Cutting thru the Propaganda Fog
Hall of Shame
Evil GOP Bastard of the Month
Rev. Pat Robertson
Insane TV Preacher & Influential GOP Politician
When not fleecing his flock, the Rev. Robertson makes time for interced-
ing with God to smite con-
Air America Radio
The Daily Kos
Mark Crispin Miller
Black Box Voting
Talking Points Memo
The Independent Institute
The Daily Howler
People for the
for the Separation
of Church & State
The Rude Pundit
TV News Lies
Project for the Old American Century
The Raw Story
The Crisis Papers
The Bush Presidency
Where in Washington
is Sun Myung Moon?
Downing Street Memo
Working for Change
From the Dark Side
Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of plutocratic and corporate interests, and absolutist religious groups.
Why? Because they're evil GOP bastards!
servative Supreme Court justices that just aren't quite ideologically pure enough -- or willing to trash the Constitution in favor of his vision of a theocratic Ameri-
ca. Most recently, His Holiness urged a more temporal solution -- calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. One can only imagine why Chavez became the target of Robertson's ire. Perhaps it's due to Chavez' champi-
oning of the interests of Venezuela's previously unrepresented poor and dis-
possessed -- providing 'radical' measures such as public health services and land reform. Robertson's vast financial empire (and sleazy business practices) and support of kleptocratic oligarchs over the poor could be expected to repulse his 700 Club donors, if they weren't all credulous rubes. MORE
If we wind-up with a Shiite theocracy in Iraq, it can be spun to the Christers as a model for a Christian theocracy here. Our "useful idiots" in talk radio & FNC will eagerly "catapult the propaganda."
Need more proof that the Republicans are evil bastards?
It Can't Happen Here? The Case for Ballot Tampering in the 2004 Elections
The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis
It's official: Gore won Florida in 2000
The Florida Republican Recount Riot: A Consortorium report on how paid GOP operatives circumvented the democratic process through mob violence
Timeline of Bush administration's Iraq war lies
Caught on Film: Bush rhetoric versus reality
The October Surprise: The Reagan campaign committed treason against the US to ensure the defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980, and got away with it
How heretical cult leader / convicted felon Sun Myung Moon achieved such influence over the Republican Party (and shameless televangelist lackeys like Jerry Falwell)
Bill Moyers on media consolidation and the decline of American journalism
Theocracy Watch: American Taliban endangers freedom from religion
List of influential right-wIng think tanks & foundations
Fighting for the American way of life: Can freedom survive when democracy fails?
by Jack Hughes
While not used very often to describe the Iraq war, in previous conflicts our soldiers were said to be fighting for the "American way
of life." That signature "way of life" included all the principles of a liberal democracy: political equa-
lity, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of -- and from -- religion, redress of grievances through the democratic process of voting in free and fair elections, and the essential American "up-by- your-own-bootstraps" economic mobility rewarding hard work.
Sadly, today's American way of life ain't what it used to be. The traditional American way of life has been mugged -- subverted by a radical cabal who are ideologically opposed to the hallmarks of the "American way of life" known to virtually every American alive today.
Instead, the right-wing ideologues that have seized control of our government are in pursuit of their own utopian fantasy of a govern-
ment-less society, where the free market provides the answers to all societal needs.
Not coincidentally, this ideology just happens to relieve the wealth-
iest sectors of our society of the tax liabilities that have traditionally subsidized the services that eased the burden on the less affluent classes, i.e., for infrastructure, education, health care and so on.
Since the New Deal, it was virtually universally agreed that ensuring the general welfare for the poorer classes and providing an economic order that fostered upward econo-
mic mobility to reward ability and hard work even benefited the here-
ditary plutocracy in the long run since they too share in the benefits of a healthy, prosperous, stable state. No more. Egalitarianism is out. Corporate feudalism is in.
Today's "conservative" economic theory posits a zero-sum game. According to modern conservative economic theorists, the best a government can hope for is that wealth "trickles-down" to the urban peasantry. Active poverty-fighting measures like increasing the minimum wage, subsidized child care, education and job training and national health care are considered heretical, since they would reduce corporate profits, and theoretically, make the rich less rich by increa-
sing their taxes. The interests of the already-wealthy few trump the interests of the many.
Consider these other radical "con-
servative" policies that, only 25 years ago, would have rightfully consigned their advocates to kook status:
• Privatizing social security
• Running-up trillion dollar budget deficits while continuing to cut taxes on corporations and the rich
• Encouraging the outsourcing of US jobs to cheap overseas labor markets
• Stealthily working to eliminate overtime pay
• Use of "privatized" vote tallying with unverifiable results
• Appointment of federal judges holding radical judicial philosophies
• Allowing increases in pollution
• Direct federal subsidies to churches
• That the UN is "irrelevant" if it doesn't rubber-stamp questionable US policies
• Preemptive war based on false pretenses
• Torture of alleged terror suspects
Based on the tax, health-care, and employment policies enacted by successive Republican administra-
tions, we're now seeing declines
in the standard of living of middle-
class Americans, with greater upward social mobility now being achieved in the European social democracies than in the USA.
And torture, for God's sake. Torture as official US policy!
How did we reach this state? It wasn't by accident. It was the result of a 30-year plan that had been carefully crafted and lavishly funded (totaling up to a billion dollars) after the electoral debacle of the 1964 Barry Goldwater cam-
paign. Interestingly, Goldwater himself came to refute many of the radical tenets of the so-called Gold-
water Revolution, but the revolution-
aries simply branded him as senile and redoubled their efforts.
The sustained efforts of the wealthy right-wing foundations and think tanks have paid off handsomely. These organizations are so well funded that they can even afford to recruit and pay promising young prospects while they are still in college -- adding them to the "farm team" as they are groomed, pains-
takingly prepared and handsomely paid for both the honing and deli-
very of deceptive rhetoric for media appearances.
There are no counterparts on the left to these professional sophists. Touting for the rich and powerful can be a lucrative career for those long on ambition but short on ethics. Liberals must rely on "amateurs" motivated only by love of country to defend the interests
of ordinary Americans.
In spite of the feudalist right's millions of dollars spent and their legions of brilliantly sociopathic spokesmen, the truth was still a hard obstacle to overcome, and Democrats managed to maintain rough electoral parity -- until now.
Of course, the press used to be
a watchdog for the interests of ordinary Americans. But again, no more. Media consolidation has made the once proud tradition of American journalism into one big
Exposing the ugly truth
about the Republican Party's diabolical plot to replace constitutional democracy with an oligarchic
It's the only rational explanation!
Why does the Republican Party zealously pursue policies so obviously counter to the best interests of ordinary Americans?
It can only be
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timid steno pool for the RNC and the Bush White House.
Any doubt of this reality should have been put to rest after the 2004 election when, as in 2000 and 2002, exit polling inexplicably proved incapable of accurately predicting elec-
toral results. The corporate press' response? Maybe we should just abolish exit polling. Yes, that would be a lot less embarrassing…
Having decided that the electoral process offered too iffy a return for their investment, the radical right decided that a more direct strategy was necessary. The technology of electronic balloting provided the means and the Republi-
cans most definitely had the motive and opportunity.
Only the most naïve can doubt that right-wing radicals seized the presidency by undemocratic means both in
2000 and 2004. The mid-term elections of 2002 are similarly tainted -- just look at the "upset" GOP victory
over Max Cleland in Georgia. Any further doubt should be erased by the GOP's threatened use of the "nuclear option" (effectively banning the use of filibusters by Senate minorities) over Senate Democrat filibusters of Bush's judicial nominees.
This proves that Republicans do not fear ever being relegated to minority status in the Senate again -- ever. Why should they? They've proved that they can steal elections with impunity, with no angry mobs in the street demanding justice or so much as a peep from the mainstream media.
Life in post-democratic America continues to go on as before. We're still a free society (well, except for the Patriot Act's encroachments), albeit with an unprovoked imperial war being waged and wealth being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. Why should we be surprised? That's always the pattern in fascist plutocracies.
But for those who are too busy worrying about who's being voted off the island, or who the next American Idol will be, and for those too complacent or naïve or lazy to worry about the loss of the essence of our American way of life --democracy -- here's one great big lollapalooza of a caveat:
After the loss of our democracy, can the loss of our freedoms be far behind?
In Other News
DNC report clueless on magnitude of vote fraud
The DNC says it sought access to the computers used to record and tabulate Ohio votes, but those same county boards of election that didn't control the data -- and the voting machine manufacturers who did — declined, citing "security concerns" and "vendors pointed out their extreme discomfort with providing this sort of access to a partisan organization." MORE
The GOP is certain to win in 2006, unless...
Here's the very bad news - the Democrats will almost certainly lose in 2006 and again in 2008, for three essential reasons: (a) the GOP and the Bush junta simply cannot afford to lose, (b) they can prevent their defeat no matter what the voters have to say about it (as they have in the last three elections), and (c) apparently the Democratic Party, the media, and law enforcement are unable and/or unwilling to do anything about it. MORE
Seymour Hersh: Did Washington manipulate
Iraq vote outcome?
As the election neared, the Administration repeatedly sought ways—including covert action—to manipulate the outcome and reduce the religious Shiite influence. Not everything went as planned. MORE
White House aides, GOP close ranks around Rove
in Plame affair
White House aides were in a state of mania around this time two years ago, “intensely focused on discrediting” Joseph Wilson after he wrote his now-famous New York Times op-ed piece. Karl Rove’s animus toward Wilson was so intense that curiosity arose within the White House about it. When asked about this, Rove reportedly said, “He’s a Democrat." MORE
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