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The Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | 9-13-09 | Chris Kelly

Posted on 09/13/2009 3:47:47 PM PDT by Namyak

I spent an hour in an alternate reality on Thursday.

In this grim place of long shadows and short tempers, paranoia is the coin of the realm.

Fear trumps fact.

Anger is virtue.

Grievance is universal. Rage is a commodity. Dissent is throatily endorsed, so long as it conforms to majority opinion.

The Mob rules here, fella.

In this alternate reality, history is malleable. If the record doesn't match the Mob's memory or support its agenda, it must be hammered into shape. Nothing is what it seems, anyway, except of course those things that really are what they seem.

In either case, expect the worst. The End has never been more nigh. Everyone really is out to get you, especially the president, a closet communist who would rather install czars than overthrow them. He is Not Like You. His God is Not Your God. He is an evil genius bent on stamping out freedom, brainwashing your kids, killing off the elderly and unborn and giving your hard-earned money to lazy, godless leeches who are Not Like You.

The Evil Genius is also a pseudo-intellectual who couldn't order a veggie burger without aid of a Teleprompter, a puppet of powerful international interests who will stop at nothing to establish a New World Order that would make Orwell's darkest nightmare seem like a bright, blue dream.

The Mainstream Media can't be trusted, either, except for a single network that tirelessly promotes Right Thinking. The Internet is also reliable, but only those Web sites the Mob has judged ideologically pure. If you really want to know what's really going on, the relentless echo chamber of talk radio is your safest bet.

One lump or two?

Welcome to the Tea Party. Pick up a sign and start shouting.

The Tea Party Express rolled into Scranton for a rally on Courthouse Square on the morning after the president's national address on health care, drawing about 500 Americans who fervently believe the nation is being destroyed from within by an illegitimate president, a corrupt Congress and millions of "sheeple" who either can't see the threat or are in on the conspiracy.

The tour, sponsored by a host of conservative groups including lobbyists for the health care and oil industries, was scheduled to end Saturday with a rally in Washington, D.C. The Scranton rally drew supporters from all over the northeast.

"He wants to be (Hugo) Chavez," Margaret Petrakis told me when I asked why she holds such distrust for President Obama. Like the Venezuelan dictator, the Republican from Tobyhanna said Mr. Obama is moving to abolish the Constitution and take control of the airwaves and the Internet to stamp out all dissent.

Jackie Leonard, 40, and also from Tobyhanna agreed, adding that once Mr. Obama has control of communications, he will nationalize major industries and the banking system and redistribute the wealth of working Americans to those who are "too lazy" to support themselves.

Both women expressed disgust with the two major political parties and said it is time for a clean sweep of the White House and Congress. The ladies said they vehemently oppose government-run health care and are also against programs like welfare, Medicare and Social Security. Self-sufficiency is the cure, they said. Charity should be an individual choice, not a government mandate.

I noticed Ms. Leonard was wearing a crucifix and noted that among the most basic tenets of Christianity is caring for the sick and the poor.

"The Bible also says 'If you don't work, you shouldn't eat,' " she countered. She was apparently referring to a verse from Thessalonians that's been getting a lot of play on right-wing Web sites of late. Citing the Bible is a tricky business. It also says you can stone your children to death for showing you disrespect, but I don't know anyone who thinks it's a good idea.

Like most of my conversations with people at the rally, my chat with the ladies from Tobyhanna was cordial and revealing. We even agreed on a few things, like Congress being "our most toxic asset" and that the middle class is being nickel-and-dimed to death. These were not the raving lunatics who have received so much media attention, but seemingly reasonable people who happen to believe some wholly unreasonable things.

That is no accident, said Bill Walsh, 78, a retired ironworker from Scranton. The registered Democrat and Korean War veteran whose curiosity drew him to the rally dismissed it as nothing more than a vehicle for spreading right-wing propaganda.

"A lot of this is just lies," he said, wondering aloud where the tea party movement was when the Bush administration was fighting a pair of wars off the books and engaging in warrantless wiretapping and torture.

"You don't hear about any of that here," he said. "They started a war on lies, and Obama was against it, and now we have to pay for it. Why don't they talk about any of that? They knock Obama for (the federal stimulus package), but do you have any idea how many people would be unemployed if he didn't put that money into the economy?"

While much of the rally was focused on killing Mr. Obama's plans for health care reform, Mr. Walsh said the true goal of the tea party movement is killing his presidency.

"They know if he doesn't pass it, he'll be in big trouble, and they're doing everything in their power to bring him down," he said. "They'll say anything, and now they've got all these people all scared and screwed up, and a lot of it is lies. It's just not right. If you want to disagree, fine, but don't come out here and lie."

What Mr. Walsh decried as lies have become articles of faith for devoted tea partiers. Some told me they watched the president's speech to Congress on Wednesday, but didn't buy a word of it. Mr. Obama's visage, smeared with the white facepaint of the Joker from "The Dark Knight," has become the face of evil.

Just about everyone I talked to at the rally insisted that the only way to save our imperiled democracy is through strict adherence to the Constitution. Not today's Constitution, with the 27 amendments that establish such subversive items like extending voting rights to women and minorities, but the original document ratified by the founding fathers.

And which of those great patriots actually penned the Constitution?

Not one of the people I asked knew. The most common answer was "Thomas Jefferson." Nope. He wrote the Declaration of Independence. James Madison, who later served as our fourth president, was the primary author of the Constitution.

I don't point this out to ridicule the tea partiers. Most Americans have never read the Constitution, which should shame us all. If you're trying to launch a second American Revolution, however, you might want to know a thing or two about the roots of the first.

It is easy to understand why the imagery of the Revolution is so alluring to the tea partiers. Many of these people truly love their country - or their vision of it - and believe it is being taken from them. They see themselves as the majority, but the results of the past few elections say otherwise. How to explain that, except that there must be an invisible hand pulling the strings of history against them?

Such paranoia in politics is nothing new, and certainly not limited to the Far Right. Many on the Far Left take it as gospel that 9/11 was an inside job, that President Bush knew Saddam didn't have WMD and that Vice President Cheney was really running the country. That last one is likely true, but you get my point, which is that the alternate reality I visited Thursday isn't the only one out there.

I walked away from the rally thinking about the answer many gave when I asked why they so distrust Mr. Obama. They pointed to the presidential campaign, when he reportedly told audiences they should judge him by the people he surrounds himself with.

Funny. When I was chatting with the tea partiers, I was thinking the same thing.

CHRIS KELLY, the Times-Tribune columnist, keeps a copy of the Constitution on his desk. E-mail: kellysworld@timesshamrock.com


TOPICS: US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: scranton; teaparty; teapartyexpress
I can't comment on this smarmy trash right now: too livid. I just wanted to share, and perhaps I'll type a full response when I have more time and my blood pressure has come down.
1 posted on 09/13/2009 3:47:47 PM PDT by Namyak
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To: Namyak

>>In this grim place of long shadows and short tempers, paranoia is the coin of the realm.

Fear trumps fact.

Anger is virtue.

Grievance is universal. Rage is a commodity. Dissent is throatily endorsed, so long as it conforms to majority opinion.

The Mob rules here, fella. <<

At a Code Pinko protest, I see.


2 posted on 09/13/2009 3:52:34 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Namyak

“That is no accident, said Bill Walsh, 78, a retired ironworker from Scranton. The registered Democrat and Korean War veteran whose curiosity drew him to the rally dismissed it as nothing more than a vehicle for spreading right-wing propaganda”.

...poor old, misguided, misinformed, Oprah watching, thumb sucking, government dependant POS!


3 posted on 09/13/2009 3:53:51 PM PDT by albie
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To: Namyak

Somebody call the WAAAAHHHHHHMBULANCE!


4 posted on 09/13/2009 3:54:35 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Namyak

How many people is Kelly willing to feed when his Messiah shuts down the PA coal mines with his Cap and Tax scheme? Ignorance has consequences.


5 posted on 09/13/2009 3:55:09 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Namyak
I noticed Ms. Leonard was wearing a crucifix and noted that among the most basic tenets of Christianity is caring for the sick and the poor.

I noticed they had to get their little anti-Christian riff in. The most basic tenet of Christianity is caring for the sick and poor. BUT on an individual level, not forced redistribution of wealth by the government. Then it's no longer charity it's servitude.

6 posted on 09/13/2009 3:58:32 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: Namyak
"He is Not Like You. His God is Not Your God. He is an evil genius bent on stamping out freedom, brainwashing your kids, killing off the elderly and unborn and giving your hard-earned money to lazy, godless leeches who are Not Like You. The Evil Genius is also a pseudo-intellectual who couldn't order a veggie burger without aid of a Teleprompter, a puppet of powerful international interests who will stop at nothing to establish a New World Order that would make Orwell's darkest nightmare seem like a bright, blue dream. The Mainstream Media can't be trusted, either, except for a single network that tirelessly promotes Right Thinking. The Internet is also reliable, but only those Web sites the Mob has judged ideologically pure. If you really want to know what's really going on, the relentless echo chamber of talk radio is your safest bet."

See? They do get it!

7 posted on 09/13/2009 3:59:00 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: Namyak
"In this grim place of long shadows and short tempers, paranoia is the coin of the realm."

Wow, this clown writes for a living? That purple crap would get a college freshman comp paper a D- when I was in school

8 posted on 09/13/2009 4:00:59 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Buck Ofama!!)
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To: Namyak

It’s funny how the 52ers think they have a universal mandate.


9 posted on 09/13/2009 4:01:48 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Namyak
CHRIS KELLY, the Times-Tribune columnist, keeps a copy of the Constitution on his desk. (Makes a great coaster!)

I'm impressed. I keep one in my pocket, and refer to it occasionally. These "columnists" are so formulaic, I didn't need to actually read the damn thing to get the point. Column school must use the same syllabus from coast to coast. The uniformity of style and opinion is stultifying. No wonder newspapers are croaking at the rate that they are.

10 posted on 09/13/2009 4:04:07 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: muir_redwoods
Chris Kelly: "In this grim place of long shadows and short tempers, paranoia is the coin of the realm."

Muir_Redwoods: Wow, this clown writes for a living? That purple crap would get a college freshman comp paper a D- when I was in school

Or a hit record for lyrics by a Heavy Metal band .....

11 posted on 09/13/2009 4:04:56 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: muir_redwoods

You must have been in school a long time ago. Now, any “progressive” screed will warrant an “A”, no matter how poorly written. It’s the thought that counts.


12 posted on 09/13/2009 4:05:06 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: freedumb2003

Those tea party people are out to scare you... If you don’t pass the President’s health care plan, people will die!


13 posted on 09/13/2009 4:08:08 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: Namyak

Tell you what, Chris, you can pay 85% of your wages in taxes if you love Obama’s policies so much....


14 posted on 09/13/2009 4:08:47 PM PDT by freebilly ( No wonder all the left has a boner for Obama.... There's "Cialis" in "SoCIALISt")
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To: Namyak
I wouldn't get too upset over this diatribe. It's actually a decades-old liberal standard: "When reasoned arguments fail, let the name-calling begin."

Actually, from what I've read since Joe Wilson's comment, most of the real journalists seem to have fallen back on the old tired page from the playbook, "Play the Race-Card."

Dowd throws it around in today's NYT.

Maybe Kelly isn't that important and wasn't copied on the DNC memo.

15 posted on 09/13/2009 4:09:46 PM PDT by HoosierHawk (www.firstsundaymusic.com)
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To: Namyak
I noticed Ms. Leonard was wearing a crucifix and noted that among the most basic tenets of Christianity is caring for the sick and the poor.

I am getting tired of this misrepresentation. Of course Chrisitianity is about caring for the sick and poor. But it's not about STEALING IN ORDER TO DO IT.
16 posted on 09/13/2009 4:10:02 PM PDT by hemogoblin (Obama - The Potentate of Parasites)
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To: Namyak

Patriots rock.
Liberals get queasy.

The Baraqqi stampede is bogged down like German tanks in Russian winter at 40 below zero.

Now we begin the counterattack!


17 posted on 09/13/2009 4:14:40 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: muir_redwoods

My thoughts exactly, except I don’t think he would have made it to be a freshman...e.g. His style merits a comparison to: The heavy green fog of the rightwingers flowed over the land like a little cat’s feet...sounds really good, huh?


18 posted on 09/13/2009 4:23:40 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: Namyak

The Scranton Times has always been a far-left Democrat house organ. The Lynetts, four plus generations of them have run the paper for the Democrats for decades.

There used to be an alternative voice when the Scranton Tribune was an independent paper, but now it’s all-Democrat, all the time. You don’t get a job there as a columnist unless you are irrationally hard left like this guy.

He is a good example of why it is useless trying to debate anything with these guys. They are zealots with very few smarts, just big mouths with small brains.


19 posted on 09/13/2009 4:29:30 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: Namyak; All
Judge for yourself- I covered it on our Canadian sister site:

 TWO MILLION PLUS PROTEST BIG GOVERNMENT IN DC

Looks like all kinds of regular Americans to me.

But I think this "contrast and compare" sums it up:

We The People come to Washington (Obama was out of town...or out to lunch.)

I hope there are AFTER shots from this -vs- the million man march, etc...

Here are pictures comparing the aftermath of O's inauguration and yesterday's march.

Trash and other debris scattered across the National Mall after obama inauguration ceremony

Post Inauguration 1-20-2009



9-12 posr rally2

Our side...


20 posted on 09/13/2009 4:29:59 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
the most basic tenets of Christianity is caring for the sick and the poor.

Yes and when the lord ask you if you did these things is saying you voted for someone that would force other to do it be the right answer?...

21 posted on 09/13/2009 4:30:12 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Obama plans to fix America like he fixed his dog)
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To: Namyak
Rule #1 for emerging dictatorial regimes. Criminalize your opposition.
22 posted on 09/13/2009 4:36:29 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

YES Jesus Christ was a SSocialist and K.Marx is his prophet!
RIGHT?


23 posted on 09/13/2009 4:37:34 PM PDT by Ulysse
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To: Namyak
His God is Not Your God.

Is Chris Kelly really is dense.

Does he really think that the Black Liberation Theology "god" is my God (Jesus Christ?).

Really?

I mean, is he that deluded?

I guess he is.

For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. 2 Thessalonians 2:11

24 posted on 09/13/2009 4:44:45 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Namyak

Lol...The Horror!


25 posted on 09/13/2009 4:47:10 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: albie
Look at what this guy writes:

"The Bible also says 'If you don't work, you shouldn't eat,' " she countered. She was apparently referring to a verse from Thessalonians that's been getting a lot of play on right-wing Web sites of late. Citing the Bible is a tricky business. It also says you can stone your children to death for showing you disrespect, but I don't know anyone who thinks it's a good idea.

It is clear this woman laid him out flat with her Bible verse, and his only defense was to attack Christianity and God's word.

So, he spends his whole article attacking Conservatives and Christians for framing the debate as Good versus Evil, and then declares Conservatives and Christians as evil and slams them for daring to defend themselves.

I hope the Scranton Times, or whatever flunky news rag he works for, pays him minimum wage. He isn't even worth that.

26 posted on 09/13/2009 4:49:47 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Namyak
I noticed Ms. Leonard was wearing a crucifix and noted that among the most basic tenets of Christianity is caring for the sick and the poor.

And naturally this simple mouse Chris Kelly equates "caring for the sick and the poor" with government confiscation from hard-working American families and "redistribution" of what's left (after the bureaucrat class takes its healthy cut) by Democrat politicians who use the cash to buy the votes of society's losers, bums, and parasites (ie., the Democrat "base").

Kelly has no idea whether or not these ladies regularly and generously contribute to their churches and favorite charities. And he clearly couldn't care less - - it's all about government with scumbags like Kelly.

27 posted on 09/13/2009 4:57:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Namyak
I found a picture of this guy, Chris Kelly.

All you Freeper women, try and control your sexual urges, please.

kellysworld@timesshamrock.com

loudmouth72@hotmail.com

28 posted on 09/13/2009 4:57:54 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Namyak

So much idiocy in this article.

“Caring for the sick and the poor” is an individual mandate. Compelling another person at gunpoint to “care for the sick and poor” is not what I would call a Christian principle.


29 posted on 09/13/2009 5:02:24 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Namyak

Did this guy use ALL of the Alinsky Rules, or is it just my imagination????


30 posted on 09/13/2009 5:08:17 PM PDT by radioone
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To: Namyak

Times-Tribune's Chris Kelly

31 posted on 09/13/2009 5:11:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SkyPilot

The author made a false claim, or rather a false inference, about the meaning of Christianity. The woman showed that she knew a thing or two by correcting his error, so then he goes on to attack Christianity in general - which only begs the question of why he opened the subject in the first place.


32 posted on 09/13/2009 5:13:42 PM PDT by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: SkyPilot
All you Freeper women, try and control your sexual urges, please.

Help. I've fallen. And can't get up.

33 posted on 09/13/2009 5:15:40 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: muir_redwoods
Wow, this clown writes for a living? That purple crap would get a college freshman comp paper a D- when I was in school

Well, it was either that or, "It was a dark and stormy night...".

34 posted on 09/13/2009 5:23:35 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Lancey Howard

I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason libtards like Mr. Kelly think the government should mandate everything is that they realize that people like Mr. Kelly (and themselves) wouldn’t be charitable (or responsible) if left to do so on their own.


35 posted on 09/13/2009 5:37:06 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Character, Leadership, and Loyalty matter - Be an example, no matter the cost.)
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To: Namyak
The tour, sponsored by a host of conservative groups including lobbyists for the health care and oil industries, was scheduled to end Saturday with a rally in Washington, D.C.

Okay, I've had enough of this claim. They're repeating this mantra often enough that it will soon become fact in the public domain. To anyone who's interested, please join me in researching and refuting this falsehood.

36 posted on 09/13/2009 5:43:56 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Character, Leadership, and Loyalty matter - Be an example, no matter the cost.)
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To: kcvl

What a homo that guy is!


37 posted on 09/13/2009 5:48:28 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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