Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beyond Parody, Part II

Glenn Beck:
Celebrities are coming together to make it cool to volunteer. Disney gives you a free day at the park. This is all fine, but doesn't it seem a little bit convenient that all of this comes out now at the same time the Obama administration is calling for it? Obama controls the message through the media he holds in his pocket. Or in his little hand. And soon if you disobey, he'll just go [Beck slaps his hand]. Now the message will be embedded in television shows. Isn't this great? Aren't you proud of what we're doing? Oh, this certainly is change.

So let me get this straight. Encouraging people to volunteer to help their community or their country is now a bad thing because Barack Obama and "celebrities" are doing it? Click through and watch the Beck video, if you can stand it. Listen to the tone of Beck's voice. You'll see a conservative spokesman actually sneering at the idea of volunteerism, before claiming that "this is like living in Mao's China" and comparing Ashton Kutcher to Karl Marx for encouraging it.

This is what conservatism has come to. They only have two principles: IBIODI and IOKIYAR. (It's Bad If Obama Does It and It's Okay If You're a Republican).


Jim Hetley said...

You just don't understand. Faith-based initiative. If you do it through your church, it's good. Even if it's a Catholic church. Probably still good (although we wouldn't go there) if you do it through your synagogue.

Mosque? You know better than that!

Chris said...

To be fair, Kutcher and Marx are virtually indistinguishable. And I'm sure it's no coincidence that Kutcher chose to remake Marx's landmark anti-capitalist screed "Comrade, Where's My Economical Means of Transportation".

Charlieopera said...

It is almost as bad as Rachel Maddow last night trying to spin the sudden White House “get tough on bailed out companies” approach. It would’ve been oh, so much more clever had the numbskull running the show now required bailed out companies cut salaries BEFORE he gave them OUR money … but even the new white house “demand” is nothing more than a suggestion and the bottom line is salaries have nothing to do with bonuses (which the “get tough” White House apparently has no problem with).

I’m sure Keitho was on the same page as Maddow last night but I was spared listening to that carnival barker because Larry David is much funnier.

This new spin is almost as criminal as the bailout itself. Almost, not quite.

It’s good to know the “get tough” White House has picked FOX as the next necessary war to fight. What a joke.

MSNBC = FOX = DEMOCRATS = REPUBLICANS. No difference. Barrack “Bush Light” Obama is proving to be one empty suit (after the other).

Nader in 2012.

Gerard said...

Government should push social services onto volunteer organizations but if you volunteer you are a commie?

JD Rhoades said...

Gerard: that seems to be the idea. And if you encourage people to volunteer, you're a totalitarian commie.

Charlieopera said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaand … if you bailout companies (with OUR money) that gambled their profits (and the economy) away with sweetheart loans where the borrowers set the terms, after 274 days in office you can demand the bailed out companies cut their executive salaries in half (but don’t touch those multi-million dollar bonuses) and claim you’re being “tough on Wall Street”. Of course there could’ve been two dozen such stipulations to the loans before handing over our loot, but why bother oneself with such details when it’s so much more effective to point fingers at wingnuts and go to war with FOX?

David Terrenoire said...

I said it before and I'll say it again. What the fuck has happened to the GOP? Who are these people? Why don't the real conservatives throw these bums out? Is a third of our nation lost in some suspended brat-like state? What the fuck are they drinking?

And where was this umbrage over Bush senior's "thousand points of light?"

Charlieopera said...

Why don't the real conservatives throw these bums out?

Kind of how I feel about the Democrats ... where are they? Don't they have a veto proof majority? What's the holdup on health care reform, getting us out of the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time, Afghanistan (in or out?), you name it, the Dems haven't done it.