This afternoon I happened to wade into a comment section at "The Federalist," a pit of foaming conservative bovines who spend the day inventing grievances against liberals. Every post, no matter the topic, leads to colorful denunciations of the liberal-minded. Liberals are soft, latently racist, hypocritical, treasonous, quiche-eating, self-possessed, short-sighted, aligned with Stalin and the gulags, in control of the media -- this is The Enemy. I read through a few of the usual fantastic claims concerning liberals, most of them planted there to convince the world to vote Republican, and happened to mention that no ideology in the world is more deadly than conservatism.
A few seconds passed. There was an irate reply. I was a "libdem" with a crush on Castro who needed to compare the numbers killed by conservatism with the Black-on-Black death toll in Chicago. How many innocents have the far-right ever killed? "We'll wait," wrote my race-baiting detractor.
Even dim-witted, misinformed conservatives have heard of the Holocaust, I reminded him. I also threw in the coup in Chile that installed Pinochet, Operation Condor, so bloody that the river flowing through Santiago was dammed by headless bodies; the death squads in Honduras that have sent children fleeing for their lives to the U.S. border ... to be demonized by conservatives as "illegals." I may have also brought up the dropping of napalm in Vietnam, and the CIA importation of heroin from Southeast Asia, a drug that killed an untold number of addicts here at home. I also mentioned the U.S. State Dept.-supported death squads in Colombia, responsible for killing 6,000 peasants recently. (Well, the latter was Hillary's turf, but she is a neo-con Trojan Horse.)
That didn't go down so well. In abusive, bullying, trailer-park English, the next reply suggested that I am a Stalin-loving communist, also a "coward" who voted for Obama (Kenyan tyrant in league with anti-American Jihadists), and that Hitler was a "socialist."
The far-right bleating takes place in an echo chamber -- represented by The Federalist, but spreading from its core at The National Review, WND, Fox, American Thinker and Townhall.com -- where surly bovine thoughts, bred by sinister opinion-shapers, attack the liberal invader like antibodies in the national bloodstream.
And like the specially bred herd of Nazi-engineered cows reported by the mass media this past week, the internet's programmed cows are an aggressive breed. They bite. They moo irrationally with rage. They aim to trample and gore.
A farmer in the UK said that he was forced to make sausage out of his Nazi cows, according to The Independent:
Farmer Gow, who is the only British farmer to own the breed, has been forced to kill seven of his herd because the cows were so aggressive they repeatedly tried to kill his staff.
“We have had to cut our herd down to six because some of them were incredibly aggressive and we just couldn’t handle them,” said Farmer Gow, who said the meat made “very tasty” sausages that tasted a bit like venison.
Cows altered by fascists. So are the angry commentators who cheer on the liberal-bashing perception managers at The Federalist. The comparison is so appropriate that I think it must be obvious even to them.