April 16, 2009

Dissent is no longer the highest form of patriotism

Great news! The WaPo's Dana Milbank has apparently been awakened from an eight-year coma just in time to cover the Tax Day protests:

Without the spectacle of a 1773-style tea-bag dump in the square, the handmade signs became thfocus of the event. Though ostensibly an anti-tax protest, it was more of an anti-Obama festival. Among the messages: "The Audacity of the Dope," "O Crap" and Obama as an acronym for "One Big Awful Mistake America." Some messages were ugly ("Napolitano -- Obama's Gestapo Queen," "Hang 'Em High Traitors," and a sign held by a young girl saying "Victim of Child Tax Abuse"). Others were funny ("Don't Talk to Me! I Forgot My Teleprompter"). Certain ones had sinister overtones ("Tax Slavery Sucks," and "Obama bin Lyin"). Then there was the guy holding a Cabbage Patch doll by its hair with the message: "My kid's growth stunted by your stimulus."
Aaaaand, the effigies of Bush and members of his administration who have been hung or burned in effigy between the end of the 2000 election and the magical Inauguration? Water under the bridge, I suppose. The endless protests calling members of the last administration Nazis and murderers and criminals? I don't seem to remember Dana complaining too much about all of that trivial bullshit. After all, who on the cocktail circuit would give a damn?
And, um, how is "Tax Slavery Sucks" exactly "sinister"? Why would Dana find any of this so terribly wrong? Oh, right...
The theme was echoed in some of the homemade signs the demonstrators carried, including "Watch Fox News," "Thank You Fox News," and even a recommendation: "Move Glenn Beck to 7 PM.
Oops. Those idiots should have just stayed the hell at home. I mean, it's not like there's any bias regarding this story from any of the other cable news networks, right?

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