Friday, October 17, 2008

Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Even Still More Lowererer...

Hello everyone!

This crap has got to stop. First off, I'm running out of comparatives to add to my titles, but I'm not prepared to switch to superlatives because the cynical part of me knows we haven't bottomed out yet. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just go here and here to get caught up. I'll wait.

Now that you're back, here's the latest. This video features not some kooky tinfoil hat wearing village drunk loudmouth, nor some right-wing radio/Fox News host (although it is a fine line between the two), but United States Representative Michele Bachmann on Hardball. Take a look:

This is what it's come to. Anyone who has a "leftist" or "liberal" political ideology (or ostensibly can be accused of such) hates America. That includes the majority of both houses Congress and a huge segment of the general population. It also includes people such as me, someone who "you'll find on college campuses." (Well, only two, and one is a community college, and I don't teach but tutor and take classes, but you get the point)

So what exactly is your garden-variety, patriotic, average American supposed to do with this information about America haters? If a hypothetical American patriot truly believes that ours is "the greatest country in the world," and if that person truly believes it's his or her duty to defend the country against its enemies, then what should be done? I mean, America haters are clearly America's enemy, right? So, what is our patriotic duty? Should we go shopping? Should we hide under the bed and hope the brave Republicans protect us? Should we vote? Should we write our Congressperson? What if we live in Michele Bachmann's district? Should we blog about it? What's a blog?

Maybe we should just solve the problem ourselves, "southern justice" style, like they did in the "good old days."

Regardless, Michele Bachmann is either starting early with her scary Halloween stories or she's not-so-indirectly inciting violence. She's certainly not criticizing Obama's policies (which should be relatively easy enough to do) or anything civil like that. No, she's using flimsy, circumstantial evidence based on extremely loose connections to some guy she calls a terrorist.

I think it's important to note that Bill Ayers committed some acts that, while very much misguided, killed nobody. So it's quite a stretch to call him a terrorist, but that's essentially what Representative Bachmann has been doing, as have most of the pundits and "media figures." But I guess that makes a better news story than this: "A young activist becomes overzealous and commits a few property crimes out of protest...other activists get assassinated so he hides out for a while...later he turns himself in...the case gets thrown out because the evidence was obtained illegally...he then becomes a model citizen and is now a well-respected educator."

Anyway, I would argue that Congresswoman Bachmann has a low opinion of Americans, and maybe even hates Americans. She seems to be counting on a whole lot of ignorance throughout the our country. Apparently, all we have to do is hear is the word "terrorist," and then we'll all remember that Obama has a scary, foreign-sounding name, which means he also must be a terrorist pal-arounder! 9/11, 9/11!

This is the same old tired act to play on people's fears, prejudices, and xenophobia. "We don't know anything about Obama," essentially means, "He's different." But in reality the average person probably knows more about Obama than John Kerry, George Bush, or Bill Clinton at this time in their respective campaigns. The only difference is that Obama is black and has an African-sounding name, but the others are white and have European-sounding names.

What Representative Bachmann does not only plays on racist, xenophobic fears, but accentuates them. Unfortunately, people respond to fear with violence. So that means that either she's incredibly stupid or she's incredibly cold-hearted.

Luckily, after she appeared there was a rebuttal from The Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel:

Hell, even Pat Buchanan disagreed with Bachmann. It's pretty sad when your right-wing views are too extreme for Pat Freakin' Buchanan.

As for Katrina (the publisher, not the hurricane), I'm going to keep renewing my Nation subscription until she retires just to help make sure she can continue to have a job. We need more people like her on TV news shows and less people like that horrible excuse for a human being, Michele McCarthy Bachmann.

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On a lighter note, I made a relatively important discovery today. I had been preoccupied with this photo for quite some time:

I wasn't sure why, but something about it looked eerily familiar. I mean, sure, it's a photo of Sarah Palin, and everyone who has remotely been paying attention lately has certainly seen plenty of Sarah Palin photos. Well, almost everyone.

Anyway, there was something specifically familiar about this particular shot and I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. I knew there was something there that I had seen before. Finally, this morning while I was in the middle of my morning constitutional, I realized what the photo reminded me of. This photo:

How do they do that? I tried to make that upside-down smiley face all morning, and I couldn't do it. Between this and John McCain's tongue gyrations, I'm convinced that they're sending secret mouth signals to their alien brothers and sisters from Planet Reagan that Earth is about ready for the invasion.


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Blogger Pat Malach said...

much like bacon and egg flavored snacks, that similarness(?) is truly frightening.

8:42 PM, October 20, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Pat!

What's that saying? Something about birds of a feather? Two peas in a pod? Tweedledee and Tweedledum?


8:59 PM, October 20, 2008  
Blogger Pat Malach said...

Wait a second. I just watched the videos.

Rep. Bachmann is very much anti-Obama, anti-Biden, Anti-Pelosi and anti-Reid.

They're all Americans. Doesn't that make Bachmann anti-American, too?

I'm confused.

10:01 PM, October 20, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Pat!

Based on the various right-wing blogs I've visited and message board comments by McCain/Palin supporters that I've read, it's okay to hate Americans from California, especially San Francisco or Hollywood, unless it's Ronald Reagan or Fred Thompson. It's also okay to hate people from New England, most major cities (especially Austin, TX and Madison, WI, but not Salt Lake City), and college campuses (except Young Republicans or anyone who attends bible college).

Also, criticism of policy or ideology equals hate unless it's directed at liberals, gays, immigrants, feminists, minorities, or Muslims, in which case it's simply a criticism of a lifestyle.

The important thing to remember is that Obama, Biden, Reid, and Pelosi are not Real Americans, so they must be terrorists.


11:58 PM, October 20, 2008  

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