The conservative movement has perfected the dark art of victimhood to detestable new lows, even for them.
Once again, they’ve torn out the most incendiary pages of the far right’s twisted Machiavellian playbook, butchered most of the facts, and ignited the tinder box brimming over with anger and paranoia. Once again, they’ve manipulated a seemingly trivial event for their own selfish political (and financial) gain. Once again, they’ve frightened the living daylights out of their most gullible followers. And once again, their dubious tactics seem to be working. Like I said, it’s a dark art.
Whether it’s guns, or Bibles, or banks, or big oil they’re credulously protecting with the incessant screams of shrill voices and enraged sense of false patriotism, these susceptible pawns shifting around on the American political chessboard have sardined themselves with the rest of the can of crazies in what’s increasing become a vicious collective mass hysteria of guppies with unmistakable aims to obfuscate any attempt at rational discourse. Their favored tactic? Sling enough shit around, and something is bound to stick somewhere.
Las Vegas can sometimes be a strange place to live.
Consider two recent local stories from our hometown newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Both features are 100 percent accurate. Reportedly, these events really happened.
John Boehner (R-OH) dropped an unexpected political bombshell today, by announcing he will step down from his leadership post as Speaker of the House and resign his seat in the 114th Congress, where he has served for 24 years.
At first glance, this announcement might seem like a moment to rejoice for many, especially those of us who value having a functioning government. After all, Rep. Boehner has come to personify the monkey wrench of political gridlock at its very worst, by essentially refusing to govern, threatening repeatedly to shut down the federal government (succeeding for a 19-day stretch), and blockading virtually every piece of legislation supported by President Obama. It’s not just that Rep. Boehner has been an obstructionist since he assumed the Speaker role in 2011, swept into the pinnacle of congressional power by Tea Party extremists among Republicans. Far worse, he’s refused to compromise in a desperately divided institution which requires deal making and demands concessions as the very fabric of its existence.
The time has come to call out crackpots who still incredibly somehow believe that “President Obama is a Muslim” and expose them as the stupendously stupid sacks of shit they truly are.
Despite his 6 long years and 241 days and nights in the White House while attending hundreds if not thousands of state functions, there are still tens of millions of United States citizens who earnestly believe and defiantly maintain that President Obama is a devoted practitioner of the Islamic faith, which in this overzealous era poisoned with so much fear mongering actually is intended to imply that he’s “anti-American” or worse, part of some Marxist conspiracy to wipe out Christian America.
Poll: Majority of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim [The Hill]
Nearly 30 percent of Americans still think Obama is a Muslim [Daily Mail]
How many of the pissed-off rich people who live in swanky houses along Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas call themselves “free-market capitalists?” What’s the breakdown of those within that wealthy gated enclave who support the sanctity of private property rights?
Bear with me, now. I’m looking for some philosophical consistency. But I don’t expect to find it. What I do expect to uncover is this — hypocrisy. Good old-fashioned “not in my back yard (NIMBY)” hypocrisy.
Sure, protecting and defending private property ownership is sacrosanct within conservative and libertarian circles. The belief held is that a property owner can do pretty much what he or she damn well pleases. After all, it’s their home. It’s their land. Accordingly, homeowners and landowners have a fundamental right to use their property as they wish, so long as the fair use of the land is legal and doesn’t infringe upon the rights of others.
Sure sounds good, doesn’t it?
Trouble is, the real world isn’t guided by principles, nor consistent patterns of belief. This is especially true when lots of rich people get angry.