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Nov 08 2011

The Deranged Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, continues his perfect track record of utter delusion while throwing a temper tantrum over the fact that the White House put out a routine press release about the fact that Muslims are making the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, this week.

Tens of millions of Americans practice the Christian faith. Even more culturally identify themselves as Christian, even if they only attend services once or twice a year.

Half a world away, Muslims are celebrating the Hajj. It is one of the major festivals of Islam.

And of course, Barack Obama had to release a statement supporting and acknowledging this.

Yep. Just like George W. Bush did for 8 years.

The White House is expected to be politically correct these days, so such a statement coming out might be in the same tradition as a White House statement or proclamation about Easter.

Er, what White House statement about Easter?

That’s right, in 2011; the White House issued no statement about Easter.

Actually, Obama hosted a prayer breakfast on Easter this year. And Bush didn’t issue Easter proclamations either. But let’s not let facts get in the way of a perfectly good moronic screed like this one:

The obvious question people ask when this subject is brought up is, “Is Obama a Muslim?”

I don’t think so.

Obama is a Marxist and as such, if he truthfully answered the question, he is probably an atheist. However, there is no dispute that he was raised as a Muslim in Indonesia and certainly carries that cultural experience with him.

What is beyond dispute is that Obama hates America. He hates everything that America stands for. He hates the goodness of America. He hates the prosperity of America. He hates the freedom of America…

Obama certainly believes in the old adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Islam is the enemy of America. It is the enemy of Christianity and Judaism. For Obama, it is a convenient ally to help him achieve his goals.

I don’t understand why the media continues to treat Phillips as a legitimate commentator on any subject (I recently saw him on CNN, for instance). The man is a weapons-grade lunatic.

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  1. 1
    YankeeCynic

    You know, when people start ranting and raving about people “hating America” I always think back to Shakespeare: “I think the gentlemen doth protest too much.”

  2. 2
    MikeMa

    It is of course the teabaggers and those who spew lies and hate like Judson Philips that hate America.

  3. 3
    ogremk5

    Nah, just projection.

  4. 4
    Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    I don’t understand why the media continues to treat Phillips as a legitimate commentator on any subject (I recently saw him on CNN, for instance). The man is a weapons-grade lunatic.

    I don’t find him all that different from most conservatives these days, both the base and most of their leaders. The conservative viral emails I get are consistent with Mr. Phillips’ rants which aren’t significantly different than what Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, and plenty of Republican members of Congress express.

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    Dennis N

    I don’t understand why the media continues to treat Phillips as a legitimate commentator on any subject (I recently saw him on CNN, for instance).

    Because it’s CNN, the same channel that gives Erick Erickson and Dana Loesch paid gigs, and Erin Burnett a prime-time show.

  6. 6
    tommykey

    What is beyond dispute is that Obama hates America. He hates everything that America stands for. He hates the goodness of America. He hates the prosperity of America. He hates the freedom of America…

    Yeah, Obama hates America so much that he successfully campaigned to be president of the United States. Isn’t that the aspiration of every self-hating American?

  7. 7
    azportsider

    Dennis nailed it: CNN hasn’t been a legitimate news outlet for years.

  8. 8
    jjgdenisrobert

    If anything, it is Christianity, especially the variety practiced by Phillips, which is the enemy of the United States, in that it seeks to replace the US Constitution with the Bible, which would, in fact, destroy the United States (by definition: no Constitution, no US).

  9. 9
    tommykey

    it seeks to replace the US Constitution with the Bible, which would, in fact, destroy the United States (by definition: no Constitution, no US).

    They’re saying that the Constitution is a bibilically inspired document, hence no conflict.

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    fifthdentist

    “What is beyond dispute is that Obama hates America. He hates everything that America stands for. He hates the goodness of America. He hates the prosperity of America. He hates the freedom of America…”

    For some reason I imagined that being said with Foghorn Leghorn’s accent.

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    d cwilson

    Yep. Just like George W. Bush did for 8 years.

    TELEPROMPTERS!!!!!!!!!!

    This is just SOP for wingnuts these days. Teleprompters, policy “czars”, addressing school children, religious proclamations. Everything that used to be considered routine, noncontroversial activities by every other president is twisted into something perverse and evil in the hands of Teh Kenyan.

    As for CNN hiring him and Erickson, they can’t help it. This is what passes for conservative thought these days. It’s nearly impossible to find a conservative POV that doesn’t devolve into utter batshittery within seconds of mentioning Obama’s name.

    Obama represents everything that terrifies people like Philips: That we’re a pluralistic nation of many different people and many different faiths, including *gasp* atheists! It’s not that they hate this country, just most of the people who live in it. What they really love is some myth that they’ve built up in their minds in which America was once a fundie Xian theocracy that was stolen away from them. Every day, they’re expected to treat others like they’re human beings and it drives them insane.

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    jimmiraybob

    I don’t understand why the media continues to treat Phillips as a legitimate commentator on any subject (I recently saw him on CNN, for instance). The man is a weapons-grade lunatic.

    Well, I’ve seen him on the TV machine a number of times and I personally would have gone with idiot or moron but lunatic works. As to why he’s on TV, he represents the everyman Teamember in that he leads with his gut and not his intellect. He’s not so much a leader as he is representative of the authoritarian leadership ideal. When he articulates his gastric distress, hundreds, nay thousands of heads across the nation bob in agreement.

  13. 13
    Michael Heath

    azsportsider:

    Dennis nailed it: CNN hasn’t been a legitimate news outlet for years.

    Defects? Certainly, but illegitimate? Please.

    Anderson Cooper’s been doing stellar fact-checking segments for several months now. He frequently exposes the very same absurdities and players that Andrew Sullivan, Ed Brayton, and Rachel Maddow expose. And he does it while coming at it from the morally higher ground of being a straight news journalist rather than an editorialist.

    I don’t know of a better TV news show about global economics and foreign policy from the U.S. perspective than Fareed Zakaria’s GPS.

  14. 14
    slc1

    Re Michael Heath @ #13

    Mr. Cooper can get away with being a real reporter because, being a son of the late heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, he doesn’t need the money. The rest of them require regular paychecks to keep afloat.

    In addition, being allegedly gay, Mr. Cooper is less then enamored of gay bashers like the tea baggers and their fellow travelers.

  15. 15
    Who Knows?

    You have to sign up to view the blogs? That’s really odd, you would think they would want their voices heard.

    Anyways, with these kinds of rants against President Obama it is obvious the Tea Party’s main issue is, and always has been, the black man in the White House.

  16. 16
    Chris from Europe

    being allegedly gay

    Isn’t it amazing how openly one can be closeted?

  17. 17
    harold

    I don’t understand why the media continues to treat Phillips as a legitimate commentator on any subject (I recently saw him on CNN, for instance). The man is a weapons-grade lunatic.

    Others have given their answers; mine is similar.

    The US media, with a few exceptions, favors the “conservative” side of US politics. That can be defended with research, if anyone here actually doubts it.

    One major network, Fox, is 100% right wing. A couple of others slant right wing. Some of the weaker networks are “balanced”, meaning that reality-denying right wing ideas aren’t as blatantly promoted, but are presented as “equal alternatives” to evidence-based moderate ideas (the latter being labelled as “left wing”, whereas radical far right wing ideas are labelled “conservative”).

    There are standards for right wing expression on major networks, but they are incredibly lax. Basically, you can’t threaten violence toward specific individuals – with the possible exception of President Obama and a few other prominent Democrats – and you can’t use extreme profanity or overt racial epithets. These low standards may be further relaxed for high prestige figures like Rush Limbaugh.

    (Of course there is one standard that isn’t lax – you must not deviated from lower taxes for the wealthy/higher taxes for “the 47%”, opposition to gay rights, pandering to postmodern fundamentalist Christianity, opposition to unions, hatred of teachers and other public employees (partial exception for cops and the military), opposition to birth control, and so on. You must not deviate from the “conservative movement” script. But that script is flexible in terms of allowing craziness.)

    Other than that, as long as you’re “conservative”, you are not only permitted but implicitly obliged to demonize Obama in particular and Democrats in general in over-the-top terms.

    Any “liberal” statement, even on networks where permitted, will be treated with derision and excess skepticism.

    It is literally more acceptable to say “Obama is a Marxist” – likely to go unchallenged, especially if the statement is an off topic aside – than to say “Obama is not a Marxist”. If someone makes the latter statement on a major US network, someone else – either a journalist employed by the network who is treated as an authority, or another “guest” who is treated as an equal or somewhat superior with an “equally good different opinion”, depending on whether the venue is outright right wing or “balanced”, will jeer in derision.

    And that is how “free expression of ideas” works on US television news networks.

    It’s not even government propaganda. It’s one-party propaganda, no matter which party holds which branch of government. And it’s so ingrained it’s hard to imagine it ending for decades.

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    d cwilson

    @harold: The only thing I would add is that most people in the media are terrified of being accused of having a “liberal bias”. No one is afraid of being accused of having a conservative bias. The reason why conservative statements are often accepted without question, no matter how crazy, but liberal statements are given extra scrutiny. “Being fair” in the American media means giving conservatives the kid glove treatment.

    Can anyone seriously imagine CNN hiring a blogger who ranted about how Bush supposedly hates America and is giving aid and comfort to its enemies? It would never happen. Yet there is literally nothing a conservative blogger could say that is too crazy.

    And I don’t know why the media is so terrified of the right. If they’re not on Fox, they’re going to be vilified no matter what they do. CNN could start every broadcast by having Wolf Blitzer literally punch a hippie and the right would still accuse them of having a liberal bias.

  19. 19
    Aquaria

    And I don’t know why the media is so terrified of the right.

    They’re not terrified of the right. The media finds them useful idiots, because the media isn’t liberal, really, no matter how much the right screams about it. The people in the media are closely aligned with power in this country in a near-incestuous stew of arrogance and privilege:

    Judy softball Woodruff of CNN is married to Al Hunt, who used to be editor of the Wall Street Journal and now runs Bloomberg News. Andrea Mitchell of NBC is married to Alan Greenspan. Yeah–that Alan Greenspan. Cokie please bash my stupid face in Roberts, formerly of ABC is the daughter of an ambassador and was a Bush appointee to the “Council of Service and Civic Participation. She’s married to Steven Roberts, a former writer for the NYT and US News & World Report. Sally Quinn of the Washington Post is married to former WP editor, Ben Bradlee, who comes from a prominent Boston Brahmin family. Maureen Dowd of the NYT and Jim Lehrer of PBS regularly socialize with each other and all of the above people mentioned.

    I could go on, but I don’t have that much space. The point is that CNN, WSJ, ABC, NBC, NYT, WP–they’re not separate entities, really. Oh, they make a pretense of having markedly different ideologies…but they don’t. Not really. They exist not to represent your interests, but the interests of money and entrenched power.

    Always have. Always will.

    The sooner everybody understands that, the sooner we can kick these leeches and vampires on the American body politic to the curb.

  20. 20
    Modusoperandi

    Who Knows? “Anyways, with these kinds of rants against President Obama it is obvious the Tea Party’s main issue is, and always has been, the black man in the White House.”
    No, their main issue is that there’s a Democrat in the White House. That he’s African-American is just one more thing to tweak the limbic brain of the Right (the other things everything…everything else).

  21. 21
    Modusoperandi

    Wups. That should be “the other things including…everything else”. For instance, did you know that Obama played golf before the Seal Team 6 operation? I know!

  22. 22
    roxanemurray

    “The man is a weapons-grade lunatic.”

    That’s why he gets airtime. People who just tell it like it is are considered boring.

  23. 23
    davidct

    Once upon a time I was a moderate Republican. I am now considered an un-American Marxist without ever changing my position. It must be the influence of the left-wing press.

  24. 24
    Noadi

    being a son of the late heiress Gloria Vanderbilt

    I believe Ms. Vanderbilt would be quite shocked to learn she’s deceased.

  25. 25
    slc1

    Re Aquaria @ #19

    Relative to Cokie Roberts, it should be pointed out that both her parents were Congresspeople. In fact, her father, Hale Boggs, was at one time the Democratic majority leader in the House.

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    harold

    D C Wilson –

    And I don’t know why the media is so terrified of the right.

    Please see Aquaria’s comment above. Number 19.

    I will add one thing. I do think that part of what the media, and the right wing in general, is terrified of, is that the public might start to demand moderate, incremental progressive reforms, that would give Americans advantages already enjoyed by say, Australians and Canadians. Therefore a strategy of claiming that the craziest unsustainable right wing policies are ideal. The successful goal is to pull discourse to the right.

    You may wonder why anyone would oppose things that, for the most part, would directly or indirectly benefit everyone, rich or poor.

    It’s very simple. First of all, the few people who would be hurt are elite. Doing something like expanding Medicare to cover everyone (while preserving reimbursement levels) would hurt only the health insurance industry, but it would hurt the health insurance industry. More efficient military spending would hurt only defense contractors, but it would hurt defense contractors. Rich people count more, so their tax-subsidized gains must be preserved to the bitter end. Second of all, the people Aquaria mentioned probably, to a large degree, favor what seems to help them in a very immediate, superficial, cash-right-now-the-hell-with-the-future type of way. I recall trying to explain to people in 2000 that a policy set that might give you a small tax break right now, but that might harm your net wealth and the exchange rate of the currency you hold it in in the intermediate term, is probably not a good deal. Lots of luck selling that to the kind of people who dominate the media. “Too complicated”.

    The people who control the mainstream media don’t “fear” the right. They think the right is on their side. They are part of the right.

    They undoubtedly have private contempt for religious fanatics, but they also realize that if well over 99% of the country is being screwed by certain policies (it’s not “the 1%” – as I’ve mentioned before, successful orthodontists and third string NFL linebackers aren’t terribly powerful – it’s a smaller group), an irrational reason to support such policies must be provided.

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