Chris Hedges lives in a magical world where Lee Atwater and Rush Limbaugh never existed
The naively empathetic Chris Hedges, writing about the poor, put-upon teabaggers and their childlike “yearning for fascism,” ends his recent article at Truthdig with this ‘graph:
Left unchecked, the hatred for radical Islam will transform itself into a hatred for Muslims. The hatred for undocumented workers will become a hatred for Mexicans and Central Americans. The hatred for those not defined by this largely white movement as American patriots will become a hatred for African-Americans. The hatred for liberals will morph into a hatred for all democratic institutions, from universities to government agencies to the press. Our continued impotence and cowardice, our refusal to articulate this anger and stand up in open defiance to the Democrats and the Republicans, will see us swept aside for an age of terror and blood.
Honestly, does Hedges believe that these “transformations” are impending? We’re already there. We’ve been there for a long time. “The hatred for liberals will morph into a hatred for all democratic institutions, from universities to government agencies to the press.” I mean, yeah, how terrible would it be IF THAT EVER HAPPENED? Good christ, really?
I’ve been seeing this “we’ve gotta find common ground with the rightwing activists” bullshit bubbling up in the leftosphere for months now and it is maddeningly wrong-headed and an acute example of wishful thinking (and they claim the “Obama/liberal apologists” are the pony-wishers). The common notions being floated by Our Progressive Betters or the Firebaggers or the Tribal Thumpers (or whatever you want to call them) is that both of the parties are pretty much exactly the same (we must rise against them together!), Rachel Maddow is just as dangerous of a propagandist and as untruthful as Glenn Beck, and—here’s the best part—wingnuts/teabaggers will TOTALLY GET ON BOARD WITH TRUE BLUE PROGRESSIVES as soon as hardcore financial reform (a nationalized banking system?), a single payer healthcare system, and a massive stimulus package are all put into place. Oh ... and pull the troops out of everywhere NOW. I’ll give you a few minutes to stop laughing your ass off about how the teabaggers would react to all of that by passing on an earlier passage from Hedge’s piece making essentially that case:
We are bound to a party that has betrayed every principle we claim to espouse, from universal health care to an end to our permanent war economy, to a demand for quality and affordable public education, to a concern for the jobs of the working class. And the hatred expressed within right-wing movements for the college-educated elite, who created or at least did nothing to halt the financial debacle, is not misplaced. Our educated elite, wallowing in self-righteousness, wasted its time in the boutique activism of political correctness as tens of millions of workers lost their jobs. The shouting of racist and bigoted words at black and gay members of Congress, the spitting on a black member of the House, the tossing of bricks through the windows of legislators’ offices, are part of the language of rebellion. It is as much a revolt against the educated elite as it is against the government. The blame lies with us. We created the monster.
You see how easy it is? If the college-educated, self-righteous “progressive” elitists had only forcefully pushed through every lefty agenda item that the illiterate wingnut hobo people HATE MORE THAN CANCER, AL-QAEDA and MICHAEL MOORE, the teabaggers wouldn’t be forced by the liberal creative class, who fucked up everythingby focusing on their “boutique activism of political correctness,” to run around calling people niggers and faggots (aka “the language of rebellion”). It would totally work, man. They’d come around. And if we get it done soon enough (IT’S DOABLE! HOPE! CHANGE!) we could be looking at a David Sirota/Amy Goodman 3rd party ticket waltzing its way into the White House by as early as 2012.
Or you can be a realistic/pessimistic curmudgeon like me and realize that would never ever work in the immediate future (sorry, I hate Kool-Aid) and just point and laugh at the teabaggers for both strategic reasons and because, hell, it’s a lot of fun and they’re horrible, horrible people. Plus, ya know, judging from the tea party photos, time ain’t on their side, so I think the most sensible (and least aggravating) thing to do is just wait it out and support incremental policy changes (aka “SOCIALISM!”) in the leftward direction.
Legitimizing their “movement” in any way will only backfire and taking the blame for their propaganda-fueled outrage is the ultimate in self-defeating lefty squishiness. Count me out.
RELATED: I haven’t read Somerby in a while (because I finally learned to love myself) and, as you probably guessed, he’s still howling at parked cars over at that web site of his that used to feature lucid points about the media back when dinosaurs ruled the earth…
Yesterday, Digby praised [Frank] Rich’s wonderful thinking; she highlighted the very part of his column we ourselves found to be most pathetic. But matters of race drive white liberals mad. Every IQ point flies from their heads until they have suitably rendered.
I guess the same thing could be said of “matters of Clinton/Gore.” What a tool.
p.s Why is it that the most of the lefty bloggers who now openly mock the “liberal elitists” and “creative class” happen to be some of the most pretentious, stuck-up fuckers you can find anywhere on the web? If you airdropped a random sampling of them into a redneck bar in
Alabama Connecticut they’d last all of a few minutes before they were reduced to savage piles of flesh, blood, and bones, but these are the folks snidely crowing about how they’ve got the angry commoners figured out. Yeah, right. Good luck with that.