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Monday, April 05, 2010

 
Well Played, CNN

by digby

How long before somebody gets fired for hiring this ridiculous clown:

ERICKSON: I want to start this morning, though, just -- I've been telling you guys that Media Matters and the left-wing kooks are out there listening now to every word I say. Yesterday, you will remember I talked about the American Community Survey. Now, this is not the census, although it's run through the Census office at the Department of Commerce. It is a survey that 200 some-odd thousand Americans get every year, and these little bureaucrats in the Census Department, they make you fill this out or threaten you with jail or fines if you don't. Now, this survey asks you when you leave for work, when you return, how long your drive is, who drives with you, how often you flush your toilet, how many people live in your house -- it's the census plus a bunch of garbage.

Now, as I said yesterday, repeatedly, you need to fill out your census form. You need to get it mailed in. The news is reporting it's about $1,700 per person comes in through census funding. Now, if you don't fill out your census form, these workers who have been hired causing the unemployment number to go down, they're going to come door to door anyway.

There is a constitutional obligation for you to fill out your census. A free society cannot operate -- a modern republic cannot operate without knowing precisely how many people there are in the country. And the Constitution requires a hand-counting, not a statistical sampling, but a hand-counting.

Well, this American Community Survey, there's no statutory authorization for it. The just -- the Census Bureau ran with it. Congress gave them a little, and they took a lot. And so the story I was reading yesterday was about the ACS surveyor who showed up to the door of the writer, basically demanding that he either fill out a survey or off to jail with you. And I said that if someone were to show up on my doorstep and try to haul me off to jail for not telling the government how often I flush my toilet, well I'm going to get my wife's shotgun and chase them off the property.

So naturally, of course, the morons on the left immediately blew up yesterday by the time I got off the air, that I'm out there - or of course now that they refer to me as CNN's right-wing contributor Erick Erickson. Yeah. Is calling for killing Census workers.

Now, I don't know in what part of my statement encouraging you to fill out your census or they're going to come door to door and get it and they're required to get it and we have an obligation to help them get it, is where they can interpret that as me encouraging people to kill Census workers. But, you know, I forget who prayed the prayer, 'Lord give me smart enemies,' but we'll make that my prayer, I guess. Give me smart critics and smart enemies. Good Lord, people. I am not advocating the killing of Census workers.

I am saying, though, if somebody shows up at my house because I refuse to fill out this American Community Survey and they tell me I'm going to go to jail because I won't tell the government how often I flush my toilet, what size toilet it is, and when I go to work, and when I return home, and who rides with me, and the invasiveness of this survey is outrageous - well, I will chase those people off my property.

Here's the thing. The left that is out there attacking me for saying this stuff and misconstruing along the way what I've actually said, they should be right there with us. They're the big privacy advocates. It's the left that's decrying the Patriot Act, it's the left that views abortion as a privacy matter. It's the left that says it's the Republicans in your bedroom. No, it's not the Republicans in your bedroom. You know Ronald Reagan didn't write this American Community Survey. Wasn't around in 1980. And yet they're out there saying, "Oh, Erick Erickson. He's encouraging us to kill Census workers. He's so evil and mean. And he works for CNN." You know, I -- long ago I realized -- well, not that long ago, a year or so ago, that people linger on every word I say. Well, linger on these words, please: You people are nuts. Absolute nuts. Where do you get off misconstruing that I'm agitating for killing Census workers when you people are out there advocating for the killing of the unborn on a regular basis. You have no shame.


In case you're wondering what it was Erickson actually said after that word salad, here it is:

"This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I'm not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They're not going on my property. They can't do that. They don't have the legal right, and yet they're trying."


See, he wasn't threatening the census worker. He was threatening the ACS worker, which is totally different. Except it isn't, since they are the same workers. But you know what he means, right? Plus he would only scare them, not actually shoot them, so that's ok.

As I wrote earlier, I think it's just fine if all these idiots refuse to give this information. And then when their sewers back up because nobody knew they were being overwhelmed and the bridges they use fall down, they can all jump into the sewer and swim to work.

I'm guessing CNN's honchos were sitting around looking at the ratings one day bemoaning letting Beck go when somebody handed them this guy's picture. He needs some seasoning before he can bring the full crazy, though. Right now he just sounds like a typical whiny wingnut who needs someone to give him a bottle and put him to bed.


*As for the civil libertarian left not caring about privacy in this instance, well, yeah. I honestly don't mind telling the government how many times I flush my toilet or how far I drive to work. I do care if they listen in on my phone calls or read my emails without a warrant. And I'm not keen on them forcing women to give birth against their will or telling gay people who they can marry. If that makes me a hypocrite, so be it.

And for the record, I absolutely believe that it's worse to kill census workers than blastocysts. I guess I'll see Erickson in hell.


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