I’m thankful for my union this weekend. Speak out for unions this weekend whenever the subject comes up. It’s important that Republicans don’t destroy the unions for their rich friends. Speak out.
Now I’m sure I’ll get called an anti-Semite for even posting this clip but I know that I am not one, so it doesn’t bother me. Just like with so many things in our world, nuance just doesn’t sell very well. People want black and white, no grays allowed. If you listen very carefully to what Helen says, how can you really disagree with her? But of course if you are a “knee-jerker”, than there is all sorts of stuff for you to get upset about in this clip. As I mentioned before, I had the great privilege to meet her years ago and have corresponded by email with her a few times over the years. She is a national treasure, one of a kind and very wise. Go Helen….
As Rachel Maddow has been saying for a long time, Republicans have no shame….none at all. They will go on television, radio or whatever and blatantly contradict themselves, lie, mislead, insinuate falsehoods and vilify innocent people and institutions with no second thought. The ironic part to me has always been their preaching out of the other side of their mouths about Christian values and morality while they lie, lie, lie. If there is a god, these fuckers sure ain’t going to be hanging with him when they cross over. And if there is a hell, these fuckers will be in the area with no air conditioning…you can bet on it.
When President Obama and the Democrats won in 2008, almost immediately we heard Boehner, Ryan and the whole lying bunch immediately start preaching about fiscal responsibility. My first thought was, yeah, now you care about fiscal responsiblity after George W. Bush ran up our debt by giving it all to rich people, Haliburton, Bechtel, Blackwater and the rest of their rich buddies. They did this with no shame whatsoever. And the dumb ass media just let them spew it, didn’t challenge them, didn’t point out the inconsistencies….they just played along with it like they usually do. E.J. Dionne has an excellent piece that speaks to this tactic that Republicans have been using for many years. Go read the whole piece, it is most excellent. Here is my favorite part…
Where were the moderate deficit hawks in all this? They have a very bad habit. When conservatives blow up our fiscal position with their tax cuts, the deficit hawks are silent – or, at best, mumble a few words of mild reproach to have something on the record – and let the budget wreckage happen. Quite a few in their ranks (yes, including some Democrats) actually supported the Bush tax cuts.
But when it’s the progressives’ turn in power, the deficit hawks become ferocious. They denounce liberals if they do not move immediately to address the shortfall left by conservatives. Thus, conservatives get to govern as they wish. Liberals are labeled as irresponsible unless they abandon their own agenda and devote their every moment in power to cutting the deficit.
It’s a game for chumps. The conservatives play it brilliantly. By winning their tax cuts and slashing government revenue, they constrain what liberals can do whenever they get back into power.
Pretty slick little game they have going. It fits well with their lying, philandering, cheating, stealing, lining their pockets and all the other very moral things they do collectively as a party. And of course it is only going to get worse in light of the Citizen’s United ruling that will put an end to American democracy in short order, in my humble opinion.