Saturday, May 17, 2008

Homeland Security and Joseph Goebbels

Chris Mathews has fun with a screaming right-wing talking parrot.

Kevin James is typical of the genre you find on Fox News and right-wing talk radio these days: bubble-gum airheads who can repeat the GOP talking points that were faxed or emailed to them that morning, but God help them if they actually have to know what happened in the Sudetenland in 1938 and 1939, or why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and got into World War II.

They have no idea.

What happened to the Dust Bowl? They have no idea.

Where did the money go during the Great Depression? They have no idea.

What started World War I? They have no idea.

How did we get into the war in Vietnam? They have no idea.

Korea? They have no idea.

The first Iraq War? They have no idea.

And, as Chris Mathews notes, the White House press secretary did not even know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was all about.

This is what comes from "truth-i-ness" -- which is always pretty darn far from the truth.

Truth-i-ness is what you get when folks do no research on anything, but simply spout off and say whatever "sounds right" to the audience they seek to cultivate at that moment. Never mind if it actually is right!

Listen to Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Kevin James, or Joe Scarborough, and you will hear the calliope organ of authoritarian regimes everywhere fanning the flames of ignorance and hate.

These are the book-burners of 1933. These are the thugs that brought the world Kristallnacht in 1939. These are the folks who think nothing of justifying a war on the basis of lies. These are the folks who tell us, in the Newspeak of Orwell, that we can only be free if we give up our liberty. These are the folks who think they are being clever and amusing by suggesting our national problems can be solved with concertina wire and detention without trial.

In the deepest trenches of Hell, Joseph Goebbels is smiling. This is the kind of propaganda machine he only dreamed about.

And isn't it just delicious that these American right-wing liars for hire ignore the fact that Neville Chamberlain was a conservative, while the FDR and Truman were liberals.

"Wonderful. Must tell the F├╝hrer," says Goebbels.

"And he will love that phrase 'Heimatland Sicherheit' -- Homeland Security.

"Nice. Very nice."