Return of the BOW Award — Sooner than Expected….

November 15, 2008

Yeah, okay.  It seems that the BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award’s hiatus was shorter than I said it might be last week.  Thing is, when there is this much idiocy flying around, I can’t simply ignore it, can I?  Of course, most of you told me this would happen.  You were right.

So where do we begin?  For the sake of continuity, let’s start basically where we left off.  You know the Guest from Hell?  The person you invite to your house for a party who never stops talking, who monopolizes every conversation, who never figures out when it’s time to leave?  Well, Sarah Palin has become the Candidate from Hell.  The woman is everywhere!  She’s giving interviews right and left, mostly about mooseburgers and her plans for the future (though she has managed to repeat some of her more ridiculous campaign claims about Barack Obama, while at the same time giving lip service to “national unity” and “supporting the new Administration”).  She gave a press conference at the national convention of the Republican Governors Association that was so short as to be a joke.  Except that her fellow GOP governors weren’t laughing.  They were ticked because they were put in the position of having to play the Dwarves to her Snow White.  As to that question of Palin’s future?  A recent poll (yes they’re already polling on the 2012 Presidential race) asked Republican voters to rank their top choices for President in 2012.  Palin came in third behind Romney and Huckabee.  Not a good omen for the Republican Party’s biggest rock star.

There was an article in my local paper today — an AP feed — noting that death threats against President-elect Obama are at a higher level than the Secret Service has ever seen for any President-elect.  Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me at all.  But some of the things people are doing are so stupid, so obscene, so dangerous as to defy logic.  A sign posted on a tree in Idaho offered Obama a “free public hanging.”  Racist and threatening graffiti directed at Obama was found on the campus of North Carolina State University.  And a sign in a Maine convenience store encouraged customers to join a $1 betting pool — “The Osama Obama Shotgun Pool” — the winner of which would be the person coming closest to predicting the date when Obama will be assassinated.  “Let’s hope we have a winner,” the sign said.

I’m sorry, but that’s not funny.  Not even a little.  Barack Obama will be our first African-American President, and as such he’s already a target.  We’ve already seen with the white supremicists here in Tennessee that sick people are quite serious about wanting to see him killed.  We don’t need these lame attempts at humor.  And if they’re not jokes, then these people need to be put in jail.  It is a Federal crime to make threats against the President or a Presidential candidate (and, by extension, the President-elect).  These people have broken the law.  And if any of you think I’m taking this stuff too seriously, just think for a moment about Michelle Obama and those two bright, beautiful little girls of theirs.  Do you believe they would think any of this was funny?

But our winners this week (and yes, there’s a tie) come from the right-wing establishment.  First we have Congressman Paul Broun (Wing-Nut, Georgia) who likened Obama to Adolph Hitler and said that he (Obama)was intent on establishing a national security force that would be similar to the gestapo.  Here’s the quote:

“It may sound a bit crazy and off base [Ya think?], but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this national security force. I’m just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism. That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he’s proposing to have a national security force that’s answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he’s showing me signs of being Marxist.”

The proposal Broun refers to came from an Obama speech in July, in which then candidate Obama said:  “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Yeah, that sounds like Hitler to me.  And of course, as Jon Stewart and John Oliver pointed out the other night on “The Daily Show,” when you take away the military aggesssion and the genocide Obama and Hitler have so much in common….  What is it with Republican Congressmen from Georgia (see Westmoreland, Lynn — the wing-nut who said that Michelle and Barack Obama were “Uppity”)?  Do they try to be idiots, or is it something in the water?

But not to be outdone, Right-Wing zealots Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have taken the ridiculous to the level of the sublime.  Both men have spent the last week, basically since election day, calling our current economic mess “the Obama Recession.”  Yes, that’s right.  Our current economic problems are not the fault of the current Administration, which has overseen our economy for the past seven years, ten months; they’re not the fault of Wall Street greed or regulatory failure.  They are the fault of Barack Obama who has been President for exactly….Oh wait, he’s not President yet.  So how does this work?  Don’t fear, gentle reader, Messrs. Limbaugh and Hannity won’t allow silly things like facts or logic get in the way of their argument.  You see, the stock market is down since election day, so all of our economic problems must be Barack Obama’s fault.  He’s proposing MASSIVE tax increases (though only on the top 5% of the income scale) and SOCIALIST policies (though not really).  Wall Street is TERRIFIED (true, but not of Obama).  Limbaugh put it this way on November 6:  “His ideas are killing Wall Street.”

Right.  Except that none of this is true.  First of all, Obama’s victory was anticipated by voters, the media, and Wall Street for more than a week prior to the election.  During that period the market actually went up 17%.  Here’s what the Wall Street Journal‘s MarketBeat Blog (hardly a left-leaning source) had to say about this:  “Following the brief pre-election euphoria that brought stocks up 17% in a six-day period, stocks have been sluggish since as investors focused, once again, on the lame economic data and the drumbeat of bailouts, potential bailouts, and worries about other bailouts.”

None of this will convince Limbaugh or Hannity of course.  In fact, Fox Business News analysts — people from Hannity’s own network — have also stated that they don’t seen any link between the market’s recent decline and Obama’s election victory.  But Hannity and Limbaugh have their fingers in their ears and are shouting “Not listening!  Not listening!”

Rest assured, you’ll continue to hear ideological hacks like Limbaugh and Hannity talk about the Obama Recession for the next eight years.  Fortunately, American voters have proven themselves capable of rejecting such tripe.  The Bush Presidency isn’t over yet.  To the extent that this recession belongs to anyone (and I’m not sure it does), it’s his. 

So this week’s BOW Award goes to Congressman Paul Broun, for his ludicrous fear-mongering, and to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for their inability to differentiate between their own bulls#*t and reality.  Take a BOW there guys; you’ve earned it.  And thanks for rekindling my interest in the BOW Award — it took some true idiocy to do that….


One Response to “Return of the BOW Award — Sooner than Expected….”

  1. Brian said

    I really do hope the Secret Service is on top of the president-elect’s security.

    Regarding the national security force: Exactly what was Obama referring to? My first guess would be greater funding for the FBI, more agents, more resources, new technology etc. It would be good for the FBI to be able to hire more personnel and agents. But what about Homeland security? Is that agency doing what it was intended to do? And the coast guard? Border patrol? All these agencies are not staffed well enough to protect our own borders. I think they could all use some help.

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