Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Racist Rednecks": What the Radical Left Thinks of You

Check out Janeane Garofalo's ugly but representative leftist rant against the great outpouring of democractic action by hundreds of thousands of Americans excercising their First Amendment rights to protest the policies of the Barack Obama administration:

Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks ... The limbic brain inside a right-winger or a Republican or a conservative or your average white power activist, the limbic brain is much larger in their, in their head space than in a reasonable person and it's pushing against the frontal lobe, so their synapses are misfiring ... it is, it is a neurological problem that we're dealing with.

Pretty unreal, but not unlike anything we normally hear from the likes of Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, Perez Hilton, Steve Hynd, Markos Moulitsas, Pam Spaulding, TRex, Andrew Sullivan, Matthew Yglesias, or ... well, the list goes on.

Janeane Garofalo's a classic spokesperson for the ignorance and intolerance that just oozes from the warped depths of the nation's secular progressive redoubts. And look at Keith Olbermann just lapping it up!

It's amazing, too. As
Byron York notes today:

These should be happy times for liberals and the Democratic party as a whole. They control the White House and both houses of Congress, while opposition Republicans are leaderless and lost. So why do some Democrats, particularly those farther to the left, appear so angry?

If you doubt it, just watch a few minutes of MSNBC, where the recent nationwide series of "tea parties" to protest federal spending and taxes set off an angry, almost manic response. The most telling came on Keith Olbermann's program, during which the actress Janeane Garofalo, who plays an FBI computer geek on “24,” denounced the tea parties as "racism straight up."

"Let's be very honest about what this is about," Garofalo said. "It's not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes…This is about hating a black man in the White House."

Garofalo linked the tea parties to what she described as a peculiar feature of the conservative brain. "The limbic brain inside a right-winger, or Republican, or conservative, or your average white power activist -- the limbic brain is much larger in their head space than in a reasonable person," she explained. "And it is pushing against the frontal lobe. So their synapses are misfiring." (The limbic brain is the deep portion of the brain that mediates, controls and expresses emotion.)

Now, it's possible Garofalo was joking; she used to do comedy. But she didn't seem to be joking, and her comments were consistent with a long and dishonorable history of attributing political conservatism to mental abnormality. And as she spoke about the alleged anger on the right, Garofalo herself seemed visibly angry. Why were she, and Olbermann, and many others on the left, so apparently troubled by a virtually powerless opposition?

I asked William Anderson, a friend who is a political conservative, a medical doctor, and a lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard. "They are angry, but I think they are also scared, and I think it's because they have a sense that their triumph is a precarious one," Anderson told me. Democrats won in 2008 in some part because of the cycles of American politics; Republicans were exhausted and it was the other party's turn. Now, having won, they are unsure of how long victory will last.

"They see that they have a very small window of opportunity to do all the things they want," Anderson continued. "They see the window of opportunity as small because they know in their deepest hearts that the vast majority of the American people wouldn't go for all of the things they want to do." So they are frantic to do as much as possible before the opposition coalesces. And the tea parties might be the beginning of that coalescence.

Then there is the question of self-image. Watching Garofalo and Olbermann discuss the tea parties, it was impossible to avoid the sense that they saw themselves as two good people talking about many bad people. "One of the things about narcissism is that it looks like people who are just proud of themselves and smug, but in fact narcissism is a very brittle and unstable state," Anderson told me. "People who are deeply invested in narcissism spend an awful lot of energy trying to maintain the illusion they have of themselves as being powerful and good, and they are exquisitely sensitive to anything that might prick that balloon."

Again, the tea parties could represent a threat. What if the protesters weren't racists, weren't violent, weren't mentally defective? What if their point was legitimate, or even partly legitimate? Those are questions better batted down than answered.

Finally, there is the sense of anxiety and fragility that stems from the liberals' newly-won power. They control everything in government, and some fear what the responsibility of governing is doing to them.
There's more at the link.

It's of course always de rigeur for leftists to blow off folks like Jeneane Garafalo as anomolies. But look at Olbermann again. The guy's just nodding in total agreement, asking Garofalo, "what can we do about this," in a casual Joseph Goebbels sort of way.

Note, for example, the comments from "Tim" on my earlier post on Carrie Prejean: "Donald only adds fuel to the fire as he trolls for negative comments about those who make uh, negative comments based on fear and ignorance."

Actually, those "negative comments" constitute the bulk of the left's repertoire. But check back here later for Tim's cockamamie dismissal of Jeneane Garofalo's representive scourging of everday Americans as "racist rednecks." It's all just the fruits of extensive trolling for "negative comments."

Yeah. Right.

See also, Protein Wisdom, "'In time of victory, why is the left so angry?'"


Tim said...

These are your true tea baggers, Donald. I don't think the derangement of the right was this high during the Clinton years.
Now You Know The Rest of the Story
This is one despicable, hateful, and ignorant bunch of creeps you are lionizing.

The photos are at the bottom. I'm guessing these are mild too. Remember, these are the same people that shouted out for Obama's head during the election.

I am truly ashamed that these are "Americans." Truly. I'm sure it will get uglier too. And yet, you maintain the canard that it is the left who resorts to this vile bile.


AmPowerBlog said...

You are not ashamed, Tim. You yourself have called people like the Tea Partiers bigots and fascists...

And that would be well, me...

Tim said...

I have not recently used the word "fascist" as I think it's overused by both sides. And probably equally applicable in some cases.

Donald, you are supporting these people. I am not. That is my argument. There is a whole "grassroots" movement because Obama wants to tax rich people less than Reagan did. And he's trying to stimulate the economy, to redress a balance that was undone by the previous eight years of ineptitude.

I don't agree with everything Obama is doing. But I'm still 98% behind him. We elected him. Democratically. Now, you and your tea baggers want a do over?

And you are posting borderline treasonous posts that say "waiting until 2012 may be too late"! For what, another election?

Go ahead and organize and have your grass roots tea parties. I really could care less. But you still have to wait until the elections come around before you can have it your way once again.

You are doing everything you bagged on the left for doing prior to the last election.

But the bottom line, here, is that you are supportive of the sentiments on display here.

And again, I have not called anyone a fascist lately. But I have been called all sorts of names by some of your more literate commenters.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Free for me but not for thee eh?

AmPowerBlog said...

Uhh, Tim, this post is about the freaks on the left calling hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans "redneck racists." I personally participated in these organizations. I'm heading to the Wells Fargo tower tonight in Irvine for an absolutely non-racist organizational meeting for the next steps with my fellow citizens.

You insult the democracy with your rants. Garofalo is not a fringe freak extremist. She is mainstream progressivism in the flesh, and all you can do is pathetically attempt to change the subject.

Byron York has your number. Your agenda is so weak and fragile, you have to denounce imaginary racists and change the subject from your own bigtory and intolerance. You are Janeane's equal in values and beliefs. It's really disgusting what good, red-blooded Americans have to put up with...

JBW said...

Vile Bile is my absolute least favorite Ben and Jerry's flavor...

Tim said...

Methinks the professor doth protest too much. Dissemble away buddy. The truth is now out there.

I don't agree with Garofalo's trenchant positions. But I posted the posters of the people you support, to merely point out the antithesis of your argument. It's not changing the subject, it's supporting the one you brought to light and sought to bring down.

This isn't truth to power, it's truth to lameness.

AmPowerBlog said...

"I don't agree with Garofalo's trenchant positions."

Actually, you do, Tim. You're in total denial. You've personally said to me the very putrid swill she's spouting on NATIONAL TV!

Plus, you're a TOTAL hypocrite. You allege that I troll "for negative comments about those who make uh, negative comments," and then you go troll for some negative comments.

You've lost this one, Tim. It's called prevarication and evasion. You'd be a perfect guest on Olbermann's program.

Dave said...

Dr. Douglas,

Lefties like Timmy here really crack me up.

I would argue that the bulk of the true institutional racism in this country is owned squarely by the left, as it is they who believe that people of color cannot make it here without government assistance of some kind or other.

This fits perfectly into the actual definition of racism, which is defined as a belief in the inherent superiority of one race over another.

Liberals like Tim believe people of color to be inferior.

As for the obligatory "fascism" charge the left always fires at us, it is they who are the true fascists among us, as they are trying mightily to use the police powers of government to stifle any and all opposition, as well as to have the federal government dictate the operations of what remains of the private sector in this country.

It doesn't get any more fascist than that.

Remember, the first rule of liberalism is to always accuse the other side of being what they themselves actually are.

On a lighter note, I have lived my entire life in or within 18 miles of the city limits of Atlanta, Georgia.

I have family from Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York.

Believe me when I tell you, Janeane Garofalo wouldn't know a redneck if she were run over by one in a pickup.


Tim said...

So Donald, I take it you are saying we are even-Stevens?

By merely showing you empirical evidence of the things you deny does not make me Miss Garofalo. I don't like the way she comes across, personally. And even Olbermann I find a bit tiresome at times. That is not to say that they may not be on the mark on occasion. Even you, Donald, have been known to be right on occasion. One thing I am not is in denial, especially by showing that the right is approaching Clintonian levels of derangement.

You just have to accept your issues, and move on. Don't try to equivocate your position by denigrating me. When you start a fire, Donald, sometimes it burns out of your control.

These are your peeps, Donald. Not mine. I want no part of the tea bagging, thank you. I am not a hypocrite for showing you racist and anti-semitic signs, not "comments" as you allege. Big diff.

Tim said...

Dave, and Donald.

If you can prove to me that none of those signs and symbology used by tea baggers is at all racist, then I will award points to the House of Slytherin.

Until then, I budge not. Donald tried whitewash these events, not I nor the Liberal elite.

Dave said...


I attended the tea party here in Atlanta that had over 22,000 attendees, and in the five hours I was there, I saw no signs that could even be remotely considered racist.

Not even one.

And if you are going to use the Huftards as a source for "truth," perhaps you should consider that many lefty organizations planned to infiltrate the parties in order to stir up trouble.


AmPowerBlog said...

I whitewash nothing, Tim. You troll for a picture of one freaky sign, while Olby and Janeane rant away for the left wing masses. You are part of the problem, Tim. You are totalitarian in nature, explicitly un-American.

As Jim Boren said:

"Last week we saw civics lessons in action. Critics say these protests were manipulated by Republicans and conservative radio commentators in the case of the Tea Parties and corporate agriculture in the case of the March for Water. That's hardly the point. What mattered is a lot of people showed up, and their anger is real.

Over at the Save Mart Center parking lot on the Fresno State campus, we were told that more than 7,000 people rallied against taxes and government spending. That's an impressive turnout, and they have a point that can't be denied: Taxes are way too high, and government doesn't always spend our money very efficiently. We all can tell personal stories of government waste.

Now if the Tea Party participants keep their organizations alive and turn them into a movement that has impact at the ballot box, the protest was a success. If you don't like the cause, organize a counter-protest.

The issues are never simple in government, and there's always another side to the tax-and-spend quandary. The question that must follow is what programs should be cut if government is going to get less money. The predicament is that every program has a constituency, and it's up to our elected officials to make the final determination of our priorities after assessing public sentiment.

Is Social Security going to be off limits at the federal level? Do we only protect public safety services and cut spending for parks at the local level? Is there too much money spent on roads and not enough on public transportation? Or is it the other way around?

But the Tea Party participants got the attention of politicians on Tax Day, and that's good. The last thing elected officials want is another Proposition 13, the 1978 California property tax reform that started a national taxpayer revolt."

Amazing that you can't stand democracy, Tim, but not surprising, since the left is all about power and control, not grassroots citizens participation.

Tim said...

Dave: You are right. If there were 22,000 people there you must have seen every single sign.

I'm sure everyone of these was photoshopped after all.

No racism here.

Look, I'm not saying it's all racist, or not racist at all. It's just that there is an element. They walk among you. Don't deny that, please. I hear people in cafes and on the street. I've heard some awful stuff with my own ears. I also won't deny that there is a hateful element on the left. It just is.

Donald shows no balance, though. Something I've always called him on. He knows it.

Tim said...

Donald: In your haste, you failed to look before you leaped. There are, in fact, 10 signs:

1) Obama's Plan: White Slavery
Ok, so this guy is saying that it affects only whites?

2) The American Taxpayers are the Jews for Obama's Ovens.
Truly reprehensible analogy. I mean, this guy will burn in hell.

3) Our tax dollars given to Hamas to kill Jews, Christians and Americans...

OK, that is just the first three.

Donald, go back, look at the gallery of 10 PHOTOS before you write your next bit of half truths.

Thanks for watching.

shoprat said...

Curious how simple miss the whole point of the post. Perhaps they don't wish to discuss it.

dave in boca said...

Wow, some lefty troll finds some signs in photos that may ambiguously be a little over the top! Donald, keep up the good work in exposing the incredible double standard these deluded dorks employ when they rail about "hating" Obama after eight years of treasonous slanders about GWB.

Garofalo's only paying job at the moment is on the FOX network! She's a failure as a comedian, actress, or is it actor, commentator, and TV bi-yotch. Oh yeah, I forgot about failure as a human being!

Any time you oppose them, the left rants that independents like myself are right-wing haters. I guess the psychologists call that "projection."

Tim said...

Yes, Dave. Very ambiguous. Did you see the Obama fellatio image? No? How about the Hitler one?

You probably didn't bother to look. Which doesn't surprise me. Nor would it, if you did, that you would think these are "ambiguous."

Sarge Charlie said...

why is it that only the left talks about race, real Americans left that crap behind a long time ago, democrats has destroyed the black family and the public education system in order to keep them in poverty since LBJ's war on poverty, it was a war on poor people. One day maybe sooner than later the blacks in America are going to see who is keeping them oppressed.

Dave said...


Then perhaps you can explain this to us, the great "unwashed:"



Tom the Redhunter said...

"And you are posting borderline treasonous posts that say "waiting until 2012 may be too late"! For what, another election?"No, impeachment.

If Obama keeps selling our country down the river, and if he allows trials for Bush Administration officials to go forward, it's going to come to that.

And as for Timmy's link to the article allegedly showing anti-Semitism, that's the province of the left these days.

repsac3 said...

It's as foolish to say that everyone on the left is as offensive as Garafalo, as it is to say that everyone on the right is as offensive as the ten teabagger photos to which Tim links.

Judging any group by the weakest, most foolish, or most offensive members never makes sense... ...whether on the right or on the left.

No single individual is representative of the whole group. Highlighting one racist sign-holder or TV rant only speaks to the words and deeds of that one person, much as some seem to wish it were otherwise. (There's a word for those who would tar everyone in a given group with the most unappealing traits of a small number of that group's members...)

Dennis said...

Wow, I am amazed to read something from Repsac3 that is very well stated. Kudos guy.
Tim on the other hand is Tim and lacks the ability for intelligent discourse so traffics in give me attention even if that attention is negative.
It is a fact that people commit actions that define them individually. Generally not religions, groups, et al. The difference in both Left and Right thought is how society's resorces should be allocated to solve its problems and what best serves the citizens of that society.
Unfortunately, the radicals almost always become the main voice of every movement. This more so for the Left than the Right because, as the Tea parties demonstrate, the Right is far less organized and left to themselves do not have much use for government involvement.

Tim said...

Dave: I will tell you what that is. It's nothing to do with the debate at hand. I know Donald likes to turn every conversation into the abortion issue, but that's for another day.

The whole thrust of my comments here was to expose Donald's pollyanna portrayal of these tea bagging events. I consider it mission accomplished.

And repsac is right, I don't judge the whole movement by the 10 people who used racist or anti-semitic displays, but it does show that they existed. I'm sure, if I looked hard enough, I could find some more.