Daily Kos Week in Review: Punching Privatizer Ryan

Political rhetoric has grown harsher over the past few decades, but it almost always stops short of advocating violence or even fantasizing about doing physical harm. This past week, however, one Kossack declared that a certain Wisconsin GOP congressman deserves a few fists to the face because he backs Medicare reform. 

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

onemadson: I think, therefore I beat up Republicans
 
...[A]s a thinking person, I can't stand any of the Republican candidates. And, if given the chance, I would happily beat Paul Ryan with my fists until he was bloody and then drop him off at an ER in Detroit and let him experience some "health care" first hand...

Hunter: For conservatives, thought is a red flag...

...[A] few mere elections ago, conservatives sought to portray themselves as considerably different beasts. Even the deans of conservatism have been reduced to a dumbed-down intellectualism barely above the grumpy ramblings of Rush Limbaugh or other crackpots; you get the feeling that each of them is stubbornly trying to out-conservative the other, knowing that the impatient and ever-more-stern base would just as soon put every last one of them out to pasture, if they had their way, for the crimes of word-knowing and sentence-saying. Conservative pundits used to be a bit more rational, but that was before "expressing a logical thought" became a mark of suspicious bookishness and/or thoughtfulness, both of which are traits that conservatives now consider to do more harm than good...
 
Hunter: ...and intolerance is a cherished constitutional right
 
...Tolerance for something is, according to the conservative mind, the same thing as submission to it. Americans are born with the God-given right to be assholes to anyone, and to discriminate against anyone, and to be intolerant towards anyone, so asking for tolerance is the same thing as being anti-American. It says right in the Constitution, somewhere, that we are allowed to discriminate as much as we like against whatever religions we like, and if you can't find that particular subclause it is because the liberals have been hiding it from you...
 
Kwik: GOP candidates are stealth supporters of Jim Crow
 
...Republicans are using racially charged rhetoric to wage a political campaigns more suited to the 1950s and 1960s. The only things missing are Bull Connor, George Wallace and Lester Maddox...perhaps they've been replaced by the likes of Santorum and Gingrich...
 
I get the feeling that many of the jokers who run today's GOP see this next election as probably the last hurrah of being able to win by using the "let's scare white people" strategy...

MinistryOfTruth: Conservatives hate gay soldiers, love MGM musicals

...America is NOT what Fox News says it is...We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual christian male or his submissive and obedient wife...
 
...You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who undermines civil rights and delivers corporate friendly watered down reforms that benefit special interests just like a Republican. You call him a Kenyan. You call him a socialist. You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950's musical...

I think you hate gay soldiers more than you want America to win its' wars.

I don't even think you want America to win wars, you just want America to have wars, never ending wars and the war profiteering it generates...

...[Y]ou are the cruel, heartless misinformed assholes who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat, you would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care...

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson is a contributing writer for NewsBusters