Wednesday, November 19, 2008


From Media Matters for America:

Gingrich: "[T]here is a gay and secular fascism in this
country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us"

On the November 14 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, in reference to actions by individual protesters of Proposition 8, the recently passed California ballot initiative amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich stated: "I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion." Gingrich also stated: "[W]hen the radicals lost the vote in California, they are determined to impose their will on this country no matter what the popular opinion, no matter what the law of the land."

Click here for a complete transcript of the exchange.

Needless to say, there is no "gay and secular fascism" here seeking "to impose its will on the rest" of the nation. Sure yeah, there are a few liberal assholes out there, but nothing like the weird conspiracy professional idiot-mouth Gingrich describes. Okay, I'll admit to some social engineering desires most American liberals have. Liberals want actual science taught in schools instead of creation bullshit pretending to be science. Liberals want schools to have a comprehensive sex ed curriculum so that teenagers don't get pregnant, or contract HIV. Liberals want schools and social institutions to favor cultural diversity so we can all live together successfully. Liberals want American workers to receive a fair wage for their labor so they can make ends meet. And on and on. Pretty tame stuff. Almost always, liberals seek enactment of their agenda through the dangerous and radical form of revolution known as "persuasion." After all, one of the most cherished tenets of liberalism is freedom of thought; it would be self-defeating to force these ideas on people.

But that's pretty obvious to anybody who actually understands the US political dynamic. What's lame about Gingrich's accusation is that it appeals directly to people who don't understand American politics. But then, there's nothing surprising about that. The GOP has been doing it since the Nixon administration, concocting crazy narratives, which is what they are, delusional stories, about the American left, to scare the shit out of politically ignorant voters. And it's worked countless times. Not at all surprising that conservative mouth pieces would stick to the strategy that has served them well all these years, in spite of recent strong doses of reality countering their psycho stories.

So I'm wondering. Is there any real power left in this nutty lie about liberals trying to control everything? Back when I was a kid, when liberalism seemed to be the zeitgeist, this loony conservative version of reality had a ring of truth to it, if only because the Democrats had run the government for so many decades. But now...the Republicans have had their shot, and they've not simply failed: they've failed spectacularly. And it's pretty obvious that liberals don't run everything. Especially because the Democrats can only loosely be described as liberal these days.

How long will it take conservatives to give up on their scare-story tactics and actually start debating issues? Are they even capable of doing such a thing?

Watch doo-doo head Newt spew his stupid doo-doo on TV: