Friday, March 04, 2005

Proud to Wear Birks

In a mad rush to be on time to work this morning, I caught a discussion on the WTIC AM 1080 morning show, in medias res. From what I could gather, both hosts, and several callers were indignantly irate over some political cartoon (the source of which I do not know), which they felt was an outrageous attack on conservatives. My guess, based on my experience of the tone of the debate in this country, is that the cartoon simply implied that some conservative position was misguided. That's enough usually to send them into a frenzy that we are attacking them... Now, have you heard about this?:

As reported from DailyKos:

Republican United States Congressman Jim Gibbons from Nevada speaking to a crowd,

"I say we tell those liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippie, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and their music and whine somewhere else," Gibbons said to [a] burst of applause.

He said that they are the same people who wanted to go to Iraq and become human shields for the enemy.

"I say it's just too damn bad we didn't buy them a ticket," Gibbons said.
Laughter rippled through the room, mingled with more applause.

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Now maybe it just comes down to the fact that right-wingers are aggressive and mean-spirited, say these sorts of things, and become enraged when we sneeze in their zipcode. And left-wingers may, in fact, mostly just whine a little (on blogs?) as Rep. Gibbons implicates. But really, pacifists or not, why aren't we having non-violent but loud marches in our birks and tie-dyes to Rep. Gibbons' home and office? Or shall we just go hug trees?


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