The Demon Barber is Back (or, Barber Macht Frei)

June 29th, 2010

A follow-up to our earlier post, The Demon Barber of Tea Street, inspired by Alabama Congressional candidate Rick Barber’s second ad in which he talks about spilling blood to stop the slavery that has now enslaved America.

“Hey Abe – If someone’s forced to work for months to pay taxes so that a total stranger can get a free meal, medical procedure, or a bailout, what’s that called? What’s it called when one man is forced to work for another? [‘Slavery,’ Lincoln replies.]  We shed a lot of blood to stop that in the past, didn’t we? Now look at us. We are all becoming slaves to our government. We live in perilous times, but we can’t be afraid to speak out. Many good men and women have died for freedom, and I can’t betray those sacrifices like so many Democrats and RINOs have.” – Rick Barber in his new “Slavery” ad
 
“These are desperate times. Desperate measures are called for.” – the titular Demon Barber in Sweeny Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


The Demon Barber is back

With another violence-promoting attack.


Barber’s argument is weakened by the facts

That Lincoln himself started the Federal income tax,

And that the national tax burden has in fact not increased

Based on data which the conservative Tax Foundation released.


The “work for months to pay taxes” reference is to the right’s beloved “Tax Freedom Day,”

Which measures the time it takes to earn income the government taxes away.

This year, Tax Freedom Day fell on April 9,

Evidence of freedom’s Obama-induced decline.


Wait, what’s that: Tax Freedom Day is 2 weeks earlier than under Bush in 2007,

And 13 days earlier than after 8 years of Regan’s conservative heaven.

In fact, it’s the lowest ever calculated, except for last year,

So why, Mr. Barber, are you mongering all that hate and fear?


Why didn’t you and other Teabaggers protest Bush and Reagan tax cuts weren’t enough?

Why didn’t you “gather your armies,” those two tax-happy Fascists to rebuff?

(In the “Slavery” ad, you make Obama’s supposed Hitler connection clear

When images of slaves and concentration camps next to each other appear.)


I’m also afraid, Mr. Barber, that Lincoln would not support your position

Unlike your fellow Teabaggers, he was far to accomplished a logician.

He would have seen you as an ignorant and hate-filled whiner,

And put you in your place with a clever one-liner.


Like others with delusions of grandeur, I guess it figures

That you see yourself in the company of great historical figures,

But based on the things you like to say,

You’re more like another person from Lincoln’s day.

(Who exactly that was I prefer not to say,

But he cried Sic semper tyrannis as he ran away.)


I’m not necessarily saying, Mr. Barber, that you would commit such an act,

But your words could easily cause others to so act.

But reasonable man that you are, you and those you court

Only call for violence as a last resort.


After all, compared to slavery,

Violence isn’t really so unsavory.

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Here’s Countdown’s 6/28/10 report, including a clip from the ad.
 

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Here’s the movie trailer (also check out the Broadway musical libretto and CD) from the movie which inspired our Rick Barber series title, Sweeny Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. (Listen for the original demon barber’s “desperate measures” comment.)

Here’s your theme music for today (a repeat performance), the song Epiphany (also from Sweeny Todd). Does this describe your epiphany, Mr. Barber? If so, please seek immediate psychiatric help.

Here’s the full “Slavery” ad, with Barber again channeling Sweeny Todd ( “I’m insane and I approved this message”). The ad starts out with Barber allegedly gaining George Washington’s support for his extremely weak counter to the criticisms that myself and others made of the historical inaccuracies in his earlier ad before proceeding with the imagined Lincoln endorsement.

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