edited to preface this piece with the admission of guilt that i am, indeed, a lefty when it comes to social politics; i think tea partiers who lost the thread months ago and have turned their movement into a republican stooge operation ARE tea baggers; i believe in social justice as an objective of representative government; when you read this piece, please read it through the lens of someone who wishes that lefty politics wasn't such a caricature of itself. remember--i'm the guy with both an nra AND an aclu card. so, on to the rant:
there's a fascinating piece on andrew breitbart in this month's wired magazine
. it examines in some very illuminating detail his modus operandi in opposition to the "democrat media complex", and, in so doing, is able to list the series of flabbergastingly damning publicity coups he has enabled/propagated/exploited against everything lefty-of-center, from acorn to newsweek to the detroit free press. read it if you're a lefty, a democrat, or an open minded independent, and try to tell me he hasn't been given all the rope anyone could ever need in hoisting these arrogant SOB's upon their own petard in virtually every single stunt. i mean, seriously, how can you beat a guy who is simply holding a mirror up to what is, quite clearly, true?
the terrifying part of all of this, to those he gleefully excoriates, eviscerates and then about whom celebrates, is that he's tapped into a nationwide and seemingly bottomless pool of righty frustration and bitterness, and the extent of his success has become the depth of his opponents' loathing. to wit, linked in today's richardhowe.com, the complete disrespect and dismissal of the whole phenomenon in today's ny times
. (simply, in my opinion, the most arrogant piece of journalism penned in quite some time).
is anybody on the left even listening anymore???
the point that breitbart makes, and that resonates most profoundly with me, is contained quite eloquently in this particular series of quotes that i will lift verbatim from the story in wired:
"they’re an elitist pestilence," he says of his celebrity targets. "they tell us we can’t have SUVs. they try to impose a one-child-per-family policy. but they can do whatever the hell they want because they’re gallivanting around in the name of the greater good." he pauses while i [the wired writer] try to figure out the "one-child" comment. [me too, and i can only picture brad and angelina's brood here, but then he finishes with the explanation for it all] "god, i fucking hate them."
of course he does!
because they are exactly the tyrannical, hypocritical and corrupt bunch of sob's that he's painting them to be.
under the general heading that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, i think andrew breitbart is devine retribution personified for ignoring scripture. al gore's 9,000 foot energy-sucking mansion (191 THOUSAND kwh's in 2006, and that's a fact, and to get an idea of the scale, you should pull out your own electric bill and compare) IS an abomination of privilege and excess, and one that is worthy of all the ridicule of nero and the senators of ancient rome. but this guy has the BALLS to preach penury to the masses, because it's ruining (my emphasis here) HIS planet. apologists will point out that al's installed solar panels since that story broke, but, and reasonable people MUST ask the question, is that for principle, or perversion of politics?
yes, after all, it's OUR planet, and al's ideas really are important, but, see, this is where i tip my hat to breitbart and hope he never quits. the means of our enslavement can never be the point, whenever it's tyranny at work. dress it up in high minded ideals, and it's still exploitation and evil. pull out all your old quotes from jefferson and franklin, cuz you're going to need them. these people truly do think they know better than you do, and they do want to legislate away your right to freely choose. and just like, as franklin says, you can't trade security for liberty, you can't trade energy independence for liberty, either.
so, righty or lefty, you have to tip your hat to breitbart and scratch your head at how editorial bias kills some stories, and shines klieg lights on others. lefties have no trouble playing the game when it's fox news, but how they can possibly be so blind to see how correct the right is these days about what's happening seemingly EVERYWHERE, from the grey lady on down, is growing to be the real problem in our country, and andrew breitbart is in the vanguard on calling it out. yes, the hardest part for reasonable people everywhere will continue to be separating the lure of the attractive politics (al gore's point that energy independence is the key to resolving our economic and security issues too is something in which i personally believe wholeheartedly, and you should too) from the evil of their machinations and greed and the assault upon our liberties that follows, though we'll all have andrew breitbart to thank for helping us out tell the difference.
until then, when you see irate lunatics raging stupidly against nancy pelosi, harry reid and barack obama, realize that they have an extremely eloquent point, it's just that it's poorly made. the solution cannot be forcing them to shut up. the solution has to be to throw the corrupt out of office, no matter how urgently you agree with them, in search of a better class of representative. (and that goes for the righties, too).
the irony i'm sure you'll discover is that honest people can have ethical politics, too. and, the best part? breitbart will immediately be made to look like the horse's ass he is if he ever tries to take them on, because, adapting the sentiment from one of my favorites, "you can't cheat an honest man", you can't win a smear campaign against someone who tells the truth. (it's why nobody can beat breitbart these days, isn't it!)