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Disrupting democracy IS un-American

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the woman whom the wingnuts love to hate, second only perhaps to Billary Clinton. (Hell, I love to hate Billary — her Repugnican-like rhetoric during her battle with Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination I cannot forget or forgive — and I’m not even a wingnut!)

My criticisms of Pelosi would be along the lines of my criticisms of Billary, and I have had problems with Pelosi for a very different reason than the wingnuts’ reason: Pelosi isn’t left-wing enough.

But I wholeheartedly agree with Pelosi that the Repugnicans’/wingnuts’ recent rash of disruptions of town-hall meetings is “un-American.

A town hall — an antiquated thing, it seems, in the year 2009 — is supposed to be the grassroots democratic process at its best, is it not?

So for individuals — egged on by corporate and plutocratic interests to fight against their own best interests and to fight instead for corporate and plutocratic interests — to disrupt town halls in order to shut down the democratic debate indeed is anti-democratic, and if we define “democratic” as what it means to be “American,” then the orchestrated disruptions of town hall-meetings indeed not only is un-American but is anti-American.

(The disruption of the democratic process, especially by the corporatocrats and plutocrats, is as American as apple pie, you might argue, and you are correct, but it’s the ideal that I’m talking about here.)  

The Repugnicans and wingnuts love democracy only when democracy goes their way. If democracy doesn’t go their way — such as it did not go their way on November 4, 2008, when Barack Obama and Joseph Biden defeated John McCainosaurus and Sarah Palin-Quayle — then the Repugnicans and wingnuts will disrupt the democratic process altogether, such as they did when Al Gore won the White House in 2000 but BushCheneyCorp stole the White House from Gore, and such as the Repugnicans and wingnuts are disrupting the democratic process right now by the orchestrated disruptions of town-hall meetings, which go way beyond the putative issue of health-care reform and are about the fact that these anti-democratic disruptors just cannot accept the fact that their old white guy lost and the younger black guy won the election. 

In their defeat, the Repugnicans and wingnuts are showing their colors: they are yellow-bellied traitors who think nothing of subverting democracy when democracy doesn’t go their way.

Not only are they un-American, but I don’t consider them to be my fellow Americans, but to be anomalies — malignant, cancerous growths that should be removed from the body politic.

I fault Abraham Lincoln for not having finished the job, for the cancer has returned.

P.S. I just can’t resist the opportunity to bash Billary again. The news media today report that baby boomer Billary got sand in her vagina when someone asked her what her husband’s opinion on something is. From The Associated Press:

KINSHASA, Congo – Hillary Clinton has a message for the world: It’s not all about Bill.

The secretary of state bristled [today] when — as she heard it — a Congolese university student asked what her husband thought about an international financial matter.

She hadn’t traveled to Africa to talk about her husband the ex-president. But even there, she couldn’t escape his outsized shadow.

She abruptly reclaimed the stage for herself.

“My husband is not secretary of state, I am,” she snapped. “I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

Clinton’s presence, so bold in her historic presidential candidacy against Barack Obama, has sometimes been hard to see in the months she’s served as the supposed face and voice of U.S. foreign policy.

The president’s ambitious travels have overshadowed her, heavyweight special envoys have been assigned to the world’s critical hotspots, Vice President Joe Biden has taken on assignments abroad — and then last week her husband succeeded in a North Korean mission to free two journalists even as she landed in Africa on a seven-nation trip.

“You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?” she asked incredulously when the student raised a question about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to Congo.

“If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion,” she said. “I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

The moderator quickly moved on.

State Department officials said the student approached Clinton afterward and told her he had meant to ask what Obama, not Bill Clinton, thought about the Chinese loan. A senior Clinton aide said that Mrs. Clinton assured the student not to worry about it.

The student’s question, according to the State Department translation, went like this: “Thank you. Mrs. Clinton, weve all heard about the Chinese contracts in this country. The interference is from the World Bank against this contract. What does Mr. Clinton think through the mouth of Mrs. Clinton and what does Mr. Mutombo think on this situation? Thank you very much.”

It was unclear whether the French-speaking student or translator had erred. Either way, she was not pleased at the mention of her husband’s name.

The Clintons have always been a complicated couple. An accomplished lawyer and politician in her own right, Hillary Rodham Clinton has struggled for decades to balance her interests and ambitions against his. She has supported his career while looking to blaze a trail of her own — at times proud of, and benefiting from, her husband’s accomplishments, and at other times frustrated by his failings and his habit of overshadowing her, friends say….

Whether the student misspoke or whether the student intentionally asked Mrs. Billary what Mr. Billary thinks about a matter, the fact is that Mrs. Billary blew a gasket when she at least thought that she’d been asked about what Mr. Billary thinks about a matter — despite the fact that when it has been politically beneficial for either or both of them, Mr. and Mrs. Billary have been a unit.

The two Billaries for years have sent us conflicting, confusing messages at best; for instance, while I’m glad that the two Americans were brought home safely from North Korea by Mr. Billary, can we be blamed for some confusion when it’s Mrs. Billary who is secretary of state but it’s Mr. Billary who is out scooping American citizens from a member of the Bush regime’s “axis of evil”?

Get a grip, Mrs. Billary. You want it both ways but you can’t have it both ways. And get that sand flushed out as soon as possible, please.

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