Why Do Conservatives Soak Up Lies? | Eric Zuesse

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You know as I know that the Right has a horrible time with the facts and in doing so….a hard time with the truth…….but the question should be asked, why do conservs buy into each and everyone of the lies?

There is an election approaching and the lies shall get deeper and harsher…….

Well, go figure…..that question has been answered…..

Why Do Conservatives Soak Up Lies? | Eric Zuesse.

Run Hillary Run?

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All of us political junkies know that there is an election in 2014, what some call the mid-terms and then the bigger will be just 2 years away….the 2016 presidential election.  We still do not have a clear picture of who will be running from each of the two parties…we have our faves like Cruz, Paul, Bush, Biden, Warren and of course the ever present Clinton……

If you are a liberal you know what is being said about Hillary and of course her hubby, Big Bubba……if you are a conserv you have your ideas and beliefs about her and her hubby…….and the wild accusations will fly rampant if she decides to run…….but there is ammo for the GOP and its spin doctors……

Now that the journals of Hillary Clinton’s late best friend, Diane Blair, have come to light, is there anything about the former secretary of state we don’t know? That’s the question on Frank Bruni’s mind. He’s not saying the Washington Free Beacon shouldn’t have printed the information it found in the journals. But, he writes in the New York Times, he wonders: “How many decent, gifted people who contemplate public office look at what someone like Hillary endures and step away? And the people who aren’t scared off: How cold and hard are they, or how cold and hard do they become?” Bruni likens Clinton to “a carcass” that “with a tireless zest, we pick … clean.” But in the Washington Examiner, Byron York says all of this is fair game. If Clinton runs for president in 2016, some voters will be people who weren’t even born when Bill Clinton took his first oath of office. They need to be educated about Hillary Clinton’s past, just as voters learned about Mitt Romney’s 1980s business deals, John Kerry’s Vietnam war record, or George W. Bush’s military service controversy from the 1960s. Clinton’s actions from the 1970s onward reveal “something about who Clinton was and still is,” and examining those actions “will help define Mrs. Clinton for millions of voters who weren’t around or weren’t paying attention in the 1990s.” His full column here, Bruni’s here.

I can imagine that this will give ammo to her opponents and that they will begin using it as soon as possible….even though there is NO clear indication that she will run……..

Come on people…..let the opinions fly….I am Listening……

Beliefs Of The Tea Party

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Recently a friend and loyal reader and I had a conversation about the Tea Party….I said that I was not opposed to the Tea Party per se, as it was in the original movement just that, IMO, the movement had been hijack by people with an alternate agenda and that my problem is with the people that describe themselves as members of the Tea Party and their thoughtless comments which is picked up and given a lot of undue notoriety…..I try to ignore stupid but sometimes it is just too blatant to ignore….

But I was told that the Tea Party principles were as follows……..(a neo-liberal in any other clothing is still a neo-liberal)…….

  1. THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.”
  2. CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role.
  3. DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminsh profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.
  4. PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
  5. ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

I understand their thinking in #1-4….it is 5 that I have a huge problem with…….”individual responsibility”…….don’t get me wrong….people should be responsible for their actions….all their actions and decisions…….but where I have my confusion is the laws and wanted laws that take responsibility from the people like what we eat or smoke or religion or abortion (now here is the one that most small minded people will fixate on…it is an EXAMPLE Only!)…..each one of those is a personal choice that some want to take away from the people…..it should be a total commitment to “individual responsibility” or let it go!

The Republicans’ Poverty Problem | Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

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The attacks should start soon….and the GOP will need a good and clear plan for the biggest problem facing our country today….that is the increase in poverty……

The Republicans’ Poverty Problem | Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq..

GOP Course Change?

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I recall after the last election….you know the one where Mitt got his pants beaten off…..the GOP and its chairman, Rancid Prius (sorry cannot remember his real name and too lazy to use Google) stated that the GOP was gonna take stock and try to reach out to those disenfranchised voters…you know like women, Latinos, working folk, etc……

An excellent idea and I for one was looking forward to some substance to their issues and not just “we hate Obama” rhetoric…..this was the perfect opportunity for them to be successful…….many Americans were getting weary of the Obama admin and their sluggish policy machine….the voters were there for them to reach out to and hopefully convert……but…….

So far NOTHING has changed…they are NOT reaching out to new voters……they remain with an aging white base….they allow the idiots of the party free and unhampered access to spout all sorts of insulting rhetoric and falsehoods…….and policies….where are the NEW ideas on policy prep?

At the winter meeting of the RNC the chairman made some amazing statements……

We’ve come a long way since we gathered in Charlotte and vowed to renew our party, to grow, and to win.

As you’ve seen these last few days, we’re making great progress. We’re meeting our goals. We’re ‘making it happen.’

On all these things, I could go into greater detail. But you’ve heard and seen most of the numbers by now. So I just want to underscore the big picture. What we’re doing together is unprecedented for the RNC, for any party committee. We already have more people in the field than we do in headquarters. That’s unheard of in an off year. In some cases, that’s unheard of in an election year.

And we’re accomplishing these things because we’re united.

There are also people who want to turn the healthy conversations we’re having into headlines. They want to make a family discussion look like division. But we’re not going to let that happen, either.

I think it’s a good thing that we can have honest discussions on policy. A robust party should take time to debate the right solutions, and the right tactics. But there shouldn’t be any question: We’re united on our principles…

…yes, our party has come up with multiple ways to protect Americans from the consequences of Obamacare. But does anyone doubt that we’re united in saying that America deserves better than the Unaffordable Care Act?

Enough!  I could go one with his comments but why?  His comments are those of a delusional prick.  I have seen NOTHING new or anything that could be clled a success….with the exception of ACA (Obamacare for those haters) and that had NOTHING to do with GOP policy but rather a failed roll-out of the program…..very fortuitous for the GOP.

The RNC is already investing in a strong ground game for the 2014 elections, having already recruited more than 8,000 precinct captains. The committee has one of the largest, most diverse staffs it has ever had, officials said last week, and it has restructured its operations so they are data-driven. The committee is investing in all 50 states while eyeing some states where they could invest more substantially ahead of the 2016 election cycle.

But what good is a ground game if you have nothing to offer perspective voters?

The one area that has the GOP most concerned is the so-called “war on women”….but they have a plan…well sort of…….

The RNC is also considering a tactical defense against the Democrats’ “war on women” attack that in 2012 brought down candidates like Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin. The committee will consider a new resolution that states the RNC will not support the “strategy of silence” when it comes to Republican candidates and the issue of “life,” urging candidates to defend their positions and fight back.

Let me help them with this one issue….if you do not want it to appear as though there is a war on women then put a muzzle on the morons…..every time they open their mouths they feed that perception…..they can defend their position without using stupid statements to make their point….you know like “legitimate rape” or “biblical authority” or (pick one…they are not hard to find)…….as long as your candidates go off script the harder it is to reel they comments back…..just a suggestion……

I am a political philosopher and believe me when I say that I would love to see a new and improved GOP……… would make for a much better political stage….but so far all they have is….well NOTHING!  They have the same mindless twaddle from mental midgets……the people with an intellect are move to the fringe and told that they are NO longer political pure….there can NEVER be a strong GOP as long as these types of thoughts are allowed to blossom and bear fruit…….it is just that simple.

Here Come The Liberals

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I read then posted a piece on McCain the liberal…..utter BS but I thought about a piece I read the other day and just had to throw it into the mix…..I am guessing that my conserv friends will take exception with the findings but……whatcha gonna do?

Now for about a decade we liberals have been bad mouthing conservs and the conservs have gotten even by insult the liberals……to the point that you would think that there is truly deep hatred on both sides….a hatred that sounds like it could result in massive violence…..

Recently there was a huge study, I believe it was NBC/Wall St. Journal poll, that found that most of us are really centrists…..that poll was a bit of a BS outing in my opinion…….according to this poll I am a centrist………what they call a ‘pick-up populist’…..I answered the questions as I always do and about a decade ago the result was I was so far Left that I almost fell off the chart…..but now I am a centrists?  Can you explain that?

Anyway……..I have some bad news for my conserv brethren……..

More Americans are calling themselves liberal today than at any point since Gallup started measuring in 1992, according to a new Gallup analysis—though conservatives still far outnumber them. The ranks of self-identified liberals swelled to 23% in 2013, according to the analysis, which collected data from 13 polls spanning more than 18,000 people. That leaves liberals 15 points behind conservatives (38%), tying the narrowest margin ever. Those new liberals appeared to come at the expense of moderates, who declined to 34%—their lowest point ever, down 9 points from Gallup’s first analysis in 1992. Liberals have always been at the bottom of the totem pole. Why the recent gains? It could simply be that the term “liberal” is now more acceptable, the pollsters write, or it could indicate that the Democratic Party “is increasingly dominated by those from the left,” as the Republican party is by the right.

Personally, I think polls and surveys are CRAP!  People will lie and mislead……the question can do the same thing…..but if there is any accuracy in this latest Gallup then my conserv friends need to worry for their future…..

McCain’s A Liberal?

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Just how far will they go to be more moronic than they are now?  I have called McCain many things, some not so nice, but I have never called him a liberal or that he was too liberal to be a Repub……but guess what!  The state GOP of Arizona has gone to the far Right in recent weeks……

Seems John McCain is getting too liberal for Arizona conservatives—so liberal that the state’s Republican party has formally reprimanded the senator for his “disastrous and harmful” record, Politico reports. At a party meeting in Tempe yesterday, the party hammered McCain for assisting Democrats on immigration reform, ignoring a GOP plan to defund ObamaCare, and criticizing conservative Republicans while keeping “eerily silent against liberals.” Not only that, he kept telling a rather unkind joke about Congress, the Atlantic Wire reports. Congress “can’t get lower in the polls,” the joke goes (thanks, Atlantic Wire). “We’re down to blood relatives and paid staffers now.” But the censure sounds like no joke: The state GOP vowed to “no longer support, campaign for, or endorse” McCain until he backs the party platform. McCain’s office had no comment, but former Sen. Jon Kyl, another Arizona Republican, spoke up for him: To say McCain “doesn’t have a conservative voting record—that’s just baloney,” he told the Arizona Republic. “I’ve gone to dozens of these meetings and every now and then some wacky resolution gets passed.” At this meeting, some 1,600 committee members also voted to abolish a Constitutional amendment allowing the direct election of senators by the voting public, Reuters reports.

Okay, I am NO fan of McCain’s……but this is pushing the envelope……and then there are those in the GOP that say there is NO purity test that candidates must adhere to…..looks like the Arizona twats missed that memo…….

Oh The Horror! The Scandal!

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I have quietly waited to see if any of my conserv colleagues would have the nuts to write about one of their “super” scandals….Benghazi.  I mean really……for a month or more we had moron after moron jumping on the situation that occurred in Libya as some sort of nefarious scheme by our prez and Sec of State……remember?

Think hard…it will come to you.

Since FOX, Breibart, Jones and the others have not seen it necessary to report on this situation …..I will do it for them……(you are welcome…you toads)…….

(Newser) – CBS’ 60 Minutes today backpedaled away from an attention-grabbing report on the Benghazi consulate attack that it aired two weeks ago, saying it had “learned of new information that undercuts the account” of its key source, a security officer who was protecting the US mission when it was attacked. Dylan Davies, using the pseudonym Morgan Jones, criticized the compound’s defenses, amidst an action-packed account in which he raced to the consulate, climbed a 12-foot-wall, and knocked an extremist out with the butt of his gun. He’s put out a book with the same story, published by Simon and Schuster—which is owned by CBS.

But when the FBI interviewed him, Davies said he’d sat out the attack, instead remaining at the villa where he lived, the New York Times revealed last night. That interview is “completely consistent” with the incident report Davies filed with Blue Mountain, the security contractor he worked for. That incident report was leaked to the Washington Post last week, but Davies called it a lie put out by the “big people” he was upsetting, and CBS stood by him. Now, though, the network appears to have taken down the video, and says it may yank the book as well.

Okay, here is a synopsis…..this prick LIED!

It is stuff like this that tells me that most of the Right ‘news’ sources are NOT creditable in any way…….I pity…and yes I said PITY….. anyone that is ignorant enough to turn to these self-promoting pricks for news or information…..

I recently wrote to a friend of this blog, a conserv, about the lack of creditability that I find in some of the Right wing news sources…..and this is just what I was referring to when I made my comment……sorry, most of them are as worthless as tits on a boar, as far as news goes……and I gladly utter the 4 most beautiful words in the English language……I TOLD YOU SO!

Closing Note:  I check all the major ‘news’ outlets for the Right and not one has this story…..only CBS has the nuts to admit they were had by this con man…..

Just as I thought……the hacks that pretend to carry news would rather stick with a lie than admit they were wrong……a lie that drives their narrative and that narrative is everything for they have NO class or feel NO responsibility for predicating the lie….as long as the agenda does not suffer.  These people are cowards and liars…period!

You F*cking Morons!

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Dear Conservatives:

We can ask the question…what harm has all this bullshit in Washington done to America’s place in the world?  You may not care…..but all you that are ate up with American Exceptionalism should be proud of what you have done to our standing in the world.  Your pathetic little gamesd are destroying America’s prestige….happy?

All this game playing has taken the US from the number one country in the world and let it be replaced by that twat Putin…..are you morons happy now?

BY MATT MORENO Vladimir Putin is a man of many hats: prime minister of Russia, president of Russia, former leader of the KGB and now, the most powerful person in the world. Forbes released its annual list Wednesday with Putin at the top, jumping ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama, last year’s winner. The writer says lately it’s been a “lame duck period” for Obama while Putin has “solidified his control over Russia.” Forbes says Obama dropped a spot this year due to the “government shutdown mess.” (Via The White House) It also points out the political crisis over Syria. Russia scolded the U.S.’ threat to attack the Middle Eastern country over chemical weapons. (Via ABC) Russia eventually convinced its ally Syria to hand over the weapons. (Via RT) Forbes also points to the NSA scandal and leaks by Edward Snowden as events that weakened Obama’s power and strengthened Putin’s. (Via The New York Times) Forbes says the rankings are based on the number of people, amount of money and spheres of influence the leaders control. Also on the list is newcomer Pope Francis at No. 4, German Chancellor Angela Merkel at No. 5, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 11 and Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at No. 24. (Via Forbes) But while Putin might’ve topped Obama for first overall, The Independent suggests America is still the winner. Of the 72 names on the list (each representing 100 million of the world’s population), 28 are American. The bulk of those are corporate bosses. … Apart from Putin, only three Russians make the list, a more accurate reflection of the country’s modest economic ranking (around 10th, as measured by GDP). Putin was ranked third most powerful in the world last year. And for a man as burly as this, he might top the list of most physically powerful leaders, too. (Via AskMen.com)

You complete morons are doing more damage to this country than any foreign power could do……you people are pathetic, demented little toads and as soon as we can eliminate you from the political stage the better off America will be.

I am ashamed of the attitude of these political hacks….the country means NOTHING….let me say that again…..NOTHING to them……

Enough said?

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Where Have All The Burkeans Gone?

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Long time passing,

Gone to museums everyone.

Now that I got the ’60′s outta my mind let’s move on……….

I miss my conservative counterparts—–as I am an old fart and enjoy the lively liberal vs conservative debate……but today everyone wants to be in the ‘middle’……. the exchanges that I was trained for in my political philosophy days are long gone.

I am talking about the conservatism of Edmund Burke, the father of conservatism……..Burkeans believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense.  Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals.  Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems……….society is not merely a loose collection of individuals but a living organism comprising closely connected, interdependent members. Conservatives thus favor institutions and practices that have evolved gradually and are manifestations of continuity and stability. Government’s responsibility is to be the servant, not the master, of existing ways of life.

In short, conservatism endeavors to preserve the existing institutions, principles and policies…….we could debate a lot of things but NOTHING about the Tea Party assumes that it has these characteristics in mind.

I miss real conservatives because the debate has degraded into insults and lies…..the days of collecting facts and then arguing over the interpretation has gone by way of the do-do bird.  Today the debate is in the form of 3 minute interviews or 30 second sound bites filled with lies and misinformation.

The loud mouths of today believe in a much different bunch of characteristics that they falsely call conservatism….these are…….

Privatization of public enterprises

Deregulation of the economy

Massive tax cuts

“Monetarists” solutions to keep inflation in check even with the chance of increasing unemployment

Strict control of organized labor

Reduction in public expenditures especially social spending

Down sizing government

Expansion of international markets

Remove controls on the flow of global financial markets

These are the things that the Tea Party try to argue as conservatism…..it is NOT!  It is neo-liberalism!  Pretend all you want but a neo-liberal agenda is NOT conservative, in the true sense of the philosophy.

This is why I say there are NO conservatives left in the GOP……what few pretend to be conservative will bow to the loudest mouth in the party…..sadly in today’s political world that is the neo-liberalism of the Tea Party.

Sadly, I feel that the days of a true conserv vs lib debate is gone….long gone and may never return until sanity returns to politics.

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