Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Few Conservative Mouths

What is it with these celebrity conservatives?

(Way) over-the-hill rock performer Ted Nugent earned himself a visit from the Secret Service when in April he exclaimed at a National Rifle Association convention  “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."  Nugent added “If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made of."

(Way) over-the-hill actor (who nevertheless deserves credit for acknowledging his time is up) actor Jon Voight, in Tampa for the Gas and Oil Party convention, remarked "Hollywood community is historically conservative, All the people that I so admired growing up were very patriotic and loved the country.”  He says he got involved in left-wing "nonsense" in the 1960s but  “I’m quite ashamed of it, actually. . . I know as much as anybody about this stuff and I know how poisonous it is.”

Apparently, only conservatives are patriotic.   So it's good to know that Rush Limbaugh, who flatly stated "I hope Obama fails" (and later defended the remark); Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who flatly stated "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"; and congressional Republicans, who engineered a downgrade of U.S. debt in pursuit of McConnell's goal, all are liberals.

Nugent and Voight serve merely (merely?) to move the conversation slightly more to the right and to remind the Tea Party and others on the far right that the GOP is theirs.    But (somewhat) over-the-hill comedian Dennis Miller has a conservative, Republican syndicated talk show.    And last night he told Jay Leno's Tonight Show audience

I don’t think the president does himself any service having that moron Joe Biden fronting for him out there.    They say Paul has six percent body fat. I guarantee Biden’s got eight between his ears....Biden’s so silly they ought to put one of those plastic dog collars they put around your neck, that they give your dog when they snip his balls so he doesn’t hurt himself.

Nothing says love of country more than calling the Vice President of the United States a "moron" who should be treated like a dog.   And then adding an obscenity.   And Miller will continue to be taken seriously by not only the Republican Party but Hollywood and the mainstream media.

There is, appallingly, not much of a disadvantage (or as they now say, "downside") to such outrageous statements.   Not when Mitt Romney spokesman, Andrea Saul, responding to the remark from Nugent investigated as a possible threat to the life of the President, responds "everyone needs to be civil... Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from."

Such remarks, however, are far from uncivil or "divisive."     And they come far more from one "side of the political aisle" than from the other.

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