Nothing raises my hackles like a political conversation that starts with “both sides do…” because 999 times out of a thousand, what follows is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But here’s that one in a thousand case of true equivalency: Both sides do contain way more than their fair share of puling infants.
First there’s the right-wing freak-out over the identification of self-proclaimed Christian Anders Behring Breivik as a “Christian” and a fan of anti-Islam hate sites like Atlas Shrugs. Sorry, but that’s what he calls himself. And if you’ve spent the last decade shrieking “GLOBAL JIHAD” every time a Muslim jaywalks, you don’t get to yell “BLOOD LIBEL” when one of your fans takes your eliminationist rhetoric to its logical conclusion.
Then there’s the wailing over a Democratic congressman and possibly Joe Biden characterizing the teatard debt ceiling negotiating tactics as “terrorism,” which prompted Jonah Goldberg (author of “Liberal Fascism”) to have a screaming hissy fit and relive the so-called “blood libel” against Sarah Palin in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting. As Roy Edroso very properly replied, “BOO FUCKING HOO.”
Goldberg’s first point is dispensed with fairly simply: If the teatards don’t want “terrorist” used as a metaphor to describe them, then they shouldn’t threaten to (metaphorically) blow up the economy to get their way.
The Tucson shooting fallout is a bit more nuanced, but the butthurt wingers react as if people just randomly associated it with Sarah Palin’s gun imagery merely because they hate her so much. No. The victim herself—that would be Giffords, not Palin—expressed concern about violent rhetoric and specifically called out Palin’s gun sight imagery months before she was shot. In the wake of the shooting, we were supposed to pretend that never happened?
Now, onto the lefty crybabies. There’s some speculation that the post debt ceiling deal letdown might slow momentum in the Wisconsin recall fight:
...As they’re still licking their wounds from a national fight that in the eyes of many Democrats went the Tea Party’s way, progressives in Wisconsin will be trying to pull out their voters for a round of recalls on August 9. That electorate could be underwhelmed now, folks familiar with the recalls say. And that could be the difference between flipping the Wisconsin state Senate away from Governor Scott Walker (R) and keeping it in Republican hands.
“There may be some who are sad to the point that they’ll stay home,” Charles Chamberlain, political director for Democracy for America, told TPM.
They’re “sad”? Kee-rist. This morning, I scraped into the garbage disposal a clump of milk-sodden Cheerios that were made of sterner stuff. If they think they have a fucking sad now, they’d better stock up on razor blades for the day when Scott Walker completely strips away their right to organize and turns their state into a Koch Industries supply chain point for wingless worker drones.
Then there’s this:
For the first time today, I got an e-mail from my little sister who does not follow politics closely at all. She was a first time voter in 2008. She is exactly the profile of the type of voter Obama will need again in 2012.
Her e-mail to me had the subject line: “I am done.”
I opened the e-mail and she had written only one line: “I cannot support a President who seems incapable of standing up to bullies.”
My sister was not focused on the policy merits of the deal. All she was paying attention to were the atmospherics. For someone like her, not a member of the professional left or even the avid grassroots supporters of the President, to have embraced the meme that this President “caves” is a terrible thing, I think. The White House should be very worried that she has internalized this impression. It will be difficult (if not impossible) to overcome.
If this is a truly widespread phenomenon, it should worry more than the White House. It should concern us all because it would mean that a nation whose citizens were once hardy enough to ruthlessly colonize a continent, fight a war with their own brothers, extract workers’ rights concessions from robber barons, storm the beach at Normandy and demand civil rights for its citizens has been reduced to a nation of pallid, whiny, moistened gummi bears.
Jesus Christ, thank dog the courageous Americans in the civil rights movement were made of sterner stuff. If they were like Little Sister, the Birmingham cops could have driven them into the wall with bendy straws instead of fire hoses, and the racial apartheid by force of law that my parents grew up with would still exist. And guess what? Democratic presidents weren’t there every step of the way holding their hands either.
Are we happy about the debt deal? Hell fucking no! But that’s all the more reason to fight back against the scumbags who put fat cat tax cuts ahead of middle class families. In short, buck the fuck up, Buttercup.