Teabagging rednecks

It’s no surprise that liberal elites look down their noses at us dumb, ignorant hicks in Flyoverland.  We’re used to it.

The vitriol over the Tax Day tea parties and the complicity of the major media in venting it, however, is a new low in what passes for journalism these days.

In some ways, it’s a return to the days of openly partisan media. We’ve forgotten that the myth of the impartial, objective journalist is a relatively new phenomenon. Prior to World War I, it was common for newspapers to use the front page to advocate for one party or another. Why do you think so many newspapers even today are called the Republican or the Democrat?

But the crude, hateful comments about millions of angry Americans from sniggering hosts on CNN and MSNBC this week plumb new depths of elitist bilge.

Now, I’m more worldly-wise than I ought to be, but it was news to me that “teabag” is a verb. Specifically, it appears to be well-known among progressives, and especially gays, that “teabagging” refers to a sexual act involving testicles.

Swell.

So to use that verb in connection with the Tax Day rallies was a deliberate and vicious slur against thousands of angry Americans — and the millions more of us who might have attended a rally except that we were busy working to pay our taxes.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, and David Shuster, and the once-upon-a-time funny Janeane Garofalo repeatedly drove the point home: Americans who are angry about the way our government is wasting our money are stupid, racist, Republican shills, worthy only of juvenile, profane contempt.

It’s hard to tell whether those snotty faux journalists failed to notice that the protesters were not anti-Obama as much as they were anti-big government or just didn’t care. In Greenville, South Carolina, for example, “an estimated 3,000 people booed and heckled GOP Rep. Gresham Barrett, who supported both the trillion-dollar TARP and now supports the trillion-dollar porkulus package. The crowd blew air horns as he tried to speak… The anger at reckless spenders in Washington is palpable, deep-seated, bipartisan, nationwide, and not going away.”

But unable or unwilling to consider that the tea party movement might have developed outside the limits of Republican-Democrat politics, Cooper, Maddow, Olbermann, et al, simply cannot tolerate any dissent to a government headed up by Barack Obama.

Protest, the highest form of patriotism during the Bush administration, is now just a joke.

A few among the mainstream media noticed last week’s shocking display of boorish behavior. The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle called the crass reporting on CNN and MSNBC “disgusting and reprehensible”. Kansas City Star columnist E. Thomas McClanahan was more restrained, referring to the “palpable defensiveness of many Democrats and lefties in general.”

However, the bulk of the major media, including Fox News, will continue to perpetuate the left/Democrat-right/Republican paradigm that has defined American politics since the Civil War. The Republicrat establishment can’t have us thinking outside that box or we might actually pose a threat to their phony-baloney jobs!

That leads to the disturbing possibility that this hate-induced division in our culture is intentional. The elites keep us focused on hating each other so we don’t rise up and throw them off. Read through the excellent articles by Paul and Phillip Collins titled “The Ruling Class Sponsored Race War and the Balkanization of America”.

And in that sense, anyone who slavishly follows the lead of any political party, on this or any other issue, buys into the control mechanism.

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