Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year or as Rush Limbaugh sees it The Batmobile from the Joker’s Point of View.
The object of the Right Wing demagogues with their Dark Side of the Force Populism is to turn Americans against each other.
Every day they carve away another group of their fellow citizens and set them up as an “other” and a “them” for “us” to fear, loathe, resent, envy, and otherwise despise.
The point is to keep “us” so angry and afraid of “them” that “we” make common cause with the plutocrats who pay the demagogues’ salaries and pull their strings. In short, instead of joining together to stand up to the plutocrats, we turn against ourselves and actually help the plutocrats.
The Tea Party wants their country back in order to make a gift of it to the Rich and save them the trouble of having to spend more to buy it all up.
This is how saving the auto industry became an act of near-treason in the minds of the very people who ought to have been cheering it on the loudest.
See, what our socialist President did was save those “others”---union workers---at the expense of “us.”
You’d think the prospect of millions of their fellow Americans losing their jobs would have brought people rallying round.
Nope. Because those weren’t “fellow Americans.” They weren’t part of “us.” They were “them.” Unions.
How dare those lazy and corrupt Unions get their bacon saved with “our” money! How dare they expect to keep their high-paying, relatively secure jobs with good benefits while “we” proudly make do with whatever little bit the business elites who run our right to work states deign in their wisdom and charity to dole out!
I think the Union angle is only a part of Rush Limbaugh’s recent frothings at the mouth over the Chevy Volt being named Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine.
Probably he sees it as a hat-trick. Bash the Unions, bash our socialist President, bash hippie environmentalists all in one go.
Doesn’t matter. By now he’s bellowing like a bull trying to scratch an itch on barbed wire over something or somebody else.
But he should know, you don’t tell car nuts they don’t know from cars.
An editor from Motor Trend has taken him on over this one.
The editor doesn’t defend Motor Trend’s choice. He trusts that his magazine’s rep and the car itself will carry the day.
He simply calls out Rush for being a ranting, unpatriotic, know-nothing gasbag who, worst of all, knows nothing about cars.
Friendly honk of the horn to Kevin Drum.
Updated with elitist chagrin: Got a note from Gene Lyons. Gene tells me I got it all wrong. The evil of the Chevy Vote isn’t that it’s Union-made or that it’s part of a socialist plot or that it’s a green dream.
It’s that it’s quiet.
Gene writes, “Making noise with internal combustion engines is the redneck First Amendment. Electric cars are a sign of the Antichrist.”