Monday, April 20, 2009

The right-wing malcontents are bashing Obama

President Barack Obama has been in office for only three months, but already the right-wing malcontents are up in arms. Their rage was comically displayed at last Wednesday's nationwide rash of "tea parties" during which the paranoid Obama-bashers vented their spleen about taxes, soaring government spending for financial bailouts, and what they regard as government encroachment into their private lives.

The demonstrations were allegedly "grass roots" rallies. But they were actually organized by Republican operatives and promoted by the Fox News cable TV organization. Fox, which jokingly claims to cover the news in a "fair and balanced" manner, is primarily a TV vehicle for Obama-bashing.

In their outrageous claims that Obama is a socialist--or fascist, according to Glenn Beck, Fox's loudmouth, clownish commentator--their fear about higher income taxes is misplaced. The President intends to allow the Bush Administration tax cuts for the rich expire. But for those with annual taxable incomes of under $250,000 taxes will be cut. From their appearances and the rowdy behavior of the tea party participants, it struck me that few of them have to worry about paying more taxes.

In their rage about bailouts and soaring Federal debt, the tea party participants conveniently overlooked the fact that their ideological hero, former President George W. Bush, began the bank bailout parade and was responsible for turning a Federal budget surplus into an unprecedented debt load.

Aside from taxes, the tea bag demonstrators seemed equally infuriated by an alleged government encroachment into their personal lives and by an unnecessary fear that they will lose their guns. I never fail to be amused that the same people who worry about government interference into personal lives are invariably those who want to ban abortion and gay rights.

Many of the right-wing malcontents' fears would be comical if they were not so serious. Some hysteria-mongers even talk about an armed insurrection against the government and the need to prepare for self-defense.

Others worry about the newly-enacted Serve America Act, a Obama plan enabling young volunteers to work on projects involved with education, clean energy, health care, and care for military veterans. For such critics as Rep. Michelle Backmann (R-Minn.), who seems to be replacing Sarah Palin as a heroine of the right, the plan will foster national enslavement and provide "re-education camps" for young people.

The over-riding fear of the right-wing malcontents is that the U.S. is turning into a socialistic or fascist country. They are unwilling to recognize that a capitalistic-free market system like ours has been unable to cope with the current economic crisis without government intervention.

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Blogger Sylvia K said...

Oh, Mort, you do say it all so well! And it does need to be said! I want to say "what are they thinking?" but it's obvious that they aren't -- thinking about the country that is, but only their own right-wing malcontents as you so rightly refer to them. Thanks, as always, for saying it so well.

Monday, April 20, 2009 6:48:00 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

I'm sure you will not be surprised that I agree with all you said. I would add that the Texas governor who talked about seceding from the Union gave me an idea. Why don't we take the good folks who live in Texas and move them North. Then we could put all those tea party nut cases, Fox commentators and right wing ideologues in Texas and let them secede. They could start by not paying taxes. Of course there would be no schools, paved roads, water and utility services, etc.

I would love to let them have their own country, guns and ideology and never have to hear them spew their hatred and nonsense again. (Freedom of speech does have it's drawbacks.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, thank you for say it so well, I have a hard time beleiving anyone with any good sense can even think as these 'nut cases' do. It all goes back to money, power, and the republican party's sour grapes. THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Norma said...

Just because he's coming after the Christians, veterans, pro-lifers, etc. first (Janet and her jack booters), doesn't mean the Jews are safe. I must have watched 5 or 6 of the videos of the tea parties and all of them were orderly, focused, polite, and bi-partisan, far different than the window breaking, police battling leftists that we so often see at "peaceful demonstrations."

Thursday, April 23, 2009 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Vagabonde said...

I agree with your post 100%; unfortunately so many of the conservative Republicans act against their own interests and will end up not only hurting themselves but the rest of us. Where I live (in Newt Gingrich’s territory) most are Republicans “right or wrong” and total true believers with amnesia regarding the last administration. As an example, read the blog of a person who lives in my neighborhood “Corridors”, posted on 17-April “Marietta Tea Party” ( ) – this is very typical of this area – they are good people but faithfully believe in everything the conservative Republicans have done or will ever do – it is impossible to change their minds – they are immutable. Even if one could show them that they are wrong about taxes, etc, and even if they understood that what they say is incorrect it would not change their mind and they would still joyfully vote against their interests… In a way, they believe that to vote for the Right is to vote for this country. On woman at work told me to only watch Fox News because the other channels are all lying. Most of these people only watch and read what reinforce their erroneous views – so, how can they think differently? I know, I have lived here many years. It is so very sad.

Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Overstreet said...

A little research would reveal that the vast majority of tea party attendees are just as unhappy with Republicans.

For a journalist, you seem to enjoy calling people names a lot. I guess I'm on the right wing, but I'm not nearly as worked up about the President as you seem to be about me.

Monday, April 27, 2009 12:34:00 AM  
Blogger Ron Southern said...

Liked this one. Also found and enjoyed the post about your knowing Rachel Carson. I was just a teenager when "Silent Spring" came out and I was impressed with myself that for a long time I was the only person I knew who had read it. Thanks for that glimpse of a lady who changed my intellectual life a lot! That I later worked in both indoor and outdoor Pest Control at a University was sort of a joke, considering that I was at the least against the "normal" overbearing use of pesticides! I'm sure I annoyed the hell out of some of my supervisors.

Monday, April 27, 2009 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Ron Southern said...

Are you aware you have a "low sidebar" in IE6 viewing, though it's okay in the Firefox browser?

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Monday, April 27, 2009 1:02:00 PM  

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