"He may have a point: It's psychologically exhausting being on permanent Orange Alert, especially as the reason for it recedes further and further in the rear-view mirror. A lot of Americans are "over" 9/11, and, while the event had a lingering emotional power, the strategic challenge it exposed has not been accepted by much of the electorate."
(Orange Alert, I forgot that Bush, the chosen defender of ALL THAT IS GOOD AND RIGHT needs color codes to remember we are in danger. I was just thinking that we don't really hear about this color coded fear mongering machine that will save us from the
Greenwald nails the warriors.
"The truth is exactly the opposite. There is nothing more psychologically invigorating than the belief that you are staring down the Greatest and Most Evil Enemy Ever in History, courageously waging glorious war for all that is Good and Just in the world. Nothing produces more pulsating feelings of excitement and nobility like convincing yourself that you are a Warrior defending Western Civilization from the greatest threat it has ever faced, following in -- even surpassing -- the mighty footsteps of the Greatest Generation and the Warrior-Crusaders who came before them."
Greenwald recommends Mark Fiore's cartoon version of the FISA debate, which precipitated the exchange between Greenwald and the NRO Warrior crew. Greenwald spanks the "faux warriors" throughout his post read the whole thing. The point cannot be made enough that a lot of these armchair warriors could be serving in Iraq but they do not, their children could be fighting this war of civilizations, and they are not. They are phonies, liars, and bedwetting whiners who want only one thing. Power.
In my post last week I quoted Matt Yglesias, but I think it bears repeating.
"It's almost as if the Republican Party exists to serve the interests of large business enterprises and very wealthy individuals, and tends to use national security and cultural anxieties as a kind of political theater aimed at securing votes so that they can better pursue their real agenda of enriching the wealthy and powerful."
Remember this! The Republic Party wants only one thing, to enrich themselves and their friends. Security, abortion, immigration are issues only in so far as they scare white folk into voting for them and keep feeding their corporate masters.
Case in point. Captain Ed tells the funduhmentalists to shut the fuck up. This dichotomy is what is essentially behind the "Is McCain a Conservative?" debate that is going on in the wingnutsphere and talk radio. The Fundies and "The brown people are coming!!! Oh Noes!" folks can't believe the party that has been using them to get elected for forty years would screw them by nominating someone who doesn't really like them. Newsflash dumb asses none of the Republicans like you, they need you but don't like you.
You have to admire a Party that can unite jesus freaks, the bomb the brown people until they love us warriors, and the sensible businessmen who just don't want to make money and not get involved in IDEOLOGY. The fact that the Republic Party respect only one segment of this coalition, guess which one, is lost on the creationists and the faith based morons who continue to vote for a party that holds them in at least as much disdain as progressives.
Update: Malkin proves my point. The problem the wingnuts have is that simply don't understand that, like McCain, most USAmericans find their beliefs silly. Their fear boring and their wack view of history to be incompatible with reality. If you believe the world is six thousand years, that babies are alive as soon as you have a carnal thought, that locking up groups of people who are no threat to you is awesome, that crazy islamofascist, brown people,Democrat, fifth columnists are here to eat your unborn babies and sodomize jesus, people might not take you very seriously. Just sayin'.