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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bat Sh*t Crazy, Thy Name Is Rick Barber!

Bat Sh*t Crazy, Thy Name Is Rick Barber!

So, a slave-owner, a beer-brewer, a womanizer, and an Alabama teabagger are sitting in a bar...and someone was there to catch it on film!

Rick Barber, one of the 'bagger lunatics running for Congress, has an interesting commercial running on the TV in Alabama. Like the opening of Resevoir Dogs, we join a group of guys sitting at a table. It begins with Barber, in mid-rant about impeaching Obama (for what, I have no idea), talking to three other guys dressed in costumes. There's a guy dressed as Ben Franklin, a guy dressed as George Washington, and a guy dressed as Sam Adams. On the table is an American flag being used as a table cloth (is that how you treat the flag?!), a few mugs of beer, a couple of copies of The Constitution, and a gun. As the commercial progresses, around a series of quick-cutting hand held shots, he starts to go off about how the IRS is imposing it's will upon the people, and the only way to get them off of our backs is to..."gather your armies!"



I thought this was an SNL sketch when I first saw it. Surely Lorne Michaels would not have even considered airing an ad like this, mostly because it's just too far-fetched and stupid to be a funny bit. This would never work as an actual joke-- it took someone being serious for this to be funny.

I don't think I can sum up the lack of intellectual substance any more that the Washington Post's David Weigel has:


I'm not sure Barber's argument here makes sense. His pitch to the founders is a jeremiad against the IRS and "what they call a progressive income tax" (although what else you could call a tax on income that hits high-wage earners harder than low-wage earners is a mystery). He appeals to Washington as the owner of a distillery who "knows how tough it is to run a small business without a tyrannical government on your back." But President Washington presided over, and approved, the first tax levied by the federal government -- the 1791 whiskey tax. When the tax met resistance, he approved the assembling of militias to enforce the law and mobilization of agents to collect the revenue.


See, this is a sensible interpretation of historical events...something that these teabaggers time and time again seem to be incapable of accepting. It's impossible to follow their narrative AND historical fact at the same time. And how about this boner they all have for "the good old days"? Do we really want to deal with people that can't deal with evolution, progress...the future?

I am always getting angry comments from teabaggers who are angry with me for not only using the name "teabaggers" (and calling me a racist for doing so-- idiots...), but for my constant mockery of them and their "policies". And to those people I say: It is because of people like this-- like this bat-shit crazy Rick Barber-- that people like me make fun of you. As long as you have morons like this, and Rand Paul (among MANY MANY others) representing you, this is how you will be perceived...as drunken nut-jobs, sitting in a bar yelling at dead Founders.

Who the hell wants to deal with that?


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