Demagogue: one who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots. - Mencken
This post is going to be short and to the point. I’m pissed off and depressed about enough different things right now - political and not - that I am not really in the mood to spend too much time delving into the cesspool of Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin, Gibson et al. Y’all can play one round of match the wingnut blowhard to their words though:
a. No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. … That’s what Christianity is.
b. The use of Graeme Frost was part of a larger left-wing strategy to hide behind children and use them as cannon fodder in their losing bid to get S-CHIP passed into law.
c. I know the shooter was white. I knew it as soon as he shot himself. Hip-hoppers don’t do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again.
d. You know, this is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said, then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media in a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into.
But we ain’t even stopping there. Scary as these words are (and this is scary stuff - Father Coughlin would have been proud), we’re going to whiz past these jackals to the real culprits here - the cynical enablers in “mainstream” politics and the national political media who give these jokers credibility. The despicable unhinged political mind will always be with us - the indicator of a society’s health and ethical standing is the degree to which those minds are relegated to the margins of society. So with that in mind we get to play match the same four wingnuts to their “mainstream” enablers:
a. has been interviewed at least 194 times on at least 13 individual programs on MSNBC, CNBC, and NBC since April 28, 1997
b. was named an honorary member of the 104th Congress in 1994
c. launched their latest smear based on material sent out from Senator Mitch McConnell’s office
d. Actually, I could not exactly find anyone actually supporting or enabling this guy … well other than giving him airtime for TV and radio shows.
<insert informed and witty invective against our broken political and media systems here>
Better yet, I’ll let James Wolcott do it for me:
Rush Limbaugh and his fellow talk-radio troll dolls didn’t “pervert” conservatism–he didn’t lay siege to some maiden fair and debauch her virtue. Rush Limbaugh didn’t inject an “ideology of hate” into conservatism, he extracted the contemptuous, divisive animosity inherent in the Gingrich doctrine and sugared it up with comedy and his own personal saga for popular consumption. He, like Clarence Thomas, was just what the Republican overseers ordered. Rush Limbaugh is modern mainstream conservatism in all its bullying bluster, hypocrisy, jolly ignorance (global warming etc), slavish submission to military, corporate, and executive power, and slimeballing of political opponents. To believe otherwise is like putting your faith in those few remaining Republican moderates who always manage not to come through in the clutch, who put up a brief show of conscience or faint dissent before the inevitable capitulation. It’s a little late to suddenly look around and realize what sleazebags you’ve got on your team, especially since those sleazebags were there before you arrived. The only difference between Limbaugh and the orc pit of the right blogosphere is one of degree, or perhaps I should say radius.
With additional commentary by Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money:
As such, it makes a certain kind of sense that Rush and Malkin and Coulter can never do or say anything that will get them excluded from the mainstream media platform; they, and not Mitt Romney and his ilk, represent the core of American conservatism. Unlike the “Hollywood liberal”, bugbear of the movement conservatism, Rush and Malkin and Coulter owe their fame and position only to the political vitriol that they spew. Any decent political movement would have discarded them long ago, but in the same sense that conservatism can’t shed itself of the absurdity of supply-side economics, it can’t do without the Malkins; they’re part of the DNA of the movement.
Ideas on how to best combat such entrenched and “legitimized”
demagogogogog hate speech welcome.
Memento mori - thank God.
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