Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Rebellion Marches On

News today that ten Democratic members of Congress have had to ask for increased security as the result of post-health care legislation threats from right wingers.

Also, Republican Senators, in a fit of pique, have used some sort of arcane rule to shut down all committee hearings and other business being conducted by the Senate today. Good work, guys. That's mature of you.

Now, hereere's a sample of the great "movement" that is sweeping the country courtesy of Thom Hartmann, who broadcast the audio of it this morning. The drooling right-wing pig who made this video disabled embedding, so I can't put the video up, but I urge you to click here and take a look at it:

Well, I guess we can take some comfort in the fact that their Kristallnacht so far seems to consist of a few bricks through windows, a cut propane line, calling people names, and a bunch of macho posturing; let us all hope that the rest of these loons are as incapable of doing anything beyond malicious mischief as this sad example of humanity.

And don't even think of telling me that these people don't know what smashing windows is intended to remind us of:

These people will likely prove pathetically impotent; nevertheless, this is what they are trying to bring about. It's not a violation of Godwin's law when they really are Nazis.


mastercynic said...

I can only hope your prediction of impotence is right. I have conerns as does Zogby:

Before dashing off to celebrate a hard fought victory in achieving health care reform, it is important to reflect on a deeply disturbing aspect of the debate that I believe spells danger ahead.

A Republican talking point repeated ad nauseam during yesterday's debate pounded on the theme that they, and they alone, had the right to speak for "the will of the American people." This took different forms: "the American people have spoken," or "you (Democrats) are ignoring/imposing your views on the American people" or "the American people have sent a message," etc. All making the same point -- that the GOP speaks for the American people.

Of course, the American people have spoken, and in November 2008 elected a Democratic White House and Senate and House of Representatives. But, elections and the workings of our democracy including the idea that the losing party respect the outcome of elections appear to be alien concepts to today's GOP.

The idea that the minority party represents the "will of the people" (not some of the people, but "the people") is the seedling of a totalitarian mindset. In this mindset -- democracy doesn't matter, ideas are not to be discussed, and opposing views are not to respected. What matters is that they alone have truth, they alone are metaphysically connected to the "mind of the people" can interpret their will, and because they have truth and speak for the people, others represent a threat and must be silenced and stopped.

This was a major concern last summer as violent demonstrators disrupted "town meetings" -- with angry chanting mobs claiming to represent the "will of the people" arrayed against the elected Congresspeople and their constituents who had freely assembled to discuss issues. The mobs didn't come to discuss or even debate. They were mobilized to disrupt discussion and silence debate.

Listening to the rhetorical excesses of last summer's demonstrators, or those who mobilized to chant slurs at Democrats over the weekend, or to the radio and TV personalities who incite with hate and fear ("that we are losing our country"), or the GOP Congressional leadership who charge much the same and incite in similar ways -- I hear echoes of last century's history. The behavior fits a frightening pattern and ought to be of concern.

Green Eagle said...

You know that this is something that I have been very concerned about for some time. There is a contest going on between their malignant will, and their pathetic performance, which falls laughably short of their warlike pretenses. Right now, I would say that their incompetence is winning, but I am well aware of the similarity with what went on in Germany in the period immediately after World War I, and I am confident that we have not seen the last of their ugliness.