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There is no Way I Could Make This Up

29 May, 2009

This is from Politico (but I found it via Crooks & Liars):

Red States Erik Erickson does not like the idea that there are cracks in the conservative facade.  He really does not like that idea that Republicans are actually objecting to the dreck spilling from the mouths of such ‘main-stream’ conservatives as Limbaugh, Beck and Cheney (both, I presume).  And, the GOP being, of course, God’s Own Party, he takes a religious viewpoint:

All of us, every single person regardless of political persuasion who reads this, have a tendency to deny [he seems to conflate objecting to objectionable, even hateful, language with denial — interesting] our friends and fellow travelers at times. All of us.

Peter, under pressure and fear, denied Christ not just once, but three times. Peter, though, feared death. The strain on Peter was great. The rest of us, though, typically fear the opinions of others.

There are those who like it when we feel guilty for associating with someone. More troubling, in the conservative movement and in the greater right-of-center coalition, there are many, many fellow traveler who would rather spend their time throwing their own under the bus than fighting the left….

….The incidents of late with Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Dick Cheney, and others is why I raise this. Putting it bluntly, were these guys on the left, their fellow leftists would at best be cheering them on and at worst silently nodding along. There wouldn’t be any on that side rushing to the nearest microphone to condemn them….

Peter denied Christ three times. Our goal should be to not deny Christ and also to not deny the valuable members of our own movement. Embracing them does not mean we embrace every word and every deed. But it should likewise mean we don’t race to the nearest microphone to condemn our own when they do something [indiscreet]. The people we should shun are the ones who are quick to throw the rest of us out for daring to stand up for our friends.

I severely disagree with his assessment of how those of us on the left treat those who speak out of their asses:  we call them out.  Obama’s embrace of the religious right, his embrace of prayer and faith, and his embrace of Bush’s ‘national security’ rational have been, repeatedly, the subject of objections, strong objections, within the progressive community.  On the right, however, only the most extreme cases (Beck’s embrace of secessionism, Limbaugh’s eliminationist rhetoric) raise even the mildest of objections from anyone on the right.

That said, I have to ask:  if the footsoldiers of the right are acting the part of Peter, denying Jesus, does that make Beck Jesus?  I tried to picture Limbaugh as Jesus, but crucifixion would be like nailing jello to a tree.

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10 comments

  1. […] stories  In fact, Politico just reported a “rant” that Gibbs gave the British press There is no Way I Could Make This Up – iambilly.wordpress.com 05/29/2009 This is from Politico (but I found it via Crooks & […]


  2. “….The incidents of late with Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Dick Cheney, and others is why I raise this. Putting it bluntly, were these guys on the left, their fellow leftists would at best be cheering them on and at worst silently nodding along. There wouldn’t be any on that side rushing to the nearest microphone to condemn them…”

    This part I had to quote. WOW. So, he’s basically saying that if they were on our side, we’d be happy it was being said/done? Do they not see how badly we badmouth their bullshit and over-the-top stupidity? If they were on the left, they’d be removed – or at the very least – laughed out of town.

    What a dumbass


  3. Something that the right doesn’t seem to get is that most progressives don’t bow to authority and are very defiant in the face of bad ideas, decisions and opinions. I am very angry with Obama right now for his lack of support for gay rights, and his atrocious decisions re: Guantanamo and detainees. And that’s not even close to the kind of crazy Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Cheney, etc. spout.


  4. Greenstar: Welcome to my blog; glad you stopped by. I agree. Not only that, if Democratic candidates had as many questionable events in their past as, say, McCain or Palin, they would never have made it to the nomination — they would have been shredded early on and been gone. But, because they are Republicans, a rather authoritarian party, the talking heads must support whoever it is, no matter how bad. And that doesn’t even cover the non-elected leaders.

    Craig: I agree. Overall, I am pleased with Obama — about a B- or C+. I guess all my disagreements are just signs of blindly obediant sycophancy.


  5. Thanks (((Billy))), I sprayed caffee all over my monitor with that image, but then I found myself wondering if even the cross would support all of that load. That aside, I find it becoming all to common that when the Rethugs run out of ideas if how to remake themselves, they always whip out the religion card as a last resort with the whole,”God will saves us from ourselves” shtick. I find it lacking in substance and character.


  6. So basically his point is that the right has to learn to be the best lemmings on the block. Brilliant!


  7. Tau: I am not responsible for damage to keyboards, monitors, or any other appliance caused by the readers reaction to my writings. The god schtick makes sense: if your only tool is a hammer, all problems are nails. Republican’s only tool has become fear; god and religion feeds on fear, so it makes sense.

    Philly: And the lemmings are following right over the cliff.


  8. Ooh., (((Billy))), I hope your brain didn’t get a cramp from reading that crap.


  9. Chappie: No. But I almost lost my grilled teriyaki chuck roast, grilled zucchini, and southern-style cornbread.


  10. There’s no reason you can’t compare Rush to Jesus. Just think: It’s hard to believe that jesus existed and it’s often hard to believe that Rush does.



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