Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Granite Countertops & 'Political Terrorism'

As Rachel Maddow reported last night, the Fox machine is in a tizzy over poor persecuted Frank Vandersloot, a 'private citizen' who is the victim of 'political terrorism' because he gave money to the Romney campaign. (And if you're wondering what constitutes 'political terrorism', it's people not buying his product.)

Now, let's set aside the fact that as Romney's national finance co-chairman Vandersloot is not so much a 'private citizen' as a political figure, who should expect to come in for some criticism.

And let's skip over the part where Vandersloot himself has used intimidation and threats to try to silence critics (including a full-page ad attacking a reporter, identifying him as gay and questioning his objectivity on that basis).

And let's just gloss over the larger point that boycotts are, in fact, the only real check ordinary people have against the disproportionate political power of the ultra-wealthy.

No, let's just look at the victimization angle. And here's what I have to say to that:

You think you've been demonized? Tell it to Sandra Fluke.

You think your privacy has been invaded? Tell it to Graeme Frost.

You want to whine about lost profits? Tell it to the Dixie Chicks.

You want to talk about this thing you're calling 'political terrorism'? Fine, let's talk about it. We been talking about it for a decade. And when it comes to 'political terrorism' you, Vandersloot, are on the side of al Qaeda.


Victor said...

Being able to tell people that you were persecuted by Liberals, is like winning the Irish Sweepstakes for Conservatives.

Call it the "Wingnut Sweepstakes."

Dark Avenger said...

Perhaps someone could go to Vandersloots' house to see if he has granite tops in hit kitchen.

The New York Crank said...

No no no, you guys have it all wrong. The Rich are always getting beaten, and bullied, and maligned by the greedy poor.

We ought to have a poor tax, to protect the rich from the poor. Tax the poor 'till they bleed! That should shut 'em up so they won't persecute the rich. I mean, just look at the numbers: 99 percent vs. 1 percent. No wonder the rich feel persecuted!

Yours most crankily,
The New York Crank

Anonymous said...

I mean, just look at the numbers: 99 percent vs. 1 percent.

Yeah! They're a MINORITY!