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  •  We need a more creative and all-in theatrical (5+ / 0-)

    approach, IMO... we need to take a wee page from the Tea Party Handbook and work on getting our own little Astroturf Army together to follow this guy around from place to place when he's out-n-about masquerading as supporters of his agenda of pluto-fascism. As nutty as this might sound, we need made up Brigades of cheerleaders dressed in uniforms out of the "marching hammers" sequence of "Pink Floyd: The Wall" and CHEER HIM ON in the most repulsive, sickening fashion we can muster, and in front of as many cameras rolling as we can.

    As tasteless as this sounds, what we need is a huge crowd of "supporters" chanting some variation on "Sieg Heil!!" at him after each sentence that drips from his lying lizard lips... not those words, of course but some made up ones that will be even more scary and off-putting to the toads that truly do or might support him watching at home.  

    This sort of controversy will have microphones in the face of our little Flash Mobs, asking what our movement is all about, to which we can -- in the most disciplined and "on message" manner possible -- lay out exactly why we "think" the poor are leeches who fail to worship the One True Savior of America, Ms. Ayn Rand.  

    We need to preach to these cameras and this attention the controversy-starved mass media will give us from the most odious sections of "Atlas Shrugged," the writings of Leo Strauss, the Gospel According to William McKinley.... whatever is the most ridiculous and terrifying... and we need to be out there in costume being that for the cameras so the rejoinder of what Marie Antoinette motherfuckers like Ryan are and who loves them the most can be driven home with emphasis. We need to do it so convincingly that after we do our thing for a few months of tailing them with their own, portable fake-fascist army in tow, the Paul Ryans of the world couldn't get people to vote for them or endorse their thoroughly sick, empathy-less positions for the next ten centuries or more.

    I know this is a bit out there and o'er-the-top and I surely apologize for that, esp. to Holocaust survivors or whomever these sort of Brownshirt allusions might offend, but that's precisely the point: we have to find new, unprecedented and entertaining ways -- ones that play on corporate media -- to hang what these people are right 'round their necks and sink them, like the rats they are, to the bottom of the political gene pool.

    This, IMO, is what 2012 should be about for people looking for a way to stop the madness the Paul Ryans are wreaking upon society: mass, organized and disciplined crowds of "supporters"  that by their presence (albeit undercover) illustrate exactly what these plastic fascists are all about.

    "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

    by emperor nobody on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 08:08:55 PM PDT

    •  to elaborate a bit (3+ / 0-)

      It's like this: they only allow supporters in -- we are always crying about this and yes, it's evil and undemocratic.  But it ain't gonna change, so we need to look at it and work with what the pitcher gives us, like any good hitter.  

      As nutzoid as this sounds, think about it: as odious and exaggeratedly pathological as they are, the little Fred Phelps gaggle has done arguably more to advance the cause of LGBTQ Rights than prominent gay politicians like Barney Frank have, simply by professing a message so horrifying and a presence so toxic that the people on the fence about the issue have recoiled in horror at the cartoon awfulness of the message and have thus become more open to the LGBTQ cause essentially so they won't have to see themselves as bigots and haters.  The attachment of the Westboro Baptist entourage at the military funerals and other events where the issue at hand has nothing to do with gay rights has only served to accentuate their perceived nuttiness by the people in the middle and I'd venture to say there's a good bunch of the fence-sitters that have fallen from the fence and onto the inclusive side of things just from having the disgusting, overamplified messages of hatred displayed to them.

      We always complain that only our choir will listen to us, but if we ever want to expand our choir we need some Master Thespians to step up and give the lie to the disastrousness of the Paul Ryans by amplifying exactly the details that can sink their ship if attached to them in the right ways.  It's not as if Paul Ryan wouldn't support, say, the idea of rounding all poor people up into "re-education camps" anyway, so why not show up in an organized way at his publicity events to pin that spoonful-of-crazy onto him so eventually maybe he and those like him are not so arrogant and confident and instead are back on their heels and having to explain to reporters why they are indeed not "pigfuckers," to use LBJ-speak.

      "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

      by emperor nobody on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 08:43:20 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I'm all for spectacle and theatrics... I (4+ / 0-)
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      also love a turn of phrase like

      Marie Antoinette motherfuckers

      I've met the Emperor, and He Is Nobody!

      •  thanks and thanks for your diary (2+ / 0-)

        Really, I ain't nobody... I've just been watching and reading a lot of the lamentations about why we can't break through with the most obvious and humane progressive philosophy and at some point we need to take initiative and realize that a lot of that failure is on us and our lack of creativity and innovation to the Spectacle that is all this political shit.

        These are crazy times and they call for crazy shit... I feel we need to get off the sidelines and quit being so resigned to the ghetto of irrelevance our views -- which merely speak to things that all people value and want even if they don't know it yet -- have been consigned to by corporate cheerleading media.  Eventually we gotta stop crying about this marginalization and make moves that send these very same media scurrying to thrust mics into our faces to hear what we have to say.  

        It may be a shame that we will have to commit some semblance of subterfuge to do it, but it's one step in overturning the pattern that has gone on way too long, where we have been bringing not even knives but blueberry muffins to gunfights with some very formidable and scruple-less adversaries who seem not only bent on establishing permanent plutocracy but in wiping the opponents of their odious agenda from history.  Tables need to start turning and this is just one idea straight out the top of my head in that direction.

        "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

        by emperor nobody on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 09:54:02 PM PDT

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        •  a good way to say it in a bumper sticker (2+ / 0-)
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          is "Steer the Spectacle."  The other side never hesitates to do this and that's exactly why we so often and inexplicably lose with a winning hand called Progress.

          "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

          by emperor nobody on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 09:58:54 PM PDT

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          •  Surrounding circlejerkers w/their own verbal vomit (3+ / 0-)

            magnified -giving then a regular 'beatdown' using their 'weapons' in their 'neighborhood'.


            •  you gots it, pepta (4+ / 0-)

              We are supposed to be the smart ones and we best start acting that way, 10 moves ahead at all times, if we want sanity to prevail at this crucial moment in history when the final showdown between Reason and Mythology is taking shape.  Places, please.

              "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

              by emperor nobody on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 12:01:06 AM PDT

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              •  The "showdown between Reason and Mythology" (1+ / 0-)
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                is a lovely phrase, but also interesting to unpack. Generally speaking, one would assume that "reason" (enlightenment, truth, logic) would be "our" side, while the "other" side indulged in the manipulative symbolics of myth. However, from what you are saying above, about the need for spectacle in a kind of Situationist tactical mode, "our" side becomes the space of Mythology. That we must invoke myth in order to garner enough spectacle that we rebalance power. But would that put the "other" side in the camp of Reason? Does "reason" then become the cold brutal logic of State power, hierarchical control, and repression?

                •  great point n.o.r. (1+ / 0-)
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                  I think of it as a kind of sociohistorical Aikido, where we are using the energy of the adversary to defeat it.  Unfortunately the preponderance of the population -- and not just the "other side," but all of us, myself included -- operates under preposterous-but-meticulously-crafted, often self-reinforced illusions that are the essential engine of separation, division and conquerance in our society, and in order to reach people in a language their minds are prepared to decode and understand, utilization of references and totems representative of those illusions have to come into play.  Or in other words, I am the bastard child of Guy Debord and George Lakoff, with a healthy side helping of Dada, which Debord and his SI knew all about anyway.  I also see this sort of operation as reflective of Hakim Bey's concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone or "T.A.Z."

                  One thing I would do, were I masterminding just such an operation against Ryan or another RW pol as I detailed above, would be to ensure that all of the activities were surreptitiously filmed and later turned into a comprehensive documentary piece about exactly how and why it was done, so people could arrive at their own conclusions operating with the ostensible facts of what we did in the field and why we thought we were doing it.

                  An imperfect solution, certainly, but imperfect species such as the one we carry membership in require that sometimes I guess.

                  "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

                  by emperor nobody on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 09:15:52 AM PDT

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        •  you know, I was riffing on your name, and (4+ / 0-)

          thinking of when Odysseus is stuck in the cave of the Cyclops and pokes his eye out. Odysseus has told Cyclops that his name is "Nbdy" (or "No One" or Nobody) and when Cyclops' cousins come to help, and ask him "Who has hurt you" he keeps crying "Nobdy... Nobody has hurt me!"

          I was thinking of this with your thoughts of subterfuge. I agree with your assessment, but also feel that a lot of what you say is snowballing... happening, incipient, but insistent.

          Crazy Molotov Marchers in Milwaukee. Huge Puppet Theater, a full effing Rotunda of chanters and singers, A fricking Tractorcade last spring that was unbelievable, rallies, marches, singing, shouting... everything but baseball bats and violence.

          Can we do more? Absolutely! Can we always think more imaginatively, larger, more ambitious? You bet! But do connect with the energy that is here: in your neighborhood, around some street corner where you live. The fire will spread.

          I love the pen name, btw!

          •  well, it's a name anyway (0+ / 0-)

            I've used it for so long to be honest I am kind of sick of it, but it coveys something in just two words and that's why I keep it.  It comes from friends of mine viewing me as the reincarnation of this guy, and the Nobody part is what I added to offset the Imperial notions of it.  That part comes from a film which you can read about here.

            "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

            by emperor nobody on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 10:18:56 PM PDT

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