Saturday, February 06, 2010

Tea Baggers, Terrorists and the Mob Mentality

Glenn Greenwald ran a post about how readily people accept what they are told, especially by our leaders. Essentially, the government claims that it can now kill anyone, even Americans overseas, by deeming them terrorists with out any due process. That whole "constitution" thing went out with the Patriot Act. And that people who may have opposed it's usage by the previous administration have no problem with President Obama making similar declarations. Much the same way the charges of socialist and communist are leveled at an obvious corporatist like our president by those on the right because they feel uncomfortable being led by someone with a darker skin tone, despite any empirical evidence.
On the right, the same thing is happening to the Tea Party movement. What began as a Libertarian anti tax movement in Chicago in 2008 has mushroomed and metamorphosed into a another arm of the Republican Party, being told to embrace the policies of that party or risk losing support from the movement itself. And while some (read the comments) may resist, the mob mentality will eventually grab hold and the GOP knows it can count on the support of those who while not ideologically aligned with Sarah Palin, will feel she is a better choice than another term of President Obama. For obvious and previously stated reasons.
It's the same mentality that has changed a championship game between the AFL and the NFL (now both the NFC and AFC arms of the NFL) 45 years ago into what is quickly becoming the national holiday. In these times of green thinking, how many of these plastic party supplies will end up rotting in a landfill? While some people will watch to root on their favorite team, more people will watch the Super Bowl for the ads than the game, which in a time of DVRs, is quite a trick on the part of advertisers. And a sign of sickness infecting the mob mentality, turning most of a nation into drunken drooling zombies, turning their memories into advertisements, their minds into pliable mush for the coming corporate state.

5 comments:

Tom Harper said...

For years I've been watching the Super Bowl just for the ads. Apparently I started a trend.

Lew Scannon said...

I will watch the halftime show this year, just to see what remains of The Who. I just hope Roger or Pete don't have any "wardrobe malfunctions"......

Renegade Eye said...

The $500.00 fee for the Teabagger Convention is telling. It is overrated as a power, and obviously with such a steep fee, not too working class.

Lew Scannon said...

Ren,
Most of the $229,400 raised went to SarahPAC, to cover the cost of ferrying her and her family around in a private jet. That left little money for them to rent a teleprompter, forcing Sarah to write the answers to prescreened question on the palm of her hean!

Kvatch said...

...more people will watch the Super Bowl for the ads than the game...

That's because...well...football is boring. Though, I was still happy that the Saints won. ;-)