Friday, March 26, 2010

To Taibbi's point below...

Ben Stein, is a funny guy. I disagree with him politically most of the time, but in this piece he points to just how far off the deep-end the "Obama is a Socialist" folks have gone.

"The flat truth is that in February 1974, with the hounds of hell baying at him about Watergate, with a national trial by shortage under way after the Arab Oil Embargo, with the economy in extremely rocky shape, and with large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, Republican Richard M. Nixon submitted to Congress a national health care bill in many ways more comprehensive than what Mr. Obama achieved."

It also illustrates how accurate Taibbi was when he said, "The new Democratic Party is an excellent substitute for the old Nixon/Ford Republican Party. They even passed Nixon’s vision of a health care plan."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Off The Deep End...

I spent the evening after the Health Care Bill was signed hiding "friends" on facebook, seriously people have gone off the deep end. Matt Taibbi's post below illustrates this point really well. And then these two stories from Southside VA. It's not just the articles but read the comments section under them, we're apparently developing thousands of Timothy McVeigh want to be's out there.

So the Tea Party posted what they thought was the personal address of a Congressman on the Tea Party blog… turned out though it was the address of the Congressman's brother’s family… the Tea Party spokesman said, “Well, that’s collateral damage”…

Then, a gas line is cut at the Congressman’s brother’s house…

"...hysterical survivalist Ruby-Ridge loonies..."

"As she inched toward the triumphant win, Nancy Pelosi issued a fact sheet about the bill that cheerfully quoted an E.J. Dionne editorial. The passage:

An op-ed by E.J. Dionne on Friday reveals that the current health reform legislation pending before Congress was “built on a series of principles that Republicans espoused for years.”
The electoral-politics aspect of what just happened with health care is a bit strange. It seems to me that the Republicans capitulated entirely to Tea Party sentiment, a move that sets them up for a Sarah Palin candidacy in 2012, which in turn is a move that sets them up for a crushing general-election defeat. Meanwhile the Democrats spent the health care debate fleeing from their own base, a move that… well, I don’t know what it means, exactly, but it does make me a little ill. The whole picture is strange: Democrats running as Republicans, Republicans running as Turner-Diaries conspiracy theorists.

I don’t get what the Republicans have to gain by painting themselves as hysterical survivalist Ruby-Ridge loonies (Kentucky congressman Geoff Davis pulling out the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag was a move more larded with mawkish over-drama than your average drag-queen tribute to Edith Piaf). It feels to me like they played this one wrong.

It doesn’t matter, though. Should I decide to change my politics and become a conservative now that I’m exactly the middle-aged bourgeois/suburban tool I used to rail against, I can always vote Republican by voting Democratic. The new Democratic Party is an excellent substitute for the old Nixon/Ford Republican Party. They even passed Nixon’s vision of a health care plan. That there’s no Democratic Party left is a shame, but I guess one choice is better than none."

It's worth the subscription to Rolling Stone just for Taibbi's work...

Sunday, March 7, 2010


The tea partiers and supply sider's are conveniently forgetting that this "socialist", this "communist" that is currently President of the United States passed the LARGEST TAX CUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES! A fact that when polled only 2% of Tea Party members knew.

Tranquilize the masses with the trivial, demonize the opposition, and then wrap it all up in the flag.

I have serious problems with the democrats, in fact, I think we have essentially a one party system in this country... the corporatist. But, the game that the right wingers are playing is a dangerous one.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fired Up Ready to Go!

It seems the election of President Obama has some Fired Up and Ready to Go!

Shooting at the Pentagon, flying planes into IRS buildings, Tea Parties... hell, check the online comments sections of your local newspaper. It's gotten ugly.

Not exactly what the President had in mind.

I do wonder where these folks have been for the last 8 years. And why have they've decided now is the time to get Fired Up? I suspect it's in part the color of our President's skin. I suspect it's also the economy. And I'm pretty damn sure it's because people can so easily be led around by their noses by those inclined to do so. Marketing works.

Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion Ledger has a much more insightful piece on the subject at his blog.

This video of Stephen Colbert raises a similar point, which is that the truth doesn't matter. Acorn didn't welcome a pimp in their office with open arms and teach him how to work the system, it just didn't happen. The video was cooked. But, the facts don't matter. They destroyed an organization whose mission was to help poor folks, they cost them and the people they serve millions of dollars. But, the Tea Party, et. al. will never hear that it was a lie, because Limbaugh, Beck and Faux News won't discuss it. And thus they'll remain - Fired Up, Ready to Go!