Actor Steven Weber Proves That ‘Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.’


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It’s easy to dismiss the political ravings of the celebrity left as so much insubstantial hot air, but they occasionally provide a useful exposé of the totalitarian streak just beneath the surface of the “tolerant” left – as in a recent online commentary from actor Steven Weber.

If you are familiar with Weber at all, it’s likely from his Wings sitcom fame in the early 90s. You may be even less familiar with the fact that he is also a frequent political blogger at Huffington Post, the one-stop shop for narcissistic pop culture demagogues like Weber, Russell Simmons, and purported comedian Russell Brand.

Last week Weber, a self-described “wise-ass” (he got that half-right anyway), posted a painfully unfunny political rant there entitled “Comedy Relief.” As near as I can decipher it, the piece asserts that conservatives are a big joke, what with their insistence on sabotaging this country and demonizing the genius President Obama despite all the good he has accomplished.

Weber clearly amuses himself, but when it comes to savagely funny and incisive political commentary, the man is no Mark Steyn. Here’s an example of his wit and insight into current events: “Bin Laden’s been gone, Qaddafi’s ka-dead, and the Arab Spring’s been sprung.” Weber actually cites these as examples of Obama’s “real foreign policy victories.”

He is apparently uninformed that the death of bin Laden has done nothing to diminish al Qaeda’s worldwide vigor; that post-Qaddafi Libya has become a fountain of illicit arms making their way into the hands of terrorists and fueling conflicts elsewhere; and that even the mainstream media have quietly abandoned the rosy misnomer “Arab Spring” in the wake of Islamic barbarians ravaging the Middle East. In fact, Obama’s primary “foreign policy victories” have been to facilitate the spread of sharia and alienate our allies like England and Israel. On second thought, I suppose Weber has a valid point – after all, those are victories from Obama’s point of view.

I will also concede that Weber is right about his vague statement that Obama has the American people “aroused and assembling.” Yes, millions of Americans are aroused and assembling – not in support of Obama, but in opposition to his dismantling of our Constitutional rights, our military, our economy, our borders, our very exceptionalism.

I must disagree, however, with Weber’s accusation that the right is “actively preventing” Obama from fixing the economy. If only that were so, since Obama’s strategy for “fixing” the economy is to turn America into Greece. Unfortunately the Republican leadership is doing very little to hinder Obama from that goal.

Weber’s convoluted rambling continues:

The corporate media is taking the same sought-for outcomes which have wildly eluded the Right and reconstituting them into their kooky contrivances, constructing their alternate realities at odds with what is actually happening in the streets and in the people’s houses that line them.

Since I have no idea what that translates into in English, I’ll simply let it stand as an example of Weber’s inability to construct a point or to argue it convincingly – not that HuffPost readers demand that from their bloggers.

He derides the right for their “painfully obvious abortion fetish.” Yes, how perverse of us to try to stem the tide of millions of unborn being violently and thoughtlessly discarded. The left rush to exploit children when it suits their painfully obvious gun-grab fetish, but turn a blind eye to them when it suits their painfully obvious baby-murder fetish.

Weber sneers also at the right’s “glorification of Ayn Rand,” whose books and philosophy he probably has no time to explore, considering he is busy with scripts for TV shows like Hot in Cleveland and the cartoon The Ultimate Spider-Man.

“Driven to real madness by unadulterated greed they have embraced an ideology, the success of which hinges upon the very ruin of this nation,” Weber belches forth, ignoring the historical fact that the engine of capitalism is precisely the reason for the world-beating prosperity America once enjoyed; it is the big-government progressivism Weber favors that is bringing about “the very ruin of this nation.” But that’s an inconvenient truth, so he simply falls back on the juvenile accusation that “all these greed-saturated corporate brainiacs” depend on “obsolete, dumb ass [sic] bully tactics to make their money.”

He goes on, pointlessly, to attack former Republican presidential candidates like Herman Cain and Rick Santorum (um, the election’s over, Mr. Weber) for something he calls the right’s “Assault On America” and “the relentlessly reflexive kneecapping from the FOX folks.” “It’s sedition as vaudeville,” he quips in an apparent attempt at a punchline (proving that brevity, in Weber’s case, is devoid of wit). Sedition? During the Bush years, Hilary Clinton proclaimed that “dissent is patriotic,” but when the totalitarian left occupies the White House, opposition is treason.

Finally Weber runs out of diarrhetic verbal flourishes and offers his solution to all this resistance from the right:

The scale of Right Wing sociopolitical sabotage necessitates a Nuremberg-scale trial for all the corporate agents and treasonous capitalisto-fascist architects of our democracy’s current and most pressing misery. From the blatant Republican policy doublespeak emanating from think-tank sponsored word doctors to the outright obstruction and lies expectorated by Republican congressional representatives and senators, the very concept of governance can only be considered once the culprits are removed.

You read that right – Weber is equating Republicans with Nazi war criminals and advocating Nuremberg-like show trials, because “governance can only be considered” (whatever that means) once the “capitalisto-fascist” [sic] traitors are “removed.” He doesn’t specify how they should be removed, whether by firing squad or simply re-education camps, but regardless, his recommendation exposes the totalitarian heart of the supposedly tolerant left, who are all about every diversity except diversity of opinion.

The left would be much happier simply eliminating any opposition as casually as they carry out abortions. That way, they can pursue their liberty-crushing utopian vision unfettered by the frustrating, messy compromise of two-party democracy.

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    BDS any project Ms. Weber is involved with.

    • mlcblog

      bds?

      • defcon 4

        Boycott, divest, sanction.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The scale of Right Wing sociopolitical sabotage necessitates a Nuremberg-scale trial for all the corporate agents and treasonous capitalisto-fascist architects of our democracy’s current and most pressing misery."

    I thought being a capitalisto-fascist was already against the law. I guess we need more regulations.

    I said a long time ago that no matter how 0'Bama performs, when the inevitable failure comes they'll blame it on "the right." Maybe for choking rather than winning presidential elections. But for now you've got to blame Mr. 0.

    • truebearing

      The Leftists don't care if they make sense or speak an ounce of truth. They don't care if we point out their stupidity, dishonesty, or hypocrisy. Everything and anything they do falls under their umbrella of evil justification: the end justifies the means. Even writing that would shame a chimp is justifiable with the vacuous Left.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "The Leftists don't care if they make sense or speak an ounce of truth. They don't care if we point out their stupidity, dishonesty, or hypocrisy. Everything and anything they do falls under their umbrella of evil justification: the end justifies the means. Even writing that would shame a chimp is justifiable with the vacuous Left."

        The worst of them think that there is no objective truth and if it's all subjective that their positive thinking beats our "negativity" and on an emotional basis they believe they win every time. They also don't bother learning anything in depth since that's a waste of time given that there is no such thing as objective facts.

        • Michael Durham

          That's right. You've gotten right to the core of the Left's mental disease: post-modernism.

          Of course, they scream bloody murder when you touch the very root of their cherished neuroses and hysteria.

          Michael Savage has it right: "Liberalism is a mental disorder". A mass, collective, and cultural mental disorder. Communist "liberals" and "progressives" are all hive creatures…and the queens of their collectivist hive are Hussein Obama and the Hildebeast.

      • warren raymond

        Shallow, arrogant, brazen and overall stoopid.

        These leftards are stuck into a Weltanschauung in which the world is not what it is, but what they want it to be.

    • Jim_C

      >>I said a long time ago that no matter how 0'Bama performs, when the inevitable failure comes they'll blame it on "the right."

      Hey–kind of like what the Right did regarding Bush once Obama took office!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Hey–kind of like what the Right did regarding Bush once Obama took office!"

        Since facts matter, it's better to offer details in your comparison. If superficial politics are the only thing you are interested in then you can be deceived in to thinking that it's all the same.

        Let's start with the question, what is your analysis of the bank failures? What were the root causes? If you say "lack of regulation," what was supposed to be regulated that was not?

  • truebearing

    I don't get enough blithering idiot in my diet, but just a few words from Weber and I'm stuffed.

    How does this tyranny of stupidity hold together? How did that buffoon get a job acting, much less writing? Good grief.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Oh yeah…when the left goes mental they do it in a huge way…a peek into their totalitarian worldview – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/03/leftists-go-p

    Going postal is not just about eviscerating the Second Amendment, but it is about the entire Constitution which underpins liberty and freedom. Therefore, are they, or aren't they, hidden totalitarians, screaming to get out? If the controlling shoe fits…

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • mlcblog

      You are so right. Our entire way of life galls them.

  • http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/ MaddMedic

    Actor? That isn't even a 'career'. Bunch of idiots play acting through life and assuming we give a HOOT about what they do or say…And those that do ….Just saying..

    • Questions

      Have you ever done professional acting? Summer stock stage? It's harder than you think. It's not a job for idiots.

      • http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/ MaddMedic

        Bull…

      • Randy Sanger

        Takes one to know one.

      • LibertyLover

        The evidence says you are wrong.

  • PAthena

    Mark Tapson identifies "former Republican presidential candidates like Herman Cain." I believe Tapson means John McCain.

  • Lan Astaslem

    This guy isn't 'low info' – he's an imbecile.

  • Hank Rearden

    "Driven to real madness by unadulterated greed…"

    Before we go any further, let's see Weber's contract for his services.

  • Clara S

    Good assessment by Tapson……………..and a reason to be wary of any and all liberals. Trust them? Never.

  • pagegl

    I bet Webber's thesaurus is worn out.

  • surfcitysocal

    Oh, so disappointed. I've always liked Weber…or so I thought.

  • marios

    Don't trust any liberal, don't trust liberal MSM. They are either cowards, corrupted, greedy liars, cynical hypocrites who used everything for their financial advantage or gullible useful idiots.

    • Randy Sanger

      They are all of the above.

  • Rifleman

    I wonder how weber squares his belief that conservatives are engaged in an “assault on America” and are out to “ruin” it with the fact that it’s the dp/left that thinks the USA is so irredeemably bad that it needs to be ‘fundamentally transformed’? Weber’s engaging in that favorite leftist pastime, projection, so he can’t make logical sense. If a peer called him a reactionary and conservatives revolutionaries, he’d take offense.

    “Driven to real madness by unadulterated greed they have embraced an ideology, the success of which hinges upon the very ruin of this nation” –weber. That’s a spot on description of the democrat party. The ideology predicated on the destruction of the ideology this nation was founded on, individual freedom, or capitalism, as they call it, is Marxism, and it’s the democrat party that has adopted most of the planks of the marx’s communist manifesto. The left has said all along that they have to destroy the USA to save it, from democrat heroes alinsky to 60s marxists like ayers, to obama’s own appointees..

  • tagalog

    Indeed, I agree with Mr. Weber that there should be a trial or trials on the issue of "sociopolitical sabotage." With, of course, the concomitant judicial penalties a la Nuremburg. Although such an issue is hardly one that a court of law should be dealing with, let's suppose it could. That trial should take a close look at both conservatives and "progressives" to see who's causing the bulk of the sabotaging of our nation and society and the disparaging of our leaders (not that disparagement of ANY poltical leader isn't OK as a matter of free speech).

    I would like to see a truly FAIR trial on those issues. Let's indeed start keeping score on who's doing what to whom, and apply the standard equally. I think Mr. Weber might find himself squirming, not that he would, since he's just an actor with an actor's sensibilities on political issues, and, no doubt, the customary "Who? Me?" view on bearing the consequences of taking a stand.

    • Toa

      Excellent idea…and be sure to have live television coverage.

      It would be a lot of work to put together the proper panel of judges, examiners, etc., to insure the absence of Sandy Berger/Clinton types who would doctor or destroy documented information.

  • Guest

    I haven't read such ridiculous, psuedo-intellectual hype since I was grading papers written by undergrads many years ago. The tortured syntax is bad enough, let alone trying to decipher any meaning from such gobbledy gook. To be fair though, many undergrads (at that time anyway) wrote much better than Mr. Weber.

  • Ar'nun

    “all these greed-saturated corporate brainiacs” depend on “obsolete, dumb ass [sic] bully tactics to make their money.”

    You mean like the "greed-saturated corporate brainiacs" like the ones at NBC that created, produced, and aired Wings? No I am sure those ones are the good ones…

    But ultimately I say we form a movement to call his bluff. Let us convene a trial at once! Let's have a trial, and find the greatest Conservative minds to represent us. And they can bring the greatest Progressive minds to prosecute. And we will get real serious judges. Let them prove their baseless charges and accusations, welcome our day in court to clear our names. And when we are exonerated, let's try them for the destruction of this nation. Penalty is death!

  • LibertyLover

    Progressives, and all other leftists, are demagogues by nature and their arguments are all emotional. No facts, just emotion. Having a factual argument with a leftist is a waste of time because they don't speak the language.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's sad to see Steven Weber act like a complete dimwit. I don't know whether to be angry at him or feel sorry for him.

    • Putnam

      Angry…really angry.

  • Don L

    It's quite simple; some folks are born believing they have a right to control other's very thoughts and actions, other's are born to let them and love it, while still others have sufficient maturity and dignity to resist political slavery and the morally corrupt bait being used to obtain power by the first group known ironically as liberals.

    Freedom requires extreme diligence on the part of the latter group in order to prevent the first two types from destroying a sane and free society.

  • john

    Fallen human nature hasn't changed , and the fulfillment of the words of prophecy spoken by Jesus in the Revelation of Jesus are clearer then ever – [ you can read the weather signs easily enough , the political ideological and religious weather signs all point to a world hurricane ] – there is only one conclusion to all of human history – a Massive conflict [ Conflict which is here NOW in every department of human reason , ideology or belief system ] on a scale never dreamed of , but plainly laid out in that book . No need to be a Christian to predict it , but every need to become one to survive it – Only in Him .

  • tagalog

    Did j'ever notice how much Steven Weber looks like Alfred E. Newman? Just look at that photo.