Sunday, June 19, 2011

#36: Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation by Jason Mattera

Simon and Schuster 2010, 260 pages.

OK, so I don't really know where to start with this. Is it the constant use of "bro" in reference to Obama, or the constant use of the phrase "beta male" when writing about any TV talking head not named Hannity or O'Reilly? Beta male means "an unremarkable, careful man who avoids risk and confrontation" according to urbandictionary. com. In other words, pussies. I read this to see how one side is trying to reach out to the youth market. I will NEVER read another screed of this kind, regardless of the liberal or conservative person who wrote it. Mattera blathers that conservatives make up their own minds. Well, if you buy what he is selling here, you don't.

Oh, and there is more. Much, much more. Mattera became a minor celebrity back in 2003 for writing that ""pedophiles nationwide ...condemned the FDA's food pyramid as 'bigoted' and 'hateful' because 'anus' and 'penis' were not listed as separate food groups." This is from a Roger Williams University College Republican newspaper called The Hawk's Right Eye that the then 20 year old Mattera published with school funding. Of course, it was a private school. Just like most other people on earth who know a lot about public education, he don't go to a public university.

I'll start in on that D-Bag in a minute, but here are three points I want to make:

1. If the "mainstream media" had numbers of something Mattera calls "O-gasms", especially by female reporters who "got wet panties talking to His Holiness" (9-13), why did the Obama Campaign use YouTube "as a way to bypass mainstream media."? (39) Would you bypass something that was/is as firmly in your pocket as Mattera claims? No? Didn't think so. I do agree with the claim that the big three and most cable news outlets treated Obama with kid gloves; see my review of Game Change.

2. After blasting Barack Obama for "The Job Stimulus that Wasn't" he chides the Chief Executive for "doubling down on Bush's reckless spending" (199). OK, so if a conservative fucks the budget 18 ways from Sunday and from Hell to Breakfast, it's reckless. If a Democrat does it, he is "the most radical left wing presidential candidate in history." Of course, Mattera, Ann Coulter and the rest of these miserable deadbeats have possibly heard of Eugene Debs, and honest-to-God socialist who ran for president. Of course, if Mattera actually met a real socialist, he would call him a "beta man", getting only 1/2 the second word out before bursting into flames. It is brutally obvious that "socialist" is a buzzword, just like "Fascist" was for liberals in 2003-2008. Both words are meaningless now, bogeymen stripped of their context but not their power.

3. ""I'm all for compromise, but I'd rather see liberals concede to our values." (197) Well, OK. If I go into a dialogue about the family budget with the wife, and want to spend $700 on beer a month thinking "well, I'd rather her concede to my values" we will get in the mother of all arguments that will end with the checkbook rammed sideways up my ass. Notice too, he says values instead of ideas. That's really what this whole Conservative/Liberal thing is about. It is not about whose ideas are better, but whose values are. And that is the precise reason why everything is so fucked up.

And here's for the D-Bag:

This is the best the Conservative movement has to offer. A puerile bag of hot air, spouting values and not any new ideas. In 2010, he offered up this to CPAC, a gathering he termed "our Woodstock":

“Except that unlike the last gathering, our women are beautiful, we speak in complete sentences and our notion of freedom doesn’t consist of snorting cocaine, which is certainly one thing that separates us from Barack Obama.”

This is just fucking tired. Books and authors such as this add nothing but bile to a world perfectly fucking long on that substance. It is not that he is stupid, or a chickenhawk, or a racist, which seem to be the labels of the month for most conservative media darlings. Like all of his ilk, left, center or right, he says things to get attention. These people do nothing to help this country; all they do is add another level of volume to a world that is too loud.

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