Here are two recent statements, one from a leading Christian bigot and another from a leading Republican bigot.
“I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name … He has renounced Islam and he has accepted Jesus. That’s what he has said he has done. I cannot say that he hasn’t, so I just have to believe the president is what he has said … But the confusion is because his father is a Muslim, he was born a Muslim. The Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs, that’s why Qaddafi calls him his son. They see him as a Muslim. But, of course, the president says he is a Christian and we just have to accept it as that … “
That’s the first one. Here’s the second one:
“The folks who want to build this mosque — who are really radical Islamists who want to triumphally prove that they can build a mosque right next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed by radical Islamists — those folks don’t have any interest in reaching out to the community. They’re trying to make a case about supremacy. That’s why they won’t go anywhere else, that’s why they won’t accept any other offer … And I think we ought to be honest about the fact that we have a right — and this happens all the time in America. You know, Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor. There’s no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center.”
The first statement was said to CNN’s John King by the Reverend Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son. Now I know Billy had to apologize for sharing some anti-Semitic moments with Richard Nixon, but his son has taken flight on wings of extremely muscle-bound bigotry, like David Duke on steroids. What’s more, on the evidence of this claptrap, Franklin is not only a flat-out bigot, he’s a very dumb flat-out bigot. Jeez, if this is what leading Christians are up to these days, all the prophets who ever lived are spinning in their hereafter graves like Bolshoi ballerinas on crystal meth. The Reverend Franklin Graham is to Christianity what Satan is to Faust. What the Joker is to Batman. What Hamlet’s uncle is to Hamlet. Franklin is like some absurd reincarnation of a crusader (the crusaders sang hymns while they burned Jews alive; at one point they roasted Muslim babies). Franklin has to be lower than the scum in the pond in the backyard of a BP Board Member or a Goldman Sachs CEO. He not only degrades the second largest religion in the world, with 1.57 billion members (most of whom are not even Arab Muslims, and who, like Mr Graham, are stuck in the 13th century), he also degrades its seven million American devotees. And the Reverend is espousing a really weird form of evolution, in which a seed of religion gets passed on like some DNA riding one’s genetic code the way John Travolta rode that mechanical bull in Urban Cowboy. This is Darwinism by way of Patrick Star in SpongeBob SquarePants. It’s beyond satire: as if Swift wrote A Modest Proposal not about snacking on Irish babies, but about what happens to a Christian woman if she lets a Muslim impregnate her. It’s like the insanity that betook Christianity when they were so uncomfortable about gender, they called women “witches” and burned them. It’s not like Jesus, that’s for sure.
The second statement was made on Fox News by Newt Gingrich, who is trying to position himself for a presidential run in 2012, because the other GOP contenders are lamer than vegetarian lamb cutlets. Newt is often referred to as a Major Brain of the Republicans. If New Gingrich is a brain of the Republican Party, then the GOP needs not a brain transplant, but a butt transplant. Why? Because Newt Gingrich sucks the two or three ideas he’s had all his life out of his butt.
(1) Cut taxes and cut the deficit. Translation: cognitive chaos. Or: cut taxes for the rich, cut spending on the poor. It was VP Dickhead Cheney who assured us: “Deficits don’t matter.” And hey, we have to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich — after all, it means we have to borrow only a piddling $830 billion from the Chinese to pass on to our rich people; that’s peanuts — anyway, we can always carve it out of your Social Security.
(2) Less government and more freedom. Translation: I don’t mind when Reagan and Bush expand the government, I just mind when Clinton shrinks it. Here’s the translation of more freedom: privatize social security so Wall Street can be free to play with your retirement money, especially bearing in mind that the Dow Jones industrial average started the decade at around 11,500 and last Friday closed at 10,213 (that’s the kind of robust growth that Republicans like to promote); give corporations the freedom to bust unions and outsource jobs and buy Congress and the president (most Democrats agree with that one); let hedge fund kings have the freedom to pay 15% tax while their secretaries pay more; give the middle class the freedom to go bankrupt when they get sick, because we want the healthcare industry to have the freedom to do that to us; give banks the freedom to gouge us with 30% credit card penalty interest; and give the middle class the freedom to work harder and longer and more productively for the same money they made in 1973. Moreover, people should have the personal freedom to not be protected by government; such protection would be socialism. Citizens should have the freedom to be suckered by the tricks of Wall Street … that’s what personal freedom is for, so smart people can get rich, and dumb people can get ripped off. If we’re too dependent on government to look out for us, we’ll lose our initiative and become as useless as Europe. (Never mind that Germany out-exports us per capita, or that Denmark beats us in green energy exports, or that France, with five to eight weeks vacation, works the least hours of any nation on earth but is more productive than Americans by about $0.50 GDP/capita/hour. At #18 in GDP/per capita, the French live better and work smarter than uweAmerican workaholic corporate victim slave dupe assholes. But hey, bray on, bray on about how America is better than anywhere else. Aren’t Americans having the greatest time ever at this very moment? Aren’t you glad you don’t live in Canada, where the banks didn’t melt down and where it costs a tourist $50 to see a doctor?)
(3) We need a strong military to keep us secure, in case Canada or Grenada or Mexico or Iraq or Iran or North Korea invade us. They are all massive threats to the American way of life, which is why we should spend 23% of our budget on the military (more than on Social Security), which is about 45% of what the rest of the world, i.e. 96% of the world’s people, spends on their militaries. How paranoid and shit-scared are we? About 20,000 times more than Bhutan. To use a non-PC world, we Americans are the biggest sissies the universe has ever known. We are so scared, we only feel secure if we can fight the entire world and win. We feel more threatened than the rest of the world combined. No sirree, we can’t spend any less than almost the rest of the world combined, because then the world might see that our dicks are no bigger than theirs and then they will stop cowering before us, although many of them have stopped doing that already: hey, it must be the fault of our black president who bows in front of foreigners instead of flashing his dick like Bush-Cheney did with their big hetero big macho big bully big manly attitude: here, you damn foreigners, say hello to our double-dick-in-your-face!
Jeez, we’re pathetic. We’re as pathetic as a vampire in sunlight, as a tourist in Mexico who’s diarrheaing himself 24/7, as Mel Gibson shouting at his Russian paramour whose teeth he dislocated: “Before you do anything, your job is to fuck me first!” To work even harder at being pathetic, the GOP believes we should give our taxes to no-bid military contractors like Halliburton so they can continue to electrocute our soldiers in their showers with their shoddy work. We like giving work to corporations who kill our soldiers. The more soldiers they kill, the more work we give them. And by the way, we should spend billions on the people of Afghanistan. Their welfare comes first, before the welfare of American kids whose education will end up making them less competitive than the kids of Albania.
This is such a lame, dumbfuck, riddled-with-hypocrisy and drama-queen-acting-out agenda of a sissy-plus-bully combo, and it brought us such ruin under Bush-Cheney, which started with tax cuts for the rich and got us in two wars and gave us Enron and Worldcom and Terri Schiavo and torture and Abu Graib and turned the Clinton surplus into a deficit and led to the financial meltdown and the Bush administration bailout of megabillions to Wall Street, and the Fed’s megatrillions to Wall Street, and now Goldman Sachs and other assorted Wall Street swine with their snouts in our pockets are back in the saddle, making millions in bonuses off our taxes … that one can hardly believe the GOP is running the same playbook again. After this disaster wrought by the GOP, a disaster started by Ronald Reagan and concluded by Bush-Cheney, which left Obama, a corporate butt-sucker at the best of times, stuck with the biggest mess since the crapola that Adenauer inherited from Adolf … after all this, Newt should really crawl under a rock with all the other newts and leave us alone.
All I can say is this: thank your personal god that President Bush got nowhere with privatizing social security. But of course, that effort is not going to stop. The superrich ex-private equity Wall Street bastard of bastards, Peter Peterson, has spent a billion bucks on a campaign to gut Social Security. Mister Gilded-Skunk-in-a-Business-Suit bankrolls America Speaks, an astroturf outfit that’s hosting meetings in 20 cities and eliciting responses from the citizenry. As Dean Baker has pointed out, this shell game for taking down Social Security has been structured so that, among the many innocent points covered, the questions about Social Security are framed in such a way as to lead participants to come to the conclusion that “reform” is necessary. Then America Speaks is going to present its “findings” to Barack “Are-You-Rich?-Let-Me-Bend-Over” Obama’s Catfood Commission, er, Deficit Commission. Meanwhile, Social Security is fully funded till 2037 or 2042 or 2050 depending on how you figure it, with a surplus of over $2.4 trillion at the end of 2008. But for the GOP this is a problem. The problem is twofold: one, why isn’t all that money in the hands of Wall Street so they can play with it? And two, how dare all that money go to regular folks when it belongs to rich people? One thing you can say about our Wall Street predators and their poodles, the GOP: ever since FDR hogtied the banksters, they haven’t given up on getting deregulated, and they finally succeeded in full measure under that idiot asshole Bill “I-screw-bimbos-with-big-hair-so-what” Clinton. The Wall Street banksters are not going to give up on getting all that Social Security money to play with either, or killing Social Security so that the money can come to them and not to us. Their big goal in life is to make sure they can get at our money and nobody can get at their money. That’s why 52,000 of them have their soiled lucre in Swiss bank accounts to avoid paying taxes like the rest of us regular folks. Rich people don’t need an America where people can have a comfortable retirement. All the money in America is THEIR money, not ours. At this point the top 1% of Americans own 40% to 50% of all our wealth, more than the combined wealth of the bottom 95% — that’s you and me. A decade ago, at the start of the Bush-Cheney era, the top 1% owned 33% of the wealth. They’ve been moving up, and we’ve been moving down and out of our jobs and our houses, while the Washington-enabled 1% of Americans keep making a fortune on Wall Street as the Fed prints money for them to gamble with. Are we Americans the world’s biggest suckers or what? You decide.
Years ago I asked the Arab American who ran the corner deli near my apartment who he was going to vote for. “Democrat,” he said. “Why?” I asked. He replied: “The Republican Party is for rich people.” It’s amazing that this Middle Eastern immigrant wised up faster than at least half of us native-born Americans. Coming from an Arab country, his BS detector was more honed.
Getting back to Gingrich: now I know one mustn’t be too hard on Newt. After all, he’s known to have asked his next wife to marry him while he was still married to his current one. Old Newt is in such a hurry to get remarried, he makes sure he’s got it in the bag before he tells his wife he wants a divorce. Now you might say that’s just good planning. Or it poignantly reveals the moving depths of Newt’s really classy side. But I’ve always judged a man by how he treats the ladies. And Newt is in the habit of treating his wives who are soon to be ex-wives worse than a Cossack treats a peasant, or a Saudi Prince treats his people. In other words, like shit. It’s a lack of respect that shows up in how Newt treats the American voters — as if they’re total dumbfucks. When others stoop as low as their toes, Newt stoops even lower. My advice: when you find yourself falling for Newt’s crap, just imagine being one of his wives, sigh, and move on.
Where do these guys come from? It used to be that Christians were Albert Schweitzer and Florence Nightingale. Now they’re Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham and the Pope, who shielded a known boy fucker. It used to be that Republicans were Eisenhower and Rockefeller. Now they’re Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, a serial wife deceiver.
What the hell happened?
In the case of the Christians, I’ll tell you what happened. Evangelists like Pat Robertson and Jimmy Swaggart found out they could make big money out of homophobia. Down south in the Bible Belt, they used to hate and fear blacks (up north they did too, but they blanketed it under mounds of hypocrisy). As this hatred became unfashionable, the leading Christians hit on a far safer bigotry — fearing and hating homos. And it’s a very deep-seated fear and hate, because it’s based on visceral disgust. Your basic American homophobe, from South Carolina to California, can’t stand the fact that a certain percentage of men like to suck on each other’s dicks and bang each other up the bunghole. In the minds of these people, the butthole is for your crap, not for your winkie. Dropping a turd out of your posterior is natural. Taking Mister Napoleon up your hindquarters is unnatural. And it’s disgusting, like eating maggots off a zombie’s head. Physical disgust: that’s where your homophobia comes from. Would you like your son to be taught by a guy who had a cock up his dock the night before? Would you like your daughter to be taught by a guy who stuck his bulging, splooge-sputtering organ up another guy’s Hershey tunnel that morning? No. Hell, no. Please, stop, I can’t take it anymore. NO! NO! NO! It’s harping on this disgust — without mentioning the actual gruesome details — that’s made Pat Robertson and his many ilks such big millionaires many times over. Your evangelical Christian leaders know how to milk tithes from their dupes. Throw ‘em some red meat about homos taking over, and watch those greenbacks roll in. There’s gold in them thar glory holes. There’s no sucker like a Christian sucker; they’re born every second. No wonder Nigerian scammers are targeting them bigtime.
This kind of bigotry means that 28% of Americans — that’s how many gay-hating Evangelicals there are — are going straight to hell. But not before they give us all hell. Like they did in the Bush-Cheney years — remember? Terri Schiavo and all that? Wasn’t that real important? Like more important than the Iraq War? Some dude in Florida wants to pull the plug on his braindead wife, and that becomes a HUGE HUGE HUGE issue. An issue of life and death. A Christian issue. Meanwhile Wall Street is setting us up for the Great Recession, but who cares, let the braindead chick live! It’s a decision we Christians must make, not her husband! Save Terri! If we all pray for her, she’ll wake up and sing Hallelujah!
Never forget: that’s the kind of crap our MSM will be running if the Evangelical Christians have their way with us again.
Which brings us to our consideration of the case of the Republicans. A painful, pathetic undertaking, but someone has to prick this nasty, pustular boil growing bigger every day on some tick-infested rodent’s heinie.
This is what happened to the GOP. LBJ signed the Civil Rights bill, one of the best things any president has ever done, and he said he knew he was losing the south for a generation. That’s when the GOP’s Southern strategy began. The Dixiecrats came over to the GOP — to a bigoted man and woman. The GOP lost the black vote forever, but they got the votes of all the Southern racists.
Ever since, they’ve been inventing new groups to fear and hate. Gays. Abortionists. Mexican immigrants. Muslims. You name it, they hate it, and they’re going to make enough Americans scared of it to vote for them so they can ruin those voters by diverting their tax dollars to the already rich, and then blame all that “big spending” on the “socialist” Democrats who are meddling with “our freedom.”
What happened was, Ronald Reagan … who screwed America for good when he cut the top marginal tax rate from 60% to 28%, and ran up deficits and started deregulating, and set in motion the bubble economy we didn’t have for 50 years after FDR hogtied Wall Street, but we’re now stuck with, because Obama doesn’t have the balls to put a stop to it … this Ronnie Hollywood, the genial puppet poodle of the rich, their little mascot, their little cowboy elf who resided in their posteriors, this supreme acme of assholicity, this Ronnie McPhony with his good hair and his avuncular smile, this snake in cowboy clothing, well, he charmed all sorts into his big tent, including Reagan Democrats and the Evangelicals. Bonzo the chimp’s best friend, who was not the best Dad or the best Christian, must’ve thought the Evangelicals were very useful idiots.
Problem was, as soon as the evangelicals got a taste for politics, they worked like crazy to get on local school boards and get their politicians into power. When Bush Senior ran for president, George W. Bush was his connection to these crazies, because GWB, a long-time drunk (and reputed coke fiend) had seen the light, become a born-again Christian and a good husband. Now Bush is a religious wingnut, all right, but not quite as nuts as his heirs, today’s Republicans. Proof: despite being the worst president in centuries, Bush did not hate Hispanics, was not a racist, gave unwavering support to the anti-AIDS cause in Africa, has not mouthed off at Obama like Dick Crybaby Cheney, and told Americans NOT to demonize Muslims (the Bush family is very pally with the Saudi royals).
Today, the Christian tail is wagging the GOP dog, and you get loonies like Sharron Angle claiming that God chose her to unseat Harry Reid (she’s like a rapper who thanks God for giving him this great MTV reward when his raps are about sticking his Glock to hos and thugs).
Also, Lee Atwater happened, followed by Roger Ailes and Karl Rove, a new breed of GOP political operative. Lee Atwater apologized for his sins on his deathbed, but don’t expect Ailes or Rove to go there. These guys discovered you could get votes by lying weird. Not that lying was any great invention: politicians have always lied, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, whether they’re Presidents or State Senators. It’s job #1 for pols: lie. But the Atwater-Ailes-Rove lies were different: they were flame-broiled to a weirdness beyond weird: so absurd, opponents didn’t know how to fight back. When George W. Bush ran against Ann Richards for governor of Texas, Karl Rove spread the lie that she was a lesbian — and Bush won. When Bush ran against McCain in the primary, Rove spread the lie that McCain had an illegitimate black child — and McCain lost. When Bush ran against Kerry, there was the lie that Kerry wasn’t a war hero. Etcetera.
These days the lies are orchestrated by GOP operatives or internet conservatives, then spread by the internet, then they become “news” on Fox News, and then they’re reported by the MSM.
You know these BS memes. There’s a long line of them, mostly because a large slice of white Americans have a problem with there being a black family in the White House, but dare not say that out loud, so they’ve found other ways to express their I-want-my-white-country-back discomfort:
Obama wasn’t born in America.
Obama’s a socialist. (Yeah, the man who gives Goldman Sachs a pass is a socialist; he’s no socialist, he’s a goddam Wall Street capitalist puppet, for chrissake — get your slurs straight, people.)
Obama’s a Muslim. (The GOP’s latest election strategy is simple: “Get The Darkie.” When Mitch McConnell says he “takes the President’s word for it” that the President is a Christian, instead of saying it’s utterly wacko to call Obama a Muslim, Mitch is taking a rehearsed and focus-group-tested line straight off the GOP script of “Get The Darkie.” Let me be clear, folks: the GOP is running a flat-out 100% dinkum five-star all-in disgusting racist election campaign.)
And the “Ground Zero Mosque” is being built by Muslim extremists who are sticking their Muslim fingers in the eyes of all all-American Americans. Newt and company have just fucked General Petraeus two ways from Sunday back to Wednesday. The hapless General is trying to convince Afghanistan’s Muslims that we’re on their side, and now we’re talking major smack about the Muslims, and protesting at mosques from sea to shining sea. Heck, we’ve saved Bin Laden the trouble of having to shoot his videos. All he has to do is download Newt from the net, as well as selected Faux News folks, and hand the tapes to Al Jazeera. Al Qaeda couldn’t do it any better themselves, now that they have Faux News working for them.
Here’s the truth that Newt and Faux News and the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal are not man enough to tell you. What these lying wuzzes and wimps and cowards and pond scum from a BP oil spill haven’t mentioned is that this “mosque” is actually a cultural center with a basketball court and a pool and an auditorium and stuff to which they want to invite Jews and Christians (who sit on the center’s board), which also contains a prayer space (you know, like those shrines that New Age chicks have in a corner of their apartments, where they have to meditate for five minutes before they’re ready to fuck you).
In other words, Park51 is a kind of YMCA for Muslims and their Jewish and Christian friends. The developer says he wants to build “a world-class community center with the facilities all of New York can benefit from.” The center’s people have been advised by Jewish rabbi Joy Levitt and was inspired by — and is modeled on — the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, a Jewish cultural center. Calling Park51 a mosque is like calling a YMCA a cathedral.
The big worry that Rabbi Levitt shared with Muslim organizer Daisy Khan was this: would there be enough stroller space and shoe space? No wonder the plans were approved by the local community board. Furthermore, you can’t see this building from Ground Zero unless you have Superman eyes, because it’s two blocks away, and the New York Dolls Gentlemen’s Club, where chicks stick their nipples in your eyeballs, is a block closer. I guess it’s OK to have lapdancing a block away from Ground Zero, because having a chick grind her labia against your erect trouser snake honors the victims of 9/11 more than playing a friendly game of basketball with some American Muslim dudes. Hey, there might be a dirty bomb in the ball or something. Apparently the shuttered Burlington Coat Factory where the center is to be built is hallowed ground because a bit of plane fell on it. Well, I lived two miles from Ground Zero in 2001, and some 9/11 ash fell on my dick and my ass, and I invite Newt to come and kiss my hallowed ground.
What is this unbelievable crap the conservatives — those who serve the con — have come up with now? Why are Americans so stupid? It’s the Terri Schiavo circus all over again, except in this case the Hitchcock McGuffin is not a braindead woman but a basketball court with a prayer room attached. The center will be run by Kuwaiti-born Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his Indian architect wife Daisy Khan. Back in 2009, Daisy Khan was interviewed about the center by one of Faux News’ vocal blondes (I think it was Laura Ingraham) who told Daisy that she liked what Daisy was trying to do. No outrage then; there wasn’t an election imminent. Glenn Beck once sat down with Imam Rauf on TV, and acted all pally-wally with the Imam, and Becked his Glenn off about the beauty of the Muslim religion. Imam Rauf used to be employed by the State Department under Bush for outreach to Muslims overseas. The Imam and his wife are just the perfect sort of perfect Muslim leaders that right-wing pundits have perfect circle jerks over. This picture-book American Muslim couple are moderates who openly condemn Al Qaeda. They’re the kind of “peaceful Muslims” whom Sarah Palin asked to “refudiate” the “Ground Zero Mosque” (at this point Mama-Grizzly-in-Armani has a Giant Sequoia Tree’s worth of planks in her beautiful cranium). One of Rauf’s books is called What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America. Rauf is a Sufi, like America’s favorite poet, Rumi. To my mind, the Sufis are Islam’s coolest folks — its most mystical branch. Demonizing this Imam of all Imams plays right into Al Qaeda’s propaganda that the West hates Islam and wants to destroy it. Newt Gingrich and his ilk are helping Al Qaeda’s propaganda come true.
But here’s the saddest thing about this anti-Muslim fear-and-hate-mongering: it really works. We have become a nation of dumbfucks who have forgotten our own constitution. We’re all adhering to the unwritten 28th amendment, which states: “Congress shall make no laws constraining or abridging the American people and their representatives from acting like the biggest dumbfucks on earth for all eternity.”
We are indulging a maximum dumbfuck like Sarah Palin in the national conversation because she’s shrewd and very beautiful (if she looked like Margaret Rutherford, she’d still be gutting fish in Wasilla). No matter that Mama Grizzly has the intellectual depth of the butt on a Ken doll. According to a poll last week, 68% of Americans don’t want this “mosque” built, and only 29% do. 68% Americans have fallen for out-and-out bigotry. With freedom of religion enshrined in our constitution, a majority of Americans are ready to demonize a religion followed by millions of Americans.
Very sad. Very pathetic. Very un-American.
I saw some bigot on TV who was very excited because he was hitting all his talking points. He said something like this: “We fully accept the right of Muslims to build the mosque there. It’s in the constitution. But this is not about their right. This is about showing sensitivity to the feelings of Americans.”
No, this is about showing sensitivity to Republicans trolling for votes in the worst way. It’s all of a piece with Andrew Breitbart “proving” that the NAACP is racist, or Glenn Back saying Obama “hates white culture” and is “the worst kind of racist.” Even President Obama said that although Muslims have a constitutional right to build a mosque wherever they want, he won’t comment on the wisdom of the move. That’s the most comment-laden no-comment I ever heard in my life. What a coward. Even Howard Dean wants a conversation with the anti-“Ground Zero Mosque” people. What a triangulating asshole. Even Democratic Party Senate Leader Harry Reid has joined the chorus of people who want to put all our mosques out to sea on BP oil rigs, because loony Sharron Angle is after his seat. Harry is such a fuckup, he’s threatened — and about to be beaten — by an idiot. He’s kowtowing to a prime grade A moron. What a spineless excuse for a human is Harry; I guess, being a Democrat, his lack of backbone is to be expected. (If Harry loses, it can only help the Democrats. Perhaps the next Democratic Senate Leader will grow the balls of a Nancy Pelosi, who has more balls than three Newts, two Bachmanns and one John McCain. And hey, with Michele Bachmann in the House, we’re still short a wacko in the Senate, a role that Sharron Angle can play with all the dignity of Lizzie “Forty Whacks” Borden.)
At least there’s one Republican with integrity who stands up for the “mosque”: Ron Paul. I don’t agree with him on much, but I admire him immensely for his reason-based slamming of the Iraq War and now for his libertarian-based slamming of the bigots in his party. Ron Paul is a man of honor, gonads and integrity, and one wonders what he’s doing in a party that lacks all three.
Which brings us to the media blowhards who lack these three qualities, plus a few other human peculiarities that differentiate us from bedbugs, like honesty, civility and morality. The bizarre irony about Glenn “Faux Tears” Beck’s job on Faux News is that it’s all about enriching a Muslim Saudi Prince, Prince Alwaweed bin Talai, the second biggest shareholder in Fox after the Murdoch family. That’s why Glenn Beck exists: to make a rich Saudi Muslim Prince richer.
The Prince’s uncle is King Abdullah, who runs an authoritarian dictatorship built on oil that practices strict Sharia law, oppresses women, exports its extreme Wahhabi strain of Islam to other countries, whose rich people (who are rich because we and other nations buy Saudi oil) send money abroad to support terrorism, and whose citizens used the 9/11 planes as missiles. Beck and O’Reilly and Hannity are the poodles of a Saudi Prince. How American is that? Isn’t that just a little insensitive to the American people? Isn’t that just a little venal and treacherous to make a Saudi royal laugh all the way to the bank? Isn’t that just a little unpatriotic to support a dude from a country that supports madrassas in other countries where the Taliban get their education? Isn’t that just a little Benedict Arnold-like to give your daily sweat and blood for a guy whose fellow nationals gave us 9/11? Aren’t Beck and O’Reilly and Hannity just a little too cozy with our enemies? Glenn Beck, O’Reilly and Hannity — aren’t they in bed with radical Islamic terrorists?
Let’s face it: the once Grand Old Party has morphed into the Grand Asshole Party: a party of assholes for assholes by assholes.
And our Evangelical Christians of a certain strain have become a religion of dumbfucks for dumbfucks by dumbfucks.
Remarkably, all this has happened in the land of the brave and the free. Makes you realize: we Americans are indeed very free. Free to make obnoxious fools of ourselves. Free to have the world laugh at us.
But where are the sane Christian and Republican voices crying shame and “refudiating” these bigots? There are only a few feeble echoes lost in the storm of bigotry.
Which leads us to a rather sad conclusion. We Americans are wimps on top of being chumps — indeed, not very brave at all.