Friday, November 16, 2012
Who Broke the Lock?
A few days after the election last week, Pat Buchanan appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show. This would be the G. Gordon Liddy who went to jail for crimes committed during and after Nixon's Watergate break-in. The guy who said on the air, to aim for the head if the cop is wearing a bullet-proof vest. Buchanan and Liddy said the following, a mere excerpt:
Stunned by his clear racism, Liddy tried to walk his guest back from the ledge:
“With what you just said right there…You seem to imply that white people are better than other people. That’s not really what you’re saying is it?”
“Of course that’s what I’m saying,” Buchanan replied “Isn’t it obvious? Anything worth doing on this Earth was done first by white people.”
“Who landed on the moon? White people. Who climbed Mount Everest? White people. Who invented the transistor? White people. Who invented paper? White people. Who discovered algebra? White people.”
“And don’t give me all this nonsense about Martin Luther King and civil rights and all that. Who do you think freed the slaves? Abraham Lincoln. A white guy!”
The whole transcript is worth a read, if you care to understand how entirely racist Mr. Buchanan's thinking really is:
Not to mention, of course, how unconnected to reality Mr. Buchanan has become. After all, he's got all the facts he uses to ground his racist screed entirely wrong.
I mention this whole appearance because this week Buchanan, apparently hired on by Fox News since MSNBC blessedly fired him last year for other racist comments, appeared with Greta Van Susteren discussing Susan Rice and the issues of Benghazi, as framed by the right wing.
Some theoreticians back in the recesses of the right--they probably work for the Kochs--aim to make the Benghazi tragedy a new Watergate. McCain, one of the pointmen, has used the comparison frequently already. McCain's even said that Benghazi is "worse" than Watergate because people died. With that sort of framing, the hoped-for hearings should bring the Obama administration to a total halt. In the dreams of the Right, I mean.
So keep in mind, as this thing builds and builds in the media, with Fox taking the lead, CNN and the rest of them eventually skittering along behind, chasing the viewers. Pat Buchanan's right there, cheering.
[photo, National Geographic.]
Oh yeah, there's this too. Good point: