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THIS JUST IN: MINNESOTA REP MICHELE BACHMANN UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR MISUSE OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, THIS JUST IN with tags , on 25/03/2013 by Majordomo Pain

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The Washington Post is reporting GOP Representative Michele Bachmann is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly misusing campaign funds during the 2012 election cycle. Bachmann’s campaign is accused of misappropriating House race political action committee funds [MichelePAC] to finance her failed run for President.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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CHARLES BLOW EXPLAINS HALF OF THE STORY

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY with tags , , , , on 23/03/2013 by sarahbloch

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Charles Blow wrote in The New York Times yesterday about the problem posed by misinformation machines like Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Bachmann is a symptom of the disease the GOP is suffering from post a second thumping defeat in a presidential election. Blow, via the Pew Research Center’s Andrew Kohut, is spot on in his analysis that the GOP today is in the same place the Democrats were in back in 1973:

Andrew Kohut, the founding director of the Pew Research Center, pointed out in The Washington Post on Friday that the party’s ratings “now stand at a 20-year low,” and that is in part because “the outsize influence of hard-line elements in the party base is doing to the G.O.P. what supporters of Gene McCarthy and George McGovern did to the Democratic Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s — radicalizing its image and standing in the way of its revitalization.”

This was the quote that tied the Blow piece together for me, but it doesn’t come close to scratching the surface of a solution set to the GOP’s problem with those who have driven drunk on ideological purity past the exit for Conservatism, ignored the road washed out signs and are heading on the long journey toward political illegitimacy in a car called Reactionary. The quote from the Kohut article in the Washington Post that rings truest was that the Democrats in 1973 were branded as the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty.” Now the GOP has been, by its insistence on demagoguery over details and purity of ideology over the people and their needs, has become, to many Americans the party of “Religion, rifles and returning to the 1950s.”Someone call the alliteration police, please.

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The solution for the GOP is the same solution the Democrats used to win in 1976. They found an honest man who could hold the place in the White House for four years. But for the economy and foreign policy failure in Iran James Earl Carter Jr would have been a two term president. Carter may be forgotten as a president in one hundred years or so cast into the same bin of “oh those guys” where Millard Fillmore and James Garfield reside, but he really shouldn’t be. Carter, being a Southern governor forced the GOP into an alliance that was backward looking rather than forward thinking. To get the White House back and to appear more appealing to the conservatives still feeling stung by the crimes of Richard Nixon the GOP establishment made what is the closest thing politically to making a deal with the Devil– they got in bed with fundamentalism in the form of the Moral Majority.

Unbeknownst to conservatives at the time The Moral Majority was literally the very last gasp of power for the Christian Right in America despite Falwell’s famous quote as the organization disbanded in 1989:

“Our goal has been achieved . . . The religious right is solidly in place and . . . religious conservatives in America are now in for the duration.”

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What the GOP needs now is what Carter gave the Democrats in 1976, a foothold in the backyard of the opposition. The Right cannot continue to become more and more reactionary nor can they copycat history by running a black candidate for the sake of the “we’re inclusive!” award for 2016. The GOP needs an urban and urbane leader for the Northeast and that man is New Jersey Govern or Chris Christie. For the GOP to nominate anyone other than Christie might be that last effort to give the Grand Old Party a defibrillator jolt back to life–even if Christie is a one term president due to circumstances beyond his control. There will have to be a genuine outreach to blacks and Latinos and the GLBTQ community for there ever to be a GOP president elected. I even have doubts if Governor Christie could beat Clinton or even Biden in 2016. But I’ll end with the same question that the Carter campaign asked the American people in 1976, “America, why not the best?”

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THE EXASPERATION OF BEING IN THE MARK EDWARD NOONAN DEMOGRAPHIC IN AN EVER MORE PROGRESSIVE LEANING AMERICA

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, 2012 US ELECTION, 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, MARK EDWARD NOONAN, POLITICS, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , on 19/03/2013 by sarahbloch

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This quote from Blogs4Victory writer Mark Noonan in the comments section of a recent post:

That is where you’re doomed – you want “racial minorities”. I want all of those of my fellow Americans who think our public schools suck – a lot of these people happen to black, white, Latino, what have you. I want all those of my fellow Americans who think that marriage is between one man and one woman – a lot of these people happen to be black, white, Latino, what have you. I want all those of my fellow Americans who think that the people on the local level should decide how the government money gets spent, rather than bureaucrats at Town Hall, State Capital or DC – a lot of these people happen to be black, white Latino, what have you.

To our great distress, we signed off large segments of the population – but now we’re going to go everywhere and tell everyone what we believe. Will this get us 50% of the black vote in 2016? No. But even 20% destroys you – that’s right, casper, you can get 8 in 10 African American voters and we’ll crush your party at the polls in a landslide of epic proportions. Latinos – will we get more than 50% in 2016? No. But even 40% destroys you – that’s right, casper, you can get 6 in 10 Latino voters and we’ll crush your party at the polls in a landslide of epic proportions.

We’re going there, casper…we’re going to go in to those blue hell holes your side has created and offer them something different.

As if the scathing autopsy of the failure of the GOP in the last election wasn’t enough you have here Mark Noonan an ardent champion of conservative distributism admitting what the problem is with his party, leaping over the solution to his party’s problems and then realizing that he has the power to destroy the very thing he values the most–conservatism. If I may be allowed to address Mr Noonan and all of the like thinking conservatives in America for one brief moment.

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The train has left the station and you’re not on it. What Noonan has written is wishful thinking. He wished in ’08 and he didn’t get his wish. He wished in ’12 and he didn’t get his wish. Why didn’t the GOP move more toward Latinos and blacks, gays and Asians in 2009 after being soundly defeated by Barack Obama? That’s because those demographic groups aren’t welcome in the GOP and those demographic groups don’t generally feel welcome in the GOP no matter their economic class. There’s your problem with just racial minorities Mark Noonan we haven’t even begun to talk about how you need to address single women under the age of 35. That’s another topic for another time.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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BETTING ON BENGHAZI

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, BENGHAZI, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 2016, IN HINDSIGHT, J CHRISTOPHER STEVENS on 19/03/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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The title of this post could have been “We need another B word.” Conservatives tried, and failed miserably I might add, to negate the credibility of the sitting President of the United States of America by stating that his birth certificate was either fake or that Hawaii wasn’t a state when he was born there or that he was born in Kenya. A number of fake Obama birth certificates were floated about in the run up to the 2008 election and after. Once again this lie was a miserable failure at keeping President Obama from becoming elected –twice.

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Today there is a new B word floating around out there in the wonderfully delusional world of conservative conspiracy theories–Bengahzi. Despite all the commentary from the right on the Internet to the contrary I am one Progressive blogger who wants to talk about Benghazi. At one point after the attack that cost America the lives of four of its citizens in Libya most notably of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens there was a rumor circulating among conservative bloggers on the Internet that Ambassador Stevens had been raped before or after his death depending on which source you stumbled across. This rumor was circulated to get the maximum political effect out of a tragedy, or as conservatives accuse Progressives, they did not want any crisis to go unexploited for political gain. Keep in mind this happened on the conservative high holy day of 11 September which was a scant seven weeks before the presidential election.

To conservatives this was their Holy Grail; this attack and the death of an American ambassador would surely tip the scales . . . Well, actually, no. Benghazi wasn’t the driving issue of the 2012 home stretch to the plebiscite. The economy and how Mitt Romney viewed 47% of the electorate was the big story coupled with how poorly GOP candidates could articulate their positions on women’s reproductive rights. Six days after the Benghazi attack, the 47% video came to light and swept the story out of the headlines. The debate now wasn’t about an Obama weak on foreign policy but a GOP candidate that panders to rich donors at the expense of half the American population. And still, Ann Romney cried when they lost Florida? You mean she couldn’t see this coming?

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Now the conservative far right that has hijacked the GOP is doubling down because there is a dot on the far political horizon. If you squint you can just make out the female form of the dot and see the color of the skirt and the blond hair. That dot on the horizon is Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 45th President of the United States. I’m here to offer some medicine to the conservatives that are going all in on Benghazi to try to tear down Ms Clinton. Nobody cares. It’s really that simple people, this was a tragedy and it should have never happened but this single failure doesn’t disqualify Hillary Clinton as the leader in the 2016 race. This time racial bigotry, all the far right has to get its aging base off their couches and to the polls in many rural areas, will not work. The conservatives feel that “Clinton fatigue” will send their voters out in the same predicted droves that the fear of a second Obama term was supposed to energize their base. Didn’t happen in 2012 and it won’t happen in 2016.

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In Hindsight
There’s just not enough critical mass to the Benghazi attack to make it resonate for moderates and minorities to move from the Left to the Right. Hillary Clinton ranks very high among former Secretaries of State and will make a formidable opponent for whomever takes her on in 2016 both within the Democratic Party and in the general election. By this point in 2016 none of us here at The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork will be talking about birth certificates, Kenya, a candidates religion or any of the wasteful fluff that has to be refuted when the Right pries open its AM radio and Internet maws to tell a lie. This time will be different yet the same. So go right on ahead conservatives bet on that pair of 8s you have and give me that high faith steely pokerface. I’m holding two aces, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama on the campaign trail for Hillary in 2016. This is what your 2016 results are going to look like if the GOP isn’t allowed to rid itself of the far right extremists that demand conservative purity and demand that those they deem unworthy of the title “true conservative” have to be drummed from the GOP. Even though it may be too late to save the GOP from the TEA Party it’s worth a shot because all of their ideas aren’t bad. The so called conservative base, the AM radio right wing talking heads and the KNow Nothing social moralists who want their country back are the cancer that will kill the GOP, not the far Left or socialism or even President Obama. Good night and good luck.

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THE GOP OUROBOROS: KARL ROVE MAY BE THE ONLY MAN IN AMERICA THAT CAN SAVE THE GOP FROM BEING DESTROYED BY THE TEA PARTY

Posted in 2012 GOP PRIMARIES, 2012 US ELECTION, 2014 ELECTIONS, 2016 ELECTIONS, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, KARL ROVE, POLITICS, SARAH PALIN, TEA PARTY, TECTONIC SHIFTS with tags , , , , , , , , , on 17/03/2013 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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That post tile is something I never thought I would ever write, but there it is. Karl Rove is more than desperate to save the GOP from the TEA Party conservatives that are threatening to turn the Congress into a Progressive holding for the next forty years. Rove has gone beyond the exasperation of running against President Obama in 2012 and his coalition of blacks, young white Progressives, the GLBTQ bloc, Latinos, women and the 47% not included in any of those demographics, to a beneficial honesty about what the establishment GOP needs to do to attract voters from those groups.

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Rove realizes that the Aikens, the Mourdochs and the O’Donnells of the conservative political spectrum are strychine. The political grandmaster on the Right also knows that the Allen Wests and Nia Longs of the world are an insult to millions of middle class minorities who in their own daily lives and beliefs are more conservative than the President her served is or ever will be. Now I don’t get to say this very often but having a Progressive majority in both houses of the US Congress for the short term, say from 2014 until 2024 would be monumentally more pleasant for those who want real progress from their government. Having that reign run until 2054 is downright dangerous. If there’s one thing I know about American politics it’s that the pendulum is sharp and never cuts in only one direction.

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Six years, ago on this date, Karl Rove was the darling of the Republican Party and Progressives cheered when he resigned from his duties at the White House later in 2007. At that point in history he might have run a close second to being the most despised right wing political voice in America behind Rush Limbaugh. Today, he is hated in a new quarter and that quarter is in his own political house. The TEA Party Patriots have even gone to that lowest point in political discourse calling Rove a Nazi.

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So the battle lines now have been drawn in the brewing civil war between the Establishment and the TEA Party for the right to the ownership of a ship that is on fire and has several holes in its hull at the waterline with broken masts in a raging perfect storm thousands of miles from land. Literally, the Hand of Fate would have to descend on that scene to save the ship from utter destruction. Karl Rove, I believe is that hand.

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Sarah Palin at the height of her post election campaign fame was the Walmart® of politcians. Palin never wanted to be President; she wanted to turn a profit. Fortunately for her, she lives in the greatest corporatocracy and marketing driven nation in the history of Terra. In the nine months after resigning from the governorship in Alaska Palin pocketed a staggering 12 million dollars. Nine million of that came from her nine episode stint on The Learning Channel starring in Sarah Palin’s Alaska. This juggernaut of profit fueled by the misguided ideas of people who cannot think for themselves is what Karl Rove is up against.

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Now, of course, Rove has a mighty arsenal, both politically and intellectually, at his disposal as well, but barbs about the massive failures that American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, Rove’s PACs suffered in the 2012 elections coming from Palin is a broadside that deepens the rift between the Establishment which is trying to rebrand the GOP and the TEA Party which is trying to destroy it as a parasite from the inside out. Parasites often don’t realize that by killing the host they kill themselves as well.

Many would call Karl Rove 3.0 a refreshing hope for the GOP. That take generally comes from well heeled Establishment Republicans. Those in the TEA Party allied with Palin just want Rove to go off into the sunset of retirement to be remembered as someone who manufactured the transition for Bush II’s soft conservatism of decidership to the new age of right wing social issue pushes to “take back their country!”

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Rove in his speech to the California Republican Party just over two weeks ago preached diversity and a massive ground game to get to the people whose votes Republican candidates will need in the future, i.e., Latinos, blacks and white women between 18 and 35. Now the Conservative Victory Project, Rove’s latest foray aims to do this and more. The goal of the CVP is, in Rove’s own words, “to weed out the Akins and O’Donnells” in future primaries. Most would think this is a good idea for a party out of touch with so many voter groups. Not the TEA Party, oh no. They want to double down on things like legitimate rape and seem even more to the right on social issues than anyone the Establishment would dare to counter with.

In the end the GOP likely will become a regional party made up of moderates that resonate with some Latinos and white women in the northeast and the midwest. The TEA Party will hold power in some state legislatures in the South and will win a few seats in Congress as they did in 2012. Overall, however, neither will be able to field a viable candidate for the presidency in the near term. With all the buzz about Jeb Bush he doesn’t poll very well, two years out from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s announcement she’s running, against the former first lady. And then there’s the curious case of Texas which will be the final tipping point for the GOP. If they lose a major race in this state, say for governor, to the Democrats that will signal and end to the GOP as we know it today. Nineteen months from now this race will take place and if the Latino vote and the women’s vote go the way I think it will this race could finish the establishment on the right for the foreseeable future. No, Texas, no White House for the GOP in a generation.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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WILL MCAVOY EXPLAINS IT ALL

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A clear analysis of what is wrong with American Conservatism as manifested by TEA Party ideology.

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MY FINAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION GLOAT: ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF POST CONSERVATISM

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I just had to wait for the right time to post this and since tomorrow is the end of the Mayan Long Count I thought it would be an apropos time to mark the end of Conservative political power in the American government with a graphic that says it all.

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The world is very different now.”–President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Inaugural address, 20 January 1961.

Pax Terra!

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OUR AMERICAN COUSIN

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As you likely have noticed, the Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork has taken a well deserved break from terrestrial matters over the past few weeks. This respite will continue for a brief period as we shift from American political and social matters, which I as Editor-in-Chief feel are decided at least for the near term, to focus on the larger and more pressing matters that affect all of Terra’s population. The new and more global vision of Hell’s leading daily newspaper will debut on the day many feel the Mayans predicted your planet would cease to exist, 21 December 2012.

Until then our writers will post opinion pieces from time to time about the subjects of their choice. I begin this soft period of transition with a return to American social and political matters. I read this morning at Blogs for Victory a post by Mark Edward Noonan that made me think very deeply about the future of American politics. Mr Noonan, who is keen to make predictions without taking all the myriad forces at play, stares into his conservative crystal ball yet again. This time he looks toward his latter years and even predicts the age of his death, 77 in 2041, and the cause, liberalism:

I’ll have died at the age of 77 of an easily treatable disease which I could not get care for because the National Health Service didn’t have sufficient resources to treat me before the disease went too far.

I’ll have been living from the age of 67 forward in a one-room, government-supplied retirement home which I was forced in to because given the way the economy developed I was never able to secure enough wealth to replace the home I lost in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.

My 401k had been destroyed years previously. First by a government program to start taxing it, secondly by the massive inflation which was necessary to get our annual deficit to become 15% of GDP.

While I officially retired at the age of 67 and started to collect my Social Security (worth about 50% less than it is today because during that bout of inflation the government kept insisting, in spite of rising food and fuel prices, that inflation was non-existent and thus SS payments remained constant in dollar amounts while going down in actual value), I actually quit work at the age of 60 because I found out that by a varied combination of government benefits, I could actually get more income by sitting on my duff than by working 40 hours a week. At that point, it stopped bothering me so much that a cheeseburger costs $12 because Uncle Sam was picking up the tab. Until, that is, they banned the purchase of cheeseburgers in the interests of cutting National Health Service costs.

I did get some exercise from the age of about 57 on because the government mandates on fuel efficiency priced me out of automobile ownership. This resulted in a great deal of walking on my part as the inefficient bus system provided by government didn’t get me to where I needed to be when I needed to be there. I moved out of the suburbs and in to the city center because at least there were stores closer to home: on the other hand, I had to pay higher prices for the basics because government policy was to forbid “big box” stores in the area because they provided “unfair” competition to the small shops.

I found as I entered my 50′s that food was harder to obtain – the price kept rising and there kept being less of it. Various agricultural policies were taking more farm land out of production while various taxes were making the production and consumption of things like beef out of the question. I was given Supplementary Food Insurance which allowed me to buy whole grain bread, government cheese and all the potatoes I could eat.

I got a boost to my health as I gave up cigarette smoking when the banned it outdoors, where I did most of my smoking. Also, even buying generic smokes at the Indian reservation was running me $80 a carton. On the other hand, I found out that ‘Capulco Gold Lights were an admirable substitute, though they did make things a bit hazy; on the plus side, I was permitted to fire up a joint even indoors at work!

My initial reaction to this post was that Noonan was suffering from eating to many sour grapes. However, there is something more deeper and more telling about this post than first met my eyes. The writer is clearly anguished that his worldview has been rejected, in clear electoral terms, by million of people in the United States of America. Terrans like Mr Noonan believed that the election of 2008 and the attendant social struggles that have been championed by the Democratic Party [steps toward single payer health care, tax relief for the middle class, gay rights, worker's rights, women's reproductive rights and pay equality] was an historical outlier driven by the desire for minorities and liberal voters to elect the first man of color to the highest office in the land. They did that and nearly immediately forces in the conservative power camp lept into the fray with hundreds of millions of dollars to give birth to the TEA Party which was able to disguise bigotry behind a hood of lowering taxes for the middle class.

Of course, it is well realized now that this was not only a waste of treasure by the Kochs and Adelsons of American conservatism but also a group delusion on the part of their lesser heeled followers. All of the lies failed in the end for the conservatives refused to admit the clearest of truths–their numbers are smaller than the numbers of the coalition built by liberals. Plainly, the right does not know how to attract blacks, gays, Latinos or women to their ranks because their policies have a negative impact on these groups and they will continue to do so as they triple down and move more to the Right.

Noonan believes he will die from the lack of health care to which he can be exposed due to ObamaCare in 2041 at the age of 77. More than likely Mr Noonan will die of stupidity and fear long before that if he continues to believe that his worldview has a national following large enough to have a majority in both houses of Congress. Noonan is angry that his beliefs have been rejected by the voting public and to be fair we likely would have seen a similar reaction from liberals had Obama lost the election. That die has been cast; the American people have spoken and Noonan and the Religious Right and the TEA Party bigots still are far more free than virtually anyone in opposition politically anywhere else on Terra.

The suffering for Mr Noonan must be horrible. His wishes of a Cold War apocalypse where his End Times beliefs would come to fruition were dashed so he joined in the worship of conservatism’s only deity–Ronald Reagan. Years later his own religion was exposed as corrupt as countless priests were found guilty of the sexual abuse of children not only abroad but in the United States. Then comes the criminal behavior of the Bush administration post 9/11 to restrict freedom strictly out of fear that corporations and the wealthy would flee and America bombarded with terror attacks. Now Noonan is staring down a recovery for which a liberal government can take credit with a man of color at the helm. These are dark times for the man who feels that America is devolving into communism when actually what is happening is America is becoming just socialist enough to assure that capitalists continue to be prosperous. As a demon journalist I wish for Mark Edward Noonan, our American cousin, two things, that he have a long life so he can witness all the prosperity to come and that he live in interesting times.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, MITT ROMNEY, POLITICS, POOR WHITE TRASH, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, RELIGIOUS RIGHT, TEA PARTY, THE GREATER FOOL, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE MATING HABITS OF CONSERVATIVES, TODD AKIN, UNREST IN AMERICA, WHITE PRIVILEGE with tags , , , , , on 16/11/2012 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

I took a well deserved, okay, forced, vacation after the election and now I’m back. The folks at Blogs4Victory are in a state of delusional grand mal rictus after the election defeat of Mitt Romney and I expected that much and worse. This is what I expected after proof that the far Right, the TEA Party element of States’ Rights Know Nothings, who will worship at the feet of Rush until the day they die, would be given proof at the polls that Mitt, despite being the whitest guy they could run, was in reality unelectable because he ran a schizophrenic and disjointed campaign. Romney had to cater to the bigoted far Right and appear to be a centrist at the same time. His disadvantage then wasn’t that he was simply politically out ground gamed by Obama he also was running as a candidate from two parties and neither one even if he got all the votes that they had would not represent a majority of the American electorate.

I responded to the above linked post at B4V with this to my dear friend in political argument Amazona a little while ago:

Amazona why don;t you explain to me why any of this matters to you? I’ve got a longer view of global history and of the future of America and it has been proven by this election as an extension of the election of 2008 that when conservatives allow themselves to show their true colors and speak their hearts they are exposed as a group that is antithetical to the ideals of American Freedom.
Yes Amazona I’m calling you a fascist but not because you secretly have an SS uniform in your closet. You would never admit being a fascist because being anything than a soldier loving American patriot cannot be tolerated in 2012 conservative America. And that’s the problem people like you that make up a full 40% of those who identify with the Republican Party who have cloaked themselves in the belief that States’ Rights are equivalent to want to “live by the values and laws as set forth in the Constitution” you have no idea how delusional and out of touch you really are. This may or not be ageist or even racist hell I don’t know but if you took the white lover 60 crowd out of the US by and large America would be the progressive prosperous nation that it deserves to be. Trust me Amazona this is no more harsh than the words of the man you voted for who wrote off 47% of the electorate in a speech that cost him any chance of being elected President.

So now angry at the Grim Reaper sharpening his scythe and even angrier that you calls to bigotry by the Koch Brothers have failed now you are going to ally yourselves with the most destructive elements in American business those CEOs who would ship their jobs overseas to save their personal lifestyles of lucre. Hell, I thought you guys were the ones who were on the side of the poor because of the religion thing? Man was I wrong! At least you live in a free enough country where you can rant and rave about crap that doesn’t mean anything [Hey when was the last time economic genius Mark Noonan wrote and article about bank failures or the collapse of the Chinese economy or . . ] in the great scheme of things. It’s gonna be a tough twenty years for you after the Democrats take back the House in 2014 and Hillary wins in 2016 and none of the doom and gloom predictions you love to make come true and America moves into another great age of prosperity.


In Hindsight

Amazona is a States Rights person of the ilk of those Southern governors of the 1940s though 60s who in the face of a changing America invoked their own race card. It’s a soft bigotry but a bigotry nevertheless. The good news is that as old and white as the conservative movement has become in the face of the browning of and the resurgence of the liberal electorate in America the time for her kind is growing short.

Pax Terra!

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WAY TO GO OHIO!

Posted in 2012 US ELECTION with tags , on 07/11/2012 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

I made this promise to Pain and Sarah Bloch many many months ago that if President Obama won I would post this classic from The Pretenders.

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.]
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