Saturday, February 28, 2009

A glimpse into the mind of insanity 3

By Michael J.W. Stickings

The best thing about CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, is that it allows us to observe a whole bunch of right-wing wackos in one setting. It's a sort of echo chamber insanitarium -- and what makes it all so much fun, both for them and for us, is that these wackos are even crazier when they get together and feed off each other's insanity. It's a classic example of individuals succumbing to groupthink -- with the thinking of the group even crazier than the thinking of the crazy individuals that make it up. I'm sure Elias Canetti could tell us a lot more about this dynamic, but let's not delve into sociology right now. Instead, let's take a look at yet another example of the conservative "mind" at work.

Our two previous examples from this year's CPAC were Cliff Kincaid calling Obama a communist who wasn't born in the U.S. (to wild applause) and John Bolton talking about nuking Chicago (also to wild applause). Well, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who's right at home in the insanitarium, added to the craziness by, in good Rush Limbaugh fashion, declaring that he wants Obama and his policies to fail -- actually, he said "we," meaning that Santorum is hardly alone. I suspect that everyone in attendance at CPAC wants Obama to fail, so partisan are they, so at odds with reality, so in opposition to the American people, so hateful, so spiteful -- and so in line with Dear Leader Rush.

As Think Progress notes, Rush's view is wildly popular at CPAC, having been expressed by the crazy likes of Tom DeLay, among others. There are certainly some conservatives who disagree, notably South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who has said that "[a]nybody who wants [Obama] to fail is an idiot," but there is no doubt that, among the wackos at CPAC, the vast majority is with Rush.

Here's the Santorum clip. (Click on the links above for other CPAC clips.)

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  • Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Sounds all too familiar -- like a certain bunch of lefty nuts at "The Reaction," inter alia, during Bush's eight years. Two wrongs don't make a right, but . . . well . . . it's just . . . reality. Oh, did you know that 9/11 was arranged for by Bush/Cheney?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:34 PM  

  • Right, of course, because all of here at The Reaction are a bunch of conspiracy theorists. It was the right that accused the left of wanting Bush to fail, screaming treason along the way. Of course, Bush took care of failure all by himself.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 6:35 PM  

  • Think Progress appears to be thinking out of its ass. Wow! Talk about a typical mainstream wacko embellishment! And taken out of context beyond recognition. I watched the whole show and I saw Rush explain EXACTLY what was meant by the comment of Obama failing and it is nowhere NEAR what has been written here by "Think Progress". Progress my belong in the insane asylum yourself. Accusing others of what you are doing yourself. Now THAT is insanity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:52 AM  

  • How many times have we heard politicians tell us what they really meant to say and how often is that an attempt to weasel out of an embarrassing situation? Rush is famous for it and like him you're happy to deflect criticism by inapposite accusation and pretending that anyone who sees through your flimsy self is crazy.

    The "crazy. nut job left" of your dreams is about as liberal as Eisenhower.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 8:43 AM  

  • The "crazy, nut job left" of your dreams is about as liberal as Eisenhower. BULL SHIT!

    Try Henry Wallace, jack ass! Think how close that Commie came to being President, if FDR strokes out just a year earlier.

    By the way, I heard the ENTIRE Hannity-Limbaugh interview when it happened, and Rush was as clear then by what he meant as he was yesterday.

    Final question: Why do you let a talk show host get under your skin so? The liberals won the election. Now move on and ram everything down our throats. The voters will decide in 2010 and 2012 what they think of it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 AM  

  • It's amusing to be told that I'm angry when you're obviously foaming at the mouth, but that's not the point. The point is that you're wrong; deluded by propaganda and a quasi-religious faith in demagogues and doctrines that have never proved to work.

    It's just not enough to cry "Commie" and call the economists "crazy liberals" any more. That mentality is as obsolete as the prosperity and freedom we had before the Republican junta and it's time to act like a responsible, adult even if you're not really all that intelligent.

    Let me be direct. This is all your fault. It wasn't the bogeyman or your evil twin or bearded terrorists or Jews or scary Muslims who did this and supported the doing of it - it was you and whether or not you like the way it's being addressed, it's your mess.

    I don't think you're in a position to tell anyone what liberal means, or conservative for that matter. Yes, if you decide Nero was a centrist, Ike was a lefty, but your commie baiting is 50 years out of date and quite laughable -- and who the hell was talking about Henry or George Wallace anyway?

    For what it's worth, Eisenhower warned us very specifically about administrations like Bush/Cheney and so clearly that Rush would have condemned him as a liberal commie stooge traitor. Would Rush have screamed "liberal" when he didn't stop the liberal, activist court from integrating the schools? I'm sure he would have.

    Bottom line is that Limpbaugh and the people, like you, who support his fabulous lifestyle have been cheerleaders and enablers for the worst thing that has befallen us in a very long time. Now that Bush's slimy fingers have been pried from American's gasping throat and someone else is trying to do CPR, you're angry because it will cost too much? No, you're angry because you're wrong and have been wrong all along. The proof is in the recession, the military debacle, the hypertrophied debt, the failures of banks and businesses.

    It should give you pause that the people who supported zero regulation, promoted piratical enterprises, military adventure for profit and the breaking of countless laws: who openly supported torture, secret jails and the sort of things Eisenhower became famous for defeating ( yes, we called such people Nazis back then) are calling Obama and even me "left wing crazies," but it doesn't. It's because you can't handle the truth and so you're looking for scapegoats. Sorry, you're the goat this time.

    You won't get anywhere with your stupid name calling and not just because it's infantile, but because you're wrong. You're party has been wrong, your pill popping prophet has been wrong, your ideas have been wrong and the people you've trusted have sold us out.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 1:43 PM  

  • Capt Fogg, it is your thinking that is foggy!! You want to pull your head out of your ass long enough to study a little history - i.e. 1934 Nazi germany- then compare it to "comrade obama" and the democrats. The similarities would scare the hell out of any right thinking freedom loving person of reasonable intelligence! And talk about going in the wrong fiscal direction; would you mind explaining how the policies of the current administration are going to save us? Look up Warren Buffets comments on the spending package put before the legislature! We are headed for a depression that will make the last one look like a Sunday school picnic. Then look for king obama to suspend the constitution and take his place in history alongside such "greats" as Hitler, Stalin, etc!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:37 PM  

  • Wow, I thought the John Birch Society had gone out of style with Brylcreem, the Edsel, and the last remake of Beach Blanket Bingo.You guys on the right are a hoot.

    Speaking of 1950's cultural references, you have more projection going than a room full of Bell & Howell's. All of the things you're worried about such as going in the wrong fiscal direction and stomping on the Constitution happened in the last eight years, and you guys whooped it through like the peanut gallery on Howdy Doody. So all of a sudden, you've had a come-to-Jesus revelation? Please. Being lectured about fiscal responsibility and government intrusion by Bush supporters is like being criticized for your cooking technique by Jeffrey Dahmer.

    Keep it up; you guys are a riot. Are you available for kids' parties?

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 7:12 PM  

  • Mustang Bobby -- I bet you're avaialable for kids' parties as long as it's just little boys.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 AM  

  • "The similarities would scare the hell out of any right thinking freedom loving person of reasonable intelligence! "

    Sounds like your goat's been got, old man. You've come down from abusing us for something that was never said except by you, to outright slander. I hope you've got a few more goats, or you'll be sleeping alone.

    Obviously our definitions of reasonable intelligence are different. It's not really something you can acquire by listening to propaganda or indulging in cheap cynicism or repeating formulae -- or at all, actually. I think it's safe to say you're not in the upper hundredth of a percent by any standard measure.

    One would think that being possessed of such modest abilities would teach modesty, but that's rarely the case, n'est ce pas? Not when there's a whole industry devoted to beefing up the self esteem of the stupid by stuffing them full of lies and propaganda.

    I hate to tell you, but Slimebaugh doesn't think highly of the people whose mediocre mentality he exploits. He simply knows, like many demagogues, the power of making the stupid feel smart. That's what bought him the 51,000 square foot house in Palm Beach and the tax breaks that allow him to live like a medieval duke while you sit in your garage and drink beer -- your gullibility.

    Now get off the damned donkey and leave the windmills alone. I'm starting to feel embarrassed for you.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:42 AM  

  • Oh yeah, and about Buffet -- you're completely misrepresenting him.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:04 AM  

  • Mustang Bobby -- I bet you're avaialable for kids' parties as long as it's just little boys.

    Oh, is that some kind of dig at the fag? Wow, how original.

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 10:45 AM  

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