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It didn’t take long for the more excitable corners of Rightwingia to start spitting up internal body parts.
Of course, it’s never a surprise to see neo-Confederate boob Robert Stacy McCain having several cows at once: “Unmitigated political disaster…we are permanently and irretrievably screwed…the disease may well be terminal…America is doomed beyond all hope of redemption.” He takes a couple of halfhearted swipes at Todd Akin and spends a bit more time knocking Chris Christie: “Good luck with the remainder of your political future, governor. It is unlikely Republicans shall soon forget your perfidious betrayal.” But really, the best part is the paragraph that begins “Alas, as always, the duty of the Right is to manfully endure, to survive the defeat and stubbornly oppose the vaunting foe, and so this brutal shock, this electoral catastrophe, must be absorbed and digested.” Manfully endure! Stubbornly oppose! Yes, you are the modern Cicero, there’s a nice whackjob. Time for your meds.
And no Festival of Stupid is truly complete without John Hinderaker of Powerline (Time’s 2004 Blog of the Year, never forget): “Decades ago my father, the least cynical of men, quoted a political scientist who wrote that democracy will survive until people figure out that they can vote themselves money. That appears to be the point at which we have arrived. Put bluntly, the takers outnumber the makers…These are dark days, indeed.” Meanwhile, Melanie Phillips upholds the crazy flag overseas: “With four more years of Obama in the White House, Iran can now be sure that it will be able to complete its infernal construction of a genocide bomb to use against the Jews and the west. World War Three has now come a lot closer…Romney lost because, like Britain’s Conservative Party, the Republicans just don’t understand that America and the west are being consumed by a culture war. In their cowardice and moral confusion, they all attempt to appease the enemies within. And from without, the Islamic enemies of civilisation stand poised to occupy the void. With the re-election of Obama, America now threatens to lead the west into a terrifying darkness.” That’s not just piffle, it’s quality upmarket piffle. Nice typography, too.
But none of these tribunes are a patch on Eric Dondero of LibertarianRepublican.net, who’s really unhappy with the election results, which he calls “the end of liberty in America.”
I’m choosing another rather unique path; a personal boycott, if you will. Starting early this morning, I am going to un-friend every single individual on Facebook who voted for Obama, or I even suspect may have Democrat leanings. I will do the same in person. All family and friends, even close family and friends, who I know to be Democrats are hereby dead to me. I vow never to speak to them again for the rest of my life, or have any communications with them. They are in short, the enemies of liberty. They deserve nothing less than hatred and utter contempt.Unfriending on Facebook! Shunning liberal relatives! Heady stuff. But that’s not all:
I strongly urge all other libertarians to do the same. Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them without haste. Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats.
I believe we all need to express disgust with Obama and Democrats in public places. To some extent I already do this. Example:I hope so too. Please, angry right-wingers, do pursue this “shouting at strangers in supermarket lines” plan. Repeatedly, all over America. Let us know how it works out.
When I’m at the Wal-mart or grocery story I typically pay with my debit card. On the pad it comes up, “EBT, Debit, Credit, Cash.” I make it a point to say loudly to the check-out clerk, “EBT, what is that for?” She inevitably says, “it’s government assistance.” I respond, “Oh, you mean welfare? Great. I work for a living. I’m paying for my food with my own hard-earned dollars. And other people get their food for free.” And I look around with disgust, making sure others in line have heard me.
I am going to step this up. I am going to do far more of this in my life. It’s going to be my personal crusade. I hope other libertarians and conservatives will eventually join me.
If I meet a Democrat in my life from here on out, I will shun them immediately. I will spit on the ground in front of them, being careful not to spit in their general direction so that they can’t charge me with some stupid little nuisance law. Then I’ll tell them in no un-certain terms: “I do not associate with Democrats. You all are communist pigs, and I have nothing but utter disgust for you. Sir/Madam, you are scum of the earth.” Then I’ll turn and walk the other way.Altogether? It may be the greatest flounce of all time.