The Patch

February 21, 2007

Another Minor Headfuck From America

Filed under: Politics — freshlysqueezedcynic @ 3:04 pm

Whilst we’re on the subject of the fact that a significant minority of Americans are completely, totally, undeniably batshit insane, I would like to give you the example of one Representative Don Young, of the actual federal Congress this time, who keeps quoting Lincoln as saying that ‘Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.’

He goes on to say that Lincoln was dealing with the same sort of thing as Bush is, with the president being considered unpopular and not being able to be the “Commander-in-Chief” (Incidentally, does anyone else feel that the way Republicans use the phrase “Commander-in-Chief” to describe the president unnervingly creepy? I mean, dudes, he’s the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, not of civilians. Alas for you, wingnuts, the US is not yet a military dictatorship.)

Amusingly, the quote Young keeps using turns out not to be remotely real, but since the cold smack of reality hasn’t yet woken these folk up from their collective fascist wet dream, I assume we’ll be looking at a lot more uses of this quote in future.

Because it is fascist, of course; what these people want more than anything else is to silence dissent because they want to restore what they see as the “greatness” of America, a great and world-spanning power, and they don’t care how many people they have to kill, torture, humiliate, detain without trial, undermine constitutional protections or threaten violence towards to achieve it. They have no pity for those they perceive to be threatening America, even with words, even with sarcasm, even with protest, even with dissent. They cannot be compromised with, for compromising means undermining those rights and freedoms that we think are necessary to a free and open society. And though they were defeated in 2006, they still hold enough influence and enough sway in American politics to continue the descent into collective madness that all right-thinking people fear but they welcome with open arms and a song in their heart.

…man, that was a downer. Don’t worry, I’ll make a dick joke soon or something.

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1 Comment »

  1. I’d like to just take a moment to remind our loyal Patch followers that Alan is talking about the right wing crazies when he says “they don’t care how many people they have to kill, torture, humiliate, detain without trial, undermine constitutional protections or threaten violence towards to achieve it.” and not the American public in its entirety. However I would like to thank Alan for calling the ridiculous quote issue to our attention! Nicely done as always.

    Comment by Amie — February 19, 2007 @ 4:55 pm | Reply


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