“A house divided against itself cannot stand” said Lincoln, presciently. We are now a house divided. With infinitely better weapons.
I was watching Bill Maher last night, as I ignored his true contrarian spiel that Clint Eastwood really did a “GREAT” job — a base canard at Reality leveled by the howling monkeys throwing feces of the Rightie Blogosmear™ all day yesterday, in contradiction to real reality, but in conformity with Republican Reality (“Just like Reality only BETTER!®).
And I kept hearing Lincoln’s warning in my ears.
The Ecclesiastical spin* on this one is that this is fast becoming the dark side of all those dualities. When you reach a complete disconnect on reality, negotiated solutions become impossible and the outcome is written in blood. If you saw Bill Maher last night, it was, on that level, the single most depressing reflection of this I’ve seen. You might as well have been arguing athiesm with a Jehovah’s Witness at your door.
We have passed the point where compromise is possible, and the point that we can conveniently ignore it. I am, as someone who’s fought this complete schism between those who believe in reality and those who prefer their own for at least 20 years and I’m stopping now. There’s no going back. And what lies ahead is something I’d prefer not to contemplate.
Dead Americans at Antietam
* As in Ecclesiastes:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. ~ Ecclesiastes 3, KJV
But either I contemplate it, else shut down this blog and start working on my target practice.
The Republican National Convention
has just concluded in Tampa, Florida.
Whenever they don’t like the facts they manufacture their own facts. And this is deadly. First, Rasmussen (who is accurate on actual elections but very “creative” inasmuch as they always manage to come up with polls that say EXACTLY what the Right Wing wants to hear) which is, today, a case in point:
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Number of Republicans in America Reaches Record High
After falling for two straight months, the number of Americans who consider themselves Republicans jumped nearly three points in August. — During August, 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.9% in July and 35.4% in June.
Note how all the blogs linking are hard right — if not to say Reicht — blogs. This reinforces the false meme into “fact” which will show up on tomorrow’s Faux Nooz and be imprinted into a zillion brains with Pavlovian precision and technique. And, by Monday morning it will be a “fact” like Saddam Hussein’s complicity in Nine ‘Lebbin or Weapons of Spongy Yellowcake Destruction (a/k/a Twinkies®).
Now, can this created “poll” fact and “story” be trusted?
Of course not. But with the biggest bloggers in the Rightie Blogosmear chiming in, it WILL be a “fact” by Monday, whether there is reality to it or not. And, after chasing down so many lies, I now take anything these weasels say with a truckload of rock salt. The burden of proof is on them, but the track record is too poor for me to give it no nevermind.
And that is the toxic nature of our Divided America, as was hammered home yesterday.
The Clint Eastwood incident was an embarrassment — so much so that the Romney campaign instantly distanced themselves from it, ginning up a story that Clint went overtime, was “ad libbing” and the Secretary Disavowed All Knowledge of his Actions.
Oh ye of little faith.
In less than 24 hours, the Right Wing Echo Machine set out to recreate “reality” — foolishly aided and abetted by Bill Maher, by the by — and voilà! it suddenly becomes a conspiracy of the Evil Leftist Media to disparage this Great And Noble American Patriot and his Incredible Speech.
It’s not so funny to me anymore. The cancer of our Divided America has metastasized and floods the lymph nodes of our media. The clear, unmistakable “reality” of Thursday is in question by Saturday morning, and by the end of the week, it will turn out that OF COURSE PIGS FLY! You stoopid libs and your vicious attack on us!
The fascists jackboot into their Krystol-nacht without the need (yet) to inflict actual beatings on the minority who still believe in factual and rational interpretation of reality.
Little Billy Kristol’s “magazine”
Bill Maher had two “Colored” Republicans on, as must all media spokeserpents have “dark” skin to belie the fundamental racism of the lily-white RepubliKKKlan party.
Dinesh D’Sousa, who has created that invisible Obama that Clint Eastwood chastised on stage at the Black Mass in Tampa — “The One” who, according to Clint’s steely gaze, was exactly the same height as Charlie McCarthy, or any other ventriloquist’s dummy — was there to pimp the “documentary” based on his poisonous psycho-babble that President Barack Obama is actually filled with rage and carries on the anti-colonialist rage of his father (who he only saw once or twice in his life).
Bill called him on it, and D’Sousa, true to form, simply refused to budge from his fantasy world, even when confronted with facts.
Or, should I say, “fracts” — which are facts that shatter the underlying bedrock of bullshit assumptions and false narratives, producing earthquakes in the brain and extracting literal gas from the substrate.
Ditto MSNBC bullshit “Republican” Spokeserpent Ron Christie, who was so blithely immune to reason, argument, facts or the opinions of others that Maher literally banged his head on the desk in sheer, helpless exasperation.
The same sense of helplessness when I heard a Republican delegate, stupid and southern, old and female say, as an absolute fact: “If Obama’s reelected there’s going to be another Civil War” — the way you and I would say “It’s overcast this morning, ” or, “It’s really hot outside today.”
the current incarnation of
the “Party of Lincoln”
And I realized: it isn’t funny anymore. They create their own reality, seamless and hermetically sealed. And that reality will, sooner or later, inevitably cause them to take up arms against us who are not members of their cult, in the name of “States’ Rights” (that Number One Golden Oldie from Satan’s Billboard Top 20 of all-time American bloodsheds) and “Abortion,” which is based on a belief in imaginary babies that supercedes the rights and health of actual, factual, living, breathing, flesh and blood women.
No one pays any attention to the clear implication that, were the GOP platform’s plank on abortion enacted, the living mother would be, by law, sacrificed to the unborn fetus. You know “threatens the life of the mother”?
Catholic hospitals have engaged in this “religious freedom” for a very long time (actually, since Cocaine Pope Leo XIII decided to overturn a millennia of Catholic doctrine that is eerily similar to Roe v. Wade in the Gilded Age of the post-Civil War Nineteenth Century).
Mariani Wine was laced with cocaine and
publicly endorsed by Pope Leo XIII
Because we “tolerate” any madness in the name of “religious freedom,” at least until we started throwing Christian Science parents in prison for refusing to pr0vide medical attention to living children who might not HAVE DIED had Christian Science admitted that s0metimes a doctor is needed.
The RepubliKKKlan party is now a party of an unholy religious “faith” in a reality at odds with … well, REALITY.
Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech is said to have changed the course of history, delivered at the Illinois State Republican convention of 1858. It is rational, lucid and far-seeing. The exact same virtues now cast as vices by a party whose only resemblance to Lincoln’s ideals and party is an accident of spelling.
Ronnie Reagan sold out the GOP to win in 1980, and this is the logical result. He invited the crazies in, and now they run the asylum.
And, while logic is not their forté, neither is addition of new information, subtraction of bad ideas …
… thus the GIGO nature of neurolinguistic programming that allows insanity like this to be brazenly broadcast without the slightest memory that it was GEORGE W. BUSH who sold our economic security to China to put two wars on the credit card and cut taxes for millionaires — US News and World Report:
“Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China?” Romney asked rhetorically, while ticking off ways he feels American prestige has suffered under President Obama.
Romney probably knows this, but there’s nothing wrong with the U.S. government borrowing from China, or from any other foreigner with money. “It’s a pretty good deal for the United States,” says Donald Boudreaux, an economics professor at George Mason University* and author of the book Hypocrites and Half-Wits, which calls out dozens of popular myths about how the economy works. “Borrowing from China keeps interest rates lower than they would otherwise be and lowers the tax burden on Americans.”
[* George Mason University's "economics" department is funded by the Koch Brothers and is staffed with Koch Loyalists like Dr. Walter Williams, also a black spokesmodel for the tube's talking heads ...]
Our Chinese … pals?
They chide Mitt not for his outrageous lie, but because his premise that SELLING DEBT TO CHINA IS BAD. No: it’s GREAT! Keeps our interest rates down, even though China can now collapse our economy at any time of their choosing, simply by calling our debts due or dumping US treasury securities on the world market and accomplishing the same end. No one seems to have any outrage that Bush sold us out to the Chinese in the name of “national security” and “a president’s job is keeping the American people safe.”
And this they multiply, even as the number of free media outlets and independent banks and gas stations dwindle to monopolistic levels. As has silently happened across our entire economy as “competition” becomes a joke, and “small business” means “owned by a small number of people,” as in “Koch Industries is a small business because it is entirely owned by Charles and David Koch.”
All of which leaves only the final intention and solution for the shadowy plutocrats who threaten our very way of life:
Long division, at which they’re demonstrably very good. Very, VERY good.