COMMON FOOTSOLDIERS IN THE AMERICAN LEGIONS OF THE STUPID
by Ross Sharp
Rumours persist, apparently, that Barack Obama is not truly an American citizen and, therefore, ineligible to hold the office of United States President.
Those who insist on this “theory” are referred to as “birthers”. No doubt they believe they are fighting for those great traditions of truth, justice and the American way to prevail in their beloved homeland as it has done so often before in their gloriously luminous history.
The “birthers” are claiming this so-called “theory” as true for no other reason than this –
“There’s a goddamn fucking NIGGER in the goddamn fucking WHITE HOUSE and he ain’t wearin’ an apron and takin’ out the trash and THAT! AIN’T! RIGHT, GODDAMMIT!!”
We needn’t gussy it up any further by assuming these cretins have any actual point to make beyond that.
Blogger Watertiger, responding to some of the manic misinterpretations of Obama’s plans for health-care reforms thinks along the same lines …
“What [it] really means is, “No uppity, Harvard-educated Negro or any other black person is going to tell me what to do, even if it winds up improving my life quality of life.” Sadly, this is the crux of the matter. All this town hall hullabaloo isn’t about government intervention, or socialism, or “death panels,” or pushing your grandmother and her moth-eaten cardigan into a mass grave filled with geriatrics. Obama’s skin color is what is generating all the hysteria and vitriol behind the teabaggers, the birthers and the anti-immigration crazies. The health care reform debate is nothing more than today’s white sheet and hood writ large.”
Here’s a few others …
David Sirota from Salon …
I know I should be mortified by the lobbyist-organized mobs of angry Brooks Brothers mannequins who are now making headlines by shutting down congressional town hall meetings. I know I should be despondent during this, the Khaki Pants Offensive in the Great American Healthcare and Tax War. And yet, I’m euphorically repeating one word over and over again with a big grin on my face.
Finally, there’s no pretense. Finally, the me-first, screw-everyone-else crowd’s ugliest traits are there for all to behold …
With 22,000 of their fellow countrymen dying annually for lack of health insurance and with Warren Buffett paying a lower effective tax rate than his secretary, the me-first, screw-everyone-else crowd is merely using the argot of fairness, empiricism and morality to hide its real motive: selfish greed.
No argument, however rational, is going to cure these narcissists of that grotesque disease.
Also from Salon, Darren Hutchinson …
Nancy Snyder says she kept quiet when abortion was legalized and prayer in schools was eliminated. Not this time.
“They did it for prayer, they did it for abortion, and they’re not going to do it for our healthcare,” the 70-year-old nurse from Philipsburg, Pa., said Wednesday as she and her husband Robert, 74, a retired coal miner, waited in a long, snaking line for Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter’s town hall meeting.
Apparently, Snyder believes that it is perfectly fine for the government to dictate the reproductive choices of women and to force kids to pray in school. Expanding the availability of healthcare is outlandish. All of these situations, however, involve “big government.”
Eric Etheridge from The New York Times’ Opinionator on how Godwin’s Law “has the health care debate in a hammerlock” and provides this illuminating little clip …
Etheridge cites David Frum from New Majority …
… Firearms and politics never mix well. They mix especially badly with a third ingredient: the increasingly angry tone of incitement being heard from right-of-center broadcasters.
The Nazi comparisons from Rush Limbaugh; broadcaster Mark Levin asserting that President Obama is “literally at war with the American people”; former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin claiming that the president was planning “death panels” to extirpate the aged and disabled; the charges that the president is a fascist, a socialist, a Marxist, an illegitimate Kenyan fraud, that he “harbors a deep resentment of America,” that he feels a “deep-seated hatred of white people,” that his government is preparing concentration camps, that it is operating snitch lines, that it is planning to wipe away American liberties”: All this hysterical and provocative talk invites, incites, and prepares a prefabricated justification for violence.
And indeed some conservative broadcasters are lovingly anticipating just such an outcome.
After reading about some of these halfwits earlier this morning , a friend of mine offered this opinion …
It’s just gross. They’re like demons bubbled up from the underworld.
Someone needs to trap them in a pentagram and cut their hissing snake like heads off.
They’re worse than gross. They’re evil.