Every president since Eisenhower has signed an executive order dealing with immigration; this isn’t a secret, this is public knowledge. That President Obama joined this esteemed club consisting of every president since 1952 is probably less groundbreaking than some of this other executive orders.
But that hasn’t stopped the the right from going bananas anyway. Like pronouns in Georgian, anything resembling good sense or logic was got dropped out of right-wing speak a long time ago. And once they get whipped up into a frenzy, there’s no stopping their meme machine:
Just as a reminder, the executive order is described by Media Matters as “a set of executive actions on Thursday to reform the country’s immigration system . . . the actions may protect 5 million undocumented immigrants by allowing those who have been in the country for at least five years who have no criminal record to ‘apply for a program that protects them from deportation’ and allows them to work in the country.” It also protects an additional million people by expanding the DREAMers program, a program that protects immigrants brought into the country as children.
But by all means, let’s not let the facts intrude:
Anarchy, violence, cats and dogs, sleeping together in the streets — it’s absolute madness, I tells ya, madness, in ALL RED CAPS! It’s a “modern day ‘Fort Sumter’,” a “destruction of democracy” and it’ll throw the “nation into crisis;” the world’s ending and everyone panic!
It’s so nice to see the political right remaining calm and rational in the face of something they disagree with, isn’t it?
The Drudge Report was joined in their panic by Laura Ingraham, who’s hatred of immigrants is the stuff of legend. Ingraham said it was like the “home-grown tyranny” of a “new king.” Elisabeth Hasselbeck, resident Fox airhead, maintained that Americans oppose the immigration action because “they really don’t want a king” or “an Emperor.”
Rush Limbaugh made the grave proclamation that the immigration action means “the Constitution is going to cease to exist as we know it.” I’m not entirely convinced that’s a bad thing; conservatives like Limbaugh never knew the Constitution anyway. He went on to add that “It is like we’re going to put the constitution up on a wall and Obama is going to start shooting a BB gun at it. And we’re all going to tune in at eight o’clock and watch it.”
Hugh Hewitt, a fellow conservative radio show host like Rush Limbaugh (image having to wear that title) said that it was a “wrecking ball” and the order is “lawless,” “infamous,” and “untrustworthy.” “Untrustworthy?” Not “racist,” not “anti-White,” not “anti-American,” not “Unconstitutional” — untrustworthy? Perhaps someone should get Hewitt a thesaurus for Christmas, so he can string together ominous words sans semantics more effectively.
The Washignton Times called it a “scorched-earth rampage.” Fox’s Andrea Tantaros said Obama was “tearing the Constitution apart,” Breitbart ran an article by Matthew Boyle with the headline “All Hail King Barack Obama, Emperor Of The United States Of America,” and of course, Todd Starnes had to get into the act:
Starnes was joined in his Twitter rant by Brietbart editor-at-large, Ben Shapiro:
But no right-wing temper tantrum is complete without the coup de grâce; the inevitable, the dreaded, the expected, the Hitler analogy — courtesy of Daily Caller contributor Matthew Vadum:
But really, out of all this, there’s only one image that sums up this right-wing meltdown perfectly: