T'ain't revoltin'…

The pseudo-radical bleatings of the right-hand of “our” institutional ruling class as of late are great comedy:

There’s also an edge to these kind of things that pisses me off.  Beyond the huge inaccuracies (the “tea tax” was more a corporatist favor to a business the Brits favored, and the Abe in his other video is the same one that put in place the first income tax.  Also, there’s the whole matter of other, less-justifiable reasons for the American Revolution, but I’m not in the mood to go there), there’s a cognitive train wreck at the core of such appeals: if you say the U.S. government is tyrannical, completely unrepresentative, and regularly commits acts morally equivalent to the friggin’ Holocaust, then…um, why do you want to be part of it?

“Smash the state: vote Republican!”.  That is the “message” of morons like this & his peers.  Now, there’s always been in political campaigns a tendency to exaggerate the meaning of voting for the challenger, whoever they may be (after all, the saying “if voting mattered, it’d be illegal” had to start somewhere…).  But this goes further, as to equate revolution — even a VIOLENT one — with merely flipping between D & R at the ballot box.  The term “hyperbole” isn’t remotely enough to describe such nonsense.

So, why do they do it?  Consider their base: older, more rural & exurb white folks who tend to get stiff on God & Country appeals.  Feeling alienated from the flow of society, pining for that idealized golden age that never existed, they wish they could stand athwart it all & not just yell STOP!, but push it back.  Deep believers in patriotism, invoking the founders pushes multiple buttons at once — “Want the glory days back?  The founders of Teh Bestest Nation In The World see it your way too!  They’re OUTRAGED at the wrongs done to you Upstanding American Citizens!  They’d even want another revolution…or to vote for me, same difference!”.  Fapfapfap…

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About b-psycho

Left-libertarian blogger & occasional musician.
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3 Responses to T'ain't revoltin'…

  1. No, “hyperbole” isn’t up to the job.

    I was going to suggest “wankery”, which rhymes, but I see that you’ve, er, “beat” me to it with your closing triple-fap…

  2. b psycho says:

    I remember when I was younger & stupid I’d pronounce it “hyper-bowl”. Like a huge hash pipe or somethin’…

  3. Joe says:

    “Smash the state: vote Republican!”

    I think you may have just created a nice bumper sticker there. What would the liberal equivalent be? “Down with the corporatocracy: Vote Democrat!”?

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