I knew that the graphic at right would come in handy one of these days. I found it when I was searching for other graphics and info for a post I made back in May about supporting the troops (Videopost #29) where the entire point was about how to really support the troops instead of calling a bumpersticker or a yellow ribbon support - because those are hollow gestures and don't really amount to much. Thinking about all of that in light of the newly conjured 'scandal' wherein Barack Obama has decided to stop wearing his flag lapel pin for the same reason - hollow gestures are not the same as true patriotism - and the freepers are, well, freeping out. The Carpetbagger Report has more here.
In a post entitled The Republican Decline, reformed GOP Kool-Aid swiller John Cole nails the real problem:
For starters, people got tired of being associated with these drooling retards. Then, when they realized that these drooling retards had ideological allies running the show in the Bush administration and then began to experience their idiotic policies, they moved from disgusted to outright hostile.He also cites references to Jonah Goldberg from NRO who said Obama's pin declaration was "staggeringly stupid", and Pamela (AKA "Atlas Screeches") who has lots to blather on about the matter - have a vomit bag handy, she's fucking nuts.
Like me. It had nothing to do with Burke, and everything to do with what the party had become. A bunch of bedwetting, loudmouth, corrupt, hypocritical, and incompetent boobs with a mean streak a mile long and no sense of fair play or proportion.
Seriously- what does the current Republican party stand for? Permanent war, fear, the nanny state, big spending, torture, execution on demand, complete paranoia regarding the media, control over your body, denial of evolution and outright rejection of science, AND ZOMG THEY ARE GONNA MAKE US WEAR BURKHAS, all the while demanding that in order to be a good American I have to spend most of every damned day condemning half my fellow Americans as terrorist appeasers.
Screw them. I got out. They can have their party. I will vote for Democrats and little L libertarians and isolationists until the crazy people aren’t running the GOP. The threat of higher taxes in the short term isn’t enough to keep me from voting out crazy people and voting for sane people with whom I merely disagree regarding policy. Hillarycare doesn’t scare me as much as Frank Gaffney having a line to the person with the nuclear football or Dobson and company crafting domestic policy.
That is why the Republican party is in shambles. The majority of us have decided that the movers and shakers in the GOP and the blogospheric right are certified lunatics who, in a decent and sane society, we would have in controlled environments in rocking chairs under shade trees for most of the day, wheeled in at night for tapioca pudding and some karaoke.
So far, the person who best echoes my feelings on the matter is a commenter to John Cole who says:
"This is just insane. I guess for “those” people, you’re only a patriot if you spend 1.99 on a Chinese pin, $5 for a stick on your Hummer. And if you don’t, you’re a pinko commie terrorist or something.Damn skippy, except that they're neither fair nor balanced and have no interest in becoming so. Do you think they ever have like a momentary break into reality where for only a second or two it occurs to them "Holy crap, I really AM a complete embarrassment to all of rational humanity", or would that insude catatonia?
They want to be fair and balanced. Patriotism isn’t something you buy and sell, its something you earn via sacrifices."