Fear Itself

The other day Mortimer Zuckerman went on The Ed Show on MSNBC, and blathered on and on about how all his fancy-pants “business” friends hated Obama because they were, unaccountably, “afraid” of him.  This tacit admission that the criminals and incompetents he runs around with know they couldn’t last five minutes without the constant indulgences of right-wing government failed to offer any actual reasons for that fear, of course.  Fear is the only product the GOP sells, so Zuckerman has to sell it, even if it’s such transparently gauzy claptrap about “rhetoric” and “attitude,” rather than any actual policy position.  He attempts to do this same schtick each day with his laughably pathetic “journalistic” enterprises, the irrelevant New York Daily News and the invisible US News and World Report, a strategy which might be more likely to work if anyone still read them.  As far as the hierarchy of vanity right-wing publishers goes, Rupert Murdoch, say,  doesn’t exactly “fear” this guy, if you know what I mean and I think you do.  In other words, the opinions of his imaginary friends have absolutely no value; he’s obviously a liar and undoubtedly a failure at journalism (the Market decided, long ago…), so why anyone on TV gives him the time of day remains a mystery, but the message of that Darkie Obama goin’ after business was once again delivered.  Mission Accomplished.

You have to sympathize with Mortimer, and not just because that’s his name.  Not being able to offer the voters anything good each election cycle, Republicans continually have to remind us that all these sacrifices we have to make for their profligacy are the tithe we must pay to avoid something really, really, bad.  The bad things are as interchangeable as they are numerous, and all ludicrously unlikely.  Mushroom Clouds, Communism, Fascism, Death Panels, FEMA Camps, Reparations, One-World Government, European-Style Socialism, Collectivism, and my personal favorite, Sharia Law.  People not confined to mental institutions actually say, on a daily basis, the the Islamofascists are going to come over and forcibly put burquas on our women.  Seriously.  Here’s Rush Limbaugh, whom the Free Market has chosen to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for his yammerings, waxing all feminazi on 600 radio stations across America:

Let’s take, at face value, the template that the partisan political hacks spew at me. I am, according to them, anti-women’s rights. Equal rights for women is no concern of mine, right? I’m the guy that came up with the name “feminazi.” I’m not a friend of women’s rights, they say. If that were true, I would be pushing for the mosque at Ground Zero. If I were anti-women’s rights, I would be all for Sharia law. Sharia law is a not-so-stealth way to undermine women’s rights in this country. It would be a perfect cause if I was who they say I am.

Yes, Rush, some Muslims have some weird ideas about women, but your oft-spoken views are as bad or worse, and your relationships with women haven’t exactly turned out stellar, either, so it’s pretty audacious for you to take this line of argument, but do go on:

Anti-women’s rights is a cause of the left. That’s who’s pushing Sharia in this country: The left. It’s the left that wants a mosque at Ground Zero. It’s left who thinks “America’s chickens came home to roost” on 9/11. It’s the American left that thinks we got what we deserved on 9/11. It’s the American left that wants the mosque at Ground Zero. No one can be pro-women’s rights and remain silent about the metastasizing cancer that Sharia law is on women’s rights.

Ah, allowing a church and community center to be built on its own property, regardless of religious affiliation, which is to say, following the Constitution, is somehow related to wanting to impose Sharia Law, when any idiot would recognize it as the opposite.  Better yet, “the left,” which is deliberately presented as some monolithic force, is on the side of the terrorists, because some of the braver among us admitted that our foreign policies in the Middle East probably led to 9/11.  Who knew Ron Paul was a lefty?  But the newly-minted Betty Friedan of the AM dial has more:

The left is closer to the politics of Nazis than I will ever be. The person who was a National Socialist and anti-Israel would be anti-capitalist; pro-nationalization of health care, banks, education, car companies; pro-Central Planning; and try to force Israel (against its will and history) to divide its capital, Jerusalem, and to cave in to all of its enemies. None of that describes me. It describes them. It describes the left. Meaning if I were all that they say I am, I’d be one of them. Here is a leftist statist liberal, a person who believes that people should be treated differently according to their gender, the color of their skin, and their religion. Such as: Let’s use NASA to help Muslims feel better about themselves in math and science, and let Muslims build Sharia law shrines anywhere they want and pretend that we don’t know what that means.

Honestly.  The crazy here is so deep and thick, and so clearly from the fever swamps of the Rapture Right, it’s enough to make your head spin.  While he’s clearly at pains here to point out that although he famously favors ethnic cleansing, aggressive war, and torture, he’s no NAZI, Rush is a fat and happy capitalist who just bought himself a fifth wife (after a little rough patch with the drugs and the hookers); do you think he gives a flying fuck about Jerusalem and all that bible crap?  Of course not .  He’s paid, ridiculously lavishly, to foist this horseshit on Idiot America, and so he does.

Zuckerman must be so envious.


  1. retzilian says:

    They’re not scared of him. They want the American people to be scared of him. It’s all BS. It’s a scam. Since they can’t really articulate what they are afraid of (except with specious claptracp like “socialism” – what a joke) and they can’t get him on moral turpitude like Clinton, they have to invent something to fear. In reality, Obama is giving big business everything it wants: see also: Street, Wall; care, health and Pharma, Big.

    I don’t think the propaganda is working, but nobody ever lost a bet underestimating the stupid public.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Polls show it isn’t, but polls nonetheless also show Republicans gaining seats in the fall. Misinformation has triumphed before, but I share your skepticism. They don’t sound like winners to me.

      • Ché Pasa says:

        Unfortunately, in our political system, you only get to choose between the insane Republicans and the enabling Democrats. If you’re disappointed (as Everyone Is, don’tchaknow) with the Dems, your only viable option is the Rs. And vice versa. Quite a little racket they got going.

      • Meremark says:


        My dear Hag, au contraire, polls do NOT show Republican sickos gaining seats in the fall. Such vapid misapprehension is fully understandable, of course, in the cow-pie-sized hailstorm of that downpour media lie. In which, NO where, is any poll numbers.

        Recall that in July, August 2008, the same media pooped the same lie the same way about the impending landslide win of McCain & Palin & ____fill_in_R_candidate_name___ and to the same effect: Losers, the lot of them.

        And all of it comes with the Touch-the-TV voting machines installed in the most-populated States and rigged in advance — the story never told in MSM, so consult BradBlog.COM [ http://www.bradblog.com/ ] or BlackBoxVoting .ORG — for the predetermined (by The Shadow PTB) winners. Kind of gives pause to think that Obama was the preset choice of the Global Overlords, but there you have it and, with it, the rational comprehension of why he acts as he does against the interests of his supposed ‘base’ and anti- all Americans.

        There are no poll numbers now, forecasting the congressional elections one way or the other. And if you see any, they are poopycockedup.

        When you would, where you’d like to look is FiveThirtyEight .COM – - 538 being the sum of House Reps & Honoraries, plus Senators.

        • cocktailhag says:

          I agree. This is the usual cheerleading for Republicans that goes on, win or lose, and there isn’t a lot of real math yet, even on 538. I just take a look at the individual candidate, and they’re running some of the biggest cuckoos yet; is that supposed to work?
          We know they have the voting machines, but a few of the corporations involved are now too wobbly to be as effective as before, but I’ve heard plenty of anecdotal evidence of vote-flipping still going on.

        • michlib says:

          I can just hear Joe Stalin – ” It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes “. Diebold would be a company he could love.
          What bitter irony – computers were supposed to usher in paperless offices ( now did that work out ? ) but it looks like we’ve gotten paperless elections instead.

  2. retzilian says:

    Another thing, I think it’s shameful what the right wingnuts are saying about religion. They should just STFU. This country, last I checked a reliable history book not published in Texas, was founded on freedom of religion. That they think they’ll get mileage vilifying a religious group as large as Islam is spectacularly shameful.

  3. michlib says:

    Don’t know about you, but I detect a note of envy in Limpbog’s tirade against Sharia Law – probably the name of a cheerleader who snubbed him in junior college. And the reich wing is envious of ” islamofascists ” for pulling off the trick of imposing insanity upon societies through the vehicle of religion. My bet is they’re taking notes in hopes of installing the same here. That Oxycodone REALLY f&*#s you up !!!

    • Meremark says:

      The “islamofascist” rightwing sh!t-talk is totally accusing others of their own guilt, the three-fingers-pointing-back at the one pointing it out.

      I first heard the word coined by Dave Emory, whose radio program would be aired by Marlena Smith during her radio program Friday mornings on KBOO.

      Here’s Emory’s archives: http://wfmu.org/playlists/DX

      And here’s something on that page in the heart of the subject:
      January 15, 2002: FTR 340: Mein Jihad: Islamofascism & Geopolitics
      Go there and click to listen.

      Rash Lamebrain stole the word from Emory.


    • cocktailhag says:

      Ah, projection, thy name is Republican.

  4. nancy says:

    I have an old habit that’s been difficult to break of watching The McLaughlin Report on Friday nights. Morton has an endowed chair there and now sits opposite the utterly odious Monica Crowley. Clarence Page, Eleanor Clift, can’t remember the other left-of-center types still willing to put themselves through this shrill drill. But Morton, clearly carrying a torch for the lunatic former half-term Alaska governor, is still sometimes worth the price of admission. He is so laughably incongruent. And why the hell is he so rolling in dough? Yes, Morton, Sarah Palin will keep you in the Hamptons forever, until the pitchforkers hit the streets. Or the Rapture arrives.

    • nancy says:

      Well, I know it’s Mortimer, but McLaughlin always shouts “Mort-tun.” Usually after “PAT-rick”.

      • cocktailhag says:

        I don’t know how you could sit through that; you are a saint. Just hearing it on the radio almost made my ears bleed. Mortimer is not a charming liar, to say the least, and there’s only so much balderdash I can put up with from such a pompous ass. Why do glaring personality defects and Republicanism so often go hand in hand? Never mind; I know the answer….

  5. The Heel says:

    I am listening to “El Rushbo” in the morning, every now and then. Usually after 15 minutes the “empathy” and “taste” sides of my brain threaten to commit suicide, while the “dark sarcasm” and “satire” regions bounce in joy. It is fascinating, that’s all I can say. Fascinating how dumb he thinks people are – and if one goes by market forces, they really must be to listen to this horse manure.
    My all time favorite so far – a few weeks back, while ranting about the oil spill, this raving lunatic claimed that “Obama is in cahoots with big oil…”

    I am very curious about November. Bush got a second term, let’s not forget that. Half of the people obviously can be fooled all the time.

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