Wow, well this is my 3rd week on MDW and things have certainly stated with a bang. If its not fairly evident by this point, I enjoy a good debate.
I am also an avid political junkie. As a good lefty, socialist, tee-hugging, hippie, liberal I love MSNBC, watching for hours and have an undying love for Rachel Maddow and Alex Wagner. For some reason I find the absurdity of our system relaxing. Not so this cycle however, More and more I am watching out society turn into ravenous hate filled pineapples.
(kudos to Joel Watson of Hi-Jinx Ensue for my new favorite terminology “hate filled pineapple“)
Newt “Do as I say, not as I do” Gingritch comes out swinging with his race baiting riff on Regans “Welfare Queens” . This time taking it to a whole new Dickensian level of fucked up’edness. Theories on having kids scrub toilets in schools so we don’t have to pay some single mother’s health insurance. Because you know, that’s where the big money in the country is.
Not Wall Street.
No, people are going to college to get MBAs and trying to break into that sweet stack of fat cash that awaits those unworthy blood sucking union guys that throw sawdust over a kids puke.
This guy who may very well make it all the way to the nominating process of a political party in the 21st century wants you to believe that Barack Obama is the worlds greatest Food Stamp president, and that all of our problems are because of uppity black people stealing hard earned money from the “job creators”.
This is a man that hasn’t had to work for a living since the mid 70s. Now those of us who pay more attention to this stuff than any sane person should knows deep within the egocentric ravings are certain buzz words set to ignite a fire of ignorance into their base.
Now the fact there are crazy racist people running for office is no surprise, after all how many times did former KKK clansman David Duke try to run for president? No, that’s not the shocking part. The shocking thing is that people are buying it. Not just buying it, but salivating over every horrendous half-truth tossed their way like jackals that have somehow been denied their God given rights because the guy in charge has a funny name and dark skin.
In 2004 we saw that GOP decided to bank on fear. The wars in the middle east, the terrorist attacks on September 11th, etc. George W. “hey, what’s this button do? Why y’all screaming? Them blinky red lights are purty” Bush had a tough road to re-election (or election if you’re keeping track)
A controversial “win”, and 4 years of things not really going the way his handlers hoped they’d go over. He couldn’t win by the merits so what’d he do?
Play the fear card.
The old school, little girl picking daisies as a mushroom cloud explodes in front of her style of campaigning. “Terro’ists are comin’ to destroy ’merica!” He spurt out as he gagged on a pretzel.
And it worked, he ginned up enough fear of brown people with funny names coming over to steal your children and blow up you homes to get soccer moms and people with poor comprehension skills to vote for him. While at the same time, taking an actual war hero who fought in Vietnam, and knew what war does to people, while Dubya sat pretty in Texas and painting him as a commie that’d be hiding under his table if a Saudi said boo.
America woke up shortly there after. McCain and crew tried to get Barack Obama, with all manners of attacks.
“Look! He’s got an anti-American preacher friend!”
No, not buying it.
“He’s a muslim!”
Wait, I thought you said he h a hung out with a Christian preacher?
“Shut up! Dark skin! Funny name! He eats babies! Deaaaaaaaaaaaaaaath Paaaaaaaaaaaaneeeeeeels!”
Are you on medication? Is there someone I need to call? Are you allowed out without super vision?
That was soundly rejected with the help of Sarah “I am going for the milf vote” Palin being too dumb to turn oxygen into carbon dioxide. So people chose brains over beer, and overlooked the funny name and the dark skin and we got, what I honestly would say is a pretty damn good President.
I was actually there on the National Mall freezing my star spangled banner off as he got sworn in. It was a beautiful moment in the country, where people gave into their better angels, and for once we weren’t divided by race, or sex, or sexual preference, or anything like that. We were all Americans celebrating a beautiful moment.
I lost my gloves and scarf somewhere along the way, (also to this day I don’t know where my pants are… but I am almost SURE I had them on the bus ride back home.) but complete strangers stopped gave me hand warmers and spare gloves etc.
I was full of hope, and change, and I didn’t even care I lost my pants! Things were looking up. We had the worlds worst economy, and we were fighting the entire planet, and a lot of stuff going on but we beat the tide of cynicism and bating tactics. The American people got smarter! They voted for something instead of against it. Fear lost, hope won! Yay!
Enter the tea baggers.
Waving flags that yell “Don’t Tread On Me” and pretending like wearing a tricorner hat and preaching about, taking their country back (from the Black president) using the iconography and the slogans of a pre-emancipation proclamation society, they were falling in line with the old “He’s got a funny name! He has dark skin!” mentality I thought we grew out of as a people.
I sat around hoping and praying it was just a bunch of dumb clucks, like those survivalists that hide in the woods of Michigan preparing for when the Empire strikes back.
But no, it was just an opening act for something much worse.
The Mitt & Newt Show.
Between Mitt’s dead on Thurston Howell the third impression (what, that’s not an impression? That’s him? Holy hell what a douche) and Newt’s war on the under privileged we’re seeing a much bigger problem. So far they’ve taken their little show on the road. Iowa, South Carolina, and now on their way to Florida!
With just two and a half contests under their belt they have insulted, poor people, black people (or ‘Blah People’ as Rick “Don’t google me bro” Santorum would put it) Mexicans, etc.
This cycle is all about demonizing those that have been victimized the most due to the economic horror show of the last 10 years.
We need to rise up against this type of negativity. If we can reject those that want to fight against (insert favorite punching bag here) in favor of fighting FOR something (better jobs, life, freedom) we can actually go back to being a great nation.
In programming note news, I will be live on the air on Thursday, January 26th 2012 on The Black Tribbles at 9pm est. Speaking about, what else, but Static Shock. http://www.gtownradio.com/ I hope you can join me and enjoy the broadcast! I am looking forward to it!