Time to bash illegal immigrants again – and just in time to distract the teeming masses from the crackdown on Wall Street! I’m sure that’s just a coincidence, by the way…
But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that lawmakers in this country would literally pass a law so blatantly fascist. SB1070, the new law signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, is a 1940s Germany throwback, a law that actually makes it legal for a cop to ask you for papers if you “look” like an illegal immigrant. Never did I imagine that many people would support such a law. But in a country whose people approved the use of waterboarding and torture, it really should not have surprised me. But it did. Now I know for a fact that despite our Constitution and reputation as a freedom-loving nation, as long as we have half a population that can find the gall to defend the indefensible, then it is entirely possible for us to fall into the grips of blank-faced fascism – if we haven’t already. I thought it was that people were just ignorant and misinformed. But perhaps once something like this happens, they simply accept it and find a way to live with it, make excuses for it, or defend it entirely. If you’re a conservative in America (my apologies to William Buckley, who would have been appalled by such a vicious law), you and your kind defend this law, despite the fact that it clearly violates the 14th amendment of the Constitution. After all, you defended the Patriot Act.
Why is it always the same old Gran Torino ass lames that constantly ride our nuts? They love to talk about how illegal immigrants are “breaking our laws”. Notice the lack of a MORAL argument. That’s because there is no morality in deporting hard workers whose only crime it was to ignore some stupid rules so that they could FEED their fucking families. The laws being broken here amount to JAYWALKING when compared to the laws being broken by Wall Street – where’s your righteous anger now, dipshits? All this talk about “breaking our laws” is little more than a euphemistic veil to hide their racism.
Need more proof? Rachel Maddow unveils the roots of this immigration law.
Yeah…no racism there. And Tea-Baggers aren’t racist either. Right.
I mentioned somewhere in the title of this post that Arizona caught an “L”. In modern lingo, that means they’ve earned “Loser” status. If Governor Jan Brewer does not repeal this law, they can expect to catch more losses than they bargained for. I support a full scale boycott on goods made in Arizona until this law is overturned. Let’s boycott the shit out of them.
Here’s a partial list of companies that reside in Arizona:
2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Diamondbacks, Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Best Western International, Inc., Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Cold Stone Creamery, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
CSK Auto (Checker Auto Parts, Schucks Auto Supply, Kragen Auto Parts, Murray’s Discount Auto Stores), Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Dial Corporation, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Discount Tire Company (America’s Tire Company), Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Go Daddy, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
P. F. Chang’s China Bistro, Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
PetSmart, Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Sky Mall, Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Taser International, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
U-Haul, Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
US Airways, Headquarters: Tempe, Arizona
As·tro·Turf // (ās’trō-tûrf’)
2) Describes formal political, advertising, or public relations campaigns seeking to create the impression of being spontaneous “grassroots” behavior, hence the reference to the artificial grass.
Once upon a time, you were able to tell the underdogs apart from The Man. The underdogs were the disenfranchised, the downtrodden, the working and jobless poor; The Man was the douchebag at the gold course who earned 400 times what you did by exploiting underdogs. The underdogs fought the system; The Man was the system. The underdogs organized grassroots campaigns to fight the system; The Man spent millions of corporate dollars in ad campaigns on television and in print to keep you misinformed. The underdogs went door to door; the Man sent you glossy, professionally designed campaign flyers. The point of a grassroots campaign was that it was the people getting directly involved in politics to affect social change; the point of Astroturfing is to gain your sympathies by making you think they’re a grassroots campaign and not a corporate-sponsored propaganda being staged by – you guessed it – The Man.
But The Man has far too much at stake to let the people really speak for themselves. That’s why they only pick the cream of the crop, by which I mean they find the biggest idiots they can and put them on the front lines to speak on their behalf. This health care reform bill has brought the lunatics out in a big way – conspiracy nuts, Ditto-heads, racists, gun nuts, and other ignoramuses (sometimes they’re all one and the same). They gather ignorant fucks from around the country to become their foot soldiers, lobbying on behalf of the very corporations trying to ensure that the public’s needs come second to their own; these dupes protest against their own self-interest. What you thought were people protesting the public option were actually unwitting representatives of big insurance companies – bought and paid for with their (our) dollars.
When you have to lie to people to get your agenda pushed through, you demonstrate that your agenda will not stand on its own merits. Astroturfing is dishonest to its core, but the protesters don’t seem to know that. It is a form of lying to the public because it’s corporations pretending that they ARE the public. For that, corporations who astroturf automatically lose the moral high ground; they have no right to pretend they speak for us when they spend so much money trying to screw us. It’s like greenwashing, in that rather than doing something in the public’s interest, they are simply making it seem as if they are. Perhaps instead of being concerned about how they look, they ought to be concerned about how they act.
Astroturf is a good product; when you can’t play on grass because the weather in your home state is inhospitable to grass, you get Astroturf. You can play on it year round and doesn’t require the environmentally unfriendly practice of having to water 6,396 square feet of it every couple days. It looks greener, too. But some of the things that make Astroturf great are the same things that make astroturfing bad. It’s fake, synthetic, plastic, the product of a corporation and not of nature. Astroturf may look greener, but it will never replicate the natural variety, color, and texture, of real grass.
Astroturfing has a long history; it didn’t start with town halls and it won’t stop there either. Oil companies are doing it, too…
Check out Maddow’s exposee on Recess Rally (the health care reform protesters)
…and another one. God Bless Rachel Maddow for being the only one calling out these dickwads and naming names.
I love Rachel Maddow. What a razor sharp wit. I love smart, witty women. Every time I watch her it’s as if she’s reaching into my brain and watering my neurons so that they may grow. I feel smarter just watching her show after half an hour. There’s something attractive about that. I would totally wife that up. That’s right. Next to Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Monica Bellucci, Jaime Lynn Sigler, Salma Hayek, Roselyn Sanchez, Tatiana Ramos, the chick from the ‘Creu’ video…
ANYWAY…check out this clip. I find myself posting more videos than blogging, but somehow MSNBC seems to always beat me to the punch.
I couldn’t have said it better myself, but that won’t stop me from trying. First of all, what blatant hypocrisy from the Obama administration. I refuse to believe that Obama doesn’t see the obvious contrast between his words on protecting the rule of law vs. his talk of “prolonged detention”. And because I refuse to believe that, I also believe that he knowingly betrays the principles of the Constitution by his words. I expected this from Bush. Everybody expected it from Bush.
There’s one reason we’re holding these prisoners without a trial for the rest of their lives, and that reason is the fear that they might come back to harm us. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the conversation within the Oval Office sounded like. It was Obama, his bad boy Rahm Emanuel, the CIA, the FBI, and good ol’ Joe Biden, God bless him. The CIA and the FBI just KNOW all sorts of crazy shit about the Guantanamo detainees. They just KNOW. Obama has been briefed, he is privy to knowledge that the rest of us don’t have, and maybe he knows for a fact that if he releases them, they will come back to get us. Only problem is, we tortured them. And just like that, these guys walk. On a technicality. Their cases would get thrown out as a result of the Bush administration’s crimes (and they WERE crimes, Obama…). But seeing as we just KNOW that these guys are going to get us if we let them go…we can’t let them go.
What kills me is that Obama talks about principles while abandoning them in the exact same speech. The way I see it, this is the kind of dilemma that tests America’s principles. It tests our very Constitution. In fact, this isn’t’ even a test, this is the real fucking thing. NOW is when we’re supposed to be getting it right! What is the point of sending troops to die? Our leaders always like talking about how our military fights for freedom and democracy. If we won’t even honor the fallen by maintaining the ideals that our leaders say they were sent to die for, then why have a Constitution in the first place? Just tear that shit up.
I’ve always suspected Obama of being a principled man. But practicality, compromise – these things have always been his strong points, not principle. He, like other centrists such as Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Lieberman, seem to like to play it politically safe. I just always thought that unlike those other Politicians I just mentioned, he actually believed in the Third Way, the “coming together” solution. He didn’t strike me as a slimy, triangulating, wishy-washy, middle of the road, corporations first – un-principled – Politician. He struck me as a real leader, with real principles, who just so happened to believe in practical solutions. Obama probably knows that his public perception is taking a big hit for this; he had sold himself as a leader who promised change and the situation is such that he is faced with the prospect of having to break yet another promise, to fail the American people yet again. If he were a principled man, this issue of “prolonged detention” would be killing him. I hope it is. If he is not suffering inside at the prospect of betraying his principles and everything this country is supposed to stand for, then he is just another Nancy Pelosi, another Hillary Clinton, another Joe Lieberman, all too comfortable with compromise on issues where there should be NO compromise…all for the sake of “practicality”.
Or maybe that’s just the way I’d think. I’d like to think that I’d be a principled President. Every single person in Guantanamo would be released, no questions asked, not simply by virtue of the fact that their having been tortured renders their cases tainted, but by virtue of the fact that BOTH the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were ILLEGAL. There’s been a lot of talk about the criminality of the Iraq invasion, but nobody talks about how even our invasion of Afghanistan was illegal. That’s for another day, though.
And that’s why I’d never run for public office…that and my knack for saying and writing things that would make Joe Biden look as tactful as Abraham Lincoln. God bless Joe Biden.
PS: Speaking of political incorrectness, Ms. California is taking way too much heat for this shit. I don’t agree with Carrie Prejean, but what was that douchebag Perez Hilton expecting when he asked her that question? Was he looking for a ‘yes’ answer to validate his own sexual orientation? A ‘no’ answer so he could start a shitstorm over it? Now they’re making fun of her tits? Hey guys, that’s the kind of argument you resort to when you’re LOSING…