Last night at 5 PM Eastern Standard Time, I truly realized the extent of this nation’s descent into madness and the potential for Fascism to arise en masse here with a decade. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) of Minnesota, appeared on “Hardball With Chris Matthews” as the usual surrogate of the McCain campaign armed with what I thought were the usual talking points. By the time the fifteen minute segment was over, I was filled with a mixture of fear and rage. Rage, because of the incredible consequences of what this woman was advocating, and fear because it is not inconceivable that what she did say could indeed happen in this country.
I cannot begin to even explain what she said, so I’ll just let her and Mister Matthews do all of the talking for the next 11 minutes, and I’ll be back. Be forewarned, you might want to walk away from the computer for a few minutes after watching this:
Is this what we have been reduced to? Is this what eight years of savaging the Constitution and involvement in an Illegal War have taught us? You’ve just witnessed 227 years of democracy go down in flames in those 11 minutes. You have just seen what the past two weeks of negative and hateful campaigning by John McCain and Sarah Palin would represent at the completion of another four or eight years of Neoconservative destruction of our country should they be elected. If this doesn’t frighten you, or you simply dismiss this out of hand as one fringe lunatic (like McCain does at his rallies), think again. If you’re not concerned that the fact that these types of so-called Republicans exist and are in vast numbers, then think again. Her biography and Sarah Palin’s biography look remarkably similar; likewise their extreme religious views are almost identical.
The Neoconservative movement in the Unites States has been allowed to flourish over the past eight years, thanks in part to a clueless Chief Executive and a Richelieu-like Vice President and the abject complacency of the American people. In addition, a more-than willing Congress initially led by Republicans (in concert with Democrats) who handed over the powers of the Legislative Branch of the government to that of the Executive Branch. The fact that Nanci Pelosi and Harry Reid took Impeachment off the table in 2006, when the Democrats regained control of both Houses, was a HUGE mistake. This could have led to the removal from office of the President and Vice-President and potentially brought them up on war crimes charges which may have stopped these Neocon Lunatics right in their tracks. Instead, what we have is the Fringe Right Wingers coming out of the woodwork, seeing an opening in a campaign that is becoming more openly hateful and racist every day.
What I want to ask now is this: Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party? If you are or have been, then you better start picking some new leaders, because the Party of Lincoln has most definitely been hijacked by a party of thugs. The Party that pioneered equality among races has become nothing more than a party of racists. There are still some sane people among you: true Conservatives who can stop the madness (real Libertarians left you a LONG time ago, except for Ron Paul…and God only knows why he’s still hanging in there). From this author’s Liberal-Libertarian’s viewpoint, there are people who cling to the Republican “brand name” as opposed to the original principles of the Republican Party. These are the people who continue not to speak up as gradually their Party has been transformed into a Fascist apparatus. These are the people who remain silent at rallies instead of pointing out the lunatic yelling, “Kill Him” or “Terrorist”.
There will come a day when the Republican Party will bear no resemblance AT ALL to it’s heritage. It will have become the controlling mechanism that will maintain and operate a Fascist Government, one that will stifle freedoms entirely and suspends the Constitution in order to carry out its mission of Global Domination; a mission that will make Hitler’s desires pale in comparison. In fact, they might even change the name of the Party as well; and force its members to sign loyalty oaths. Think about that prospect. Think about yourself strapped to a chair in a windowless room, with a bright light shining on your face, and a signing statement in front of you. The Interrogator will then come over to you and ask you the all-important question, one that will perhaps guarantee your safety and freedom, or that of your family:
“Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?”
CODA: Michele Bachmann’s Democratic main opponent, Democrat Elwin Tinklenberg, has raised (as of this posting) over $450,000 in campaign contributions from all over the country a mere 27 hours after this interview aired.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold” – Sicilian Proverb
Arkangel3, you’re my new best friend (my wife is Swineprincess). I’m thinking we need not 3 but 4 crosses… one for GW, Dick, Karl Rove, Scooter. They need to be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity and put under a federal prison. Your commentary on Michelle Bachmann was brilliant. Deb made me sit down and watch that nut last night. She looked like she thought she was making points. She looked proud of herself and that was the most frightening part of all. She is a “true believer” and all that righteousness makes it all the more frightening.
Good to hear her opponent is raking in the cash, hope he can turn her out into the cold.
Excellent post Ark3. I haven’t been able to get this crazy creature out of my mind since yesterday. My Dad used to tell me to be careful about organizations I joined because you never knew when it would get investigated. He was, of course, referring to the frightening McCarthy-run House Committee on Un-American Activities, which BTW was in place from 1938 to 1975. (Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Un-American_Activities_Committee ) How soon before the Judiciary, which now houses all such activities begins to investigate Americans who are suddenly deemed as participating in what Bachmann calls “anti-American” activities?
make that “Judiciary Committee”
You’re so on target about this. There are children who have grown up under the past eight years of lawlessness that don’t know what a healthy government of balanced powers is like. This will be the new normal for them: smiley, wholesome authoritarians. Another four years from now I don’t want to contemplate the new normal.
Ms Polly…I plan on addressing the kids that are around now and the adults who have been alive since 1980 in a post (tentatively entitled) “Children Of The Revolution”. I’m working on it and hope to post it soon.
The lunatic fringe is still alive and well! Lets hope the majority of Americans, who seem to be ashamed and embarrassed by the fact that these wingnuts have held the reins of power for the last 8 years, speak with their votes on Nov. 4.
Ark, I blogged about this as well, but chose other things than the Bachmann “performance,” mostly because I was writing my post during her interview. I connected the dots between the official mailers, websites, exhortations to volunteers and the so-called fringe crazies. Then I recounted an instance in my own experience where words led directly to violence. We ARE paying attention. And I, for one, am talking to as many people as I can about it. Peace.