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Why do American legislators hate democracy?

As 4chan takes the lulz to the streets, hilarity is already firmly ensconced in US corridors of power. In response to a symbollic anti-recruitment resolution from the Berkeley City Council, some tool from South Carolina has proposed legislation in the senate (the “Semper Fi Act 2008”; I’m not sure whether that bit of hilariously camp macho posturing is its official title or not) removing some federal money and that from Berkeley. Aside from the fundamental misunderstanding of the role of a national legislature here (which is even worse than last years “senate condemns a newspaper ad” silliness), it’s funny how the right wing are so keen to portray the US military as delicate flowers whose feelings need to be protected from horrid, mean leftists. Why do they hate the troops so much? And why are American legislators so keen to bring the political process into disrepute?

And Bill O’Reilly last night was outraged: “It’s not a matter of saying … they were voting on taking their parking spaces away, they’re making it difficult for them to operate.” The horror! How will those poor, poor marine recruiters cope with having to walk around the block to get to work?