Opprescious: Rightbloggers Claim Condi Rice, Themselves Victims of Liberal Fascists

tomt200.jpgAs we're fond of pointing out, rightbloggers are prone to mood swings between triumphalism and persecution mania. Though we're sure they'll be on the upswing by the time the 2014 elections roll around -- they're gamers that way -- lately they seem to be on a down cycle.

In fact, to hear rightbloggers tell it, they're currently being ground under the jackboot of liberal fascism. Colleges don't want conservatives to give commencement addresses, which is fascism. Companies and government bodies make them follow rules, which is fascism. They may not even win literary awards they feel entitled to. Jesus Christ, what is this, Russia?

You probably heard about their biggest liberal-fascist complaint, the resignation of Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who, when it came out that he'd donated to California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8, got pressured out by his board of directors -- whom rightbloggers decided were acting on the orders of The Left. ("The hatred and the bigotry and the intolerance here is all on the side of the fascists on the left!" said Rush Limbaugh, etc.) But you may have missed some of the others.

For example, last week New Hampshire father William Baer was arrested for disrupting a school board meeting. He complained about the assignment of Jodi Picoult's YA novel 19 Minutes in his teen daughter's class because it had a sex scene in it. As the video shows, after Baer had finished his allotted two minutes, he refused to shut up, so the board called the cops, who took him away.

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This is it -- the breakthrough with black voters the GOP has been looking for! (Via.)
Some people might think the board overreacted; others may think they did right to keep Baer's heckler's veto from stomping everyone else's right to speak. Rightbloggers, however, thought the board had infringed on an important Constitutional right: The right to take over a public meeting if you feel really strongly about it, and are right-wing. For those few minutes before he was hauled off, he was like a Northeastern, less-racist Cliven Bundy.

Most of the brethren didn't mention that Baer broke the rules, probably thinking that might just confuse the issue. "DAD HANDCUFFED FOR PROTESTING GRAPHIC-SEX BOOK," said Jerome R. Corsi at WorldNetDaily. "NH Parent Arrested for Protesting Book That Contains Graphic Sex Scene," railed Fox News Insider. "'All Your Children Are Belong To Us' - Dad Arrested For Questioning New Hampshire School Board About Sexually Explicit Book," cried The Conservative Tree House.

"Support for William Baer Pours in from Coast to Coast," alleged the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition, which gave quotes from a couple of the letters of encouragement, including "I was waiting for one of the parents to shout...Arrest The School Board!" "I will gladly contribute to further protests and legal action against the Gilford school board," and "Dear Penthouse Forum, I never thought this would happen to me*." (*j/k.)

"The most amazing thing to me is that none of the sheeple in the audience visibly or audibly react [to Baer's arrest]" complained Terry Firma of Pantheos Patheos. "The chair of the board doesn't say a word to stop the wanton escalation either. Maybe she was secretly pleased by the turn of events?" (Alternately: Maybe everyone there was pleased by the turn of events, because Baer was an asshole? Questions remain!)

Speaking of school matters, did you know that there's also a Constitutional right for conservative celebrities to speak at whatever school commencement they like, and not to be criticized for it, lest they withdraw and thereby cause you to be the liberal fascist?

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was invited to take $35,000 of Rutgers University's money to give graduating students lessons in life from the perspective of somebody who thought the war in Iraq was a great idea. Some students protested, and Rice, saying she didn't want to be a bother, bowed out. (She was replaced by former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, who is a Republican but since he hasn't run for office since the 1980s is probably now considered a Socialist.)

Even though Rice herself said that "America's belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas... is not what is at issue here," many of the brethren asserted that Rice's exit was liberal fascism because she had a Constitutional right to that platform and that thirty-five grand no matter what.

"Censorship 1, Condoleezza Rice 0," declared Dick Polman at the Daily Times. "How pitiful that this kind of thing keeps happening in academia, which is supposedly devoted to free speech and the exchange of ideas." Polman claimed Rice had been "barred from speaking," despite actual events. (In our favorite part, Polman acknowledged that some people are upset at the bloody mess Rice and her colleagues made in Iraq, but pleaded, "If school officials were to judge every public figure only by his or her worst moments, they would never hire a speaker." In Den Hague, several heads nodded in recognition.)


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Robert Cardinelle
Robert Cardinelle

You resort to some fart & giggle humor rather than intelligently defending the liberal rant. Very smart. You think you have said it all, when you have said nothing at all.

Jos Reyn
Jos Reyn

Whiny little kids aren't they? I say put them on time out!

Earl.C
Earl.C

Rob Schneider and Victoria Jackson ought to make a movie together and use their huge comedic talents and keen political insights to enlighten us all...said no one EVER!

Earl.C
Earl.C

Rob Schneider and Victoria Jackson ought to make a movie together and use their huge comedic talents and keen political insights to enlighten and entertain us all...said no one EVER!

Lulu Black
Lulu Black

my right wing "family" uses the term "intolerant tolerants. Oxymoronic.

RogerAiles
RogerAiles

Billy Jakes: "We let the load mouths and bullies have their way."


Paging Doctor Freud!

RogerAiles
RogerAiles

I am going to protest the inclusion of a graphic reference to Dick Polman in this column.  

Michael Spicer
Michael Spicer

Isn't "liberal fascist" a lot like "jumbo shrimp", an amusing oxymoron?

alanhw
alanhw

Rob Schneider?  Jeez, they couldn't even get Adam Sandler?

freespeak3
freespeak3

@DanaHoule OR: "What it was like to be on watch as America's National Security Adviser when 3000+ civilians were murdered on American soil"

news78
news78

Ummm, it's Patheos and I am pretty sure that Terry Firma was writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Paul Brendan Mcgee
Paul Brendan Mcgee

it's funny how when one party starts calling the other party by the same words, in this case, fascist....it's just a distraction and really confuses the issues. Ms Rice is/was going to be paid some huge amount of money to talk, so let's not call this a " freedom of speech " issue.

kiptw
kiptw

@edroso @villagevoice Reading rightbloggers is like listening to 70s country western music. Either blustering or blubbering. No in-between.

McSalmon
McSalmon

A few years ago, an asshole by the name of O'Keefe, walked into ACORN offices, ginned up a phony conversation, recorded it, and then edited it down to the point where it seemed to make them out to be evil. He did this more than once. ACORN had to break up. People lost their jobs. He is still at large, though he has been sued for damages to the careers of people he ruined through deception and lies, but he's never admitted that what he did was anything but a hit job for money. He has tried this in other ways and against other targets.

I could recount a dozen more people like this fuckface, and point out that in general, these people were all heroes to the right, even when they abused their speech to the detriment of others. O'Keefe is every conservatives dream - to slander his opponents, and never pay a price. It is the Left that must endure scorn and disdain for speaking up. We are the ones punished and we are the ones forced to recant and backpedal. It is so rare to see any conservative do it, and it never happens without support from the Right Wing Wurlitzer. 


They are special people, above the petty laws and codes that we little people must abide by. We have to watch our step, but not them. I forget where I heard it but it rings true - Conservatism is a movement to establish an aristocracy. Someday, they may get their wish, if we're not careful.


 

markymark2112
markymark2112

If anything Rice, Bush, Cheney and the rest of the ex Presidents staff should be arrested for war crimes.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

Yes, it's definitely incumbent upon us to make thoughtful cogent responses to wingnuts running around with their hair on fire shrieking BLARGH LIBRUL FASCISM!!!!!!111eleventybillionone

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

On the one hand they think libs are wimps while also convinced that they are thugs. Winguts are very strange creatures.

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

@freespeak3 @DanaHoule  Worked out fine for her. She got a big promotion.

roy84
roy84 topcommenter

@news78  Boy, I hope so! You should also tell his commenters. Thanks for pointing out the typo!

news78
news78

@roy84 Having gone back and re-read Firma's post I stand corrected, he did take the "he shouldn't have been forced to stop speaking" tack.

roy84
roy84 topcommenter

@news78 Who knows what's in people's hearts? Maybe he's kidding in a way too subtle for us to comprehend. 

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