This, again, brings us back around to the larger subject of this Occupy Wall Street, this astroturf movement that's been funded from [George] Soros down and from every other angle, taking a bunch of over-educated, over-indulged white youth and attempting to force change ... So we shouldn't be surprised that this group, this Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been endorsed by the Messiah himself, President Barack Obama, that they are now trying to infiltrate the schools and corrupt the minds of children.Now Digby's point is that talk like this works by taking memes from the opposition, or conventional wisdom, and turning it wrong-side out. It exemplifies a point many critics on the left have been making for years: A lot of right-wing talk comes down to “I know you are, but what am I?”-style projection of their motives onto their enemies. (A corollary of this principle is that, if Republicans accuse Democrats of doing something, it's almost certainly something that the Republicans have already done themselves.) I agree with the Big D's point, and that passage is certainly a textbook example of the rhetorical move in question.
I think the Occupy Wall Street movement, the larger movement, is anathema to the idea of American Exceptionalism. In fact, I would go so far as to say that many of those involved in this movement hate America as it was originally formed and founded as a free market country rooted in the Judeo-Christian ethic.
But that passage is more than simply a manifestation of the uncommonly angry minds populating the right end of the dial in America for the last twenty years -- it's much more.
With only minor continuity edits that don't affect the content, it's the basis for a fabulous party game: Right-Wing Mad Libs!
Rules: This is a game for multiple players. One player asks each of the other players, in turn, to select a word as specified on the numbered list below. Following this, the completed passage is read aloud with the selected words filling in the blanks.Try it and see! Before you know it, you and your friends will be hooting and howling at the moon like Rand-quoting, hippie-punching, government-hating Tea Partiers!
If multiple teams compete, the creators of the best version are eligible for positions on a high-profile group blog funded by a right-wing think-tank.
Before the passage is read aloud, players must select:
1. An organization or movement.
2. A person.
3. An adjective.
4. An adjective.
5. An adjective.
6. A person.
7. A verb.
8. A plural noun.
9. A verb.
10. A plural noun.
11. An adjective.
12. An adjective.
13. An adjective.
This, again, brings us back around to the larger subject of this _____1_____, this astroturf movement that's been funded from _____2_____ down and from every other angle, taking a bunch of over-_____3_____, over-_____4_____ _____5_____ youth and attempting to force change ... So we shouldn't be surprised that this group, this movement, which has been endorsed by the Messiah himself/herself, _____6_____, that they are now trying to _____7_____ the _____8_____ and _____9_____ the _____10_____ of children.It's a sure-fire hit at parties, and an easy way to prove that, thanks to your enemies, America is going to __________ in a __________.
I think the movement, the larger movement, is anathema to the idea of American _____11_____-ism. In fact, I would go so far as to say that many of those involved in this movement hate America as it was originally formed and founded as a/an _____12____ country rooted in the _____13____ ethic.
(Hint: A place, and a noun.)
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