Sunday, February 17, 2013

The NRA's Enemies List: Where Do I Sign Up?


by Noah

Hmmm, Seems to be a lot of Jewish organizations such as the JDL, the American Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith and others on the NRA's Enemies List, along with groups of neurological surgeons and elementary school principals, the NAACP, the National Black Nurses Association, NOW, The Police Foundation... Well, you get the picture. Elementary school principals? Didn't one just die defending her young students? The list has over 500 organizations and people on it. The inclusion of those who made the list reflects the typical bugaboos of conservatives. The Methodist church is on there. So is the Episcopal church. Perhaps because they welcome gay people. I don't know. I'm not a shrink. But I must admit, I was once an NRA member. The NRA has now removed their list from their site; too late, as you can see at the tpm link above. None of that courage of their convictions thing, I guess. Lawrence O'Donnell puts it in perspective very nicely.

It’s come to this in our great big trashy Rand Paul-Kardashian-Octomom-FOX News Freakshow World. The NRA’s Wayne Lapierre gets to speak. That’s fine: free speech and all that. But no line has been drawn where someone of reason says batcrap crazy people do not belong on our televisions every damn day or any damn day at all. LaPierre’s ravings on the wonders of guns in our country and the need for more, more, and more amount to the same thing as yelling fire in a crowded nightclub.

There was a time, before Reagan forced so many asylums to close and turn the truly bonkers out into the streets to fend for themselves, that things were a little calmer and saner. Even George H. W. Bush once referred to the NRA as “jack-booted thugs."

Apparently, some of those driven from the asylums not only survived but managed to convince people to give them money to spout off their insanities right out in public instead of behind the barbed-wire topped walls of the local crazy house. How else does one explain just about everyone you see on FOX, or CNN, or most of daytime TV, for that matter? In the context of Paris Hilton showing her snatch to the world, Glenn Beck’s weeping insanity, any one of a number of politicians from Texas ranting about light bulbs, Bill-O, and Marcus Bachmann, LaPierre is simply a man of his time: Batcrap toys in the attic crazy.

When large chunks of our media accept the likes of Wayne LaPierre as a valid voice in public discourse, the next thing you know, you have 22 moonbat Republican senators voting against the Violence Against Women Act. You also probably have Charlie Manson watching TV in prison and thinking that the only problem in his life was that he was born too soon. After all, who has more blood on his hands? By the same token, if half the country accepts a secessionist Alaskan half-term governor that believes in witchcraft as a legitimate candidate for the second highest office in our land, you get Wayne LaPierre. The symmetry is all too perfect.

  It wasn’t enough that LaPierre got to take his chillingly insane ramblings about gun violence to the media airways just hours after the Newtown massacre, he’s since been given the opportunity to give his own rebuttal to the President’s State Of The Union Speech through the Daily Caller, a bizarro world “news” website created by the smarm-crippled Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, a former aide to another total crazy named Dick Cheney.

From there of course, LaPierre’s drooling pro-violence babble was made available to millions as various media ran with it this week. All of this came after, the Republican Party was already given not the usual one, but two rebuttals by the so-called liberal media. What’s next, Unabomber Ted Kaczynzski gets to do a rebuttal on ABC? That’s exactly where we’re headed, folks. Here’s LaPierre sounding like a late night infomercial for the gun manufacturers, which is basically what he is anyway:
“Hurricanes! Tornadoes! Riots! Terrorists! Gangs! Lone criminals! These are perils we are sure to face-- not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.”
All that’s missing is the “Available at Walmart” tagline. Not only is LaPierre an unglued shill for the gun manufacturers, he also represents the essence of all of the fear-mongering and hate-mongering of FOX, CNN and every other conservative media outlet all wrapped up tightly in one blithering, frothing mess of a human being who gets to impart some of his own internal panic to the naïve, paranoid, and gullible among us, all in the service of an increasingly amoral gun industry.
“Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony ‘stimulus’ spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.”
The only good thing to come of this painful situation is that, while more and more wingnuts get to nod in agreement with yet another extremist total nutbag, more and more normally adjusted people get to see just how far the righties are taking their utter madness. A good examination of LaPierre’s list, shows us some of the built in bigotries and hatreds that come with being a card-carrying rightwinger. The inclusion of so many Jewish groups and African-American groups, along with groups that help workers and senior citizens is mega-revealing. Whether in some sort of twisted frustration or state of leaving reality all together, the righties are now throwing their hate in our faces without a care in the world other than their desire to let their freak flag of complete nihilism fly free.
“After hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no, food, water, or electricity. And, if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”
Fear. Fear. Fear. Meanwhile, in the reality that normal people live in, Sandy did wreck havoc, but, in the region LaPierre is fantasizing about, although, there was some looting, the looters had slim pickings after Sandy got through with peoples’ homes. A TV or computer that’s spent a couple of days in four feet of massively polluted salt water in an abandoned house isn’t much use to anyone. As for the rest of the crime in the region LaPierre is screaming about, it was down, significantly. Shootings were down 17%. Rape was down 47%. Robberies were down 22%. Assaults were down 18%. Grand larceny? 45%. Car thefts were down 22%. If LaPierre was compos mentis, he would know no one wants a car that’s been floating down the street with the tide or blown against a concrete wall by a 90 mph wind. But, there he is with his state of the union Op-Ed quoted in the pages of the nation’s papers and wingnut blogs, and there he is being taken seriously by nutball TV pundits and pseudo journalists.

On the more rational side, Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz has offered to show LaPierre around Brooklyn and even be his body guard (unarmed), if or when he has the courage to show up and if he has the courage to face the truth of how wrong and irresponsible he is.

It was bad enough watching media wackos go more and more crazy after Obama got elected the first time. We had all this Marxist, Socialist, Commie, Pinko, Secret Muslim, Birth Certificate stuff 24 hours a day; a whole network dedicated to it. Now Obama has been re-elected and the moorings are totally gone. It’s only going to get worse. Is it all some cry for help? Perhaps the righties really do want those FEMA camps they fantasize and rant about. They want in, back behind the walls. The outside world is just too scary for them. There’s big irony in the fact that the same people who flock to the crazies are the same people who decry Obamacare. Who needs it the most? Is it any wonder that doctors who study the brain are on the enemies list?

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At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! This NRA list is of the same paranoid crony nature as the still lengthening no-fly list, and we can be reasonably assured that if the more extreme rightwing ever really gets to be in charge, say with a Rand Paul or Ted Cruz presidency or even worse, then the NRA list could easily become the template for the guest list at American concentration camps; not that such a thing will happen, but 'if' they happen, this is the sort of thing the right would go by. The operating principles of such a list are threefold: Paranoid, stupid, and bigoted.

At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great piece shows us real Americans how afraid of the NRA you ultra lefties are! So now I know I spent my money for a lifetime membership in the NRA wisely The gun laws that are proposed by Obama and his minions do not work if they did Chicago would be the safest city in the US so would New York but the opposite is true but your supposed to over look the facts. BS


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