Saturday, June 13, 2009

March of the Plastic Soldiers Part 2

What won’t Ann Coulter say to get attention for herself and her “books?” This GOP mainstay uses the word “faggot” as if it’s not a tired, old schoolyard epithet. “Faggot” is the first word people use when they don’t like somebody, but have no legitimate reason why they won’t get along with them. That seems to be her appeal for those in America who are angry about the last 30 years but can’t bring themselves to hold the Republicans who were in charge accountable: call the people who don’t agree with you faggots… or socialists or whatever.

Aside from the painful ironies and hypocrisies plaguing Ann Coulter’s opinions about Democrats, Liberals and Progressives… oh what the hell, let’s beat a not-so-dead horse to drive the point home here shall we?

Mark Foley, U.S. Representative:
Foley sent sexually suggestive and explicit texts, instant messages and emails to teenage boys in the Congressional page program for over 10 years. As “Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children” he was promoted as the foremost opponent of child pornography in the Senate.
Bottom line: Foley is actually one of the people he was claiming to be protecting children against. But hey, Ann Coulter called John Edwards a “faggot” so no reason to dwell on this right? No reason to dwell on this because there’s more, so much more:

Ted Haggard, Leader of the National Association of Evangelicals:
In November 2006, it was discovered that Haggard was paying male prostitutes for sex (Which I guess is better than not paying for sex, at least the man is responsible and pays his debts.) It was also found out that he was using Crystal Meth.
Bottom line: Ted Haggard preached and taught that homosexuality was a satanic abomination. Haggard and his association actively lobbied against Gay rights and Gay marriage. Haggard also participated in weekly meetings with then President George W. Bush and his top advisors like Karl Rove, to give them “spiritual” advice. But Ann Coulter says Al Gore is a “total faggot,” so I guess Haggard’s glaring hypocrisy isn’t important and his weekly meetings with then President Bush are less important than whatever Ann Coulter alleges about Reverend Wright and Dick Ayers’s associations with President Obama.
Oh hey, there’s still more:

Larry Craig U.S. Senator and Senate’s Liason for the Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign:
June 11, 2007, Republican Senator Larry Craig solicited sex from an undercover police officer in an airport bathroom. When I think about it, there’s nothing wrong with making friends and trying to find to love in a country where you can be ran down and killed for winking at the wrong guy, EXCEPT if you happen to be the Senator who twice voted against adding the words “sexual orientation” to the federal hate crimes law, EXCEPT if you happen to be the Senator who voted to give all states the right to not recognize Gay marriage.
Bottom line: All individual state governments already had this right, Craig just wanted to look as anti-Gay as possible… while hunting for blow jobs in airport bathrooms.
Wait a minute, something really Gay went down (pun intended) the very next month:

Bob Allen, Member of the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Chairman of John McCain’s Presidential Campaign:
On July 11, 2007 (exactly a month to the day after Craig got busted) Bob Allen paid an undercover cop twenty dollars so Allen could suck him off in a men’s room in a public park. This staunch Republican explained that he only offered to blow the cop because the cop was a “burly black man” and he “didn’t want to become a statistic.” That’s going pretty far to explain why he paid to suck a dick. Some people really will try and blame Black people for anything at times in this country if they think it will save their neck.
Bottom line: Republican Bob Allen really likes sucking Black dick and will pay twenty dollars American.
No seriously, Bob Allen was one of 21 Florida legislators who signed Governor Jeb Bush’s Friend-of-the-Court Brief supporting the Florida ban on Gay adoption. He co-sponsored a bill that proposed harsher sentences and penalties for “offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts” such as indecent exposure, or sucking a guy’s dick in a bathroom for twenty dollars.
I’m tired of typing at this point, but there’s still more:

Glenn Murphy Jr. Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party and National Chairman of the Young Republicans:
Before the month could end, on July 28, 2007 Glenn Murphy got a fellow Young Republican drunk and then crashed at his house. That’s totally cool right? The other young man woke up in the middle of the night to find Murphy sucking him off. I’m sure Glenn Murphy Senior was real proud, but probably not at all shocked since a 1998 sexual battery report alleges Junior to have done the exact same thing before.
Bottom line: Glenn Murphy Jr. was a Political Consultant for the Republican Party and advised candidates to use Gay marriage as a wedge issue.

There’s yet more, but it actually depresses me that so many politicians are driven by such pathological self-loathing, be they Republicans or whatever-else-have-you. Even more disheartening are the lengths to which they are willing to oppress their fellow Americans for openly being what they themselves are trying to hide. This hypocrite's’s wrinkle is part of a problem that Republicans are trying to transform into a strategy moving forward.

You’d think Ann Coulter would steer clear of using words like “faggot,” but it’s actually a fairly transparent calculation on her part. It is an effective ploy that has been refined in the broadcasts of the Fox News Channel and in the Op Ed pages of the Wall Street Journal during the Clinton administration. I say “effective” because regardless of how Liberal the GOP says it thinks the media is, journalism favors adopting the idiotic pretense of false objectivity over suffering the caustic false accusation of bias.

What is this ploy? Distract attention away from an issue by accusing the opposition of something, even if its something tangential, even if the accusation itself is meaningless, but especially if it’s something the Republicans are actually doing.
E.g. this issue of Republican hypocrisy on Gay civil rights issues. The fact that among the ranks of their most fervent “family values” politicians are many closeted Gay men is diffused by Ann Coulter’s insisting that Liberals are somehow part of a Gay agenda, or conspiracy or whatever nonsense she’s selling this week or the next. When she calls Al Gore a “total faggot” everyone starts arguing about whether it’s appropriate, or unfair, or true, or “hate-speech” and everyone completely forgets that the Republican Party is engaged in a systemic institutionalized hypocrisy, in effect lying to its supporters about itself.

This distraction ploy is part of the wave of the future for the GOP. Ann Coulter is the philosophical leader of what I call “off point debating.” She is “the Thomas Jefferson of bullshit.” I’ve never quite totally believed the story about her having her mouth wired shut late last year. More likely, her mouth was metaphorically “wired shut” by an inability to handle the truth: America had been leveled by all the “rich guy first” policies of the last 30 some odd years. That’s a nasty fact for Republicans: they had the power, and so they own this damn mess, all of it. The Republicans, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Alan Greenspan, Trent Lott, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush did it. Every rational person in this nation understands how we got into this latest recession and what party got us here: The Grand Old Party.

How do you move on and engage the Democratic opposition without saying you’re “sorry” for what your party did to the country? By distracting Americans with words like “Socialism,”
-The bail outs were proposed and engineered, supported and put forth by Republicans George W. Bush and Hank Paulson, -are they socialists?
By accusing the media of “Liberal bias,”
-The Right wing has infiltrated the mechanism of journalism and created propaganda networks for the Conservative establishment like Fox News Channel, -isn’t this bias?

Ann Coulter is not just some attention-starved hag who lies about her age. This is a dangerously stupid mind at work that has an enormous platform from which to shout. I say stupid, because for all her sound-bite skill, she is as shortsighted as the dumbest 3rd grader: Coulter represents some of the core disabilities that the Republican Party seems destined to crumble under, in the Election ’08 aftermath. The core disabilities she represents are the inability to discuss policy without lying and her dumbstruck powerlessness in the face of her party’s deadly failures. This is why she accuses Democrats of doing all of the things that her dear Republican Party have already done for the sake of their own greed and power: expanding government, spending wildly, corruption, ineptitude, even at times curiously enough, racism. Coulter’s calculated distractions, her baiting on talk shows and name-calling is the new standard in Republican discourse: -preemptive strikes that make the opposition waste time responding to lies and allegations that the Republican Party is in fact already guilty of. This is why she has to call people “faggots” or “Godless,” or “Godless faggots,” or whatever in light of the GOP scandals of the last three years.
It's not irony, it's calculated hypocrisy.

I say: Throw the first stone at yourself, bitch.



Jack Jodell said...

"The Thomas Jefferson of bullshit" describes Ann Coulter perfectly. She is a hateful, spiteful, frozen-hearted, deceitful, calculating, lying little bitch. She is also a publicity slut. You can read it in her eyes: "Notice ME! Notice ME!" This little weasel has no scruples, and, like her male counterpart Limbaugh, has the integrity of a back room National Enquirewr writer. She indeed personnifies the GOP tactics of sidestepping issues, creating smokescreens, and name-calling character assassination. I wish her mouth and jaw would be hermetically sealed for good. She is the enemy of truth and has no saving graces whatsoever.

SJ said...

Absolutely. The GOP is clinging to the most superficial personalities in the Right wing media because they can capture headlines, at least online anyway. But grabbing on to a celebrity pundit like Coulter for direction or vision is an act of desperation that does not address their core problem: they do not represent voters nor are they coming up with solutions. They are just trying to fight everything that hits the Senate floor. It didn't work for Gingrich in the 90s, it won't work now.
One would think they'd smarten up and try to fill the gaps that the Democrats are overlooking, or race to help push Healthcare Reform through so they can take part of the credit for it... instead they are repackaging and rewording the same old graft based policies and just plain lying about what they've been doing for the last 30 years.