Friday, July 29, 2011

Senator McCain blasts Beck's extremist, Tea Party extremists in Congress and then wimps out

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This week, former Republican candidate for President Senator McCain stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and railed against the Tea Party extremists deceiving the American people. His speech is shown below and Beck's radio, morning zoo commentary follows. This all begs the question: just what will the Glenn Beck inspired and promoted Tea Party extremists do to destroy the President and satisfy their moral leaders, the self-proclaimed rodeo clown, Glenn Beck, reactionary radio propagandist, Rush Limbuagh and Tea Party commentator on Fox, Sean Hannity? MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell will explain.

First, via "Patriots"Network on YouTube is this, entitled "McCain mocks conservative mentality." Since the text of his speech is repeated both in the clip of Beck's radio program and the O'Donnell clip, skipping this video will not matter to the comprehension of this post.

First, McCain is not mocking conservative mentality. The Tea Party, like Glenn Beck, is not a conservative movement. These people are reactionaries; they want to take the country back to the era in the American polity before progressives got legislation passed that served to protect the public interest from private, corporate greed. They may deceive themselves to that effect, but the media should start taking notice and calling them what they are as depicted below.

taxonomy of political values

These people are deluded to think of themselves as "conservative." Wikipedia has a wide-ranging definition that includes the extremists:

 Conservatism (Latinconservare, "to preserve")[1] is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were.
The "others" that "seek a return to the way things were" are not conserving or protecting the status quo. The Glenn Beck inspired, far-right Tea Party is undertaking to dismantle the modern welfare state, as if the American economy were so awful in the 1990's under President Clinton. (It wasn't.) The prosperity under the taxes of that era were undermined by the tax cuts enacted under President George Bush, but this steers us off the track. When people on the right claim that there is a "spending problem" in Washington, they are seeking to the welfare state and make the rich more wealthy.

On his radio show Glenn Beck and the other two stooges of the reactionary, billionaire Koch brothers discussed McCain's speech. Via Mediaite:

Because McCain actually stood up to the extremists of the Tea Party, Beck not only compared him to Gollum, but from Beck's extremist, reactionary perspective, actually compared the centrist conservative Senator to progressive, liberal Congressman Kuchinch. For far-right extremists like Beck, the status quo has become an unacceptable hell that must be destroyed; so the Republic can return to the era of total corporate control of government. If the extremist, Tea Party congress people are going to stop any and all efforts to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the economy from turning down into another recession, they will do unforeseeable damage to the nation's economy and ultimately the nation's security. They want to destroy the modern welfare state, and that "principle" drives them no matter what the consequences.

Is it just Beck and Limbaugh helping drive the Tea Party agenda to the far right? McCain appeared on reactionary Sean Hannity's show on Fox, and Lawrence O'Donnell covered that exchange. Via MSNBC:

"Default is too tidy a term for it. The chaos that might hit after Aug. 2 has no precedent, and therefore no name."

The pressure from "hard-right" reactionaries to support the extremist agenda of the Beck inspired Tea Party forced war hero John McCain to walk back from his criticism of them. This is where the Republican Party is heading, what it is becoming. Not even Senator McCain has the spine and stature to stand up to the reactionary extremists backed by reactionary propagandists Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. McCain isn't Gollum as Beck suggests; he's one of the elderly elves that abandoned Middle Earth as cowards. On Hannity, McCain became Galadriel, and House Speaker Boehner's extremist elements are leading the nation toward economic chaos. This is probably not what their wealthy supporters sent them to Washington to do, but this is the direction Glenn Beck wants to go, i.e., backward into the pre-progressive era and into the 19th Century. What we may end up with, if the reactionaries have their way, is a 19th Century Gross National Product; and that, Stu Berguiere (Beck's producer), would really "suck."

For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"

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