Monday, February 21, 2005

The underlying humor in the Reichwing argument

I was cruising the various comments to my posts as of late. Also, noticing the different reichwinger blogs. There appears to be a trend toward the general denigration of democrats and contrarian viewpoint holders across the board. I have yet to hear any of the extreme right reach across the table and offer a conciliatory hand in an effort to patch things up. More frequently, the argument goes like this:

Phase 1 - W, Rove and Co, make some subversive move, which on occasion could be construed as highly unethical at best, and at worst, punishable by time in prison (e.g. WMD ploy to invade Iraq, or if you like, the awarding of multibillion dollar contracts via unsolicited bids to Halliburton, or the use of shill "reporters" to advance particular bigoted or charged agenda items...the list goes on, for example the leaking of the CIA agent's name and subsequent murder of that individual for having her cover blown).

Phase 2 - Someone, objective or not, finds out the truth (say like, the missing splotch in W's service record and shirking of responsibility during his time in the National Guard) and say's "hey, wait a minute."

Phase 3 - Someone on the reichwing says - "Hey, you are unpatriotic for saying that (whatever the person said in phase 2). "

Phase 4 - Completing the circle of this twisting swirl down the toilet bowl, the reichside flagellates said Phase 2 commentator on various issues, of but not pertaining to the subject at hand, and in particular uses rhetorical biblical references to point out that this person is "Godless" or a heathen and therefore some kind of terrorist (or communist, or socialist, or sympathizer, or some other supposedly denigrating term). The inference is then left to the reader to assume which one is correct, but the malicious slandering of people of opposing viewpoints hangs like death over a morgue. The stink is too difficult to remove.

There in lies the humor - of the tragicomic sort- read through the morass and tear it down to the base elements and you find, one side pointing out faults, the other not accepting blame nor the responsiblity, and then projecting their problems onto the messenger. It's as if they have effectively woven a biblical quilt over their eyes and can't see their own faults. Moreover, they are in a desperate frenzy to blame anyone but themselves for the trouble they have sewn us into...and it is the contrarians' fault that our country is in its current state.

Unrequited, in the end, there is satisfaction for no one. The country is still in the same (or worse) mess we were in before voices were raised with the requisite referencing of the First Amendment. No one accepts blame, and what is worse, no one is held accountable. And all sides move further apart. Meanwhile the capitalist pigs in charge lie in their own shit, even while many try to put lipstick on one another.


Anonymous said...

You've got it figured out. Read up on Leo Strauss and Carl Schmidt to understand the wingnut mindset.

Anonymous said...

Fascism as policyBush's managed public forums lack only a modern Leni Riefenstahl to capture the cheering crowds and a state-controlled media to disseminate the video.

Bush is isolated, either because he can't handle the truth, or because his handlers don't think he can handle the truth. The Secret Service may also have a hand in this, which only Bush himself could overrule; as self-appointed Commander-in-Chief he's a legitimate military target. Why ascribe to malice what could be simple prudence? Because crowd control has been a feature of Bush's public appearances. The press is too cowardly to present video of these scripted events with an on-screen reader, ''No dissenting public admitted.''

Anonymous said...

Those of you reading this post may be interested in the lenghty post on DailyKOS:

pia said...

four years ago this would have been hysterically funny, now it's a little close to hom, but still funny.

Thanks for the wonderful comment on my blog. Actually, my badge of honor came earlier in the day when I found my blog as required reading on Cao's.

I've been in a state of shock for the past four years over their arrogance; time to take our country back. (No, I don't mean with violence-always have to say that now that I'm a member of the far left conspiracy to do something.)