Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Inevitably, The Grift Appears

So the guy who organized that draw Muhammed scrotum-fest in Phoenix wants $10,000,000 from his admirers, to "protect his family."

It's of a piece, of course. When they're not making it clear how stupid they think their voters are, pretty much all public Republicans of today's variety are thinking of ways to separate the credulous and the fearful from their money. Palin, Huckabee, Carson, all the second-tier pretenders; bakers and florists. This might be the first that fails to enrich; but he's got a meta shot at it, from ginned-up outrage at the shutting down of his first con.

Do you feel stupid yet, teabaggers yet? Used? If not, what will it take?

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Matt hayden said...

It's so obvious....and yet, the people targeted by such grift seem incapable of grasping that they're being had.

This is, really, no different than the behavior of the televangelists begging for money lest something happen to them. And I'd bet that the set of people who will contribute to the grift du jour are the same people contributing to televangelists.

Sad, really. The people who contribute do so out of animus, not out of nobility, and when shown that they've been rooked, they double down rather than learning from their mistakes.

Sid Schwab said...

Well said, Matt. I used to have a quote from Mark Twain on my blog title, saying that it's much easier to fool people than to convince them they've been fooled.

I doubt he imagined how true his words were, as seen in our century and in one political party above all.

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