The whiners

Gin and Tacos:

The iconic political image of the post-Reagan era, for my money, is the 2003 Schwarzenegger campaign (in the California gubernatorial recall election) using “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister as its theme song. To see Arnold and his fellow Orange County millionaires on stage stiffly pumping their fists to a dated song about the terrible unfairness of it all was…rich. It requires the kind of total lack of self-awareness usually found only in ancillary characters in slasher movies.

If there’s one thing I honestly, legitimately do not understand about politics, it’s how so many well-off conservatives have managed to convince themselves that they are the victims of an unfair society. They are the luxuriously oppressed, the forgotten, long-suffering minority that has everything that money can buy. The urge to grab these people, shake them, and scream “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR LIFE? WHAT DO YOU NOT HAVE? HOW ARE YOUR NEEDS GOING UNFULFILLED?” is overwhelming. With right-wingers I know well, I have actually done this on more than one occasion. The amount of delusion necessary to allow someone to sit in front of a 70″ TV in a giant house with two luxury cars in the garage and complain about the unfairness of it all is incomprehensible.

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4 Responses to The whiners

  1. imhotep February 28, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Where are the margins? Or do I need to install a 60″ screen??

  2. imhotep February 28, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Where is the “Most recent comments” box. Now that the margins have been set.

  3. someofparts February 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Later, when their pettiness and stupidity turn us into Argentina-Norte, they will whine about that with the same colossal lack of self-awareness they now embrace. It’s what keeps america grate.

  4. quixote March 1, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Well, the rich Argentines whined, so unless US exceptionalism turns out to be true, the US rich will keep whining all the way down.

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