Yeah, let’s talk about the tone of political discourse

When the annual “Best of/Worst of” lists are compiled at the end of next month, one of the categories will almost certainly be “Worst Deranged Right-wing Political Rhetoric of 2009”.  From Death Panels to FEMA camps to assassinated Ob-Gyns described as “mass murderers“, there’s a pretty vast field to choose from, but perhaps some of the most execrable are the rape metaphors recently favoured by conservative media commentators.

Rush Limbaugh set the tone with his famous on-air “bend over and grab our ankles” declaration following Obama’s inauguration, but since then the rape metaphors have spiraled from hyperbole into derangement territory.  What’s up with right-wingnuts and their obsession with rape?

8 Responses to “Yeah, let’s talk about the tone of political discourse”


  1. 1 Jasper Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Political discourse? Are you kidding, the crude liberals have us beat by a long shot.

  2. 2 JJ Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Jasper – You don’t find it a little odd how obsessed these guys are with RAPE? Nobody in the “liberal media” ever accused Bush of rape, even metaphorically.

    Progressives say SHITPISSDAMNFUCK a lot, but they don’t have this weird obsession with genitally-oriented acts of violence that conservatives seem to have.

    Ew. That’s so fucked up.

  3. 3 Shade Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    All I have to say is damn, why the bloody hell are conservatives so obssessed by rape?

    Oh wait they’re obssessed with anything that involves sex, I forgot.

  4. 4 Cornelius T.Zen Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    The conservative “leadership”, including Forrest Beck and Limbaugh The Hutt, all have one thing in common: uninhibited malice.
    In other submissions, I have outlined how long it took the Excited States O’Murrica to free the slaves, grant the vote to women, end state-sanctioned segregation and legalize abortion.
    The Mullahs of Malice want it all to go back to where niggers, bitches, fags and dykes and, generally, everybody who is not white, male, straight, Christian and propertied, knows their place and keeps it.
    That sense of entitlement is a long-term holdover from the arrogance of the old British Empire, and how its proponents handled the uppity Irish, the blacks of Africa and the wogs of Asia.
    Rape, in both literal and metaphorical form, is not about sex. It’s about control, dominance, ownership, entitlement, arrogance, and, ultimately, fear. The rapist must make the object of his action fear him, because, in truth, the rapist fears anyone who is outside of his domination.
    The rapist’s darkest nightmare is being raped. The subjugation of women, blacks, latinos, gays and non-Christians amounts to rape, and, as well they know, payback is a bitch.
    Essentially, the attitude is “Rape them before they rape you.”
    On the other hand, Forrest Beck and Limbaugh the Hutt should have nothing to fear. Neither one of them CAN bend over. Too much time put in at the Krispey Kreme, I suppose.
    Paging Lorena Bobbitt – CTZen

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Shade – It’s weird enough when you hear them individually, but splice a few clips together and wow, that’s brutal.

    Again, it’s because they’re speaking to a specific audience — one that is sexually pretty fucked up, to say the least. This rhetoric appeals to them.

    Ew.

  6. 6 JJ Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    CTZen

    Rape, in both literal and metaphorical form, is not about sex. It’s about control, dominance, ownership, entitlement, arrogance, and, ultimately, fear.

    It’s just another form of violence that happens to involve the genitals. The rape dynamic, of one forcefully subjugating another, can happen anywhere to varying degrees: in the office, on the shop floor, in the kitchen. But as I said above, these guys know their audience, and rape metaphors play to their audience’s fucked up sexuality.

    Also I hate to say this, but I think there’s a more evil side to it. Another of the darkest fears of racist conservatives is the very deep-seated fear of the Black Man. Clinton got accused of rape, but never with the same irrational panic and fervency that characterizes these rape metaphors against Obama. Rush et al are pandering to the lowest of the lowest common denominator.

  7. 7 Dr. Prole Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    30 Republican senators voted against Al Franken’s amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have withheld contracts from companies that restrict their employees from taking cases of rape, battery, or discrimination to court. 30 pro-rape Republicans. They love it. Fucking sickos.

  8. 8 Bleatmop Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Dr. Prole – Their privilege only allows them to love rape when it is old white men doing it to anyone else. The moment they perceive that they don’t get to have their way with everyone and everyone then they feel they are getting raped. What a horrifying world we live in where we can have some people say that rape is a private issue between an employer and the victim and not a criminal offense.


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