Showing Us What They Really Are
There's nothing quite as amusing as Republicans in moments of high hubris, from Joe McCarthy to the present day; they always hang themselves by pushing too far and pressing their luck. They don't ever seem to have a sense of when they're starting to scare people, and also make people realize the only source of the fear is the Republican. Think back to 1992. And really, what's changed except that we have an administration perversely bent on erasing everything that happened between then and now, to the point of destroying prosperity--which is the last thing we used to think the GOP would do. Remember when they were the responsible ones with the public purse? What's happened?
What's happened is that they've come to believe they can get away with anything. Bush could be screwing a goat while strangling an Iraqi child on national TV and could make us believe he was actually hosting an Easter Egg Roll. They think we have become terminally stupid, and have also made it clear they don't care what we in the public think.
They can keep not caring and let their foots land securely in their mouths. That's fine. Which makes the revelation that the Texas Republicans got the Department of Homeland Security involved
in the hunt for the brave Texas Democrats who bolted to Oklahoma not at all surprising.
...the department agreed to try to track down a private plane owned by a leading Democratic state legislator. Department officials said Texas law enforcement officials had misled them into believing that the plane might have been in mechanical trouble or had crashed. In fact, department officials said, the Texas state police, acting on orders of Republicans who control the Texas House of Representatives, were searching for the plane on Monday to try to track down the Democratic lawmaker and several of his colleagues, in hopes of forcing them home...
The following is only intended toward right-wing nutbars I had to listen to far too many times in the 90s:
I realize after 9/11 men, or at least Bush, have become angels and we can trust them all with our lives and not worry about such matters as the rule of law, but for fuck's sake
, people. Are we living in the freakin' USSR here? Where's all your paranoia about federal totalitarianism that you felt burning so hard for no damn reason at all when Clinton was president? Say, idiots: Did you know an actual black helicopter
was used in this? Not by the UN, so I'm sure you're relieved. Just by our developing homegrown KGB, and I might add this is the most active I've ever seen them get in their entire supposed existence. Are you reassured knowing it was only looking for an elected official who was a political opponent of the hard right of the Republican party? That could never ever be you, could it?
government now. And they certainly wouldn't jeopardize your safety to focus energy on persecuting their enemies. This is a president you can trust, just like you trusted Nixon and Bush the First. You never learn they're not on your side. Back to sleep with you.