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Taking “i was for it before I was against it before…” to new heights;
The republicans aren’t saying no out of principle, they have no principles.
in addition…About my post’s title (which was ‘fvcking hypocrites’); I just saw a post elsewehere- Stop Calling Republicans Hypocrites, and the author has a point;
It’s not that Republicans aren’t hypocrites – it’s more that the label just isn’t an effective dig. First, hypocrite is a fancy foreign Greek word like amnesty, ethics or Europe – how is that going to appeal to Republicans? Second, espousing virtues you don’t personally have to live up is basically the point of being a Republican.
..using the word “hypocrite” should really be stopped altogether. It’s become a meaningless insult like “Nazi,” “bias,” or “environmentalist.” It actually has some spray back onto its user anyway. Basically pointing out someone is a hypocrite makes you sound like an angsty emo tween. It’s a word we learn in junior high to apply to grownups.
Instead of “hypocrite” I recommend the word “fraud.” It sounds bad. Fraud is illegal. Fraud is immoral. And it’s an accurate way of describing hypocrisy without sounding like an irate Justin Bieber fan.
Okay, title changed. And yes, they are frauds.
Yeah, we are angry. Come November a certain amount of fellow citizens are going to vote republican, against their own interests as well as the greater interest of the United States, and despite reams of evidence attesting to the failure of republican policies. Some of these same fellow citizens are seething with hatred based on illusions created by immoral people with a greedy, selfish agenda. They are basted in fear, afraid of things that simply do not exist. And everyday they are presented with another lie, another new group/thing to fear and/or hate.
That makes me angry, yes, but mostly just sad.
My comment was in reply to this;
Unlawful behavior is all I’m angry about. Get a clue, pay attention and stop with the race bating. Have you really, really analyzed what’s going on here? Why are you so opposed to following the law? Of course people are volunteering to help uphold the law. Thats what real Americans do. You’d be angry too if you realized your country was being ripped out from underneath you and your fellow citizens were helping.
I’m not certain what his comment was referring to, but I assume it was regarding the AZ law supporters going to AZ to lend support. What it was in regards to is really beside the point, though. The comment was a testament to my reply. The whole “your country was being ripped out from underneath you” spew is par for the course, and based entirely on fear proffered up by conservative spokespeople and members of the conservative polity. The reality is that if anyone is damaging this country, it is the Ultra conservatives and their propagandist enablers in the media. Their constant vitriol and “othering” of this POTUS and liberals in general makes discourse nearly impossible. Without intelligent discourse, this country is doomed.
So, yeah, that shit makes me angry. Angry that almost 30% of our fellow citizens are making voting decisions without the benefit of truth or facts. Angry that there exists an entire media complex dedicated to lying to their viewers/listeners/readers. Angry that hyperbole (there are no death panels, the president was born in the USA, the president is not hitler, the president doesn’t favor black people over white people, the NBPP only has like 7 members, and sharia law is not coming to America, etc ad nauseam) rules the day with these folks. Angry that the serious views and opinions and policy discussions by people on the left get very little attention in any traditional media outlets (save for 3 hrs on MSNBC and a couple of bloggers at the WaPo) because the media are terrified of being called liberal. Angry that, to borrow from driftglass, the left was fucking right about Reaganomics, was right about the damage Bush would do, was right about the Iraq war, and yet the left still gets treated like bratty children by the Tradmed. Angry that the most egregious lies, and the most ridiculously false statements made by republicans/conservatives are treated with respect, while liberal counterpoints refuting these lies are treated with disdain.
A person can only hold on to so much anger, though, and there comes a time when it is just too tiring to maintain. And when the anger dissipates, what’s left is a profound sadness. Despite this sadness, however, whatever is happening in our Country, it aint good, but it is something we have to fight back against however we can.
Ugh, some grim jobs news today. The Obama administration and every Democrat in congress should be working their asses off on one thing, and one thing only; jobs. When they are in their home states/districts over the summer recess, they should be telling everyone how republican policies and obstructionism are big reasons why there are no jobs. When they are on the floor, they should be telling deficit hawks in congress, and their few loud-mouthed minions in the
Republican tea party; “fuck the deficit. When people can feed their children, when people can stay in their homes, when people have jobs, we can talk about the deficit.”
Unfortunately, republican obstructionism makes passing anything like a jobs bill or second stimulus that would actually help Americans, unlikely. What republicans in congress are doing is transparently obvious. And sickening. And pisses you off. Deliberately throwing a wrench into the economy, to derail recovery in order to then blame democrats so they can win elections, is abhorrent, and proves that all republicans care about is who will give them more money, and holding the government purse strings. Contrary to their screeching, they don’t give a flying fuck about deficits either, they just want the money to go to their wealthy masters. And war, always more war. And for persecuting the scary “other” du jour.
What’s even more abhorrent, though, and what can make a person lose all hope, is the fact that the economy could be a lot stronger than it is without any more government involvement. Private enterprise in this country is sitting on 1.8 trillion dollars. 1.8 trillion fucking dollars.
The Federal Reserve recently reported that America’s 500 largest nonfinancial companies have accumulated an astonishing $1.8 trillion of cash on their balance sheets. By any calculation (for example, as a percentage of assets), this is higher than it has been in almost half a century. Yet most corporations are not spending this money on new plants, equipment or workers. Were they to loosen their purse strings, hundreds of billions of dollars would start pouring through the economy. These investments would probably have greater effect and staying power than a government stimulus.
All because the poor, persecuted CEOs think the POTUS is a big meanie for wanting to regulate their greed, and also he has no CEOs in his Cabinet.
So, on one hand we have a government unable to boost, or even sustain recovery because they are hamstrung by a party dedicated to destroying the economy, and on the other, private enterprise that could inject the economy with tons of cash, sparking job-creating economic activity, but won’t because the president hurt their fee-fees. None of them seem to give a shit about the millions of real people suffering as a result of their pettiness and uber-partisanship. This stinginess of the private sector should raise alarms as well. At any time, now or in the future, if the corporations don’t like who We the People elect, they can just turn off the tap, snow us all with a little media-enabled PR about how its all “President X and his cohorts in Congress’ fault,” and hold the economy hostage until someone more to their tastes is elected. And, thanks to Citizens United the corporations can spend as much money as they want getting them elected.
Almost makes one wonder if politics is even real anymore, or worth the time. We live in a country where one of the political parties is telling Americans to “go to hell,” and CEOs are saying “and we’ll take your handbasket too,” because they don’t want us to be too comfortable on the way down.
Steven Weber, yes that Steven Weber, posts on occasion at HuffPo, and at Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog! Go! Mr Weber can fucking rant! Its usually a rant against the right, and he usually says what I want to say, only with more pizazz.
Mr Weber’s latest, Republicans: The Damned Truth and The Truth Be Damned, is no different, dragging the husk of a once proud Republican party into the sunlight;
No alternative plans, suggestions, advice. No involvement, curiosity, no moments of introspection. Allowing violently disposed fringe elements to steer policy when that job used to be the bailiwick of legislators and operatives schooled in poly-sci. It’s an approach that begs the question:
Do Republicans actually like Democracy?
I don’t think they do. They don’t give a fuck about the Will of the People, and what plans they have come up with have been ridiculed, like their april fool’s budget:
When the House Republican leadership with great fanfare initially released the GOP budget proposal in late March, it was greeted with guffaws. The 19 page outline was detail-free, failing even George W. Bush’s test (“It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”).
Or their “jobs” plan:
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington the day before President Obama’s “jobs summit,” Cantor outlined what he called “a no-cost jobs plan.”
Let’s pause, for a second, to appreciate the brilliant rhetorical framing. A no-cost jobs plan! Without adding a single dime to the deficit, the Republican’s plan will ameliorate the worst unemployment crisis in 30 years. One wonders how a political party capable of such innovative thinking ever lost its hold of power.
To recap: Cut regulations. Freeze spending. Cut taxes. No new taxes. That’s the plan.
I would really, really love to have access to an alternative universe in which Cantor’s plan could have been applied this past year, in parallel with our world, in which the economy was injected with a massive stimulus, so we could compare the efficacy of the two approaches in real time.
without the stimulus, judging from the CBO report, one can assume that the economy would still be contracting, and unemployment would be higher than it is now. But in Eric Cantor’s world, with Republicans in control, slashing regulations and freezing spending, we’d be better off.
As to any ideas presented by this centrist president, all they do is say No! and scream “socialist!” Mr. Weber has an idea why.
Even after realizing that Obama, master of many things they aren’t, is also demonstrating a centrist rather than a dreaded leftist approach to governance, in many ways incorporating aspects which they themselves have favored in the past, to put forward his workable agenda as opposed to the armageddon/fascist/socialist dystopia the frothing Republican mouthpieces warned of, they still refuse to play.
Damn vexing! So, what could it be?
Hmm. Could it… is it because… oh, I don’t know… is it because he’s…
The new health care legislation? It incorporates a plethora of GOP ideas/amendments, and they voted “No!” The Stimulus? It had plenty of republican influence (30% of it was tax cuts! Only these cuts were aimed at the middle class, and republicans hate the middle class), and they voted “No!” I don’t know if its because President Obama is black, or because he’s a Democrat. I lean towards the latter. The GOP would be behaving the same way if Mr. Obama were white. It isn’t the man, nor is it the policies they are against. They are terrified that this president, and the democratic majorities, will be successful.
A comment over at Cesca’s place on the Weber post sums the conservative mindset:
Oh, they despise democracy. You can tell that they do because their latest buzzphrase is “tyranny of the majority.”
Any discussion I’ve had with a right-winger recently, especially over at HuffPo, has led to this. I try to explain how democracy works, that the “government” is not a malevolent external force or arbitrary power-wielding but an expression and extension of the popular will (We the People and all that), that winning elections means you get to decide what policies to pursue and enact, etc., and I get this “tyranny of the majority” nonsense.
I hate to use equivalencies to point such things out, but was it “tyranny of the majority” when George W. Bush took us to war despite the large and vocal protests against it? Was it “tyranny of the majority” when the GOP Congress impeached Bill Clinton despite poll after poll showing the public was overwhelmingly against it?
“Tyranny of the majority,” in a country that is supposed to be a representative democracy, of, by and for the People, is just a fancy phrase for selfishness, solipsism, and sore loserdom.
They just can’t stand the fact that they lost. The country, despite what they screech to the conservative media, is not a center-right country, and soundly rejected the GOP/conservative agenda in two wave elections, and put a black man, named Barack Hussein Obama, the White House.
To quote Jon Stewart, “i think you might be confusing tyranny with losing… It’s supposed to taste like a shit taco.” It isn’t the “tyranny of the majority” cons, it is the Will of the People. Get used to it. Although, with all the obstruction, especially by the Senate republicans (over 200 bills that have passed the House, are waiting in the Senate), the American People are suffering from tyranny. Of a sad, bitter minority.
Some wingnut terrorist is advocating tossing bricks through the windows of Democratic members of congress who voted yes on Health Care Reform. People have taken Osama bin Vanderboegh on his call to
arms bricks, and hit a few offices.
I had a whole diatribe in my head about what an asshole this guy, and his stupid followers are, but I’m going to put it aside. I was also going to point out how Osama bin Vanderboegh, who hates on the government, with a passion, is currently sucking on the government dick to the tune of $1300.00 a month in SS disability, but his hypocrisy is irrelevant. Instead, I am going to toss a “thank you” at Mr. Vanderboegh, and his terrorist friends, and show a little compassion.
I can kinda see his point. Its gotta be hard for someone as bugfuck crazy as Mullah Vanderboegh to find political advocacy, a voice who will speak for his insanity. He has a right to be heard, and, I guess, to smash things like a tantrum-throwing 5 year old when he isn’t being heard. But, perhaps the subsequent jail time will allow him, and his acolytes, to engage that other 97% of their brain.
The “thank you” is because through his petulant, juvenile actions, he is bringing out into the sunlight what we are fighting against– the tyranny of a small minority who use terrorism and violence to intimidate their ideological opponents. Its good for independents and voters in play to see that one side of the divide is bereft of ideas, and is as anti-American as those 19 fuckers that flew planes into buildings (and use the same tactics!). Throwing brick through windows will also not have the intended effect. It will certainly steel the resolve of the victims of Osama bin Vanderboegh’s terrorism, making them fight even harder for the change America voted for, rather than cave because some old, white welfare king tossed some rocks. The brick-throwing militia of Osama bin Vanderboegh is also proof-positive that there still remains a faction of our great nation that will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the new century.
I’d prefer to leave them behind, in a pile, but, they are fellow Americans, even if they refuse to believe that we who disagree with them are as well.
If your brick-throwing escapades fail, as they certainly will, Mr. Vanderboegh, you can always change your name to Mohammad, and start taking some flying lessons. Didn’t work out well for the 19 terrorists who previously tried it, but perhaps you’ll have better luck.