Friday, January 14, 2011

The Conservative Juggernaut Rolls On- Untouched by Reality

Things just keep going.  Nothing, no matter how appalling and tragic, makes a difference.  Here are a few items in the news today:

First, does this surprise you?

"Palin to deliver address at gun convention
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will deliver a keynote address to a gun convention later this month."

Does anyone think that this intransigent demagogue is going to ever modify her two year history of hateful, violent, dishonest rhetoric?  And for the many that think that her mean-spirited, self absorbed speech of a couple of days ago hurt her chances to be nominated to run for President, forget it.  The 25% of the electorate that is her base is so blinded by greed and hatred that nothing will break them away from her; and she is counting on the pathetically short memory and demonstrated gullibility of "independents" and the billions that corporations are going to pour into the 2012 race to put her over the top.  And there is a real chance that she is right.

Now, here's a little taste of what life would be like in the country if the teabaggers were in charge:

"Tea parties issue demands to Tennessee legislators...

"We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”

That would include, the documents say, that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”

“No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”

Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another."

So, apparently, children are to be taught that democracy is an irrelevant and disposable part of our way of life; and they are not in any circumstances to be taught that the founding fathers owned slaves or did anything bad to Indians, or were even ever hypocritical in their claims.  In other words, it will become a crime in this state, if the teabaggers have their way, to teach the truth about our country; instead children will be force-fed a perverted jingoistic lie, in which the perfection of white people is never to be questioned.

There may be those who thought I went way too far the other day when I suggested that it is the intent of right wingers to impose a theocratic dictatorship on the United States.  Can you doubt that, if things like this become acceptable, that's where we are headed?

And finally, this piece of utter irrationality:

"In an attempt to secure the release of Emerson Begolly, the 21-year-old Nazi-dressing alleged jihad enthusiast who allegedly bit two FBI agents, his defense lawyer alleged in court documents Wednesday that one of the agents had a romantic relationship with the suspect's estranged, alcoholic mother."

Boy, the Nazis have come downhill in the last sixty years- from Panzer Korps and ME-109's to teeth.  This does not presage well for a re-emergence of the Third Reich, believe me.

I guess you've got to get your laughs where you can, before the teabaggers make it illegal to make fun of  Nazis.

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