Phony Outrage From The Astroturf Movement

Because it’s too damn hard to join into the discussion and find common ground on an issue, the nuts on the right have been up to what has become their signature form of douchebaggery.

Here is how it works. You create a group that appears to be a grassroots effort created by everyday Americans. The corporate lobbyists and GOP give you money for your, “movement”. You spread your movement through its normal channels – your Fox News, Rush Dirtbags, etc. etc. You make it seem really bad and say things like, “The Democrats want to kill your grandma” and, “If this health care bill passes, mandatory sex change operations for everyone”. This creates outrage among the lemmings and the uninformed attack Democratic representatives at town hall meetings.

But that’s not enough because you can’t depend on the lemmings all the time. They may not hold up to their end of the bargain so you need to pay people to show phony outrage. Think of the 2000 Florida election debacle and the number of GOP staffers showing their fake outrage over the recount.

It’s not like they learn or even study history but you would think that they would have learned from the McCain/Palin rallies that people just don’t get into angry mobs. To me they are acting like the little kid you see at the store kicking and screaming when they don’t get their way. It’s annoying to customers and embarrassing to the mother. But in this instance, I don’t think those mothers care.


A.B. said...

I'm just amazed at what people will believe. I mean, when you hear someone say "the government will counsel you on how best to die or when you will die", shouldn't there be a part of your brain that goes off and says "wait, that can't really be true, can it?"

Sadly, as long as these people are treated with some sort of legitimacy by the oh-so-liberal media, this is going to continue. There were fistfights at one meeting last night, and arrests at another. Get enough mobs ginned up, and eventually someone's really going to get hurt.

Elizabeth K Wright said...

I want to know when it became OK to incite violence in this country? I believe that everyone has the right to disagree with me or anyone else. What I do not believe is that members of the media have a right to push the uneducated masses into doing their dirty work.

Stoking this fire and adding fuel to the flame with comparisons between Democrats and Nazis and Obama and Hitler will eventually end in violence, as we have already seen. What happens when it goes further than a fist fight at a rally? What happens when someone gets seriously injured, or God forbid, killed because of this. When did it become OK for a figure like Glenn Beck to make a joke about poisoning the third most powerful person in the country? Free speech is one thing - yelling fire in a crowded theatre is something completely different.

jk said...

Imagine what Glenn Beck et. al. would have done if we who opposed the war used these same tactics in 2003, had the debate over the war actually spanned a congressional break long enough to have town hall meetings.

They would have been screaming for blood.