Recently the top Google Trend item — with “volcanic” traffic — was “Obama Deception Censored.” The phrase relates to filmmaker and Infowars proprietor Alex Jones’ claim that his movie Obama Deception had been “erased, obliterated, censored” from YouTube via a hacked password.
(He doesn’t explain why he didn’t just make a new account and re-post his film, but you can always buy the DVD version of it if this wave of publicity has piqued your interest.)
Is the film yet another rightblogger-style blast against Obama as a fascist, insane, racist, etc? Jones’ own description suggests not; Obama, he says, “works for the very same special interests that George W. Bush does” to help establish a “federal reserve dictatorship.” Jones (below) also denounces “the Left-Right paradigm” that masks this totalitarian reality from us sheeple. It may be nuts, but it doesn’t appear to be partisan.
Still, this plague-on-both-your-houses schtick represents a market opportunity for rightbloggers who want to pull independents to the GOP for the next election.
As unpopular as Democrats may be at the moment, people aren’t crazy about the Republicans, either. That’s why rightbloggers have been insisting for months that the Tea Party movement is non-partisan, even though it’s transparently a campaign to get super-conservatives nominated by the the Republican Party: They’ve been hoping the tricorners and Gadsden flags would convince people that the Tea Party is a genuine, independent Third Way.
(That’s also why they flipped when the NAACP suggested that the Tea Party had racist elements — racism being a big turn-off with the crucial youth demographic — and why they always make good and sure to get pictures of the few black folks who attend their events to prove they’re really biracial.)
So if a chance comes up to portray their let’s-face-it-Republicanism, not as a partisan thing, but as something all true patriots regardless of party affiliation should join them in, they will get with it — even if it seems a little nutty.
Last week an article by one Angelo Codevilla (below) appeared in the American Spectator. Codevilla is a fellow at the impeccably right-wing Claremont Institute, so his provenance is no mystery.
In “America’s Ruling Class — And The Perils of Revolution,” Codevilla spiced up the usual Glenn Beck boilerplate against the curse of Woodrow Wilson’s Progressivism with a touch of the old plague-against-both-your-houses routine. Both Democrats and Republicans, he said, are part of a “ruling class” guilty of crimes against America. For example, in the 00’s they both pressured banks to give mortgages to poor people, which caused the housing bubble — according to conservative theology, if not history.
The cross-partisan elitists, Codevilla added, also show “disregard for the text of laws” — the usual complaint of the conservative “originalist” crowd. Plus, they’re anti-family. (Proper names used in this section: Hillary Clinton, Woodrow Wilson.)
Etc. In other words, both major parties have kept the People down — with liberalism! People who actually remember what happened in past Republican Administrations will be flabbergasted, but the article is clearly not meant for anyone who can remember much further back than his last bowel movement.
If any of the brethren were too thick to get the message, Codevilla tipped his hand by explicitly stating that the Real America “has no alternative but to channel its political efforts through the Republican Party,” giving Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan the traditional tongue-bath, and positing a “country party” composed of True Sons of Liberty that sounds like a John Birch fantasy of America redeemed from the Kenyan tyrant. This constituency, if lured out of their trailers, can be relied on — in the absence of an independent candidacy by Ross Perot, Jesus Christ, or Walker, Texas Ranger — to vote Republican.
Rightbloggers got it: Extremism in defense of Republican midterm victory is no vice!
Pajamas Media’s Richard Fernandez connected the Codevillan dots — to SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan. At her Senate hearings, Kagan “refused point blank to hold an opinion on natural rights,” said Fernandez. “It was almost as if there was something in her DNA which balked at accepting the self-evident grant of liberty from a source beyond themselves.”
The more obvious explanation — that something in Kagan’s CYA balked at getting into a contentious discussion of arcane points of law during a politically treacherous confirmation process — seems not to have occurred to Fernandez.
Also, said Fernandez, “America may have an aristocracy,” and “their titles all date from Tammany Hall.” Democrat Tammany Hall! (He has the papers.) Anti-aristocratic citizens, your duty is clear!
Sissy Willis at Liberty Pundits took the occasion to enlist a new dead guy into the international progressive conspiracy along with Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt: 19th-Century Philosopher Herbert Spencer, who according to Willis turned the phrase “survival of the fittest” into “the meme of choice for generations of elitists who knew little about the scientific method nor the origin of species but all about what was best for us little people out here.” Willis also attacked Mitt Romney “for enabling an aide to diss Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin as ‘not a serious human being,'” adding grimly, “Your days are numbered.”
(Romney had, well prior to Willis’ post, gone the route of political expediency and denounced his aide’s statements. Why didn’t Willis note this? Must have something to do with a healthy Republican hatred of elitism.)
At Blogs for Victory, Mark Noonan further described this anti-American elite that runs our country: “It comprises the overwhelming majority of elected Democrats as well as a substantial minority (and perhaps, at times, a plurality) — Ed. Note: this had said ‘majority’, but that was a typo, sorry for the confusion — of the Republican party.”
Glad we got that straight. This mostly-Democrat elite is “very badly educated,” but you wouldn’t know because they all received “dumbed-down degrees from prestige universities” which aren’t worth the carnival parchment they’re printed on. Plus they took power via a “tightly disciplined minority” which was somehow made to look like huge electoral so-called “majorities” in 2006 and 2008. That’s how wily the elitists are!
The elitists are also “anti-Christian” and “anti-Jewish religion” — to which Noonan added, “(to distinguish from those non-observant Jews who are members of the ruling class),” so that the religious maniacs in his audience (and we’re sure he has many) will not mistake the many rootless cosmopolitan Jews who vote Democrat with the more exclusive Republican kind.
Then Noonan got a little carried away: “The changes we must advocate and carry out are, indeed, revolutionary,” he cried. “We must think and act like revolutionaries…” We thought at that point he’d just call for more tricorners and Gadsden flags, but no — he actually advocated putting Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid in prison. “We must not shrink from the prospect of eventually putting all of them in jail for their violations of the law,” he wrote. “Not that we will, but we must be prepared to do so.” Oh, so he’s being reasonable!
DRJ at Patterico’s Pontifications hinted at secession. “I think most blue states have already chosen the ruling class with its comfortable promises and European-style goals,” he wrote. “I pray most red states and especially my fellow Texans will choose the Country Party, but at this point I have little hope it will be enough.” There’ll be only one choice left then, and the Texas Governor is down for it! Then all neighboring states may flock to the cause, and the South may indeed Do It Again (i.e., lose).
(You ought not miss DRJ’s commenters. “It would reach a point where red state America will find it too much to bear,” wrote one, “and it will secede.” But another was pessimistic: “The scenario is complicated,” he wrote, “by the fact that a lot of those prospective Hispanic Democrats live in what are now red states.” That’s why Democrats love them illegal immigrants!)
Probably the weirdest bit relating to Codevilla’s story was the response of Instapundit proprietor Glenn Reynolds, the high-traffic king of rightbloggers.
In an unusually lengthy post (Reynolds usually likes to just throw up a link with a sentence or so of dressing), he suggested ways to fight back against this ruling class. For one: “Mockery” (yeah, that always works). For another, “Organize and infiltrate. Take over party apparats from the ground up.” (Surely this will work equally well in both parties!)
Then he quoted a reader: “Be armed, both intellectually and especially with guns. The ruling class hates it, but more importantly, it mitigates their baser instincts.” Especially with guns? You might expect a respectable figure like Reynolds, though a Second Amendment stalwart, would suggest the use of firearms against the government right this moment is a little over the line.
You’d be wrong. “Yes, they’ll do whatever they can get away with,” said Reynolds, “so it’s important to be sure they can’t get away with too much.” Pew pew! Cold dead hands!
Then Reynolds actually approved a reader suggestion that the ruling class was on the verge of seizing the entire U.S. telecommunications structure (“There’s always ham radio, and probably a lot more out there”) — which paranoid notion, come to think of it, is shared by Alex Jones’ crew (“They wanna censor the web… they’re gonna counter people who are anti-war or anti-establisment…”).
Top rightblogger Reynolds, previously a contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, echoing the fringey Alex Jones? Why not? Jones gets lots of traffic, too. Plus he’s anti-government — and, since the government at the moment just happens to be run by Democrats, rightbloggers can get with that, at least until they get their boys back into office.
Then Alex Jones and Ralph Nader can go compare war stories about how they tried to break up the Republican-Democrat duopoly — and wound up helping to elect Republicans. D’oh!