Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

Special "Today in Neo-Conservative America" bonus

Bill O'Reilly, a.k.a America's Dumbest Man, apparently believes that the children of people murdered by terrorists are not allowed to have opinions at variance with his own.

Because of my obsession with neo-conservative punditry, very little about it, no matter how shrill and hysterical its tone, can surprise me. But this is, well, it's fucking shameful. Read this and shake ya head. Here is a dogmatic ideologue so in love with how right he thinks he is about everything that he sits in front of millions of people and yells at, berates and belittles -- damn near physically assaults -- a man whose father was brutally murdered by terrorists because that man dares to oppose war with Iraq.

It's fascinating because O'Reilly, like many on the right, use the WTC attack as a crowbar to force war (despite the utter lack of evidence that Iraq had anything to do with it). He has suggested (and he's certainly not the first to do so, nor will he be the last) that to oppose war is to dishonor the families of the victims of those attacks.

And yet here, he is faced with an actual family member of the victims, one who is unconvinced that war is the answer to his grief, and he seems to find the whole situation completely unthinkable -- so completely outside the realm of his understanding of how the world is supposed to work that he literally banishes the offender from his sight, removes him from the Bill O'Reilly universe.

Tags: politics

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