Wednesday, July 06, 2022

We Are All "Nuke the Baby Seals for Jesus" Now

The Alert Reader will notice how this common critique of the Left jumps from the specific ("the name of this organization"), to the general ("Don't people on the left") to the OMG Defund the Police!! stage in just three sentences.  All it lacks to make is the perfect, bullshit attack on Democratic "messaging" is the "Joe Biden must do a Sister Soulja speech denouncing..." denouement. 

It's true that, unlike the Right who all goose-step in more or less the same direction, groups on the Left are a large and fractious coalition.  We don't have Group Naming Steering Committee so we can't exercise the kind of tight messaging control the Right has used to brand such family friendly groups as, say, the Proud Boys,  the American Freedom Party, the Imperial Klans of America, the League of the South, the Patriot Front, Fox News, the United Constitutional Patriots,  the Liberty Counsel, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Family Research Council, the Westboro Baptist Church, the Three Percenters, the Stormfront, the Council of Conservative Citizens, the White Lives Matter, the Oath Keepers, the National Liberty Alliance,  the America First Policy Institute, the Tucson Trump MAGA, MAGA Meetup Oro Valley, Trump Nation Tucson, WE ARE CHANGE LAS VEGAS, the St. Louis Trump Make America Great Again Meetup Group, the St. Louis Townhall Meetup Group, MAGA Meetups NEFL, MAGA Meetup Catalina, RVA Pro-Trump Caravan Meetup, DFW Conservative Business Owners, the Trenton Donald Trump Meetup Group, the hundreds of Tea Party groups in all 50 states that are still actively spreading election rigging lies, COVID lies and pretty much anything that Tucker Carlson poops into their skulls, and so  forth.

So how exactly did it come to be that all of these grumpy critics of Democratic messaging freak out at the drop of a hat and starts yawping about "OMG!  Defund the Police!!!" when any Leftie thing that makes them feel icky -- no matter how obscure or objectively irrelevant -- pops onto their radar,  but you almost never see them wringing their hands in despair that Republican messaging sucks every time one of their goon squads shows up armed and crazy?  

Why aren't these same critics shouting themselves hoarse that Mitch McConnell and Ron DeSantis and Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump must immediately step up and denounce openly fascist madness like this which is happening all the time and in plain sight?

The January 6 testimony to date has focused on Trump and the ways he has encouraged and instrumentalized militia members. But support for vigilante violence has spread to other parts of the Republican Party. 
In 2017, the Portland branch of the Republican Party voted to allow militia groups, including members of the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, to act as security at their public events; a Colorado county GOP has also hired militia groups for security. In Michigan’s Grand Traverse County, local officials at a zoom-based public meeting were asked to denounce the Proud Boys after the insurrection – instead, the county commission’s vice chair stepped off-screen and returned with his rifle. 
In Texas, Allen West, then-Chair of the Republican Party, offered an oath to “swear in” militia members at a Stop the Steal rally in November 2020, posed with armed militia members just days after the January 6 riot, and appeared alongside other Republican state politicians at a rally with the leader of the Oath Keepers militia in March after the latter was under investigation for his involvement in the January 6 attack. 
This winter, a militia-backed recall election ousted the Shasta County, California Board of Supervisors; the new leaders owe their positions to militia support. In Arizona, Mark Finchem, a sitting member of the House, trumpets his membership in the Oath Keeper militia. The chairman of Wyoming’s GOP – engaged in a fierce battle against Liz Cheney, the January 6 Select Committee Vice Chair – is a member of the Oath Keepers...

Well, as a matter of fact we answered this question about a month ago.  When Joe "Joey Muskets" Walsh lost his mind because the terrible effect a comment by Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm had on one of Joe's imaginary friends:

Walsh: And what are the Democrats talking about?  Green energy  Green energy.  Solar.  Renewable energy. Wind.  Right now?  Right now?  When the average American is seeing a fifth of their paycheck going to fill up the tank every week?  

The load-bearing wall holding up Walsh's entire tirade was that his imaginary friend was furious that we "progressives and the Far Left" have the entire Democratic party in our thrall and in the face of painful, real-world problems all we do is yell "Green New Deal!!" and then go back to sipping our lattes and watching The Remains of the Day or some fucking thing.

So I asked the very obvious next question: How the fuck does Joe's imaginary friend know that all Dems are talking about is "Green energy  Green energy.  Solar.  Renewable energy. Wind." when Joe makes it a point of the facts that his imaginary friend doesn't watch the fucking news?  Where exactly was Joe's imaginary friend getting all this very detailed and specific information about how awful Democrats are? 

Turns out that Joe and his imaginary friend were getting their detailed and specific information about how awful Democrats are from exactly where you would guess they got it.  And that Jennifer Granholm quote?  It had been snipped out of context from her much longer remarks during which she went into great detail about all the things that Joe and his imaginary friend were furious that Democrats never talk about.  

Snipped out of context, shared 1.2 million times, and then swept up into the Fox News propaganda siege cannon.  

Because in addition to not having a cool Group Naming Steering Committee to strictly control what everybody om the Left calls stuff, we on the Left also don't have a huge, inbred, coordinated and well-funded media amplification machine dedicated to hammering home propaganda.  

A huge, inbred, coordinated and well-funded media amplification machine like FOX News Radio, Guy Benson Show, The Fox News Rundown, #Mediabuzz, Best of Guy Benson, FOX Across America, FOX News Prime Time, Fox News Sunday, Hannity, Jason in the House: The Jason Chaffetz Podcast, NewsMax, OANN, Project Veritas, The Dinesh D'Souza Podcast, Steve Bannon's War Room,Lawrence Jones Cross Country, Life, Liberty & Levin, One Nation w/ Brian Kilmeade, Special Report w/Bret Bair, Sunday Morning with Maria Bartiromo, The Brian Kilmeade Show, The Five, The FOX News Rundown Podcast, The Greg Gutfeld Show, The Ingraham Angle, The Kennedy Show, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Watters' World, The Glenn Beck Program, The Ben Shapiro Show, The Sean Hannity Show, Mark Levin Podcast, The Dan Bongino Show, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Michael Savage Show, Dennis Prager Podcasts, America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast, Mike Gallagher Podcast, Guy Benson Show, The Chad Benson Show Podcast, Brian Kilmeade Show, Joe Pags, The Dana Show with Dana Loesch, Sons of Liberty Podcast, Crosstalk America from VCY America, WallBuilders Live! with David Barton & Rick Green, The Fox News Rundown, Tom Sullivan Show, Mark Belling, Rush Limbaugh/Timeless Wisdom, The Interview with Hugh Hewitt, The Michael Knowles Show, The Todd Herman Show, The Todd Huff Show, Rush To Reason, Peter Boyles Show Podcast, The Voice of The People!, Michael Berry, The KrisAnne Hall Show, The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show, Bill Martinez Live Podcast, Endtime Ministries, Jimmy Sengenberger Show Podcast, Andrea Shea King Show, Kevin McCullough Radio, Cal Thomas Commentary, The Big One, Pat & Stu, Cowboy Logic Radio, Lions of Liberty Network, The Mark Davis Show, REAL TALK, The Andrew Klavan Show, Mike Rosen, The Red Maryland Network, CANTO TALK RADIO SHOW, Fox Across America w/ Jimmy Failla, War Room, The Daily Standard Podcast, The Matt Walsh Show, The Commentary Magazine Podcast, Conservative Review with Daniel Horowitz, Southern Sense Talk, Afronerd Radio, STAND FOR TRUTH RADIO with Susan Knowles, The Craig Silverman's Podcast, The Brain Warrior's Way Podcast, The Brian Craig Show, Strident Conservative, Jerry Agar, Blunt Force Truth, The Rubin Report, The John Gambling Show, Right Now ™ with Jim Daws, The Rundown Live, Joey Saladino Show, Coffee Talk, Conservative Discussions Each Morning In Salina, KS, The Dr C Robert Jones Situation Report, KUMA Coffee Hour, Louder with Crowder, This Week in Guns, Old Guard Audio, The Stephen Mansfield Podcast, Ricochet Podcast, The Don Smith Show, Red State Town Hall, Wrongthink Radio, Dark To Light, Fidelis Radio Network, The David Marks Show, Power Line, AACONS: African-American Conservatives, King of Stuff, Behind Enemy Lines Radio, Heritage Explains, Need to Know (defunct), Always Right with Bob Frantz, Radio Stranahan, Govern America, Liberty Under Attack Radio, The Boiler Room, The Andrew Schatkin Show, Heading Right Radio 2.0 - with Media Lizzy, Ari David Show, Tom Donahue Reports, Consider This!, The Bloggers Briefing, Michael In the Morning, Restoring America Radio Podcast, Lock N Load, Breakthrough with Barry Farber, Law Talk With Epstein, Yoo & Senik, Joe Rogan, The Specialist Radio Hour, Informed America Radio, Washington Examiner Podcast, Caiden Cowger Program, The Fifth Estate, HWX, The Lee Doren Show, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, The Kramer Show, American Wonk, The Bookmonger, Money and Politics Podcast, The American Maverick Show, The LIBERTY RESTORATION Show, The Refinery, The Kris Kobach Show Blog, The Intel Report, Love Being American, Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten, Liberty On Point, E4L Podcast, The Impeachment Witch Hunt Podcast, Gold Kulak, Are We Right?, MAGAPod, The Five, Plain Talk Radio, The Black Sphere, The Conservative Syndicate, The Brenner Brief w/ Sara Marie Brenner, The Delingpod, 5FM Podcasts, Townhall Review and The Federalist Radio Hour.

Of course, this is only is a partial list I put together from sources that are a few years old, and given how the fascists have profited and proliferated over the past few years, a current list would undoubtedly be much longer and more openly deranged.

The point being, that if some Lefty group of anti-capitalist Christians wants to call themselves the Institute for Christian Socialism,  they are not only 100% free to do so, their theology is much more in line with the actual teaching of Jesus than anything the Mammon fluffing Christopaths on the Right are spewing.  In fact, having read some of what they preach, I gotta say they sound like an interesting bunch with which I would agree a lot more than I disagree.  

But their name is not the problem.  The problem is that any person or any group no matter how obscure which says or does anything that could be barbered and butchered into red meat for Republican morons can be targeted by the Right's massive fascist propaganda machine. 

In fact, if were an unscrupulous sort and wanted to make much more coin than this little blog brings in, I'm pretty sure all I would have to do is toddle on out to the far exurbs of Left-side politics and start an outfit called The Jimmy Dore Show Chapo Trap House "Socialists for Nuking the Baby Seals for Jesus".

Then I could sit back, put my feet up. and let the Conservative propaganda machine and the "OMFG! This is just like Defund The Police!!" hysterics do all my marketing for me.  

Burn The Lifeboats


janet said...

Have they never heard of Altomont Speedway?

Anonymous said...

>>> In fact, if were an unscrupulous sort and wanted to make much more coin than this little blog brings in, I'm pretty sure all I would have to do is toddle on out to the far exurbs of Left-side politics and start an outfit called The Jimmy Dore Show Chapo Trap House "Socialists for Nuking the Baby Seals for Jesus".

Then I could sit back, put my feet up. and let the Conservative propaganda machine and the "OMFG! This is just like Defund The Police!!" hysterics do all my marketing for me.

The snark drips from this.

As though the MSM tone police wouldn't lose their Dogdamned fucking minds at the merest whisper of a controversially-named liberal organization. Stephens and Brooks would have tut-tuttery op-eds up within an hour of the official name announcement.

Robt said...

It appears the SVOOTUS fab 6 might have overturned the Hyde Amendment.

Hyde Amendment basically;
In U.S. politics, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape.

Fact is this amendment was in place because of Roe and now it is overturned and a state evangelical issue of theocracy. It no longer holds any weight and only complicates their overturning Roe.
The Hyde's Amendment speaks to the law provides for Rape and incest and threat to life of the mother. Federal law over state law in my book.
With the high court overturning in the case V Maine's ban on public funds to religious schools. Now tax dollars go directly onto the churches donation plate.
And of course the government is going to pick and choose which religion ' church gets tax dollars . Which over turns the first amendment that government shall not establish any religion.
It will be the state governments deciding who is a religion, which religion gets the tax dollars.

Does anyone really think a evangelical GOP state house is going to use tax dollars to fund a Muslim Madrassa?

Field in Texas said...

I might also suggest in the D/FW area; Stedfast Baptist Church.
Turns out preacher Dillon Awes and other leaders at Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga have preached on Sundays that quote;
"“What does God say is the answer, is the solution for the homosexual in 2022, here in the New Testament, here in the book of Romans? That they are worthy of death,” preacher Dillon Awes of Stedfast Baptist Church in Watauga said in a Sunday sermon.

“These people should be put to death,” Awes continued. “Every single homosexual in our country should be charged with a crime, the abomination of homosexuality that they have, they should be convicted in a lawful trial, they should be sentenced to death, they should be lined up against a wall and shot in the back of the head.”

I'm not making this up. It's in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

dave said...

what questions are much, who, when, where, what but none of the preceding has much to do with why?

the reason why is cognitive dissonance between being a flaming asshole as is their inclination and being a good person, good citizen, good christian (or jew.. ;->). trump is the deity as a brightly flaming asshole that cheats in every way possible and gets away with it...

trump and fox together tag team away the are fine, no swell...and your impulses are not-antisocial but sensible and necessary..

the why is to operate with the little voice we call a conscience to be silenced.

My "I Promise Not To Give Your Money To Rupert Murdoch" Fundraiser.

I am given to understand that the Lincoln Lads are trying to raise one million dollars to create content that would "mess wit...