You know, one year ago if a bunch of protesters had settled in Lafayette Park across the road from the White House and had made derogatory comments about the White House's current resident and his economic policies, I'm pretty sure Fox News (1) wouldn't have encouraged and probably sponsored the protest and (2) if they deigned to cover it at all, would have said the protesters all hated America.
On April 15 as you know, Fox News sponsored/encourage/drummed up "tea party" protests against taxes. Well, theoretically against taxes, although somehow they failed to do any protesting on April 15s in 2001-2008. Really, it was an anti-Obama, anti-Democrat protest.
Protesting taxes is fine. It is frankly a sign of a politically immature person who probably lacks the basic wit to wonder how the services he (mostly) or she derives from government are paid for. You know, services like fire departments, police protection, roads to drive on, jails to keep bad guys locked up, air traffic controllers to stop mid-air collisions from killing us all, schools, just to name a few.
But the protests of course went beyond that. Dana Milbank describes some of the signs at Lafayette Park. Let's review them, shall we?
"Hey Big Brother: Show us Your Real Birth Certificate". Ooh clever. A 1984 Orwell reference in "Big Brother". Never mind it was the de facto Bush Administration that tried to slip the Total Information Awareness Program past us to mine data and spy on us all. That was big brother. As for the birth certificate issue, dudes grow up. Nobody with three neurons to rub together thinks Obama was born in Kenya. His mom never even WENT to Kenya, which would have made it quite difficult for her to give birth there.
"Blackbeard Obama, King of the Tax Pirates". Topical at least, with the Somalian pirate thing. Of course, Obama didn't impose any of these taxes. Congress does that. But that is a level of political sophistication beyond the Fox News watching Lafayette Park crowd.
To quote Milbank
: "A third showed the president dressed up as Steve Urkel, the nerdy black kid with big glasses and suspenders from "Family Matters." "Did I do that?" the sign said, showing a graph of the economy plunging." Ha ha, funny. Except the recession began in DECEMBER OF 2007. 13 months before Obama was inaugurated. When a guy called Bush was still de facto president. The collapse of Wall Street and the onset of the global financial crisis began in SEPTEMBER of 2008, when Bush still occupied the White House - although he seemed to have abdicated his responsibilities by then, without telling anybody.
"The Audacity of the Dope." Lame.
"O Crap" and Obama as an acronym for "One Big Awful Mistake America." Ha ha.
"Napolitano -- Obama's Gestapo Queen" and "Hang 'Em High Traitors." Hmm. Calling a Cabinet official a Nazi (and by extension, Obama too) and suggesting that all of "them" should be executed as traitors. Such calm political discourse. Seriously, isn't this an incitement to violence? Against government officials?
How fucking close to the White House do you think such assclowns would have been allowed when Bush was in occupancy?
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Janet Napolitano was defending the fact that her Department of Homeland Security accurately noted in a report that home-grown political violence was possible from right-wing groups
Like Tim McVeigh. Remember him? I guess because his victims were overwhelmingly federal government employees, that was okay with people like the nuts in Lafayette Park, and the hate-mongers on Fox.