by Scoobie Davis
Liberation Through Mocking the Hard Right
Here are the reasons I monitor the hard right: 1) Their paranoia is entertaining (e.g., Chick tracts) and fun to mock.(e.g., I love telling zombie followers of Lyndon LaRouche in an ominous voice that I’m one of Henry Kissinger’s agents; I also like telling members of Jews for Jesus that I’m a Hindu for Buddha); 2) It is important to inform people that the kook right has taken over one major party (along with neo-confederates, assorted ignoramuses, and people living in the 19th century); and 3) It is a good way to achieve enlightenment. Right-wing rhetoric is like a Zen koan, it serves as “[a] tool of meditation intended to upset and unbalance the mind...[and] helps the open and relaxed mind to conjoin things ordinarily incompatible and to break through conceptual barriers imposed by language.”
Today as I listened to new radio show by Joseph Farah, nutburger conspiracy theorist and Scaife Monkeyboy (click here and here), I experienced satori due to contradiction overload. Farah’s guest was Ann Coulter and they discussed how Joe McCarthy was unfairly maligned. Farah asked Coulter if there was anyone presently who is being as unfairly treated as Tail-gunner Joe. Coulter’s answer: Ken Starr. I got through to the call line and even though the screener didn’t let me past to question Coulter, I was able to communicate to him that the show was tripping me out.
Andrew Sullivan took some well-deserved shots at Coulter. Here’s where Sullivan got it wrong. 1) Michael Moore is not a Coulter of the left; sure, Moore has gotten things wrong, but his errors and rhetoric are not one tenth as poisonous as Coulter’s; 2) the American media is not, as Sullivan claims, “biased to the left.” 3) Sullivan argues: “American politics has been badly damaged by the scruple-free tactics of those like Michael Moore and Ann Coulter.” Everything Moore says or writes is scrutinized and criticized by the right. Coulter, Limbaugh, Ailes, Farah, Scaife, and Ruddy have been able to get away with murder because people like Sullivan were largely quiet in the 1990’s. In fact, when David Brock came clean about the heavily financed dirty tricks operation he was involved in, Sullivan tried to smear him as a liar. Go figure.