Here is an excellent question posted on the blog yesterday: Why are the ones screaming the loudest about freedom the first ones demanding others have less freedom? The comment came from Northwest Ohio Native. Both he and I dip our toes into murky waters from time to time when we visit right-wing/Tea Party blogs. Luckily we wear boots.
Apparently, as GW Bush once famously said, ‘There ought to be limits on freedoms.’
The Tea Party/right-wingers have a list of ‘freedoms’ which they cherish, such as free trade, no taxes, no regulation, no over-sight. One special freedom that they cherish is the freedom to tell others what not to think and do. Oxymoron-ical? Sure, but righteousness knows no boundaries.
Contradictions abound in the world at the far-right side. By the way, the only way that there can be a far-right side of the world is if the world is flat. Nonetheless I press on. Take public demonstrations, for example. The First Amendment allows and I might add encourages ‘public assembly’ yet the far-right disdains the current Occupy Movement but drooled over the Tea Party demonstrations in ’09. If you dare venture into the right-wing blogosphere, it is Occupy-bashing 24/7. Apparently that First Amendment ought to have limits.
Although these Occupy gatherings have not claimed to be a left-leaning movement nor has the Democratic Party endorsed the movement, the Tea Party/right-wing has thus declared them so. Yet, in contrast, the activists in the Tea Party demonstrations in 2009 have been exposed as nothing more that members of the right-wing of the Republican Party. Further, the ‘movement’ was not grassroots by a long shot. It was funded and designed by corporate heads and funded and promoted by the Koch brothers. This is well-documented in the film, AstroTurf Wars.
Columnist George Minbiot of the Guardian penned a piece for the newspaper last year titled, The Tea Party movement: deluded and inspired by billionaires. The term astroturf used in title of the film, Minbiot says, sets the so-called Tea Party movement into an entirely different class- an artificial class, much like the plastic green of astroturf. It was clearly not a grassroots movement, as artificial as plastic grass.
Artificial. I like that word. Fake, contrived, stilted and unreal are some excellent synonyms. The Tea Party.
So these blogs into which we wade are pretty much artificial as well. Yet, here is the worst part- these bloggers don’t know that they are stooges. Really, it is quite sad to read the stuff that they print. Monbiot calls them, ‘…passionate, well-meaning people who think they are fighting elite power, unaware that they have been organised by the very interests they believe they are confronting.’
Duping comes to mind. But you can’t tell them that because, well, they’ve been duped into ‘believing’ that they are fighting a worthy crusade. This myth is reinforced 24/7 throughout the day on AM radio and, therefore, it is not surprising that these bloggers write what is drilled into their heads by the professional propagandists on the airwaves.
We return to the opening question: Why are the ones screaming the loudest about freedom the first ones demanding others have less freedom? The answer is clear- the elite always demand more for themselves and less for The People. What is shameful is that the corporate elite has thoroughly brainwashed a sector of our citizens into thinking that it is appropriate, even patriotic, to bash The People when The People are trending against the elite.
The word pathetic doesn’t come close.