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Blood On Her Hands!

Posted in On Republican Women, Playthell on politics with tags , , , on August 7, 2012 by playthell

   Out Damned spot!  Out!!

 Notes On the Slaughter of Innocent Sikhs

While the spinelessness of politicians in refusing to call for serious gun control in the face of escalating gun violence is understandable, since they must get reelected and their constituents are racist morons– the cowardice and relative indifference to the issue of gun control on the part of the press is disgraceful, a crying shame!  After each of these massacres by crazed gunman suffering from delusions of grandeur, we are quickly told that now is not the appropriate time to discuss gun control legislation because we will risk politicizing a human tragedy.

Yet in a nation with a casualty rate from gun violence on our streets that dramatically exceeds the casualty rates on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq at 34 deaths a day; if now is not the time then when?  The Republican flaks for the National Rifle Association, from whom many have taken money and fear their retribution, always offer the same alibi for the gun merchants – the death dealers: Guns don’t kill people, other people do.”

But if we take them at their word it begs the question of the role Republican anti-Muslim fanatics and their shills at FOX NEWS and WABC radio, who have been manufacturing anti-Islamic hysteria, played in provoking the mass slaughter of Sikhs.  The recent rhetoric of Michelle Bachman amounts to blood libel against Muslim citizens in the US that’s comparable to the blood libel against Jews in Europe that inspired countless pogroms – racially inspired attacks – in the Russian Pale, and led to the Nazi Holocaust. The fact nobody except this writer is drawing the obvious parallels between what Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck does on right-wing talk radio today, and what Joeseph Goebbles did during the Third Reich, is scandalous!

Consider the following remarks by US Congresswoman Michelle Bachman: “It appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood.  It appears that there are individuals who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency.”

Batty Bachman has made these charges in a letter to the departments of State, Justice, Defense, etc. And she has even targeted Huma Abedine, an aide to the Secretary of State and wife of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is Jewish, and her fellow Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellis – the first Muslim elected to the US House of Representatives – as agents of the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.  Ellis has challenged Bachman to present the evidence for her reckless charges, but she has yet to respond.

These outlandish charges have been echoed with a vengeance by verbal arsonists in right wing radio led by fascistic clowns like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.  So extreme is their rhetoric Bachman was denounced by fellow Republicans John McCain on the Senate floor and the House Weeper John Boehner said it was “dangerous!”

Distinguished Jewish Rabbis and the venerable Anti-Defamation League have called for Bachman and her Congressional partners in crime to cease and desist in the witch hunt against American Muslims. They can see the danger in this because they have so often been the victims of it.   But Batty Bachman isn’t listening to the Jews; she is not interested in what they think really, because  she is speaking to the protestant fanatics who call themselves “Christian Zionists.”

The latest mass murderer, Wade Michael Page, is an ex-soldier who has been fingered by the authoritative Southern Poverty Law Center as a white racist fanatic, and can be seen online bedecked with neo-Nazi symbols.  Like all of these shooters Page is a lost soul; he had even been kicked out of the army for being a habitual drunk and not allowed to re-enlist.  He had pretty much run out of options in terms of upward mobility.

Hence Page was one of those poor uneducated white males struggling on the margins of society, going nowhere, and driven mad by the fact that many non-whites are doing better than him.  It was particularly galling that non-white foreigners are getting on better than he was in realizing the American dream of affluence.  The ultimate example of which is the fancy talking black guy in the White House with an “un-American” name and many Republicans say is a foreign interloper who bullshitted his way into the Oval Office with lies and deceptions!

Since Page was dumb enough to believe an absurd scenario like that, he is the kind of permanently pissed off white boy who feels that white men are just standing by while the ‘niggers” and “spics” and “chinks” and “towel heads” are taking over everything.  He is horrified that pretty soon his white skin will mean nothing as the majority of Americans will be non-white.  Since Page has been a member of racist metal bands with names like “End Apathy” and “Definite Hate” we can gain entre to his inner life by analyzing the lyrics to his songs.

The words to his song “Submission” testify to his rage and confusion: “Trust is a prelude to betrayal/ Honesty gives way to deception / Compassion is weakness.”  In his state of confusion and impotence, this wanna-be “Mighty/Whitey” went berserk, picked up a gun, and murdered a group of innocent people worshiping in their temple.  Neighbors, former friends and acquaintances all say that he was always talking about a coming race war, and he was disgusted that the White Power “Warriors” are all blow and no go…just a bunch of tough talking pussies!

So Page decided to set an example and take action. The critical lesson here is that white male frustration and powerlessness represents a combustible social problem in our society; which if not addressed is going to lead to more mass slaughter with guns committed by white boys without the talent or education to compete in this society; nobodies trying to be somebody by committing spectacular murders against innocent people!

When we add their paranoid feelings of victimization by a federal government controlled by Zionist Jews – Which they call ZOG, “Zionist Occupied Government,” – in league with their Nigger puppets pretending to be in charge, and now Muslim Jihadist are infiltrating the highest levels of the ZOG, what’s a poor white man to do?  As crazy as this sounds to the rest of us…for these tragic misfits this is the real world.

After all the anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republicans in Congress, it is no wonder that this sad sack white boy, a genuine American failure who longed to do something important, probably thought he was committing  a heroic act by slaughtering the “towel heads” who are infiltrating our government.  Hence although Mikey Page may have pulled the trigger in the Sikh Massacre in Wisconsin, mistaking them for Muslims, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman also has plenty of blood on her hands for inciting anti-Muslim hysteria and celebration of guns that gave license to the deranged gunmen.

Just like the Alaskan Barbarian, Sarah Palin, placing a bull’s eye on Congresswoman Gabby Gifford’s profile might well have provoked the attack on her by a gun wielding madman. They should both be indicted for inciting homicide!  Mad Mickey Bachman may escape punishment in our courts for her scurrilous role as the catalyst for this slaughter, but she will not escape the judgment of history…as she wanders through life like Lady McBeth, crying out damn spot!  While the blood of innocents leave an indelible stain on her character and reputation.

End Apathy: Nazi Rock

The Mass Murderer is on the Right!



Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

August 7, 2012

Is this the Worst Congress Ever?

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by playthell

The Weeper of the House

 On The Quintessential Do Nothing Congress!

As the economic crisis lingers on and threatens to get worse, the US Congress looks more and more like Jack the Bear: makin tracks bit getting nowhere.  There is no better illustration of this than yesterday’s  legislative deliberations in both houses.  The Senate, which has a Democratic majority, was finally able to pass a tax bill without Republican opposition; but it was meaningless because the Constitution requires all revenue bills to originate in the House.

Alas, the House was tied up all day in a heated debate about a typographical  error in a bill, although everybody conceded it was an error.  If Harry Truman could win a second term running against a “do-nothing” Republican Congress in the 1940’s, running against the present Congress should be a walk in the park for President Obama.

After all, the Congress Truman ran against passed 90 bills, the present Congress has passed only 100 bills since the 2010 election!  It is hard to recall a Congress as unpopular as 112th Congress.  In fact, it is hard to find a dreaded public event that was more detested.

For instance, Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado has compiled a chart which shows that this Congress is the most unpopular in history!  With a shameful 5% public approval rate congress is more unpopular than British Petroleum was during the worse days of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  It is more unpopular than Sugar Willie Clinton, after we learned that White House intern Monica Lewinsky was polishing his knob in the Oval Office.  It is more unpopular than Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal; less popular than the banks during the recent crash; less popular than the IRS and President Chavez of Venezuela. This Congress is even more unpopular than Communism!

Although the average American may be mad at the Congress in general; it is the Republicans who are the stumbling block preventing the Democrats from going about the people’s business they were elected to address.  And the crux of the problem is located in the Tea Party controlled House Of Representatives, who confuse compromise with capitulation. Yet our two party system and three fold division of governmental power is designed for comprise…it cannot work otherwise!

Thus the Republicans have well earned the title GOP: “Grand Obstructionists Party!”   The fact that the American public does not understand the distinction between the roles the two parties are  playing in our politics is an indictment of the major American media.  Overrun by verbose airheads, the profit driven corporate owned broadcast media sounds like a tower of Babel to the average voter; it often confuses more than it enlightens.

The highly respected Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Orenstein – who have  just completed the most thorough study to date on how the Congress operates titled “It’s Even Worse Than it Looks” – have called the media “unindicted co-conspirators – in confusing the reasons for the present dysfunction in the US Congress.

Instead of clarifying who done what, the general lot of media commentators make it appear that both parties are equally to blame for the protracted fiasco that has paralyzed the 112th Congress.  There is no ambiguity in the minds of Mann and Orenstein who the guilty party is.  Like all good investigators they just follow the evidence.

Although Thomas Mann and Norm Orenstein are funded by think tanks with disparate ideological orientations – the liberal Brookings Institution and the conservative American Enterprise Institute – they both agree that the gridlock in Congress is due to the actions of intransigent right-wing Republican ideologues that are committed to insuring the failure of the Obama presidency.  And they show how the GOP is willing to damage the public interests to do it…like the way they forced the US to a near default and caused the nation’s credit rating to go down for the first time in our history.

Norm Orenstein says this is the most dysfunctional Congress that he has witnessed in the 40 years that he has been studying them.  And he views the fact that so many Americans are unsure which party to blame as the crux of our problem –an observation that echoes Tom Jefferson’s warning about the dangers of an ignorant electorate.

In such circumstances voters often decide to just throw the majority party out – and since the Democrats control the Senate and the White House they are in danger of getting the axe even though the Republicans are the guilty party.  Hence as bad as things are now: They could get far worse!

GOP Congressman Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan

Social Darwinist Leaders of the Republican Obstructionists


Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

July 30, 2012