Oh, smile all you want, you clever fellow. We know they're out there. LIMBAUGH SAID SO.
As you've seen here, the protests the last two weeks have just been exemplary from a public conduct perspective. The city cops have had nothing but praise for the passionate display of pro-worker and pro-human sentiments. No, really. You don't have to take my word for it. I mean, the Madison PD has made--and I am not making this up--ZERO arrests since the Governor decided to teabag the whole state two weeks ago.
But, of course, lots of people only get their news from the right-wing puke funnel--from Limbaugh, Malkin, O'Reilly, fucking Glenn fucking Beck, and, of course, FOX News. And these people are convinced that these nice, polite Midwesterners have turned the capital city into Thunderdome. They just KNOW it's true. I mean, FOX & Co. wouldn't have played all of these people for suckers, would they? Would they?
Oh yeah. Of course they would. But how do you get through to these people? There are a number of people who, when faced with the prospect of becoming the Koch brothers' leather slaves, have decided that just maybe everything that they hear from the Wurlitzer might not be accurate. But is there a way to reach people before they're facing the abyss?
Earlier today, a friend asked me if the things I write actually changed anyone's mind. And, honestly, I have no idea. I'm not even sure that conversions are my goal. Usually, I'm here to make dick jokes and make up amusing captions for photographs.
Pictured: America's best labor organizer
But seriously--how to reach anyone who is so firmly committed to a world view that, in addition to being morally bankrupt, is also just plain fucking factually incorrect?
Here's an example: FOX News, naturally enough, wants to portray this as a violent act of unrest, so that they can delegitimize the whole thing and not have their audience distracted by those silly "facts" that I keep mentioning. So they just make shit up. And people will believe it. You know what was right there? A FUCKING CAMERA. If someone hit this tool, they'd have video of it. And they'd be showing that on a fucking endless loop. Just because the producer had cut away from this stooge doesn't mean that the camera stopped rolling. And you know what? If they actually do produce the video, I'll say that I was wrong, and that any kind of violence wasn't justified. But they won't. There have been cops all over the FOX News people because they know that those guys are a potential flashpoint for trouble. However, they'll continue to lie about what's been going on. "There's hate in their eyes," or "A teacher told me that she hated me because it makes her feel good." Bullshit. Pics (or video) or GTFO. Remember that about all the cops? And no arrests? That's because there's been no reason to arrest anyone.
Were you unhappy that a group of people called you out for being a bunch of lying scumbags? Sorry, cap, but there's no law that says that people can't surround your propaganda machine and point out that it is, in fact, a propaganda machine. You could either be upset about that, or you could, you know, STOP BEING A BUNCH OF LYING SCUMBAGS.
But the point, and I did have one, is this--the people that watch FOX News and believe it are going to come away absolutely certain of the fact that a mob of crazed schoolteachers assaulted one of their journalistic paladins. And nothing--NOTHING--will ever convince them otherwise.
How do you get through that?
Oh, and I haven't forgotten that picture up there at the top of the post. I wanted to answer that man, and I had heard that the evil, evil SEIU (which at this point is vying for the position of Satan's Abortionist) had brought in roving gangs of union thugs to bust the heads of the seven valiant teabaggers who showed up yesterday. And sure enough, I found someone who had so much hate in her eyes, it was like I was staring at a very matronly Pol Pot. Here she is, but I'm warning you: I'm not responsible if simply gazing upon her malicious visage turns you barking mad.
HOLY FUCKING BALLS FLEE IN TERROR! SHE MIGHT MAKE YOU A CASSEROLE!
Sorry about that, gentle readers. But you deserve the facts.