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Another good analysis of
the overboard nature of the current Republicans ["Bush
Will Say Anything"]. Being the liberal/progressive Democrat I've
always been - - I would venture to say it's the basic nature of
most Republicans who have to concoct/fashion a distractive appeal
to the lower & middle class in order to get them to vote against
their own economic/political interests, but Bush & the right-wingers
(with their 'squawk' radio hosts help) have captured a significant
minority who think it's appropriate to make political choices based on
essentially petty, irrelevant, things (ie; who's more fun to 'have a
beer with'? who'll 'stand up' and 'won't blink first' ? who's more
'plain spoken'? who believes in God 'harder'?) or, as you described,
on the WORDS alone of the speaker!
From your narrative of Bush's
speeches, it's apparent he's putting his old cheerleading experience
to especially good use (though it's a standard motivational practice
by many speakers - - especially less intellectual ones - - to get
crowds in the 'answering back' mode). It's reminiscent of high-school
pep rallies or the religious revival meetings, and the high emotional
component seems to be similar. At those functions too, it's
considered bad manners and being a bit of an irrelevant spoil-sport to
bring up 'facts'.
I believe that we've ALWAYS had a percentage of the population
(I'd SWAG it at 10-15%, since it's usually not hard to find that many
people who'll believe anything) that are politically like this, but
when we get some 30-40% of the population not even participating in
elections, that exaggerates the importance of this small 'emotionally
Interestingly, John Dean was just on C-Span promoting his
latest book on authoritarian personalities and their predominance in
political conservatives. Some of the traits he mentioned (ie; almost
irrational adherence-to/protection-of the decided up, simple world
view) are very close to what your article described.
Anyway, we'll see what next week brings. (Here in Wisconsin the
Republicans are predictably pushing the emotional issues of an
anti-gay marriage amendment and a pro-death penalty amendment on the
state referendum, while conveniently ignoring the 40+ local Iraq War
I majored in English, but could never get it together enough to
write anything of quality. So I ended up selling insurance for a
living. I have written some things lately, but they are
over-the-top and radical. The reason I am so full of rage is the
same reason as the majority of Americans have been pissed off since
2000, (nuff said.) However, I find myself in a Bizzaro world,
(above and beyond the one we currently live in), when I go off to
work each day.
I think it is best for business if you keep your
politics and religion to yourself at work. I also just assumed that
it was a good way to get fired, or at the least upset your customer
base and loose business. Yet, on a daily basis, I am literally
bombarded with right wing talking points and in your face political
and evangelical lectures. It comes from employees and the employers
alike. None of them loose their jobs. None of them are
reprimanded. It doesn't even appear to hurt their business
financially. Somehow I know that I would be "Dixie Chicked" if my
opinions entered the workplace.
So needless to say when I take pause to write something I release
the teeth that have been knawing at my tongue on a daily basis and
bitch out loud as I begin to write. Below I have pasted a few short
pieces I have written lately. As I said I am an insurance agent. I
am also a husband and a father trying to support my family in a
small town in Missouri. My brother-in-law is currently in the
Missouri Army National Guard, and both of my little brothers are
active duty Marines. Only the youngest, Steven, is currently
serving in Iraq. I am part of the working class in America and also
a multiple victim of George W. Bush's fascist New Roman Empire.
Below are the rants of this pissed off American.
An Open Letter to John Kerry
Dear John Kerry,
Thank you for standing up to the Bush administration! I am also
very sorry that you find yourself, once again, having to defend
yourself against the lies of this administration and the Republican
Propaganda machine. However, there is a way to "apologize" and
still not back down. I would take every chance I could get in front
of the media to say that I apologize for botching a joke about Bush
and also for not being careful how I articulated myself knowing full
well that they will use anything they can "out of context" to
distort the truth. A good example is how they distorted the
intelligence to get us in Iraq in the first place. I would
apologize for "joking" about the most incompetent administration in
American history. Because, "truth be told," there is nothing funny
about having leadership that is this incompetent.
I would also apologize for allowing a bunch of neocons, most of whom
have never wore the uniform of our armed forces, to twist and
manipulate the words of a veteran into an attack against the men and
women in our armed services. The apology should not be for what you
said, but how it has been distorted and interpreted through those
distortions. Tell them that the next time you tell a joke you will
put on a rainbow wig and clown makeup! However, even though their
incompetence and hubris is so blatant it is easy to make jokes, the
results of their behaviors are no laughing matter. It's not funny
what they have done to our reputation and good standing in the
global community. It's not funny what they have done to this
country. And most importantly it is not funny how they have used
our heroes in uniform to further their agenda while claiming it is
all in "support" of the troops. It is time to take back this
country! It is also time to take back the debate as well as the
English language they so often distort.
Mad as Hell and NOT going to Take it Anymore
The right wing fascists in this country claim to be on the side of
freedom, but in reality they only believe in freedom for those who
agree with them. Bush has made that clear with his “you are either
with us or against us” mantra.I have decided to personally give the
“Stepford Kool-Aid Drinkers” 4 choices when they make ridiculous
right wing comments in front of me. I would hope everyone here would
follow my lead.
Those choices are: 1)Debate me on the issues and make an ass of
yourself when you find that hollow “talking points” have nothing to
do with reality. 2)Get into a physical altercation with me and find
out the hard way that not being “with” the Republinazis does not
make you a p-ssy.
3)If you whole heartedly believe all the propaganda and think you
can beat me one-on-one with the first two choices then you should
really consider enlisting in the armed services because they need
easily programmable, totally loyal, angry people who are ready for a
fight. (I might add my little brother is serving in the Marines in
Iraq and I will be glad to give you his recruiter's phone number).
The final choice: 4)Educate yourself on the issues, agree to
disagree, and help us turn this country around. I can guarantee them
the fourth choice is the only one they cant loose with! Those on the
right prefer to silence any opposition instead of debating the
issues. That is why they avoid talking about policy and go directly
to personal attacks. This Independent voter has a spine and he is
voting Democrat to stop the enabling of the most incompetent
administration in our nation's history.
It's the Hypocrisy Stupid!
There has been much talk about the Republican "base" of Evangelical
voters and Christian conservatives banding their flocks together to
keep Republicans in power this election. However, many of them are
starting to wake up to the fact that they are being used on a grand
scale. And yet there are still those who are "asleep at the pew"
and ready to vote Republican on baseless moral grounds.
I have a question I would love to ask of all the religious wingnuts.
If their mythology is true and Jesus decided to come back tomorrow,
how do they think George W. Bush, his demonic administration, and
Republican enablers in Congress would react? A) Would they allow a
peace loving, liberal, hippie to make peace on Earth and all men and
women to be equal? OR B)Go to war with God to maintain their power,
control, and fortunes?
They know the answer would be (B)! So my next question would be...
Doesn't that make him the Antichrist according to their mythology???
That same mythology would also label a psuedo-religious leader, like
Falwell, who supports their endtimes boogieman as a "false prophet."
No wonder they call it a "flock!" These people are sheep!!! Maybe
some are waking up to the fact they are being used after seeing the
complete and total hypocrisy of the Republican party. It's hard for
a president to convince anyone he is pro-life when it comes to
banning stem cell research while thousands are being sent to their
deaths in Iraq. It is also ironic that the very party that puts
forth a homophobic agenda turns out to be full of closeted
homosexuals and pedophiles. It's not what you say, it's what you do.
For real Christians and people of faith the mantra for the next
election cycles should be, "It's the hypocrisy stupid!" We have all
heard the acronym, "WWJD - What would Jesus Do," but a more suitable
acronym in this age of hypocrisy would be, "WWTDTJ - What would They
Do to Jesus!"
John from Missouri
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