Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tea Bagger Bigotry Exposed

The GOP has either allied themselves with the bigot-based 'tea bagger' movement or it is the instigator of it. Just when I had come to believe that the GOP could not possibly sink lower, it is now clear to me that this endemically bigoted party is positioned to exceed all previous lies, idiocy and hate talk spewed on that party's behalf by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and a legion of venom filled wannabes. Indeed, the GOP --apres Bush --is a deluge, a jack-booted army of right wing hate mongers.

Now --let's clear up another issue. A heavily-trafficked site [What Really Happened] which often links to my articles has referenced my article with the following lines:
Yeah, they are really desperate to sell this idea that anyone unhappy with the government must be a racist. [emphasis mine, LH]
Let me make this clear: NO ONE TELLS ME WHAT TO WRITE! There is no 'they' who dictated any content to me whatsoever! There is no 'they' and I resent the implication that my thoughts and my opinions were dictated to me in any way whatsoever by some mysterious and unidentified 'they' !!

Is that clear?

No one else is responsible for the content of this blog and no one tells me what I can post and what I cannot! I reserve the right to cite sources, quote other writers and/or politicians and analysts as well as numerous official, government sources.

More than three decades later we have Sherri Goforth, an aide to a Republican state senator in Tennessee sending out a mass e-mail of a cartoon showing dignified portraits of the first 43 presidents, and then representing the 44th — President Obama — as a spook, a cartoonish pair of white eyes against a black background.

When a gorilla escaped from a zoo in Columbia, S.C., a longtime Republican activist, Rusty DePass, described it on his Facebook page as one of Michelle Obama’s ancestors.

Among the posters at last weekend’s gathering of conservative protesters in Washington was one that said, “The zoo has an African lion and the White House has a lyin’ African.”

These are bits and pieces of an increasingly unrestrained manifestation of racism directed toward Mr. Obama that is being fed by hate-mongers on talk radio and is widely tolerated, if not encouraged, by Republican Party leaders. It’s disgusting, and it’s dangerous. But it’s the same old filthy racism that has been there all along and that has been exploited by the G.O.P. since the 1960s.

I have no patience with those who want to pretend that racism is not an out-and-out big deal in the United States, as it always has been. We may have made progress, and we may have a black president, but the scourge is still with us. And if you needed Jimmy Carter to remind you of that, then you’ve been wandering around with your eyes closed.

Glenn Beck, one of the moronic maestros of right-wing radio and TV, assures us that President Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for white people.” Some years ago, as the watchdog group Media Matters for America points out on its Web site, Beck said he’d like to beat Representative Charles Rangel “to death with a shovel.”

--The Scourge Persists, Bob Herbert, New York Times
The conclusions stated on this blog are mine and mine alone. And there is no denying --except by idiots and/or bigots --that bigotry underlies much of the criticism that is leveled by the right wing fanatics inside the 'tea bagger' movement.
Another racist photo [seen above right] showing Obama as a witch doctor is making the rounds with Tea Party activists.

Republicans accuse Speaker Pelosi of inciting racism with her health care comments.

Democrats are unhappy with proposed tax in the Baucus health care bill.

Rep. Pelosi said:
I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco.

This kind of rhetoric was very frightening" and created a climate in which violence took place.

I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made.

She said some of the people hearing the message "are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.

Our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe.

But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause.

--Nancy Pelosi, Statement
Mob scenes are now the GOP modus operandi. Paul Krugman asks: "What's behind it?" The answer to that is as clear and present as is the danger to the American republic and every freedom loving American: the leadership of the GOP, the GOP in Congress, the GOP at large:

Some commentators have tried to play down the mob aspect of these scenes, likening the campaign against health reform to the campaign against Social Security privatization back in 2005. But there’s no comparison. I’ve gone through many news reports from 2005, and while anti-privatization activists were sometimes raucous and rude, I can’t find any examples of congressmen shouted down, congressmen hanged in effigy, congressmen surrounded and followed by taunting crowds.

And I can’t find any counterpart to the death threats at least one congressman has received.

So this is something new and ugly. What’s behind it?

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, has compared the scenes at health care town halls to the “Brooks Brothers riot” in 2000 — the demonstration that disrupted the vote count in Miami and arguably helped send George W. Bush to the White House. Portrayed at the time as local protesters, many of the rioters were actually G.O.P. staffers flown in from Washington.

--Paul Krugman, The Town Hall Mob
Like pre-war Nazis, the American GOP exploited the mob mentality most prominently in the so-called 'White Riot' --in fact and by law a treasonous 'coup d'etat' which stole the election for George W. Bush. In fairness to mere rank and file extremists, however, it is clear that in the year 2000, it was the GOP leadership that bussed to Florida a white-shirted, button-down mob of right wing radical extremists whose purpose and assignment was to disrupt the election process, to stop the vote count while Bush was still ahead.

Typically, Antonin Scalia would issue the absurdity of the decade: "Count first and rule upon legality afterward is not a recipe for producing election results that have the public acceptance democratic stability requires." Robert Novak was just as stupid but more succinct: "The democrats are trying to steal this election by counting votes!" 'Logic' of the same fallacious form was heard even earlier from Barbara Olson who said that Gary Condit was guilty of murder not because there was evidence against him but because there was none! That, she said, was proof he covered it up!

Just words
from an idiot

The 'recipe' is how every election had worked since the invention of Democracy in Ancient Greece. Voting and then counting the votes is how elections, indeed, Democracy itself, is done. Scalia is a not an intellectual. Scalia is a dumb-ass who has learned a 'trick'. The American west was peopled with itinerant 'snake oil salesmen' who had learned a few big words and how to impress the yokels with them.

GOP mob mentality was again in vogue when Sarah 'Wolf Murderer' Palin purposefully appealed to a 'base' which revealed itself to be most responsive to messages of hate and prejudice.

Democrats have a right NOT to be intimidated!

Certainly, the GOP has resorted to form --exploiting ugly mobs, encouraging them to disrupt legal democratic town hall meetings. I urge that legal town hall meetings be defended by arms and armor. Enough is enough. The Democrats have a right to meet and they have a right to defend themselves against felony violence. They have a right to oppose and defend against a gang of would-be felons!

Why do Republicans make such good l'il Nazis?

The answer lies in research that shows how GOP-types are naturally inclined to conspiracies. That's why they would prefer you believe that conspiracies don't exist. Read Carl Jung and some of the more recent research surveyed in John Dean's book "Conservatives Without Consciences". Conservatives are 'authoritarian' types and tend to sort themselves into strong leaders (fuhrers) and eager, non-questioning followers (good l'il Nazis).

Liberals and progressives are often independent, creative, original. An 'ENTP' type is one of several types identified by the Jung Personality Test, similar to the Myers/Brigg test. ENTP, specifically, is described thus: "Inventor". Enthusiastic interest in everything and always sensitive to possibilities. Non-conformist and innovative."

This kind of personality does not make good, unquestioning follower-conspirators! This kind of person does NOT make a good LI'L NAZI. The GOP, by contrast, is over run by good li'l Nazis.

The 'tea bagger' movement is the 'enemy within', the anti-democratic, pro-fascist brownshirts who may have already destroyed the US ideal of a free and democratic republic --something that we have most certainly NOT seen since the rise of Ronald Reagan.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, however, came to Carter’s defense on Wednesday. “Jimmy Carter tells the truth about some, not all, but some of the rabid rage against President Obama,” Olbermann stated, “and is thus the recipient of the automatic blowback from those whose livelihoods depend on enabling the ragers to tell themselves it is not racism that they feel.”

In introducing the segment, Olbermann claimed that he could offer “at least 37″ cases that he believes “prove President Carter to be correct.” He also noted that Rush Limbaugh had attacked Carter’s statements by saying “Jimmy Carter is the nation‘s hemorrhoid” — and retorted, “”Well, I got to defer to him here, the nation‘s asshole would know about the nation‘s hemorrhoid.”

Some of Olbermann’s examples seem fairly indisputable, like a poster used at tea party demonstrations that depicts Obama as an Africa witch doctor, or Limbaugh’s claim that Obama has made it okay for black kids to beat up a white kid on a school bus.

--Olbermann: 37 racist incidents prove Carter is right
Already losers, a now desperate GOP has made a Faustian bargain with bigots. It is significant that the so-called GOP 'leadership' has yet to issue a tepid reproach, let alone a strongly worded condemnation of a movement that is 1) un-American 2) bigoted 3) made of liars to a person!

Until the GOP leadership steps forward and condemns the 'tea bagger movement', I remain confirmed that the 'tea bagger' movement is encouraged by the highest ranking members of the GOP embittered by the legion of failures chalked up by their party since the inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

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Anonymous said...

Schultz has done a great job up-ending Gopper bull shit...and he gets right to it, without over dramatizing it all. He also has no bones about going after wimpy or ultra conservative Dems. Lets see how long Ed stays around...if he is a trend, maybe we will get some of the media back, maybe.


Len Hart said...

benmerc sez...

Lets see how long Ed stays around...if he is a trend, maybe we will get some of the media back, maybe.

Ed's been around for awhile. It'll take the restoration of the Fairness Doctrine coupled with the break of the monopoly-based media, however, to really change things.

Every 'revolutionist' knows that the first step in gaining control of a nation is SEIZE THE MEDIA.

The GOP/right wing extremists have done this with a successful assault upon the Communications Act of 1934, specifically, the trashing of the Fairness Doctrine and what is euphemistically called a 'relaxation' of ownership restrictions. The provisions ensured that small towns, for example, would have a locally owned station responsive to the needs of the community.

The big corporations did not want to hire local personnel --cheaper to just automate and/or carry a signal from a single, central control. Thus Limbaugh's loud mouth reaches millions.

Anonymous said...

I agree Len, we need to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, certainly a step in restoring local autonomy. Diversifying media ownership will be the only way we save what is left of our 'democracy' as it stands.

I know Schultz has been around on the radio for a while...but having him on a MS cable network at prime news time is an achievement. I certainly like the perspective Olbermann and Maddow have brought, but I sense they lack the ability to appeal to or draw in a broader demographic.

With our compliant Dem majority, I will not hold my breath on waiting for the needed reform, so we will have to rely on people like Schultz to garner broad spectrum liberal populist appeal, all the while making his masters money because he is 'popular' and being watched (good ratings).


Len Hart said...

benmerc sez...

Diversifying media ownership will be the only way we save what is left of our 'democracy' as it stands.

I hope it's not too late.

Most folks now posting on the internet have NO MEMORY of Ronald Reagan. It's really hard to communicate with generations who have NO CLUE, no idea that it does not have to be the way it is and that the way it was was much, much better than the status quo.

A 18 year old, for example, born in 1991, cannot conceive of a world that was, in fact, well on its way to rack and to ruin by the time they were born.

Anything I write about the disastrous effects of Reagan's tax cut of 1982 is lost on them. GOP bullshit is ALL they have known. This is the hardest 'nut' that progressives must crack. Unless an entire generation can be made to understand and visualize the better world that I know CAN exist, we have little hope.

AdamS said...

"Now --let's clear up another issue. A heavily-trafficked site which often links to my articles has referenced my article with the following lines:

Yeah, they are really desperate to sell this idea that anyone unhappy with the government must be a racist."

That made me laugh. Len, consider yourself exposed as paid disinfo! (kidding)

Yep, 'cause most govt-paid bloggers criticise the CIA. Uh-huh.

I must say I don't like all the race-baiting surrounding Obama from both supporters and detractors. It makes him look more legit than the corporate fraud he is.

Adnihilo said...

re. Len Hart in:
A heavily-trafficked site [What Really Happened] which often links to my articles has referenced my article with the following lines: "Yeah, they are really desperate to sell this idea that anyone unhappy with the government must be a racist".

The increasingly delusional Mike Rivero with his over-inflated ego now fancies himself a puffed up, muscle bound Neo-Libertarian Right "Superhero" with his own 'action doll'. During the Obama-McCain election race, Rivero gradually took his once laudable, seemingly leftist anti-war political stance in years past on his website to gradually encompass 'Neo' libertarian right whacko conspiracy theories for Neo-libertarians and other right wingnut teabaggers much like prison planet...

Rivero, with his now right wing nut Libertarian conspiracy theory website, has become as politically confused and irrelevant as the libertarian loony toons over at the Anti-NeoCons website...

These are the deluded Ronulan or Paulite [Neo] libertarians [or other Christian right theocrats] so far to the economic right they still support corporate deregulation, despite being the primary cause behind today's economic disaster...

Rivero's political views now seem to envision most everything as some sort of conspiracy theory somewhat reminiscent of a devout Christian suffering from the torments of Scrupulosity, or religious OCD...

Len Hart said...

Adnihilo said...

The increasingly delusional Mike Rivero with his over-inflated ego now fancies himself a puffed up, muscle bound Neo-Libertarian Right "Superhero" with his own 'action doll'.

LOL ...well he and Joe, the Plumber know what they can do with their blow up action figures! LOL LOL

Now --if Mr. Rivero had wanted to challenge my logic or correct a fact, that's one thing.

Rather --he just SHOT HIS STUPID MOUTH OFF by claiming that 'they' had told me what to write.

Now --how would Mr. Action Figure have known something like something like that?

Fact is, Mr. Action Figure has, as far as I am concerned, lost any credibility that he might have had.

Kuni said...

Given that the facts are:

• The system of Socialism is no private property with government owning the means of production and distribution. And “by owning” that’s “100% owning”.
• And nothing Obama has proposed, nor anything that he has “hypothesized on as an intellectual exercise”, like his wishing for a single payer system vis-à-vis healthcare, even comes remotely close to the system of Socialism.
• Nor do Obama’s proposed top marginal tax rates approach anything close to the levels that we had under many “conservative” presidents in the past 90 years.
• No White president has had the same amount of lies spewed about him in such a short period of time.

The coherent explanation as to why Conservatives are lying out their butts with a vengeance and going around vehemently calling our first African American president a Socialist, other than Racism, is what?

Len Hart said...

Kuni said...

The coherent explanation as to why Conservatives are lying out their butts with a vengeance and going around vehemently calling our first African American president a Socialist, other than Racism, is what?

The GOP can be expected to piss, moan, whine, bitch and stamp their feet like the idiot pieces of shit they are.

But the fact that OBAMA dares to sport a dark tan is enough to push GOP BIGOTS over the top.

With any luck, they will have gone too far this time and fall off the cliff.

Consider the HISSY FIT this party of CONGENITAL IDIOTS indulged in reaction to Clinton who was not really 'black' though it was often said that he was America's first black President. That's only because he had soul --a quality unknown in the GOP!

I say: SCREW YOU, GOP! No one of any intelligence believes your stupid shit anymore!!!!!!!!!!!

Len Hart said...

AdamS sez..

That made me laugh. Len, consider yourself exposed as paid disinfo! (kidding)

Yep, 'cause most govt-paid bloggers criticise the CIA. Uh-huh.

Thanks AdamS. Frankly, I think that 'blog' (or whatever the fuck it is) has just lost its way if it ever had one.

Certainly --I never found any focus there. Like many another, they caught and rode the anti-Bush wave and without it, they've no where to go.

I am proud to say that some of my best researched and trafficked articles had very little to do with Bush except peripherally. The Bhutto stories among them. The BBC was caught censoring Frost's interview of Bhutto, for example. What had Bush to do with that?

With Bush's exit, the clear and present danger remains: just one percent of the nation, in fact, rules us by virtue of their accumulated wealth and power! This neo-aristocracy is enriched by empire as was the case with Rome. The decline of the US middle class is the inverse of the rise of thos elite.

It is THIS --not the symptomatic but short-term malfeasance of big banks that will ultimately bring about the UTTER collapse of the US! Obama must address this if he wishes to avoid becoming just another part and/or cause of the crisis.

ksliberal said...

As always, you hit the nail on the head, Len. Jimmy Carter didn't say anyone that disagreed with Obama's policies is a racist. He said that some of the people who are marching with those protesting healthcare reform are actually attacking Obama personally because they are motivated by racism. And he was absolutely right. The media twisted his words and Americans can't seem to concentrate long enough on what anyone is saying in order to discern any meaning themselves, so they trust the media to tell them what someone was saying. The media kept twisting Carter's message into 'everyone who disagrees with Obama's policies is a racist.' Which plays right into the propaganda that the right wing nutballs want to believe anyway. I
It is DISINGENUOUS to say the least.

We should not even have to waste our breath trying to prove the point that the right wing is inciting and encouraging racism. It is a tool they have used effectively for DECADES. There is no disputing it. It is a testament to the screwed up times that we live in that we are even having this conversation.

As for what any conservative blog has to say about what you post to your blog--of course they are going to think that someone else told you what to think and say. That is the way they operate, so they just assume it is the way progressives operate. They are subconcious thinkers and actors; they are motivated by subconcious fears, insecurity and distrust. They are not reasoning beings so how could they possibly understand reason? They like to be told what to think because they subconciously fear that what they think is wrong. It is the reason for Rush Limbaugh's popularity; he says what they are thinking, so their racism, sexism, ignorance and lack of intelligence are validated. If someone else is thinking it, it must be okay, right?

Conservatives are drooling troglodytes, but I don't have a problem with these kinds of people--that is, unless they are running anything or have a say in how anything is run. They are a danger to themselves and others.