Cutting Through The Crap

Monday, March 28, 2011

Koch Suckers


Never let reality get in the way of a crowd-pleasing right-wing talking point.

Says David Koch:
His father was a hard core economic socialist in Kenya... So he had sort of antibusiness, anti-free enterprise influences affecting him almost all his life. It just shows you what a person with a silver tongue can achieve."

-- Conservative activist David Koch, in an interview with the Weekly Standard, on President Obama.

Forget the fact that our president met his father, like, once. What about the concept that he's anti-business, anti-capitalist, anti-free enterprise? At what point does evidence begin to mean anything to these people?

If anything, President Obama could be criticized for being too PRO-business; and, by golly, that's exactly what the left wing says. Corporate profits are at all-time highs, their taxes are at all-time lows. Bonuses are being passed out on Wall Street like jelly beans in the Reagan White House. This is anti-capitalism? Really?

For Mr. Koch to say such a thing shows in what low regard he holds teabaggers: he believes -- because it's true, of course -- that tossing around phallacious (he's a prick, after all) phrases inflames them and suckers them into voting for the people who'll allow him his excesses while screwing those same credulous (but incoherently pissed) voters. You'd think he could come up with something that has at least some connection to reality. But why bother, when he has such a gullible substrate, to whom dishonesty sticks like uncarina to socks? Absent facts on their side, it kind of makes you wonder what's really behind the vitriol doesn't it?

I recently got a typical RW comment, which I didn't publish, both to save the writer from grammatico/spelling-bee embarrassment, and because it was nothing but a personal attack on me, not even bothering to mention the substance of the post, let alone address it. I've yet to receive a coherent argument showing where I'm wrong about this stuff, where I'm falsifying or distorting -- the way people on the right do as their starting point.

So. Anyone out there want to make a case, based on actual evidence, that Obama is, in fact, anti-capitalist and/or anti-free enterprise? (Pointing to the occasional puny regulation aimed at a modicum of minimalist consumer-protection won't cut it, unless you can show where it's strangled our currently fourishing business class, and how it differs significantly in style or substance from those produced by virtually every president -- even Rs -- since FDR.) Having responded to many comments here with similar requests and receiving nothing, not ever, I'm not holding my breath. (Even ignored was a simple question, after a declaration that teabaggers are just people who believe strongly: what, exactly, do they believe? And based on what data?)

The hatred toward Obama remains astonishing, given the fact that it seems grounded in nothing he has or hasn't done; not, at least, on the actuality of it. Lies about it -- death panels, government takeovers, Naziism -- sure. But reality?

Show me.

2 comments:

Jim said...

Sid,

I never cease to be amazed at the lies, misrepresentations and hatred directed at Obama on a daily basis.

I, for one, am quite disappointed in his caving to the right wing regarding everything financial. In most things he seems the most moderate President that I can remember in quite some time.

There isn't a week that goes by that one acquaintance or another doesn't forward a viral email with the latest purported outrage committed by that anti-american, anti-business Obama.

Recently received one regarding him putting out the EID postage stamp which supports celebrate a Muslin holiday. Of course, a minutes research reveals the stamp in question was put out on 9/1/2001. Ummm, I don't think he was Prez then. But, for the sponge brained masses it is further proof he is really a Muslim. One can only hope he is really an atheist.

I simply do not recall anything approaching this level of slander against former Republican presidents. Where were the emails then?

Sid Schwab said...

I agree, Jim. I get that EID email still, too, along with many others. All totally debunked years ago. But people WANT to believe that about him, so they do. Facts simply don't matter.

I'm sure there were slanders against every president since George Washington. But never so ubiquitous, so widely believed, and so absolutely resistant to the facts that easily belie them.

I think it's unprecedented, and a testament to the effectiveness of the rights cultivating of the religiously credulous, the easily frightened, the paranoid, the aggrieved. And, of course, of the non-stop propagandizing by Fox "news" and right-wing radio.

Most amazing of all is the ease with which teabaggers have been manipulated to vote against their own interests. It bodes very ill for us all.