Friday, November 26, 2010
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Holiday Wrap Up
1. Electric Shock. Conservatives went berserk after Motor Trend named GM Volt Car of the Year. Notwithstanding the huge success of the government bailout of the auto industry, The Weekly Standard derided the electric hybrid as “Obama-approved" and "government-subsidized." George Will's column, "What's Driving Obama's Subsidies of Chevy's Volt, snarks about the government “spending some of your money” to sell the Volt and essentially "bribing" people to buy it. And then there is Rush Limbaugh, who went off on a total rant about Volt winning Car of the Year. This is not the first time Rush criticized the concept of an electric car. In July, he argued that liberals have been pushing the electric car "for a hundred years" despite the fact that it has so little promise.
2. Let 'em eat McVenison. Sarah Palin criticized Michelle Obama for "this kick" she is on with regard to child nutrition and anti-obesity. According to Palin, the first lady "is telling us she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat." Palin believes that "instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some . . . politician's wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track."
3. Don't touch his junk. Glenn Beck's take on the airport security controversy is that it is all a secret plot by President Obama to create a private army. It goes like this: People will hate TSA, and its employees will then "beg for somebody to protect them and represent them," i.e., a union. And, of course, "if you wanted to really have a security force, wouldn't a unionized TSA under the umbrella of Homeland Security be the best thing? I mean, why start a whole new security force when you already have one?"
Crazy, right? But, there is a method to all this madness. A wide swath of the country listens to these voices and their rhetoric about a dangerous and distrustful government that wants to interfere with decision-making of families and businesses. And they don't just vote on Dancing With the Stars. [See related post: Convenient Ignorance From Climate Zombies]