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The Tennessee Train Wreck

February 6, 2010

MY GOD, THE HUMANITY!!

It’s hard to look away from something so terrifying in its spectacle, yet wildly entertaining in its incurable stupidity.  (See Paris Hilton and Jersey Shore)  Like a train wreck, it attracts the rubberneckers just wanting a glimpse of something horrid that they can talk about later.  Sometimes seeing someone way more fucked up than you are, can be very reassuring.

The poor suckers at the Tea Bagger convention in Tennessee have been duped into become the Side Show attraction of the week.  Those poor dumb bastards actuality paid hundreds of dollars into the pockets of a for-profit enterprise to go to this thing.  Rubes!  Since when do you have to pay to hear Tom “I’m a Chickenhawk” Tancredo spout ridiculous, race-bating bullshit like this

Tancredo: Every year, the liberal Dems and the RINO Republicans turned up the temperature ever so slightly. It seemed after awhile that we’d all be boiled to death in a cauldron of the nanny state.

And then something really odd happened — mostly because we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country.

[Applause]

People who cannot even spell the word “vote,” or say it in English — [applause] — put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. Name is Barack Hussein Obama.

You see all those [applause] parts in there?  Those people are applauding a return to the Good Ol Days of Jim Crow, when we could keep all the brown-skinned folks from having a voice in Our America.  This is what the Baggers are really all about.  A return to racism and patriarchal control instituted as law.  This is what they mean when they get all teary eyed yelling “I want my country back!”, and run around with misspelled signs accusing everyone else of being Nazis.  Tea Baggers are suggesting that instituting an ignorant, racist, inhuman Corporatist Plutocracy in this country is a return to national values.  I guess they’re not too far from the mark, given some of our history, but most people want to progress beyond this crap at some point and maybe aim a little higher for our future.

You know what’s really ironic about the Side Show in Nashville?  Fox Nooz single-handedly propelled these fools on to the national stage with months of free promotions and coverage worth millions of dollars in advertising, and then turn around and say that their ideas and beliefs are “on the fringe” of the Republican party and don’t represent their own views.  It’s the worst kind of corporate astro-turfing and manipulation, and it shows in glaring detail how far they are willing to go in pursuit of profit and power.  We know that most Republicans believe some pretty questionable things, and all you need to do is gaze into the void that is the Tennessee Train Wreck to see where the Rubes get it from.

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