Ah, April 19th. As we know, this is the anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution. More relevant to these times, though, it is the anniversary of the Waco tragedy and by extension, the Oklahoma bombing by an American right wing terrorist.
I had a feeling we’d see some nuts coming out of the woodwork today. I wasn’t disappointed. As you may know, I am a supporter of our Second Amendment rights. And I support the rest of the Bill of Rights as well. But leave it to the Second Amendment to bring out the crazy in people.
There was Chris Matthews interviewing a couple guys from the pro-gun rallies in and near Washington DC. One of them was from Michigan and the other was Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America. Matthews was doing his usual schtick, trying to get the guys to define the right to bear arms as the right to carry a bazooka.
Then he asked them if Obama is a legal citizen and lawfully elected president. I give the Michigan guy credit for saying “Obama is my president.” Larry on the other hand, refused to answer the question and began spouting all the usual radical right buzz-words and talking points. In rapid sequence we heard "Alinsky”, “socialist", “hates America” and the usual Limbaugh claptrap. Pratt then accused Matthews of being a socialist, of course.
Now there may be several descriptive words on my list of what I would call Chris Matthews, but I have to say socialist is not on it.
Then it got interesting. Matthews asked Pratt about George W. Bush and his support for TARP and the auto bailouts. He asked, “Is Bush a socialist?” Pratt said, “Yes, he is.”
Well, there you go. We see the perfect example of reductio ad absurdum in the radical right mind.
So if Obama the corporatist is called a socialist, and George Bush the corporatist is called a socialist, why should anyone complain when they are accused of being a socialist by theses idiots?
They really don’t know what the hell they are talking about.
Their argument has been reduced to the absurd.
We mustn't let this post stand without adding a few more choice bits of special April 19th Reich Wing absurdities.
As much as the Tea Baggers/gun nuts want us to believe they are not extremists, their hatred and anger is obvious in both the signs they carry and the words they speak.
Rep. Paul Broun (R) Georgia : "Fellow patriots, we have a lot of domestic enemies of the Constitution and they are right down the Mall, in the Congress of the United States. And right down Independence Avenue in the White House, it belongs to us. It‘s not about my ability to hunt, which I love to do. It‘s not about the ability for me to protect my family and my property against criminals, which we have the right to do. But it‘s about—it‘s all about us protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government of the United States.”
Rush Limbaugh: "Let me ask President Clinton what words caused Timothy McVeigh to act? Name one. I want to know what words and who spoke them. All I‘ve ever heard is that Timothy McVeigh was outraged over the government invasion led by Janet Reno of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and the Murrah Building was blown up on that exact date two years later. McVeigh was inspired by anybody‘s words, he was inspired by Mr. Clinton‘s deeds."
And last, but not least, our special star wacko from this "April 19th" post.
Larry Pratt: "I look around. It is so good to see all these terrorists out here. Janet Napolitano, she figured as governor of Arizona that we didn‘t have a border problem. But she knows who the real enemy is.And Bill Clinton has been running cover for her, too. Watch out how you guys speak out there. You know, words can have consequences. Remember Oklahoma City? Yes, I do. And I also remember the Waco barbecue that your attorney general gave us. Thanks a lot. We‘re in a war. The other side knows they‘re at war because they started it. They‘re coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They‘re coming for everything because they are a bunch of socialists.
I think we may have found the term to use for these dolts. Maybe we should call them McVeighniacs.