I mean, it’s great that conservative blogger Michelle Malkin recognizes that Mike Huckabee is “a lying crapweasel,” but this is only because she doesn’t think he is conservative enough. And isn’t this really just a case of one crapweasel calling out another crapweasel?
And Richard Cohen may be right when he writes in an op-ed for The Washington Post that “Rush Limbaugh is the dumbest man in America.” I am certain he would find many who agree. I might put forward other candidates, but I don’t know how hard I would argue the point.
George F. Will, who has his own way with words, wrote of Huckabee that, “There Is One Word For Huckabee’s Stances: Appalling.” And I agree. But why does it have to be George F. Will who makes this observation? Why don’t Democrats use terms like “appalling” when referencing their Republican counterparts? It has the virtue of being accurate.
We should say “appalling” more. And apologize less.
Republicans, and their policies both – Huckabee being only the tip of the iceberg – ARE appalling. Ted Cruz is appalling. Rick Santorum is appalling. Rand Paul is appalling. Ben Carson is appalling. Marco Rubio is appalling. I cannot think of one of them that is not. Any one of them would gladly run for president of the Confederate States of America.
America is as racist as can be and this fact becomes daily more evident, and when Michelle Obama dares point to what is an irrefutable fact, she is subject to a conservative freakout that provides ample proof that she is right. How is it that they don’t see this? How does the mainstream media not see this? YOU see it, right? I see it.
Glenn Beck, who is pretty sure he is going to be murdered in his bed (the question is, “when, already?”) because “Anyone that people would rally around and follow, they were killed — day one,” despite the fact that nobody would rally around him, says white religious conservatives are the real victims, not black people like Michelle Obama:
“The religious that are mocked on a daily basis and belittled. Yeah, we’ve never felt that. We don’t know what it’s like.”
Right. And when was the last time we found a white religious conservative hanging from a tree?
And, well…you say appallingly stupid things, Glenn. Michelle Obama only has to be black. You can keep your tongue behind your teeth. She can’t change her skin color.
Even your own George F. Will is calling Huckabee “appalling” after all. But believe it or not, Beck – the guy who claims Republicans are “today’s civil rights leaders” while they busily take away everybody’s civil rights – is actually accusing the First Lady of dragging us back to the Civil Rights Era:
“We are not the country of Martin Luther King’s time anymore. We are being dragged back to those days.”
Arguably, we never left. MLK would still be a busy man today were he alive. Because Republicans. It is not white religious conservatives being kicked in the face by black men that trouble our nation’s streets.
Michelle Obama, it is safe to say, as a result of pointing to a racism that is clearly still endemic in this country, has been called everything but white.
As Cohen pointed out, “This is hardly the first time Michelle Obama has come under attack from white critics who infer — think about it — that she has no right being black.”
That was the deranged and semi-official white people conclusion of Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity on Monday:
Beck (and Coulter and Hannity) has surely seen all the black folks in Ferguson and Baltimore and elsewhere, actually taking Billy clubs to the head, and worse. But he worries that he and his fellow “new civil rights leaders” will be taking Billy clubs to the head.
Hello. There are people already taking Billy clubs to the head, and they’re not white bread like you, Glenn.
And then we have Carrol Mitchem, who is the chairman of the Lincoln County, North Carolina, board of commissioners, who shows he doesn’t understand the concept of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” when he says religious minorities don’t get to pray at government meetings:
“A Muslim? He comes in here to say a prayer, I’m going to tell him to leave. I have no use for (those) people. They don’t need to be here praying to Allah or whoever the hell they pray to. I’m not going to listen to (a) Muslim pray.”
Oh those nasty people who think they have the same rights you do, just because the Constitution says so. How dare they!
This is why Thomas Jefferson said of his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, “the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination” were meant to be included in “the mantle of its protection.”
It was from people like Mitchem – and Huckabee and Beck and Coulter and Hannity – that the Constitution was meant to protect us, from the tyranny of the majority who trample the rights of the minority, a phenomenon the Founding Fathers watched with horror after our defeat of Great Britain.
So if you feel like you are surrounded by idiots (And maybe Malkin’s “crapweasels” is the better term here) it is because you are. We are.
We few. We sane, rational few.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.