Sometimes the stress of having to share the same air as people who put cross hair images on a graphical hit list targeting members of Congress and play it off like they were surveyor marks after an unbalanced loon brings the vision to fruition, is just too much to bear.
Frankly, I think the new Right wing motto needs to be “Don’t retreat – Rewrite!” because they don’t waste a moment trying to mold their lies into some version of reality to serve their ideological agenda.
I get it, though. They HAVE to rely on spin and lies. You can’t win a legislative debate by using facts if you’re sole mission is to defend corporate interests manipulating the game in an inherently corrupt system. You have to use paranoia – you have to make up things about “death panels” and play semantic games labeling every initiative that seeks to tamp down corporate power as “job killing” and “freedom hating”… it matters not that the rhetoric is based in outright fiction… but once they throw those hooks in the water, they shouldn’t be surprised if some nutter takes the bait.
They don’t have the moral high ground, so they need to try and grab the narrative. Besides furiously trying to label Jared Loughner as a left-wing radical, Republicans aren’t missing the opportunity to propagate thedisingenuous “Hilter was a liberal” meme – citing “Mein Kampf” on Loughner’s reading list as if it was a liberal tome. They know that all they have to do is say it, and some people will believe it. Meanwhile, they conveniently neglected to mention Ayn Rand’s “We The Living” made the list because it doesn’t fit their misleading agenda.
The pattern is clear: “The Party of Personal Responsibility” only sticks to that motto when trying to deny children a school lunch program. When it comes to taking “Personal Responsibility” for stoking fear and inciting unbalanced people to commit acts of violence….FORGET IT!