As you may recall, the “liberal” world leaped into action at the first report of Sparkman’s death. Rachel Maddow showcased her lack of experience—and her relentless upper-class tribal hatred—throwing away the start of her program to report the thrilling non-news. (She promised that she’d break in again if anything else developed that night.) As we all surely know, people like Maddow prayed to their God that Sparkman had been murdered by some anti-government nut-case. They wanted this so they could then slime all members of the opposite tribe (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/25/09).
We liberals shrieked with delight, dreaming of the future slimings we could pursue—for the good of the nation, of course. We had no idea what had happened. But we gave vent to our dreams.
Because yes: For decades, a large amount of “liberal” politics had really been tribal hatred. This helps explain why there’s nothing resembling a progressive politics in this benighted, laughing-stock nation. In all honesty, pseudo-liberals are in this game so we can vent at the unwashed masses—at the tea-b**gers, the redneck racists, the people whose limbic brains don’t work right.
The people who make us tell dick jokes about them. Even though we’re embarrassed, of course.
In the past year, Maddow and Olbermann have schooled young liberals in this brainless brand of hatred. But in all honesty, this consummate dumbness has always been part of our “liberal” politics. Going back to Nixon and Wallace, politicians of the right have gotten fat on our hatred. Palin feeds on it today.
In large part, our hatred explains why we have no progressive politics in this country. You see, if you despise the great unwashed, it’s a bit hard to advocate on their behalf. Are The Interests ripping them off—when it comes to their over-priced health care, let’s say? It’s hard for us to work up a fury when we hold such people in more contempt that even The Interests do.
And of course, those people can see how much we hate them! As Palin prospers on our hatred, the only people who can’t seem to see our obvious hatred are the rubes in this whole story—us!That's important and you should read the full post. I was surprised that there was such an in depth post today. Happily surprised.
We flew into Georgia today, into Atlanta. We're home through Saturday. For the holidays. The kids are excited because we only get back here on the holidays it seems. (Though they did spend two weeks here with their grandparents this summer.)
Community wide, we're doing a theme post tonight. Friday is known as "Black Friday" and it's when we're all supposed to go shopping.
I'm going to serve some honesty and it won't be pretty.
I know the economy is awful. I also know people are suffering. But it didn't really hit me in terms of the holidays until today. My sisters all have their jobs and their husbands are employed so that's great. But in the neighborhood, people are out of jobs. It's really awful.
I wasn't aware it was as bad as it is. Remember, I'm fortunate enough to live at C.I.'s and not only it is a huge sprawling place but C.I. will not take any rent money and her staff does all the grocery shopping so it's not like I even have to toss in for food or drinks for myself or the kids. So I'm sitting pretty these days. I have a high paying job and get to sock money away for my kid's education (when they go to college) and I read the headlines and I know the economy's awful but it only sinks in when I come home and see how awful things are for so many people I grew up with.
Our church has a number of families that will be without gifts on Christmas so my parents signed up for that and we will all be going to Toys 'R Us tomorrow night (at midnight, so actually Friday morning) to purchase toys for that reason.
I really am surprised both by how many have lost jobs (if I hadn't taken the promotion and moved to California, I wouldn't have a job right now with the company) and by how I understood the economy only on an intellectual level. In my head, I got it. In my heart? Not until I came home. It's pretty much every other house on my parents' street, for example, where a family has at least one spouse unemployed.
We will be doing Toys 'R Us tomorrow night. We may do additional things. But we're going to be shopping for those who would otherwise do without on Christmas.
Before that, my answer to tonight's theme was going to be: No. I think there's too much of a focus on "What did you get me!" at Christmas. And if it wasn't for the families in our church that are in need, I wouldn't be taking part in Black Friday. But for those in need, I will gladly take part. And hope that Christmas 2010 finds us all on stronger economic footing.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
the telegraph of london
the times of london