Tied to the mast
…but orange now and black


Isn’t it telling when someone won’t even allow their opponents the sonic space to make their arguments?

Put the screamers on the spot for even a second and it becomes strikingly clear that they have no clothes. From Krugman today:

There was a telling incident at a town hall held by Representative Gene Green, D-Tex. An activist turned to his fellow attendees and asked if they “oppose any form of socialized or government-run health care.” Nearly all did. Then Representative Green asked how many of those present were on Medicare. Almost half raised their hands.

And since Limbaugh brought up Hitler… Theodore Adorno, maintaining his exile in California in 1951, summarized his research on Fascism in America as follows:

…fascist propaganda material in this country is little concerned with concrete and tangible political issues. The overwhelming majority of all agitators’ statements are directed ad hominem. They are obviously based on psychological calculations rather than on the intention to gain followers through the rational statement of rational aims. The term “rabble rouser,” though objectionable because of its inherent contempt of the masses as such, is adequate insofar as it expresses the atmosphere of irrational emotional aggressiveness purposely promoted by our would-be Hitlers. If it is an impudance to call people “rabble,” it is precisely the aim of the agitator to transform the very same people into “rabble,” i.e., crowds bent to violent action without any sensible political aim…

…[T]he agitators’ approach is truly systematical and follows a rigidly set pattern of clear-cut “devices.” This does not merely pertain to the ultimate unity of the political purpose: the abolition of democracy through mass support against the democratic principle, but even more so to the intrinsic nature of the content of presentation of propaganda instelf. The similarity of the utterances of various agitators… is so great that it suffices in principle to analyze the statements of one of them in order to know them all. Moreover, the speeches themselves are so monotonous that one meets with endless repetitions as soon as one is acquainted with the very limited number of stock devices. As a matter of fact, constant reiteration and scarcity of ideas are indispensable ingredients of the entire technique.

Familiar at all?


UPDATE: Taking a lesson from Rosa Parks, from Think Progress comes this:

Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI) faced a “heated” discussion about health care at a town hall meeting yesterday, with people in the crowd who were heckling, interrupting, and filibustering him.

One vocal attendee was a woman named Heather Blish, who identified herself as “just a mom from a few blocks away” and “not affiliated with any political party.”

From NBC’s report:
Her LinkedIn page shows something different. She was the vice chair of the Republican Party of Kewaunee County until last year. She worked on the John Gard campaign, who ran unsuccessfully against Kagen last year. And it says she’s a part of the Republican Party for Kagen’s district, as well as the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and the Republican National Committee.


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