June 19, 2010

Chris Mathews on the rise of the new rights

I am not a terribly big fan of Chris Matthews, but I recently found this good collection of the entire series and have been watching it today.

This clip (number 5 in the series) does a pretty good job of connecting these Tea Party idiots (sorry, but true) to the John Birchers and McCarthy.

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And some good good clips of how just horrible people like Glen Beck and other Republicans are in presenting information that is clearly false. Add Sarah Palin to this. Every time I hear her talk about her Christian faith, btw, I throw up in my mouth. This is someone who cheered on the racists during the 08 campaign, and this piece reminded me how horribly dishonest she was about healthcare.

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4 comments:

Smitty said...

A perfect example of this toxic new right is the BP oil spill. Most reasonable people, including most of our normally-weak MSM, decried Rep. Barton's apology to BP as the dumbest thing uttered this calendar year.

But now? Now, the "new right" is actually...agreeing. They are spreading it around almost virally, but not because they are mad at Barton for being an idiot. It's because they found a kernel of a sentiment in there they agree with and off it goes.

"YOU LIE" screamed during the SOS speech made Rep. Wilson a hero, even though fact checkers all over America should the President actually didn't utter a single lie.

It doesn't matter what their leadership says; it all becomes truth because this is a party of people who have taken the normal barely-right-of-center-Republican sentiment of not fully trusting government to a really scary level. They, I believe, kinda want to believe the conspiracies. I can't tell what it feeds in them. But this group of people who trust a Pacific Islander who believes in WWII-style internment and a former drug addict as their voices...well, this is what you get.

I complained for a while that we don't have that same vitriol on the left. Where are our mouthpieces of outrage? We don't have them...and I'm good with that.

Streak said...

I agree, Smitty. The most disturbing part of our current dialogue--as many have noted--is that we have no or little common ground of agreed facts. From my perspective, (and LB is a notable exception, in my book) the conservatives I speak with seem to be openly contemptuous of my grasp of factual information. It isn't just that they disagree with my policy proposals, or analysis of those facts--and those are legitimate points of disagreement, after all--but they refuse to acknowledge the facts themselves. How do you have a conversation with people who assert the death panels as fact?

Pacific islander? Malkin?

Smitty said...

Pacific islander? Malkin?

Ya.

How do you have a conversation with people who assert the death panels as fact?

That's what just blows me to bits. I don't get that. "The sky, you see, is blue." "It isn't. You lie. It's yellow. I saw it on Beck. The sky is yellow, and it sickens me that you think it's blue. How could you??" You're right. How do you get past that?

Monk-in-Training said...

"The sky, you see, is blue." "It isn't. You lie. It's yellow. I saw it on Beck. The sky is yellow, and it sickens me that you think it's blue. How could you??"

This would be hilarious if I didn't have to live it every day in my workplace and community! ack.

My one refuge is the Scriptures. I know FAR more about them than most of my discussion partners and can generally freak them out so much discussing them that most won't anymore. ;)