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Klayman Hits the Big Time

Much has been written about that ridiculous rally held Sunday by Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, the one where they took the barricades from the WW II memorial and dumped them at the White House. What you may have missed is that our old pal Larry Klayman also spoke at that rally, proving that you’re never too extreme for the right wing. He offered up his usual pack of lies.

It’s amusing to me to listen to the yokels shouting their approval of his idiocy as he compares himself to Martin Luther King and and calls for the “non-violent” overthrow of Obama. But it highlights just how ridiculous our politics has become that the one thing that the right is focusing on in the shutdown is the closure of war memorials. Not the people who can’t get their medications from the NIH (one of my best friends had to break the law to get her chemo treatments the last two weeks as part of an NIH clinical trial, something more people in her situation would be unable to do), but irrelevancies like memorials. Conor Friedersdorf has the same problem with that focus.

But part of me can’t help but read about the rally at the World War II Memorial and think, “To hell with you, conservative activists. This perfectly illustrates your uselessness.” I don’t just mean that, but for the useless government shutdown that Tea Party Republicans provoked, the World War II Memorial would be open.

What actually bothers me most about this little rally is what it says about the priorities of Tea Party leaders like Cruz and Sarah Palin, and the rank-and-file conservative activists who trudged out to the World War II Memorial to protest its closure. They speak the language of liberty in expressing outrage at the metal barricades, insisting that it’s an insult to soldiers who risked their lives to beat the fascists.

Meanwhile, the Veterans Affairs Department has furloughed almost 8,000 employees (half are veterans). Its backlog of disability applications has been increasing for the duration. “The Pentagon says it no longer has authority to pay death gratuities—which is typically a cash payment of $100,000—to the survivors of servicemembers killed in action,” CBS reported last week. (Since then, Congress has passed and President Obama has signed a bill reinstating the benefit). And even when the federal government is functioning normally, it fails to adequately care for the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, who are suffering from high rates of suicide, PTSD, and joblessness, in large part due to the wars of choice they were asked to fight and that conservatives, who are still allied with a faction of haws urging even more wars of choice, overwhelmingly backed…

What I think, when I see that memorial closures are the thing that gets conservatives in the streets, is that movement leaders and rank-and-file activists alike cannot be counted on to identify and take on the most serious issues facing veterans, or the most serious threats to liberty. Instead they spend their time seizing on symbolic issues that promise to result in the best optics for a given news cycle—World War II veterans traveled to Washington and can’t visit the memorial dedicated to them! Think what victory would mean in this instance: The barricades would come down, which will happen anyway as soon as the government reopens. In other words, there’s no substantive upside for this particular rally, whether you’re concerned about benefitting veterans or safeguarding liberty. It was held so that Cruz and Palin could aggrandize themselves, so that conservatives could revel in their self-image as liberty loving patriots who honor veterans, and so that the Obama Administration would look bad. Protests are nothing more than political theater for these people. Or if they actually intend to effect change, their strategy verges on nonsensical.

Bingo. It’s all about posturing, not substance. And when you involve people like Larry Klayman, you’re showing that you simply don’t care how extreme or inane your allies are as long as they hate Obama too.

Comments

  1. bushrat says

    But how would we know they we patriots and love ‘Merika if they didn’t scream at us about the injustice of not allowing REAL AMERICANS™ view some pieces of carved up rocks while they try to overthrow the American Government?

  2. grumpyoldfart says

    Klayman said:

    I call upon all of you to wage a second non violent revolution…

    Did he wink when he said “non-violent”?

  3. says

    COME ON, AMERICA! DID WE GIVE UP AND GO HOME WHEN HITLER PUT “BARACK”ADES AROUND MEMORIALS? NO! REAL AMERICANS KNOW THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THE FEDERAL SOCALLED “GOVERNMENT” PROTECTS IS MONUMENTS TO REAL AMERICANS! TELL OBAMA TO STOP OPPRESSING REAL AMERICANS BY MILDLY INCONVENIENCING THEM WITH VISIBLE MARKERS THAT THE SOCALLED “GOVERNMENT” HE RUNS TYRANNICALLY IS SHUT DOWN! INSTEAD HE SHOULD GET ON BOARD WITH THE TEA PARTY AND BEND THOSE PATRIOTS OVER AND POUND THEM HARD FULL OF THE WARM MILKY FREEDOM OF NOT HAVING TO PAY FOR OBAMACAREWELFAREMEDICAIDFOODSTAMPUNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCEMOOCHERS. (AND ALSO MAKE SURE THOSE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE CHECKS KEEP COMING. THANKS)

  4. Jackie teh kitteh cuddler says

    Foster parents taking in small children usually get assistance with WIC. They can’t now. As none of the foster parents I’ve met are wealthy, that can be the deciding factor in whether or not to accept a placement.

    A friend of mine’s job is to evaluate people applying for disability. He’s been furloughed.

    That’s who this is hurting: The most vulnerable among us and it is only going to get worse. This shut down will cost lives and the people who caused it will continue to blame the opposing party. Sadly, anyone stupid enough to vote for them in the first place will probably be too stupid not to believe the lies.

  5. Wylann says

    [T]he one thing that the right is focusing on in the shutdown is the closure of war memorials.

    That’s because it’s the only thing they got. It’s the one thing they can focus on and not admit that they are totally fucking the American people. The worst part of the whole thing is that there are enough morons out there to ignore all the rest of the issues and focus on that one thing (and still believe it’s all Obama’s fault, to boot).

  6. noahsarkive says

    As expected, Tea Party Assholes (TPA) – especially Bachmann, Cruz, Palin (oy veh what a cast!) – invited America to a masquarade based on lies.

    TPA Representatives in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (chair by TPA Issa) called National Park Service Director Jarvis on the carpet to explain why he denied WWII veterans access to the World War II Memorial. Director Jarvis responded that he allowed veteran groups access to the WWII Memorial – as well as the somewhat less photogenic Korean and Vietnam memorials – as ‘a First Amendment activity’.

    No veteran group was ever turned away from visiting these national monuments during the shutdown!

  7. says

    lofgren @7

    If Feetofclayman was talking about voting, there’d be nothing to discuss. Obama is out of office, for ever, after November 2016 (well, January 2017). Since the Constitution doesn’t provide for the recall of a sitting president, he’s stuck with one of three options: Wait for 2016/17, get his wingnut loonz in the House to file articles of impeachment, or — quite illegally — instigate a revolt among We the People. Which of those three is the most likely for Feetofclayman to be promoting?

  8. scienceavenger says

    It’s really amazing to watch Fox news these days. I catch the morning show every day, and this has been their lead-off and frequent-repeat topic for about a week. Very little else about the shutdown, just this. It’s gone beyond stupid and laughable, I just sit there with my mouth agape in astonishment. The bozos at this rally remind me of student government, where everything is pretend and nothing is actually done, you just make pretend speeches about pretend issues. Someone needs to clue them in to the fact that they are real politicians (well, except she who will remain irrelevant, dontcha know) and are actually expected to do something besides talk a lot.

  9. Brain Hertz says

    …WHEN HITLER PUT “BARACK”ADES AROUND MEMORIALS?

    You’re behind on your wingnut bumpersticker-ese. According to Sarah, they’re now to be referred to as “Barrycades”. Yes, she actually came up with that term. All by herself, allegedly.

  10. coryat says

    I like the bit at 1.43 when Klayman instructs Obama to ‘put the Quran down’. That was super cool.

  11. noahsarkive says

    IF I POST A COMMENT IN ALL CAPS, IT MUST MEAN THAT EVERYTHING I SAY IS RIGHT, ANOINTED BY THE LORD, MORALLY CORRECT, POLITICALLY ASTUTE AND PULLED FROM HIGH UP MY ASSHOLE.

  12. exdrone says

    [Klayman] compares himself to Martin Luther King and and calls for the “non-violent” overthrow of Obama.

    He should listen to himself. If he had gathered a group of veterans and had a respectful, long-term, non-violent, sit-down protest at the White House, it would probably be very effective. Of course, he would also need a worthy cause and some rational, achievable demands, … so never mind.

  13. says

    exdrone “He should listen to himself. If he had gathered a group of veterans and had a respectful, long-term, non-violent, sit-down protest at the White House, it would probably be very effective. Of course, he would also need a worthy cause and some rational, achievable demands, … so never mind.”
    “What do we want?”
    “No Medicaid coverage for those making between 100 and 133% of the poverty line and no subsidized, private healthcare insurance coverage for those making under about 40,000 per year and those with preexisting conditions!”
    “And when do we want it?”
    “Now!”

    exdrone “noahsarkive @12, Your snark meter is broken. Modus is our class clown.”
    EXDRONE, NOAHSHARK IS RIGHT. ALL CAPS IS ALL TRUTH.

  14. lofgren says

    If Feetofclayman was talking about voting, there’d be nothing to discuss.

    There is nothing to discuss no matter what Klayman is talking about. The people had their chance to peacefully “overthrow” Obama in 2012 and they’ll have another shot to overthrow the Democrats in 2016. That’s what voting IS: peaceful regime change. As you correctly point out, there is no recall. There are no non-violent options left.

  15. Nick Gotts says

    This demonstration does raise an issue I’m curious about, as a Brit. Why have there (AFAIK) been no significant street demonstrations against the Tea Party sabotage? Where’s the outrage? Why does the left lack all conviction, while the right is filled with passionate intensity (to adapt Yeats).

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