Republicans, with their lizard-brain amygdalas swollen up like Mexican calves, piddle themselves daily. For most of us, the loss of bladder control is something we await in later years, but for the conservative, it started long ago during the apocalyptic rantings of podium-pounding mega-pastors. And it never stopped. Republicans are ignorant, mean, doltish, and dishonest. But much more than any of those things, Republicans are cowering bedwetters.
One of the great ironies of our time is that, juxtaposed against Democrats, Republicans are reputed to be the tough guys. But Republicans are expert marketers, so they have artfully appropriated the military, guns, the machinery of war, and blockheaded bravado as macho substitutes for courage. Meanwhile, those who refuse to be cowed by terrorists, foreigners, gays, ingrates, criminals, rapists, blah blah blah – those are the effete weaklings. Right.
In an excellent article today, Chauncey Devega pointed out the obvious link between Republican propaganda and the propaganda of far more dangerous movements (we hope) throughout history. To that end, Devega cited two of the rules of propaganda enumerated by Joseph Goebbels:
16. Propaganda to the home front must create an optimum anxiety level.
18. Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.
And what have Republicans been busy doing? Creating jobs?
As to Goebbels’ rule 16, Republicans have been busy bees: Omaba is a foreigner; he’s a Muslim; he’s an Arab; he’s a Manchurian candidate. Obamacare will mean the rule of death panels. Gays want to take your children and savage their fannies. Democrats want to kill fetuses and sell their parts. Sharia law is coming for you. Obama will take your guns. America is weak and feckless and vulnerable. Saddam is going to nuke us. Iran is going to nuke us. And on and on and on and on. As a rabble-rouser, Goebbels had nothing on the Republican Party.
As to Goebbels’ rule 18, the answer is easy: The Other. Just pick one.
This morning, Chris Christie was asked about the arrest of a 14-year-old boy in Texas after the boy was found guilty of engineering while Muslim. While he admitted that police had overreacted, he also – what else? – blamed Obama. We live in dangerous times, he opined, and people are worried. And why are they so worried? Said Christie, because “the President hasn’t met the burden of making people feel safe.”
Isn’t that rich? Republicans, the party of fear-based politics, spend 7 years convincing Americans that Americans should be terrified, and then Republicans blame Obama for not adequately quelling Americans’ fears.
You’ve got to hand it to Republicans. As I’ve said many times before, as bad as they are at policy, they are that good at politics.
As to Chris Christie’s disingenuous argument, we DISSENT.
How about you?
by Brendan Beery