Feb 9, 2007

The Truth about "leftists"

Wow. If only I could get PAID to rant like this...

(Hey, Caveman I seem to keep you entertained, wanna pony up some beer money for next week's blogging?)

Matt Taibbi vents

My favorite bits:

Let's get this straight: there are no "leftists" in modern-day America. Or, rather, there about ten of them, and you can find absolutely every single one of them at the next antiwar or anti-anything protest in Washington; they all fit in one section of the park behind the White House, where you can find pretty much all of them passing out small stacks of socialist fliers, mainly to each other. These socialists are committed, dedicated, utterly serious political activists, which makes them absolutely atypical Americans, which is why there are so few of them.

The rest of the people that the Kleins of the world are calling "leftists" are mostly cautious consumers who watch a lot of Netflix movies, have maybe read Love in the Time of Cholera once or twice, and whose most aggressive step in the direction of socialism is a vote in favor of increased school spending. They might drive a foreign car, or willingly see a movie with subtitles. If that makes them "leftists," what word are we going to use for real leftists?

It's totally fucking stupid, and Klein is old enough and close to bright enough to see the absurdity of red-baiting the basically timid conservatism of the American TV-watching, net-surfing leisure class. If you gave the people Joe Klein calls "leftists" a choice -- told them they could have an instant Scandanavian-style state-directed economy, but only if The Sopranos was pulled off the air -- how many of them do you think would vote for even that kind of socialism? The A&E network has nothing to worry about, let's put it that way.

Then there's this whole business of liberals who are accused of "rooting" for failure in Iraq. I'm sorry, but the next pundit who whips that one out should have his balls stuffed down his throat. You cocksuckers beat the drum to send these kids to war, and then you turn around and accuse us of rooting for them to die? Fuck you for even thinking that. We're Americans just like you. You don't have the right to get us into this mess and then turn around and call us traitors. Your credibility is long gone on this issue; shut up about us.

Beyond that, what you say doesn't even make any sense. For most of us, if we thought there was any chance this thing could work, we'd have been for it, or at least not so violently against it. Instead, our opposition to the war was based on our absolute conviction that it would end in disaster -- which it incidentally has. But according to Klein, if we see a guy step off the top of the Empire State Building, we're supposed to root for him to nail the dismount. The whole issue is irrelevant and absurd. This is a catastrophe, not a baseball game. "Rooting" is a kid's word; grow the fuck up.

Of course, rooting is what Klein says he himself has been doing. "I've been rooting for U.S. success ever since the invasion," he says, "because, after the overpowering arrogance and stupidity that led to this disaster, we owe some peace and stability to the Iraqis and the region."


think they're all full of shit -- Klein, McCain, Kerry, all of them. But especially Klein. He is the living, breathing incarnation of American "conventional wisdom" -- and what American "conventional wisdom" is is a spineless, slavish, power-worshipping watcher of polls who has no problem whatsoever denying today what he said yesterday, and is mostly interested in making sure he still has invitations to the right Beltway parties.

The war, you might have noticed, has not budged very many of these people from their places. Many of them now claim to be against the war. But they're the same people they were three or four years ago, and they're still quite openly sneering at the people who really were right all along. They seem to hate us even more, now that we've so obviously been proven right.

Which tells us: if they're going to end this Iraq thing, they're going to try to do it without admitting either that they were wrong or we were right. And we'll take that, I guess -- but Jesus, is it infuriating.

It's infuriating to me too, but not because I am desperately wanting the pro-war crowd to admit that we've been right, or apologize that they've been wrong- but because right now, halfway across the world, an American soldier is dying as we speak.

And all because of LIES.


supergirlest said...

i wonder how mike really feels? such a powerful piece!!!!

quite a rant, if i do say so myself - especially his dissection of the american left...

another american soldier is dying as we speak... :(

for lies. damn lies.

the Rev. Jerry Gloryhole said...

Totally fine rant.
I too am weary to death of the lies Wingnuttia whips out whenever their lips move.
Nice to see Doug "stupidest fucking man on the planet" Feith embarassed. Too bad he's not also on a plane to The Hague.

Did you notice that Cheney's notes in the Libby case state (and were then crossed out, but legible) that "The Pres." intended for Libby to be the fall guy instead of Rove?
Doesn't that make President Dim Son a liar?
And I thought we impeached liars.

caveman said...

fade when a nuke goes off. in a American town from a terroist .. I think the beer money is off

navyswan said...

"For most of us, if we thought there was any chance this thing could work, we'd have been for it, or at least not so violently against it."

Not me. The ends do not justify the means. So, even if the war went "better", it would still be illegal and I would still be against it.

caveman said...

Swan a terrorist could drop a Atomic bomb on your home town and you would still be against the war

navyswan said...

You're a fucking idiot.