In Their Face

Dashiell

casablanca31.jpgChannel surfing is a terrible habit, worse than biting my fingernails. I’ll inevitably run across something by chance on one of the “news” channels that will piss me off. Last night my remote clicked around to the evil clown Glenn Beck, who somehow managed to get a prime time show on CNN. Watching the antics of this bug-eyed lunatic is equivalent to slowing down next to a bloody car wreck, just to get a glimpse of some mayhem.

Perhaps part of my sick fascination stemmed from reading about something he’d said Monday, to wit: “I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.” Think of the families forced to flee their homes on a moment’s notice, losing everything they have. Then read that sentence again and wonder why Glenn Beck has a job.

Anyway, last night he was showing clips of the recent Code Pink action at the Congress, where a woman with her hands painted blood-red actually got up close to Condoleezza Rice, calling her a war criminal and yelling, “The blood of millions of Iraqis is on your hands.” She was dragged away, along with the other Code Pink women that were there.

And Glenn Beck is gesticulating in that clownish way that makes you feel nauseated and saying, “They’re horrible, just a horrible group of people! I mean, look, you can be against the war. You can have this debate. There’s nothing more American than saying that. But this is — these people are over the line!”

I’d like to know what “debate” he’s referring to. Public opinion has been overwhelmingly against this war for literally years now, so that debate is over. But you wouldn’t know it from watching the “news” channels. And what avenues, may I ask, are available to the people to voice their outrage over what has been done? Well, I guess we can write letters to our senators and representatives. Or to the editor of our local newspaper. Oh yeah, we can vote every two years, assuming that the vote is not being rigged or suppressed, which is sadly not something we can ever assume again. In fact, I seem to recall that there was an election last year in which the Democrats were put back in control of the Congress, an election result fueled in large part by disgust with this war. And yet—nothing has happened. Bush and Cheney go on their merry way while Congress ensures that we’re not making any disrespectful puns on General Petraeus’s name.

The citizens of this country are treated like spectators who have no duty to their conscience but to keep out mouths shut while war-mongers and plutocrats continue to drive us to ruin. That’s why Code Pink disrupts public events. Face it, everyone who has stood up for peace has been ridiculed, slandered, demonized, and accused of disloyalty, even when they’ve been polite and played by the rules. So raising a little hell is quite appropriate. Getting in the face of a murderous flunky like Rice is just what’s called for. She deserves to feel uncomfortable, maybe even a little scared.

Women taking action, angry women, women who are acting “unladylike”—these things inspire fear and revulsion in the patriarchal brain. Even Jon Stewart, bless his heart, cracked “You’re not helping!” when they showed a clip of a previous Code Pink action on his show. But what would help, do you think? Folding our hands, being polite, being quiet, waiting our turn? Our turn never comes if we just wait for it. We march in the streets by the millions and the “news” channels say that we were “thousands,” if they mention us at all. Have the rightists practiced dignity and civility? Hmm, maybe we should ask Ann Coulter about that.

The more hissy-fits the wingnuts have, the better off we are, I think. The Fox zombies and AM radio roaches starting piling on Media Matters over the last few months because this little website has had the nerve to regularly fact-check their statements and expose them as liars. And they’re such pathetic little whiners that the thought of some website criticizing them provoked them into a torrent of whining and finger-pointing. It’s funded by George Soros, they sniveled, as if that would make a difference, even if it were true—which of course it isn’t.

Whenever an anti-war group or a progressive organization is attacked by these people, it means we’ve hit a nerve. That’s a good thing. We want that.

And you know, the last time I looked, Code Pink hadn’t killed anyone. They haven’t shoved anyone’s head underwater to simulate drowning. They haven’t blown little kids to pieces in the name of democracy. They haven’t put American soldiers in the line of fire while looting the treasury for all it’s worth. And yet somehow, they’re a “horrible group of people.” You know what? I’m reaching for my checkbook right now and I’m making a donation to Code Pink.

There. I feel better.

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~ by cdash on October 29, 2007.

11 Responses to “In Their Face”

  1. great post….i couldnt have said it any better

    when the grown ups are in charge again someday (beyond Hillary who is a just one of the kids with adult pant suits) maybe, just maybe life can have some normalcy.

    i just dont understand why even the fundies and the religious idiots want the kids in charge — they use them and spit them out.

    again as you point out — the media keeps enabling these bastards…by controlling the message. am radio, a lot of the news cable/tv —

    The citizens of this country are treated like spectators who have no duty to their conscience but to keep out mouths shut while war-mongers and plutocrats continue to drive us to ruin.

    i thought that might not be the case after Nov 2006, boy was i wrong —- we really are just a bunch of spectators. that is why we need a new type of govt.

    thanks…

  2. You said it! As all of us sitting at our computers right now know, it takes alot of effort to do what they are doing. Maybe our protesting does need to take aim at the media in a serious way.

  3. I love this post because it covers something that concerns me greatly. I worry that there is precious little protesting going on, but then, when someone does protest, they are demonized and criminalized.

    The level of ennui and ignorance in this country is staggering. As a country, we’re getting much too comfortable with the over-riding notion of “we can’t….”

  4. C-Dash,

    What, are you some kind of Commie? Only Commies protest. Good Americans go along to get along.

    I should have known. Son of a Bitch!

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  6. They don’t even protest in Berkeley anymore.

  7. I believe there’s a bit of naivete here. The media have a vested interest in keeping all of this rolling along. Last I checked GE was the largest recipient of defense contracts in the world and they own NBC — they own Keith Olbermann. Viacom or TimeWarner or both own Jon Stewart. Stewart will bend a little and Olbermann will also by doing more T-n-A to please the suits than suits him, but it’s lucky those guys are as egomaniacal as they are. They are both walking a very fine line and as long as they move product, they’re good to go. They both mad as hatters so neither are going to go quietly which is also good. But after that the Billy Bragg dictum is in effect: START YOUR OWN REVOLUTION AND CUT OUT THE MIDDLE-MAN. Of course, the MSM are going to trash Code Pink. The bosses perceive Code Pink, rightly or wrongly, as a threat to their bottom line. Nobody here was expecting SUPPORT for Code Pink in the MSM, were they?

    To this noble effort, I raise a congratulatory mug of Swiss Miss Instant Cocoa (my favorite drink) to the Jonestown Clan. You have all cleared the most important hurdle to getting your country past this bullshit. You get that the LEFT HAS A LOT OF FRIENDS ON THE RIGHT AND VICE VERSA, left and right being relative terms, of course. The rest of the developed world has rocketed past the USA both ecomically and in terms of social justice. And then there’s China which is totally fucked but it’s a counterweight. I can’t say definitively, for example, that even somebody like Kucinich or Barbara Lee would be “left-wing” enough to belong to the post-Blair Labour Party or our PRD in Panama and the PRD is hardly radical. It’s extremely progressive socially but quite pro-business. More so than the Republican Party, but that’s a case in point of the silliness of labels. There is no country in the developed world more ANTI-business than the US under Republican, Traitor-cratic and MSM rule. The US is pro-FORTUNE 500, not pro-business. This is but one of the areas “left” and “right” ought to be engaging each other on in the US to find a way to combat the mushy-middle.

    There is room even to come to agreement with the extreme right on issues of privacy and personal freedom. Howard Dean showed exactly how to do it. That he’s holding his fire while Rahm Emmanuel takes credit for his work is part of some strategy because he’s the most aggressive guy the Democrats have. And he hates to be shown up. He made the point to potential far-right switchers that if they could understand that the right to own guns and the right to choose abortion or not are two sides of the same coin, they could get a lot of what they wanted out of the Democrat in the race. And it worked.

    People forget Dean but he’s the heart and soul of the party. Nobody has his balls or his ability to move money without a tremendous amount of soul-selling. I would imagine that when Clinton is elected, he’ll be tossed for Ford, Jr. That’s good. There’s your money to fund progressive prmary challengers to Democratic incumbents who continue to drive the US into the ground.

    He’s the only big-time source of help out there. The rest of it Jonestown Clan will have to shoulder.

  8. “The rest of it Jonestown Clan will have to shoulder.”

    Damn K, how about a little pressure next time? Why not add curing cancer, AIDS, and insomnia to the list?

  9. The citizens of this country are treated like spectators…
    Actually, I think they treat us like children who are to do as we are told. As for your surfing habits, I have a friend who feels compelled to watch Beck from time to time to see what the enemy is doing. He is oddly fascinated by him. Finds him repulsive, of course, but wonders whether he is a true believer or just another whore trying to make some cash. All I know is that reading your post I am reminded again of why I gave up cable/tv. Don’t miss it. Thanks for the post.

  10. Great post! I think that I am being shown everything the MSM want me to see and seeing or hearing nothing that actually should concern me.

    Why cant I see what is really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, why cant I see the way the prisoners are really being treated.

    Whatever happen to the information about his wife during the accident that she was in which caused the death of her then high school sweetheart?

    Media Matters and Move-On are doing what the MSM are in fear of doing right now and yes, they have hit some nerves. Now if we can just get the House to follow along, maybe things would start to change.

  11. Dash –

    Where do I sign up to be a soldier in your army. Holy sweet fucking mercy this was some riff. Awesome. It read like a full-court press in basketball. Pressure the ball. Force turnovers. Hit the layup.

    I am so for taking the offensive, getting into faces, causing mayhem.

    Again, where do I sign. Fairlane? Anymore of that awesome Kool-aid of yours for me?

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