Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fringe Follies

A couple of news items caught my attention earlier this week. I don’t know whether to call them a falling-out among thieves or simply cognitive dissonance. The left fringe is temporarily at war with the left fringe, and the right fringe is temporarily at war with the right fringe. It occurred to me that the two incidents are like deciding which disease to root for—cancer or heart disease. I opted for “neither.”

Follies on the Right: President Obama had just honored fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery this past Monday. During the proceedings, there were dueling dissidents at the outer edges of the ceremony. The crazed homophobes of the Westboro Baptist Church were putting on their infamous stage-show in which they held up signs reading “pray for more dead soldiers,” and “God hates your prayers.” Nice.

At safe arms-length was another fine American institution protesting the protestors. Was it the ACLU? No. Was it the armed forces chaplains? No. How about the VFW or the AmVets? No. It was that bastion of Christian charity—the Ku Klux Klan. Now we must be careful lest we believe the Klan was there to protect the interests of black or Jewish families attending the ceremonies.

The Klan was there to support generic soldiers who gave their lives serving an America that doesn’t actually exist. A pure, white, Aryan America that somehow mistakenly allowed non-Christian, non-Aryan people to fight for America’s causes. There wasn’t enough room on the Klan’s signs to clarify that they were protesting the Westboro gang’s disrespect for dead service men and women, except for those homosexuals, Jews, blacks, and other subhumans. So they simply held signs that evidenced their bizarre sense of patriotism.

The closest historical parallel that came immediately to mind was the relationship between Stalin and Trotsky. One wanted a lot of dead enemies, the other wanted a lot more dead enemies. Which was the greater monster is entirely debatable, though Stalin was the ultimate victor. From the viewpoint of civilization, being the victor in that battle of wills was a dubious distinction.

The Klan representative, Dennis LaBonte, said: As a military veteran and Imperial Wizard of a KKK chapter, we came in support of the troops. I think it’s an absolute shame that the [Westboro crowd] shows up and disrupts people’s funerals.” Westboro spokesperson Abigail Phelps responded with “the KKK has no moral authority on anything.” Isn’t that a little like one warthog calling another warthog ugly?

Follies on the Left: President Obama continues to spike the ball on the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. He continues to take mostly sole credit for the decision that brought down the world’s most wanted mass murderer/terrorist. The more he protests that his comments are not self-congratulatory and political, the more it becomes apparent that they are. In fact, as Republican candidate Mitt Romney pointed out “even Carter would have made that decision.”

That, after Obama’s team tried to convince everyone that Romney wouldn’t have ordered the capture and/or death of bin Laden as he hid out in plain sight in Pakistan. The truth is that the bravest thing Obama did was stand up to his own vice president who didn’t want to chance the capture or killing of the mastermind of 9-11 and other horrors.

So who was the biggest and most vocal critic of Obama’s crowing? Was it Republican speaker John Boehner? No. Was it a retired SEAL commander? No. Was it Vietnam war hero John McCain? No (well, not entirely no). It was Obama-swooner Arianna Huffington. She of the lefty Huffington Post.

Said the omnipresent and omniscient Arianna: “I agree with the Romney campaign (quick, grab my nitro tablets) that using the Osama bin Laden assassination, killing, the great news that we had a year ago, in order to say basically that Obama did it and Romney might not have done it—I don’t think there should be an ad about it.. To turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.” She obviously gets her speech-coherence lessons from Nancy Pelosi, but at least with Huffington, the point (if not the grammar) is easy to discern.

Huffington also took a couple of jabs at the Clintons. She drew a parallel to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 ad campaign which queried whether you would want her or Barack Obama answering the red phone at the White House at three in the morning when the voice at the other end was announcing a new terrorist attack. She criticized former President Bill Clinton for narrating the Obama ad that lionized Obama’s “brave decision” to take out bin Laden while indicating that Romney would not have made the same decision. “Totally unfair and untrue” says Arianna. And then there’s that small matter of Bill Clinton missing several opportunities to capture or kill bin Laden prior to the horror of 9-11.

Well, even the devil tells the truth occasionally when it suits his purpose. I’m just left wondering what Huffington’s specific purpose was (and is). Maybe she just accidentally expressed a thought that was both sensible and patriotic. Given the six months ahead, I’m sure she will find a way to backtrack in time for the presidential election.

20 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

Ah, spy vs. spy; nice pic Hawk.

I dunno, maybe even Arianna had had it with "O." . . . . . nah, you're right. she'll probably walk it back.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: Thanks for catching the pic. I was afraid I might be dating myself.

I expect Arianna to first "extend and revise" her remarks, then deny she ever said it. She's as likely to endorse Mitt Romney as I am to endorse Barack Obama.

tryanmax said...

Doesn't that red phone connect to the Bat Cave? Why is Bruce Wayne calling at 3am? Isn't he part of the 1%? And when did Burt Ward get so fat? Michelle probably has something to say about that. Oh, what is the matter with me?

Joel Farnham said...

I remember Spy vs Spy. I think it still is going strong. Huffington will walk it back unless she gets an IRS audit, and she might, BO being BO.

T-Rav said...

A KKK/Westboro Church slapdown. Well, now I've seen everything. I mean, who do you even root for there? Would it be the Klan, because they at least support the troops???

AndrewPrice said...

T-Rav, You root for a meteor strike.

BevfromNYC said...

How bad are you if the KKK thinks your bad? Well, Westboro people are the definition of "despicable" and unfortunately well funded. And I can't even say that the KKK is one iota better.

As for Arianne HuffPo - it's been amusing reading the frenzy at HuffPo. To their credit, they did post the video, but it has disappeared now. Unlike all the postings that show Romney in a bad light. I mean, Obama is a God and can do no wrong and why shouldn't he be able to crow about bin Laden. He was the one who gave the order!! The rest is just icing on the cake. Without that order, there would have been no dead bin Laden. And anyway, it is his only real achievement.

K said...

Fringe groups serve a purpose. They make it more difficult to characterize non centrist groups, e.g. Tea Party, as radical or extreme. They set the outer limits of discourse further out.

OWS would have done the same for the left leaning administration, but they blew it by embracing them early.

tryanmax said...

T-Rav, but have you seen an elephant fly?

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: Bruce Wayne has been doing some serious drinking of late. He tends to make late night phone calls, and then forgets what he called about. Most recently he went out on a crime-stopping mission, but accidentally donned Bat Girl's outfit. People were asking "when did Bat Girl get pregnant?"

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: The IRS has indeed become a major weapon in Obama's arsenal. Obama doesn't see allies and loyal opposition. He only sees enemies to be dealt with. You automatically become an enemy by disagreeing with him on anything that would prove that the demigod has clay feet. Arianna had better check to make sure her reverse gear is in good repair.

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: Excellent. A lightning strike that sets fire to both might also be a nice touch of divine justice.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: Most of the HuffPo writers fell into line to a greater or lesser degree. But those articles seem to be slowly disappearing as well. Portent of things to come, no doubt.

T-Rav said...

I personally am rooting for a tactical nuclear strike--er, I mean "mishap."

LawHawkRFD said...

K: And yet it hasn't stopped Juan Williams from placing the Tea Party in the same category as what he calls the fringe of the Occupy movement. Liberals have no shame and no brain.

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: If Dumbo can do it, anyone can. And all it takes is one little feather held by the nose of the future flyer and a couple of large ears. Now that I think about it, I guess that means Obama could fly.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: I still opt for divine intervention.

rlaWTX said...

Hawk, I'm pretty sure divine intervention is a guarantee. Problem is, I'm rather afraid it'll be too late for earthly appreciation.

KKK v. Westburros: isn't that the pot calling the kettle black - and gay?

LawHawkRFD said...

rlaWTX: Ah--their final reward. I just didn't want to miss it.

As Shakespeare said, "a plague on both your houses."

Anonymous said...

Good article but how are the WBC and the KKK part of the right? NO ONE on the right supports those fools! Both the Left and the Right agree when it come to the WBC and the KKK!

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