Monday, January 03, 2011

Rehctaw Is Right

In the category of "2010 Best Post of the Year", "An Open Letter to Conservatives" by AmericanDad (aka Russell King) stands out like a Kilimanjaro in a WalMart parking lot.

From Rehctaw:

Post of the Year -OR- The Last 40 summed up in one blogpost

An Open Letter to Conservatives

Jaw-dropping in its brutal truths. Each allegation backed up; fully sourced. Laying out the utter ugliness of our present, how we got here and sage advice for cleaning up the mess.

The "Open Letter" was an astounding document for three reasons.

First, its sheer scholarship: While the rest of us were making perfectly good and often quite beautiful scarves and suits, Mr. King was weaving a nearly-comprehensive Bayeux Tapestry of the Right's sins, crimes, lies and hypocrisies for the last 30 years. As a act of prosecutorial carpet-bombing it is simply unrebuttable.

Second, its humane message: for all of its reams of damning indictments, ultimately what Mr. King really wants if for Conservatives to stop being rage-drunk, paranoid thugs and rejoin the ongoing, national grownup conversation about governance.

Third, sadly, is its apparently futility. Based on the comments it generated, the reaction from the Right side of the blogoshpere and my own, anecdotal experiences, it had the effect on Conservatives of putting on a Picasso retrospective in the Valley of the Blind. By and large, those on the Right automatically discounted it in toto as being just the sort of thing a "Liberal" would do, and why would they waste their time pawing through a bunch of Marxist, George-Soros-funded whatever whatever.

Also Unions and Brown People are to blame for all of your problems. ACORN is worse than 11 Hitlers. And Libs and Dum-o-craps Hate America.

Furthermore, based on my same, non-scientific evaluation, those who hang onto Centrism in exactly the same desperate way a knee-walking drunks hang onto walls and street lamps coped with this absolute fire-hose of evidence that the Right really has lost its collective mind by mumbling something about being pretty sure that somebody somewhere could probably do just as big a list about the Left (while declining, of course, to proffer even the slightest sliver of proof to support their idiotic assertion) before scuttling off to masturbate to old David Brooks columns.

None of which in any way diminishes the scale of Mr. King's accomplishment.

It should, however, make it abundantly clear to every Liberal that now that the Right has self-lobotomized to the point where any relationship between "lying, cheating and fucking things horribly, horribly up" and "begin held accountable" has been completely severed (and now that the media has made it perfectly clear that they have no problem with that whatsoever) the days of winning elections using conventional political warfare are over.


Denny Smith said...

Too bad it doesn't have pictures for the morons. Because of that, it's unlikely it'll be read.
Maybe if it was put in People magazine format.

StringonaStick said...

That is one amazing post! Of course the flailing by the resident rethug/conservative trolls in the comments is all you'd expect; plenty of "your side is just as bad", followed by people literally pleading with the trolls to come up with their list of the left's sins. Crickets, of course, but lots and lots of whining.

I'd send a link to my winger father but he's getting quite old and he'd either have a stroke from his angry response or once again ban my presence for another 2 years.

Chicago Guy said...

Reading this masterpiece (and also laughing at the phrase "masturbating to old David Brooks columns"---which is totally on target because laughter is an almost biological survival necessity when you see the list of war crimes presented here) It occurs to me that we need a new word.

"Conservatives" is not an accurate term anymore. the author names his own "conservative" views from the 1970's.
But then goes on to definitively show that what this group of people has evolved into is just pure and simple evil.

I usually use the word "Wing-Nut" but that often stops the conversation. But conservative doesn't work either.

Does anyone have a better word? Maybe it will help for those of us who--as driftglass says--are out to "Get Capone."

jim said...

Telling that this magnum opus generated crickets, while any number of Mad Hatter e-mail bombs have subsequently turned into "news" stories. To say nothing of the networks' eternal fascination with pinheads like Palin & O'Keefe, no matter how bereft of substance or credibility they prove themselves to be - as long as their turd-tossing nonsense aims at the right targets.

"Does anyone have a better word?"

It's not exactly new, but I'm becoming increasingly partial to "barbarian."

Pro-torture, pro-assassination, pro-theocracy + anti-progress, anti-science, anti-human-rights = enemy of civilization.

Rehctaw said...

I'm old enough to remember the "Peace Dividend". How after a forty-year stare down, the evil empire blinked. Life was good...

I didn't get lost in the euphoria. I confidently predicted a new conjured evil that would make the USSR pale in comparison. It would be a indistinct, ever-present threat that could not be contained within borders, with a DMZ and massed armaments.

I read and understood the PNAC playbook. I cringed as the plan's rhetoric unfurled. I observed (and screamed) as the strawmen were set up and knocked down.

Watching it predictably unfold has been sheer torture. Blown off, dismissed, marginalized in time honored DFH ways does not allow for a giddy "I told you so".

Hearing how MY side's policies had been proven a failure? Because they said so. See? Second Place? Fuck You!

I'm done for now Hoss. I know the fight must go on, but I just don't have it. I need to smell some roses and chase some butterflies.
Until I can look at the wreckage with some hope for the future.

Kathy said...

The conservative commenters on most of the blogs I read (especially Glen Greenwald) seldom read the blog entry they're attempting to rip apart. Its embarrassing (to me) to see them repeatedly make their bogus arguments based on points already carefully addressed and disproven in the Blogger's Post.

A lot of them appear to be paid trolls, others just stupid and malicious.

Grung_e_Gene said...

That post was as awesome as it was futile.

Conservatives are without honor. You can not humiliate those who have no honor. You can not shame the shameless. You can not expect decency from the absolute indecent.

Republicans and Conservatives have no morals and no scruples. And as such when they are caught in their lies and falsehoods they simply revert to more lies and falsehoods.

They are a blight upon America.

gruaud said...

You can't reason with the bastard alliance of stupidity and evil.

Especially when evil is dealt a royal flush every round.

Mister Roboto said...

@rechtaw: At this point, I really think it's inevitable that things are going to get much, much worse before they even have a chance of getting better.

Rehctaw said...

I still have some optimism. The banshee shrieks and goblin cries aside, much, much worse will be tempered locally by societal triage.

We truly are better than this. When we realize the shitplows ain't comin' we'll grab shovels and dig our way out. Down, but not out.

Special attention will be devoted to transparent asshats who put themselves forth as leaders because it will matter. As it stands, not many of us have that option.

There's a tipping point for sure, but chaos and oblivion are not the unavoidable fate. I firmly believe we outnumber them. In that, there is hope.

Drifty and Bluegal and the rest of what's left will keep reminding us to fix as we go.

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