“Mad as Hell” update: Teabagger Hate Signs

A short montage below showing some of the signs at the 9/12ers gathering last weekend. What interests me here, as with the earlier post on this subject, is that the protestors can’t seem to make up their minds as to whether Obama is a fascist, a communist, or a socialist. Honestly, they can’t have it all ways — it doesn’t make any logical sense.

I can understand why charges of communism and socialism are being bandied around as political “insults”, but fascism? So here’s three reasons why I think that fascism is now being used regularly by conservatives as a critique of Obama:

(1) as payback for the way in which the left continually equated Bush with Hitler (This earlier comparison did have some legitimacy given the Bush administration’s attempt to consolidate power in the executive branch, their subsequent abuses of power and their various subversions of the law and the Constitution);

(2) because increasingly communism appears  to have lost its threatening edge in the post-Cold War world, whereas fascism/Nazism is still clearly equated with evil; and,

(3) because of historical ignorance. The teabaggers show little awareness that fascism has traditionally been seen as a right-wing ideology and thus it would be closer to their own politics than Obama’s (This historical ignorance demonstrated by a number of  conservatives is more obvious in the earlier clip posted by Dr Throttling, here).

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5 Responses

  1. That brought a tear to my eye. Beautiful. 🙂

    • Glad you liked it Ben. Popped over to have a look at your blog — very nice work. Have bookmarked you and will have more of a trawl tomorrow.

  2. After quickly reading up on this 9/12 shit (my bad, my non-geek current event intake occurs as irregular spurts), i found http://www.the912project.com/the-912-2/ and any wonderment i had as to why these people were so ignorant was quickly mopped up by the 2nd principle.

    Its heartening(?) to know that christianity is still one of the most dangerous and manipulative tools known to push a political angle. Thankfully this type of media attention allows the followers of our lord to remind us they are still a crazy band of brainless zombies, following their righteous, political spiritual figurehead.

    • An excellent find, Stafford. Thanks for that.
      It’s a pity the 9/12ers didn’t add in a 10th pledge to that list, something along the lines of: “I enjoy not being able to think for myself and I refuse to learn anything from history.”

  3. I can see a 9/12ers evolution, where they wind up aligning themselves with Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church and his sane and tolerant followers. http://www.godhatesamerica.com/government.html

    Louis Theroux made a great documentary about them; simultaneously entertaining and terrifying.

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