Ted Rall's new column at Common Dreams -NYC to GOP: Drop Dead
Ah, Ted. Even his titles are controversial.
Before I take this on from the beginning, I need to wade into the middle of this dirt to clear something up right off the bat.
bq. Anti-Republican sentiment is rising to a fever pitch here as the dog days tick down to the dreaded affair. A poll cited by the local ABC affiliate shows 83 percent of New Yorkers don't want their city to host the RNC. And many of them are planning to do something about it.
I had to go searching for this poll because Ted doesn't link to it. There's a reason Ted doesn't link to it. His entire paragraph is dishonest. By throwing the words anti-Republican and fever pitch in there, Rall wants you to believe that 83% of New Yorkers are foaming at the mouth because the damn dirty Republicans are coming. Except, for most, politics doesn't even play into it.
From the NY ABC affiliate
, where the poll originally appeared:
bq. A recent survey by a Manhattan public relations firm found 83 percent of those polled do not want the Republican convention in town. When asked why, more than half, 53 percent, were worried about traffic, street closures, and security hassles.
That's right. 53% of 83% of the people polled were worried about being inconvenienced. You do the math. It doesn't quite add up to the anti-Republican fever that Rall thinks the entire city has come down with. It's not about Bush or Cheney or the war in Iraq. It's about parking
Let's go back to the beginning now.
bq. The Republican delegates here to coronate George W. Bush are unwelcome members of a hostile invading army. Like the hapless saps whose blood they sent to be spilled into Middle Eastern sands, they will be given intentionally incorrect directions to nonexistent places. Objects will be thrown in their direction. Children will call them obscene names. They will not be greeted as liberators.
From this we infer that Ted believes are soldiers are hapless saps. But we knew that already
. What Ted does in the above paragraph is standard Ted Rall Operating Procedure. I've called Ted a four-trick pony before and he manages to squeeze all of his tricks
into that one sentence.
So Rall is admitting that some sort of violence (objects thrown at people) will be taking place. And he admits that the Do it For the Children® crowd will be using
their children to serve their own purposes (trying to find the link for that particular protest action). As for the liberators thing, well, that's just Ted trying to work in a clever turn of phrase. I think he's used that "not greeted as liberators" thing so often it just automatically spills out of his pen now.
bq. ...White House strategist Karl Rove sees the continued exploitation of 9/11 for partisan political gain as Bush's key to victory in November. That means bringing the big bash three miles north of the hole where the Twin Towers used to stand, where most of the victims of 9/11 were burned, suffocated, impaled and pulverized.
New York has tried to get the convention to grace its streets before, to no avail. When the RNC chose New York City, it was a time when city officials were begging for people to help New York's shattered economy. They saw hosting the convention as a way to bring much needed monetary relief to the city, and the RNC rightfully saw holding their gala in New York as a way of saying "New York is alive and well and safe."
It's interesting that so many liberals claim the GOP is running a race based on fear and that the White House constantly bombards us with fear-mongering announcements designed to make us cower under our beds. Yet the GOP steps up and comes to New York City, bringing the president and his crew to one of the most targeted places on the terrorist map. With that, I see an administration telling us they are not afraid. Somehow, to these liberal-soaked minds, giving back to the city that lost so much is a form of exploitation. Go figure.
bq. Making hay of the dead is also the point of this confab's timing. The 2004 Necropublican National Convention is being held a full month later than normal, from August 30 to September 2. The original plan was to have Bush shuttle between Madison Square Garden and Ground Zero for photo ops to coincide with the third anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Bush's visits to the Trade Center site were quietly canceled a few months back after 9/11 survivors expressed revulsion at the idea. But it was too late to change the date.
Heh, Necropublican. Ted made a funny.
Well, if the White House did have those plans and deferred to the wishes of the 9/11 survivors, you would think Ted and friends would say "thank you for understanding, Mr. President" and move on. But no, Rall prefers to rant about his disgust for something that's not even going to take place. Also, this isn't the first time
they are holding their convention in late August.
And you know, making hay of the dead
is a strange phrase for Ted to use. Considering all the "hay" Ted has made of Pat Tillman
bq. Rejecting ex-mayor Ed Koch's call to "make nice" with the party that used the deaths of 2,801 New Yorkers--most of them Democrats--for everything from tax cuts for the rich to building concentration camps at Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib to invading Iraq to enrich Dick Cheney and his fellow Haliburton execs, some groups are encouraging liberal-minded New Yorkers to volunteer for the city's squad of official greeters.
Firs of all, not all of the 2,801 people who died in the World Trade Center were New Yorkers. Second, has there every been a study done to determine the political affiliation of each and every victim of 9/11? How does Ted know that most of them were Democrats? Or is that based on his fallacy that every one of the 2,081 dead were New Yorkers?
And yea, Abu Ghraib. Can't get through one of these arguments with mentioning that "concentration camp."
bq. Creatively altered maps of streets and subways will be handed out to button-clad stupid white men. Other saboteurs wearing fake RNC T-shirts will direct them to parts of town where Bush's policies have hit hardest. Rumor has it that prostitutes suffering from sexually transmitted diseases will discourage the use of condoms with Republican customers.
So, the 53% of the 83% of New Yorkers who don't want the convention here are worried about disruptions and what do the protesters aim to do? Cause further chaos
and disruptions. As for the part about the hookers, isn't purposefully giving someone a disease considered a criminal act?
bq. Adding to the already combustible Chicago '68 vibe is a possible wildcat strike by city cops and firefighters. And now, as if everyone concerned wasn't already tweaky, FBI agents are traveling around the United States, to harass members of leftist groups planning to protest the New York RNC.
What Ted fails to mention, and I'm sure he does this for a reason, is that the cops and firefighters are not protesting the Republicans. They are protesting Mayor Bloomberg's misguided reluctance to give them a worthy pay raise. I've talked to several NYC firemen in the past few days, all of them Republican and all of them voting for Bush. They all say their potential protest is one to give publicity to the fact that their mayor won't pay them what they are worth. Basically, they are exploiting the publicity given to the convention to air their concerns. And if the FBI is honing in on protesters, it's because of people like Rall who are shouting to the world that the protest tactics will include actions like throwing things
bq. Strikebreaking policemen and private security personnel may be able to keep the protesters away from the convention hall. But Republicans who venture outside the Garden deserve the abuse ordinary New Yorkers will likely inflict upon them.
A couple of things here: protesters are coming from all over the country. It's safe to say that a good portion of those standing outside the garden
won't be "ordinary" New Yorkers. And can you imagine if some right-wing group said that Democrats "deserve" abuse inflicted upon them? The Hitler references would pile up like a Broadway traffic jam. Also, how will the protesters be able to tell the Republicans from the reporters? Is everyone who walks out of MSG fair game for object throwing?
bq. Even viler than Bush's urban neglect is his failure to avenge the World Trade Center victims as he pledged to do on 9/14, dusty firefighter helpfully posing under his arm on The Pile. After 9/11, Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden were in Pakistan....blahblahblahblahThe War in Afghanistan was a lie blahblahblah.
Here, Ted is still harping on his raison d'etre
, that the war in Afghanistan was unjust. Ted doesn't believe that the Taliban was ever in that country. It's all about the oiiiiiiiiilll.
See, Ted went to Afghanistan and he spoke to a few people who told him it was about the oil. His entire rant against the Bush administration is based on what a few Afghanistan locals told him.
Rall believes the war on terrorism is a loss. Rall suffers from an infliction that plagues most lefties: willful blindness. They don't see all the terror-related arrests. They don't see all the thwarted attacks. They don't see that New York, DC, Chicago and all our other major cities are still standing. They don't see that, almost three years later, we have not suffered another terrorists attack on our nation. But, bin Laden hasn't been brought forth in cuffs, so the war on terror is a wash. Never mind that OBL is probably nothing more than bones and dust at this point.
Just as here Rall doesn't see that the convention being held in New York is sort of an in your face
NYC to GOP: Drop Dead
. That's a nice sentiment from Ted. Do you think he means that? Do you think that Ted is speaking for all New Yorkers or is he once again engaging in a bit of projection, assuming that because he
wants the GOP to drop dead, everyone does? We are
talking about a guy who believes that nearly everyone who died in the World Trade Center was a New York Democrat. Ted's bout with delusions is getting the best of him, I suppose.
Gotta love the closing line:
bq. Republicans are neofascists now, and that's why New Yorkers good and true will be yelling at them to go back home.
I knew it! I knew he couldn't get through a whole article without saying the F word. Everyone take a drink! Anyhow, the only reason most New Yorkers will be yelling at the GOP to go back home is because New Yorkers do not like to be inconvenienced. It's unlikely that the guy stuck in a mile long traffic jam by the Garden is going to be shouting out slogans about Abu Ghraib. No, it's more likely he'll be cursing the cabs and buses blocking his way. But, wait for it. Rall and his protesting buddies will claim that the driver's underlying anger is a manifestation of his angst over the war in Iraq and that the yellow cab represents the cowardice of our president. So when he's yelling at the cab, that traffic-blocked driver is really protesting the Republicans.
53% of 83% of New Yorkers polled, Ted. Figure it out. Then write another column based on facts.
[previous Ted Rall bitchslaps here