Monday, September 14, 2009
Republicans behaving badly
He who rides on a tiger can never get off.~ Chinese Proverb
I admit that I spent the last eight years hating the Bush administration. I confess to equating Dick Cheney with a certain evil emperor in the Star Wars saga. Repeatedly and oftentimes in the past I have voiced the opinion that the Iraq war was a complete fiasco and a needless waste of life and resources for all parties concerned.
But to watch the tea baggers and the wacko wing of the Republican party have their bizarro Woodstock moment forty years too late is truly frightening to me. I'd rather take my chances with the bad green acid than wonder if the right wing nutcase who's standing next to me's automatic weapon is really loaded. And just remember, we had Santana and Sly, you guys were still grooving to Pat Boone and the Four Freshman.
It was a new lowpoint in our history to watch Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) call the President a liar. To see the Republican Congress heckle the president and hold up stupid signs throughout his speech. Like a bunch of goofy third graders or Dartmouth frat boys. To see Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) refer to our leader as if he deigned to sit at the front of the bus or drink out of the wrong drinking fountain. To hear the lynch mob's angry call for anarchy, for vigilantism, their behavior sprinkled with a heapin' helpin' of racism, treason and sedition. Keep Obama away from the schoolchildren and Grandma and Grandpa too.
I just can't see liberals behaving the way that the birther, truther, anti- health care right wing protesters are now carrying on. The racist emails I have received, the threatening signage at the rallies, the breakdown of civility in general is pretty astounding and dramatic. I was on youtube today and noticed the word "nigger" popping up in a lot of commentary. The hatred for Obama on the right is having a trickle down effect and seemingly grants legitimacy to a most hateful kind of speech that is starting to seep through society.
I heard a tea bag spokesman say that they learned their lessons from the leftist sixties radicals. Maybe this is just a late adolescence for dumb white conservatives who never got a chance to play? Without the sex or the psychoactives? And take a look at the composition of these rallies. Bit monochromatic if you ask me. David Duke would be so pleased.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas says that the Obama administration needs to come meet the conservatives half way. That we should respect if not the message, at least the numbers and the great dissatisfaction that is evident in these teabagging freedom rallies. John Boehner says we mustn't underestimate the emotion in the ranks. I think that the republicans feed this tiger at their own peril. Eventually, they eat you. Last I heard, we decide how things will proceed in this country through elections. And last I checked Obama won. He has a mandate and a right to take his country in what he deems is the proper course. The conservatives have marched in a perfect goose, er lockstep to date, and any promises of bipartisanship should be looked upon with utmost suspicion. Grassley and Enzi have exposed the Republican Senate as being merely naysayers who never had any real intention of compromising.
You own the teabaggers, Republicans. In the same way you want Barack Obama to own William Ayres. You will be tarred by the same brush. What did the sticker say last year, keep the white house white? The gun carrying, bigoted idiots who couldn't spell socialist if you spotted them eight letters. They make me feel sort of ill but they don't intimidate me. Their townhall tactics of drowning out anyone who doesn't agree with their mindless mantras, even people like John McCain, remind me of the tactics of Joe McCarthy. Egged on by the tinpot dictators like Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh. Why should we bother to have legitimate discourse with these kind of thugs? It will be fun to watch their coming exercise in self immolation.
It is also apparent that there have been few if any disavowals of the language and lunacy of the teabaggers from the Republican orthodoxy. Joe Wilson is a new darling and an apparent cash cow. The GOP wants to use the momentum of the lunatic lynch mob and their hatred for this black president as a way to springboard their return to the grand stage. Even if they aren't necessarily totally on board with the ugly message. I am reminded of the old saying, Go to bed with dogs and wake up with fleas. So a word of warning, GOP - don't get any on you. And come back and talk when you are prepared to converse like adults.
Scream and rant as loud as you want, wingnut wackjobs. There's a new sheriff in town. Get used to it.