Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Welcome to Crazy Town!!!

I tried to start this post about six different ways by now... the first 5 included the phrase "fucking crazies" at least a dozen times in the first couple sentences, and I'm really trying to stop swearing so much, so I'll settle for that one usage and see where this goes...

*Takes deep breath* . . . *exhales* ...sonofabitch. Still angry.

If you're wondering why your dear Lefty's contributer is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, well, let's just start with this:

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Oh, Shamrock, it's just Glenn Beck. He's just a huge fucking douchebag journalist entertainer who gets paid to say silly things. Don't get all worked up."

And you know, most of the time you would be right. But this kind of extremist rhetoric has reached a fever pitch over the last few days. And really... is there anything more literally un-American than calling for secession from the United States of America???

Now, earlier today I simply dismissed this as the "isolated ravings of a lunatic" and went about my day. But Jed Lewison over at Daily Kos had to go ruin my night:

Here's the video that made me stop doing my homework:

Okay, seriously guys... WTF!?! We've got Glenn Beck attempting to justify a state's right to secede from the Union, and the state of Texas "drawing a line in the sand" and asking Texans to chose sides... between what exactly? ...Their state, and their country!?! And really, just what fine legal institution did Mr. Beck earn his J.D. at to help him arrive at such a profound conclusion?

First of all, Texas, if you want to secede, fucking go for it. I triple dog dare you to. Let us evacuate our friends first... and maybe some cute cowgirls... and then I say you can have your state. See how great that works out for you once you rid yourselves of all our evil socialist programs like: social security; medicare; U.S. armed forces; border patrol; transportation funds; postal service; etc.

Does anyone else find it odd that when the G.O.P. narrowly wins an election it means they cry "Mandate!" but when they get their asses handed to them by the American people they cry, "Tyranny! Secede! Rebel!"???

Talk like this coming from people with such giant soap boxes is not funny, and it really shouldn't be given a break for just being "typical right-wing craziness" because frankly, one day, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Republicans weren't extremists. And since they will most likely win another election in the next decade or two, I would really like to have that party back.

Talk like this has consequences. A couple weeks ago when Glenn Beck was spreading nonsense lies about some imaginary gun ban that President Obama was imposing, some whackjob went out and killed a few cops. A neighbor said that the killer was fearful of President Obama taking his guns. I don't blame Beck directly for this, but maybe I should. Beck knew that what he was saying wasn't true, but he said it anyway. There are plenty of crazy people in the world, and when you spread lies about the government coming to get people's guns, and then promote ideas like seceding from the country, well, what do you think is going to happen? The people who eat that shit up are going to take you seriously, and act on it. Even the Department of Homeland Security is concerned with the current economic and political climate leading to an increase in right-wing extremism and recruitment for radical organizations. Now before any conservatives get all defensive, this report was initiated before President Obama was even nominated, and the government regularly surveys the potential dangers posed by both left-wing and right-wing extremism (You can read the full report below).

In the meantime, I'm going to take a deep breath and try to pretend that people who claim to be serious politicians and have shows on a national news network don't actually talk like this. But alas, tomorrow is the grassroots FOX News sponsored "tax-day tea parties," and I'm sure that we'll be treated to a whole new dose of crazy by tomorrow afternoon.

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Anonymous said...

good article, although I think this part works both ways (not in the tyranny secede part, but the mandate part).
"Does anyone else find it odd that when the G.O.P. narrowly wins an election it means they cry "Mandate!" but when they get their asses handed to them by the American people they cry, "Tyranny! Secede! Rebel!"???"

For example, Obama winning nearly 53% isn't really a "mandate"; Dubya got 50.7% of the popular vote in 2004.

ShamRockNRoll said...

True, though President Bush actually used the word, "mandate" right after the election. I don't think Obama has.

However, President Obama did win by nearly 7% and the electoral college was a landslide (365-173). Both houses of Congress also cleaned up for the Democrats that night. In this context, I don't think there is any argument to say that the current administration doesn't have a ...well, "mandate," to fulfill its campaign promises.

Bill said...

I'd actually rather Texas stays in the Union, if it's cool with you.

And Rick Perry needs to watch himself. I seem to recall a certain governor won a reelection with the support of only 39% of Texans in a state that clearly needs to have runoff elections.

ShamRockNRoll said...

I'm cool with keeping Texas. Just pointing out the idiocy of Perry, Beck etc.

Anonymous said...

When a Republican administration infringes on personal liberties and greatly increases the power of the federal government in the name of defense, no one says a work. When a Democratic administration increases government or infringes on personal liberties, it's time to secede. Hypocrisy?