Bagging the Teabaggers
Wow....just wow....In their own words
And so it goes...
Not a coincidence, rather a trend
Wing Nuts and the Polarization of America
For years, I have observed and chuckled at the different attempts of the right side of the political spectrum to regain their Reagan era status. From the frenzied Ken Starr attacks on Clinton's character to Newt's Contract With America to Cheney's dire predictions
on Obama's policies; the political right has worked hard to convince Americans of the end of society under Democratic rule.
To be fair, the left was similarly laughable during the Reagan/Bush years. I'm still waiting on the oft predicted nuclear holocaust that was sure to result from Reagan's proliferation policies during his first term.
Thus I chuckled again while reading Grump's latest snippet
on our local Wisconsin flavor of dichotomy.
My amusement is not lasting as long these days however. The attempts by the right to denounce and disparage the Obama Administration over the last year are losing their humor and instead igniting a real fear inside of me. The Tea Party movement seemed a cute attempt at pretending to be a grassroots Joe the Plumber style gathering until I realized their real make up
The violent verbal and physical responses
to Congressional members' votes on the Health Care legislation brings into light the danger of the new wingnut. They appear to be attracting a new sort of militia-minded neo-conservative protester that they never before courted. People that are convinced of conspiracies about Health Care Death Squads
, Mexico's takeover plot
of the Southwest, Obama's citizenship
, FEMA's concentration camps
, and the New World Order
- Obama style.
For a seemingly conspiracy minded population on the right, to assert the Health Care bill is unconstitutional is not very far from declaring that the Obama Administration is dismantling the Constitution. And them could be fighting words, unfortunately - no matter how untrue they may be - because the assumedly civilized thoughtful right is incredibly silent and permissive on this new belief system.
Maxwell's Silver Hammer?
heads to the East Lawn to play a rousing game of Whack the Mole...
What's in that brown bag?
Not sure what's in there but I noticed the word "movement" written on the outside. Eewwww....
Bloody Sunday Remembered
No, not the Irish event
memorialized by U2. The American disgrace known as Bloody Sunday
45 years ago today, the first of three marches from Selma to Montgomery ended in violence. The perseverance to march again two days later and then, after that one also ended violently, 14 days later, is astonishing. This is the history, both proud and shameful, that we cannot afford to forget.
Break Time's Over
So yeah, two years off should be sufficient. I think I'm back...not that anyone is really checking!
Much has happened that will likely shift the focus of this blog. I now work in both Madison and Milwaukee so am gaining an eye-opening perspective on Wisconsin's largest city. Expect to see a fair bit of thought regarding the home of defunct breweries and cream city brick.
I have to admit, I have lost track of Evansville politics and issues. I hope to change that and get caught up quickly. Life has me on the road alot and working upwards of 65 hours/week but that's not an excuse for not paying attention to your community!
Here's to 2010 being the year of dialogue!