Saturday, September 05, 2009

What???? What???????

Being a member of the reality-based community, I admit that sometimes I don't cotton onto some of the more bizarre currents of what passes for the intellectual life of the country. This time, however, now that I have caught up with it, really just has to leave you shaking your head in wonder.

Take a look at some of these quotes:

"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology,"

“I don’t want our schools turned over to some socialist movement.”

‘This is Marxist propaganda.’

And what's the socialist message Obama is selling?

During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation's children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

But what are the wingers calling it? How about Obama's 'Dear Leader' speech to students

I don't think this is all about race. Of course, the birther controversy was. There is no chance that the idea would have gotten any traction if his name were O'Hara instead of Obama. Still, it goes beyond Obama's race, and we know that because we saw it with Clinton, too. We have come to the point where the right wing in America simply denies the legitimacy of any election in which the Democratic candidate wins. When Clinton was elected, Limbaugh started his broadcasts with "America held hostage", and when Clinton was going to speak at an Army base the wingers speculated about whether he could be protected against the real Americans who did not recognize him as their commander-in-chief. Now, extremists show up at presidential speeches carrying guns and making veiled threats to kill the president.

In short, the American right has decided that constitutional government is not for them, and that they will use any means necessary to ensure that we will have a permanent conservative government.

And they're the ones who impugn our patriotism?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Post, Jack.

September 05, 2009 9:32 PM  

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