I would say kazillions but President Obama might think it’s an actual number and try to work it into the next budget.
Here’s the deal, kids: after a year of being deeply involved in the Tea Party movement and following the psychotic disconnect that’s been parading as news coverage and commentary regarding it, I’m finally getting as angry as they’ve been saying I am.
Referring to the Left’s ongoing unhinged responses to Tea Party people as a “psychotic disconnect” is actually the last olive branch that I have to use. By letting them play the insanity card I’m giving them an out from being exposed as pathological liars.
Let’s be honest, I’m not exactly known as the calmest voice in any discussion. There’s even video of me from one early tea party where I’m quite animated. I was exhausted and the sound system was awful so I was yelling loud enough for the people in back to hear me. Not my finest moment but it also doesn’t define all of the other work I’ve been doing for the past year. Unless you’re narrow minded, of course.
Which brings me to the Left.
My frustration is this: how do we explain to the various blowhards on the Left that they are the embodiment of everything they keep accusing us of being? Finding the answer to this question has become my new mission.
Make no mistake about this: the Left (all, not just the fringe) side of American politics owns intolerance. They may not have exclusive rights but they’re far and away the majority shareholders. This isn’t speculation on my part. I’m a conservative who has been in the entertainment industry almost my entire adult life. I spent three years living in Maxine Waters’ district and I’ve been living in Henry Waxman’s for five. I know whence I speak.
Last Thursday, I spent an entire day co-hosting a tea party event in my hometown, Tucson, AZ. My co-host was James T. Harris, an African-American (he actually prefers “an American of African descent”). The crowd was so extraordinarily mellow that I began casting an eye about to see if someone was dealing weed at the back of the crowd. As with all protests, there were some really stupid signs but none that were racist or violent. The whole affair was so pleasant that I was emotional and sincere during my closing remarks. Anyone who knows me knows that borders on surreal.
After returning to Los Angeles I spent the weekend watching coverage and reading about Tea Party anger and racism. Ninety-nine percent of it, of course, coming from people who have never been within a short flight of a Tea Party or in the same room with someone who disagreed with them politically.
Then Bubba closed his zipper and opened his mouth.
When former President Clinton resurrected his whining about anti-government sentiment and the Oklahoma City bombing and weakly attempting to tie it to the Tea Party people, I began to approach a level of pissed off-edness that could almost lend some isolated credence to the crap coming from the Left.
Despite the robotic cool of President Obama, the American left is in a permanent state of hysteria at the moment and understandably so. They’ve been employing what used to be their most powerful weapon, repetition of a lie in the media until the lie sticks, for over a year against the Tea Party movement and it hasn’t worked. A decades-old model of suppressing dissent has been rendered impotent in an age where access to information increases every day. Predictably, Fairness Doctrine lust has been heating up lately. Since it won’t be enough to shut down talk radio, the FCC has been trying an end-around to increase its regulatory powers over Internet access under the guise of “net neutrality”.
The hysteria has been manifesting itself in some almost amusingly ironic ways. Endless parades of white people are whining about the number of, um, white people at the Tea Parties (see this week’s “Kruiser Control” for more on this). After a day where the only violent outbursts came from lefty infiltrators, the MSM continues to express concern about the “tone” of dissent on the right. This is the same MSM, of course, that was tone deaf during the entire Bush era. Lance Baxter called Freedom Works to accuse them of being stupid and was, let’s see, stupid enough to leave his phone number and end up losing his job. (naturally, Baxter is going the victim route and threatening to sue Freedom Works because he’s an unmitigated moron) It’s as if these people are staring into mirrors (see: actual violence at left-wing protests) and bitching about what they see but, in classic leftist fashion, assigning the blame elsewhere.
This contentiousness is easily broken down.
We oppose them on policy, they oppose our right to an opinion. That, quite simply, is un-American. President Obama himself has dismissively responded to dissent by saying, “That’s what elections are for.” Actually, Mr. President, the Constitution doesn’t assign free speech to a certain day of the year. We’re allowed to complain about our government (Hear me, Bubba?) whenever we want.
Modern American Democrats and progressives are terrified of anyone who disagrees with them. Yes, terrified. It’s the only explanation for the relentless virulence and lying about the Tea Party movement. Why, I can’t be sure and I won’t speak for them (another difference between me and them). This fear of differing opinions has been a hallmark of the post-Vietnam era Left, however.
If I had to guess about the reason for it I would have to look at the nature of most left-wing policy these days. It’s mostly emotional and not logical. When we peer too closely at the economic realities of something like health care reform and see inconsistencies it takes away from the warm gooeyness of it all. One of the president’s biggest selling points for it was that Medicare and Medicaid needed to be fixed. So, the government’s last attempt at “helping” is now so screwed up that it absolutely has to jump in and help again? Can I get a “WTF”?!?!?
That’s how we got to where we are.
Now, if I say, “I don’t think there’s a big historical record of government involvement introducing savings or efficiency,” they say, “You’re a racist!”
Then they’ll claim to be tolerant and open-minded while calling me a Nazi.
Surely somebody on the Left is going to get this sooner or later, right?
Or are they all Lance Baxters?