So whilst Conservative America still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that it is no longer in control (of anything, including a grip on reality), the rest of us sit back and watch with joy as poll ratings show President Obama higher than any President in recorded history two months into their Presidency.
It would appear that Republicans across America have suddenly decided that they, and only they know how to deal with the economy. “More spending is wrong!!” they shout. As if they have had a change of heart, given that they twice empowered a President in George W Bush who spent billions of Dollars killing over 1,000,000 people in Iraq, whilst doubling the deficit in the process. They were okay with that. But suddenly, they’ve had a change of heart, bless them.
They’ve complained daily since January, about everything. From Obama not wearing a jacket in the Oval Office to Obama being some sort of warrior addicted to letting Cuban Communists take over the World (rather than rightfully hoping to lift failed sanctions that have contributed to Cuban misery for fifty years). Oh and not forgetting those Republicans who seem to have drank a bottle of “over dramatic juice” when they explode in a fit of blogging rage with statements such as “Barack Obama has declared WAR on the youngest members of our human family!” over at Rationshed (I can’t seem to find the blog where they defend the hundreds of thousands of dead children as a result of the Iraq War, perhaps i’m missing something).
I think I outlined Republican bitter misery beautifully in a previous blog, situated here. He’s pro-choice, Republicans refer to him as a murderer. He’s a democrat and not a Conservative, so Republicans label him a Socialist. He’s liberal, and so Republicans suggest he’s destroying the rights of men and women by being pro gay marriage. To sum up, they’re ridiculous people. And now, they’ve gone further into the realms of pathetic, with their attack on the recently published “Rightwing Extremism:Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” from the Department of Homeland Security. Now bare in mind the same Republicans didn’t seem to have a problem when Bush was spending billions of dollars on an unjust war leading to the unnecessary deaths of over 1,000,000 innocent people; that, they were fine with. But this latest publication, they seem to feel is an attack on their rights. They didn’t seem all that concerned when Bush was tapping phones of whomever he wished. The Conservatives have had no problem in labelling anyone who disagreed with Bush for the past eight years; a “commie” or “anti-American” or even worse an “extremist”, all the time referring to themselves and only themselves quite ridiculously as “patriots” and now suddenly the tables have turned, they cannot control their bitter rage. So, let’s examine what they appear to be angry at……
“This product is one of a series of intelligence assessments published by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch to facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States. The information is provided to federal, state, local, and tribal counterterrorism and law enforcement officials so they may effectively deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States. Federal efforts to influence domestic public opinion must be conducted in an overt and transparent manner, clearly identifying United States Government sponsorship.”
- Sounds reasonable to me. The transparency that “must” be present when domestic policy is to be influenced would never have existed in a Bush document.
“(U//LES) The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.”
- This is true over here in the UK too. With recession, comes anti-immigration sentiment. Suddenly people start calling for protectionism, for immigrants to be sent home, and the British National Party is gaining such growing support that Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman even mentioned the BNP threat to the Independent. I can only imagine it would be a hell of a lot worse if our Prime Minister were black. And given that race relations in the UK are not even half as tense as the U.S, it’s no surprise that this has been included. Ridiculous White Supremacists, like a guy I have argued with on a Facebook group recently, he I can quote as saying…..
“It is an historical fact that every nation in the history of the world in which the White population mixed its gene pool with that of the lower races lost its civilization. While we do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White race.”
….. it’s this kind of attitude that is monstrously dangerous within modern, civilised society and which leads to rational Centrists and Lefties having to fight.
“(U//FOUO) During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.”
- Again, perfectly logical. They are fighting groups that may potentially contribute to acts of extreme violence.
Every item on the document I read, I found myself agreeing with, not understanding why any Conservative (unless they’re white supremacists recruiting easily influenced kids and planning some violent attack on government buildings) would have a problem with it? I’m certain they wouldn’t have complained if Bush had issued a similar document against Left Wing extremists. So I decided to search the Blogosphere for reasons that Conservatives have resulted to bitter online crying once again. Kelly Conaty MD.MBA.NFL.WWE.YOUCANDOITIFYOUBnQIT didn’t seem to want to highlight the part she disagreed with, choosing instead to appear to disagree with the entire document, and so seems to support white supremacists. She refers to the people villified in the document as “Patriots”. How very manipulative. I was hoping Right Winged America would stop using that word now that their eight year reign of terror is over. But apparently not.
Samsoldier goes one step further, and as he claims to (quite over dramatically seeped in ridiculous typical Right Winged hysteria) have become “imbued with a creeping feeling of dread” whilst reading the document, he marks out his issue with the document, which is on page two……
“The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
- Samsoldier interprets this passage in quite an odd and obscure way (but then, later he admits he’s a Christian, so obscure interpretation is his way of life)….
“Excuse me, but I am a returning military veteran. You have just told me that I am damaged goods”
- No they didn’t. That’s not what it said at all. They did not say “Military veterans are not to be trusted.” They were merely outlining potential threats, of which pissed off military veterans could on occasion, even the odd occasion (as they have in the past) certainly be part of that. It is worth preparing for every possibility.
“You are telling communities that I am dangerous and some sort of raging lunatic. “
- No they didn’t. Given that the document was leaked, it was supposed to be secret, and so communities were not supposed to be told anything. They merely stated that returning military personnel could be a threat, now that’s not all of you. I know Republicans like to make sweeping judgements about gays, atheists and anyone with a slightly darker skin complexion, but this document did not make any sweeping judgement.
” Now you are inciting the nation to treat me with suspicion and fear. “
- No they’re not. That’s almost ingenious a suggestion as when Christians say “Are you saying somewhere along the line my granny fucked a chimp?”. It isn’t what was said, it was your obscure reading of a perfectly legitimate document. What if a returning Veteran shoots someone tomorrow because he’s finding it difficult to reintergrate? What if there is another Timothy McVeigh lurking in the darkness? What if he explodes a bomb killing thousands, wouldn’t you want to know that there were precautions in place just in case the worst were to happen? The document is not saying that all military personnel returning from duty are fearless killing lunatics, it’s saying that the odd one or two may pose a threat. And so surely it’s only right that the Department of Homeland Security, the very machine which exists to secure the Homeland from ANY potential threat, do just that? I’m pretty sure most Republicans wouldn’t have a problem with a similar document that stated Muslims may pose a threat.
Other bloggers, such as Michelle Malkin appear to have ignored the content of the document itself, and just decided to invent their own document to comment on. Michelle says…. “The piece of crap report issued on April 7 is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.”
-Yes, yes it is…….. that is if Conservative America consists of white supremacists hell bent on destroying government buildings.
Another major bone of contention is…
“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”
- And yet, it makes perfect sense. Firstly, it’s a side note, it’s explaining right winged in terms of the asterix present in the phrase “domestic rightwing* terrorists“….and so, logic tells me that it isn’t stating that you shouldn’t believe in local authority over federal authority, as the ridiculously named “Nobama” blog claims it to mean. It is merely suggesting that if you have Right Winged beliefs, and you intend to cause terror in the name of those Right Winged beliefs, then you’re an extremist. I would have thought that is pretty self explanatory. It isn’t stating that Jefferson is an extremist because although Jefferson may have been pro-state, he did not condone acts of terror to achieve that goal. The document is not anti-Jefferson (like the rather naive CSBurks suggests in a fit of melodramatic idiocy). The document is anti-Bomb-strapped-Jefferson.
The word “rejecting” makes this particularly clear to me. If you suddenly decide to stop paying taxes, reject all federal laws, start plotting a revolution based on splitting up the Union, then you’re an extremist. The dictionary defines “reject” as “refuse to accept or acknowledge” and so yes, if you refuse to acknowledge or accept federal authority, i’d say you’re an extremist. Rejection is different from disagreeing with. But why should I have to explain that, when the report itself explains it here…
“(U) A recent example of the potential violence associated with a rise in rightwing extremism may be found in the shooting deaths of three police officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 4 April 2009. The alleged gunman’s reaction reportedly was influenced by his racist ideology and belief in antigovernment conspiracy theories related to gun confiscations, citizen detention camps, and a Jewish-controlled “one world government.”
So having said all of this, bloggers like Generic rant, Cdat 88, Nukegingrich (whose point, I can’t decipher especially when he appears to claim that the document is suggesting that all heterosexuals are considered extremists) and every other Republican blogger who now identify themselves as “extremist” by their interpretation of the Homeland Security Document…… which by my interpretation, is merely all of the right winged angry bloggers merely agreeing that they’re white supremacists who intend of rejecting all federal authority and instigating attacks on government buildings.
It appears to be just another Republican bitter attack on a President far more popular than any one the Republicans could have put forward to run the country. A few days ago, they were all complaining that Obama bowed to the Saudi King Abdullah, that he “embarrassed” America rather than a show of respect and decency not heard of over the past eight years of bombs and secrecy. Obama bowed to the King out of respect. George Bush metaphorically masturbated the Saudis for eight long years, but that doesn’t seem to bother Republicans. Instead, they waited for the black guy to do it, and then insisted that he must be a Muslim. You couldn’t make this shit up.
Does anyone take Republicans seriously any more? Do Conservatives really matter nowadays? Or are they all just hypocritical, bitter, ignorant little people left over from the past eight years of bully tactics, hysteria and fear? Where were these outcries from Republicans when Rush Limbaugh said “I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.” Limbaugh suggests an entire race of people are inherently violent and that slavery wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, and Republicans cannot wait to defend this overweight, uneducated, bigoted, repugnant turd. But when the tables have turned, they cry out in mass hysteria. It’s so hypocritical, it’s almost amusing.
One thing is for sure, every time a Republican whinges like a bitter child throwing a tantrum in a store, it goes to show that Obama must be doing something right. It makes me proud to be Liberal.