Friday, August 20, 2010

Changed

I must really not be getting around much anymore. It seems all of a sudden, something has changed. White Christian Americans have suddenly become a victimized minority. They are being persecuted and abused to the point where they are frightened for their lives. Have we awakened into a different world, as Glenn Beck says, a “planet of the apes”?

FOX has Americans terrified of New Black Panthers out to stop us from voting. They warned us about some evil communist convict named Van Jones and forced him to resign his job as an advisor to the Obama Administration.

FOX has also exposed the treacherous racism of one USDA employee Shirley Sherrod oppressing a white farmer. They alerted us to devious plots by a subversive group called ACORN who, while committing election fraud to elect Obama, were also scheming to import sex slaves from Mexico.
Help! Those black people are out to get us! I want my country back! Thank God we have an honest news organization to say “we report you decide” on their self proclaimed “fair and balanced” programming.

All of these are, of course, pure race-baiting, fear-mongering LIES by the radical right wing in America. In a just society FOX would be sued out of business for slander and libel.

Ever since Obama won the presidency, FOX and its fellow republican thugs have been inciting hatred and anger against blacks like nothing seen since before the civil rights movement and after Emancipation. What we are witnessing is the rise of fascism in the United States. The radical Right used to limit their hateful propaganda to demonizing and scapegoating liberals. Then they campaigned to blame all the nation’s woes on illegal immigrants. This was not enough. They’ve expanded their campaign of fear and smear to every minority, and to any political perspective to the left of George W. Bush.

Now that a moderate Muslim wants to build an Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan, the group targeted for hatred and anger are Muslims. Bush quickly backtracked from his call to “crusade” when he was advised not to alienate all Muslims when ginning up war fever for his invasion of Iraq. The fascists held their fire for their leader’s cause. But no longer, it’s open season on Muslims, all Muslims. They are the dark ones with the non-Christian religion shared by the 9-11 terrorists.

We now have a dark skinned president with an Islamic sounding name. And he is the enemy of American fascists. In fact, all of us who care about democracy, equality, truth and justice are enemies to American fascists.

As important as it is for the fascists to associate Obama with scary black people, it is even more important to connect him to Muslim terrorists. It wasn’t enough for Sarah Palin, the Twit-Of-The-Tundra, to accuse him of “Pallin’ around with terrorists”. No, Obama must be painted as an enemy of America.

Fascist Minister of Propaganda Limbaugh has been busy. First up we have his words from May 29, 2009: “How do you get promoted in a Barack Obama administration? By hating white people or even saying you do or that they‘re not good or put down ‘em, whatever. Make white people the new oppressed minority and they‘re going right along with it because they‘re shutting up. They‘re moving to the back of the bus. They‘re saying, “I can‘t use that drinking fountain.” OK. “I can‘t use that restroom.” OK.”

And here a few more samples from the Grand Imperial Wizard of radio this summer:

June 30, 2010: Rush said, Obama is "the first president in history -- to my knowledge, anyway -- who actually wants his nation to fail"
July 12, 2010: Limbaugh says "this is the Democrats' economy -- Obama didn't inherit anything. This is not Bush's economy"
July 13, 2010: "Liberals are like Muslim extremists" because "they want to be told how to live" and also "can't stand freedom"
July 20, 2010 "...the NAACP is as racist an organization as there has been and is in this country."
July 22, 2010: "Andrew Breitbart was exactly right," Sherrod is "racist -- the NAACP is racist"
August 19, 2010: "There might be reasons why some people think" Obama is a Muslim. "Obama says he's a Christian but where's the evidence?"

The fascists are succeeding. America is changing, but it is not the change the majority voted for in 2008. According to a recent Pew Research Center poll:

“A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined.”

“A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is. The survey was completed in early August, before Obama’s recent comments about the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center."

“The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread among his political opponents than among his backers. Roughly a third of conservative Republicans (34%) say Obama is a Muslim, as do 30% of those who disapprove of Obama’s job performance. The belief that Obama is a Muslim has increased most sharply among Republicans (up 14 points since 2009), especially conservative Republicans (up 16 points). But the number of independents who say Obama is a Muslim has also increased significantly (up eight points).”

Oh... my... God... Are there any Americans left who are more frightened by this level of fascist indoctrination than are terrified by the “New Black Panthers,” both of them?

So the Big Issue from the Reich Wing’s Big Lie factory is the proposed Islamic cultural center in downtown Manhattan, only because it is the closest of several to the World Trade Center site. In a nation of Constitutional religious freedom, this would be no issue at all. But this is post-Bush America, or perhaps as it may appear to the rest of the world, AmeriKKKa.

20 comments:

Tom Harper said...

"In a just society FOX would be sued out of business for slander and libel."

If we were a more intelligent society, FOX wouldn't have any listeners.

Dave Dubya said...

Tom,
I'm reminded of what George Carlin said about how stupid the average person was; and how half the people in the world are even more stupid than that person is.

Tim said...

Carlin is my Gawd...
I can see only one way to stop these...people.. I feel bad I almost said fuckers.. I'm glad I caught myself.
You guys know I keep pushing for the fairness doctrine. Obama is to much of a pussy to puss for it.
Quick story you guys might like..
that thing I do with the golden thingy..well I gave it to Gibbs..it made the White House Correspondence press Bulletin. That means not only Gibbs probably read it, but Obama too. There goes my invitation..sorry I had to tell someone...

Dave Dubya said...

Tim,
You've provided a public service. Well done!

an average patriot said...

I am so sick of their lying and fear mongering. It concerns the hell out of me that people are falling for their BS about Obama being a Muslim and all the rest of that shit.

If they get back in they are going to finish us and Bush's agenda off. We have to make people understand what is at stake here.

Amongst other things that socialist social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, is gone as they are unfunded liabilities along with much of military health care after active duty and the 20 tear retirement.

Lew Scannon said...

It would appear that the GOOP has stopped trying to garner the black man's vote in favor of the beer swillin' Nascar lovin' television watchin' White Trash vote.
"Lookee over there, that there darkee's president now. Won't belong before he's makin' it okay to rape your wife/sister."
One of the signs of fascism is to create a scapegoat or common enemy, and then set yourself as the only one who will protect you from it.

Jolly Roger said...

The society isn't really changing much. The percentage of those who think the President is an evil Commanist Muslim Kenyan roughly corresponds to the percentage that thinks Chimpy is the second coming of Jesus. What you're seeing here isn't an "increase" in the number of wack jobs; you're seeing them more comfortable with public expression of their racism and hatred.

Jolly Roger said...

It's always a thrill, Tim. I was delighted to see that LIEberman's office was monitoring my blog, and Hoekstra too, right after I wrote him a love poem. But my favorite was the attention I got from the Alaska Department of Administration, who read me every day in late 2008.

They still check in from time to time :)

libhom said...

The right can't attack Obama on policy much because he supports their policies the overwhelming majority of the time. All they have left is bigotry and hysteria.

Dave Dubya said...

Jim,
It's not easy to make people understand anything when the fascists are always the loudest voices.

Lew,
Let's be fair to the "beer swillin' Nascar lovin' television watchin' White Trash". Some of them are friends of mine. It's the beer swillin' Nascar lovin' television watchin' White Trash Fox viewers we need to worry about.

JR,
You're right, it's not that there are more of them. It's the horror of their fascism seeping into mainstream acceptance. The authoritarian minority seizes power over the majority too frequently.

libhom,
Yes, it was the same with Clinton, the previous "best republican president", to quote Hunter S. Thompson. Now Obama is the new "best republican president".

TomCat said...

GOP-Speak Dictionary

Persecution: any time rabid Republican religious right fanatics are called on their hateful lies.

Dave Dubya said...

TomCat,
You have a great idea for a book there. Let me add a couple items.

Persecution: 1.any time rabid Republican religious right fanatics are called on their hateful lies. 2. Taxes

Tyranny: 1. Democrat in the White House. 2. Taxes

Oppression: 1. Democrat in the White House. 2. Taxes

Punishment: 1. Democrat in the White House. 2. Taxes

Communism: 1. Democrat in the White House. 2. Taxes

Democracy: Impediment to Republicanism

Free Speech: Money

Persons: Corporations

TomCat said...

Dave, I've been doing that for years. I used to call it the Bush-Speak Dictionary. Great entries. :-)

Teeluck said...

Listen I'm only going to say this once...we escaped from England and started America so we would not be subjected to someone else's rules and by God we are going to make sure them Blacks and Muslims know where the door is so they can do as we did and leave, then they can start their own country...and that is our rules that all must bow to!! ...because we are a tolerant and just people if you are white...Dammit!!

Dave Dubya said...

Teeluck,
Some of my ancestors were here way before the "European Invasion" destroyed our freedom. We want OUR country back!

an average patriot said...

All right Dave and Teeluck!

Weaseldog said...

Christians have always seen themselves as victims. Just a few years ago, Romans were feeding them to lions. Now Muslims have moved into the house down the street.

What other horrors will they have to endure?

But really, in Sunday school in the South, the persecution of Christians was a daily theme.

As I understand it, Jews and Muslims teach the same lessons to their children about how much the world hates them for their righteousness.

This fear helps keep a community close knit. It discourages them from befriending outsiders and makes it easier to reject views and thoughts that are not mirrored by the group. Because after all, everyone outside the group hates you and wants you dead.

I think that

Dave Dubya said...

Wease,
You got that right.

Humans are a tribal/clan/ even a herd species. They are suspicious, insecure and easily frightened. And they exhibit arrogance and hostility to counter these traits. No wonder they vote for Republicans and submit to dictators.

S.W. Anderson said...

Have you noticed how Pew Research, CNN and other polls never go around trying to find out what percentage of the population thinks Rush Limbaugh is a lying sack of something you don't want to step in?

Maybe we ought to get something going whereby, a few weeks or months hence, pollsters are obliged to find out what percentage of Americans think Mitch McConnell is pathological liar; Newt Gingrich trips old ladies when he thinks no one is looking; Eric Cantor is a pathological liar; it's only a matter of time until Michael Steele skips the country with $1 million or more of GOP filthy lucre; and that Sharron Angle is bat-crap crazy.

They say the medium is the message. Maybe sometimes the questions are the answer.

Dave Dubya said...

SW,
You are on to something there. I don't recall any polls asking if Bush and Cheney were liars or war criminals.