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Will There Be A Nutter Uprising If The Dems Lose?
When I asked Gore Vidal at dinner why the White House seemed so serene and at ease about the vote, he replied that, this time around, the Bush-Cheney henchmen could simply call on martial law.Lyn Davis Lear, whoever that is, goes on to say that "if for whatever reason we don't win back Congress in November the only real answer will be to take to the streets."
Take to the streets and do what, exactly? Protest? Or is this some kind of not-so-veiled threat by Lear that should November pass without the Democrats taking control of Congress, that democracy in this nation should be suspended and a violent uprising take place - and Democrats installed in Congress regardless of the election outcomes? I have enjoyed taunting leftists here and there in the blogosphere about their silly fears of a totalitarian takeover in this nation. If they really believed it, shouldn't they be taking up arms against the government to 'save' democracy? What, you guys aren't cowardly sheeple, are you? All talk and bluster, but in the end just signifying nothing? Isn't saving democracy from Bushco worth manning the barricades? Hmm, I guess you folks are all chickendoves after all. No guts.
I am highlighting this particular post because of its comments as well, which is a veritable catalog of the mental illnesses passing for political analysis among the left these days. Not nearly as plagued by profanity as a typical Kos entry, and a bit more literate than the first grade sentence fragments and smilies that pass for dialogue at the Democratic Underground, these comments are quite interesting in that they are coming from many people who, in real life, probably look and act much like normal folk. They might even have college degrees, work as accountants, or even manage retail outlets. And yet they believe this stuff - and when it doesn't happen, they are not deterred by any counterfactuals that mentally healthy people come to respect as milestones along the road of Reality. They are impervious, and they vote.
When the elections in November come and go, and Bush hasn't invoked martial law, suspended the Second Amendment, or had himself crowned king, what are the chances that Vidal and Lear, et al., will have their Emily Litella moment in public and admit they were less-than-correct? No one ever seems to call them on it - and when they do, the Vidals of the world have already lurched on to their next paranoid fixation or faux political outrage. They blog and they comment because this is a cry for help - they know deep inside that there is something wrong with their worldview, and this is why they will never take up arms to save the state from itself. There is still some small functioning part of their brain, that quietly tells them 'it is an odd fascism indeed that lets you blog, comment, own guns, assemble in peace and travel. Er, maybe it isn't fascism, after all?'
Posted by Ken McCracken · 21 October 2006 03:25 AM
Heh, so now they have a plan.
Posted by: snowballs at October 21, 2006 09:43 AM
You know, after reading some of the insanity being posted over there at huffpost, I realized something.
If the democrats would somehow be able to use some of the clearly abundant imaginative thought for their own good, and channel some of that "creativity" in a productive manner, they would be leaps and bounds above what they represent collectively as a political party today.
Heck, America would be a lot better off, but when you have tons of (presumably) American citizens asserting that the Republicans will be doing everything from fixing the vote, declaring martial law in order to disenfranchise liberals, to go as far as saying - um, I can't believe any American would make this charge, but there are comments there saying that the Republicans would go so far as to perform/allow an act of terrorism in order to save majority control. Incredible!
It's funny when a liberal says in response to someone on a blog... "why don't you stop getting your talking points from [insert conservative pundit here] and think for yourself". It's funny because the liberals are so seemingly out of touch - even with their own ideals and their own collective identity.
For conservatism, or the vast majority of conservatives anyway, one doesn't need to get his/her ideas from conservative pundits. There is a recognizable and easily identifiable conservative thought process out there such that those on the right don't necessarily need to seek their others' talking points. It's a common and mostly unified theme. Sure, there are outlier issues, but for the most part, it's a similar thought process, even if you aren't an evangelical conservative.
Not only are most dems out of touch with their opposition as we can plainly see from the premature comments about voting fraud over at huffpost, they are out of touch with their own identity in a big way.
Posted by: snowballs at October 21, 2006 02:34 PM
Ken...The Dems are so wishy washy. IF they have a plan other than try to carry out their vendetta to Impeach GWB to get back at the GOP for Bill Clinton and his perjury, You sure could have fooled me???
Posted by: zsa zsa at October 21, 2006 03:09 PM
There is a recognizable and easily identifiable conservative thought process out there such that those on the right don't necessarily need to seek their others' talking points.
Someone out there on radio, it might have been Hugh Hewitt, said that you can repeat the conservative principles in about 15 seconds (lower taxes, strong defense, smaller government, etc.), and yet in 15 seconds you can't even identify one single principle that the Dems stand for. Not one.
There need not be any 'talking points' as you say because we have something far better . . .
Posted by: Ken McCracken at October 21, 2006 08:32 PM
Ken...You are wonderful.
Posted by: zsa zsa at October 21, 2006 08:38 PM
So are you Zsa Zsa!
Posted by: Ken McCracken at October 21, 2006 10:07 PM
Obviously,once they lose, the Dem-media-crat post election strategy will be to ask everyone they despise to resign.
PS, Hewitt's book "Painting The Map Red"
A winning agenda, if we Republicans can all get aboard it.
Posted by: Terry_Jim at October 22, 2006 12:22 AM
I'm a little disappointed however, Ken, because you didn't create a killer chart in relation to the huffpost comments showing say, a level of insanity on one axis and a frequency on the other.
Nevertheless, another good one...
Posted by: snowballs at October 22, 2006 12:25 AM
Democrats enjoy giving aid and comfort to the enemy for no purpose other than giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
There is no plausible explanation for the Democrat’s behavior other than they long to see U.S. troops shot, humiliated, and driven from the field of battle.
They fill the airwaves with treason, but when called to vote on their own proposals to withdraw troops, they disavow their own public statements. (403-3 vote in congress not to withdraw).
These people are not only traitors, they are gutless traitors.
Are they capable of violent revolt?
Checking the memory banks......
"While few expected them to actually go through with it, an anti-war group, United for Peace, has backed down from their threats to overthrow the Bush Administration and turn the country over to representatives such as Amnesty International. The "attack" on the White House was scheduled for March 15. The threat gained traction when left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore showed support for their goal on his own website.
Storm the White House
Posted by: Bezu Fache at October 22, 2006 06:38 AM
Yeah, I remember that fizzled 'takeover' of the White House.
At least those people understand taking their insanity to its logical conclusion.
Posted by: Ken McCracken at October 22, 2006 06:01 PM
Lyn Lear, posting at Huff Post, is TV producer Norman Lear's wife. Hollywood. That outta splain it.
Posted by: Pat at October 22, 2006 07:47 PM
Early voting begins tomorrow and ends on Friday. Get out and vote Reoublican!
Posted by: zsa zsa at October 22, 2006 09:31 PM
It's a pattern...
Step One, The "October Surprises", eg Foley, Woodward's book, Kuo... all scripted to discourage (R) voters.
Step Two, Push Polling to suggest hopelessness, and to further discourage (R) voters...
Step Three, Election Night MSM projections based on repeatedly discredited exit polling and premature 'calling' of results... to discourage (R) voters. The urban population centers of the East Coast vote (D) and will provide "results" to feed the selective reporting frenzy designed to beat down the (R)'s expectations and discourage (R) voters turning out in the evening in the other time zones.
Step Four, faux-outrage over the 'stolen election', because the results cannot match the carefully crafted projections.
This will be followed by suppression of news stories about the criminal outrages of (D)emocrats driven to excess by the frenzied hate-speech rationalizing their behavior as 'just what they do'.
The (D)'s aren't "Progressives", they are Projectionists.
Posted by: DANEgerus at October 23, 2006 11:39 AM
Heh, does anyone think that if the Dems don't get their oft-promised 'tidal wave' of house seats, that they won't be screaming DIEBOLD!! at the top of their voices?
Posted by: Ken McCracken at October 23, 2006 01:42 PM
Ken...I wonder how many dead Dems are going to be voting? Also how many recounts AND oh my gosh! Florida??? The hanging chads in broward county???...YIKES!
Posted by: zsa zsa at October 23, 2006 06:21 PM
I am personally planning a Democratic Rally to slash tires on some Republican "GOTV" busses in Wisconsin. Because nothing says count every vote like suppressing Conservatives. Or not allowing Voter ID laws to ensure that my vote is not offset by someone who is not who they say they are and commits fraud.
Posted by: Justin B at October 24, 2006 01:32 AM