I think my personal favorite quote that explains the mentality (and I use that word in the loosest and most generous sense possible) of these idiots is this:
They're the same people who believed that Bill Clinton's use of the FISA court to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on Americans was a grave threat to liberty, but believed that George Bush's warrantless eavesdropping on Americans in violation of the law was a profound defense of freedom.
Get that? Read it once again, please.
One more time. It's ok to skim it now.
Using a court system to obtain legal warrants to eavesdrop: grave threat to civil liberties and grounds for verbal proclamations of pretend insurrections against our evil government.
Warrantless spying on all Americans, violating federal law: a necessary and laudable defense of freedom.
I'm happy to discuss diverging viewpoints of what's good and necessary for America, what is good politics and bad, what is laudable and what is crappy, but shit like this makes rational discussions impossible and a waste of time.
I'm often accused of hyper-partisanship (sometimes legitimately, sometimes not), but whatever partisan opinions I may share pale in comparison to this selective "patriotism" by almost exclusively middle-class white men.
For even more "what-the-fuckery," I give you this:
The above video is about 8 minutes. For those not willing to stomach Beck for that long, here's the synopsis:
Glenn Beck, TV pundit on Fox (of course), along with ex-military and CIA folks, are discussing the planning and enactment of "war games" in the event of a civil war breaking out over Obama's presidency and his actions as president.
I'm not making that up.
Of course, this was all couched in the "we of course pray this won't happen" nonsense that Malkin pulled when she put up the phone numbers of some of her detractors, who were then stalked, harrassed and hounded at their homes and jobs, but as long as they HOPE that it doesn't happen, it's ok to discuss in positive tones.
This is a pretty good summation of my views on this situation:
But I am amazed at the sheer cognitive dissonance involved in simultaneously believing that it’s treasonous to peacefully oppose an unjustified war but that it’s patriotic to lead an armed insurrection against the government because they want to pay you unemployment benefits.
And these asses had the balls to call liberals who questioned the war in Iraq "traitors" and accused them of treason.
Jesus, someone give these idiots a course in Basic Logic.