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Conservative Pathologies

October 27, 2010

"I may have met him...I can't recall"

The Rand Paul supporter and campaign official that stomped on a woman’s head outside of a campaign rally thinks that the victim owes him an apology.  Yep.  Tim Profitt said to the following to WKYT (via TPM):

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.  I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you.”

It’s hard to even find adequate words to describe this other than to say it confirms the fact that some of these people pathologically cling to, and reside in, an alternate reality.

This ‘man’ also said:

“I think when all the facts come out, I think people will see that she was the one that initiated the whole thing.”

That was after he blamed his actions on the police, his “back problems” and said that he feared for “Rand’s safety” and that the “incident appeared worse than it was.”  It is just so brazen, callous and stunning.  It must be noted that the conservative echo chamber was still too busy crying over, and pretending to care about, the firing of Juan Williams to condemn and denounce this ridiculous, scary assault.  It is also just the latest example of the upside-down, persecution fueled parallel universe that conservatives promote as “reality.”  One of the other rednecks involved in this assault was actually wearing a “Don’t Tread On Me” button while actually holding a woman on the ground so his buddy and fellow PATRIOT could literally, actually tread on her skull.  This also serves as a prime example of the conservative tendency to strip all tangible, literal meaning from words, slogans and sentences like “Don’t Tread On Me.”  I’m sure if you asked the guy why he was wearing the button he’d give you the whole run-down on how the Federal gub’ment was out to steal all of his freedumbs and precious bodily fluids–so the first thing he does in response to these imaginary affronts is violently restrict another person’s freedom of speech in a literal (not to mention brutal and hypocritical beyond words) translation of his own “Don’t Tread On Me” button; the essence and meaning of which he obviously does NOT understand because his actions are the complete and utter inversion of what it means and how it came to be.  Just like all of the toothless people walking around Appalachia talking about “socialism” because millionaires and corporations are being asked to pay their fair share of taxes.  These people continue to obliterate the boundaries of irony and satire daily.

Almost as brazen, callous and stunning as the Rand Paul headstomping, is Supreme Court Justice and ‘alleged’ porn enthusiast Clarence Thomas’s wife Ginni actually having the guts to call Anita Hill and say this:

“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” she said, according to ABC. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day.”
You see, even though her husband has lifetime tenure on one of the most powerful institutional bodies in our nation and has helped decide pivotal presidential elections, helped open the floodgates of corporate money into our elections  etc. etc–all despite considerable evidence that he was an under-qualified appointee laden with chronic and credible accusations of sexual harassment at damn near every place he worked–he is somehow still angry and, more importantly, still a victim, both in his own mind, his wife’s and in the larger conservative collective consciousness.  This move has backfired because it has prompted other women from Justice Thomas’s past, like Lillian McEwan, to come forward and corroborate Anita Hill’s testimony and truthful allegations from back when.  McEwan spoke to the Washington Post in a devastating article which includes her assertions, eerily similar to Hill’s, that Thomas was “obsessed with porn.”   The Post article goes on to recount the following:
“However bizarre they may seem, McEwen’s recollections resemble accounts shared by other women that swirled around the Thomas confirmation.  Angela Wright, who in 1984 worked as public affairs director at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which polices sexual harassment claims — during Thomas’s long tenure as chairman, shared similar accounts with Senate investigators.Once, when walking into an EEOC seminar with Thomas, he asked her, “What size are your breasts?” according to the transcript of her Senate interview.Her story was corroborated by a former EEOC speechwriter, who told investigators that Wright had become increasingly uneasy around Thomas because of his comments about her appearance.” 

All of these woman tell strikingly similar tales.  Yet obviously they are all part of a well-coordinated liberal trap to victimize poor defenseless ole’ Justice Thomas.   In 1992 a conservative cottage industry dedicated to bashing Anita Hill sprung up overnight and wasted no time and spared no expense to damage and destroy this woman’s reputation.  They largely succeeded.  The American Spectator (as an aside-I’d like to say that even if the people that read this blog consist of  just my father and a few assorted friends, it’ll still be superior in integrity and quality to the American Spectator) and other fonts of conservative rubbish devoted months worth of ink and entire issues to Hill.  David Brock wrote one of the many books defaming Anita Hill, but when the dust settled, and he learned more about Thomas’s true nature from fellow travelers in the conservative movement, Brock realized that much of what she’d testified to regarding Thomas was true.  But by then the damage was done and Thomas was on the Court so he could deliver the man who appointed him’s son to the Presidency eight short years later.  This painful realization, recounted by Brock in his excellent book, Blinded by the Right, was one of the catalysts leading to his eventual renunciation of conservatism and his subsequent co-founding of Media Matters for America.   But in what passes for conservative reality, Mrs. Thomas is the aggrieved party holding her hand out scrounging for an apology.  It astonishing that the accumulated weight of the grudges, crocodile tears and self-pity carried around by the Thomas family hasn’t plunged DC to the bottom of the Potomac, yet.

So to recap-

Brave freedom loving patriots wearing “Don’t Tread On Me” buttons tread on a woman’s head for having the gall to exercise her own freedom of speech and they are the victims who’d greatly appreciate an apology.

According to his wife, one of the most powerful men in the United States is owed an apology for being victimized by a relatively powerless woman, who was mercilessly marginalized and largely destroyed by his brain-dead conservative minions and shock troops, even though mounting evidence corroborates that what she said about him was true.

2 textbook examples of conservative pathology: No matter how wrong you are, no matter how much power and control you accumulate-you are always the one being persecuted.  No matter how many women you batter, or how many female heads you step on (literally in Kentucky/figuratively in Thomas’s world)-the cameras lie, liberals are the true villains and you are the victim.

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