August 3, 2009
Zealots of the Right: Demons! Demons
One of the assumptions one must make if one
hopes to maintain a functioning democratic
process is that the opposing political sides
will be possessed of at least a modicum of
sanity, as well as the electorate that
chooses between them. That, however, no
longer seems to be the case in the United
The “birther” nonsense is bad enough – you
know, the maelstrom of piffle alleging that
Barack Obama was born in Kenya rather than
Hawaii, and thus is not a “natural born
citizen” and consequently ineligible for the
office of the presidency. For such
gobbledygook to gain currency amongst
trailer-dwelling cousin marriers in Arkansas
is sad but expected. For it to be trumpeted
from the airwaves by Lou Dobbs and from the
floor of Congress by the insipid Roy Blunt
is a sad measure of how far American culture
has slipped into the sewer.
Those who think that such fevered imaginings
of the protofascist propagandist Republican
footsoldiers had finally attained an
unplumbable depth of inanity and absurdity
had best think again: No lie is too big, no
premise too absurd to get traction amidst
paranoiaic slit-eyed Fox-watching whiteys.
The latest? Barack Obama is literally the
Yes. The horned one. Beelzebubba.
Mephistopheles. The Big D. And no, they’re
not kidding. They’ve got YouTube videos to
The evidence? Well, according to the
aforementioned video and its cheerleaders at
FreeRepublic, Jesus himself named the
antichrist lo these many thousands of years
ago: Baraq U’Bamah, provided you accept the
narrator’s translations from ancient
Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew.
Yes, these people are walking punch lines.
Walking punch lines who vote, and who for
generations have served as the racist rump
of the rapidly declining party of Lincoln.
They’re the flag-waving, slogan-chanting,
tea party-staging flying monkeys for the
likes of Sarah Palin, George “Macaca” Allen
and Mittens Romney – when they aren’t
assassinating doctors, bombing abortion
clinics, shooting parishoners at Unitarian
churches or otherwise embodying the
teachings of their Lord and Savior in their
every word and deed.
They are zealots. They are demented, they
are dangerous and, given the slightest
excuse, they behave like cornered animals.
And in a media environment dominated by
rightist corporatism of the sort that allows
the likes of Fox to thrive and prosper, and
with the pseudo-democracy of the Internet to
spread their messages of hate via millions
of repulsive electronic tentacles from one
diseased mind to the next, their miserable
voices are amplified a millionfold.
They are the People of the Lie, comfortably
wrapped in myriad layers of self-reinforcing
falsities, willingly accepting any idiotic
premise handed to them provided that it
reinforces their unwarranted belief in their
own righteousness and their own entitlement.
This, they say, is Their Country and they
Want It Back. Back from whom? Well, from the
majority of voters in the last national
election, of course. But beyond that, from
the Liberals. From the Kenyans. From the
Antichrists. From the Jews, the
Bilderbergers, the Elders of Zion, the
Illuminati, from the space aliens, from The
Other, from the Communists or for whatever
other bogeymen they have imagined into being
and which they believe to be hiding inside
every federal building and under every bed.
They have long since become everything they
claim to fight against. The only demons are
the ones that live inside of their tormented
tiny brains, battling for primacy with
crystal meth, backwoods superstition and
senseless instinctive hatred. And
unfortunately for the country they pretend
to love, their numbers are legion. If
America survives, prospers and remains
civilized, it will be in spite of, rather
than because of, them.
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