Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blame the hippies

It really a challenge to caricature rightwingers when they so often act like caracatures of themselves. I admire people like cartoonist Tom Tomorrow who consistently do it successfully.

This doesn't look like a potential left-right alliance in the making to me: Andrew Leonard reports on rightwingers literally blaming the hippies of circa 1970 for causing the financial collapse of 2008: Tune in, turn on, buy a credit swap Salon 02/24/10.

Leonard writes:

So I watched a 10-minute clip from Fox's Sean Hannity introducing the documentary.

Here's what I learned:

"The movie completely refutes the notion that massive deregulation caused the economic downturn," said Hannity.

"It's the cultural and social breakdown from the '60s, that has really taken thirty or forty years, that led up to the September 18th crisis," said the director, Stephen Bannon.

What "the Kremlin, the Nazis, and the Japanese" couldn't accomplish, the hippies did! From "within"!

"The people who were the hippies of the '60s, of Woodstock, who became the yuppies of the '80s, and really the barons of the 2000s, and really are the leaders around the country, are the ones that helped cause this."
This so disgusting and silly that it's almost sad. This is real fanaticism.

See also Dave Neiwert on the same topic: Citizens United promotes latest fantasy on Hannity: Economic crisis was a product of spoiled '60s hippies' ethos Crooks and Liars 02/24/10.

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