Tuesday, November 10, 2015

When We Do It, It’s Good

When Tim Wolfe resigned as the president of the University of Missouri system over racial tensions, the right-wingers went into their expected rage over political correctness and mob rule.  When, they ask, has a leader ever been forced out of office because the people he is in charge of don’t like the way he’s leading them?  It’s anti-American and tantamount to terrorism.

Oh, really?  Steve M says “Let’s ask John Boehner.”

What did these students do to Tim Wolfe? They did exactly what the conservative movement did to Boehner: they applied pressure until he realized that his position was untenable and his only hope of heading off a possibly unquenchable rebellion was to resign. The defenestration of Boehner was, as I recall, hailed by conservatives as a great moment for American liberty, even though he’d been duly elected by both the voters of his district and the very House Republicans who went on to toss him out the window. But the forced resignation of Wolfe is fascism in a way that the campaign against Boehner wasn’t because, well, it just is.

This is just the latest example of right-wing outrage over someone else doing something they racked up goodie points for.  When Cliven Bundy, the freeloading rancher in Nevada refused to pay grazing fees to the Bureau of Land Management, he was hailed as a hero by Fox News for standing up for freedom; when Eric Garner sold cigarettes in New York without paying taxes, he was labeled as a thug by the right-wing media for defying the just laws of this nation and he got what was coming to him.

The two situations, however, are not at all alike: Cliven Bundy is white and armed; Eric Garner was black and unarmed.