought us all of this through their virtually absolute control of our Government for the last eight years? They're spending all their time chattering with each other about an aging 1960s radical and giddily cheering the increasingly repellent Sarah Palin as she skips around the country in front of rambunctiously booing right-wing crowds accusing Barack Obama of palling around with The Terrorists and pointing out that he doesn't see America the way all the Normal, Good Americans do. For the last eight years, the opponents of the Right have been America-hating Terrorists and they still are.
And just now, John McCain -- speaking in New Mexico -- delivered one of the ugliest, nastiest, most invective-filled personality attacks a major candidate has ever delivered, blatantly designed to stoke raw racial resentments and depict Obama as a Manchurian candidate funded by secret Arab Terrorist sources -- a truly unstable and hate-mongering rant filled with lines like these, delivered with an angry scowl to screaming, howling, booing throngs, while Cindy McCain stood behind him shaking her head in disgust at each fact she heard about the Black Terrorist daring to challenge her husband.
Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that's wrong with America.
The RW is coming unhinged as they see power slip away.
Don't trust them.
Duncan Black posted this morning that the republics have lost the kids in the country. As to the reasons why, he mentioned that everybody hates George Bush is part of it. He went to say that it's also about issues and that at some point the wingnuts stopped having a conversation with the country and started having a conversation amongst themselves.
I like the above, but can't remember a time during the last 30 years that the republics ever had a conversation with the country. They had most of the country's ear during that period, so to speak, but never had a conversation per se.
What happened was that the electorate went along with the republics, who did what they wanted to do (which was steal the store) and the Democrats became less and less relevant and effective.
Interesting timing. My wife was talking to her son, who lives in a very red state in the midwest, and he said the same thing. I wasn't on the phone with them, but I believe he said something along the lines of "How can you think of a Republican and not think of corruption?"
How can you think about the present incarnation of republicans and not think mental illness?
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