Friday, May 29, 2009

Mark Levin: intelligent and pleasant

Below is a transcript from Levin's show from last week, where he just casually conversed with a woman caller-in. We begin with this:

CALLER: I just wanna say, Obama is a lot smarter than you folks give him credit for. You guys were on a roll, I have to admit, with all those tea parties. Everything was rolling along, the Republicans were gaining momentum. And he managed to change your entire conversational focus. And you let those three hundred thousand people --

HOST: My God. He's so smart. His own party voted against him on Guantanamo Bay. How stupid was that, Cindy? His own party refused to fund the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

CALLER. Yeah but you know he can just move those people over here anyway. He's already doing it with the one guy.

Alright, a bit of anti-Obama bias with some mingled pretentiousness, but overall still fair game. But then he rapidly degenerates into the foamy-mouthed raving idiot we all know him to be:

HOST: Yeah, sure, he can do whatever he wants. Let me ask you a question. Why do you hate this country?

CALLER: No, I love this country.


You just said it. He can blow off Congress. He can do whatever he wants, right?

CALLER: Well, he seems to, he just moved (inaudible).

It's always so nice and fun when a radio commentator – or any public celebrity, really – gets their nerves picked, even if via totally trivial triggers, and let flow their true thoughts and beliefs and sentiments publicly, thus revealing their true natures. Not so nice and fun for the people who have to bear such vitriol, perhaps, such as that poor caller, but for the myriads of commentators such as bloggers like I who are thus fed ammunition to take these blowhards and pompous jerks down in searing flames like we do so well. (Or delude ourselves into believing that we do, at least.)

Not only is it fun to laugh at his vile nature, but we can also prod his overwhelming hypocrisy as well. You see, Levin is the kind who rabidly condoned and supported the Bush administration's policies regarding locking up "enemy combatants", many of which were never even formally confirmed as being terrorists or enemy soldiers, and throwing them in Guantanamo Bay forever and ever, throwing away the key and forgetting all about them, even neglecting to ever charge them for their supposed "crimes" that (supposedly) led to them being locked up in the first place. He was always a full supporter of the President's power and authority when it came to the President acting upon what Levin himself wanted to see happen, denying the Gitmo detainees even the more basic of humane rights under the Bush administration's watch.

And yet, now that a new President has stepped in and is refuting all those cherished Bush policies and practices, suddenly his Presidential powers and authority aren't valid or good enough for Levin, who flies into self-righteous indignation and sputtering rage at the mere idea of the man in power actually giving human beings, humane treatment and rights. According to Levin: "only support the Presidents who agree with your views". It truly takes a hefty case of cognitive dissonance to warp your mind into that sort of hypocrisy. But then, that's the sort of stuff conservative wingnut commentators like Levin are quite used to doing, I believe.

But that's not even all of it. He has one last thing to say to the caller, and it's by far the most revealing of all – concerning Levin himself, at least.

HOST: Answer me this, are you a married woman? Yes or no?


HOST: Well I don't know why your husband doesn't put a gun to his temple. Get the hell out of here.

Fucking degenerate. What sort of man fit to be a political commentator says such things on the air to a married woman? I know I'm always going on about the stupidity and self-righteous ignorance of conservatives, but most conservatives do hold such things as familial values and courtesy towards women close to heart. Levin finally flings his covers right off and shows himself for what he really is: a disgusting scoundrel with less intelligence and respect than your average scorpion.

I do have an answer for that caller, though, to his searing question, "WHY DO YOU HATE MY COUNTRY!". Perhaps she should've answered, "I don't, but if I did, it would be because it contains people like you".

(via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)


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