I recently came across another of those simple-minded rightwing references to the outraged left offered as an epithet by those of limited cranial capacity. Ignored is the larger context, that we may actually have good reasons for being a wee bit peeved, that our anger may in fact not be irrational but rather completely and indisputably justified.
America may be waging war against “certain deranged souls in the Moslem world,” but the real enemy-lurking alarmingly within-is a Fifth Column of angry, “Anti-American” leftists fomented by Al Gore and John Kerry, contend conservative humorist Stein and journalist-cum-psychologist DeMuth (co-authors of Yes, You Can Time the Market). The authors maintain that these enraged liberals, whom they say characterize the Bush administration as imperialistic, overreaching and racist, have essentially joined Islamist fanatics’ assault on the United States. Worse, the authors argue, the Left’s relentless invective-during wartime, no less-threatens to drag the nation into its most divisive crisis since the Civil War (although they concede that this will not lead to an actual war).
~ from the Publisher’s Weekly editorial review of Ben Stein’s idiotic tome, Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
Yep. According to these geniuses (what’s a cum psychologist anyway), we’re the real enemy. Those radical Anti-American angry leftist fomenters Al Gore and John Kerry have whipped us into a frenzy of irrational rage. Why, we are so insanely furious that we have bewilderingly enough dared to “characterize the Bush administration as imperialistic, overreaching and racist.” Imagine that! They go so far as to accuse us of joining the “Islamist fanatics’ assault on the United States.” It is mind-boggling that literate human beings could come up with such shameless drivel!
Ben Stein, you’re a fool, and your cum psychologist must be as well. How can you bear the knowledge that history will record that you produced such an enormous piece of assholery?
I tell you that anybody who is not outraged at this juncture in American history should probably be jailed along with the criminals they aid and abet. These people, every last one of them, are a disgrace to our country. They are Americans in name only.
No true American would tolerate the infringement of our hard-won civil rights.
No true American believes that bombing an innocent country into the Stone Age is a good thing.
No true American believes it’s okay to steal from the poor to give to the rich.
No true American believes that it’s okay for the President and all of his cronies to lie to the American people.
No true American thinks it’s perfectly acceptable that 14% of our children live in poverty or that 15% of our citizens have no health insurance.
No true American is satisfied with how little has been done to increase our national security despite all the bluff, bluster and pure bullshit to the contrary.
No true American is content to see our service men and women dying needlessly for no noble purpose.
No true American thinks that war profiteering is acceptable.
No true American believes that we have the right to just take what we want from others by force of arms.
No true American believes it’s fair or acceptable for CEOs to be paid 431 to 518 times the average salary of workers. (depending on the industry – worst offenders? big oil and military contractors of course)
No true American believes it’s okay for lobbyists to write the legislation that regulates their industry.
No true American is satisfied with how little has been done to help the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
No true American is fine with our continued shameful mistreatment of Native Americans and other minorities.
No true American accepts the nonsense that corporations are people.
No true American is satisfied to do nothing about global warming.
No true American likes having their vote rendered meaningless by election fraud.
No true American is content to see millions of jobs exported to third world nations.
No true American believes that greed is good and the common welfare be damned.
No true American believes it’s okay for the government to spy on American citizens without warrants.
No true American believes that any democratic government is justified in ignoring the manifest will of its people.
No true American believes they have the right to tell anyone else whom they can marry.
No true American believes it’s acceptable for corporations like Halliburton to sell out the country for profit and then scurry off to Dubai to avoid justice.
No true American is fine with violating the Geneva Conventions or the Nuremberg Accords.
No true American finds torture acceptable under any circumstances.
No true American is willing to excuse war crimes committed in their name.
So my message to the dimwitted right is that it’s not so much that we’re the outraged left, it’s that we are true Americans. So shape the fuck up or ship the fuck out. America – love it or leave it assholes! Maybe Halliburton has a place for you in Dubai.