Friday, February 04, 2011

National Brotherhood Week

Tom Lehrer had it right:

Oh, the poor folks hate the rich folks
And the rich folks hate the poor folks
All of my folks hate all of your folks
It's American as apple pie

Do you doubt that? Then watch the video of attendees of an event organized by, among others, Common Cause, decrying the Koch Brothers. These bien pensants offer some peculiar ideas for how best to deal with Clarence Thomas, apres an impeachment that is of course not currently on offer and not going to happen. Ed Morrissey helpfully transcribes some of it:

Granted, the cameraman is trying to get the people to say something outrageous, but he also doesn’t have to try very hard. He asks people at the rally what “we” should do after impeaching Clarence Thomas to get justice for Anita Hill, and he gets some mighty interesting answers: Send him “back to the fields.” “String him up.” “Hang him.” “Torture.” One older woman wants his wife Ginny Thomas strung up as well. A younger and more creative woman wants Justice Thomas’ toes chopped off and forced-fed to him. Thomas isn’t the only one to get the necktie treatment; one protester wants Fox News executive Roger Ailes to get hung as well.

Common Cause later reacted to this video as follows:

Common Cause’s 40 year history of holding power accountable has been marked by a commitment to decency and civility – in public and private. So we are of course outraged to find that a few of those attending the events around a gathering Common Cause helped to organize Sunday near Palm Springs voiced hateful, narrow-minded sentiments to an interviewer in the crowd.

We condemn bigotry and hate speech in every form, even when it comes from those who fancy themselves as our friends.

As well it should. But then they say this:

Anyone who has attended a public event has encountered people whose ideas or acts misrepresented, even embarrassed, the gathering. Every sporting event has its share of “fans” whose boorish behavior on the sidelines makes a mockery of good sportsmanship; every political gathering has a crude sign-painter or epithet-spewing heckler.

That's true. It would be nice if we'd get a little more acknowledgment of that the next time some dumbass (or provocateur) shows up at a Tea Party event. But I kinda doubt that lesson will be remembered.

1 comment:

Night Writer said...

Be grateful that it doesn't last all year.

Oh, wait: it does.