Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Secret Service Under Strain from Wingnuttery

In a story in the Boston Post the other day, "The unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama, a rise in racist hate groups, and a new wave of antigovernment fervor threaten to overwhelm the US Secret Service".

This is troubling to me on a number of points, but mostly because of the geometrically-increased number of death threats against the president. And they are, sadly, not going to go away. Not with the wingnuttery out there shouting out their hate-filled spew on the 24-7 Faux "News" cycle, not with the MSM/SCLM/CPM* gladly giving them coverage for non-stories that they have in fact generated themselves. Like the whole teabagger phenomenon, which was a wholly-owned subsidiary of ClusterFox News, ginned up among the great uneducated, the thinking-impaired, and then breathlessly covered by Faux News itself as if it were a spontaneous outburst by "the people".

Back when I was an aspiring hack journalism student and editor of my college newspaper, we had a staff member who pulled a Faux News type of stunt. He called a local store three times to rant and rave about something (the topic of which I don't now recall - hey it was 36+ years ago), disguising his voice every time, and then he finally called back and said he was a reporter from the college paper and what's all this he's hearing about the blahblahblah controversy. And then wrote it up as a "news" story.

Naturally I didn't publish it in the paper. And I also fired his ass from the newspaper staff, which was I believe the first time in the history of the college newspaper that a reporter had been fired.

I don't know what happened to that little jerk, but it would not surprise me to learn that he was a producer at Faux News. I suspect that this is the kind of journalistic integrity that is not taught so much these days, but that's a little too grim for me to contemplate...

Anyway, back to the Secret Service. With all the extra work they have to do investigating each and every death threat, plus all they have to do on the financial side of things, it's no wonder that they are showing strain. They are overworked and strung out on phony death threats beyond belief.

So if something does happen to the president, those asshole loudmouths on the right will proudly proclaim another victory in their "government doesn't work" campaign.

Just once I'd like to see them live for a while without that awful government that they hate so much getting in their way. I wish we could dump a bunch of them on a deserted island somewhere, like the tv series Survivor, but without all of the rules that hobble its participants, and watch them through remote cameras a la Big Brother, as they try to live without any government at all. It would be enormously entertaining, in a car-wreck-on-the-freeway kind of way, to see them eventually turn on each other and start maiming and killing each other. I would actually pay good money to see that reality series.

But I just don't want to see the inevitable random coupling that would occur prior to that. I mean come on, Rush Limbaugh and mAnn Coulter grappling naked on a tropical beach?


[*Main Stream Media/So Called Liberal Media/Capitalist Pig Media]