Cutting Through The Crap

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Down Is Up


If it didn't begin with Newt Gingrich, he certainly got the stone rolling down hill with his memo. Truth is irrelevant; in fact, it's best avoided. Make stuff up. Such is the central theme, the governing (as it weren't) principle of Republican leaders, and of those tasked with spreading their messages. And, oh, how well it works.

More than anything else, this is what bothers me so deeply about our political present, and future: that the opposition has resorted to overt lying in order to regain power. Redoubled, reiterated, reinforced by a dominant media network, their message takes hold disturbingly easily and thoroughly. And so it is that speeches like this get cheers -- not to mention other pretty ugly responses.

See, it's not as if there's nothing to criticize about President Obama, or about legislation that's come down the pike. But, long ago, Republicans realized that defending their central tenets of deregulation, tax cuts, and theocracy has gotten harder and harder as reality has shown the dangers and/or unworkability of each. Arguing their case on the merits has become all but impossible; it's a lot easier to distort ideas put forth by Democrats than it is to come up with their own new and useful ones. But if it became obvious that their core beliefs were anything but brilliant, their response to that realization most certainly was.

Brilliant.

Concluding they could no longer argue the rightness of their Ronaldian failures, they made that swift-slick and sly-sick calculation: we can still win elections without the work of producing ideas if we're willing to rewrite the past and lie about the present; the American voter is nothing if not malleable, gullible, and willingly ill-informed, they figured, and, boy, have they been right. Of what have they convinced their followers, whom they hold in such low esteem? Socialism! Soft on terror! Apology tours! Government takeover! Coming after your guns! Coming after your children! Giveaway to the banks! How else to explain the Republican filibuster of Wall Street reform, than that they figure they can lie about it with impunity; that they can keep bedding with bankers, and no one will care; that they can call their shit shinola and their RWS™ will fan it from the flatscreens, and the teabaggers will nod their heads, raise their fists, mad as hell without two facts to rub together in their low-taxed, gun-totin', misunderstood-Constitution-carrying hands.

As pathetic as Congressional Republican leaders are, as devoid of ethics as the RWS™ and their "news" channel may be, I'm not certain they're stupid enough to believe that stuff themselves. Which makes it worse. Following that Newtonian lead, they've overboarded all pretense and moved on without shame, leaving conscience behind, counting on the baseness of their base and the credulity of the rest. They have yet to be disappointed.

I know I repeat myself. I wish I could let it go. And, most assuredly, I continue to believe George Bush is the worst president of my lifetime and well beyond, with Ronald Reagan close at his neck. But at least I have facts on which to base my arguments. I don't make stuff up, I don't use words chosen for me by others. I point to actual events, positions, results. How few there are on the right that do the same, as relates to their commentary about Barack Hussein Obama.

Which is worse? The cynicism of the right wing leaders and their mouthpieceri, or the fact that they've found such fertile soil in which to dig? Either way, it bespeaks the coming of the end.

If I believed we could survive it, I'd say what the hell. Take that former half-term governor of a socialist state and stick her in the White House. Give John Boner the Speakership, McConnell the leadership, and let's do it all again: let's further widen the gap between rich and poor, let's Christianize our war plans once again, further theocratize our schools, let's cut taxes even more, privatize social security, unfetter all businesses from any regulation, let's drill everywhere, abandon CAFE standards, let's find another country to invade. Let's lift our middle fingers once again to the rest of the world, round up a few more American citizens and deny them counsel, let's repeal health care legislation, take away all equality for gays, and, while we're at it let's forget about stem cell research, let's outlaw Islam, jail brown people now and ask questions later.

But the thing is, as the passage of less than a sequiyear's time has shown, people have no political memory. Such destruction as would be wreaked, such proof, once again, of the fraud that is the tax-cut-deregulation-heterowhitesonly sum of all parts of the current Republican party, would no more bring the country to its senses than has, mere months later, the meltdown brought on by Bush, riding the coattails of Reagan, and the rhetoric born of Gingrich/Rove/Delay/Armey.

Newt may not have been the first to stumble upon the power of dishonesty. Sarah may not be the first to parlay it so recklessly. But their timing has been perfect. And not even Newt could have known that a mere few years after he opened his mouth, there'd be tea people only too happy to dip their bags right in.




6 comments:

Frank Drackman said...

C'mon Sid, put on a Happy Face!!! Your Side Won!!! and you'll have your Politburo for a whole 8 more months to: burn out the Treasury Dept Presses printin up those Commie-Euro-lookin $100 bills/Bring all the Boys/Gals home from Iraq except for 50,000/Repeal Dont Ask/Dont Smell/and if they do ask, take the 5th/
Oh Yeah, don't forget to give Arizona back to the Mexicans...
I think your just pissy cause your gonna lose that Medicare Advantage...
Or the President(Peace be upon Him) didn't include you in his Grand Coalition of Young/AfricanAmericans/Fags/Hispanics/Women...
Whens Guantanamo Closing again???
I know, right after the KSM trial in Manhattan...

Frank

Anonymous said...

Drekman... So you're a "doctor" (Pus Be Upon You)? Whattaya hear from Mengele? I heard he was hiding out in Atlanta.

Sid's Grand Rounds really nailed it this time!

You prove his point so brilliantly:

A more pristine clinical example of political schizophrenia, complicated by oral diarrhea,could not be demonstrated; you outsmarm the likes of Bachmann and even Beck - you Palin (Sarah) in comparison.

Or is it simply a case of Tourette's: a bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia)?

Probably both.

In any case, there is no way we are giving the Ass Zone back to the Mexicans - In your dreams Drekman...(Pus Be Upon You)- unless they take back TexAss too!

EugeneInSanDiego

Cory said...

Hey Franky boy... why don't you go fly a weapon of mass destruction? That's your style isn't it? You never grew outta that childish boyhood dream, did you? I bet you never flew for the love of flying... I betcha loved being part of that military machine didn't ya? I'd bet it's a macho thing for ya. Made you feel like someone didn't it? You like to talk about your ol' flying days and post pics about it don't ya? Do you ever get tired of being maliciously obnoxious? Don't you ever get tired of being an ass? Don't you ever get tired of opeing your mouth in a maliciously unproductive manner? Don't you ever get tired of being a child grown old? It's apparent you are a very mean person. My guess is you're gay... your types, in the closet types are generally the most vehement. And if you're not gay, you certainly are vehement. By all rights, you certainly should be ashamed of yourself, but, if you're not, my guess is you will be. Just hang in there Franky boy. Living with the stress of yourself will eat ya up... it's just a matter of time. Getting your validation from Fox will get old... Being an angry white man will get old... and so will you.

Sid Schwab said...

Now, now, boys. Not that Frankie can't take care of himself... I admit that half the time I can't figure out what's he's saying, but I sort of consider him the class cut-up. Bad boy with a heart of.... well... I'm not sure. But I don't take him as seriously as all that...

Anonymous said...

Yess...

A bad boy, with a heart of mold!

EugeneInSanDiego

Frank Drackman said...

Y'all the ones who're gettin your panties in a wad..
I'm always whistlin a happy tune, and not just when I watch the Zapruder film...
and Cory, don't blame me that your parents gave you a gay name,

Frank