"Bat", of course, refers
to members of the order chiroptera (with some contending that
the "megachiroptera" of South America
should be classified as primates), strange and wonderful animals which
to humanity. Intelligent, well-educated
liberals recognize bats as an asset, and seek to encourage them
through environmental protection, including the building of bathouses on the outsides
homes. The ignorant and superstitious hate and fear bats, and can think of no worse insult than to compare
people they also hate and fear (out of ignorance) to bats.
to Earth's primary natural
humans visited for a brief period thanks to a massive
liberal spending program. The scientific
and technological benefits of the Apollo Project were immense, and would have been far greater if the program had not been killed by a right-wing administration that
wanted to spend that
money on a futile foreign war. Thus, the Moon is, like bats, symbolic
of liberalism and all the benefits it brings to a culture, and naturally
will be an object of hatred and fear to the Right.
the two and you get "Moonbat"; environmental good sense, scientific
curiosity, prosperity for all and the triumph of knowledge over traditional superstition. In short, all the things that
enemies of civilization like Osama bin Laden and Pat Robertson hate most.