Noam Scheiber on the financial reform bill now being written in Congress:
According to this same official, the administration doesn’t expect to have
trouble finding one or two Republican senators to break a filibuster, even for a hawkish bill. “Frankly there’s a category
of [Republican] who is fed up with the party on the issue. They’ve told me so privately,” the official says. “They don’t want
to be caught on wrong side of it.” Which means Democrats have the ability to force Wall Street to move their way—not just
on the consumer agency, but across the board. The only question is whether they use it.
"I think if you asked most
Americans which is the Bigger Threat, Global Warming or Romulans, they would say, "Less Filling!" I know I would, and if you're
like me, and I know I am, you would also say, 'Tastes Great.'"
First of all, I would point
out that it was the Democrats who just took over 1/6th of the American economy despite upwards of 56% of the American public
being opposed. And they expect people to . . . what . . . clap?
This latest Dem hysteria
over the scariness of tea partiers is just beneath contempt. Obviously nobody should do anything illegal, but, heck,
you trample on people's basic rights in an area of intimate concern to them and put the financial survival of the nation at
risk, and everybody is supposed to just lie down and be all polite about it? What a bunch of cry-babies. But dangerous
crybabies. They're making omelettes like crazy, breaking eggs by the gross, and when one of them squeaks, "I'm a little
chick, please don't hurt me!" it's all, the right wing terrorists are on the loose! Transparent, contemptible political
theater and utter cluelessness about, you know, freedom. People, as in the People, have every right to
be angry, furious, shocked, appalled and disgusted by what Congress and our ambitious young prince have done. And bringing
the FBI into it? Oh, the FBI is watching! Everybody be careful that they not get too angry! Or else who
knows who might come knocking at 3 in the morning! It sure looks like a disgraceful attempt to intimidate those of us who
don't like what the Dems have wrought, who hate it in fact, into silence.
I’m not sure what accounts
for this.Some of it seems cynical and calculated, as in Eric Cantor’s false claim that a bullet was fired into his district office, or Gateway Pundit's falsely representing a threatening phone call to Bachmann as a threat to Bachmann herself, instead
of to her tea-partying cohort.
It’s clear, though,
that they really believe that threats and attacks directed at Democrats are deserved and that similar threats and attacks
directed at Republicans are comparable instead of, you know, not so much.I think that it comes down to a fundamental confusion about victims and aggressors.
Liberals are always the aggressors and conservatives are always the victims.
This is something that
digby , Glenn Greenwald, and others have talked about for years, which is a persistent culture and self-perception of victimhood.Conservatives are persecuted by the dominant culture generally and by the media in particular.It’s one of the most prominent characteristics of the tea-partiers.It’s clear that they feel oppressed and silenced.That was, after all,
the thrust of their opposition to HCR.President Obama and the Democratic Congress
were thwarting the will of The People – never mind that The People gave Obama the White House with 53% of the popular vote
and that the Democrats were given control of the Congress by a comparably large margin, in free and fair elections.
Just how radical this misperception
is is on display in three videos I came across while checking the links on one of Malkin’s posts claiming that attacks on tea partiers have been under-reported by
the dominant media. (Not all three are linked to by Malkin. I came across at least one by following a subsequent
This video, for example, is billed as an attack on tea-party anti-immigrant protesters by a “Pro-Amnesty
Socialist Group.”If you watch closely, you’ll see a guy with a video camera
walk up to the tea-partiers, say something, and then get chased down the street by a picket-wielding Hurley.Meanwhile, his friend is thrown to the ground and beaten.
As you can plainly see, it’s
the socialist group of two who attack the tea-partiers – although I think I missed that part.
another one.You’ll see “union thugs” from the Communications Workers ofAmerica whom a Democratic Congressman has packed the town hall with.
You can always identify
a union thug by his purple polo shirt. So contrary to what you heard
last August, it was union thugs that took over the congressional town meetings and shouted down the tea-partiers.
And another.This is “An Obama Nut Goes Crazy on Tea Party,” helpfully subtitled “Tea Partiers are the Victims!”Watch how the Obama Nut surrounds ten or so tea-partiers and “plays the race card”
by pointing out that some of the other tea partiers' signs are racist, right after assuring the people he is talking
to that he doesn't assume that they themselves are racist.
The most telling moment in this
video may be right at the beginning, when a woman complains that "That is your way of oppressing how we feel."
It is about feelings for them.
It's not even ideology, because it's not intellectually coherent at all. They subsist on Social Security and Medicaid, and blame The Government for high unemployment because it failed
to make rules so that jobs wouldn't be exported to India. And it's all tribal. I don't care whether you think
I'm a racist. It's enough that you think the other tea-partiers are racist. You're playing the race card
to oppress how we feel.
And, to them, it really is
oppression. Socialists attack tea-partiers by being chased down the
street and beaten. Union thugs dressed in neat, brightly colored polo shirts go to congressional town meetings
and force the tea-partiers to shout them down. Obama Nuts go wild defending themselves from a constantly advancing crowd
of shouting Beckists. The victimhood is what ties it all together
-- because it has the capacity to skew perception itself 180 degrees off reality.