I can’t wait for the Emmys’ new “Most Unhinged Alabama Primary Commercial” category. In addition to this one and this one, Rick Barber comes through with perhaps the most deranged ad of the season. Yay!
Yes, that’s Rick Barber comparing our current tax rates (lowest since 1950) to human bondage. He also throws in a couple Holocaust images and pisses on the corpse of Abe Lincoln in order to pander with crazed candor. Then, for some reason there’s an alcoholic-looking hilljack with a lilting choir boy voice mashing the Star Spangled Banner with some moonshine-inspired lingo. Odd.
So disturbing is this creep, that Ruth Marcus felt compelled to scribble an entire editorial about this teabagger.
Images flash by: African slaves. North Korean prisoners. Concentration camps. “We shed a lot of blood to stop that in the past, didn’t we?” asks Barber, a Marine Corps veteran. “Now look at us. We are all becoming slaves to our government.” [...]
The taxes over which Barber is ready to revolt are the product of a democratic system, approved by a majority of elected lawmakers — the system that could produce a Congressman Barber if he somehow wins the runoff against Montgomery councilwoman Martha Roby to face incumbent, first-term Democrat Bobby Bright, who won in 2008 by just 1,766 votes.
That’s a point seemingly lost on the Right these days. As much as I hated nearly every day of the Bush presidency, I don’t remember overt or coded language inciting armed revolution, particularly from Democratic party leaders. Did I want a revolution after the Iraq invasion? Or after Cheney exempted oil & gas companies from the Clean Water Act? Or after the CIA tortured innocent people? On and on and on…? Of course not. What kind of American has so little respect for or Democratic institutions and representative democracy that he bails over disagreement in policy? Well, after the last 18 months of observation, I’m pretty sure that person tends to be an asshole hiding behind a flag and vague taglines involving the word ‘freedom.’ Someone like Rick Barber.
When I spoke by phone with Barber, he was affably extreme, calling “most of our major departments” — he mentioned Education and Energy — unconstitutional and suggesting that Social Security is as well because it is not among Congress’s enumerated powers. “I don’t believe that it’s the government’s job to provide retirement for the nation,” he said.
As to the video, Barber was unapologetic. “We can’t be so naive to think that just because we live in America that can’t happen to us,” he said. “We are being fed a socialist agenda spoon by spoon, and we don’t see it coming. In Germany, when Hitler was first elected under the Socialist Party, no one would have thought in a million years it would have gone where it did.”
I would not have thought in a million years that this kind of thinking would be inside the conservative mainstream. If it is not, it is time for rational conservatives to speak up.
And there it is. We’ve got Hitler! Rick Barber – you win today’s edition of Crazy Time Alabama Primary Ads.