Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fundraiser Day Six: Dixiecrat Avengers Assemble!

"For in those care-free days, I and my so-called droogies wore our maskies, which were like real horror-show disguises."
-- Alex, "A Clockwork Orange"
To begin, a bit of history that will not matter in the slightest to anyone outside of irrelevant fringe dorks like me, but which future students of American history might amusing.

Yesterday, tea party darlin' Chris McDann'l got his nuclear-bright future as the Very Most Reagany-Pure Senator from Jesusland slapped out of his Neoconfederate paws.  Slapped to the ground and stomped on by a bunch of uppity black people armed with (horrors!) voter registration cards, which is why today Teh Internets were positively wormy with the lashing and the barking and the generally incoherent fury of our nation's most politically active inbred swamp folk.

The same inbred swamp folk (it is important to add) who have spent the last six years rage! rage! raging! against deficits and Evil Gummit overreach and the horrors of compromise.

Of course (here comes the history bit) a scant ten years ago, the very same inbred swamp folk who now rage!, rage! against deficits and Evil Gummit overreach and the horrors of compromise...

...went to the polls in record numbers to re-elect the lyingest, most criminal, most criminally incompetent, torturingest, most treasonous, most deficit-spawning, Evil Gummit overreaching and "How dare you not support the Commander-in-Chief you traitor!" touting Administration in American history.

And after they did it, they turned around and -- along with the rest of the 60 million Americans who put the Dubya Regime back in power -- told the rest of us to SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK IT Hippies!


We Won.  You Lost.  Fuck You!

You know how I know this?

Because I was there.

So were you.

And we remember.  

And so long as it is within our meager power, we will never let them forget which side they were on when it counted.  Never, ever let them forget how wildly they cheered Dubya, or how unrestrained and deafening their contempt was for anyone who dared to stand athwart the serial catastrophes the Bush Administration were unleashing on America and shout "Stop!"
United States presidential election in Mississippi, 2004

2000 ←November 2, 2004→ 2008

George-W-Bush.jpegJohn F. Kerry.jpg
NomineeGeorge W. BushJohn Kerry
Home stateTexasMassachusetts
Running mateDick CheneyJohn Edwards
Electoral vote60
Popular vote684,981458,094
And now?

Now all we hear about is the teddible, teddible schism between the Tea Party and the Republican Party.

Except, of course, (sing it with me -- you know the words):

There never has been -- a fact which Liberals like your's truly nailed while Tea Party fairy tale was still being beta tested (The "Independent" Granfalloon), and which even some outliers in Conservative Brain Caste are now quietly willing to admit.
The Tea Party Never Existed
MAY 21, 2014 4:34 PM EDT
By Ramesh Ponnuru
And so, because There. Is. No. Tea. Party.™  there obviously cannot be a schism between it and the Republican Party.  There is merely a difference of opinion between those who deploy the selective, self-lobotomizing tool of Strategic Forgettery™ as a tactical matter, and those slabs of Orwellian slunkmeat who have so thoroughly internalized the habit of doublethinking away the incriminating past...and science...and math...and causality and, well,  everything else about the world that is disquieting or inconvenient that they are no longer sane:
"To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink."

“The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."
As I and other Liberals have written since the dawn of blogging (and about which we railed at our crystal radio sets before it became possible to write down whatever we wished and publish it to the wider world with the clink of a button), this is nothing more or less that the Golem which the Party of Jefferson David built in order to win elections and raze those parts of The Evil Gummint which it's oligarch owners want to see destroyed.  And there are a lot of words that are appropriate to describe the Conservative monster that has turned on its maker, but "schism" is not one of them.

Predictable?  Sure.

Predicted?  Definitely.

Dangerous?  Absolutely.

Entertaining?  Damn betcha.

And very, very dangerous?  Absolutely.

Because are in middle of a long, ugly knife fight for the future of this country, and to win that future, we must reclaim our past.

To win elections, crush the New Deal and sell the United States into perpetual corporate serfdom, it was Ronald Reagan and the rest of the Conservative Elites who spent years and years and literally billions of dollars to create the infinitely reprogrammable army of imbeciles from which many of those same Conservative Elites now flee in horror.
And however hard they try, it remains our solemn duty to never let them forget it.

PS.  Proper "Thanks Yous" to everyone who has hit the tip jar will be forthcoming once things get a little less nutty here at Castle Driftglass


Lawrence said...

I always love an Orwell quote. But it seems he doesn't really understand liars. Honest people often commit this error. I sometimes forget to by cynical and get taken in by them myself. Liars lie first to themselves. That is why they seem so sincere. A mind of many compartments, like a ship, or a zoo, is the key to a successful career in lying.

Robt said...

There is NO Tea potters ! WHAT ?

I saw people with tri-corner hats carrying a flag with a snake on it.
Doesn't that make Tea Potters real?

True, there is not one Tea Potter that ran in any other political party except the GOP.
There again, Even Rany Paul who claims he is Libertarian poses as republican, even though he plans to be the Tea Potter Presidential candidate for the GOP as a Libertarian.

Why does this remind me of the Omega Man.
Charleston Heston is the GOP, Mathias, the maniac survivor(representing the Tea Party) with the plague who is out to destroy Heston (the GOP) who is thought to be the last normal GOP survivor.

In the movie. Mathias kills Heston
in the end.
Does the Tea Party kill the GOP in the end?

There is no Tea Party,
But you must admit. John Birch would be proud of there bi polar schizophrenia.

If the T-Potters break from the GOP. Will the TP Patriots later be eaten by the TP Express?
Like Sunnis, Shiites, Al Qaeda and now ISIS?.

Monster from the Id said...

The Tea Birchers (I prefer that term) may have started as what Drifty says, but it looks to me like the GOP Brain Caste may be losing control of at least a significant portion of their Uruk-hai.

The Tea Birchers may be becoming a genuine entity, evolving into a splinter party along the lines of the Dixiecrats, who are their psychological ancestors (and I reckon in many cases, their genetic ancestors). The Libertarians might pick up the Tea Birchers if the apocalyptic pseudo-Christianity and war fever of many of the latter do not prove too great a hurdle.

L.A. Goldenrod said...

Yesterday, tea party darlin' Chris McDann'l got his nuclear-bright future as the Very Most Reagany-Pure Senator from Jesusland slapped out of his Neoconfederate paws.

The word is nucular. Some people, I tell ya...

Anonymous said...

I still remember all the BMW M3 and M5s out there with "W, STILL THE PRESIDENT" bumper stickers. Haven't seen any of those lately.

Anonymous said...

off topic, but here's a good 'pay the writer' post:

Anonymous said...

I still think "tea party" is useful nomenclature for the wing of the conservative base. "Tea party" have relinquished memory, and are purely reactive. They are the "ignorant" wing. They have no long term plan, and are only angry over what they are told to be angry about the night before.

The "crazy" wing is the Christopaths and the Birchers. The crazies have *not* relinquished memory, and more importantly, they have a plant. They have both mythologies and a vision. Their "knowledge" of "history" may be absolutely wrong, but they have an amassed cannon of knowledge. They were absorbed into the movement conservative base because they were self motivating, while the ignorant wing will just sit on their couch yelling along with O'Reily and Beck, and think they are somehow "defending freedom" from the invisible hippies hiding under the fridge and behind the couch.

I completely agree that they are not in any way a new political movement. However, I think they are a good distillation of the "stupid" wing of the stupid/crazy/lazy conservative voting base. ("Lazy" being the centrists who are always guided by the "but we are a majority conservative country" lie.)


Robt said...

I do not understand something,
The media state that the birth of the Tea Party came when Rick Santelli ranted and raved about people losing their homes (being foreclosed on) due to the economic collapse and the jobs losses. That no one wants to pay for these people to have two bathrooms.
It can't be this that started it@
There aren't that many Tea
potters that would watch a Rick Santelli show.
Does anyone have another origination point where the Tea Potters emerge, at least with the term and mentality?
The other point of origin was Dick army with his freedomworks with all the funding from Koch's and others to create this disease as a weapon.
Is there a another point of origin besides the 2 I mentioned?

Just saying they were in the GOP circus Tent all along might be accurate but not by the name of Tea Party, as far as I can recall?

Anonymous said...

I'm old enough to remember Operation Chaos wherein the Oxy addict mobilized thousands of (white) GOP voters to skew the Democratic primary results in 2008 - encouraging GOPers to vote for Clinton to mess with Obama.