What the heck - there really ARE people who are Birfers? No, really? I had no idea.
I think BM is the perfect acronym for them!
Oh yeah, they're real, and they gum up EVERY Web site that even mentions their pet peeves with the same utter nonsense that got smacked down on the last Web site they gummed up. They're probably not many, but they're making a lot of noise on the Web, and a lot of Republicans who couldn't accept "That One" in the White House are latching onto them as yet another excuse for the same old hatred. I advise you to read the Salon links, but NOT the letters posted in response to them -- that's more attention than the BM deserves.
Wow! This is amazing to me that this is even going on. I mean, I have seen the damned birth certificate already! It's not difficult to figure out.
Is this a serious movement (do people really believe this crap?) or is it just a tactic to take the focus off of other stuff...or both?
I plan to read the rest of your post and links when I get home and I will have more comments, I am sure. leaving work in...3....2....1....WHEE!!!!
It's both: a serious movement by the loony right to nestle themselves in a secure delusion that the scary man with the scary ideas about how we all gotta pitch in and fix the country really doesn't exist and can be ignored.
This icon describes perfectly my feelings toward this entry.
A long while ago I realized that, to many Republicans, "the enemy" wasn't communists, or Russia, or China, of even international terrorists. To them "the enemy" is Democrats, liberals, and any American who dares to disagree with them, and for the sake of defeating their perceived "enemy" they are willing to destroy America.
2009-08-05 07:54 pm (UTC)
I read your links! Holy Jeeze!
Wow – Alan Keyes is also in this mess and against Obama. I knew he was a nutcase, but wow! And they have *demands*?
In Connecticut one lout suggested Sen. Chris Dodd commit suicide as a cure for his recently announced prostate cancer. "How come we don't just give Chris Dodd painkillers? Like a handful of them at a time! He can wash it down with Ted Kennedy's whiskey!" Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil was hung in effigy. Rep. Tim Bishop needed a police escort back to his car. In Austin, Texas, a blue outpost in that red state, Rep. Lloyd Doggett was shouted down by abusive GOP protesters.
What the hell is going on in the US? Are all the racists and weirdoes crawling out of the woodwork? Do they really feel comfortable enough to talk about this stuff without being ashamed? Why aren’t people like McCain and Lieberman speaking out against this (or are they and haven’t I heard)?
I knew some of this was going on (remember those charming Tea Parties) but I had no idea there was this much lunacy. I haven’t watched Fox News in a few months because I was taking a break. Perhaps I should tune in to see what kind of cockamamie stories they are producing.
And last but not least – Whoopie Goldberg believes that men didn’t land on the moon?
What the hell?
2009-08-05 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: I read your links! Holy Jeeze!
You misheard her. She did not say 'Ann Coulter is not an Israeli' she said 'Ann Coulter is not an attorney.'
HAHAHAHAHA. I have to admit I laughed like hell at your correction.
"Your photo stands here!"
2009-08-05 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I read your links! Holy Jeeze!
Yeah, and that's after I listened to the quote four times! And no, I wasn't thinking about Israel at the time, though the "Tel Aviv" tag at the bottom of the screen may have given me a subconscious hint.
Oh, and she's also a dentist and a real-estate specialist! She could fix your teeth, sue to get pesky lefties out of your country's government, AND sell your house. Reginald should be worried about the competition. Not.
2009-08-06 11:13 am (UTC)
This has nothing to do with Obama
2009-08-06 02:34 pm (UTC)
Re: This has nothing to do with Obama
Thanks. I'm amazed at how such a transparently creepy and bogus cult as $cientology managed to intimidate so many people into silence for so long.
And no, it has nothing DIRECTLY to do with Obama, but it's part of our current problem of resurgent religious fanaticism and intolerance. $cientology is not the only church/cult using fake outrage and intimidation, legal or illegal, to silence their critics.
2009-08-05 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: I read your links! Holy Jeeze!
Imagine a loyal patriotic German who supported Hitler from his early days on, because he thought that was the right thing for Germany's vital interests. Now imagine how he must feel after the war, when his whole country has been destroyed all around him, and those death-camps are exposed for all the world to see, as a direct result of the people and policies he wholeheartedly supported. Now you have in inkling as to how Republicans feel when the unmitigated disastrous failures that resulted from their actions are exposed for all to see; and the kind of liberal elitist they hated all along is now trying to get everyone together to clean up the mess.
You got it -- a total freakout of Biblical proportions, over and above the normal craziness that comes with bad times. The Republicans could probably take it if only a few of their policies had failed; but to have to face the failure of EVERYTHING they've done, is simply too much for their minds to digest at once.
Have you seen this bit of news about Obama as the Joker:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/05/AR2009080503876.html?nav=hcmodulePresident Obama made up as the Heath Ledger-era Joker, with the word "socialism" emblazoned below. The new poster has two basic thrusts: Obama is a socialist, or a crypto-socialist; and he's somehow like the Joker, unpredictable and dangerous. The anonymous poster, found in Los Angeles, has been the talk of the blogosphere. (Ktla)
Obmba, unpredictable? They're kidding, right?
I guess they were, as the anonymity suggests...
I sometimes check out the Obama blogs on Live Journal but I generally don’t subscribe. I noticed that you posted one of your recent posts (I can’t remember which, sorry. It was possibly this one) and people took offence at your use of the word “Nazi”.
I really don’t think people know how National Socialism started in Germany. They don’t realize that it sounded really good after Germany was devastated in WWII, the economy was bad, people lost a sense of hope, and they *wanted someone to blame this on*.
I see parallels to what’s happening in the US right now, and also what’s happening in the EU. In Austria and Poland right wing governments and political views are becoming popular again. In the UK the BNP is becoming more vocal. This kind of thing often follows an economic downturn. It needs to be monitored.
See, WWII is starting to fade out of the memories of many people. They know the Nazis were horrible, but they don’t know the history behind the rise of the National Socialist party. It wasn't like Hitler just went in took over - people did support him. As you know, people in the US supported him! Then some uneducated people see the word “socialism” and think “Obama” and then they put two and two together to get 5 – Omaba is a Socialist and a Nazi. People are spouting terms like “socialism”, “fascism” and “national socialism” without really knowing what the terms mean and this is where some of the confusion lies. You using the term “early Nazism” doesn’t help them understand if they don’t know how the rise of Nazism started in Germany. They looked like a good deal to the people when they started – it was called the German Worker’s Party after all.
So, I see your concern with what is happening in the US and agree. I just think some of the readers aren’t getting it. You are right. I am not hysterical about what I see, but I am concerned and it bears watching and in some cases acting upon.
Sorry this is so long, but this is very important to me.
Edited at 2009-08-08 07:12 am (UTC)