Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Being a Teabagger III

Some may think that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) got a bit of karma when teabaggers and the blospshere unleased a wave of hateful comments after his decision to work with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) on climate control. Graham was labelled a "traitor," of "going to bed with John Kerry," and making a "pact with the devil."

Brad Johnson over at the Wonk Room wrote of the backlash by the conservative blogosphere:

"This unhinged response is reflected in the conservative blogosphere, where Graham has been called a 'fake Republican,' 'RINO' (Republican in name only), a 'traitor,' 'disgrace,' 'asshat,' 'democrat in drag,' and a 'wussypants, girly-man, half-a-sissy.'"

Johnson then gave us a list of the hateful comments:

Liberty Journal: Vote out the traitors who seek control of you with the use of your money paid in the form of taxes.

Mike Proto: Quite honestly, it is growing tiresome having to report on another fake Republican who is selling us out. In this case, it is the RINO senior senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham. . . . Now, the faux Republican is teaming up with none other than John ‘F’n’ Kerry on C(r)ap & Trade.

Michelle Malkin: God save us from bipartisanship.

Gateway Pundit: Senator Graham is a disgrace.

Ross Kaminsky: Lindsey Graham is little more than Barack Obama’s useful idiot, a man who clearly has no interest in the scientific data and who is so desirous of “doing something” that he barely cares what it is he gets done.

Dan Riehl: Why does SC continue to re-elect this doofus with a bad haircut?

Bruce Tyson: The RINO traitor to all that is right, just, and good, South Carolina’s own Lindesey Graham [sic] has done it again: this time siding with John Kerry on climate change fraud.

Pamela Gellar: Any Republican who signs off on the bankrupting of America vis a vis junk science climate change legislation is a traitor. Lindsey Graham is an asshat.

Founding Bloggers: They are selling us out to cover up for the fact that depression era entitlement programs, combined with greed and corruption, are wiping us out.

Angry White Dude: Graham is, in a word, a douchebag being used for his vote. . . . Just like his daddy Supreme Rat McCain, Graham is a Democrat. South Carolinians, you’re better than that…those of you who aren’t liberals. Do something about it the next that wussypants, girly-man, half-a-sissy comes asking for your vote! He is no friend of America!

Mark Harvey: Just like McCain, Lindsey Graham is actually a DIG, a democrat in drag.

Even if Senator Graham is reaping what he has sown by not toning down the rhetoric over the summer, these comments are simply despicable and disgraceful and does nothing to advance their cause. Most Americans are pretty middle of the road, thoughtful and fair-minded people. Otherwise, President Obama would not be our current president. These attacks on Senator Graham, whose rhetoric I have not always appreciated, are uncalled for and does little of importance to forward their national agenda.


Strawberry Girl said...

What I find is that Republicans are so caught up in their own rhetoric that they cannot see the forest for the trees. Both parties however have strayed from their original conceptions (I believe) and resemble each other more than not. I say this in that I believe both parties to be influenced too much by lobbiests and not enough by their constiuents or common sense, for that matter. Honestly the rhetoric that I hear on the radio and television reminds me of some one churning up a mob and mob rule is never rational.

John O'Leary said...

Hey Judith, on a related note, check out this Boston Globe article, "One Nation Under Illusion" - Highlight: "There is nothing wrong with self-satisfaction or national pride. But the incessant trumpeting of our national superiority to every other country in the world is more than just off-putting and insulting. It is infantile, like the vaunting of a schoolyard bully that his Dad is better than your Dad...None of this would make much difference if the self-congratulation was just harmless bragging. But there are consequences. A country that believes it is the greatest in the world is also less likely to be constrained by that world. One could argue that the Iraq war was a direct result of a sense of national infallibility. So was our willingness to torture, our reluctance to admit our mistakes in Afghanistan, our culpability in the global recession, and our foot-dragging on global warming. Such a nation is also less likely to introspect or to strive for true greatness because it believes its greatness has already arrived. There is something bizarre about a country whose leaders have constantly to toady to their constituents and in which any criticism is tantamount to a lack of patriotism, but that describes America today."

To me American triumphalism and exceptionalism are mental disorders.

Judith Ellis said...

Excellent comment, Strawberry Girl! I could not agree with it more. Thank you.

Judith Ellis said...

Brilliant, John! I'll check out the link. Thank you. Listening to Liz Cheney talk over the weekend, I could not help but to ask, are you a part of the real world? Are you human?

There is a twisted aggression that Liz and Dick Cheney have that's scary. It is truly alarming how delusional she and her dad seem to be. We all know that we have enemies. But to go on and on about "American triumphalism and exceptionalism" is evident of mental distortations indeed.

What is also extraordinary is that Liz and Dick Cheney act like they are the only people who have the answers to America's security questions. Was it not on Dick Cheney's watch that America had its greatest terrorist attack on its soil? This mentality also points to a disorder of sorts. In all sincerity, if Liz Cheney wasn't so dangerous she would be quite pathetic.

Dick Cheney seemed as if he was rooting for a terroist attack against America a few months back and now his daughter Liz seems deranged in her new organization. I had not thought of a mental disorder with regards to those with such mentalities, but I think you have a point there.