Friday, November 30, 2012

Preview: The "New" Republican Party



Every GOP political consultant and many GOP pols have laid the blame of their recent losses on the Conservative media! They decry the whackos, and have started an internal war between the Party and the propaganda arms of the Party...the propagandists had educated the Conservative sheeplets and ecumenicals too well, and the rest of the nation was disgusted.

2012 may be the highwater mark of the Conservatives' bragging about their true beliefs - a strategy unused by the Conservatives since their huge loss in 1800 when they campaigned and marketed their belief that the wealthy should rule.

Mitt Romney, the Conservatives' penultimate Presidential Nominee, was the ultimate absurdity of the Monopoly Man. And his, and his Party's, campaign strategies that alienated women, Latinos and other minorities, and inadvertently, 47% of the voting populace, were as shortsighted as the underlying beliefs of the Conservatives' values anyway.

Meeenal Vanburkar at Mediaite.com, "GOP Strategist: Party Needs Views That Aren’t ‘Right Out Of Rush Limbaugh’s Dream Journal":



“'It’s very fashionable now to beat up Romney,' Murphy said, 'and he made an unfortunate comment after the election — but biggest problem Mitt Romney was the Republican primary. That’s what’s driving the Republican brand right now to a disaster.'

"In light of that, he offered some advice: 'We’ve got to get a kind of a party view of America that’s not right out of Rush Limbaugh’s dream journal.'"

And Kevin Cirilli at Politico.com, in a piece, "Steve Schmidt: GOP must muzzle Rush Limbaugh":



"Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said early Wednesday morning on MSNBC that it’s time for Republican leaders to stand up to 'extreme statements' and 'nonsense' coming from within the GOP, including Rush Limbaugh.

“'Now, people calling for revolution and these extreme statements — when I talk about a civil war in the Republican Party, what I mean is, it’s time for Republican elected leaders to stand up and to repudiate this nonsense, and to repudiate it directly,' Schmidt said.

"He continued: 'There has been a culture of fear and intimidation, that you are not a real conservative if you won’t, you know, if you won’t, you know, stand — if you stand up to these extreme statements, whether it’s Rush Limbaugh calling that young lady a slut, or a hundred other examples over the last four years.'

"Schmidt was referring to Sandra Fluke, who Limbaugh called a slut in February on his radio program after she testified on Capital Hill about contraception."



These campaign consultants, Mike Murphy, Steve Schmidt, as well as others are talking continuously about the Conservative talking heads' losing the Election on all of the political the talk shows (it wasn't the consultants' fault, of course). So their very own media propagandists, Fox News, Limbaugh and Company have been served notice; you belong to *us,* not our followers.

Cynics may well laugh at the paradox over Fox News, one of the founders and organizers of the so-called "Tea Party," for being told to turn on the consumers of its advertisers' products. One wonders if Limbaugh can be told that he needs to follow the Party's lead like before.

We are at the threshold of the split of the GOP, From the days of the Whigs and Tories of the 18th century to today, political parties have been torn asunder. Just remember, the greediest of the wealthiest of us will be active in any sort of party friendly to its aims - the elevation of the rich over the 98%. Unless Conservatism is declared illegal, parties will be formed by the Selfish Class.


But business will continue as usual. It is absolutely impossible for Conservatives win elections without lying, hyperbole, and the usual all-out assault on logic and reason. Whatever their new images may be, always remember the Conservatives' first and only goal: to impose their will on the rest of us.



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"It's moments like this where the only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband
bein' big enough to step back and see where his wife is wrong."

Archie Bunker, All In The Family

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Conservatives: Guilty of Treason


Grover Norquist and his followers guilty of treason?  In an interesting post, "America Must Prosecute Grover Norquist And His GOP Acolytes For Treason," Politicususa.com thinks so.  We have shown how the Conservative leadership has taken the lead in murder, theft - vote theft and monetary theft - sedition, and treason.  And writer Rmuse adds to the pile of evidence exposing the criminality of the far right:

"According to the law, treason is the crime that covers acts against one’s own government, and it is one of the most egregious violations a citizen can commit. In a normal act of treason, an individual would have to have access to state secrets, or a high level member of the government, and even then there are security measures to prevent the dissemination of information that could damage the government. The U.S. Constitution contains a passive provision to protect against traitors within the government that entails requiring public servants and politicians to swear an oath to support the Constitution and by extension, the government, but most Republicans signed a pledge they feel overrides their oath of office with the goal of destroying the government by starving it of revenue.
"For over a quarter of a century there has been a concerted effort by Republicans to shrink the federal government by reducing revenue and protecting the richest 2% of Americans, but their leader, Grover Norquist, makes no bones that his goal is reducing government to a size he can 'drown in a bathtub.' Regardless one’s definition of treason, Norquist and his Republican acolytes are guilty of acting against the government with the goal of destroying it. Norquist is not a public servant and therefore cannot personally affect government operations, but his Republican foot soldiers are guilty of treason by refusing to fulfill their Constitutional duty to raise taxes. In the U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 8 says, 'The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States'



"The important part of Section 8 is Congress’s duty to levy and collect taxes to pay debts and provide for the nation’s general welfare, but as Republicans bemoaned the national debt they created, they refused to fulfill their constitutional duty to lay and collect taxes to pay the nation’s debts. Some Republicans are re-evaluating their strict adherence to Norquist’s attempt to destroy the government, and questioning the wisdom of promising to never raise taxes, but they are in the minority and Norquist recently made it clear his true followers are moving forward with their assault on the government and the people.

"(Paul) Ryan and Norquist’s contention that drastically reducing revenue provides the means to pay down the nation’s debt has been debunked by economic experts and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service that found cutting taxes for the wealthy does not help economy and certainly does not increase revenue necessary for debt reduction. In fact, coupled with Draconian spending cuts and eliminating government programs, reducing revenue expedites Norquist’s goal of shrinking the government to a size that can be eliminated by bankrupting it. As the President and Congress begins work to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Speaker of the House John Boehner made Ryan the point man to push to implement the Romney-Ryan tax plan experts warned would blow up the deficit. It is important to remember that Republicans are using the deficit they created to cut taxes for the rich and eliminate government programs as a fiscally responsible method of cutting the deficit.

"Over the past three years Republicans have openly campaigned against the government and sought to cut funding to myriad programs with the goal of neutering them and eventually eliminating them altogether. However, it is their refusal to raise taxes and increase revenue that is a direct violation of Article 1 Section 8, and it is time to hold them accountable for their treasonous acts against the government, and they are guilty of treason. According to 18 USC § 2381, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” As noted in Article 1 Section 8, Congress has the responsibility, under the Constitution they swore to uphold, to lay and collect taxes to pay the nation’s debts and provide for the general Welfare. Their refusal to do so as signatories of Norquist’s anti-tax pledge damns them as guilty of treason and renders them incapable of holding any office under the United States.


"It is apparent the Attorney General, or Congress, is not going to charge or prosecute Republicans who disobey their Constitutional mandate by refusing to raise taxes out of their allegiance to Norquist, so it falls on the people to petition the government for redress of their grievances against Republican traitors. In the coming days and weeks, Republicans will defend reducing revenue and cutting programs with the view towards eliminating government piece by piece, and not, as they contend, to reduce the debt. Americans are not impotent against the treasonous GOP, and a concerted grassroots effort to flood recalcitrant Republican legislators’ offices with phone calls and emails will send a strong message that they were sent to Washington, swore an oath to support the Constitution, and are expected to fulfill their responsibility under Article 1 Section 8, and if they do not, will be rendered incapable of holding any office whether by a recall movement, or ballot box, because Americans cannot tolerate Republican traitors any longer."


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"Happiness is unrepentant pleasure."

Socrates

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Take The House Back In 2014!


Voter suppression and gerrymandering are the keys to the Congressional elections in 2014, and only a concerted effort to increasing the voter turnout in even larger numbers than the 2012 election will bring the GOP House membership down.

Ian Gray's article in the Huffington Post, "Jim Greer, Ex-Florida GOP Chair, Claims Republican Voting Laws Focused On Suppression, Racism," reveals an undisputable fact: Conservatives are guilty of voter suppression and racism.  A corollary to that fact is:  They'll will never stop practicing these criminal activities at the voting booths if they are the only way that they can win elections.

"Jim Greer, the former head of the Florida Republican Party, recently claimed that a law shortening the early voting period in the state was deliberately designed to suppress voting among groups that tend to support Democratic candidates, the Palm Beach Post reports.

“'The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,' Greer told the Post. 'It’s done for one reason and one reason only..."We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us."'

"The HB 1355 law, which was passed by Florida's Republican legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) in Nov. 2011, cut the number of early voting days from 14 to eight. It was publicly sold as an effort to reduce voter fraud and to save money, but Greer says that this was simply a "marketing ploy."

"Greer served as Florida's GOP chairman from 2006 until 2010 when he was forced to resign after allegedly stealing money from the party. He was arrested and his case is pending.

"Crist said the new law is clearly aimed at curbing turnout among Democrats.

"'The only thing that makes any sense as to why this is happening and being done is voter suppression,' he said.
 Crist added, 'People have fought and died for our right to vote, and unfortunately our legislature and this governor have decided they want to make early voting less available to Floridians rather than more available ... It's hard for me as an American to comprehend why you don't make democracy as easy as possible to exercise for the people of our state. It's frankly unconscionable.'

"Greer also acknowledged that the effort to restrict early voting would directly affect turnout among Florida's African Americans, a demographic that consistently supports Democrats.

'The sad thing about that is yes, there is prejudice and racism in the party but the real prevailing thought is that they don’t think minorities will ever vote Republican,' he told the Post.

"Greer went on to suggest that there was 'absolutely nothing' state Republicans wouldn't do in following their 'absolute obsession with retaining power.'"

"And if voter suppression doesn't work, the Conservative House candidates have the Census to fall back on as gerrymandering insures that they will win their elections to the House - even if the national popular vote swings Democratic. From Mother Jones Magazine's Adam Serwer, Jaeah Lee, and Zaineb Mohammed, an essay on November 14, 2012, "Now That's What I Call Gerrymandering! Americans didn't intend to elect a Republican majority to the House of Representatives. Thanks to GOP-engineered redistricting, they did":

"Americans woke up on November 7 having elected a Democratic president, expanded the Democratic majority in the Senate, and preserved the Republican majority in the House.

"That's not what they voted for, though. Most Americans voted for Democratic representation in the House. The votes are still being counted, but as of now it looks as if Democrats have a slight edge in the popular vote for House seats, 49 percent-48.2 percent, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. Still, as the Post's Aaron Blake notes, the 233-195 seat majority the GOP will likely end up with represents the GOP's 'second-biggest House majority in 60 years and their third-biggest since the Great Depression.'

"So how did Republicans keep their House majority despite more Americans voting for the other party—something that has only happened three times in the last hundred years, according to political analyst Richard Winger? Because they drew the lines.

"After Republicans swept into power in state legislatures in 2010, the GOP gerrymandered key states, redrawing House district boundaries to favor Republicans. In Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates received half of the votes in House contests, but Republicans will claim about three-quarters of the congressional seats. The same is true in North Carolina. More than half the voters in that state voted for Democratic representation, yet Republicans will fill about 70 percent of the seats. Democrats drew more votes in Michigan than Republicans, but they'll take only 5 out of the state's 14 congressional seats.



"'Partisans manipulate the process to their advantage,' says Sundeep Iyer of the Brennan Center, a left-leaning public policy group which has been pushing for redistricting reform to limit partisan gerrymandering. 'Not only did redistricting make it easier for Republicans to keep control of Congress this election,' Iyer and his colleague Keesha Gaskins wrote at the Brennan Center's website, 'but it also may have made it easier for them to keep control over the next decade.' (My colleague Nick Baumann warned of exactly this two years ago.)



"Redistricting only happens once every 10 years. So Americans may have to learn to live with a Republican House, no matter how they vote.

Too many of us sit back during off-election years, as well as off-Presidential election years instead of joining our local political party precincts and working to get out the vote.  The White House has said that the President will be making use of his online supporters' list to use the collective power his supporters have across the country, something he should have done after winning the 2008 Election.  There is no doubt that the Conservatives in Congress will continue their criminal ways in their War On Democracy, should their tactics remain unchallenged and the low percentage of voters be maintained.  They have continued their relentless power grab for decades and show no inclination to stop their criminal behavior in the seats of power nor in the voting booth yet - and never will.
 
We can only hope that the White House is aggressive enough in registering vast numbers of non-Conservative voters to overturn the GOP House majority in 2014.  From there it is just a step to finally criminalizing Conservatism for all time.


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"Thomas E. Dewey is just about the nastiest little man I've ever known. He strut
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Mrs Clarence Dykstra

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Monday, November 26, 2012

3 Conservative Lies To Keep Taxes Low On The Wealthy


Regular readers of this blog are familiar with the "...three points (that) are the foundation of "Criminalizing Conservatism:"

1. The term "conservative" ONLY represents the political and thus, the economic interests of the wealthy
, who
2. Are succeeding in destroying our democracy by illegal, immoral, and murderous methods that justify labling conservatism as felonious, conspiratorial, criminal behavior, and
3. Saving our democracy can be accomplished ONLY by Criminalizing Conservatism.

While Conservative rebuttals to these points in "Objections Rebutted" have been reposted here, the article "3 Lies Republicans Tell To Defend Not Raising Taxes On The Wealthy" provides the ammunition needed to prove the first point, that Conservatism is only about the political and economic interests of the the wealthy.

"The political consensus may be shifting on raising taxes on the wealthy, but many Republicans keep sticking to these falsehoods in order to oppose a tax hike for the rich.

"1). Raising taxes on the wealthy will hurt economic growth and the job creators.



"This is a myth spun more out of belief, than history and fact. Republicans love to bring up how Ronald Reagan lowered taxes and the economy grew, but this isn’t the whole truth. Ronald Reagan did lower taxes in 1981, but he wiped out that tax cut by raising taxes in 1982 and 1983. Reagan also raised taxes in 1984 and 1986. The economy actually dipped after the 1981 tax cut, and returned to normal growth after taxes were increased.

"A direct comparison of the Bush tax cut with Clinton tax increase shows the difference in economic growth. According to the Center for American Progress, 'Overall economic growth was much slower under the Bush administration’s tax policies than under the Clinton administration’s tax policies. Real gross domestic product grew by 26 percent in the six years after Clinton’s tax increases. But real GDP grew by just 16 percent in the six years after the Bush tax cuts began. In fact, that six-year growth rate was low even by general historical standards. The average real GDP growth in any given six year period (from any quarter to the same quarter six years later) since World War II was 22 percent.'

"The historical data shows that increasing taxes a little bit on those at the top helps real small business owners and middle class individuals. The blunt truth is that Republicans don’t have a single example using non-partisan data of federal tax cuts growing the economy, so they cling to their belief even harder and tell America that this time they know the tax cuts will work.

"2). Income over $250,000 isn’t rich/Obama’s tax hike will hurt the middle class.



"This is a more interesting discussion, but Republicans base their premise on belief instead of actual numbers. According to the Census Bureau, the median income in the US is $50, 054. The Tax Policy Center ran the numbers and found that, 'About 6.07 million Americans earned above $200,000 in 2011. They make up the top 4.2 percent of taxpayers. But their income, an estimated $3.5 trillion, represents 32.5 percent of all the cash income earned.' (It is interesting to note that among those making $1 million or more a year, 42% of their income comes from capital gains. Also, these people are so opposed to Obamacare because they are going to be hit hard by the 3.8% Obamacare surcharge on unearned income over $250,000.) PolitiFact reviewed IRS statistics and found that 98.2% of tax filers had an adjusted gross income less than $250,000 per year. It is important to note that the tax increase will apply not to gross income, but adjusted gross income.

"Overall, the idea that a small tax hike on about 2 million taxpayers will somehow shatter the economy becomes laughable the numbers are reviewed. (This is why Republicans avoid at all costs basing their tax arguments on accurate data.)

3). Cutting taxes for the rich benefits everyone.



"Republicans have been using the Laffer Curve to argue for trickle down economics for decades, but with with the repeated failure of trickle down, conservatives have been forced to stop using the term while still advocating the principles behind trickle down economics. All through the 2012 campaign the Romney/Ryan ticket argued, based on trickle down principles, that a massive tax cut for the wealthy could fix the economy and benefit us all.

"A recent study by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service found that tax cuts for the rich don’t grow they economy, but they do increase income inequality, “The results of the analysis suggest that changes over the past 65 years in the top marginal tax rate and the top capital gains tax rate do not appear correlated with economic growth. The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment, and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the economic pie. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution. As measured by IRS data, the share of income accruing to the top 0.1% of U.S. families increased from 4.2% in 1945 to 12.3% by 2007 before falling to 9.2% due to the 2007-2009 recession. At the same time, the average tax rate paid by the top 0.1% fell from over 50% in 1945 to about 25% in 2009. Tax policy could have a relation to how the economic pie is sliced—lower top tax rates may be associated with greater income disparities.”

The article concludes:

"Keep these points in mind as you listen to Republicans discuss the fiscal cliff and raising taxes on the wealthy. Most of the Republican argument for not raising taxes on the rich, just isn’t true."

The argument for lower taxation for the wealthy is a major pillar of the Conservative credo and the complete foundation of the Conservative "philosophy" is that the greediest of the wealthy among us are entitled to riches and power - the antithesis of the democratic principles of our Constitution.

Without the premise that the rich should inherit the earth, all the Conservatives have left are the phony social issues and patriotic memes that they affect to convince the intellectually challenged voter to pull the Republican lever.

"Nature has made some men monarchists and tories by their constitution, and some, of course, there always will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1817.


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"The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive
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Benjamin Israeli


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Secret Founding of Fox "News"


From Gawker.com, the story behind Roger Ailes and the Propaganda Channel: Fox News:

Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News

"Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996, ostensibly as a 'fair and balanced' counterpoint to what he regarded as the liberal establishment media. But according to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to circumvent the 'prejudices of network news' and deliver 'pro-administration' stories to heartland television viewers.

"The documents—drawn mostly from the papers of Nixon chief of staff and felon H.R. Haldeman and Bush chief of staff John Sununu—reveal Ailes to be a tireless television producer and joyful propagandist. He was a forceful advocate for the power of television to shape the political narrative, and he reveled in the minutiae constructing political spectacles—stage-managing, for instance, the lighting of the White House Christmas tree with painstaking care. He frequently floated ideas for creating staged events and strategies for manipulating the mainstream media into favorable coverage, and used his contacts at the networks to sniff out the emergence of threatening narratives and offer advice on how to snuff them out—warning Bush, for example, to lay off the golf as war in the Middle East approached because journalists were starting to talk. There are also occasional references to dirty political tricks, as well as some positions that seem at odds with the Tea Party politics of present-day Fox News: Ailes supported government regulation of political campaign ads on television, including strict limits on spending. He also advised Nixon to address high school students, a move that caused his network to shriek about "indoctrination" when Obama did it more than 30 years later."

All 318 pages are available here. First, some highlights:



The Idea Behind Fox News Channel Originated in the Nixon White House

"'A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News"' (read it here) is an unsigned, undated memo calling for a partisan, pro-GOP news operation to be potentially paid for and run out of the White House. Aimed at sidelining the "censorship" of the liberal mainstream media and delivering prepackaged pro-Nixon news to local television stations, it reads today like a detailed precis for a Fox News prototype. From context provided by other memos, it's apparent that the plan was hatched during the summer of 1970. And though it's not clear who wrote it, the copy provided by the Nixon Library literally has Ailes' handwriting all over it—it appears he was routed the memo by Haldeman and wrote back his enthusiastic endorsement, refinements, and a request to run the project in the margins.

"The 15-page plan begins with an acknowledgment that television had emerged as the most powerful news source in large part because 'people are lazy' and want their thinking done for them:
"Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you.
"With that in mind, the anonymous GOP official urged the creation of a network 'to provide pro-Administration, videotape, hard news actualities to the major cities of the United States.' Aware that the national television networks were the enemy, the writer proposed going around them by sending packaged, edited news stories and interviews with politicians directly to local television stations.
"This is a plan that places news of importance to localities (Senators and representatives are newsmakers of importance to their localities) on local television news programs while it is still news. It avoids the censorship, the priorities, and the prejudices of network news selectors and disseminators.
"This was before satellite, so the idea was that this GOP news outlet would record an interview with a Republican lawmaker in the morning, rush the tape to National Airport via truck, where it is edited into a package en route, and flown to the lawmaker's district in time to make the local news. Local stations, the writer surmised, would be happy to take the free programming. The plan is spectacularly detailed—it was no idle pipe dream. The writer estimated that it would cost $310,000 to launch and slightly less than that to run each year, sketched out a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule with shooting times, editing times, flight times, and arrival times, and estimated that the editing truck—"Ford, GMC, or IHS chassis; V8 engine; 5 speed transmission; air conditioning; Weight: 22,000GVW"—could be "build from chassis in 60 days." In other words, they were serious.



"Though it died in 1975, (Ailes first attempt,) TVN, was obviously an early trial run for the powerhouse Fox News would become. The ideas were the same—to route Republican-friendly stories around the gatekeepers at the network news divisions. In Nixon's day, the only way to do that was to pump stories directly to local stations. By 1996, cable television offered a much more powerful alternative. And the whole project began—on the taxpayer's dime—in the White House under the direction of a Watergate felon. One can only imagine how Fox News would report a similar scheme hatched in the Obama White House.

"All in all, the documents show Ailes to be an engaged, brilliant, and often catty adviser with an obsessive, almost evangelical focus on the power of television to manipulate people for political purposes. It's almost as though, frustrated by the failure of candidates and presidents to hew closely enough to his political instructions, Ailes founded a network to demonstrate their practical application—see, this is how you use golf to undermine a president. And they show a sustained effort across two White House administrations to undermine and control the press—an effort that, were it revealed to be taking place inside the Obama White House, would send Ailes and his televised outrage machine into epic fits of apoplexy."

(Click here for more on Ailes' background of dirty tricks --> http://gawker.com/5814150/)



One of Joseph Goebbel's Principles of Propaganda was "To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium."

Roger Ailes and his Conservative cohorts were certainly familiar with this and other principles of demagoguery and propaganda, but this one seems most appropriate when considering the founding of Fox News.  And it is quite unimaginable that other Principles of Progaganda would be unknown to the Conservative capos of the Republican Party.



It's way past time to bring the so-called "news" network down, way past time to relegate it to the propaganda mill that it truly is.


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"Stupidity is a form of weakness."

Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh, *Thrones, Dominations,* p. 270


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

After Defeat, Conservatives Set To Change Image


From Adele M. Stan at Alternet.org:

"10 Reasons The GOP Is Really Messed Up -- According To Republicans"

"It's too right-wing. Or not conservative enough. It could be the contempt for voters, or being the Party of Stupid. One thing's for sure: Everybody hates Karl Rove.

Here’s a sampling of 10 reasons given by some of the Republican Party’s leading lights -- including Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Meghan McCain -- and why the party failed so miserably, and what it needs to do in order to make a comeback.

1. Bobby Jindal: G.O.P. = “the stupid party”



"The Republican governor of Louisiana made a grand show of great offense at Romney’s remarks, stating such offense in multiple media outlets over the course of several days, and with a flourish on Fox News Sunday, where Jindal’s consternation seemed as much focused on the bad politics of the Romney comments as it was on the contempt shown by the nominee for everyday Americans. On Fox, Jindal’s segment (which also featured Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker) was set up with a snippet of video featuring Jindal saying: 'We've got to stop being the stupid party. You know what I mean by that. Certainly, we need to stop making stupid comments.'




2. Lindsey Graham: “We’re in a big hole,” and Romney keeps digging.

"When he’s not busy trying to turn the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal, the U.S. senator from South Carolina apparently spends his down time trying to figure out how to fix his own party. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Graham offered a laundry list of things the Republicans had gotten wrong -- including anti-immigration rhetoric and the scapegoating of the poor.

"Graham went on to slam the party for targeting the poor. He said:

"You know, people can be on public assistance and scheme the system. That’s real. And these programs are teetering on bankruptcy. But most people…on public assistance don’t have a character flaw. They just have a tough life. I want to create more jobs and the focus should be on how to create more jobs, not demonize those who find themselves in hard times. Our party can adjust. Conservatism is an asset. But rhetoric like this keeps digging a hole for the Republican Party and if we don’t stop digging, we’re never going to get out of it.

"But, as Michael Tomasky points out at the Daily Beast, it's hard to see how any truly 'conservative' proposal could help those struggling to stay economically afloat. From voucherizing Medicare to privatizing Social Security, the G.O.P. agenda adds up to a life on the economic margins for all but the well-off, and any philosophical retreat from such plans leaves Republicans with little to distinguish them from conservative Democrats.




Let's stop right here.  (Continue to http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/10-reasons-gop-really-messed-according-republicans?paging=off to see the other reasons.)  The operative phrase in the piece is "...it's hard to see how any truly 'conservative' proposal could help those struggling to stay economically afloat. From voucherizing Medicare to privatizing Social Security, the G.O.P. agenda adds up to a life on the economic margins for all but the well-off, and any philosophical retreat from such plans leaves Republicans with little to distinguish them from conservative Democrats."

The Conservatives are trying to change their image by lying about their objectives.  They lost the Election of 2012 because they told the truth - and they won't make that mistake again.  Don't forget that the Conservative movement is nothing more than a vehicle by the greediest among us to profit at the expense of the poor and middle class.  It is a criminal enterprise, bolstered by centuries of tradition that reflects our misplaced view that Conservative is a political movement, not an economic one.


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Conservative Christians Persecuting Americans?




We have refrained from commenting on religion on this site in the past, primarily because the existence or non-existence of God has little to do with the criminalization of Conservatism, but while Conservatism is a cover for the vast right-wing plot to take our country over by the richest and greediest among us, we must acknowledge that the Conservative leadership is using the evangelical churches in their quest for power.

David Kuo, the Conservative Christian activist who was the number two man in George W. Bush's "faith-based" office, reported in his tell-all book, Tempting Faith, said that "...the White House was a place that cynically used religion for political ends and that White House aides ridiculed the very Christian leaders who helped bring Mr. Bush to office.

"In his book, Kuo wrote that White House staffers would roll their eyes at evangelicals, calling them 'nuts' and 'goofy.'



Asked if that was really the attitude, Kuo tells Stahl, "Oh, absolutely. You name the important Christian leader and I have heard them mocked by serious people in serious places."

Specifically, Kuo says people in the White House political affairs office referred to Pat Robertson as "insane," Jerry Falwell as "ridiculous," and that James Dobson "had to be controlled." And President Bush, he writes, talked about his compassion agenda, but never really fought for it.

"The President of the United States promised he would be the leading lobbying on behalf of the poor. What better lobbyist could anybody get?" Kuo wonders.

What happened?

"The lobbyist didn't follow through," he claims.



But when the Conservative leadership and the evangelicals get together, the implications for the rest of us become ominous.  In a post at Alternet.org, "A Year In Jail For Not Believing In God?  How Kentucky is Persecuting Atheists," Laura Gottesdiener writes:

"In Kentucky, a homeland security law requires the state’s citizens to acknowledge the security provided by the Almighty God--or risk 12 months in prison.

"The law and its sponsor, state representative Tom Riner, have been the subject of controversy since the law first surfaced in 2006, yet the Kentucky state Supreme Court has refused to review its constitutionality, despite clearly violating the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.

"The law states, 'The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God as set forth in the public speeches and proclamations of American Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln's historic March 30, 1863, presidential proclamation urging Americans to pray and fast during one of the most dangerous hours in American history, and the text of President John F. Kennedy's November 22, 1963, national security speech which concluded: "For as was written long ago: 'Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'"

"The law requires that plaques celebrating the power of the Almighty God be installed outside the state Homeland Security building--and carries a criminal penalty of up to 12 months in jail if one fails to comply. The plaque’s inscription begins with the assertion, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”
"Tom Riner, a Baptist minister and the long-time Democratic state representative, sponsored the law.



“'The church-state divide is not a line I see,' Riner told The New York Timesshortly after the law was first challenged in court. 'What I do see is an attempt to separate America from its history of perceiving itself as a nation under God.'

"A practicing Baptist minister, Riner is solely devoted to his faith--even when that directly conflicts with his job as state representative. He has often been at the center of unconstitutional and expensive controversies throughout his 26 years in office. In the last ten years, for example, the state has spent more than $160,000 in string of losing court cases against the American Civil Liberties Union over the state’s decision to display the Ten Commandments in public buildings, legislation that Riner sponsored.
"Although the Kentucky courts have yet to strike down the law, some judges have been explicit about its unconstitutionality.

"'Kentucky's law is a legislative finding, avowed as factual, that the Commonwealth is not safe absent reliance on Almighty God. Further, (the law) places a duty upon the executive director to publicize the assertion while stressing to the public that dependence upon Almighty God is vital, or necessary, in assuring the safety of the commonwealth,' wrote Judge Ann O'Malley Shake in Court of Appeals’ dissenting opinion.

"This rational was in the minority, however, as the Court of Appeals reversed the lower courts’ decision that the law was unconstitutional.

"Last week, American Atheists submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the law.

"Riner, meanwhile, continues to abuse the state representative’s office, turning it into a pulpit for his God-fearing message.

"'The safety and security of the state cannot be achieved apart from recognizing our dependence upon God,' Riner recently t old Fox News.

"'We believe dependence on God is essential. ... What the founding fathers stated and what every president has stated, is their reliance and recognition of Almighty God, that's what we're doing,' he said.




The rest of the nation believes in the Separation of Church and State, as the Constitution provides. But how long before the Conservative propaganda machine convinces enough of the country that laws like this are reasonable. How long before new prisons are built for those who fail to "...acknowledge the security provided by the Almighty God?"  How many innocent people will Kentucky sentence to a year in prison for failing to acknowledge that the "Almighty God" is a Christian god?  And how soon will it be before the one-year prison sentence is stretched to 5 years, 10 years...or even the maximum penalty of death by execution?

Before it's too late, we must make Conservatism illegal, we must criminalize Conservatism for the sake of our democracy.



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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Reagan: Worst President of Our Lifetime


Yesterday, we posted a review by Robert Sobel at Examiner.com, "Who Was Worse, Reagan Or Bush?," (http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/2012/11/who-was-worse-reagan-or-bush.html) noting five reasons why Ronald Reagan was worse than George W. Bush.  Today, we note Mr. Sobel's piece, "8 Reasons Why Ronald Reagan Was The Worst President of Our Lifetime," as well as providing a few links to dispel the "Ronnie Myth."

"If you only listened to conservatives you would think that Jesus Christ was the only person above Reagan on the totem pole of conservative love. They talk about his love of low taxes, less government and conservative family values. The problem is that when you step out of the conservative dream and come back to reality, you find that not only was Ronald Reagan a bad president, but he was one of the worst presidents we've seen in modern times. Reagan's policies have destroyed the United States for three decades, and for the eight years he was in office, here are eight reasons why Ronald Reagan was the worst president of our lifetime.

1. Reagan cut taxes for the Rich, increased taxes on the Middle Class -

"Reagan raised taxes seven of the eight years he was in office and the tax increases were felt hardest by the lower and middle class.

2. Tripling the National Debt -

"As Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy, the government was left with less money to spend. When Reagan came into office the national debt was $900 billion, by the time he left the national debt had tripled to $2.8 trillion.

3. Iran/Contra -

"In 1986, a group of Americans were being held hostage by a terrorist group with ties to Iran. In an attempt to free the hostages, Ronald Reagan secretly sold arms and money to Iran. Much of the money that was received from the trade went to fund the Nicaragua Contra rebels who were in a war with the Sandinista government of Nicaragua.
4. Reagan funded Terrorists -


"The attacks on 9/11 by al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden brought new attention to international terrorism. All of a sudden, Americans coast to coast wore their American flag pins, ate their freedom fries and couldn't wait to go to war with anyone who looked like a Muslim. What Americans didn't realize was that the same group that attacked the United States on 9/11 was funded by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.

5. Unemployment issues -


"When Ronald Reagan came into office 1981, unemployment was at 7.5%. After Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy, he began raising taxes on the middle and lower class. Corporations started to ship more jobs out of the United States while hiring cheap foreign labor in order to make a bigger profit. While corporations made billions, Americans across the country lost their jobs. As 1982 came to a close, unemployment was nearly 11%. Unemployment began to drop as the years went on, but the jobs that were created were low paying and barely helped people make ends meet. The middle and lower class had their wages nearly frozen as the top earners saw dramatic increases in salary."

6. Ignoring AIDS -

"The fear of the unknown was sweeping across the country and Americans needed a leader to speak out about this horrible virus, that leader never came. Instead of grabbing the bull by the horns and taking charge, Reagan kept quiet. Reagan couldn't say the words AIDS or HIV until seven years into his presidency, a leader not so much.
7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million Undocumented Immigrants -

"...in 1982 Ronald Reagan gave nearly 3 million undocumented workers amnesty. The biggest reason for undocumented workers coming to the United States is because corporations hire them at a cheaper rate than they would an American citizen. All the laws that would have cracked down on companies who hire undocumented workers were, of course, removed from the bill.

8. His attack on Unions and the Middle Class -

"The Republican war on unions and the middle class has been heating up in states like Wisconsin and Ohio, but it has been going on for a long time. Unions are formed to give a united voice to the workers in an attempt to create fairness between the corporations and their employees. On August 3rd, 1981, PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) went on strike in an effort to get better pay and safer working conditions. Two days later, taking the side of business, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 workers for not returning to work."



And more on St. Ronnie at http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/02/05/142288/reagan-centennial/ from Thinkprogress.org's article, "10 Things Conservatives Don't Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan":

"Reagan regularly strayed from conservative dogma — he raised taxes eleven times as president while tripling the deficit — and he often ended up on the wrong side of history, like when he vetoed an Anti-Apartheid bill.

(The First Four):

1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser.

"As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile,state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan wasnever afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit.

"During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion, “roughly three times as much as the first 80 years of the century had done altogether.” Reagan enacted a major tax cut his first year in office and government revenue dropped off precipitously. Despite the conservative myth that tax cuts somehow increase revenue, the government went deeper into debt and Reagan had to raise taxes just a year after he enacted his tax cut. Despite ten more tax hikes on everything from gasoline to corporate income, Reagan was never able to get the deficit under control.

3. Unemployment soared after Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts.

"Unemployment jumped to 10.8 percent after Reagan enacted his much-touted tax cut, and it took years for the rate to get back down to its previous level. Meanwhile, income inequality exploded. Despite the myth that Reagan presided over an era of unmatched economic boom for all Americans, Reagan disproportionately taxedthe poor and middle class, but the economic growth of the 1980′s did little help them. “Since 1980, median household income has risen only 30 percent, adjusted for inflation, while average incomes at the top have tripled or quadrupled,” the New York Times’ David Leonhardt noted.

4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously.

"Reagan promised “to move boldly, decisively, and quickly to control the runaway growth of federal spending,” but federal spending “ballooned” under Reagan. He bailed out Social Security in 1983 after attempting to privatize it, and set up a progressive taxation system to keep it funded into the future. He promised to cut government agencies like the Department of Energy and Education but ended up adding one of the largest — the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which today has a budget of nearly $90 billion and close to 300,000 employees. He also hiked defense spending by over $100 billion a year to a level not seen since the height of the Vietnam war...

Conservatives seem to be in such denial about the less flattering aspects of Reagan; it sometimes appears as if they genuinely don’t know the truth of his legacy. Yesterday, whenliberal activist Mike Stark challenged hate radio host Rush Limbaugh on why Reagan remains a conservative hero despite raising taxes so many times, Limbaugh flew into a tirade and demanded, “Where did you get this silly notion that Reagan raised taxes?

Limbaugh's challenge is, of course, a usual rhetorical rebuttal from the right-wing, the Big Lie.  For more regarding Conservative rhetorical tactics, please see:  

And from the Progressive Review, in the "Ronald Reagan Myth," Ronnie quotations to reveal the inner man - cold, cruel, and Conservative to the core:



GREAT THOUGHTS OF RONALD REAGAN

"A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?" -- Ronald Reagan (Governor of California), quoted in the Sacramento Bee, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park, March 3, 1966

"All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk." --Ronald Reagan (Republican candidate for president), quoted in the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press, February 15, 1980

"It's silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas." --Ronald Reagan (candidate for Governor of California), interviewed in the Fresno Bee, October 10, 1965

"...the moral equal of our Founding Fathers." --President Reagan, describing the Nicaraguan contras, March 1, 1985

"Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal." --Ronald Reagan, quoted in Time, May 17, 1976

"...a faceless mass, waiting for handouts." --Ronald Reagan, 1965. (Description of Medicaid recipients.)

"Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders." --California Governor Ronald Reagan, in the Sacramento Bee, April 28, 1966

"We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry every night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet." --Ronald Reagan, TV speech, October 27, 1964

MORE quotations.



And for more on the Reagan Myth, we just type in our favorite search engine, "Reagan Myth," and we get: https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=3&gs_mss=the%20ronnie%20myt&tok=ujdEkOxSg87BuMI2WLPDVg&pq=the%20ronnie%20myth&cp=15&gs_id=3g&xhr=t&q=the+reagan+myth&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=the+reagan+myth&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=2db66082684263d4&bpcl=38897761&biw=1366&bih=600

Voters miscalculate often, but those that voted for this monster need to wake up and smell the burnt ashes of Conservatism, and never, never vote for a Conservative criminal again.


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"Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid."

Kin Hubbard


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Who Was Worse: Reagan Or Bush?


Although Ronald Reagan is the GOP's poster boy and George W. Bush was frequently cited by people as the worst president in American History, Robert Sobel at Examiner.com says differently:

5 reasons why Ronald Reagan was worse than George W. Bush

"There's a strong case to be made that Ronald Reagan was worse than George W. Bush as president and here are five of the main reasons.

1. The Debt -

"Accoding to NPR.org, when George W. Bush came into office in 2001, the national debt was $5.8 trillion. When President Bush left office, it had nearly doubled, to $10.6 trillion. While the actual number is higher than Reagan, the percent is much less.

"When Ronald Reagan came into office in 1981, the national debt was just over $900 billion dollars. Despite claiming to lower the debt during his campaign, by the time Reagan left office after the 1988 elections, the national debt has nearly tripled to $2.6 trillion dollars. While spending is expected and needed following a recession or depression, it's not expected when the candidate runs on cutting spending. In the eight years that he was in the White House, Ronald Reagan more than doubled the national debt that every single president before him had accumulated in the previous 200 years. George W. Bush deserves the majority of the blame for the fall of the U.S economy in 2008, but if it wasn't for Reagan laying down the foundation for economic destruction, Bush wouldn't have had the chance to follow in his footsteps.



2. Taxes and the size of Government -

"Ask a Democrat, or independent for that matter, what one of the leading causes for the national debt is and one of their top answers is usually the Bush tax cuts. While raising taxes on lower income families would be a nightmare, receiving revenue from those who have been given the biggest handout for the last ten years is not just wanted, but is needed. When George W. Bush came into office, the top tax rate for the most wealthy Americans was only 39.6% and due to the Bush tax cuts, the top tax rate was dropped to 35%. Though other brackets were dropped as well, by dropping the top tax rate, massive revenue that was needed to fund the government was no longer coming in. The Bush administration had claimed, following the Reagan model, that the tax cuts would pay for themselves by generating enough additional revenue from added economic growth to offset the tax rates being lowered.

"The theory is known as supply side economics, or Reaganomics, where if you give the wealthy tax breaks, they will turn their added income into jobs. The problem the "trickle down" theory is that the majority of those receiving tax breaks aren't creating jobs. Those that do create jobs, use the loopholes in free trade and the free market system and ship jobs overseas to other countries. It makes sense for them as a business because any time you can pay labor less your own profits will rise. If a business is able to pay a worker in China .30/hr compared to a living or even minimum wage in the United States, they will do so to increase their profit margin. While the business and their executives make a tremendous amount of money, it hurts the United States and its workers in the long term.

"President Bush cut taxes, especially on the wealthy, and according to the New York Times,"reducing revenues by about $1.8 trillion between 2002 and 2009." But as Bush cut and added, what Reagan did was even worse. Ronald Reagan came into office in 1981 with a national debt of just over $900 billion and left tripling the debt in the process. One of the leading causes of the debt exploding was because, while the government continued to spend, the revenue was no longer there to fund the programs. Reagan took a top tax rate of 70% in 1981 and cut it to 50% by the end of his first term in 1984. When Reagan left office after the 1988 elections the top tax rate was only 28%. With the government taking such a drastic pay cut, the only way it could survive is if programs were slashed.

"According to a report from the Slate, the size of government didn't decrease nearly enough to keep pace with the tax cuts.


"'Federal government spending was a quarter higher in real terms when Reagan left office than when he entered. As a share of GDP, the federal government shrank from 22.2 percent to 21.2 percent--a whopping one percentage point. The federal civilian workforce increased from 2.8 million to 3 million.'
"In fact, according to the Mises Institute Monthly, if you combine the presidencies of bothRepublican, Gerald Ford and Democrat, Jimmy Carter, their total amount of 'national income' increased 1.4% compared to Ronald Reagan's 3%. The report also shows that while Reagan criticized the Carter administration for spending 27.9% of 'national income,' Reagan had spent 28.7% of "national income" in the first quarter of 1988 alone. While George Bush cut taxes and grew government in areas it didn't need to be, Ronald Reagan once again laid down the foundation.




3. Raiding the Social Security Trust Fund -


"With Ronald Reagan cutting taxes so drastically, the U.S government was beginning to starve. Reagan added to the government and didn't make enough spending cuts to offset the tax cuts, so the money needed to come from somewhere. Ronald Reagan knew that his polices would create economic bubbles, unemployment would drop and some jobs would be created, but in time the bubble would burst leaving the economy in ruins. In order to counteract his own economic policies, Ronald Reagan needed to find somewhere else to get revenue.

Listening to Alan Greenspan and other advisors, Ronald Reagan raided the Social Security Trust Fund and replaced it with glorified IOU's. Ronald Reagan raised the Social Security tax rate which did add to the revenue, but because there is a cap on Social Security, currently no income over $106,000 is taxed for Social Security, the wealthy didn't feel the tax increase and the pain was pushed to the middle and lower classes. President Bush created the Medicare Part D program which was not paid for and added to the debt, but compared to what Ronald Reagan did with Social Security, President Bush doesn't look so bad.



4. Training Osama Bin Laden and other future al Qaeda leaders -


"George W. Bush was given a briefing in early 2001 hinting at the realistic chance that al Qaeda and their terrorist forces could attack the United States. Bush ignored the notation and later that year the country was underattack. Thousands of Americans died and thousands are still feeling the effects of that disastrous day. President Bush started the War in Afghanistan in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda, coming within grasps at grabbing the leader at Tora Bora, but Bin Laden was able to walk through the mountains and escape. In addition to the war in Iraq, thousands of Americans and civilians have died, trillions have been added to the national debt and the United States has been put in an economic and emotional tailspin for the last decade.

"Americans have to wonder how Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, was able to gain so much knowledge and training to execute such a horrible act. For the answer you need to go back into history 30 years. During the Cold War, Russia was seen as the major threat, and at the time they were battling forces in Afghanistan. Ronald Reagan thought Russia would be the possible destruction to the United States and after he was elected in 1981, funding for the rebel forces in Afghanistan increased significantly. Those rebel forces were known as the Mujahideen, who would later become al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban. Under the orders and funding of the Reagan administration, the CIA trained the Mujahideen in assassinations, car bombs and other tactics that they still use today and used on 9/11.

"Though George W. Bush wasn't prepared for the attacks on 9/11 and reacted poorly, Ronald Reagan put the training and funding in place. There are those that make the argument that Reagan never knew that the terrorists would use the training against the United States and that is most likely true, but as a leader you must know who you're giving money and training to and what the ramifications could possibly be.



5. Middle Class War -


"Possibly the greatest failure of Ronald Reagan was his war on workers, wage earners and the middle class. There was a time in the United States where only one parent had to work and children could go to college without massive debts holding them down. Jobs offered pensions where the worker knew they had something to look forward to when they were going to retire and unions were larger, protecting worker's rights across the board. Ronald Reagan, once a former union member, turned his back against working Americans and union busting was happening across the country.

"It started with PATCO, the air traffic controllers unions, on August 3rd, 1981. The union went on a strike, seeking fair pay, improved working conditions and an extended 32 hour work week. The union workers also wanted to be removed from the civil service clause that handicapped the workers and prevented them from going on strike. Reagan wanted no part of this and after threatening the union, the president fired 11,345 workers who refused to come back to work. Reagan banned them from federal service for life, but the ban was later removed by President Clinton.

"The PATCO strike was just the beginning of the war on workers. As the years went on, worker pay stayed stagnant as executive pay rose to all time highs. Today, Republican governors across the country, like Scott Walker, John Kasich and Chris Christie, are all following the Reagan model to bust unions, destroy the middle class and move all the wealth to the top 1%.

If Ronald Reagan was the best that the Republican Party can offer as a "great president," and Bush Jr. was the worst, it's no surprise that the GOP came up with Mitt Romney as their standard bearer in 2012.  A copy of the Monopoly Man, Romney wasn't apologetic about any of his beliefs that the "47 percent" was against him, that the rich should rule the 98 percent, and that the rest of us wanted "gifts" from the government.



These beliefs surround the core belief of the Conservative leadership, that only the rich are capable of ruling the country.  Every policy of the GOP is directed towards implementing that belief, whether by dumbing down our kids, waging War On Women, eliminating taxes for the most wealthy among us,  starting wars overseas, and a multitude of attacks on the middle class.  And their strategies are taking hold - even now the country suffers from the Reagan depredations, not to mention Bush Jr's. and Cheney's attacks on our wallets and purses.

Before it's too late - criminalize Conservatism!


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"Jerry Ford is a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off"

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

100 of The Dumbest Right-Wing Quotes of All Time


Faithful readers of this site are familiar with the fact that Conservatives are not as intelligent as Liberals, but our examination of the scientific studies and tests has stressed the stupidity of the Conservative followers.

The sheeplets' stupidity is without debate -->http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/search/label/conservatives_are_stupid -- but little has been said about the intellectually challenged leadership, possibly because they aren't stupid enough to participate in any testing to prove that they aren't quite as bright as their peers on the left side of the aisle.

But now, samuel_warde.com over at Liberals Unite has collected "100 of The Dumbest Right-Wing Quotes of All Time," and here are the first 20: 

1. “…the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more.” ~ Michele Bachmann, Speaking to Iowans For Tax Relief about the framers of the Constitution. January, 2011
2. “A poet once said, ‘life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.”’ ~ GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, quoting lyrics from the theme song to ‘Pokemon: The Movie 2000.’ The ”poet” who wrote those lyrics was disco queen Donna Summer.
3. “Add one little bit on the end… Think of ‘potato’, how’s it spelled? You’re right phonetically, but what else…? There ya’ go… all right!” ~ Dan Quayle
4. “AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.” ~Jerry Falwell
5. “American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains.” ~ Christine O’Donnell
6. “As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” ~ George W. Bush
7. “Because I do not wear high heels. She has questioned my manhood, and I think it’s fair to respond. I have cowboy boots, they have real bullshit on them. And that’s Weld County bullshit, not Washington, D.C., bullshit.” ~ Tea Party candidate Ken Buck, after being asked why people should vote for him for the Colorado GOP Senate nomination. Buck was referring to an ad run by his opponent, which decried third-party spending on behalf of his campaign and urged Buck to ”be man enough” to run the ads himself, July 21, 2010.
8. “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” ~ Rep. Michelle Bachmann
9. “Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings, my friend.” ~ GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney
10. “Do you have blacks, too?” ~ George W. Bush
11. “Do you know, where does this phrase ‘separation of church and state’ come from? It was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. … The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they’re Nazis.” ~ Glen Urquhart, the Tea Party-backed Republican nominee for the Delaware House seat held by Rep. Mike Castle, April 2010
12. “Exercise freaks … are the ones putting stress on the health care system.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
13. “Facts are stupid things.” ~ Ronald Reagan
14. “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.” ~ George W. Bush
15. “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
16. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you.” ~ Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina)
17. “For seven and a half years I’ve worked alongside President Reagan. We’ve had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We’ve had some sex…uh…setbacks.” ~ George H.W. Bush
18. “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.” ~ Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010
19. “Gay marriage is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I AM NOT UNDERSTATING THAT.” ~ Michelle Bachmann
20. “Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments.” ~ Sarah Palin

If it wasn't for the underlying viciousness of the average Conservative leader, and their bloody and treasonous history, these examples of Conservative stupidity might be laughable.  From Reagan to Bush to Bush to the remainder of the leadership, these quotations remain a monument to the stupidity of the average Conservative leader - and a mark of shame to those who actually voted for them.



Tell me, Mr. Bones, Who is the president of Ubeki-beke-beki-beki-stan-stan?  (49. “I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?” ~ Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.)

Want some more?  Here are quotes 40-60:

40. “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” ~ George W. Bush
41. “I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.” ~ Dan Quayle
42. “I love California; I practically grew up in Phoenix.” ~ Dan Quayle
43. “I love this state. The trees are the right height.” ~ Mitt Romney, campaigning in Michigan (February 2012)
44. “I think I was unprepared for war.” ~ George W. Bush
45. “I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.” ~ Sharron Angle, explaining why she is against abortion even in cases of rape or incest, July 8, 2010
46. “I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.” ~ Dan Quayle
47. “I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld
48. “I’m not a witch…I’m you.” ~ Christine O’Donnell
49. “I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?” ~ Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain
50. “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” ~ George W. Bush
51. “If we took away the minimum wage-if conceivably it was gone-we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” ~ Michele Bachmann
52. “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president.” ~ Ann Coulter
53. “I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” ~ George W. Bush
54. “Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?” ~ Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), on congressional efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (July 2004)
55. “It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE ABSTINENT ALONE. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can’t masturbate without lust.” ~ Christine O’Donnell
56. “It may be a blessing in disguise. … Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it’s a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other.” ~ Pat Robertson
57. “It’s not unusual in political rallies, it’s not unusual in parades, to see that type of thing.” ~ Joe Miller on guns at his rallies
58. “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.” ~ South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, arguing against government food assistance for poor residents.
59. “One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared.’” ~ Dan Quayle
60. “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” ~ George W. Bush



And here are the last 20 quotes, be sure to go to http://samuel-warde.com/2012/07/100-of-the-dumbest-right-wing-quotes-of-all-time/ to read the other 80 quotes.

80. “They [Republicans] say, ‘You’re too conservative.’ Was Thomas Jefferson too conservative? I’m tired of some people calling me wacky.” ~ Nevada GOP Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, March 21, 2010
81. “This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.” ~ George W. Bush
82. “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” ~ George W. Bush
83. “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.” ~ Ronald Reagan
84. “We had the 60s sexual revolution, and now people are dying of AIDS.” ~ Christine O’Donnell, Politically Incorrect. August 1998
85. “We have a lot of work to do. It’s a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border.” ~ John McCain (the countries share no common border)
86. “We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.” ~ Ann Coulter
87. “We need to execute people like (John Walker Lindh) in order to physically intimidate liberals.” ~ Ann Coulter
88. “We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.” ~ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
89. “We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.” ~ President George W. Bush
90. “We took the Bible and prayer out of public schools. Now we’re having weekly shootings. We had the 60s sexual revolution, and now people are dying of AIDS.” ~ Christine O’Donnell, Politically Incorrect. August 1998
91. “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn’t that ironic?” ~ Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada’s single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like rationing, March 6, 2010
92. “Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.” ~ Dan Quayle
93. “Well, I learned a lot….I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and (learn) their views. You’d be surprised. They’re all individual countries” ~ Ronald Reagan
94. “What I don’t know is what the unexpected might be.” ~ John McCain
95. “What I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” ~ GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, getting her John Waynes mixed up during an interview after launching her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, where she grew up. The beloved movie star John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away. The John Wayne that Waterloo was home to is John Wayne Gacy, a notorious serial killer.
96. “What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.” ~ GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN), apparently unaware that the Soviet Union collapsed more than two decades ago (August 2011)
97. “When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.” ~ Glenn Beck
98. “When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
99. “You know what, evolution is a myth….Why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?” ~ Christine O’Donnell
100. “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.” ~ George W. Bush



Even Reagan, the so-called Great Communicator, wasn't the brightest pencil in the box ("93. “Well, I learned a lot….I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and (learn) their views. You’d be surprised. They’re all individual countries” ~ Ronald Reagan"), but the fact that this stupid, mean old man was actually elected to the White House - twice - is enough to make one understand why education is critical for the success of democracy.  It's not for nothing that the Conservatives want us to "dumb down" our children, for the lack of education insures the Conservatives' continued success at the ballot box.


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"Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity."

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. (American entertainer, dancer, musician, singer,

television and film star, Broadway and nightclub performer, also known for his
impersonations of actors and other celebrities and cover version of Mr. Bojangels and The
Candy Man among other hits. December, 1925 – May, 1990

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