Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New signs of the same old thing

I believe it was the Architect Frank Lloyd Wright who once griped that Florida, being the lowest part of the United States, everything loose had slid down into it, but whether he did or didn't, there are many unsavory things down here in America's bilges. Not that we're all that unique. One can turn over rocks anywhere and find the same sort of things that turn up in the Sunshine state, but here they're more likely not to bother hiding.

So I'm leaving the local car parts store yesterday, coming up empty handed in my search for a transmission shift cable bushing and right next door in the seedy strip mall containing a barbecue joint where the ancient, blackened smoker sits in the parking lot and a pawn shop in front of which a weathered 1950's pickup truck has been moldering since I moved here 9 years ago.

These times are good for the pawn shops and I happen to be a fan of History Channel's Pawn Stars featuring a shop in Las Vegas operated by some funny characters and stuffed with real treasures, so I decided to have a peek. I'd been there before. It was about 6 months after President Obama took office and the two men seated inside in front of a large screen TV where Fox News was raging away were declaring that that damned Commie in the White house had had 6 months to fix the economy and had failed miserably. Little has changed, except for the worse. Same two men, same TV, same dark, gloomy, mildewed interior filled with the seedy detritus of sad lives and one hell of a lot of guns. Same suspicious glower. All that was new was a sign saying "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." underneath which was the name Barack Hussein Obama - "from his book Audacity of Hope."

There's been a rash of newspaper comments about such things appearing in stores all over town and of course, that quote is gross misinterpretation of what the book really said.* Other stores have offended customers with entirely fictitious quotes by the First Lady. The real quote of course showed his promise of support for American citizens if such things as the internment of Japanese-American citizens should happen again.

I have to admit that the sheer firepower displayed there made me decide to vote with my feet and not shoot my mouth off and I simply left. But of course, to the devotees of the Obamahate religion, such heresy as any bit of truth I might have offered would not have been well received or credited. What's the use? No newspaper editorials debunking this disgusting garbage are effective, since newspapers are "Liberal" as we all know. The religious symbols of Obamahate are becoming as widespread as those chrome fish and other religious declarations scrawled on Mom's dump truck. It's not new, it's just a new sign in the old pawn shop.

Of course they can't find enough real criticism, even though there is plenty. That would require more in terms of intelligence and education than they possess -- nor can they simply say what they really mean, thanks to what they call "political correctness" which to me, is a cynical name for common decency: decency, at least as it relates to the cult of nativist and racist bigotry, being a Liberal affectation rather than a virtue. So they make up stories about the president. Easier than discussing the likelihood that TARP 'spending' will prove to be a net gain or whether financing a war on the prospect that a disproved scheme will generate sufficient revenue. Call him a Kenyan tribesman, a somehow Communist Muslim fanatic. Call his wife a gorilla. Safer than using the N word and revealing what you really are.

*They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."


d nova said...


they were calling him a socialist even before he got the nomination.

oh. i don't mean republicans. i mean a group of hillary supporters in texas who, after the election, called it "the disaster that occurred on Nov 4th."

check it out:

btw, do u listen 2 fresh air? here's a link 2 yesterday's show:

Anonymous said...

Capt. Fogg said...

Interesting article from The Hill. Not too surprising, I think, since what now viewed as the center would have Eisenhower and Nixon and probably Reagan as left-wing extremists. I'm not sure it's not just the product of frustration and anger since the facts don't justify it. After all, Ike had a 91% top tax bracket - and prosperity and growth. Obama, is the most extreme of extremists for wanting to restore Reagan's tax structure -- but Reagan is a hero as a tax-cutter even though he raised them 8 times and had what was the largest administrative branch ever, at the time.

And of course we have corporate opinion makers with enormously more power than ever before and it's their objective to make anything from municipal fire departments to public libraries seem like Communism. They're rather successful and of course it's in their interest to make us side with corporate power against our own interests.

Does the concept of a "center" really mean anything when virtual anarchy and civil war are being sold as mainstream politics; when people who got a tax cut see it as an increase; when people billing themselves as conservatives call for "rounding up the elites and putting them up against the wall?

Yesterday's Bolsheviks are today's T-Partiers trying to stage a worker's revolution and a dictatorship of the proletariat and nothing makes sense to me.

Capt. Fogg said...

Hillary supporters. Now did I expect them to be any different? Hell, everybody is a commie nowadays and they'll be called that while they're carrying water for the Corporatocracy.

What's this about a rally to restore sanity? Does anyone even know what sanity looks like any more?

d nova said...

right. jon stewart's rally (along w/ colbert's "march to keep fear alive") on 10/30. just might go. 2 long since i last marched.

d nova said...

smthin else:

over 20 year ago i read phrase "death of reason." in a martial arts mag, no less.

googled it. mostly more in(s)anity, but looky here: