Friday, July 31, 2009

72 Year Old Grandma Gets Tased.

As Obama has a beer with a cop for daring to suggest that he acted "stupidly", we get to witness this policeman tasering a 72 year old woman arrested for a traffic violation.

The woman is clearly scared when she states, "I'm getting back in my car." For that she is electrocuted. But don't for God's sake say he overreacted or Obama will have to invite him for a drink.


Why is it that right wingers, the very people who demand that they need guns to protect themselves from the government, are always the very first people to defend the police when they behave in this way?

You may be as pure as the driven snow itself, but you have no idea what horrible crime that police officer might suspect you of committing. You may be tooling along on a Sunday drive in your 1932 Hupmobile when, quite unknown to you, someone else in a 1932 Hupmobile knocks off the nearby Piggly Wiggly. A passing police officer sees you and, asking himself how many 1932 Hupmobiles can there be around here, pulls you over. At that moment I can assure you the officer is not all that concerned with trying not to offend you. He is instead concerned with protecting his mortal hide from having holes placed in it where God did not intend. And you, if in asserting your constitutional right to be free from unlawful search and seizure fail to do as the officer asks, run the risk of having such holes placed in your own.
Breathtaking. And yet this is the freedom they want exported everywhere. They are all little authoritarians at heart.
The authoritarian personality does not want to give orders, their personality type wants to take orders. People with this type of personality seek conformity, security, stability. They become anxious and insecure when events or circumstances upset their previously existing world view. They are very intolerant of any divergence from what they consider to be the normal (which is usually conceptualized in terms of their religion, race, history, nationality, culture, language, etc.) They tend to be very superstitious and lend credence to folktales or interpretations of history that fit their preexisting definitions of reality (thus the Founding Fathers of the US are conceptualized of as supporters of white nationalism.) They think in extremely stereotyped ways about minorities, women, homosexuals, etc. They are thus very dualistic- the world is conceived in terms of absolute right (their way) Vs. absolute wrong (the "other" whether African American, liberal, intellectual, feminist, etc.)
That actually sums up the Republican mindset perfectly.

No comments: