I suppose if Mark Steyn is Mega Man that would make Greg Gutfeld the conservative movement’s Bionic Commando. Once again, Gufeld delivers a punishing response to the “leading hip-hop intellectuals” (Yes, Mark Lamont Hill actually believes that) and liberal pundits trying to paint the Tea Party movement as some sort of pseudo-Scooby Doo villain, who pulls off a mask to reveal the racist, bigot, homophobe beneath.
It goes like this: for the media, anger is only okay if its targets meet their stereotypical, romanticized criteria. Meaning: the corporation, the conservative, the daddy who never loved them.
Here’s a list of people doing angry things the media is okay with:
-People calling Bush a Nazi
-Students and non students rioting on college campuses
-Animal rights freaks dousing rich folks with paint
-Actors wishing average folks would get rectal cancer
-Bureaucrats labeling military vets as potential violent right wing extremists
-Radical environmentalists advocating violence against loggers
-Pranksters throwing pies at conservative commentators (you know, somehow they never pie Michael Moore, which makes him sad; he likes pie)
But this health care bill anger is different from all that – not just because it’s right, but because it involves Obama. And being angry at Obama is like being mad at Santa Claus. How can you be mad at Santa, when he brings us so many gifts?
And so, this anger is scary! It’s a mark of incivility! It’s deadly!
For some reason I don’t recall Mark Lamont Hill, Professor Hip Hop with a minor in pre-Civil Rights scat battle reenactments, being concerned over liberal kiddies who “Funk the War” by smashing in the windows of military recruitment centers with cans of yellow paint, but perhaps that was just an innocent mistake. I would hate to think that intellectuals like Hill are okay with a little subversion and sabotage when it’s perpetrated by big-government misfits and malcontents (or the Beastie Boys).
In general I’m not too worried about this tactic working. Sure, Organizing for America can use it in a fundraising effort, but that’s about it. The old racism card doesn’t work anymore. Sorry. Conservatives are through playing games and have more important things on their mind, namely, ensuring that the United States we leave to our kids and grandkids still Kicks Ass.
American Exceptionalism is real. Conservatives aim to keep it that way. As Gutfeld notes:
We are angry not because we lost, but that we lost to losers. I’m not talking about Obama, or the Dems. They’re winners, sadly. I’m talking about progressivism. The reason why I’m angry, my friends are angry, and my imaginary unicorn Captain Sparkles is angry – is because the greatest, most winningest country in the history of the world, just embraced the loser’s doctrine.
For two hundred plus years we’ve kicked ass, and we’re now choosing the belief system of the idiots whose asses we’ve kicked.
Whether you’re of the segment of the population that’s known for quite some time that progressivism is a loser, or if you’ve just taken off your Mind-Forged Manacles, welcome. But as I said the other day: If this is your first night, you have to fight. Welcome to The Club.