Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY


Sadly, the GOP has no one as riveting and steely in the role of coup leader as Burt Lancaster.

"The constitution means nothing to Obama or the democrat party and the mainstream media is pushing Obama’s leftist agenda instead of being the watchdog against corruption and extremism," informs DD's almost favorite blog, the Lehigh Valley Conservative, the most fun virtual place you can find in Pennsy for that piquant blend of Old Testament religious hypocrisy, unhinged rage, unintentional hilarity and problems of democracy.

"I once said in one of my earlier posts, that we the people must change the way the government operates. If not, there is another way since there are others besides the politicians who take an oath to protect the constitution. That would be our military officers. Someone else agrees with me! Read article written by John Perry ..."

But you can't, because even the whackjobs at NewsMax -- home to every extreme right GOP columnist in the country -- found one of its own house columns on the excellence of a military coup as a way to solve the Obama presidency too problemmatical to defend -- once many started reading it.

"There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the 'Obama problem,'" it started, prior to yanking.

"Don't dismiss it as unrealistic ... America isn't the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized."

TPM has the entire thing saved here.

Between rumination on a military takeover as problem solving and Glenn Beck's take on the darkly nefarious plot behind flu immunizations, you have a good spectrum of really nuts white guy paranoia, as also defined by Burt Lancaster's character, trying to overthrow the President, in Seven Days in May to General Buck Turgidson telling Lionel Mandrake about the Commie fluoridation plot after launching a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union in Dr. Strangelove.

There are critical differences. In both movies, it was whack-job generals who were the paranoids moved to action. And in the movies, we all knew the General Scotts needed dealing with. Today, the mainstream media can't deal with nuts.

Today, too, the US military is a vision of sanity and reliability compared to the Republican Party. (With some minor exceptions, one hopefully supposes.)

Daily the latter furnishes a stream of General Scotts and Turgidsons, from Glenn Beck to Chuck Grassley to Trent Franks to anyone from Oklahoma or Alaska or South Carolina to -- well -- there's always someone new starring in a YouTube clip.

The spectacle is a source of national shame, life imitating art badly. In fact, in the Seven Days in May trailer, one is astonished at how much more eloquent and intelligent the actors seem than our political class.

Anyway, Seven Days in May was a very good movie. If you rent it and you're a regular reader, I guarantee you'll surely enjoy it.

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