I love checking in with the crazies featured on Right Wing Watch. If you're a liberal, and you love sampling true, full-blown conservative lunacy this site is like your first kiss, a dish of Breyer's vanilla melted just a little, and the Tom Cruise Scientology video combined. It gives me a giddy and terrible feeling that's pure magic. I'm not exaggerating.
This nugget - a chunk from a Glenn Beck rant - is particularly pungent. He starts off by comparing progressives to Hitler, and then goes so much further than that. Until he's using the American flag in a reenactment of the CPR/death scene in every action movie you've ever watched.
At 1:48 his voice actually turns gravelly with sadness describing how this unfolds - like he's feeling actual emotion about something we know isn't real. He gets caught up in this scene, in his own performance. But that's just the overture. The absolute revelation comes a moment later, at 2:04.
Then he throws the flag away. He tosses it off to one side, his focus on it clicks off, and he continues with the performance. Look at his expression and his body language in this instant. It's a prop for him, and he doesn't need it anymore. He does literally what we've all suspected him of doing figuratively. And so have other people on the right. In innumerable ways, they've acted like that flag, along with everything it represents, is just a tool.
Well... on my blog at the bottom of this post is a gif of what a tool really looks like. Can we keep it in mind?
NOTE: Please read Republicans Embarrassed To Mention Delicate Lady-Issues. It was reposted on Jezebel, which delighted me.
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