I love the smell of bedwetting in the morning

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I missed this earlier, but apparently Rick Perlstein picked up on the “bedwetter” meme I started when I was blogging at Catch.com (read Jane Hamsher’s comment (#9) on my guest FDL post) and sprinted with it:

How cowardly our conservative Republic of Fear has made us. How we tremble at the mere touch of a challenge. It’s conservatives who started it, of course. Here’s what they’re reading in their own media: a letter from Human Events editor Tom Winter headlined “Are You Ready for a New Dark Ages?”:

Dear Fellow Conservative:

Someday soon, you might wake up to the call to prayer from a Muslim muezzin. Millions of Europeans already do.

And liberals will still tell you that “diversity is our strength”—while Talibanic enforcers cruise our cities burning books and barber shops… the Supreme Court decides sharia law doesn’t violate the “separation of church and state” ... and the Hollywood Left gives up gay rights in favor of the much safer charms of polygamy.

If you think this can’t happen, you haven’t been paying attention, as the hilarious and brilliant Mark Steyn—the most popular conservative columnist in the English-speaking world—shows to devastating effect in his New York Times bestseller, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It….

This stuff is mind-numbingly hysterical—literally. Such rhetoric is literally calculated to numb the mind, to render any rational calculus impossible, to reduce democratic deliberation on the most subtle and difficult issues of our time to mere grunts and snorts, turning readers’ minds to mush. That’s what the conservative media is all about.

The worst thing about [this], however, is how many people who should know better have surrendered it. They’ve lowered us all to their own pants-piddling level. And somewhere, Nikita Khrushchev is smiling. For well and truly, he is right. We have been buried—by our own demobilizing.

That “letter” from Tom Winter clearly articulates why I came up with the “bedwetter” tag for these truly bad Americans.  They’re a complete embarrassment to this country and useful power tools for the terrorists. They see their job as allegedly patriotic countrymen to constantly point out how our proud nation will fold up like a well-oiled card table the minute a few swarthy brown men with unmanageable beards show up on our shores and say “boo.”  These obsessed, wide-eyed fear junkies howl about how all of our women will be forced to wear burkas if we don’t “WAKE UP!!!”  They sputter about how we’ll all be living under sharia law (that’s right, America—a country they obviously have little faith in—will be living under sharia law) if we don’t come to the terrified realization that “THEY WANT TO KILL US ALL!!!”  They’re a sad, victimized lot and if you don’t join them in spraying streams of panic all over the place, well, they’ll have no sympathy for you “WHEN ISLAMOFACISTS SLOWLY SAW YOUR HEAD OFF!!!” It would be 100% comical if it wasn’t so absolutely deranged, pathetic ... and dangerous.

But don’t count on them to wise up and conquer their self-imposed demons, they’ll just call themselves “grown-ups” while standing in a puddle of hyped-up pusillanimity. Someone get a mop. A big one. And don’t even think about putting it away for the next decade or so.

MORE:

  • Sadly, No! shortens Malkin.
  • Wow, I had no idea how pervasive the “bedwetter” meme had become. Good, wingnuts have been calling liberals pussies for years, let’s see how they like a dose of their own medicine.
  • This one’s great. I especially like the part where Dan cites Perlstein’s “lack of depth” immediately following this poorly-constructed tirade: “For heaven’s sake, man, just shut up. Call your Mother and see if she has your blankie tucked away somewhere. That ought to calm you down, you simpering twit. There’s a perfect word for people like you, dimplef~&ck.” And I hate to be picky, but is “dimplef~&ck” the “perfect word” or is Dan going to keep us all in suspense?  My money’s on “poopyhead.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/27/07 at 08:11 AM • Permalink
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