Steve Benen at the Political Animal notes that “MOVEMENTS ARE ABOUT SOMETHING REAL”, then wonders what it’s all about:
For a year and a half, we’ve seen rallies and town-hall shouting and attack ads and Fox News special reports. But I still haven’t the foggiest idea what these folks actually want, other than to see like-minded Republicans winning elections.
Steve, this constitutes definitive proof, if any were needed, that you and your fellows do not perceive the objective Universe. You have a little database in your heads full of preconceptions; external stimuli are “hashed” to return either one of those or a null. You can’t think, because you have nothing to think about except what you’ve already masticated ’til the flavor is gone.
Prof. Jacobson suggests that we simply not tell you, on the ground that if you did perceive what was happening you might make an effective response, which you haven’t to date. I am feeling somewhat generous today, in large part because I don’t believe you’ll be able to comprehend this, either — your bigotry is too strong for it to penetrate — but also because I’d sort of like to vent a little spleen.
So: How if I make it simple for you?
We. Want. You. To. Go. Away.
You aren’t smarter than we are. You are “better educated”, placed in sneer quotes because your education has produced airtight, logically consistent theories that not only don’t work, when applied to the real world they invariably produce poverty, misery, and death. Your sneering assumption of moral and ethical superiority is out of place in America; it would sit much better on a courtier fawning upon Louis XV. Whatever your intentions — we do not grant that they are benign, whatever you say — the policies and procedures you demand, many of which have been put into place, will clearly have the result of beggaring us, reducing us to serfs whose tug o’the forelock you may condescendingly acknowledge as you ride grandly by.
The “you” in that indictment is plural. It includes virtually all the people you know, plus most of your University classmates, the majority of people whose philosophies you can tolerate, much less accept, and all of the politicians you admire.
We know that your ambition is to browbeat us into accepting your pretentious assumptions and elite status, and that your accusations of violent behavior against us are projections of your own willingness to send unlimited numbers of armed goons to support your ambitions. (Whoever said he saw “the next Timothy McVeigh” in the Restoring Honor crowd was seeing his own soul, not ours.) We have no such desires. We don’t want to kill you, hurt you, or even turf you out of your comfortable existence — although that last may happen as a byproduct if we succeed in wresting the levers of power from your incompetent hands, and displacing you from your crag of assumed omniscience is an important goal. We just want you to go away, so that we may renew and rebuild the institutions you have smashed in your childish, selfish snit.