By Leonard Pitts Jr.

Reality, A Product Of The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

October 10, 2012 10:02 am Category: Memo Pad 61 Comments A+ / A-
Reality, A Product Of The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

“Reality,” Stephen Colbert once famously said, “has a well-known liberal bias.”

It was one of those jokes that isn’t, one of those barbs that captures something painfully true, allows you to see it with clarity you never could if viewing straight on. It’s worth noting that Colbert said this years before that jump-the-shark moment last week when conservatives accused the Labor Department of conspiring against them. In case you missed it, it happened when the government released figures showing the unemployment rate has tumbled to 7.8 percent.

Most of us considered this good news. Because it validates President Obama’s narrative of a slowly-improving economy, many conservatives did not. They called the figure a fraud — “monkey business,” in the words of Donald Trump. Former GE CEO Jack Welch saw it as evidence of malfeasance from “these Chicago guys.” Fox “News” asked, “Is the number real?”

And so it goes in the conservative War on Reality.

Not that this was the first salvo in said war. Just before the numbers came out, conservatives were working to discredit polls that showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney. “Bogus,” said Rush Limbaugh.

You see, the war goes back a ways. Back to Sen. Jon Kyl saying that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s activities are abortion-related and, when called on that lie, issuing a statement that what he said was “not intended to be … factual.” Back to Sarah Palin sounding the alarm about death panels, back to Glenn Beck saying conservatives started the Civil Rights Movement, back to people pretending there is some mystery over the president’s birthplace.

Heck, it goes back to the Bush administration cutting inconvenient facts from government reports, back to Bush brushing aside a pessimistic report on Iraq by saying the intelligence community was “just guessing.”

The point here — this cannot be overemphasized — is not ideology. Rather, it is about the fact that we cannot effectively debate ideology if we do not have a body of facts in common.

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  • SleepsWithCat

    Vast Left Wing conspiracy. Still plenty of time for the Democrats to screw the whole thing up.

  • Sand_Cat

    Not surprising. After all, Bush cooked the books, refused to accept unpleasant intelligence not supporting what he wanted until it was edited to his taste. The Republicans took the presidency in 2000, and possibly 2004, under highly suspicious circumstances, so now they all want to prevent [Democratic] voter “fraud.”

    Surely it must have become obvious to you, and most other sane people with some intelligence and education – apparently a much smaller group than I would have thought – that most of the Republican “scare” stories are little more than their projection of their own actions and attitudes on their opponents. How else to explain the fact that Obama is not only a Communist and a Socialist, but also a Fascist or even a Nazi.

    Ever noticed how after 4-8 years of a Republican administration’s abuse of the Bill of Rights and the passage of legislation making a mockery of privacy and liberty a Democrat is elected, and suddenlyall the Republicans are terrified for their “liberty”?

    Hasn’t this been obvious to anyone else for years? If so, why isn’t it being said?

    • dranyamelknur

      Mike Connell, the electronic voting machine guru used by Karl Rove, was called to testify in hearings about Ohio voting machine fraud. They had the votes routed through Tennessee. Connell’s lawyer filed a brief that his client was afraid of Rove. Soon enough, Connell crashed his small plane just before reaching the airport and was killed. Case closed. But was justice done?

    • latebloomingrandma

      Did anyone ever point it out to these nuts that you can’t be a Communist and a Muslim, because communism, by definition, includes atheism. It’s causing major whiplash trying to keep up.

  • http://twitter.com/MortAlcoil1 Mort Alcoil

    Republicans are the only people I know that think that belief trumps actual reality and fact. Their understanding of what a “fact” is, differs entirely from what a fact REALLY is.

    Facts to them, are just an impediment to their own version of reality, which resembles something out of Alice in Wonderland; only in THEIR version, the Red Queen is the good guy, protecting the poor, poor ruling classes against the evil peasants.

  • http://www.cafepress.com/bulliesforromney Bullies For Romney

    When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces (#Republicans) are all in confederacy against him. When a person continually makes life critical decisions based on emotion and not fact and logic, that’s a major defect in reasoning. That’s the best example of insanity I can find. Ever notice how Republicans have the same defect in reasoning as alcoholics, drug addicts, and religious fanatics? Republicanism is a mental disorder… Granted this is never more true than when this affliction is found in a Republican woman. A Republican Woman? A Gay Republican? A Black Republican? Good God, that’s like a pro KKK African American or a pro Nazi Jew, especially by today’s GOP misogynistic, homophobic and racist standards. But there are way too many studies recently that prove the Right Wing mind is clinically irrational. We have all been told by our mothers, “Never ague with stupidity.” A Republican has to want to help themselves first in order to ‘break through’, otherwise you’re talking to a wall, just like an alcoholic. They have to hit rock bottom before they become open to help. I have found that it usually takes six to eight years of constant effort to get a Republican to think rationally, but that’s taking into account there is an iota of commonsense in their head. Another problem with Republicanism it’s patriarchal. It’s seared in during early childhood… The Jesuits said, ‘Give me the child till they’re seven and you can have the man.’ Tragically… they’re broken… Just saying…

  • bcarreiro

    this is for the pitts………………..i wish i could block the 2% for a day and see who crys the most???

  • http://profiles.google.com/superbonnie2009 GW Field

    Look at Jack Welsh’s picture, he looks quite crazed….this is the face of the GOP.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/MQKOJEOB572OJHC3QVQKT66IHA James

    …..I cannot STOMACH Welsh or most of his sycophants but, as someone that has been out of work the better (or WORSE) part of 3 and a half years, he raises for me, VERY valid suspicions, whatever his motives – the evidence of these job creation figures being deliberately distorted is ample from where I’m standing (BARELY) as there’s SOME, but comparatively little, improvement on ANY front…..

    • awakenaustin

      Really. Let us hear a little of that evidence. Your own personal circumstances are not persuasive evidence of what is happening in the country. It is merely evidence of what is happening to you. Because I have a job and have always had a job doesn’t mean there isn’t an unemployment problem anymore than your not having a job (regrettable as that may be)means the unemployment figures are cooked. If it is so damn easy to cook these figures, why wait so long?

      • tokoloshi27

        Dear Austinite; is it really about “cooking” figures? We have pretty solid evidence that from one month to the next the “professional number crunchers” are continually revising their figures to actually reflect a closer (amended?) reality.

        Seriously the raw data could be corrupted any number of ways, that’s as simple as the civil servants that gather this data not getting reports in on time or having certain reports rejected for procedural reasons. Anyway every month we’ve seen semi-optimistic numbers released only to have thos numbers negatively adjusted a month later.

        Are we really obliged to trust these number crunchers’ figures because it is “simple math”. The author clearly has an emotional grasp of this issue and not a sound, educated appreciation.

        • awakenaustin

          What this is about is Republicans desperate to turn anything which might appear to be good news for President Obama into some kind of idiotic cockamamie conspiracy. If the President opined one day there had been a beautiful sunset the night before Republicans would accuse him of conspiring to make it so or explaining why it really wasn’t a beautiful sunset. The numbers weren’t wrong when it showed bad news were they? As long as the unemployment figure was above 8% they were as happy as a pigs in mud, running around flashing all those numbers which showed how bad things were. Every time there is an economic report which suggests the economy is moving in the right direction they are there to explain why it wasn’t so. When an indicator gives the Administration bad news they are all over how unbiased and accurate and trustworthy these “estimates” are. In the Republican world, apparently facts are only facts when they support your preexisting beliefs. When the facts are inconvenient for you, then you ignore them, dismiss them as fictional or offer that it is all a conspiracy.
          I noticed in your explanation you neglected the revisions which reported better numbers than the initial numbers. But hey, they would be a part of the conspiracy also. Everything is bendable to meet the demands of Republican beliefs. No you aren’t bound to believe the numbers. They are only estimates after all. Not my point nor the article’s point. But an actual analysis of why the numbers might be wrong or be subject to inaccuracy would open you up to the position that the previous numbers might be skewed in the wrong direction also and that would be too complex and nuanced and sophisticated for you to grasp or to deal with. No, it is much easier to claim conspiracy. It doesn’t require any facts or actual knowledge and it isn’t refutable. The lovely thing about conspiracies is you can always work around the inconvenient reality. It is a conspiracy that the Republicans have claimed is occurring, they are not making sophisticated statistical complaints of potential sampling error, etc. Final point, remember how biased the media and polls were right up to the point they began to favor Mr. Romney. Suddenly, they have become the gold standard of accuracy in polling.

          • tokoloshi27

            Dear Austinite; I was just commenting on the article (and your use of the work cook), not about the spin surrounding the topic. If you chose to view it as an attack on the President, that’s your right of course.

            Like any American I would welcome good economic news of any kind and from any source – regardless of election season posturing. My comment, based on the article’s author’s defense of the ‘number crunchers’ from hint of deliberate wrong-doing; it was to suggest other alternatives for our current inability to actually trust that those numbers have validity for the long term.

          • awakenaustin

            I used the word cooked because that was the accusation. This has never been an analysis of why the numbers are not necessarily accurate and that these numbers might not be accurate because there are possibilities of sampling error, error by the reporting agents and mistakes in actually calculating the numbers. Frankly , I have always thought the numbers, if they had any value, it was in suggesting directions things may be going as you viewed them over time. The numbers are “estimates.” The people putting them out don’t say they are accurate beyond dispute. You apparently, insist on missing the point. The complaint by Republicans was never that the number might not be totally accurate or fail to tell a complete story of the economy. Their complaint was and always has been that any number produced if it favored the President must have been the result of some malfeasance on the part of someone. The reason is simple anything which appears to contradict their belief system cannot be true. Your position may be that these numbers may have noise in them. However, that isn’t a defense of their position or a criticism of my point. I re-read Mr. Pitt’s article. It wasn’t particularly a defense of “number crunchers” or an assertion that the number was accurate beyond dispute because it has its basis in mathematical operations. In a courtroom some would say your point is inapposite.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYK7PJHGGUAV6ZUAPBGJFENR4Q TammieO

      Of course you buy it James. Go back and reread the article for an explanation as to why; in short: you disavow truth, facts and reality.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TX6HEUGMQZKYOG3IIFUSLF5PNA Catherine

      There are some longterm unemployed where I live too but there is usually a reason they aren’t working, such as drug dependency or by choice—- they don’t want to look for work until their unemployment runs out. I see it all the time, but when someone wants to work they can and do find work. Just saying, maybe it’s not all the fault of the Presidency.

    • Landsende

      James
      I’m sorry you’ve been unable to find a job in 3 1/2 years but wonder what kind of jobs you were hunting for. When I hear the claims that the unemployment numbers are really higher and that most people have given up looking I wonder how are they paying their bills. Are they getting unemployment, welfare, food stamps, living off their savings or living on the streets. Hopefully, someday there will be enough jobs for everyone when congress quits working for special interest groups and starts penalizing companies that ship jobs overseas and they pass a jobs bill that will put Americans, including you, to work now, while also helping to rebuild our decaying infrastructure.

  • chisolm

    Reality is 26 million people unemployed/underemployed, 47 million collecting food stamps, middle class workers with lower average wages, millions of foreclosed homes, one-half of recent college graduates unable to find jobs, gas at nearly $4 per gallon, and higher in some states, increased uprisings in the Middle East, failure of Solyndra and other green energy, taxpayer funded mistakes, over $16 trillion in debt, over a trillion a year defecit, etc. Any way you spin it, this is our reality. Look at unemployment in states with republican administrations and then look at states with democrat administrations and ask which path you want the entire country to head.

  • http://profiles.google.com/k4b6lane KENNETH LANE

    I think the Republican avoidance of reality goes deeper than mere misunderstanding and basic greed on their part. It appears to be a deep rooted flaw in Republicans ability to reason in normal terms. The insanity of today in America is horrid and will not end well!

  • Jim Lou

    It seems that many in GOP live in Alice’s Wonderland. That is a fantasy to all.

    • dranyamelknur

      Head over to Yahoo comments and you will be engulfed with idiotic opinions. Give me some help over there. Either they’re being paid, or the insane asylum is missing a lot of looneys.

      • SaneJane

        Comments over there sound like ten year old boys. I can hang on for a few days then have to take a break from them. The repetition is mind numbing.

      • CAThinker

        I’ll give it a shot… the paid Talipublican trolls that have been posting here bore me… They all have the same set of standard talking points… And not an original thought amongst them… I imagine the same over there, but I’ll visit… for the same reasons I watch Faux news for five minutes a day… To see where their latest train wreck will be… (But I gotta say, my apologies to the women here, Faux really does have the prettiest women on TV… and they are so much prettier when you turn the sound off…)

        • latebloomingrandma

          You mean the endless supply of Barbie dolls? If it is really a “news” organization, how is that relevent? I know— you were just sayin’. But I’m like you. I have really given it a try to watch Fox, since so many people around here espouse to its truthiness, and after 10 minutes tops, I’m ready to gag.

          • CAThinker

            Yes, that endless supply… Glad that I didn’t alienate… but I was also trying to illustrate the superficiality of the Talipublicans…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

      More like Rush’s wonderland!

  • http://www.facebook.com/blake.faulkner.7 Blake Faulkner

    It could be argued that the disconnect with reality really began when Ronald Reagan became POTUS. Illegally funded Contras planting bombs in children’s toys in Nicaragua to sow terror became…’freedom fighters’. When the former Hollywood actor in B grade movies was being shown his new digs in the White House…he asked to be shown the fictitious ‘War Room’…of “Dr. Strangelove”/Stanley Kubrick’s fantastic imagination. The Gipper himself reacted to some statement that contradicted a belief of his…by saying “Facts are stupid things”. He was actually trying to quote someone else’s “Facts are stubborn things”…but the mistake was one of those telling Freudian slips. And then there’s that favorite, dreamy, disconnected, biblically religious reverie of Ronnie’s…about that “Bright shining city on a hill”…in his trickle down vision of what America could be like someday. At least he still had some grounding in reality on his good days…when Nancy’s horoscope readings allowed…and before the Alzheimers got to be a real problem. He did make the Russkies nervous…You betcha!

    • dranyamelknur

      It actually started, in earnest, when JFK refused to go along with the Cuban agenda. If he had signed Operation Northwoods, he may have lived longer. He did the right thing, but it propably led to his death. Who was involved? Well, George H W Bush claimed he could not remember where he was the day of the assassination. He was in Texas. The day after, a George Bush was meeting with J Edgar Hoover. Bush claimed it was a different George Bush. Right! And Nixon or Ford just happened to pick him to run the CIA with no previous involvement? Right! Guess who shot Reagan? Bush’s Texas tycoon oil buddy’s and campaign contributor’s son. Bush didn’t know the family? Yeah, right. After that Reagan was sure to know who called the shots.

  • William Deutschlander

    The Republican Cartel does not accept facts, if the Republican Cartel accepted facts we would not have suffered with the Republican Great Recession of 2008.

    The Republican Cartel has their own private imaginary universe that has no basis in REALITY.

    The Republican Cartel of the 21st century poses a grave danger to our United States of America, a republic goverened as a DEMOCRACY, for ALL the people, by ALL the people, of ALL the people.

    The governing of the Obama Presidency has truly been rooted in DEMOCRACY!

    • mrboz

      Perhaps you could provide some real facts and evidence to back up your vitriol. How is it the Republican depression of 2008 when dems held both houses of Congress and whent he policies that caused the meltdown had democrat fingerprints all over them?

      Remind yourself that the economy had nothing to do with the 2006 congressional elections, and that the economy never faltered until it became apparent that Obama would win the presedency. Inconvenient truths for you kool-aid drinkers indeed.

      Wake up dude.

      • latebloomingrandma

        I propose that we finally get rid of all references to drinking kool-aid. No one is like Jim Jones.

        • CAThinker

          Well… I’m thinking Grover Norquist is close…

      • GM52246

        The policies that caused the meltdown were laid out in the 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagal, by a Republican Senate and a Republican House, and the 2000 Commodities Futures Trading Act, also by a Republican Senate and a Republican House. It is true that both were signed by Bill Clinton, so if you want to partially blame Clinton, that’s fine, but the crisis took ten years to build. (Also, the poor leadership of conservative Republican Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, who pretty much single-handedly created the housing bubble.) And then, of course, there’s the Republicans controlling the House, Senate, *and* Presidency for all of 2003-2006.

        • mrboz

          Don’t forget the Community Reinvestment Act (all dems) and don’t forget that when Bush tried to bring up reviewing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the republicans were so demogogued on the issue by dems that it became toxic.

          And yes, Clinton did sign the bills into law. So, my point, dems have fingerprints all over the “perfect storm” yet they are the ones trying to have it both ways.

          • http://twitter.com/vdpphd vdpphd

            The Community Reinvestment Act was a piss in the wind. If there were no blind CDOs, none of this would have happened, even with CRA, even without Glass-Steagall, even with sub-prime mortgages. Here is the key – a blind investment has indeterminate value. When the underlying market collapses nobody knows what the blind investment is worth. Banks can handle assets of zero value, but cannot handle assets of indeterminate value.

      • http://twitter.com/vdpphd vdpphd

        The crash of 2008 was caused by the failure of the blind Collateralized Debt Obligation market. It was Chris Cox, appointed by G W Bush as Chair of the SEC, who allowed these dangerously insecure investments to be created. It was the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, led by Republicans, that allowed banks and investment houses to commingle funds, so that whatever crash hit the one would take down the other. It was Republican non-enforcement of anti-trust law that allowed some banks to get too big to be safely dismantled in bankruptcy. It was the Bush Tax Cuts that created a deficit of a trillion dollars per year. It was the unnecessary Bush War in Iraq that created additional deficit spending of a trillion dollars more per year. The fact that $8T was added to the debt between 2001 and 2009 made it difficult to spend our way out of the crash on borrowed money. In order to deny that the Republicans are at fault for crashing the economy and throttling the recovery, you have to be incredibly ignorant of how such things work, or just delusional.

      • Dave_dido

        Don’t you remember how the Republicans filibustered everything that Obama and the Dems tried to do? Even though the American people had delivered a mandate to the Democratic Party, the Republicans went against the wishes of the people and filibustered everything.Remember how they said their mission was to make Pres. Obama a one term Pres.? Remember how it would have taken a supermajority to get anything accomplished and the Dems didn’t have enough votes for a supermajority? Remember how Republicans backed Pres. George W. Bush on everything and defended him on every issue?Then more recently they disowned him and didn’t even invite him to the GOP convention because they realized the Dems were correct in what they had been saying about him. I think if you put Romney in office you’re going to find out that he’s just GWB on steroids. Then you can disinvite him to your 2016 GOP convention.

  • lana ward

    Apparently you haven’t heard– Jack Welch IS RIGHT

    • SaneJane

      Heard what? If there was anything to hear why wouldn’t you post it rather than just throw out a “teaser”? Is typing really that much a chore for you or do you just have nothing to say?

      • lana ward

        Go to the sites—PAT DOLLARD,—and—-WND–if you dare. You’ll see what I see

        • SaneJane

          OK, I checked them out – not impressed.

          • lana ward

            Good. You just stay at this site and hear the same thing over and over–Romney is a liar. That’s not going to win Obama the election

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WX4CKFK4XFSKIGGWR5ZKGT6Y5M Mr

    Republican, for expediency, can be ‘slimmed down’ to one four letter word.
    Of course to make it intelligible one must precede it with ‘mutha’ and ad ‘ers’ to the end.

    I know–its crass–crude–obscene– BUT — its TRUE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

    The GOP is aginst ANY interderence with “Darwinian Economics”. Fairness and honesty are repulsive to them They have made no secret for years and years of their intent to reduce government to insignifigance. No one seems to take them at their word. Perhaps because they tell so mny lies, we overlook the odd moments when they speak honestly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYK7PJHGGUAV6ZUAPBGJFENR4Q TammieO

    I have given up on yahoo, the level of discourse makes one fear for the future of humanity… appalling how many uneducated, koolaid drinking conspiracy theorists there are in this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.ross.7505468 Michael Ross

    You forgot about climate change scientists and people who believe in evolution; they’re part of the vast left-wing conspiracy too.

    • CAThinker

      Yes, which is just one of the horrors that await should the Talipublicans prevail. I find it outrageous and educational malpractice that some states have allowed Genesis, the Christian mythology, to be taught as an alternative or a companion to evolution. Hindus have an interesting Genesis mythology, vastly different from the Christian one, that is equally justifiable (or not..) Remember when the Afghan Taliban began to raze all of the religious relics of bygone religions because it was an abomination and heresy to Islam? How can the American/Christian Taliban be considered any different? Scary…

  • quasm

    Mr. Pitts;

    Taken at face value, an improvement to 7.8% in four years of the unemployment rate is pathetic. Pres. Obama has moved from a grade in economics of F to D minus. This is not a result that calls for celebration, but rather to be lamented.

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

  • CalCarp

    Thank you for writing about one the real issues of our times and pointing out why so little is actually getting done in legislatures around the country. it seems as if many of our elected officials don’t even care what their constituents think when they are on opposing sides of an issue. Nothing gets done without compromise for the common good.

  • frank l. bennett

    How can things get done for the US people when money rules politics? We get to select from their chooses. It gives us the impression of being in charge.

  • dljones

    Knew Jack Welsh would hit a liberal nerve. Books cooked Betty Crocker style. And this weeks numbers unsurprisingly omitted California’s employment numbers.
    Department said the count will be adjusted next week, HOW CONVENIENT, right before the VP debate with Biden, the most piosity in history. Most people will have moved on and forgotten the screwup.

    Two consecutive weeks. Must be close to election time Chicago style. If the union tabulates the votes, the Windy City will be adrift in a sea of paper.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      Replying to dljones –

      THE FRAUD PERPETRATED BY A REPUBLICAN OPERATIVE OF THE “HOLIER THAN THOU” REPUBLICANS HAS SPREAD TO AT LEAST 11 STATES, and is on a scale in the 10’s of thousands, possibly 100’s of thousands of fraudulent votes. Contrast that to the extremely low number of actual cases of voter fraud that has been found at the polls in over a decade of searching.

      I WILL TAKE THE CHICAGO UNIONS ANY DAY RATHER THAN TRUST THE REPUBLICAN OPERATIVES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN CAUGHT ALTERING VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS, DESTROYING DEMOCRAT REGISTRATIONS, AND ONLY ACCEPTING REPUBLICAN REGISTRATION FORMS AT “VOTER REGISTRATION” SITES.

      DON’T TRY TO BLAME THE DEMOCRATS FOR BALLOT STUFFING. THE VAST MAJORITY OF FRAUDULENT VOTER REGISTRATIONS ARE REPUBLICAN.

      • dljones

        Jim Myers:: Chicage can not have more than 25 republicans in the entire city. To suppress your next level of anxiety you probably would not oppose voter ID.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Rei/100001727442607 Andrew Rei

    I read an article like this with half-frustration and half-relief…relief that the media are FINALLY realizing that the GOP abandoned the truth long ago and frustrated that it took so long for the so-called “Liberal” media to realize this! For nearly two years, I’ve been posting about this fact on Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Disqus, New York Times, Washington Post, etc.! Where have you guys been?!? I saw the Tea Party Militia revolution coming but wasn’t able to warn enough people about it in time for 2 November, 2010, which I’ve nicknamed “The Day That America Slept”. On that Election Day, only 27% of Democrats went to the polls and that allowed the GOP to take 63 seats in the US House (55 of them Tea Party Militia members) and the majority there plus five seats (all TPM) in the Senate, knocking down the Demo majority there. That wave of the Tea Party Militia also took over more than half the states in their legislatures and governor’s mansions. Starting in January of last year, we got what the GOP voting majority voted for: obstructionism, corruption, hypocrisy, elitism, bigotry, greed, etc.
    Since I have a much bigger audience this year, let me be perfectly clear: if we’re stupid enough to put Mittens the Liar Rmoney and Freddie Munster (Eddie’s evil twin brother) in the White House, allow the GOP take a majority in the US Senate and allow the GOP to retain power in the US House, state Houses/Assemblies and Senates plus governor’s mansions across this land, we’ll deserve the fascist corporate plutarchy we’d get. I’m not kidding about this…this country becomes an FCP fairly quickly if all that happens. A reminder: a “Plutarchy” is a combination of a “plutocracy”, where the rich rule, and an oligarchy, where the same very small number of people make all of the political decisions. An oligarchy doesn’t necessarily have to be made up of rich people, not to mention that it’s not necessarily made up of politicians, either. It’s painfully obvious that the Republican Party is already an FCP. It has been AT LEAST since GW Bush took the White House in January 2001. Some will tell you it started on 20 January, 1981 and others will tell you that the FCP take over of the GOP actually occurred on 20 January 1969, when Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon ascended to the White House. If you really believe that Msrs. McConnell, Boehner, Cantor and the GOP in the states are making the political decisions, you’re sadly mistaken. The fascist corporate plutarchs who are ACTUALLY making the decisions for the GOP hold no political office whatsoever, but they do hold much of the politcal sway. Those people are named Grover Norquist (Darth Vader, the only true oligarch), Charles and David Koch, Karl Rove, Frank Luntz (the GOP’s version of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels), Sheldon Adelson, Foster Friess and several other super-wealthy people who’ve put a combined several hundred million dollars into GOP campaigns during this cycle. Most of the Koch brothers’ non-monetary influence comes from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
    Please, dear readers, heed my warning this time and vote for DEMOCRATS this year! I’m a Progressive Non-Affiliated voter myself, so I don’t parrot the party dogma of anybody; I care about the truth. This means, of course, that I have a huge problem with the GOP, who, as I wrote earlier, abandoned the truth long ago. I’m serious about this; our democracy, or whatever version of it you believe it to be, is literally at stake in this election. Believe me, you don’t want to live in an FCP. The current government in Russia is the closest to an FCP as you can possibly get right now. Let’s not follow their lead and vote in an FCP…let’s keep our democracy, please….

  • mrboz

    The fact is that an unprecedented “improvement” in unemployment numbers the month before an election, numbers that are not corraborated by any other analysis, and numbers that are derived by a very subjective and volatile sampling system just doesn’t pass the smell test.

    While you liberals allow the standards of democracy to be eroded for the election of one man, just remember that the time will come when somebody you don’t support holds the reigns of power and that they will use the precedent set by this administration to advance policy that you hate.

    We should all support the integrity of the process and not turn away when the lies favor our candidate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      Replying to mrboz –

      THE UNPRECEDENTED “IMPROVEMENT” IN UNEMPLOYMENT was published by the Labor Department. If it was not accurate, nobody ever complained about the results during any time in history that I can recall.

      ALLOWING THE STANDARDS OF DEMOCRACY TO BE ERODED is exactly why President Obama was elected. THE PUBLIC DID NOT WANT TO SEE ANOTHER FOUR TO EIGHT YEARS OF GEORGE THE SECOND!!!!

      As for the integrity of the process, THE FRAUD PERPETRATED BY A REPUBLICAN OPERATIVE OF THE “HOLIER THAN THOU” REPUBLICANS HAS SPREAD TO AT LEAST 11 STATES, and is on a scale in the 10’s of thousands, possibly 100’s of thousands of fraudulent votes. Contrast that to the extremely low number of actual cases of voter fraud that has been found at the polls in over a decade of searching.

      YES, THE REPUBLICANS REALLY HAVE A LOCK ON INTEGRITY.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPMPXJZDNDQOGELWLDNMDUKLLA regthrumper

    back in the 70s, when roy mason was northern ireland secretary, a belfast doctor published a report saying that the british army tortured republican prisoners; the report was suppressed in britain but was published by a german newspaper. The next day, mason invited the paper’s local correspondent to his office for “A chat”; but then screamed abuse at him for 30 minutes, accusing him of publishing “republican propaganda”; when the hapless journo insisted that he had written “nothing but the truth”, mason seized the man’s lapels, and screamed into his face;
    “THE TRUTH IS REPUBLICAN PROPAGANDA!”

  • Gammaanya

    Some of the translation from Russian Newspaper written by Stanislav Mishin –

    ” True, against the backdrop of a passive hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.
    True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past 20 years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists. The lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedom and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters. FIRST the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather than the classic. Americans know more about their favorite TV Drama’s than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their right to choke down a McDonalds burger or a Burger King burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our Democracy. Pride blind the foolish.
    Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all ten of thousands of different branches and denominations were for the most part little more than Sunday circuses and their teleevangelists and top protestants mega preachers were mnore than happy to sell out their soul and flocks to be on the “winning side” of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the winning side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America,
    The past 2 weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, losses, and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These makes our Russian Oligarch look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?
    These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarch and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars in one bailout after another. They also usurping the rights, duties, and powers of the American Congress (Parliament). Again, Congress has put up little more than a whimper to their masters. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 yrs of this western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, and so let our “WISE” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.
    Again the American public has taken this barely a whimper… but FREE MAN” whimper.

    The Russian owners of American Companies and Industries should look thoughtfull at all this and the option of closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of the RED as fast as possible. In other words, divest while there is still values left.
    The PROUD AMerican will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest, and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.”
    I suggest to see the movie Doctor Zivago, when rich rules the populace and how it turn out for some of them. Yes it started with Lenin and Communism was born. Learm some more about it.
    I grew up with it, was educated and I know the difference. DO you ?? Some of You??

  • http://twitter.com/vdpphd vdpphd

    I used to read encyclopedias for fun. I am disgusted with the willful ignorance of the Right Wing. Nothing you hear on Right Wing Radio is correct. First they redefine words to mean something they do not, then they assert as facts statements that are simply not true, then they reason by invalid logic to preposterous conclusions, and then they excuse all that malarkey in the grounds that it is entertainment. There is, actually, only one set of facts. Things that have happened are facts. Evolution is a fact. Global warming is a fact. The Federal current account deficit is a fact. Anyone who says they know what someone else is thinking is either a liar or a fool. A liar, because they know mind-reading is impossible, or a fool, because they do not. Other pertinent facts: Social Security is exactly as safe as the dollar itself because it is backed by United States bonds. Taxes are at a 50 year low. Regulations have increased the last four years at the slowest rate in decades. The only gun law this Administration has made has extended carry rights of licensed owners into national parks and forests. Medicare is the most efficient health care insurance plan in the country, so any move to make it private will simply increase overheads, which must raise costs or decrease benefits or both. There is no such thing as a truly free market, just like there is no such thing as the frictionless surface. Both are classroom constructs used in education, not facts pertaining to real life. There is only one socialist in the US government, Senator Sanders from Vermont. There are no actual Communists in the US government. In fact there are very few Communists left anywhere, even in China and Cuba. The Laffer curve shows that the current top marginal tax rate is too low. Over one third of current deficits are due solely to the so-called Bush Tax Cuts, actually Republican Tax Cuts, still defended by remaining Republicans in Congress. The only way to balance the US books is to raise taxes. There is not enough non-Defense discretionary spending to cut it enough to balance the books by that step alone. Government is not a business and cannot be run successfully as if it were – that is why Republican Administrations have a poorer record of growing GDP than Democratic Administrations over the last 50 years. often made a mess of the US economy and national debt. I can continue for pages stating falsehoods that are conerstones of Republican policy. I will end with this – policy that is not based on fact must fail. Reality does not care what we believe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647768630 Nancy Mahlen

      Awesome posting and put together much better than I can and have tried to tell people who just cannot fathom the GOP isn’t the ‘real nor conservative’ party of yesterday. I have always believed the change started with Reagan. Reading Drift by Rachael Maddow PH.d and what Reagan did we are still paying for and will for a very long time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Curci/1479137600 James Curci

    Proof once again of the ‘Alternative Universe’ of the Republican faithful in which they reside. Down is up, bad is good,rules are made to be followed, yet not by them.

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