The GOP realizes that radicals in their party will ruin our democracy, but as long as they can give GOP a political advantage what do they care?
This is illustrated in the article “Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin ruining GOP says Republican congressman” which states “Too many Republicans are falling victim to “demagoguery” led by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin that will damage the party enormously says a GOP Congressman who lost a primary battle last month.
12-year incumbent Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolin states that Tea Party favorites such a Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck will end up doing enormous damage.”
These GOP propagandists don’t seem to understand that reality does exist as the article states “He said Palin’s claim that the Democratic health care bill would create “death panels” was very damaging
“There were no death panels in the bill … and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership. It’s not leadership. It’s demagoguery,” he told the Associated Press
“I think we have a lot of leaders that are following those (television and talk radio) personalities and not leading,” he said. “What it takes to lead is to say, ‘You know, that’s just not right.'”
“It’s a real concern, because I think what we’re doing is dividing the country into partisan camps that really look a lot like Shia and Sunni,” he said, “It’s very difficult to come together to find solutions.”
The GOP is renowned for non-inclusiveness. They like to lie about the GOP “big tent”, but the reality is that they appeal to the baser instincts of ex-KKK members as the article states “He says racism against President Obama is at the root of much of the hatred of him “I love the South. I’m a Southerner. But I can feel it.”
This article received a comment which states “Their primary appeal is to people who are euphemistically called low information voters, which is a polite way of referring to gum-chewing vulgarians….Perhaps the withdrawal of Republican office-holders from active governance reflects the party’s lack of ideas. However, I look for the voters to reject that dismal strategy. I will be disappointed if they don’t.”
People who hoped for the GOP constituents’ ability to sift their way through the right-wing extremist propaganda were sorely disappointed by the election results. Progressives have to be realistic also though. There are ex-KKK members whose children became John Birch Society members. People with nothing have every reason to hate. That is what Rove, McConnell, Boehner depend on.
The Tea Partiers will be brainwashed !
is illustrated in the article “Tea Party Patriots Release Personal Phone Numbers, Emails Of Almost 100 Incoming GOP Reps” which states “A prominent Tea Party group is hoping to ensure that recently elected GOP representatives aren’t transformed by their newfound Capitol Hill influence, by allowing their constituents to get to them before Washington does.
At least that was the logic behind the Tea Party Patriots’ decision to release the personal cell phone numbers and email addresses of almost 100 incoming Republican representatives, a step they took after they learned that their “Freshmen Orientation” seminar was going to be rivaled by an event supposedly “coordinated by lobbyists and campaign consultants” and organized by the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank.”
The situation of Tea Party Congressmen emulates that of sheep going to off the cliff. To put it euphemistically Dick Armey will guide Tea Party away from their platforms. Dick Armey will guide Tea Party to support goals of the Koch brothers and their ilk. All of those low information voters who bought the propaganda of Tea Party candidates instead of going for their vote will have the pressure of the boot on their neck increased substantially. The Koch brothers and their ilk will have political leaders in their power. This will be the days of the “Robber barons” all over again! Crony capitalism is defined as “A description of capitalist society as being based on the close relationships between businessmen and the state. Instead of success being determined by a free market and the rule of law, the success of a business is dependent on the favoritism that is shown to it by the ruling government in the form of tax breaks, government grants and other incentives.”
What will Armey try to brainwash these inexperienced, lacking in intellectual curiosity, legislators into believing. Armey works for the Koch brothers and he’ll get them all of the advantages he can. These favors will surely far outweigh the contributions. It is ironic that the Tea Party politicians, who won their elections through use of propaganda, are now becoming victims of it. They don’t realize this now, just as their voters didn’t earlier.
An example of what the Koch brothers will put into play is illustrated in the article “Bankers Association Looking Forward To ‘Better Outcomes’ From The Incoming Republican House” which states “Back in October, potential House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) chided the financial services industry for donating to Democrats, since the Democratic Congress had passed the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform bill. “It is hard to believe, he told the crowd, that some in their industry were still giving more to Democrats than Republicans after, he said, Democrats hammered them with over-reaching Wall Street reform legislation,” Politico reported.
The banks responded to the regulatory reform effort by giving heavily to Republicans. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, “Republican candidates received 34 million dollars in donations from the finance, insurance and real estate sector since January compared to 23 million dollars given to Democrats.” And now the banking industry is expecting to get what it paid for:
“We had been disappointed with a number of legislative outcomes with the past Congress, and so we look forward to better outcomes with this Congress,” said Peter Garuccio, a spokesman for the American Bankers Association in Washington. Garuccio said banks expect a corrections bill to peel back some of the financial regulations passed into law this year.”
Who are these pigs at the trough?
The article “The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party” notes that “ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.” This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to “reclaim the civil rights movement” (Beck’s words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier.
Vive la révolution!
There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.
Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might.
All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R. You can draw a straight line from the Liberty League’s crusade against the New Deal “socialism” of Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission and child labor laws to the John Birch Society-Barry Goldwater assault on J.F.K. and Medicare to the Koch-Murdoch-backed juggernaut against our “socialist” president.
Only the fat cats change – not their methods and not their pet bugaboos (taxes, corporate regulation, organized labor, and government “handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill and elderly). Even the sources of their fortunes remain fairly constant. Koch Industries began with oil in the 1930s and now also spews an array of industrial products, from Dixie cups to Lycra, not unlike DuPont’s portfolio of paint and plastics. Sometimes the biological DNA persists as well.”
The Tea Partiers were so innocent, but they will be duped as the article states “Tea Partiers may share the Kochs’ detestation of taxes, big government and Obama. But there’s a difference between mainstream conservatism and a fringe agenda that tilts completely toward big business, whether on Wall Street or in the Gulf of Mexico, while dismantling fundamental government safety nets designed to protect the unemployed, public health, workplace safety and the subsistence of the elderly.
Yet inexorably the Koch agenda is morphing into the G.O.P. agenda, as articulated by current Republican members of Congress, including the putative next speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Tea Party Senate candidates like Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and the new kid on the block, Alaska’s anti-Medicaid, anti-unemployment insurance Palin protégé, Joe Miller. Their program opposes a federal deficit, but has no objection to running up trillions in red ink in tax cuts to corporations and the superrich; apologizes to corporate malefactors like BP and derides money put in escrow for oil spill victims as a “slush fund”; opposes the extension of unemployment benefits; and calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical and even egg industries (among others) have been outrageous.
The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests. And surely Murdoch is snickering at those protesting the “ground zero mosque.”
The newest farce is the GOP agreeing to the Tea Party’s demand of eliminating earmarks which constitute .003 % of budget. If it isn’t earmarked an individual Senator or Congressman can still get money funneled to his area anyway! It is just propaganda–just like everything involved with the GOP and Tea Party.
It is ironic that the Tea Party politicians, who won their elections through use of propaganda, are now becoming victims of it. They don’t realize this now, just as their voters didn’t earlier.