I’m an angry, angry man. There’s really no debating that, but few things piss me off more than what I see as the complete and utter perversion of the political landscape by the current administration and it’s none-too-shy propaganda arms. Rather than rant and rave about how ridiculously inept and stupid the modern Right is, I’ve decided to even the playing field and give two high-profile members of the Conservative Right have their say. Why not start at the top of the chain? I do a lot of Bush-bashing here, and I think it’s only fair to let The George have a chance to showcase his linguistic prowess and geo-political acumen. Of course, I’ll have to balance that out with one of the innumerable stupid photos of our Great Leader.
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I know, I know. Impressive to say the least. It certainly fills me with patriotic pride and a sense of hope for our fair country. It’s almost impressive enough to allow me to forgive Bush for being such a complete sissy in not allowing the public to attend his campaign stops. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch George Bush skillfully and masterfully field such difficult questions from the public like:
”Could you take a moment to pray for Oregon, for us, right now“?
Yes, that was an actual question put to the Prez in Oregon and like the master statesman he is, Bush declined. (”Fuck Oregon“ was his exact response, I think). Though I must admit I’m really pissed that I had to miss Bush’s handling of this hardball stickler:
”Mr. President, as a child, how can I help you get votes?“.
I mean, wow! Who wouldn’t want to see that in person?
Now let’s talk about Bill O’Reilly. I’d like to say something postive about him, but I think I’ll just stick with the fact that he’s a bipedal, carbon-based hominid who has somehow managed to trick people into letting him on TV and the radio. Beyond that, he’s a lying, petty, self-serving, cretinous bully who poses as a “Traditionalist” pundit for Fox News.
Not convinced? How about watching a highlight reel of his ‘debate’ with NY Times columnist Paul Krugman on Tim Russert‘s show with some handy factoids to bolster his case? Thanks to Jim Gilliam for doing the research and putting the clip together.
Wow….he’s like Noam Chomsky wrapped in Gandhi coated with Ralph Waldo Emerson! (Except on acid and evil)
I lied, I am going to rant and rave.
Whether or not you agree with the politics, it’s an inarguable and inescapable fact that our political debate has been severely stymied by the thuggish tactics of O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Coulter, and their ilk. Facts only slow them down, they never admit when they’re wrong, and they’ll either cut your mic, pull a Godwin, or label you a traitor if you so much as disagree with them. It’s not that I have a problem with their having a forum to express their views as much as it’s the fact that they hold such sway over such a large segement of the populace. And before the dreaded ‘elitist’ label gets bandied about, my concern isn’t that I think America is chock-full of booger eating morons who’ll do anything the Right Wing pundits demand, it’s that people can only act with the information they have, and that information provided to them by the Fox News staff is often factually incorrect, incomplete, or designed to provoke a response at the expense of the opposition’s credibility regardless of the validity of their actions.
Politics can certainly rile the blood and enflame passions. I get riled up talking politics with Shadow Stalker and we agree on most things. But the tone of debate should be one of civility, not thuggery. It’s cheap and easy to rest your platform upon slander, innuendo, and misinformation that is geared towards emotionally manipulating the receiver, but in the end no one is truly served by such tactics. For the end result is that we, the people who are most affected, lose the most in that our politicans can and often hide their activities and motives behind pablum that is nothing more than cliched bromide designed to reassure us while telling us nothing. This kind of deception is probably the only non-partisan aspect about America’s current political landscape.
George Bush was telling a partial truth when he claimed that he was a ‘uniter not a divider’, but only in that he’s managed to drag us all down to his level. Thanks, George.