Last night, I made a mistake. I thought that the right wing was telling us fairy tales to scare us. After what I've seen today, I realize that we would have been lucky if that is all that was happening. I do believe a lot of them have finally snapped.
They are all upset about the prospect of having to pay more in taxes. (I didn't know that there were this many uber-wealthy people in this country.) While no one likes to pay taxes, some of us have the maturity to recognize it as a necessary evil. The rest throw tea parties. The only thing is, I suspect it's not tea they're drinking, but Long Island Iced Teas. Really strong ones.
Not everyone has grown enough to realize that taxes are an unpleasant necessity. And it is no wonder. Just look at who is leading their anti-tax crusades.
James Rowen links us to a video of Glen Beck, one of the right wing's darlings. I've heard his name bantered about right wing sites almost as much as the drug-addicted Rush Limbaugh or the asocial, amoral Ann Coulter. But in the video, I see a guy that is half-charlatan, half-psychotic. I really don't understand why people would even pay this lunatic any attention.
But then, via the Chief, I see just what kind of people do listen to them:
As the wise Chief alerts the reader, pay attention to the guy at the end, who thinks that the digital converters are part of an epic brain-washing conspiracy. There is also the guy who thinks there is a 50 year scheme by the Communists to take over. There must have been a real shortage of tinfoil in that neighborhood.
Next thing you know, someone will be starting to talk about secession. Oops, too late on that one.
In a related matter, now that we are getting closer to April 15th, expect more post like this one from the right, expressing their outrage every time a tax goes up. What you shouldn't expect is posts complaining about the power companies raising their rates higher and faster than any tax.
As I've said before, the right doesn't really care about you keeping your money. They only care that you give all of your money to their sort of people, like the CEOs with their million dollar bonuses, as opposed to the poor person needing a meal or a place to sleep.