Posts Tagged ‘conservatives

24
Sep
08

Who Thinks Obama Is Going To Win The Sept. 26 Debate?

I’ve seen a lot of certitude from the Democrat side that Obama is going present USC-OU 2004 National Championship-style smackdown on McCain this Friday at the first presidential debate. And while if I were christian, I’d get on my knees every night till they bleed begging baby jesus for such an outcome.

But I don’t think it’s going to happen. And here’s why.

McCain has morphed into a desperate tall-tale-teller allowing his ambition to parasitically leach the soul from our once honorable and happier warrior. All that’s left is a shell of political expediency that clings to the life-force of a five-year POW who existed forty years ago.

Given the current situation of McCain’s character – or lack thereof – how many times do you think those of us watching will want to call bullshit Friday night? How many times do you think Romney tried to call bullshit during the primaries? Probably never. My experience with Mormons is that they don’t curse.

Still, the level of untruth perpertrated by McCain and his campaign has reached atmospheric levels. They wouldn’t know reality if it bitch-slapped them in the face and called them “man-whore.”

The worse part about it is not McCain’s lying – despite it’s unprecedented levels – it’s that the type of people who would vote for McCain do not care.

Jonathan Chait offers a compelling profile of McCain’s whoppers in today’s (LEFT-LEANING) The New Republican and I’ve pulled the significant paragraphs from his 6-page report. It’s long because McCain’s told a lot of lies. Here’s what I found extremely interesting from his piece, entitled, “Liar’s Poker” (bear with me – I know it’s a long – but it’s definitely worth the read):

Here we have the distilled essence of the McCain campaign’s ethos: Perception is reality. Facts don’t matter. McCain has presented himself as the grizzled champion of timeworn values. But the defining trait of his candidacy turns out to be a postmodern disdain for truth. How could McCain–a man widely regarded, not so long ago, as one of the country’s most honor-bound politicians, and therefore an unusually honest one–have descended to this ignominious low? Part of the answer is that McCain is simply doing what works–and there is good reason to believe that his campaign’s strategy of persistent dishonesty will pay dividends come November 4. But part of the explanation for all this recent dishonesty may lie, oddly enough, in McCain’s legendary sense of honor.

If this is McCain’s strategy, then a bunch of news reports debunking his claims isn’t going to hurt. Indeed it may even help. Last February, political scientists Brendan Nyhan of Duke and Jason Reifler of Georgia State published the results of an experiment designed to test the effects of political untruths. The results would unsettle any idealist. The first conclusion they found was that lies work. When subjects were confronted with an untrue political claim (President Bush banned stem-cell research; weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq) respondents naturally moved toward those positions. When the lie was corrected, however, the effect of the untruth in moving opinions largely remained. The truth, in other words, is no antidote for a lie.

Their second conclusion was even more disturbing. Subjects who identified as politically conservative were not only immune to the effects of having a lie corrected, the correction made them even more likely to believe a lie. So, for instance, one group of conservative subjects was presented with a news story that depicted President Bush claiming weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. A second group of conservatives was presented with the same thing, along with a paragraph noting that Bush’s statement was untrue. The second group was more likely than the first to believe that Iraq possessed WMDs. The very fact of the press challenging their beliefs seems to have made conservatives more likely to embrace them. If this finding is broadly correct, then the media’s new found willingness to fact-check McCain will only succeed in rallying the GOP base to his side.

The pattern here is perfectly clear. McCain has contempt for anybody who stands between him and the presidency. McCain views himself as the ultimate patriot. He loves his country so much that he cannot let it fall into the hands of an unworthy rival. (They all turn out to be unworthy.) Viewed in this way, doing whatever it takes to win is not an act of selfishness but an act of patriotism. McCain tells lies every day and authorizes lying on his behalf, and he probably knows it. But I would guess–and, again, guessing is all we can do–that in his mind he is acting honorably. As he might put it, there is a bigger truth out there.

Main point: Conservatives who are told a lie, then told the truth, believe the lie more after they were told the truth! This means, people, that no matter how many times Barack says (with a hint of condescension), “Now, John, you know that’s just not true,” it won’t make a smidgen of difference. Even if Obama presents a coherent, thought-out, truthful rebuttal to McCain’s lies (“He wants to tax the American people,” “He was wrong on the surge,” “He doesn’t put country first,” “Palin has more experience.”), it will not make a difference in the belief conservatives have in McCain words. It truly is a sad commentary.

I must, however, point out that most of these conservatives are evangelical christians and believe the bible is fact, the Earth is 6,000 years old, all life came from the animals Noah could round up, Jesus rose from the dead and you have to believe in him – with no evidence – or their benevolent, all-loving god will send you down to the hellfires for eternity. Critical thinking isn’t their best attribute, to say the least.

I’m not sure how many of these conservatives will be watching Friday night, but seeing as how the main convention speeches drew around 40 million viewers, I’m thinking a lot will be tuned in. These people, however, would be in the bag for the Republican candidate even it was Elmo. I know, I know – there are loads of Dems who would vote for the Cookie Monster if he said he’d end the Iraq War. I get it.

While the debates will be a vital deciding factor in the outcome of the election, I think it will be harder to decide the victor. Palin has already won the VP’s go-round on Oct. 2. The bar is so low for her (perhaps the Devil is holding it up) and there are no rebuttal periods, which means than unless her boob pops out or she says, “I’m changing my mind and voting for Barack Obama,” she’s won. Actually, she’ll probably win big time if her boob pops out. Good luck, Joe B – try to chant, “I am not a political god. I am not a political god,” before heading on stage. That will probably help impede your gaffe-propensity.

What we can conclude here is that the arguments, facts, issues, policies, etc. presented during the debate will not determine the victor. The viewship will. The more informed and analytical the viewership, the more likely Obama will win. The opposite is true for McCain. I plan on watching.

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02
Sep
08

Conservatives Blast Liberal Bloggers

Think Progress reported Sept. 1 that during a panel discussion hosted by The Huffpo, Conservatives railed against “liberal bloggers” claiming, according to TP:

Joe Scarborough: “it’s so ugly now in some parts of the internet’ that good people are being dissuaded from running for office.”

Peggy Noonan: The commenters “are much like what you would have gotten in 1880 if you walked into a bedlam with a megaphone and said, ‘I’d like to say a few words.’ It’s wild, it’s crazy, and it’s awful, and it’s often quite vicious.”

Tucker Carlson: People are “really underestimating the vitriolic dumbness” that’s out there. “I don’t think there’s any way to understate it. … It’s mostly on the left,” he said, and it’s “totally intolerant.” It’s “the least liberal thing I have ever seen — the default position is ‘I don’t agree with you; you are either stupid or corrupt,’” he said. “I think it’s actually hurting the country.”

Frank Lunz: “You’re right,” he said to Tucker. “Mean would not describe it. It is as humanly vicious as it possibly can be,” he said, adding that it is “deliberately insulting.”

Apparently, it’s just fine for the Right to promulgate “vicious,” “vitriolic dumbness,” “deliberatly insulting” commentary that “hurts the country.”

Rush Limbaugh:

  • The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.
  • I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.
  • It’s one thing to have a sizable minority like the Democrats stand in your way, but it is just unacceptable when a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of Republicans in Congress also rear up in opposition and join the liberal Democrats to derail an agenda. At some point that has to be faced. It has to be faced because these RINOs, these moderates, are undermining our agenda on taxes; they are undermining our agenda on spending; they are undermining our agenda on oil drilling, and they are undermining the war on terror — and I’ll give you some names. You want some names? Here they are: Olympia Snowe, John McCain, George Voinovich, Mike Castle, Christopher Shays, and about 30 to 35 others.
  • (on Nancy Pelosi) She’s got about as much respect as an iguana swimming around in your bathtub. (okay…i’ll give him this one. it’s funny.)
  • Screw the world. Do you really think we ought to govern ourselves based on what the world thinks of us?

Ann Coulter

  • I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo.
  • If Gore had been elected president, right now he would just be finding that last lesbian quadriplegic for the Special Forces team.
  • Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity (as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of ‘kill everyone who doesn’t smell bad and doesn’t answer to the name Mohammed‘).
  • There are a lot of bad Republicans; there are no good Democrats.
  • The Democrats are giving aid and comfort to the enemy for no purpose other than giving aid and comfort to the enemy. There is no plausible explanation for the Democrats’ behavior other than that they long to see U.S. troops shot, humiliated, and driven from the field of battle. They fill the airwaves with treason, but when called to vote on withdrawing troops, disavow their own public statements. These people are not only traitors, they are gutless traitors.
  • God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.’
  • (On Islam) We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.

Michael Savage

  • The radical Democratic left is an army of soulless ghouls. Being of the living dead, they live in a world of death and try to impose it on we the living. Witness who led the charge: a radical homosexual, Barney Frank. A radical abortion Mafiosa, Barbara Boxer.
  • You know, when I see a woman walking around with a burqa, I see a Nazi. That’s what I see, how-do-you-like-that? A hateful Nazi who would like to cut your throat and kill your children.
  • My ancestors fled here because they wanted to become American. They wanted to imitate and ape the white man, while retaining some of their background. They didn’t want to impose their background upon the society, like so many immigrants do today, thinking that they have a right to impose their fetid societies upon us, the very stinkpots that they ran from.
  • They make homosexual wedding the law of the land, when 90 percent of the American people find it repugnant! And sickening! And disgusting! And don’t wanna accept it! And don’t wanna live in a degenerate nation!

Bill O’Reilly

  • I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s Restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks. Especially the black patrons: there wasn’t one person shouting, “Hey, m’fer, I want more iced tea.”
  • I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn’t have rescued them.”
  • Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if Al-Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.
  • Many parents are worried in America about the gay agenda and indoctrination of their children to see homosexuality in a certain way.

Glenn Beck

  • I find this guy [father of Michael Berg] despicable. Everything in me says that sluts are to be a better people today than I was yesterday says he’s a dad, he’s grieving, but I don’t buy that. I’m sorry, I don’t buy it. I think he is grieving, but I think he’s a scumbag as well. I don’t like this guy at all.
  • Cindy Sheehan is a tragedy slut.
  • Good for you, you have a heart, you can be a liberal. Now, couple your heart with your brain, and you can be a conservative.
  • Al Gore‘s not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization. The goal is global carbon tax.…You need to have fear. You needed to have the fear of starvation. You needed to have the fear of the whole place going to hell in a handbasket. Which–do we have that fear now with global warming?…Then you have to discredit the scientists that say ‘That’s not right.’ And you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did. That’s what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing].

Who spews vitriol and anti-intellectual, inane, mindless drivel? And who gets more airtime? Talk Radio and now Fox News (and CNN) has given these hate machines a stage for years. Furthermore, the blogsphere is populated with more Conservatives hell-bent on caging those who are either different or disagree with them. Yet it’s the “angry liberal bloggers” who are criticized. Well, I take any criticism from Karl Rove as a compliment and vindication I’m doing something right. The Conservatives are simply trying to take the focus off the fact that their policies hurt Americans in the economic lower 95 percentile. The hyprocisy is palpable.

The Internet has given every person an ability to raise their voice and express their opinions. It is an invaluable tool preserving our democracy in a day and age when the mainstream media is either in cahoots with those they cover or are merely subject to the almighty dollar. We protect freedom and ensure transparency. We speak our minds without fear of intimidation. We are informed and pay attention and will always do so.

Are we angry? You’re damn right we’re angry! Our government has been hi-jacked by an authoritirian regime killing our civil liberties and guaranteeing our developed-nation achievements are only accessible to the wealthy. Only someone with their head in the sand could not be angry.

These righties would like us to surrender, to give up our message and treat them with kid gloves. Screw that. We are taking back our country, we are countering the hate-spewing by the Right that has gone unchecked for so long. Take the plank out of your own eye, Righties, and remember that we actually help this country and we’re here to stay.

01
Sep
08

Amoral Republican Ticket

Wow.

John McCain, the adulterer, obtained a marriage license for his second marriage before his first marriage was over. His first wife, disfigured in a life-threatening car accident while he was a POW, gave him a trouble-free divorce after John agreed to pay her medical bills for her life. Or, after Cindy agreed to pay her medical bills for life. McCain was also one of five senators bribed by Charles Keating to help protect his Lincoln Savings and Loan Association from investigations by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

Cindy’s father was an ex-con who made money in beer distributing and was looking for some legitimacy on the Arizona social scene, which led to Cindy’s marriage to John. Cindy says she was an only child even though she has two half-sisters. The daughter of her father, Kathleen Portalski was at the Hensley home regularly for birthdays and holidays and Cindy’s father even gave Portalski away at her wedding. For some strange reason, Cindy’s father left Portalski out of his will except for a few thousand bucks. Cindy has never offered to share her father’s fortune with her father’s other daughter or even acknowledge her, but John’s son from his previous marriage, Andrew, is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Hensley & Company. Cindy had an addiction to painkillers in the late 80’s and early 90’s and had a doctor at her non-profit write illegal prescriptions to feed her addiction.

Sarah Palin is under investigation for having the boss of her brother-in-law fired after he would not fire her brother-in-law who was embroiled in a difficult divorce with Palin’s sister. Now, Palin’s 17 year-old daughter is pregnant despite Palin being an advocate of abstinence-only education, which has been proven not to work – as illustrated in Palin’s own case. So, Palin has an infant son with Down Syndrome and a five-month pregnant daughter in high school and thinks she should be spending her time campaigning for McCain rather than focusing on her family.

The Republicans have really offered up some winners this year.

Now, the Conservatives will claim again and again as each of these little landmines emerge that these private affairs have no bearing on their ability to lead the country.

Do you think they would have the same reaction if even a fraction of private poor-judgment was shown on the Democratic side? Remember how they tried to tear Clinton limb from limb? If John Edwards were on our ticket, those fundamentalists would be throwing stones from their glass houses without hesitation.

How hyprocritical, yet typical, that in the face of all these unchristian activities by those who head their political party, the Conservatives and Republicans ignore these issues, sweep them under the rug or even congratulate these people.

McCain’s slogan is “Country First” yet he completely abdicated such values when he chose Palin – the political equivalent of a second-grader – for his running-mate because he thought her uterus could help him win yet knew her empty head wouldn’t challenge him. He did not put Country First, he put his own political ambitions first.

Repubs – open your eyes for chrissakes. It’s time stop lying and ignoring and have the strength to call a spade a spade. McCain is not only bad for your party, he’s bad for the country and the sooner you realize this the sooner you can stop perpetrating these attacks on the American way of life and the American Dream by electing unConstitutional, amoral douchebags like Bush, Cheney, McCain and, now, Palin.




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