Thursday, September 3, 2009

Petty Party

Could conservatives get more pathetic? As if the phony “death panels” weren’t bad enough, we have been given a string of fauxtrage pearls this week from various conservative sources.

First we have the wackos behind Sept. 8: National Keep Your Child At Home Day. These are people like Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, who thinks President Obama’s Sept. 8 address about education is really a means of socialist indoctrination.

Okay, EVERYBODY PANIC! Education Secretary Arne Duncan has urged school principals around the country to let students tune in to the address, which obviously means Obama will use his magical laser-lock mind-meld powers to turn kids into socialist zombies. Frightened wingnut parents are keeping their kids home from school that day.

Wow. Maybe you guys could spend the day at the library with your kids looking up the definition of “socialism.”

Then we have Kathryn Jean Lopez sparking a phony flag flap. Writes Andrew Sullivan:
Kathryn Jean Lopez suggests that there should be "uproar" over the redesign of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. website, which no longer features a prominent American flag image at the top. This makes us less patriotic than the French, and is presumably a prelude to mandatory Esperanto lessons and black helicopters and stuff. I, for one, am incensed.

This goes nicely with the fauxtrage generated over Nancy Pelosi’s supposed banning of patriotic Muzak on congressional hold buttons. Apparently, if you listen to the wingnuts (or watch Fox News), Pelosi has a thing for smooth jazz and has used her awesome powers to mandate jazz on the congressional phone system.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

I realize some folks are just amazed that conservatives seem to have gone off the deep end lately. But it's little different from the craziness we saw when Bill Clinton was president. Seems there's nothing like having a Democrat in the White House to make the right wing go completely nuts.