That we are now firmly involved in what Jacques Ellul called the irreversible, integration/activation phase of a 30 year long corporatist propaganda campaign was on full display today at the nation’s Capitol.
Hundreds of highly agitated Teabaggers, whipped into a frenzy by the demigods of right wing radio and television and a few well-financed astroturf corporatist organizers, swarmed the hallways of Congress demanding that even the greatly watered down health insurance reform bills set for passage in the next week be defeated lest they spell the end of the republic itself.
As our Brian Beutler reports, a few moments ago in the Longworth office building, a group swarmed a very calm looking Henry Waxman, as he got on the elevator, with shouts of “Kill the bill!” “You liar! You crook!”
Huffpo’s Sam Stein reports:
A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a ‘ni–er.’ And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lispy screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.
But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.
Georgia Rep Paul Broun yesterday invoked imagery from the Civil War:
If Obamacare passes, that free insurance card that’s in people’s pockets is going to be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the war between the states — the Great War of Yankee Aggression.
And on Wednesday, Rep. Michelle “Batshit Crazy” Bachmann went so far as to suggest that people not pay their federal taxes if “ObamaCare” passes:
Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, Minn.) has urged opponents of ObamaCare to stop paying taxes if the House passes the health care reform bill using “deem and pass,” a controversial procedural shortcut. “They want us to pay for this? We don’t have to,” she said over the weekend. “We don’t have to follow a bill that isn’t law.” Is Bachmann’s advice crazy?
The question answers itself.
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