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THE SENSUALITY OF HATRED

In Bureaucracy, Law, Politics on July 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

And the most glorious exploits do not always furnish us with the clearest discoveries of virtue or vice in men.  Sometimes a matter of less moment, an expression or a jest, informs us better of their characters and inclinations, than the most famous sieges, the greatest armaments, or the bloodiest battles whatsoever.

–Plutarch’s biography of Alexander the Great

For Republicans who wish destruction on President Barack Obama, July 28 was to be their day.

A day to celebrate.  To revel in the sheer ecstasy of their hatred for the country’s first black President.

The day when the United States Supreme Court struck down “The Affordable Healthcare Act”–otherwise known to its enemies as “Obamacare.”

The United States Supreme Court

The previous President, George W. Bush, had lied the nation into a needless and destructive war with Iraq by repeatedly claiming that:

  • Saddam Hussein and Osama bin laden had teamed up to bring on 9/11; and
  • Saddam was (1) trying to get a nuclear weapon, or (2) already had one, and (3) intended to use it against the United States.

And Bush had presided over the 2008 Wall Street “meltdown,” when the greed and stupidity of wealthy businessmen threatened to bankrupt the country.

But for the American Right, these weren’t crimes.  They were simply incidents to be ignored or arrogantly explained away.

Yet when President Obama sought to provide full medical coverage for all Americans, regardless of wealth, that–for the American Right–was a crime beyond forgiveness.

“Obamacare,” at all costs, must be discredited and destroyed.

As President Obama’s best-known achievement, its destruction by the Supreme Court would discredit the reputation of its creator.  And this would arm Republicans with a potent election-time weapon for making Obama a one-term President.

Mitt Romney, the party’s presumptive nominee for President, openly boasted that the Court would overturn the Act.

Speaker of the House John Boehner sent his Republican colleagues a memo warning: “If the Court strikes down all or part of the president’s health care law, there will be no spiking of the ball.”

In short, no public gloating.

And so right-wingers were poised to celebrate on the morning of June 28.

Among these were Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.

Wearing a white dress, she stood in front of the Supreme Court waiting to hear about the healthcare ruling–when the joyful news came:

The Court had ruled the Act was not enforceable under the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution!

Although this was in fact true–and reported on CNN and Fox News–it was far from the whole story.

A cell phone camera-wielding onlooker spotted Schmidt on her own cell phone.

“Yes!  Yes!” Schmidt screamed.  “Oh, what else?  Thank God!  No, they struck down the individual mandate!  They took it away!   Yes!”

Jean Schmidt

Her fascistic joy manifested itself in ear-splitting screeches and air punches.  Her entire body rocked up and down, shuddering with the ecstasy of passion. She resembled, more than anything else, a woman caught up in the frenzy of an orgasm.

In this case, an orgasm of pure, undisguised hatred–

  • for the Affordable Healthcare Act,
  • for the chances for millions of uninsured Americans to finally obtain healthcare coverage, and
  • above all, for the President himself.

It is a lust so demonic, so characteristic of the all-out, lethal hatred that Republicans aim at Obama, that words alone cannot fully describe it.  It must be seen for its full, revolting quality to be felt.

Click here: Rep “Mean Jean” Schmidt Wigs Out Thinking Supreme Court Struck Down Health Care Reform – YouTube

But then had come the bad news:

The Court had ruled that the Act was Constitutional under the power of the Congress to levy taxes.  Thus, the hated individual mandate–requiring the wealthy to buy insurance–was legal after all.

And suddenly the Right saw its orgiastic fantasies disappear.

Later in the day, Schmidt posted a conventional press release: “I’m disappointed by the Supreme Court ruling….”

Some commentators have mocked Schmidt’s moment of orgiastic hatred, comparing it to the famous scene in When Harry Met Sally: Seated in a diner, Meg Ryan’s Sally fakes an orgasm to show Billy Crystal’s Harry how easy it is to fool a man.

But there is a huge difference between Sally and Schmidt.

Sally was clearly faking to drive home a humorous point.  Schmidt’s joy wasn’t faked–it was primal, and fueled by pure hatred.

Schmidt didn’t elect herself to Congress.  Like the rest of her fellow Republicans, she was elected by thousands of men and women who share her poisonous hatreds for anyone outside the fascistic Right.

After World War II, the United States occupied West Germany and rooted out those fascists who had so arrogantly and brutally held power over the lives of millions.  And it set in power a government equally determined to stamp out a return to Nazism.

To this day, it remains one of this country’s proudest achievements.

It remains to be seen if Americans, as a people, have the courage to do the same for themselves.

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