Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Randi Rhodes: Tea Party Thuggery in KY

Outside of a Senatorial debate in Kentucky, supporters of Rand Paul threw a woman from MoveOn.org to the ground and stomped on her head (video below). What happened? Did she refuse to bow down to Aqua Buddha? The Rand Paul followers literally dragged this woman to the ground and then one of them put his foot on her head. For people whose motto is “Don’t Tread On Me,” they don’t have any problem with treading on others. But then Rand Paul wants to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, and the Civil Rights Act. When you get down to it, what he wants to do to us is a lot worse than a kick in the head. You can get over a concussion. But once Social Security is gone, it’s gone.
Clarence Thomas’s former girlfriend has certainly opened up a messy can of Coke. The way former girlfriend Lillian McEwen describes Clarence Thomas, he was one of the ugliest parts of the 80’s. And I’m including Iran-Contra, the savings and loan scandal, and the solo work of Phil Collins. We all did things in the 1980’s that we’re not proud of. For most of us it involved haircuts, leg warmers, and those ridiculous torn sweatshirts. What Lillian did was a tad more disturbing—it was Clarence Thomas. There’s a lot about the 80’s that we’d all like to forget. If Clarence Thomas was drinking the way Lillian McEwen said he was, he should have no trouble forgetting. Thomas is described as a pornography-obsessed, binge drinking, raving alcoholic. He sounds less like a future Supreme Court Justice and more like a character from the movie “Boogie Nights.” (Now I’m picturing Clarence Thomas coked up in a bathrobe, singing along to “Sister Christian” while some weird little guy lights firecrackers.) Of course, Boogie Nights is a fictional story. If there had been a real Dirk Diggler, I’m sure Clarence Thomas would have been discussing his movies with his coworkers at the EEOC.
The good news is that all that changed when Clarence Thomas quit drinking. The bad news is that he became worse. McEwen says that after he quit drinking, Clarence Thomas became an angry, obsessive man who bullied his son. Please Clarence, have a drink, and pop in a Long Dong Silver tape. Between Clarence Thomas and George Bush, this country has had more trouble from former drinkers than it has from current drinkers. Dry drunks are so much worse. No matter how wasted real drunks get, they usually don’t wiretap anyone or extend the right of free speech to corporations.
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Thom's blog
Are we seeing a repeat of the brownshirts?
You Need to know this! An ugly scene took place outside the Kentucky Senatorial debate Monday night. A man who appears to be supporter of Republican candidate Rand Paul was captured on TV by a local news affiliate literally stomping the head of a member of MoveOn.org into the pavement. The MoveOn volunteer, Lauren Valle, went to the hospital and was still there last night, according to another MoveOn member. According to a local TV station, Valle had attempted to approach Rand Paul before the debate took place, dressed in a blonde wig and with a "RepublicanCorp" sign seemingly to mock him. Attendees around Valle are heard screaming, "get the cops" as cameras captured her being dragged to the pavement by her sweater. Once on the ground a man wearing white sneakers stomped on her head. The police say they are reviewing news footage and they "are hoping someone can identify who the person is" who committed the assault. I know Glenn Beck irresponsibly throws around the word "Nazi" - he did it again yesterday - to describe liberals. But it's worth noting that Hitler's early supporters, during his beer-hall days when he was running for office, were famous for beating up supporters of his political opponents. If you read William Shirer's "Rise And Fall of the Third Reich," you'll find eerie parallels - from the authoritarian candidates like Paul and Miller, to the violent rhetoric of Palin and McCain, to the brutal supporters of these candidates - with Hitler's early unpaid volunteer supporters who proudly called themselves "the Brownshirts."

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