Thursday, March 20, 2008

Watching the "toast" drumbeat on Obama

This is just too good not to be true, in a sense. I spent more time than I want reading The Corner's responses to Obama's speech and this post "If Ann Coulter had Live blogged Lincoln's Gettysburg Address" (h/t Crooks and Liars from a link to Reality Based Community) answers the question which other people have been asking which is could *any* decent American get a fair hearing from the right wing? Answer: obviously not.

Okay, here we go. More "eloquence," no doubt.

Four score and seven years ago

"Fourscore and seven"? Puh-leeze! Couldn't you make it just a little more pompous? Only a moonbat could regard this guy as an orator.

our fathers brought forth on this continent,

Ummm ... didn't we have mothers, too? Well, maybe Lincoln didn't; he looks like he came out of a test tube marked "Failure." But somehow I doubt that the suffragette harpies who swoon over Father Abraham are going to be pleased by the omission.

Anyway, shouldn't someone as smart as Lincoln is supposed to be know that it's mothers who "bring forth"? That thing that fathers do is called "begetting." (I'd always wondered whether Mrs. Lincoln's brats were any kin to Old Ape.)

a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. he slips it to us! "Fourscore and seven," indeed! He's bringing us back to the Marxist rant of 1776, completely ignoring the Constitution of 1787 in rhetoric as he has in practice. I'll believe we're all equal when I'm as tall as Lincoln, or as ugly. And the slaves he's so fond of may be his equals, but I'm damned if they're mine.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

Right. As if Mr. Lincoln's victory over his sectional enemies on behalf of his black friends were the same as the survival of the nation. It all comes back to the cult of personality.

Really, I hate to steal their shtick and their conservative patriarchs but the entire reading of Obama's speech at the Corner reminds me of nothing so much as the scene in The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis's final novel in the Narnia series, where a group of ugly, angry, deluded little dwarves find themselves in heaven but refuse to recognize it. They are surrounded by food, and light, and all good things but they think they are in a dark little shed eating moldy turnips and drinking dirty water from a bucket. No matter how the heroic children try to show them how good their surroundings are, they settle back happilly into the mire shouting "the dwarves is for the dwarves!" and recommitting themselves to evil, selfish, vandalism. Aslan/god explains to the stunned children that he can't make the dwarves see reality, they are prisoners of their own ugly vision of things.

I used to think "conversion" was possible but the more I read of right wing pundits the more I see that they have really lost all sense of what is good. They will never recognize it because they prefer to wallow in the mud.