Erick “Voice of the GOP Gated Community” Erickson does not care for his party’s menu du jour:
I wasn’t going to vote at all. But then all sorts of people, including Donna Brazile and Sean Hannity, started in on me about my “civic obligation.” Frankly, I wish less people voted. But nonetheless, I voted. I was the only person in my precinct in the middle of a city that usually sees steady turn out…
I did not want to vote for Romney. But I did not want to vote for Santorum or Gingrich or Paul. Choosing between them has been like choosing the tallest midget. I have been left uninspired for various reasons by each.
So I went with Rick Perry. Consider it a protest vote. But at least, unlike many, I went with who I liked as opposed to voting for someone to be against someone else or some other strategic pattern of voting…
Erickson’s man-crush on Perry just may have something to do with Erickson’s recent bell-ringing for upscaling the GOP-friendly War on (Some) Drugs:
… We are at war on our southern border with Mexico and the press is really not doing justice to coverage of the war…. More and more, the Mexican drug war is spilling over into the United States. American citizens are getting killed. Border agents are getting killed. Random citizens are being kidnapped. Mexico is less and less safe.
And the media rarely reports the extent of the violence or that it is spilling over into the United States. These are not acts of crime so much as acts of terror. They are escalating. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have a plan to help Mexico in this war.
Look again at the article. It has no author. Why? Because the reporter is in danger of losing his life. He must be kept anonymous. But this local reporter is willing to report and keep reporting. It is not something national reporters have yet started doing. I wonder if they are scared or just do not get how bad it is and will become.
The only other very obvious explanation is that this war does not fit into some sort of media narrative to make it newsworthy. It’s Mexicans killing Mexicans and the occasional Texan. Surely that’s not why the media is ignoring it. Do they not care about Mexicans and Texans?
Obligatory nut-picking, for those who refuse to give RedState pageclicks. These are the top two comments:
perhaps it is time to bring our troops home
Then have them all lined up on the southern border and head south taking over every ting as we go establish Military districts and take control of the nations all the way to the tip of south america it would not only stop the drug problems and establish democratic governments all the way down but open up a whole new world of natural resources, help establish better schools and other institutes that most of these countries lack now and it will remove all the dictators along the way and remove the incentives for illegals to come here.
Clear and Present Danger
Tom Clancy wrote a novel about a President writing an Executive Order finding there was a “clear and present danger” to the security of the united States posed by the Drug cartels in COLUMBIA. I would like SOMEBODY in DC to grow a set and set up a series of clandestine NSA listening posts, and Special Forces outposts along the border, and when the NSA is able to identify a center of activity, that night a black helicopter would make a crossing of the border below radar and then next morning there would be an apparent new battle between the cartels, and cause the fighting between the bad actors to escalate. If somehow it leaked, it would be demonstrable that their was PLENTY of precedent, the Mexican American War, Blackjack Pershing going into Mexico after Pancho Villa (who did much less than what the Cartels have done). The amount of attrition the professional troops could inflict upon the criminal element (in a foreign country, I’m NOT suggesting violating Posse Committatus, or using them WITHIN the US) SHOULD be sufficient to allow the Mexican authorities to regain control of their own country.
It seems to me that Mr. Erickson has been discouraged in further pursuit of legal remedy against those snotty little Iranian gas station attendants who (he is convinced) are deliberately overcharging him (and don’t get him started about the whole ‘self-service’ insult, these people used to be grateful for Erickson’s business!) So he’s decided to turn his attention to hectoring the Home Owners Association to enforce the rules where the landscapers are supposed to leave their crummy pickups and garishly-painted commercial vans outside the gates, dammit. STANDARDS, people!
Oh, great. So we’re going to start blowing up Mexican weddings now.
Black helicopters: they’re OK fer Messkins!
Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again)
That’s all very interesting…
Wait…WHAT? After all that time, energy amd money you assholes spent on installing those dictators and teaching them to suppress and torture through the School of the Americas, you wanna….?
No, no…Must be one of Doug’s sock puppets.
Have wingnuts always believed that Tom Clancy novels are educational resources?
Oi. Fail hurts sometimes.
re Clear and Present Danger – That is a typical misreading of the book by a Republican. After issuing that proclamation, the president covertly sends troops into another country to prosecute the drug war which leads to a horrible mess that our hero, Jack Ryan, is left to clean up (and the President is forced not to seek re-election to avoid the truth from coming out) Clancy points out why this course of action is a terrible idea and the wingnuts read it and say “awesome. let’s do it”
Villago Delenda Est
I see. The war on the southern border gets no coverage because, well, Joe Arpaio is so busy looking into the actual circumstances regarding the birth of the Usurper that he has NO TIME AT ALL to pay attention to major military activity immediately to the south of his jurisdiction.
Also, too, the liberal media, in its relentless support of the Alinisky legions of the Usurper, is ignoring all these dozens of deaths of border agents and hapless civilians all along the war torn border with the Aztlan Empire, where blood flows like Geritol at a teatard rally.
Well, sure. Why are we blowing up brown people on the other side of the world when there’s such a target-rich environment right here in our own hemisphere?
But seriously … these people are psychopaths. Every last one of them.
Wait… The president was the bad guy… He yelled at Harrison Ford.
If Ewick’s seventh-grade English teacher was anything like mine, she’s either spinning in her casket or gnashing her dentures in impotent rage.
@Yutsano: Nasty little hipster students at a liberal college in NYC are capable of anything, my innocent friend! How else are they gonna support their addiction to birth control pills?
You know, while we’re at it, we might as well take Canada for a complete set and the five extra armies north America comes with.
Villago Delenda Est
Darth Vader yelled at Harrison Ford, too.
There’s a pattern here…
So, speaking purely hypothetically, if we legalized marijuana tomorrow, how many months would it be before the Mexican cartels went bankrupt?
@Suffern ACE: Dubya sucked at Risk. Just sayin’.
@Anne Laurie: Spelling matters. In this case, spelling died a little inside.
@MattR: Yeah, Clancy is totally old right. Hates social programs, but he actually does revere the Constitution and the rule of law. Jack Ryan prevents I don’t know how many wars over the course of that series, because that’s what heroes do. They don’t start a war on a hunch and then pretend it’s going just fine for half a decade.
@Suffern ACE: Just as long as we don’t try to launch from Sarah Palin’s house into Kamchatka. You never want to get involved in a land war in Asia. Venezuela is a much better option, especially to the right wing.
OT: “That’s ‘Congressman The Plumber’ to you.”
@citizen Allen – oh, they’ll shuffle on slowly for a couple of years dealing, cocaine, meth, and pills, but it won’t be the same.
@Villago Delenda Est:
I realize I’m being pedantic here, but about the only time they even spoke to each other, Vader actually cordially invited Han to sit and down and enjoy a meal.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@Dr. Loveless: Kaptur will crush him like a bug.
Unfortunately the chinese or Arabs or possibly both control the panama canal. Or so I’ve heard since we handed over the canal 30 years ago. I don’t know how we take that country without pissing off a while bunch of people.
or maybe we should consider legalizing and regulating drugs instead of waging an ineffectual war for the last four decades. Despite the cash thrown at this issue, does anyone believe that folks that choose to light up or shoot up can’t? We have functional addicts all over the place but we simply choose to not recognize the fact that they walk amongst us (along with the sluts and teh ghey). Hell, make it regulated, tax the living crap out of it (like we do with booze and tobacco). Do the same thing with sex. It would likely help put a big kabosh on STD’s and sex related crimes. I’m tired of the preachers and the pastors attempting to set our moral compasses while building megachurches that are more devoted to Mammon than Christ or diddling little boys in the name of the holy spirit.
Maybe I am completely lacking a moral compass here or perhaps I am standing on an ethical precipice but I am damned tired of seeing the pious hypocrites attempting to legislate morality and I would welcome a different approach.
Okay, donning flame resistant gear now…..
Then Donna Brazile squeezed a little rubber bulb and her carnation squirted him in the eye.
South America has already taken care of ridding itself of the dictators we installed by themselves. This was one of the biggest developments on the planet in the late 1990s and early 2000s — South America arguably becoming politically and economically independent for the first time since pre-Columbian times.
However, since they have overwhelmingly elected liberal to left governments since then, then obviously this means they’re all dictators.
Also, it’s entirely Mexico’s fault that we provide a gigantic consumer market for billions and billions of dollars worth of a product against which no amount of US military aid has proven effective.
@El Cid: They (conservatives) really love their supply side approaches.
There are a few dictators they could get rid off heading south: Rick Perry, Jan Brewer, Joe Arpaio… Once they are past those, targets are going to be a bit thin on the ground though.
Kos is reporting that Randall Terry, running as a Democrat opposing Obama, did well enough in Oklahoma to get one delegate. Wait until the convention. That guy is going to make the Maytag repairman look like Jeremy Lin at Madison Square Garden.
@piratedan: I don’t think many folks here are opposed to the idea of legalizing drugs and prostitution. I’m all for it. I think it is long overdue and would be a great improvement over the status quo. I do think people here get put off when someone decides that we all shouldn’t vote for Obama because he isn’t championing this idea and by extension we should all rally behind Ron Paul.
Ideally, I strongly support and hope for the eventual legalization of drugs and prostitution, and someday it just may happen. Practically I don’t expect or demand it from this president at this time.
I felt dirty listening to Gingrich’s speech — “It would be delicious to debate Obama”?
A vote for Rick Perry and a new war in Mexico. And the hits just keep on coming….Erick is on a roll. The scary part is that his fantasies sound positively sane by comparison with those of the Red State commentators.
Apparently Earwig Earwigson has moved from amateur to professional whiner status….
Oh, and it’s “little person”, you fucking piece of shit….
If we take over every ting it will escalate to taking off every zig. That’s how quagmires happen.
@Suffern ACE: Perhaps you’ve heard of *nuclear* RISK…
His point about the terrible toll the drug war in Mexico has caused is corret. As for the cherry picked comments, wacko’s are the norm at red state. As one person pointed out, we are the driving force for all the drug issues in SA and we should stop turning our country into a war zone with a police force that is waging war on us. Worse, we are losing all of our rights and creating a jail/criminal system that would make Stalin proud. Decriminalize is the only way if we want to regain our rights and end the war against us.
I’m betting next month’s booze budget that the quoted Clancy fluffer is one of those middle aged white guys guys screaming about the evils of tyrannical government because of some lightbulb regulations the US once passed.
Oh poor baby….. This is the party you and people like you have wrought Erik, so you have no one to blame but yourself.
@Suffern ACE: Too hard to hold. America should decamp from the continent immediately and set up a new, glorious Empire in Australia, with Siam the seat of our UNLIMITED POWER.
Much easier to hold, and you can make easy forays into the bounty that is Africa.
Not really. His later books have Ryan, before leaving office, setting up a private intelligence organization with its own 00-section in order to kill people who need to be killed. It’s necessary because Fucking Liberals in Congress are always stabbing our Brave Men And Women in the back, we’re told.
His earlier books are pretty good, but you can see the slide into wingnutopia as you read on.
Frankly, I wish less people voted.
As SiubhanDuinne @9 notes, argh. Did we go through the whole 70s debacle of “less calories” in diet food ads and people writing letters until they finally corrected it for nothing? Clearly so.
But also – this is the democracy the wingnuts will kill to install in other countries?
And also also – this is what I tell Republicans: low turnout favors Republicans, so if you want a Republican to win, stay home on election day.
I’m a usage troll. “I wish less people voted.” Should be ‘fewer people’.
Thank you very much.
Personally I liked this comment at RedState:
I love how the writer is completely confused about the difference between a “right” to freedom of the press and a “sacred duty”. What is a “sacred duty” to freedom anyway?
My god, Erickson is a bad writer. Just read this:
“His death happened this past week” right after the sentence about him being gunned down? Ugh. So clumsy. So repetitive. “His death happened” is just the worst sort of passive voice writing. Why not just write “immediately set about reacquiring power and killing people, before eventually being gunned down himself this past week”?
Ending two consecutive sentences with “in Texas”? Again, just write “Oscar’s brother Omar was killed in Texas [you can’t use “gunned down” twice in three sentences], while at about the same time, his wife was kidnapped from a Walmart in Brownsville.”
If I didn’t think EE was one of the biggest asses on the planet, I might feel sorry for him and his candidate dilemma.
But Rick Perry? Are you kidding me? I guess EE can identify with Perry on an intellectual basis. On the other hand, if all he wanted was a stupid candidate, surely the GOP has better stupid candidates than Perry.
Mike in NC
That turned out so well, didn’t it?
I believe the best term to describe Erickson’s thought process and subsequent writing style is “stream of unconsciousness.” Not only does he not apparently possess a human editor he doesn’t possess an internal editor, either.
While most of us edit the garbage that comes bubbling up from our Id (because that’s what enlightened humans do) Erickson blindly spews his out at full pressure, lacing it with self-pity and resentment. Unfortunately for the rest of us that has been the key to his success. In another age he would have been hanging up on callers on the low end of the AM radio dial while perpetually covered in Cheetoh dust, but in this bizarre age of
BreadHot Pockets and CircusesHillbilly Handfishin’ CNN saw that disturbing sideshow act and said “We’ve gotta have it!”