Saturday, July 10, 2010

Something Someone Else Said

"The greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution of the United States, the greatest threat to our way of life; everything we believe in. The greatest threat to the country that our founding fathers put together is the man that's sitting in the White House today," -former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo.

This guy was one of the Republicans running for their presidential nomination in the last election, he was in the actual debates. He's a big name in the mainstream Republican party, he says shit like this and yet he's still taken seriously by the "liberal" media. War, terrorists, plague: apparently none of these compares to the threat posed by this black man with a foreign sounding name who is (maliciously or ignorantly, depending upon whether this weeks narrative is that he's evil or stupid) systematically destroying the United States of America from within. Where do they go from here? How much more hyperbolically deranged can this political party possibly become in its attempts to demonize Obama? If the saner heads amongst them don't prevail at some point, I'm afraid we'll get to find out. Their 2012 presidential nomination will be the canary in the reality coal mine; Sarah Palin would be the deadly gas.



magpie said...

"the greatest threat to the United States today"

The United States is still the most powerful country in the world. About the only genuine threat to it is global ecological disaster or Yellowstone exploding.
I'll accept terrorism as a threat. But everyone's got that possibility.

From there Tancredo goes to Wagner-like accumulation of mythic tones:

"the greatest threat to our liberty"
Reference the holy word (and ask not "liberty to do what? exactly?")

"the greatest threat to the Constitution"
Reference the holy document

"everything we believe in"
Reference God.

"our founding fathers"
Reference inviolate authority.

"is the man that's sitting in the White House today"
Reference the freely elected President of the United States in any other way than... the freely elected President of the United States .
Meaning...reference Satan.

I take it back. There IS a threat to the United States:
Fundamentalist incitement.

JBW said...

As I say quite often, magpie: sometimes I envy you where you live, mate.