Newt Civilization, organizer of thee, arouser of those, also and system designer, struggles to maintain a campaign where children don’t scuttle alongside and laugh. Having scored two primaries eons ago, the Gingrich momentum stretched a tad falls short of maladroit tortoise. With his tracking in the tank and his unfavorable numbers still sky-high, the news breaks daily that people hate him. And GOP executives remind us this week that, if a brokered convention comes the Republicans’ way, only the winners of 5 or more primaries will be eligible for nomination.
So Newt has absolutely, concretely lost. Strike the big top, lead the elephants out to their boxcars, the circus is leaving. Goodbye.
But wait. Has anybody tried to tell voters that the President is a Muslim? GOOD one. Gin-Grich! Gin-Grich!
In a radio interview on Thursday, Newt Gingrich accused the “elite media” of failing to cover President Barack Obama’s ties to Islam, reiterating his claim that the president is “consistently apologizing” to Muslims. . .
“Do you think you are going to see two pages on Obama’s Muslim friends? Or two pages on the degree to which Obama is consistently apologizing to Islam while attacking the Catholic church?”
“Do you see anybody in the elite media prepared to say, gee, isn’t this kind of odd that we really worry a lot about the Quran and nothing about the Bible?”
No one’s ever questioned the identity or religion of Barack Mustapha Al-Malik Shah’Arab Obama before. This is a gambling, but potentially brilliant, strategy. At first, it appears to be nonsense: the Republicans nearly ended the Obama campaign in ’08 by proclaiming the candidate a bug-eyed Christian from the sect of Jeremiah Wright. But I must admit that, politically, there’s still something there. There’s some room for Gingrich to score points while Republican voters associate the President with unpopular issues, like “Skin Is Black.”More:
“. . it is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic church and against every right to live Protestant organization in the country.”
That would be bizarre. If he could see terrorists killing Americans in real time, say by satellite, and then send them apologies. That would be insane, frankly, in too many ways to consider. Nice try.
“Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he’s Muslim]?” Gingrich said. “You have to ask, why would they believe that?”
Because he’s Muslim. It might also be because voters are sledgehammer-stupid.
Where are the GOP’s former world beaters? Whither the greatest candidates for U.S. president, cerca 2011? Rick Perry? Thad McCotter? Tim Pawlenty? No idea.
Michele Bachmann, however, crawled out of a hollow tree stump on her government grift-farm, a belly full of grubs and a frontal lobe crackling of berserk, to make a TV appearance today.
After spending some time thinking about what went wrong, how her candidacy tanked in the matter of a couple months, how she contributed to its failure, Michele came to an epiphany. She let the audience in on it:
The Minnesota congresswoman was asked by Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt which of the remaining candidates was the most conservative during an interview Friday, and said none of them measured up to her conservative credentials.
“I was. I was the perfect candidate,” Bachmann said in response.
I was the greatest. I am still today, standing before you on cable television. It’s reassuring to see Mrs. Bachmann continue the same relationship with reality she forged in, well, the asylum of her teenage years. One more time, with feeling:
Pressed by Hunt as to which of the candidates still in the race she considered most conservative, Bachmann again responded by referring to herself as the “perfect” choice.
“America had their chance with the perfect candidate,” Bachmann said.
I am political grace and perfection in every regard. Back to the grotto now. The bugs don’t eat themselves.
You’re criminal. You’re deceitful. You’re disgusting. You serially sexually abused four young men, buying their trust with cash, trips and gifts (hee-hee!).
You had to step away from your ministry, for a bit. Your lawyers had to settle with your victims. And then your wife had to leave you, because (duh) you’re gay. If there’s anyone blessed with a mortal soul, Eddie Long, it’s gotta be you.
So it’s with some surprise we heard news of your coronation.
Congratulations, King Pastor Eddie. It couldn’t have happened to a creepier guy.
After the first two installments of the Newt and Narcissism series (one, two), I thought it might be time to post a timely addendum. There’s a great deal of interest in Newton’s behavior with women, specifically his spouses. So: How does a narcissist behave with his wife or lover?
Marianne Gingrich last night reminded us how Newt cheated on her for a great deal of time. At some point, he approached her with a proposal, probably to solve what he thought was a problem. I should be allowed to keep my mistress, right?
“I just stared at him,” Ms Gingrich, 60, told ABC News. “He said: ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do’. He wanted an open marriage, and I refused”. After she reminded him: “We’ve been married a long time,” he responded: “Yes, but you want me all to yourself,” Ms Gingrich said.
This is classic narcissistic behavior. A narcissist doesn’t see you, or me, or anyone else as a person. He see others as objects. People are meant to serve his purposes in the same way a car or a can opener might.
Yes, he gets caught up in romance and emotion and all the other intoxicating manifestations of intense human relationships. But he is different. Recall, even for healthy folks, that satisfaction presents a formidable hurdle when we’re in love. Sex is a great demonstration of that need. It would be difficult to carry on a romantic relationship without satisfaction of the that type.
A narcissist feels similarly needy for satisfaction, but of adulation. That’s the difference. In psychological terms, this can be objectified as ‘narcissistic supply.’ Guys like Newt are like drug addicts constantly searching for their next score. Who will adore him now? Where can he be worshiped next? This is a drive so taxing and punishing, it can destroy people.
The interview suggests Newt was once doing perfectly well with a wife. But maybe he could get love and romance from two women? That would be even better. He figures he can manage some double-dealing. And for years, he keeps the two separate. But after long having proven himself a stud, it’s time for the two of them to share. This was the gambit Newt tried.
It’s telling that one of his women was willing to tolerate the demand while the other wasn’t. One would continue to attend to him even when he was an openly disrespectful, thoughtless ass. The other wouldn’t. One supply was affirmed, the other was threatened. You can see where he ended up.
Slate posts Newt ‘Gingrich’s Doodles.’ These are a group of notes Newt wrote to himself back in 1994 that ended up part of his 1997 House ethics investigation. And if you’re interested in the current Republican frontrunner, maybe you take notice. You click over to the post and see this:
. . a diagram of Newt’s world. He is the “system designer.” Gingrich sits at the center of the universe, you see, while lesser citizens populate ever-further, more bucolic concentric neighborhoods. Reality eventually terminates in our far-flung address, “the public.”
You can see that Newt views himself as an uncommon man. And for folks like me, who have seen debilitating narcissism close up, this is a familiar sight. People like Newt make these little scribbles to exercise the disease in their brain. They do it to remind themselves who they really are. Having done that, they then go out and act the part: I am the center of a vast universe, friend. A cross between Catholic Oliver Cromwell and post-modern Will Durant, I am the Newt Gingrich.
So he’s grandiose, overblown. Everyone already knew that, so what? He’s leading in the polls, that’s so what. This would be a catastrophic U.S. President, that’s what. And the possibility has serious consequences for our lives; you recall that the George W. Bush administrations killed thousands of Americans.
But I’m here to tell you, he’s not likely to win the whole thing. He’ll have a very hard time just taking the Republican nomination. Narcissists do very poorly managing responsibility, and fewer things are more difficult than successfully carrying something as large as an entire campaign for a year. Great men regularly fail at this. Flawed men almost always fail at it.
The interesting thing for us with regard to Newt the Great is that narcissists are utterly predictable sorts. While he’ll likely fail, we can make some pretty fair predictions about how he’ll do it. Starting with this:
1.) Newt will eclipse his own campaign. The need to impress upon you his greatness will kill the campaign’s messaging. Gingrich has surely been telling his staff that talking about himself is the same as talking about the campaign (it isn’t). And the ways Gingrich will hype himself will come twofold: bragging and gargantuan ideas. Method one:
At the Reagan presidential library this fall, Gingrich boasted of how “I helped Reagan create millions of jobs while he was president.” And after modestly acknowledging his own less significant role than Reagan’s, added, “We helped defeat the Soviet empire.”
This is pretty preposterous stuff — Reagan was president 30 years ago. This self-stroking doesn’t really do much in the eyes of coveted swing voters other than make Gingrich seem weird and old, which he is. It’s also a crock of shit: Newt routinely ripped Reagan because that’s what narcissists do, read Mark Shields for the details. Method two:
. . Gingrich indicated that it was in the president’s power as commander-in-chief to deem any Supreme Court ruling irrelevant if he or she in the White House disagreed.
. . “A commander-in-chief could simply issue instructions to ignore it, and say it’s null and void and I do not accept it because it infringes on my duties as commander-in-chief to protect the country.”
This is nothing less than the dismantling of the Constitution’s separation of powers, a critical feature of the Founding Fathers’ new government. Still, Gingrich has been going on and on about it for days. Why? Because it’s such a winner with voters? Because it’s vitally necessary at this time? Because this is what leaders do? God, no. Because it’s fucking HUGE. Pulling the Constitution apart at the seams usually is. But notice how gigantic old Newt is? No one else has the balls to propose this, and for good reason. Newt simply can’t resist.
This is how you eclipse a campaign. To win the presidency, what should he be talking about incidentally? Are you kidding? The economy, stupid. That’s how you beat a vulnerable incumbent. America’s seething anger sits right there, just below the surface, waiting to be tapped. Haven’t seen him bother with it, though, have you?
2.) Newt will not be prepared. Narcissists are some of the spottiest workers you have ever seen. They are long on grand designs and short on carry through. They are great dictators and horrible managers. Don’t expect Newt to be any good at anything other than talking.
In an embarrassing display of organizational weakness, for example, Gingrich recently failed to qualify for the ballot in Missouri’s primary. The campaign structure, such as it is, simply didn’t follow through. Similarly, the Gingrich team was supposed to provide New Hampshire officials with a list of 40 committee volunteers who would represent the campaign as Republican National Convention delegates — but Gingrich’s staff couldn’t track down 40 willing supporters. Instead, they submitted a hand-scrawled, typo-ridden list of 27 people.
Steve Benen mentioned this 17 days ago. As of now, the Gingrich campaign have barely gotten a ground game going in any of the primary states. They’re months behind in mounting a serious effort. Newt will tell you it’s because he’s so ground-breaking. But that’s just narcissism 101 — recall Sarah Palin’s excuses for being quintessentially incompetent. And there’s no excuse for this:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich explained on Sunday that his policies would require up to 9 million undocumented immigrants to return to their home nations — and he predicted that they would do it voluntarily . .
“There are 11 million of these people,” Schieffer noted. “I mean, what are you going to do with them?”
“My guess is that 7 or 8 or 9 million of them would ultimately go home, get a guest-worker permit, come back under the law,” Gingrich replied.
That is so half-baked, it’s honestly hilarious. Millions of people would end the lives they’ve created here, to move their families to some place that isn’t home, for what reason? To start a strange new life, in order to wait for years, for what? A perhaps chance to come back and re-start their previous life? Newt hasn’t actually thought about this for a second, his take’s a joke. Conservatives hate ‘amnesty,’ and reality hates fools. He’s winning nobody over with absurdity.
3.) Newt will not carry the banner. Narcissists live to separate themselves from the crowd, so they’re horrible at being traditional leaders. You won’t see him being a Republican’s Republican. You can’t get him to play nice with others for more than a few difficult moments. This is why he attacked Paul Ryan just when Paul was becoming the Baby Jesus of entitlement reform:
“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich scoffed in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” . .
Gingrich later called the [Ryan] reform plan “too big a jump,” adding: “I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.”
It wasn’t supposed to be “social engineering.” Wasn’t supposed to be “radical change,” it was supposed to be a common sense approach to a pressing problem. Why couldn’t he just toe the party line? Because Gingrich couldn’t resist putting the pretender Ryan in his proper place: far below Newt the Great. Get away kid, you bother me.
This need to be singular, to be transcendent, it is a problem. That’s why you can dig into Newt’s past and produce brain-scratching clips like this:
Is there anyone more despised by Conservatives than FDR? Can you imagine any other politician going so far out of his way to speak so glowingly of an accursed enemy? It’s stunning.
But FDR’s accomplishments are just too staggering not to covet. All narcissists are obsessed with recruiting greatness to their cause and shunning equals. Newt just can’t conceal his software: if FDR were around, Gingrich would be desperate to make him a friend.
Flipping that baffling script, can you imagine a Democratic presidential candidate in awe of Ronald Reagan? Can you see how bizarre that would be? I can’t imagine it. You couldn’t put a gun to my head and get me to vote for that guy.
But that guy is leading the Republicans right now. That guy is also messed up. So don’t expect him to become president. I wouldn’t even bet on Newt winning the party nomination. The poor guy just isn’t built to pull it off.
I was bouncing around the internet when, lo and behold, I came across this. Slate has posted a group of notes Newt Gingrich wrote to himself back in 1994 that were culled as part of a House ethics investigation of him in 1997.
These little scribbles are amazing. For me, they are the nails in his political coffin. I always suspected Newt the Great of being a dysfunctional narcissist, but the ‘doodles’ are the proof:
—Advocate of civilization
—definer of civilization
—Teacher of the rules of civilization
—arouser of those who form civilization
—Organizer of the pro-civilization activists
—leader (possibly) of the civilizing forces.
. . Commander of All Civilizing Forces in the Global Theater, apparently. You may think this is funny, silly stuff, but I don’t. I had to grow up with people suffering from personality disorders, and, if this isn’t the real thing, it’s close. Newt has a nasty case of narcissism.
Are you in the habit of hastily scribbling a 25-year prescription for yourself? Newt is:
This 1992 note appears to be a 25-year plan (the header reads “1993-2018”). Items on the list include: “A series of books (the history of Freedom, prosperity and safety),” “Possibly a series of courses with audio and videotape followers,” and “Campus (intellectual) appearances on ‘the histories,’ ” with “Gingrich the historian applying the lessons of history to public life.”
When you refer to yourself in the third person in your personal notes, do you also include your title? Newt does. It’s a shame he never got around to chronicling all of safety and prosperity and Freedom through time. I’d be interested to know when safety first appeared in history.
These are not memos reminding Newt of the various jobs he has ahead of him. You’ll notice he’s done exactly zero of these things. These are the exercises of a sick mind constantly asserting itself. Newt needs to see what it looks like, this reality of being great beyond all others. ‘Gingrich the historian applying the lessons of history to public life.’ Hmm, yes. That’s me. I think I can see it now.
And what does a sick mind do with this reflection? It acts the part. And this is the key with narcissists. They are usually completely incompetent, so they must pretend. They have to know what role they’re playing before they meet you and impress upon you how impossibly grand they are. Thus The Historian doesn’t write notes to himself that say: “Finish Chapter 23 on the History of Prosperity.” Instead, He writes this:
1. Articulate the vision of civilizing humanity and recivilizing all Americans (TASK 1
Since when do ‘historians’ civilize humanity? Since Newt volunteered to do it. Since it’s such a big job, that’s when. He hasn’t yet done it, you might notice. I’m not sure anyone who gets nailed for ethics violations and cheats on his wives knows much about civility.
And this is Newt. Some of you are laughing, I know. But imagine this guy as your president. Not so funny now, is it? He has a sizable lead in Republican polls, so it’s actually terrifying.
Well, I’m here to tell you that unless Newt can keep his serious psychological deficit in check, he’ll have a hard time winning. He’ll have a difficult time just trying to hold on to the Republican nomination. Narcissists are almost always exposed once they have to take on real responsibility. They do badly under pressure. Newt’s short tenure as House Speaker and his resigning office all those years ago are testaments to that.
The numbers of mistakes, gaffes and strange moments will take their toll on the Gingrich campaign. It will not be pretty. It might be spectacular, as a narcissist’s collapse can be.
Secure in now knowing who and what Newt is, I’ll make some predictions as to how Newt’s campaign will wobble and eventually fall. Until then, I’ll leave you with some words from my favorite narcissist. Not long before he died in a small town in Northern California, he reminded me: “John Glenn is a close personal friend of mine.”
This is a music video that claims to be a “9/11 Tribute from Herman Cain.” And right away, when politicians feel sufficiently assured of their cult of personality that they must sing to you, we’ve got a problem.
Someone’s got a problem. But this ‘tribute’ is no paltry gaffe. This isn’t merely a maudlin disaster clip from a bad singer with political ambitions. This is something far, far worse. This is one of the darkest, most disturbing videos ever recorded.
We are all familiar with singers who feel compelled to break into song upon inspiration. The former Attorney General Ashcroft was known to break into“Let the Eagle Soar,” or something disastrously cousin to it, when he came into contact with like-minded patriots.
On New Year’s Day, 2002, mere weeks after 9/11, Martina McBride roused a unified country with a spirited rendition of “God Bless America” amongst plenty of American flags, U.S. Marines, soaring fighter jets and grateful Rose Bowl paraders. Given McBride’s take and our battered psyches, that was alright by me. If only all the military symbolism hadn’t been an unheeded warning: America, your choices are slipping away.
Martina’s rendition wasn’t the best, though. This version of “God Bless America” is still the ultimate. While the arrangement may be elaborate, the singing is simple and optimistic, athletic and energetic, and utterly devoid of cheap sentimentality. Kate Smith’s take is still remarkable. If only more singers and songwriters would listen to it and take note: this is how you do musical patriotism. This is how simple inspiration sounds. If only.
Oh my god, if only. What have you done, Herman Cain? How is it you put together a video of “God Bless America” that made me physically sick? I was hit with a flood of nausea.
What is it about the roiling, churning, violent deaths of thousands of people that makes you want to sing that particular song so slowly and so badly? Why in the world would you want to re-post those awful clips of airplane strikes so we re-connect with the horrors of instant death? Why do you want to show the towers disintegrating so we realize — again — how good people died in a manner akin to being shoved into a 1000-foot meat grinder?
What sort of childish, deeply narcissistic soul believes such nightmares are soothed by his pitiable singing? What in the world is deeply, desperately wrong with you, Herman Cain? What is wrong with you?
Remember this? Less than two months ago, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley steps forward to state what was already plainly obvious to many people. Republicans are screwing America to gain political power in 2012:
“They know that their formulations, their policies of less revenues and less regulation badly failed our country and plunged us into this recession. So their only way of evening the playing field is to keep the president from being successful in the jobs recovery.”
He contended that key Republican members of Congress, “through their intransigence, cleverly set up a situation for America’s economy to fail, either by needlessly driving us to default, or needlessly driving us into massive public sector layoffs . . I think that they are disgracefully cynical” . .
They were disgracefully cynical, and they continue to be. They are far less American and patriotic than they are power-hungry and selfish, and the result is obstructionism, deepening recession and hopelessness. So if, by some sizable chance, your hopes of getting a better job, or a full-time job, or any job get blown up by one these asses, don’t pretend to be shocked.
This stuff has been going on for months:
Despite 600,000 Public Sector Layoffs, Darrell Issa Says Government Shouldn’t Try To Prevent Teacher Layoffs
Marie Diamond | Sep 12, 2011
. . ISSA: “We did that once. It’s time for us to say states have to step up to the plate. That’s a good example where I don’t think that belongs in this stimulus bill. I don’t think we should be maintaining government workers with borrowed money.”
This from a government worker maintained with borrowed money, naturally. The government’s been running yearly deficits for how long, incidentally? Since the signing of the Constitution, or something? So this is a bullshit argument — what’s the real reason he’d kill the ‘Hire Teachers’ part of the jobs act? This: Darrell Issa will make an unemployed teacher happy by agreeing with Obama when elephants fly.
Cantor Voted For Billions To Rebuild Schools In Iraq, Now Opposes Funding School Construction In America
Judd Legum | Sep 12, 2011
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) voted for over $120 billion to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, funds that were used to construct and repair schools, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. Now, Cantor is opposing President Obama’s proposal to spend $30 billion to modernize 35,000 American schools. Reuters has the story:
“U.S. House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Monday he will not support President Barack Obama’s proposal to renovate U.S. schools as part of the administration’s bill to spur job growth. He added that Obama should focus instead on cutting federal regulations that he says kill U.S. jobs…”
So it is okay to borrow money after all? To help educate strangers’ kids on the other side of the planet? But not our children, who badly need classroom repairs, new parking lots and additional teachers. Eric: how about we cut Iraqi government regulations? Then we can spend our own money on our own kids.
Cantor won’t have any part of such a plan. And you know why: it would give Americans jobs. That’s a lethal obstacle for talentless, power-obsessed Conservatives like the majority leader. Note that his lame excuse doesn’t even make sense: ‘red tape’ vs. infrastructure? Huh?
After Promising To Focus On Jobs, Gov. Rick Scott Signals He’ll Reject Billions Of Dollars From Obama Jobs Plan
Marie Diamond | Sep 12, 2011
. . Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and other GOP legislators in the state are strongly indicating they will reject billions in federal aid that could be used to create jobs in Florida:
. . “’It sounds like President Obama still doesn’t get it,’ House Speaker Dean Cannon said Friday. ‘The answer to the current economic problems is not spending more money’” . .
“A state-by-state breakdown of the president’s plan shows that Florida could stand to receive more than $7.5 billion for schools, roads and other projects. The White House estimates that the funds under the plan would support more than 60,000 jobs in Florida, including those held by teachers, cops and firefighters.”
60,000 jobs. For free. But Florida Republicans are so concerned about something that no one elected them to oversee — the federal government — that they just can’t take the money. Rrrriiigghht. If one of these humble politicians won the lottery, he’d refuse the payout. It, too, comes out of the government’s bank account, of course. What a thrill it is simply to buy a ticket.
There’s no mystery here. Over and over, it’s the same behavior: if the plan creates jobs, any jobs, Republicans will stab it in the heart. They mean to do America harm. They mean to do you harm. And they’re succeeding.
2008: She has a baby. It plays a glorious role in the grand design:
I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up. Though another girl would be so nice, you didn’t think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!
This is Palin’s e-mail to friends and family about Trig’s birth.
Then, I let Trig’s mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news – that way Piper wouldn’t have so long to wait and count down so many days – just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift?
What a stupid, preening bitch.
Trig’s mom and dad don’t want people to focus on the baby’s extra chromosome. They’re human, so they haven’t known how to explain this to people who are so caring and are interested in this new little Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want people to share in the joy of this gift I’m giving to the Palin family, and the greater Alaska family. Many people won’t understand… and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won’t be considered “perfect” in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider “perfect” or even “normal” anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately?)
I never use the word ‘cunt’, but maybe I should. Cunt. Self-centered beauty queen. Sarah is someone desperate to distinguish herself from the routine likes of you. Good thing it’s so obvious.
I promise to equip you. I won’t give you anything you can’t handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can’t wait to meet you. I’m giving you ONLY THE BEST!
There’s no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.
EXCLUSIVE: Texas Suicide Pilot’s Daughter Calls Dad a Hero, IRS Plane Attack ‘Inappropriate’
The daughter of the man who carried out a suicide plane attack against the IRS in Texas said she considered her father a hero for standing up to “the system” but said the attack that killed a government worker and injured 12 was “inappropriate” and “wrong.”
“His last actions, the suicide, the catastrophe that caused injuries and death, that was wrong,” Samantha Bell, Stack’s daughter from his first marriage, told “Good Morning America” in a morning television exclusive telephone interview that aired today. “But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished. But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government.”
She doesn’t agree with “his last actions”? “The catastrophe”? Is she talking about Dad’s pre-meditated murder of an American veteran, Vernon Hunter?
Last week, Joseph Stack set his house on fire, drove to the airport, jumped in his plane and flew it into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. This deliberate, cowardly act of domestic terrorism resulted in injuring thirteen IRS workers and left one man dead — a veteran of the Vietnam War:
When Ken Hunter first heard about a plane crashing into his father’s office building in Austin, he said he hoped his dad, Vernon Hunter, wasn’t there.
After several attempts to reach his father, a 67-year-old IRS worker, he discovered his dad was missing.
In the hours that followed, Ken said he heard lots of talk about the pilot’s motivations and felt compelled to speak out on his father’s behalf.
“There was just too much going on about what the guy did and what he believed in, and enough’s enough,” he said. “They don’t need to talk about him. Talk about my dad. You know, some people are trying to make this guy out to be a hero, a patriot. My dad served two terms in Vietnam. This guy never served at all. My dad wasn’t responsible for his tax problems.”
Meanwhile, the Teabaggers would kill any attempt at healthcare reform, ever. Or any attempt to use the government to stimulate the economy while unemployment’s at 10% and the Great Recession drags on. Do they offer any solutions to these huge, national problems? No. Do they care that their actions will make things worse for others? No.