Monday, October 20, 2008

Lifting The Lid On The Right Wing ID

Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.
—Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell, Propaganda and Persuasion

I'm really hoping that the right wing keeps showing its colors like they have been lately. These are the radical rightists that those of us following along or living among them see everyday all over America. They fit right into the profile created for them. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity represents the true picture of the rightists. They are good at attaching names to people or groups and then insisting that that word means something bad and taboo. I'd love to have a debate on Socialism. Anything that strips priviledge is socialism to them. Anything that is not their complaint is an anti american complaint. They love this country like no one else....but oh how they hate the how they hate so many different people and things in it. At least they aren't anti american like that one that trys to ruin all that is good and pure. You know, they are just angry at some things. Other people are angry because they are un american. These are the mainstream among the right today. From Sarah Palin to Michelle Bachmann to the angry always suspicious people in McWars town halls. After hearing them for a while I just want to say..Hey, You talkin to me!? Heres some stuff from a great article by Micheal Tomasky:

It's true that we're hearing racial-code talk here and there. But the main fear tactic being employed now is something else. It's that Obama and his associates - and for that matter his supporters and even the regions of the country that he's destined to carry - are anti-American.'Last Friday, in North Carolina, Sarah Palin told a rally that she was proud to be "with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation". She means here of course that there are anti-American areas of America, and they are where the liberals live, and the people there are voting for Mr Anti-America.
This was especially interesting coming from a woman whose husband, Todd Palin, was until just six years ago an enrolled member of a rightwing fringe political party that wanted the state of Alaska to secede from the US. But if you understand rightwing logic, then you'd know that Mr Palin had no choice but to join the Alaska Independence party in 1995, because by that time the America he thought he knew and loved had been brought to ruin by the liberals and socialists and America-haters. See?
(my emphasis)

Do you folks do this sort of thing in Britain? I know there's something about the chap on the Clapham omnibus who's supposed to represent some kind of middling everyman. And I know you've got your xenophobes just like we do. But trust me. You don't have a right wing that's anything like our right wing.
This point was proved most dramatically by a woman named Michele Bachmann, a member of Congress from Minnesota.........
"What I would say - what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an exposé like that."

The call for an investigation into the beliefs of every federal lawmaker, and an exposé of those found wanting in their patriotism, certainly takes us into deeply creepy territory. I would not call Bachmann herself a fascist. ......Bachmann is just an idiot. She wouldn't know Edmund Burke from Billie Burke (she played the good witch in the Wizard of Oz), and she obviously has no idea that, in her rejection of the two bedrock American principles of separation of church and state and freedom of thought, she is the one who is as anti-American as they come.
I'd be happy to hear a conversation on patriotism too. He's some from the other side that I consider great Americans putting the slap down on the radicals.

Their goal is to scare Americans about Obama, but moderate, independent voters might well decide that Obama looks a lot less scary than they do.
Some great Americans in the McWar camp, in the sense that I perceive that phrase, are to the rescue with the slapdown here.


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