Attack of the Radicals

Monday, July 07, 2008

For some context about this post, John Cole over at Balloon Juice wrote this piece about what a real, true Wingnut sounds like. About it, Cole says: "This comment from Perino has it all- sheer nonsense, a complete distortion of the truth, an attack on an independent judiciary, fear-mongering, and the characteristic brazenness we have grown to know and love."
The White House said Thursday that dangerous detainees at Guantanamo Bay could end up walking Main Street U.S.A. as a result of last month’s Supreme Court ruling about detainees’ legal rights. Federal appeals courts, however, have indicated they have no intention of letting that happen.

The high court ruling, which gave all detainees the right to petition federal judges for immediate release, has intensified discussions within the Bush administration about what to do with the roughly 270 detainees held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“I’m sure that none of us want Khalid Sheikh Mohammed walking around our neighborhoods,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said about al-Qaida’s former third in command.
Right. Because HE would be allowed to go free because of the SCOTUS ruling. Or maybe he would, because he was caught and detained wrongly, which is nobody's fault but the Administration's.

I digress.

What it shows is that this party will continue to resort to fear-mongering in order to secure the Presidency again. My sentiment is further verifyed by the letter my wife got in the mail the other day from the Republican National Committee.

My wife.

Mrs. Smitty.

The registered Democrat.

The one who has worked her entire political career on Democratic campaigns and for Democratic Senators and representatives. That one. Mrs. Smitty, the Dems' Dem.

Anyway, the cover letter, addressed to "Dear Fellow Republican," emphatically asks: do you want to stop them?

It asks to "Stop Senator Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, San Francisco radical Nancy Pelosi and ultra-liberal Harry Reid from taking total control of our government in 2009..." It further extolls Mrs. Smitty to think carefully about what's at stake if a liberal democrat wins the White House, including total control over the next [three] justices appointed to the SCOTUS, total control over the War on Terror, our military leadership and our troops [variously deployed], and total control over our economy, government spending and taxes.

The icing on the cake is "So please tell me now, do you want to STOP the four horsemen of the left: Clinton-Obama-Pelosi-Reid from taking total control of our nation?"

Here's the best part. This letter has a huge green YES sticker and a huge red NO sticker. You're supposed to affix the sticker of your choice to the corresponding attached return letter and mail it back to them. The return letter is too priceless to simply quote from, so I have attached it in its entirety.
Indeed, by her choice, Mrs. Smitty apparently readily understands and accepts that her taxes will go up; that Al-Qaida will win and America will lose the War on Terror; and that apparently floods of illegal immigrants will hoarde across our borders in search of free government-run health care.

Why, Mrs. Smitty? My beloved wife? Why do you hate America?

23 comments:

B Mac 10:42 AM  

"The liberals are trying to replace football with futbol. They want to outlaw apple pie, puppies, and freedom. They want to tax the 'Our Father' and Pledge of Allegiance and give the money to brown people."

Or, alternatively;

"Those damn liberals understand that, as a general rule, things cost money. And as money is a poor agricultural crop, it must be primarily be received in the form of taxes."

Sopor 10:45 AM  

I have only one word for the people behind that letter...

Douchebags.

What a load of stinking crap! I'm seriously sick of all of this bullshit. The Republicans can go fuck themselves. They've certainly fucked us hard enough!

I am sickened by the current state of freedom in this nation. My biggest fear is that even getting some Dems in power in the Executive and Legislative branches is too little too late. The feds have turned this into a police state, and are obviously more than happy to keep us scared to keep it that way.

Smitty 10:53 AM  

It's the fear-mongering that bugs me the most. It smacks of the fact that they have no solid platform to run on, so they'll keep running on fear...fear of taxing you to death, fear of being blown up by terrorists, fear of brown people sneaking over here to take all of our $1.25/hour jobs.

Mrs. Smitty,  11:32 AM  

I also like to run over kittens and put our "job providers" out of business.

Mrs. Joel,  12:03 PM  

I saw her kick a puppy once.

This country will eventually be run by a bunch of crazy towelheads, and it's all your fault Mrs. Smitty, you darn Liberal, you!

This letter is quite extreme and doesn't seem be helping their case much in my opinion. It's very sad that people will read this and believe it to be true. Unfortunately the average voter is stupid.

Smitty 12:14 PM  

Unfortunately the average voter is stupid.

Ohhhhh, that I think is actually a law of nature:

1 - Matter can be neither created nor destroyed.
2 - Voters are, for the most part, extremely dim.
3 - Objects that are in motion tend to stay in motion.

George 12:22 PM  

"So please tell me now, do you want to STOP the four horsemen of the left: Clinton-Obama-Pelosi-Reid from taking total control of our nation?"

Have to love the whistle call to evangelicals by dragging in the apocalypse.

Rickey Henderson 2:09 PM  

Wow, that's actually legit? Scary shit. And don't all those wacky born again evengelicals want the rapture to happen?

Sopor 2:39 PM  

You know Smitty, that actually falls neatly under the Wizard's First Rule!

Wizards Rules

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Smitty 3:14 PM  

Wow Sopor. After dropping that kind of bomb, you can't just [/end geekiness]. You're outted.

Like I'm one to talk.

Mike 5:47 AM  

I want to know where this free government-run healthcare is?

Shit, I'll paint myself brown & sneak across the border for some of that.

Bob "Serious McLiteral" 9:02 AM  

I have seen some pretty over-the-top fundrasing letters from both sides, but this one is way, way out there.

As far as the SCOTUS ruling:

It continues to amaze me that the WH can continue to convince people that a lack of due process somehow equals being tough on terror/crime/etc. I guess we are back to people being generally stupid.

Smitty 9:54 AM  

the WH can continue to convince people that a lack of due process somehow equals being tough on terror/crime/etc.

I think, actually, people are seeing through it, except for like (what is it down to now...) 23% of Americans who comprise Bush's supporters. Those 23% are too far gone to save at this point, so we'll just cut our losses. If even the SCOTUS is saying the WH was wrong, and their Chief Justice is a Bush appointee, then truly, people are starting to reject the fearmongering from the WH.

McSame, however, seems to have missed this memo and is plugging merrily along as is, apparently, the RNC, based on this letter. Courting your base, fellas? You're welcome to them. All 23%.

Bob "Serious McLiteral" 10:06 AM  

FYI-

Mrs. Smitty should not send back the rejection letter. Let the RNC continue to waste money sending her their fundraising letters.

Smitty 10:24 AM  

Mrs. Smitty is actually planning on putting the sticker in the "yes" spot as well, checking the box with the largest amount of money ($2,300 I think), and sending it in a big wad of Monopoly money. We're in the process of raiding our Monopoly game right now. That way, it will weigh a ton and cost them extra for having to receive it.

Bob "Serious McLiteral" 10:49 AM  

"... "yes" spot as well, checking the box with the largest amount of money ($2,300 I think), and sending it in a big wad of Monopoly money."

Judging by our national debt, it's all Monopoly money to them anyway.

Rickey Henderson 7:02 AM  

Mrs. Smitty is actually planning on putting the sticker in the "yes" spot as well, checking the box with the largest amount of money ($2,300 I think), and sending it in a big wad of Monopoly money.

Brilliant. Be sure to send it via certified mail. You'll want to frame the signature of the GOP schmohawk that has to sign for that.

Mrs. Smitty,  8:30 AM  

update: McSame now has me on his list, got another "stop the Obama/Clinton liberals" letter. Supporting them will only raise my taxes which I guess then go to Terrorists and illegals. The monopoly money is going to come in handy.

Sopor 9:29 AM  

You know my co-worker just told me that the Terrorists are going to win because I don't like cheese in a can.

Well it sounds more plausible than what these cracks are telling us!

Sopor 9:31 AM  

yea Smitty... if it wasn't already obvious that I was a geek... it was only a matter of time.

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Of course I couldn't think of a decent way to show my tags... blogger doesn't like too much html ya know!
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Rickey Henderson 8:25 AM  

Hey, perhaps we should all switch our allegiance to the GOP. Nobody wants to get their nuts cut off by Jesse Jackson, right?

steves 1:55 PM  

It's the fear-mongering that bugs me the most.

Very true. As a mostly independent, I can say that the dems have had a great history of screwing shit up, so there is plenty of REAL stuff to call them on. This tactic is just weak, but it plays on one area (national security) that some still see them as doing well in. It is unfortunate that people belive this stuff.

That being said, I would like to reference back to a previous topic, the DC gun case, to point out that some Dems (hizzoner Daley of Chicago) are predicting blood in the streets because of that Supreme Ct. ruling. I am pleased that Obama hasn't jumped on the moron express.

Have to love the whistle call to evangelicals by dragging in the apocalypse.

I have to disagree here. I see that as just an attempt at being clever, hardly subtle at all.

My biggest fear is that even getting some Dems in power in the Executive and Legislative branches is too little too late.

My biggest fear is, to quote the Who, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." While there are some differences, both parties seem comfortable with power and I don't see either pushing for some kind of broad restraint. I am scared that the Dems will just take liberty from some other area. I hope I am wrong. At worst, a sound thrashing of the Republicans may remove the neocons and replace them with something like a real conservative.

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