Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Larry Wilkerson: In Foreign Policy, Bush is as Ignorant as Sarah Palin

Wow! Colin Powell's former top aide lays it out straight right here:

Lawrence Wilkerson, top aide and later chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, said that as a new president, Bush was like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee whom critics said lacked knowledge about foreign affairs. When Bush first came into office, he was surrounded by experienced advisers like Vice President Dick Cheney and Powell, who Wilkerson said ended up playing damage control for the president.

"It allowed everybody to believe that this Sarah Palin-like president — because, let's face it, that's what he was — was going to be protected by this national-security elite, tested in the cauldrons of fire," Wilkerson said, adding that he considered Cheney probably the "most astute, bureaucratic entrepreneur" he'd ever met.

"He became vice president well before George Bush picked him," Wilkerson said of Cheney. "And he began to manipulate things from that point on, knowing that he was going to be able to convince this guy to pick him, knowing that he was then going to be able to wade into the vacuums that existed around George Bush — personality vacuum, character vacuum, details vacuum, experience vacuum."


Everyone with as much as half a brain already knows Cheney has been president over the last eight catastrophic years. The damage this evil, malicious criminal has done to America will take decades to fix, if ever.

The Republicans must be so proud.

Republican Weasel Coleman Using Every Tactic to Delay Victory by SENATOR-ELECT Franken

Read the whole disgusting story here. Remember, Coleman is the same lying hypocrite who said that Minnesota voters shouldn't have to put up with all kinds of legal challenges in regard to the Senate race. The SOB even called for Franken to concede BEFORE the official result was certified. (Of course, that was when Coleman led narrowly; now that he's behind, he's singing a different tune--naturally.) Consequently, the people of Minnesota could be without a second senator for weeks.

Remember folks, trying to steal elections and subvert democracy is a Republican specialty. We shouldn't be surprised when one of the GOP's greasiest, nastiest frauds tries to do it again.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Republican Thugs in Senate Trying to Block the Seating of Senator-Elect Al Franken

Once again the Republicans spit in the face of American Democracy by trying to block the provisional seating of Minnesota U.S. Senate election WINNER Al Franken. Senator John Cornyn, the right-wing Republican hack from Texas, is telling blatant lies about the electoral process in Minnesota. Minnesota, by the way, has what are probably the most honest and transparent election rules of any state. What Cornyn doesn't like is the voters' verdict--a Democratic victory--and so, he's going to try to overthrow it by any BS tactics he can think of. But once Al Franken is certified as the winner, it will be harder for the GOP crooks in the Senate like Cornyn to steal the election.

It's SENATOR Al Franken to you conservative lowlifes now.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Right-Wing Republican Slogan: Party First, America Last

dday on Hullabaloo says what needs to be said, namely, that the southern right-wing Republicans who now make up the most substantial bloc of GOP voting strength in Congress will act to block EVERYTHING President Obama proposes, even if the measure will help the American people. Excerpt:

...I am touched by the newfound concern of Congressional Republicans about fraud and waste. They took an eight-year break from caring about this, and allowed giant bricks of money to be given away in Iraq, and a government concerned far more with profit taking than fulfilling its regulatory mission. But they can be forgiven for this temporary lack of attention to the destination of taxpayer money. After all, it's a new year coming up, and change is in the air.

It was obvious that the GOP would work to obstruct a stimulus package early in Obama's term. It's worth asking why. I understand why they would want to stop increased union membership that would come from fair labor laws like the Employee Free Choice Act - more union members vote Democratic. And shutting down universal health care would deny Democrats the ability to provide a tangible improvement to the lives of millions of Americans.


Yes, God forbid that the Democrats act in the interests of the vast majority of the American people. Why, the people might then come to realize that the conservatives have NEVER given a damn about them and the whole right-wing charade in this country might collapse.

And Mitch McConnell and Richard Shelby can't have that now, can they?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

How Nixon and Kissinger KIlled Off a Chance for Peace in Vietnam

You gotta love those right-wing Republican "patriots". Consortium News carries a shocking report (here) on how Republicans Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger DELIBERATELY SABOTAGED THE PARIS PEACE TALKS IN 1968. Yes, you read that right. The war in Vietnam could have been ended in 1968. Nixon was afraid that if a peace agreement was reached before the 1968 presidential election that Hubert Humphrey would prevail and become president. Kissinger aided in the effort to persuade the South Vietnamese government that it would get a better deal from Nixon than from Humphrey, and the South Vietnamese consequently stalled the negotiations. (You hear that, Senator McCain? Nixon and Kissinger let you and your buddies rot in prison.) 

And if this doesn't enrage you, I'm not sure what would:

The U.S. participation in the Vietnam War continued for more than four years at a horrendous cost to both the United States and the people of Vietnam. Before the conflict was finally brought to an end, a million more Vietnamese were estimated to have died along with an additional 20,763 U.S. dead and 111,230 wounded.

If that isn't the definition of criminality, I'm not really sure what would be.

This is all part of a pattern. The Right Wing brays about its patriotism, but look at the record:

In 1933 a cabal of right-wing business leaders plotted to overthrow FDR in a fascist coup.

During the 1930s, right-wing radicals flocked to the German-American Bund and supported fascist radio preacher Charles Coughlin. 

A certain prominent Republican family helped Adolf Hitler's rise in the 1930s and was entangled in treasonous activities in World War II.

Nixon's sabotaging of the Vietnam settlement.

The Reagan campaign deliberately sabotaged the release of the American hostages being held in Iran to sink Jimmy Carter's reelection campaign in 1980. Reagan's people engaged in treasonous negotiations with the Iranian government at that time. 

The Reagan Administration engaged in the illegal transfer of weapons to the Iranian government in the 1980s, the Iran-Contra scandal. These weapons were being given to the very government that had held our hostages captive for 444 days.

The Reagan and Bush administrations armed Saddam Hussein to the teeth, including the sale of materials for chemical and biological weapons materials.

And of course, who could forget Dick Cheney's business dealings with our enemies in Iraq, Iran, and Libya.

Yeah, the conservatives sure are "patriots", aren't they?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Legacy!

(Click to Enlarge; It's Worth It)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Sewer of Hard-Core Palinism

As revealed in this eye-opening post here by Geoffrey Dunn. Read it and try not to cringe as the sheer evil and malice of the conservative base makes itself as plain as a burning cross.

If Obama can make some headway cleaning up the atrocious mess the right-wing Republicans have left behind, and if Palin is nominated by these mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging fanatics, Palin will be wiped out more utterly than Goldwater was in 1964. She'll wipe out the rest of the Republican ticket, too, and maybe fatally cripple the entire conservative movement itself.

So naturally, I'm pulling for ol' Sarah to win the Republican nomination.

Big time.

Vote for Your Favorite Right Wing Con Artist/Lunatic/Criminal/Fool

It's right here, courtesy of the Poorman.

You know, reading through the river of puke that is the right wing punditocracy in America and its enablers in the so-called mainstream media, I can't help but notice not only the smears, astonishing lies, slanders, ugly racism, and just plain idiocy of these expressions, but also the sheer detachment from human reality so many of these sick, pathetic losers display. Poorman has put together an astoundingly good survey of the Conservative Cancer that has brought our country to death's door.

Enjoy!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gee, How Convenient for Karl Rove

If this story doesn't raise your interest, you need to look at it more closely:

A top level Republican IT consultant who was set to testify in a case alleging GOP election tampering in Ohio died in a plane crash late Friday night.

Michael Connell -- founder of Ohio-based New Media Communications, which created campaign Web sites for George W. Bush and John McCain -- died instantly after his single-prop, private aircraft smashed into a vacant home in suburban Lake Township, Ohio.

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Connell is a long-time GOP operative, whose New Media Communications provided web services for the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Republican National Committee and many Republican candidates. This in itself might have raised questions about his involvement in creating Ohio’s official state election website.

However, the alternative media group ePlubibus Media further discovered in November 2006 that election.sos.state.oh.us was hosted on the servers of a company in Chattanooga, TN called SmarTech, which also provided hosting for a long list of Republican Internet domains.

“Since early this decade, top Internet ‘gurus’ in Ohio have been coordinating web services with their GOP counterparts in Chattanooga, wiring up a major hub that in 2004, first served as a conduit for Ohio's live election night results,” researchers at ePluribus Media wrote.

A few months after this revelation, when a scandal erupted surrounding the firing of US Attorneys for reasons of White House policy, other researchers found that the gwb43 domain used by members of the White House staff to evade freedom of information laws by sending emails outside of official White House channels was hosted on those same SmarTech servers.

Given that the Bush White House used SmarTech servers to send and receive email, the use of one of those servers in tabulating Ohio’s election returns has raised eyebrows. Ohio gave Bush the decisive margin in the Electoral College to secure his reelection in 2004.

"...I have reason to believe that the alternate accounts were used to communicate with US Attorneys involved in political prosecutions, like that of Don Siegelman," said RAW STORY's Investigative News Editor, Larisa Alexandrovna, on her personal blog Saturday morning. "This is what I have been working on to prove for over a year. In fact, it was through following the Siegelman-Rove trail that I found evidence leading to Connell. That is how I became aware of him. Mike was getting ready to talk. He was frightened."


Read the article and tell me you don't suspect anything.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Damning Judgment of the American People: Bush is a Miserable Failure

A very enlightening Pew Poll on soon-to-be-ex-President George W. Bush can be found here. Its results represent, to be blunt, a total repudiation of Bush by the vast majority of the American people. My favorite highlights:

As his second term ends, only 13% say Bush has made progress toward solving the major issues facing the country; 37% say he has made those problems worse and 34% say he has tried but failed in his efforts. Another 11% say he has not addressed the major problems facing the country.

More than three times as many people say Bush will go down in history as a poor president (34%) than said the same of Bill Clinton at the end of his presidency (11%). About a quarter (24%) say Bush will be seen as below average and close to three-in-ten (28%) say he will be seen as average. Just 11% say he will go down in history as above average or outstanding.

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Americans by a wide margin (64% to 24%) also say that in the long run the failures of the Bush administration will outweigh its accomplishments. The assessment of Clinton in 2001, despite controversy over how he had conducted himself in office, was virtually a mirror image. Six-in-ten said the accomplishments would outweigh the failures, and 27% said the failures would outweigh the accomplishments.

And this just does my malicious little heart good:



I'll be discussing Bush's disastrous legacy more in the weeks to come as we happily count down the days until his rotten administration is through. But the Pew Survey reaffirms what many of us already know:

Worst. President. EVER.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sean Hannity, Liar of the Year!

MediaMatters gives him the big award right here, and, utterly unlike Hannity, actually backs its argument up with factual evidence. In public policy, there is NOTHING Hannity will not lie about. MM's indictment of this walking pile of horse manure is devastating. I can't do it justice simply by citing excerpts--go read the whole thing. The depths of Hannity's total dishonesty will shock you.

Hannity, some conservatives say, doesn't represent them. On the contrary: Hannity is the perfect spokesman for the Republican "base"--racist, hyper-aggressive (as long as other people are doing the suffering and the dying), contemptuous of the poor, pro-torture, militantly homophobic, and capable of promoting any smear and any lie, no matter how vicious, in promoting right wing "goals". In many ways, Sean Hannity IS the Republican Party's hard core. He is an integral part of the conservative cancer that is killing America. By helping to destroy any standards of journalistic decency and by using his public platform to disseminate Pravda-style propaganda, he has dragged public discussion in this country down to new lows. In any rational society someone like Hannity would be ignored and laughed at. But thanks to Fox News and its millions of neanderthal fans, he continues to spread his lying filth through our body politic.

Well, done, Sean, well done! And congratulations on your phony charity. You really are a crook right down to your toenails.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Once Again: The Myth of a "Conservative America"

[From 2007]

One of the radical Right's most successful con jobs over the years has been the marketing of the lie that America is a "conservative nation" with "traditional values" (whatever the hell that's supposed to mean). This despite the fact that only about 32% of Americans describe themselves as conservatives. The 68% that call themselves moderate or liberal apparently don't count, I guess. I also guess that the 70% who disapprove of our so-called "president" don't count either. The national media continue to give the Bush Crime Organization a pass on the vast majority of issues, and the national political dialogue is dominated by repulsive rightwing toads like the despicable Ann Coulter, the pathetic Glenn Beck, and the laughable little punk Sean Hannity. In fact, a recent survey indicated that an astonishing 91% of commentary on talk radio is from rightwingers. Add in the entire Fox "News" propaganda apparatus and the rest of Rupert Murdoch's empire, the psychotic ranting of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, the bloodthirsty warlust of the Neocon Chickenhawks who appear constantly on national television, and the cringing, Bush-kissing White House press corps, and one sees clearly the source of the lie that America is solidly rightwing. This report from MediaMatters should help clear things up nicely.

Among the key findings from major, scientifically conducted surveys (click to enlarge):























Now, I defy ANY conservative in America to tell me that these are the views of a "conservative" nation. Respect for the rights of women. Protection of the environment as a priority. Willing to pay more in taxes for government health care. Critical of the crackpot right's interference in private affairs. Equal job rights for gays. Read the whole article--it's truly eye-opening. And then DEMAND that the views of the TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT CONSERVATIVE be given the respect and consideration in the mainstream media that they deserve.

Once Again: How the Republicans Became the Party of Racial Hatred

[From 2007]:

When I was a kid, it was the (conservative) Southern Democrats who stood in ferocious opposition to justice for our country's African-American minority. Northern Republicans (such as Everett Dirksen of Illinois) were foursquare for civil rights legislation and used their legislative influence to help make it law. Among the most hateful of the Southern Democrats who opposed equal rights for blacks was the despicable Strom Thurmond, whose opposition to such measures bordered on the pathological. (He wore a diaper so he could conduct a 24 hour filibuster in the Senate against the 1957 Civil Rights Act!) Yes, the deal with the devil the national Democratic Party had made was truly shameful: tolerate the Southern racists as long as those same racists delivered states for Roosevelt or Stevenson on election day.

But in 1963-64 all of this began to change drastically. After John F. Kennedy's shocking assassination 44 years ago Thursday, a new president, a Southern Democrat named Lyndon Johnson, took over. And, fully aware of the political consequences of such a move, Johnson became the greatest civil rights president in American history. (The fascinating story of LBJ's courageous stand in favor of justice--and the price the Democratic Party paid in the South--can be found here.) Johnson was simply magnificent on these issues. His tragic legacy in Vietnam has taken attention away from his leadership on human rights, but it does not change the record. LBJ not only talked the talk, he walked the walk, more than any other president has.

In the same period, far-right conservatives began to take over the local machinery of the Republican Party. They found a hero in Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater. Goldwater, I am convinced, was not personally a racist, but he was willing to look the other way in regard to those who were. Goldwater's opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act made him a magnet to racists all over the country, especially in the former "Solid South". While the rest of America was shifting heavily Democratic in '64, there was a strong undercurrent of what used to be called "white backlash" in the country. It was already propelling George Wallace to national prominence, and it caused many southerners who had never voted Republican in their lives to support Goldwater. In the general disaster the Republicans suffered in 1964, this support stood out in startling contrast. 

From the article linked to above:

The one region in which Republicans gained was in the previously solid South. The five states that Goldwater won outside Arizona (Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana) were the top five states in terms of black population levels. Goldwater's message of racial conservatism carried the day with the white electorate of those states, sometimes by landslide numbers (87 percent in Mississippi). Of the 507 Southern counties that Goldwater carried, 233 had never voted Republican before. [My emphasis.] The Goldwater effect was present even in parts of the urban ethnic North, if more muted...Moreover, while Goldwater was a disaster for most Republicans, of the twenty new Republican members of Congress, nine were from the South, and five were from Alabama alone. Eisenhower and Nixon had won border Southern states like Virginia and Tennessee. Goldwater lost those states while winning the heart of Dixie, the black belt.

And among the Southern Democrats who switched to being Republican was the aforementioned loathsome Strom Thurmond. The national Republican Party took a clear message from all this: opposing equal rights for black Americans (or at least slowing down the pace of such progress) was a political winner in the South (and in parts of Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, or in any white suburb where voters felt threatened by black "incursions".)

Naturally, this racism had to be subtle, lest more moderate or liberal voters be put off. The turmoil of the 1960s, the urban riots in such places as Detroit and Watts (which were tragically self-destructive and harmful to racial relations in America), the anti-war agitation, and the rise of violent crime handed the Republicans the perfect vehicle--"Law and Order" as a codeword for "Let's stop the blacks from threatening White America." Now those who hated blacks could hide behind a convenient label. It is here that the Democrats dropped the ball. Fear of crime was a legitimate issue; a public opinion poll at the time indicated that half the women in America were afraid to go out at night. Foolishly, short-sightedly, Democrats in the late 60s did not work hard enough to address the legitimate concerns of Americans about crime, but simply let the Republicans, in effect, "have" the law and order issue. For fear of seeming to support the racists who were using "law and order" as a cloak, the Democrats didn't take a strong enough stand. We should have said, "Crime is not a racial issue". We should have said "We are for law and order AND justice." We should have pointed out that blacks were among the worst victims of crime. But instead of de-linking race and crime, the Democrats conceded the field to the Republicans. Those who were worried about crime were drawn into an alliance with those who opposed civil rights. Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy", drawn up by advisors such as Patrick Buchanan, worked to create such alliances. The results were disastrous. The Democratic share of the vote dropped from 61% in 1964 to 43% in 1968. In the Old Confederacy, the Democratic share of the vote fell to 31%! Hubert Humphrey actually finished third in Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee, running behind Nixon and Wallace. By 1972, the Nixon-Wallace voter alliance led to an enormous victory for Nixon in the South, who carried every state in the region, the first time ANY Republican had ever done so. Many of these states provided Nixon with astonishing shares of the vote--71% in South Carolina, 75% in Georgia, 72% in Florida, 72% in Alabama, 78% in Mississippi, 73% in Oklahoma, 66% in Texas. Jimmy Carter's regional strength in 1976 seemed a promising reversal of fortune for the Democrats, but by 1980, Ronald Reagan was again able to use subtle (and not so subtle) appeals to racism to win, edging out Carter in many Southern states. In 1984 Mondale was wiped out in the South, losing most states in the region by margins of 20, 25, or 30 percentage points. In the rest of the country. "Reagan Democrats", drawn by the social conservatism of Reagan (and the subtly anti-black undertone of it) helped cement Reagan's national landslide. The "Willie Horton" message of the Bush campaign in 1988 was simply a logical extension of the now classic Republican strategy: stirring up fear of those Awful Negroes was a winner.

Now, for myriad reasons, many of them unrelated to race, many southern voters are now firmly Republican, providing Bush with his narrow margin of victory in 2004 (and making 2000 close enough to steal). The appeals to hatred are no longer overt. But the roots of Republican dominance in the South are clear: Starting in 1964, when the Democratic Party took a stand for human rights, our base in the South began deserting us in droves. The rise of the Republican Party in the South was based, more than any other factor, on race hatred and prejudice, and the Republicans have never repudiated, or even admitted, this shameful history.

To sum up, let me quote the summary to the superb article I have linked to:

In 1960 the Republicans made a serious effort for the black vote, and failed. In 1964 they accepted black hostility and tried to win without minorities. The pendulum that had swung quite far toward civil rights in 1960 now had swung far closer to George Wallace, although it never reached his pure anti-black malice. Neither strategy was successful in the short term, but in the ashes of the Goldwater defeat, Richard Nixon and others saw hopes for a Republican renewal, based on peeling off white voters from their Democratic allegiance. One lesson of 1964 for Republicans was that the open racism practiced by Goldwater's Southern supporters must be decried, denied, and denounced. Yet the second lesson of 1964 for the GOP was central to later Republican victories. If racial politics could draw white voters into the camp of a candidate as extreme and unelectable as Barry Goldwater, then it was indeed among the most powerful forces in American politics. What might it do in the hands of a more appealing messenger? By 1968 the political alchemists of the Republican Party had refined a heady mixture of codeworded backlash appeals and surface adherence to racial egalitarianism. Nixon's 1968 and 1972 "Southern Strategy" campaigns were designed to bring in the backlash votes without alarming the rest of the electorate. More recently, the 1988 Bush campaign used the rape of a white woman by a convicted black murderer to encourage white Democrats to vote Republican, an odious campaign that Barry Goldwater would have refused to run on. While 1964 was a tremendous victory for the Democratic Party and for Lyndon Johnson, it was also the election that taught Republicans how to use racial politics to help pave the road to the White House for the next three decades.

Our country is still dealing with the fateful consequences of the decisions made in 1964, the year that in many ways was the decisive one in modern American political history

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Cancer of Conservatism

When the Republican Party handed itself heart and soul to Big Business in the 1890s, it was the start of an epic battle to defend power and privilege in the United States at all costs. Briefly, under Theodore Roosevelt, the Republican Party was captured by the progressive wing, and TR had little sympathy for the "malefactors of great wealth" as he called them. But by the 1920s the fanatically pro-business, anti-worker orientation of the Republican Party was set. I have wracked my brain and I cannot think of ANY time the Republicans EVER acted in the interests of ordinary working men and women. They and their allies fought savagely against unions, never hesitating to use violence and state power to destroy them. (There is a myth that violence in labor disputes is only union-generated; check out Henry Ford's war against the unions to see a powerful refutation of this, or the war of the coal mine owners against the unions in West Virginia and Kentucky.) 

This pro-business, anti-worker faction of the Republican Party hated FDR as if he were Satan incarnate. It is this faction of the Republican Party that fought against child labor laws, the right of workers to organize, minimum wage laws, worker safety protections, and every other proposal that was designed to grant working men and women the rights and dignity they deserved. The modern descendants of these violently anti-worker conservatives control part of the Republican Party today. They are the ones who voted against financial aid to the Big Three automakers so they could kill off the United Auto Workers, their sworn enemies since the 1930s. We should not be surprised.

The other branches of the modern Republican Party  have an interesting genealogy as well. The southern Republicans are the descendants of the racist fanatics that spent the century between the end of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 violently suppressing African-American rights. They had been conservative Democrats up to the early 60s, but Lyndon Johnson's courageous stand for human rights drove them into a dark alliance with the Anti-Worker Republicans. The Social Conservative Republicans are an offshoot of the Southern Republicans in many ways, and they have allied with ultra-fundamentalists in other parts of the country. These people are determined to achieve "Dominion" over America, seizing power for themselves, and relegating anyone who dares to disagree with their "Holy" mission to second class status. The Social Conservative Republicans are committed to interfering with the private lives of every single person in America. They want to outlaw not only abortion under all circumstances, even rape and incest, but birth control, homosexual behavior, any "non-reproductive marital sex" (check out former Senator Rick Santorum's views if you don't believe me), any sex outside of marriage, and the right of families to let go of their dying loved ones. (Remember Terri Schiavo?) They want to dictate the most intimate details of everyone's life and destroy any notion that religion and public policy should be separate. They also want to see women in a "submissive" role. (Check out Kansas Senator Sam Brownback for a full dose of this repulsive nonsense.) The Social Conservatives are also bitter enemies of science, and they have spread dangerous falsehoods into all public discussion of science-related issues, even going so far as to blame the Holocaust on Charles Darwin!

In short, the modern conservative movement's leaders consist of those who despise working people, those who proudly defend America's horrible racist legacy, the worst of the religious fanatics, and all those who wish to preserve America as an all-white, fundamentalist Christian patriarchy. On top of that is a group I can only call the New Imperialists, (the Neo-Conservatives) dedicated to imposing our "will" on every other nation on earth. And their methods of acquiring and keeping power have been so vicious and ugly as to shame any decent person.

They screamed "Communist!" and "Socialist!" at Franklin Roosevelt, a man whose actions helped preserve American capitalism in its darkest hour. They tried to undermine FDR's attempts to deal with the rising threat of the Axis powers. Their friends in the newspaper business poured out non-stop anti-New Deal hatred in print. After the war, the conservatives latched on to Anti-Communism, not as a genuinely felt conviction, but merely as a means to attain power. Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon became the ugliest practitioners of the dark art of smearing opponents as "Reds". The Goldwater supporters in 1964 eagerly capitalized on white racism in the South and shouted that LBJ was also a traitor, along with all liberals. Because of Johnson's tragic prosecution of a war we should never have been in, Vietnam, and his failure to strongly suppress urban rioting in the 60s, the Right Wing was able to get off the floor. Nixon in 1968 blatantly used a strategy designed to appease white racists while appearing to be "moderate". Nixon deliberately tore the country in two in name of political gain, his worst legacy in my view. (He kept the Vietnam War going as well, even when he knew it was lost, to help gain reelection in 1972. I'll explain in another post why I believe this.)

When the Reaganites gained control of the GOP, they whipped up the Religious Right to support their goals, and an all-out assault on personal privacy and scientific rationality was launched. Creationist insanity was pushed tirelessly, as well as violently anti-gay rhetoric. It was a degrading but effective tactic. And all the while, anyone who objected was tarred as a "persecutor" of Christians and anti-God(!).  

Throughout all of these ugly maneuvers a right-wing dominated media machine was growing. Right wing hate radio was used to paint all Democrats as traitors and anti-American. Radical Right newspapers, such as those supported by Right Wing financial godfathers Rupert Murdoch, Richard Mellon Scaife, and Sun Myung-Moon also spread conservative propaganda far and wide. Fox News jumped on the bandwagon in the 90s, giving platforms to the worst of the Radical Rights's pathological liars--Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, Gibson, Cavuto, Kristol, and all the rest. The right-wing propagandists spear-headed the lunatic drive to destroy the Clintons, regardless of any price the country itself might pay. (The so-called "Liberal Media" is an absurd myth--conservative voices dominate our traditional media.) The Republicans have used this propaganda machine to try to destroy or undermine every progressive politician and policy in America. It is the Right Wing Noise Machine that has been the principal spreader of the fantastic lies and preposterous ideas of the Republican Party and its henchmen.

Today, look what the Republican Party stands for: opposition to American working men and women, the channeling of trillions of dollars to the richest Americans, hatred of gays, hatred of immigrants, continued smoldering racism, opposition to desperately needed health care reforms, opposition to all environmental protections, spitting hatred for science, hatred for public schools, hatred of all those who are not fundamentalist Christians, support for torture, support for rendition, and support for the fantastically corrupt Bush-Cheney regime. The conservative cancer is the perpetuation of all the worst features of American life--intolerance, fear, prejudice, and tribalism. It is this cancer that screams out that Barack Obama is "the AntiChrist", a "Muslim radical", "corrupt", "ally of Satan", and all the other filth we have seen hurled at our next president. The Radical Right is now going to try to destroy Obama and block every reform he tries to institute. We, the Progressive Netroots, must and will fight these dangerous radicals every step of the way.

It is time for the conservative cancer to be  cut out of our body politic. All of our nation's most shameful acts and policies have their roots in it. The humane, progressive, and sensible American majority must, once and for all, put the right-wing minority in its place--and save our country from the death toward which the conservatives have so blindly pushed it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hey! It's Not the Unions That Are Killing the Big Three

In addition to inept management, it's this:  Toyota's employees in Japan have national health insurance to fall back on and GM, Ford, and Chrysler don't! Check out this graphic from Kevin Drum, btw: 



Since Japan has a national health insurance system, firms like Toyota and Nissan have far lower costs overall. 

Oh--by the way--the oft repeated canard that American auto workers make "$73 an hour" is a lie. But the statement comes from conservatives, so what else can you expect?

Yes, the Right Wingers Really Are Racist, Sexist, Borderline-Insane Hacks

Check out the most outrageous conservative comments of 2008 here.

I'm sorry, but anybody who says Barack Obama is the AntiChrist is a psychotic.

Period.

No, Obama is NOT Tied to Idiot Blagojevich

This, of course, doesn't stop right-wing media clowns and liars from attempting to do so. The invaluable Eric Alterman utterly destroys the latest attempt here. Key section:



We also learn below that not only did the governor constantly complain about Obama's refusal to play ball with him, but also, via Lynn Sweet in the Chicago Sun-Times, "Blagojevich was under a cloud during Obama's entire presidential campaign, and the Obama team kept him at a distance. The Illinois governor never stumped for Obama -- they did not want him -- and unlike other Democratic governors, he did not play any significant role in the campaign." What's more, "In a sequence of events that neatly captures the contradictions of Barack Obama's rise through Illinois politics, a phone call he made three months ago to urge passage of a state ethics bill indirectly contributed to the downfall of a fellow Democrat he twice supported, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich," Mike McIntire and Jeff Zeleny write in The New York Times.

Don't let the Right's lies continue. Attack their falsehoods at EVERY turn.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Is There ANYTHING Lying Fool William Kristol EVER Gets Right?

Check out the first item here

I tell ya, if this guy hadn't been one of the principal architects of the disastrous Iraq War which has snuffed out the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, he'd be a damned Laff Riot.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Ultra Right Wing's Hilarious Insanity

Revealed for all it's worth in the "controversy" about whether Barack Obama is qualified to be president. My fave excerpt:

Taitz -- the lead attorney in the case the Supreme Court declined to hear Monday morning -- kept making stranger and stranger assertions. At one point, she asked why the government had fined broadcasters for Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," but didn't intervene to force the media to report on Obama's allegedly phony birth certificate. She claimed Obama holds passports from at least four countries, compared him to Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, equated the "controversy" about Obama to Watergate, and finished her tour-de-force presentation by saying that if Obama can claim he's a U.S. citizen and win an election, then so could just about anyone. "If a person can become a presidential candidate only based on his own statement," she said, "then somebody like Osama bin Laden, theoretically, can come and write a statement, 'I'm eligible,' and we should put him on the ballot, too?"

Stop, you're KILLIN' me here!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Dishonesty and Denial of Responsibility , Right to the End

Jon Stewart puts together another masterpiece on the worst president since James Buchanan:

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ben Cohen's Ten Republicans Who Should Go Away

Just priceless. My favorite:


9. Sean Hannity

Fox News presenter Sean Hannity is the quintessential hack - no brain, just a vacant space in his head for GOP talking points. Hannity is a smooth presenter, articulate and emotive, the perfect frontman for the bankrupt ideology he is paid to promote. Hannity has gone from dreadful to absolutely nauseating since Palin ignited his loins, gushing over the re emergence of brainless conservatism and filling his head with dreams of a conservative comeback in 2012. The visible anguish Hannity now shows after the Democratic victory is a joy to watch, clearly karmic pay back for the years of gloating over the sorry state of Democrats. Hannity was sick to his stomach after Obama was elected, and may develop some serious ulcers over the next four years. However, luckily for him, he may get treatment for free if Obama institutes universal health care.


Go read and enjoy them all! (BTW, before you do, can you guess the other nine losers in Ben's list?)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

We Will Not Let Them Lie

We will not let them claim that he was a decent president, or a decent man.

We will not let them pretend that Iraq was an accident.

We will not let them claim that they didn't exploit the charred corpses of 9/11.

We will not let them cover up the illegitimate seizure of power.

We will not forget the corruption, the lies, and the criminality.

We will not let them deny that they trampled on our sacred Constitution.

We will hold them accountable for the obscene acts and cruelties that dishonored our country.

We will not let them evade responsibility for the disasters that have overtaken us.

We will not let them write their breathtaking falsehoods into history.

And we will NEVER forgive them.

Ever.