On the Bill Maher show the coin of the realm is sneering, elitist derision of the political right. Maher used to pretend to be a libertarian to broaden his audience, but now he's dropped that pretense, no longer even has guests on with opposing viewpoints and just spews hate at those he disagrees with. A favorite target on recent shows has been the tea party movement, whose members Maher reviles as racist, redneck retards. He repeats the standard leftist spin that the protesters are all angry, old, white men who have no legitimate concerns and are just protesting because they are racists who don't want a black president.
This week he had help in his ongoing smear campaign from Janeane Garofalo, who showed up with her own shovel full of bigoted bullshit. Maher may be a vicious, lying bastard, but at least he's clever. Garofalo trumps him by both being irritatingly shrill and remarkably stupid. Maybe I'm being too harsh on her. It's possible that she's just bigoted and incredibly ignorant. I guess that's marginally less offensive as it means that unlike Maher she doesn't know any better and is just repeating what her masters have taught her to say, kind of like the loyal household slave lashing out at the field hands who still dream of freedom.
Garofalo demonstrated her hate and ignorance this week in a remarkably ill-informed tirade at the beginning of the show. Here's a transcript with some observations and infusions of actual fact.
"It's obvious to anybody who has eyes in this country"
Unless those eyes are actually watching the rallies and paying attention, of course.
that the teabaggers, the 9-12ers, these separatist groups that pretend that it's about policy, they are clearly white identity movements, they are clearly white power movements."
Which is why they show up in white hoods and swastikas with burning crosses? Oh wait, they don't. The people carrying the racist posters at the rallies turn out to be Democrats. But she does almost hit on a real point. The movement does want to empower the people, all of whom are threatened equally by our runaway government which threatens people of all races equally.
What they don't like about the president is that he's black or half-black.
Raised by whites, educated in predominantly white schools and totally assimilated into white culture. The reason he's acceptable to the left is that he's black without being threatening because he's such a nice, safe, white-acting black man.
What also is shocking is that people keep pretending that that's not really the case with these people. I'm not talking about people that do have problems with his policy, that's fine. But these people who are also being led by the Glenn Becks, Michele Bachmanns, Rush Limbaughs, whomever, they are no different than any other white identity movement that's part of our history."
I seem to have missed the mass lynchings, tarring and featherings, cross-burnings, church bombings and rioting associated with the tea party movement. Maybe the media failed to report it. So no, these peaceful protests which actually have nothing at all to do with race are not in any way like past white identity movements. Maybe Garofalo needs to read a book on the history of civil rights in America, because it's kind of insulting to the memory of those who gave their lives in the struggle to be free and equal to suggest that all they were up against were a bunch of peaceful protesters.
"This has been going on since the founding of this country that white power movements have tried to establish themselves and hold on to power, and it's just very weird that whenever this comes up in conversation so few people are willing to say that yes it's racism, straight up racism."
This might be because very few people are as paranoid, bigoted and stupid as Garofalo is, of course. It might just be obvious to everyone but the most kool-aid drunk partisans that people holding signs about economic and civil rights issues are actually concerned about those issues and not racism.
"And the Republican party has been willing to carry water for racists in this country since about the 1950s."
I guess the Republicans were helping out the racists when they provided the majority support for every piece of civil rights legislation in Congress from 1955 to 1965. Again, Garofalo shows how much she needs to take a basic class in American history.
"Electorally these white power people don't have their own party. Maybe they will one day, so they are electorally dependent on the Republicans. But also, troublingly, FoxNews is happy to feed into this. AM radio is happy to feed into this. And so they will continue to do this until somebody does something."
Would that be something like silencing free speech and making protest against the government illegal? That seems to be what Ms. Garofalo is leading up to here. Shut down AM radio, take FoxNews off the air and round up the protesters and send them off for reeducation.
"What you're saying is absolutely true. There's this tacit nudging towards violence."
Really? Then why has there been virtually no violence at these thousands of rallies? Quite a contrast to Garofalo's leftist friends who were rioting last week at the G20 conference in Pittsburgh.
"Then also, how about showing up armed? What if black people showed up armed at a McCain rally. What would be the response? But can you imagine the media spin on that. If black people showed up armed we would be on lockdown martial law, first and foremost, but it would be considered the height of violent intent and malicious intent."
And there's the crowning irony. One of the first known protesters to show up armed at one of these rallies was in fact a black man, who brought his gun to a rally in Arizona. And the reaction was not a lockdown or martial law. The local sheriff pointed out that it was perfectly legal under Arizona law and the media bent over backwards to ignore him and cover up the fact that he and many other protesters were black.