Rather than acknowledging that the majority of Americans weren't that into the Romney/Ryan gospel of screw the poor, the right wing is blaming the GOP loss on - wait for it - poor people who voted for Obama cuz they want free stuff. For Bill O'Reilly, this is truly scary because, in addition to wanting free stuff, these lazy slugs are part of the hordes of scary, black/brown people that are making white people a minority in Bill's America. But Bill isn't the only one who looks back longingly on an America where black/brown people knew their place and didn't get hand-outs. He isn't the only one who fondly remembers the days when the only access to abortion was in "back alley" procedures. His mini-me, failed comedian Dennis Miller feels the same way while sadly recognizing that the times, they are a changing. Awww...
In this week's "Miller Time," Miller enthused about Romney and cited the "unfair" comment, from Joe Biden, about how Romney wants to put people in chains which, of course, takes Biden's comment out of context. (In Biden's speech about Wall Street deregulation, he used Romney's past metaphor about not wanting to chain Wall Street and told the audience that further unshackling Wall Street would put them in chains.) O'Reilly used this as a springboad to advance the Fox meme that Romeny was the victim of unfair attacks by Obama: "How much do you think those unfair attacks that were launched incessantly from the spring right through election day influence the election?" Miller said it was "patently unfair." Miller doesn't agree with those who say that the reelection of the president was a great day for America because he likes a country where "people bust their tuckus" and thinks "this country has gone a long way towards becoming a European model." (Oh, the horror, health care for everyone, efficient infrastructure, happy and educated people not shackled by misgoynistic and anti-science religion!)
He then engaged in right wing class warfare which is all about demonizing those on public assistance. He claimed that for those who are making $45,000 a year and "doing the right thing, the right thing changed in this country yesterday You can get close to that from the government." In a total non-sequitor designed, I guess, to attack Nancy Pelosi he referenced her comment urging young people to "take time off, read a book, learn an instrument," and added "it's not always about kids. Sometimes it's about these hard working guys out there who I feel sorry for. And I would tell them, get in the hand-up line. Don't get in the hand down line, it doesn't make sense."
Right on script, Bill, who is upset about white people losing demographic ground, asked Miller if he "feared" for his country. Miller responded that "he liked it the way it was and it's not going to be like that any more?" (WTF?). He said that the "most graphic depiction of it is that single women in this country now, when they look up and they're looking for somebody to aspire to, it's somebody like Sandra Fluke." He couldn't "distill this down;" but it didn't "resonate with him." Continuing to avoid defining what kind of country he wants to go back to, he posed the rhetorical question of whether he's "surprised at what it's come to" and asked if "he'll ever see it go back in his lifetime to the other way." In answering his question he said "no, I don't." He said that this isn't the America he saw from 18 to 58 and while he has "a great life, this isn't the America I've grown comfortable with. Bill pontificated that "if Obama fails to turn the economy around with all this social justice, secular progressivism" (he referenced his "Culture Warrior book) "the Democratic party and the liberal movement collapse, not for two years but forever."
Hey Bill, if the Republicans don't stop dissing minorities and trying to own women's bodies, they will become an extinct species.
And BTW, Dennis. If by "18 to 58" you mean your life, that's 1971 to now. We had welfare and abortion rights then, too.
And BTW, dudes, if you want minorities and women to vote GOP, this isn't the way to do it.