Monday, November 22, 2010

Glenn Beck - LIAR & Whose Blood Will It Be? (Guess!)

Friends, neighbors and non-Romans, I'm sure you've seen this video* elsewhere by now, but it won't hurt to view it once again to understand even more clearly where the new Goebbels propaganda arises this time. Rachel Maddow does a stellar job of identifying the mischief that Gorgeous Glennie is attempting to promulgate every day on his media circuses. Wouldn't it be nice to see this video run on every blog supporting the truth - over and over until election time 2012 - as the rightwingnutters gear up their campaign against Obama the "Socialist, Communist, Nazi!" President (who cut their taxes after they were raised (for forever) by the Bush/Cheney Disaster Decade) who should be feared by the ignorant people who make up their audience. Get with it! And 41 years ago as we were trying to end another war sold with big lies: And, granted, according to Paul Krugman "there will be blood."

But whose blood will it be? (Emphasis marks added - Ed.)

“I can’t wait for the blood bath in April. ... When debt limit time comes, they’re going to look around and say, ‘What in the hell do we do now? We’ve got guys who will not approve the debt limit extension unless we give ’em a piece of meat, real meat,’ ” meaning spending cuts. “And boy, the blood bath will be extraordinary,” he continued.

Think of Mr. Simpson’s blood lust as one more piece of evidence that our nation is in much worse shape, much closer to a political breakdown, than most people realize.

. . . Now, you might think that the prospect of this kind of standoff, which might deny many Americans essential services, wreak havoc in financial markets and undermine America’s role in the world, would worry all men of good will. But no, Mr. Simpson “can’t wait.” And he’s what passes, these days, for a reasonable Republican.

The fact is that one of our two great political parties has made it clear that it has no interest in making America governable, unless it’s doing the governing. And that party now controls one house of Congress, which means that the country will not, in fact, be governable without that party’s cooperation — cooperation that won’t be forthcoming.

Time to kick out the jams, folks, and get into the fight for your lives!

* Found at The Swash Zone _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

P.S. Scary Sary Update:

From Frank Rich (who is not funnin' us about this public joke) we learn the truth about the Impaling (of the country) already underway (emphasis marks added - Ed.):

. . . logic doesn’t apply to Palin. What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. In an angry time when America’s experts and elites all seem to have failed, her amateurism and liabilities are badges of honor. She has turned fallibility into a formula for success.

The whole package is a calculated paean to her down-home, self-reliant frontiersiness — an extravagant high-def remake of Bush’s photo ops clearing brush at his “ranch” in Crawford, which in turn were an homage to Ronald Reagan’s old horseback photo ops in his lush cowpoke digs in Santa Barbara. With a showbiz-fueled net worth widely estimated in the double-digit millions, Palin is as Hollywood in her way as Reagan was, but you won’t see any bling or factotums in “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

. . . Thanks to the in-kind contribution of this “nonpolitical” series, Palin needn’t join standard-issue rivals like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty in groveling before donors and primary-state operatives to dutifully check all the boxes of a traditional Republican campaign. Palin not only has TLC in her camp but, better still, Murdoch. Other potential 2012 candidates are also on the Fox News payroll, but Palin is the only one, as Alessandra Stanley wrote in The Times, whose every appearance is “announced with the kind of advance teasing and clip montages that talk shows use to introduce major movie stars.” Pity poor Mike Huckabee, relegated to a graveyard time slot, with the ratings to match.

The Fox spotlight is only part of Murdoch’s largess. As her publisher, he will foot the bill for the coming “book tour” whose itinerary disproportionately dotes on the primary states of Iowa and South Carolina. The editorial page of Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal is also on board, recently praising Palin for her transparently ghost-written critique of the Federal Reserve’s use of quantitative easing. “Mrs. Palin is way ahead of her potential presidential competitors on this policy point,” The Journal wrote, and “shows a talent for putting a technical subject in language that average Americans can understand.”

With Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity on her side, Palin hardly needs the grandees of the so-called Republican establishment. They know it and flail at her constantly. Politico reported just before Election Day that unnamed “party elders” were nearly united in wanting to stop her, out of fear that she’d win the nomination and then be crushed by Obama. Their complaints are seconded daily by Bush White House alumni like Karl Rove, Michael Gerson, and Mark McKinnon, who said recently that Palin’s “stock is falling and pretty rapidly now” and that “if she’s smart, she does not run.”

This is either denial or wishful thinking. The same criticisms that the Bushies fling at Palin were those once aimed at Bush: a slender résumé, a lack of intellectual curiosity and foreign travel, a lazy inclination to favor from-the-gut improvisation over cracking the briefing books. These spitballs are no more likely to derail Palin within the G.O.P. than they did him.

As Palin has refused to heed these patrician Republicans, some of them have gotten so testy they sound like Democrats. Peggy Noonan called her a “nincompoop” last month, and Susan Collins, the senator from Maine, dismissed her as a “celebrity commentator.” Rove tut-tutted Palin’s TLC show for undermining her aspirations to “gravitas.” These insults just play into Palin’s hands, burnishing her image as an exemplar of the “real America” battling the snooty powers-that-be. To serve as an Andrew Jackson or perhaps George Wallace for the 21st century, the last thing she wants or needs is gravitas.

It’s anti-elitism that most defines angry populism in this moment, and, as David Frum, another Bush alumnus (and Palin critic), has pointed out, populist rage on the right is aimed at the educated, not the wealthy. The Bushies and Noonans and dwindling retro-moderate Republicans are no less loathed by Palinistas and their Tea Party fellow travelers than is Obama’s Ivy League White House. When Palin mocks her G.O.P. establishment critics as tortured, paranoid, sleazy and a “good-old-boys club,” she pays no penalty for doing so. The more condescending the attacks on her, the more she thrives. This same dynamic is also working for her daughter Bristol, who week after week has received low scores and patronizing dismissals from the professional judges on “Dancing with the Stars” only to be rescued by populist masses voting at home.

Revealingly, Sarah Palin’s potential rivals for the 2012 nomination have not joined the party establishment in publicly criticizing her. They are afraid of crossing Palin and the 80 percent of the party that admires her. So how do they stop her? Not by feeding their contempt in blind quotes to the press — as a Romney aide did by telling Time’s Mark Halperin she isn’t “a serious human being.” Not by hoping against hope that Murdoch might turn off the media oxygen that feeds both Palin’s viability and News Corporation’s bottom line. Sooner or later Palin’s opponents will instead have to man up — as Palin might say — and actually summon the courage to take her on mano-a-maverick in broad daylight.

Short of that, there’s little reason to believe now that she cannot dance to the top of the Republican ticket when and if she wants to.

It's kind of nice reading about the wild animal party that the Rethugs' last decade created isn't it?

Too bad we're the prey.

Suzan ______________


Jack Jodell said...

To the tax-cutting, spending-cutting Tea Party members, far-right conservative Republicans, wimpy blue dog Democrats, Sarah Palin, Rupert Murdoch, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Roger Ailes, and all those other for-the-rich-only lying idiots over at Fox, CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg, I say this:
"Bring it on, you motherf__kers! You've been firing artillery at the poor, working, and middle classes for the past 30 years, and now it's time for all-out class war!" I hope that once these spending cuts are passed, regardless of whether Obama vetoes them or not, millions upon millions of senior citizens, union workers, students, and, basically, everyone affected by the cuts, will flood the streets in angry but peaceful protest! Even better, let's all occupy Fox and DEMAND that they stop attacking those who aren't millionaires! This tyranny of, and constant lying propaganda from, the wealthiest 1% must END, and maybe if the powers that be see how America REALLY feels about getting exploited and constantly kicked around economically, the Tea Party and conservative Republicanism as we know it today will be forever wiped from the face of the earth! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! NOW! TAX THE RICH AND FEED THE POOR! NOW! AFFORDABLE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE AND LIVABLE WAGES FOR EVERYBODY! NOW!!!

Marc McDonald said...

It appears that Glenn Beck can pretty much get away with anything and face no real repercussions. Beck can call the predominately African-American victims of Hurricane Katrina "scumbags" and get away with it. He can call the mother of a fallen soldier, Cindy Sheehan, a "slut" and get away with it. He can chillingly talk about killing Michael Moore and get away with it.

Oh, and far from facing any repercussions, Beck pulls down a cool $30 million per year for his filth. He is a sick, twisted and evil person. Just like Germany in the 1930s and 40s, we have Nazis among us in America. My question is: where is our nation's Stauffenberg?

Tom Harper said...

The reason Palin and Beck and other rightwing demagogues are so popular is because there are millions of stupid gullible voters. Palin is able to communicate with them because she can speak on their level. Democrats and Independents try to argue things logically, rationally, and unfortunately that approach sails right over the heads of teabaggers and other dunces.

Suzan said...

Thanks for the comments, guys!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

I was reading one of the most interesting old bios* the other day and came upon this quote which describes the situation of those "fighting Communists" in the US prior to the rightwing's utility of Nixon, et al., to do their dirty work.

It also describes pretty well how the Washington Post became the major vehicle of the rightwingers just as the tale of its liberalism was being sold so well.

Nobody was more anti-Communist than Philip Graham, or more in love with America's 'ethical truth,' the moral force of democracy. Phil Graham was a patriot, but when he stood up for Hiss, Congressman Nixon, who thought himself more anti-Communist than the liberal establishment, accused the Post of being Communist, a remark intended to hurt the newspaper and one for which he would eventually pay.

Liberal intellectuals believed that Communism could be fought more subtly, more interestingly, and more effectively than by simply name calling. . . . It was the liberal intellectuals in D.C. who worked in the newly formed CIA to penetrate and disrupt Communism in Europe. . . . The CIA was known in D.C., therefore, as a left-leaning organization, and it appalled Conservatives that the security of the nation was in the hands of people with so conciliatory an approach to the problem.

A barometer of sentiment against the CIA's work at that time is the fact that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who was allied with HUAC searching out and exposing domestic spies, publicly declared that the CIA itself was Communist.

And, thus, why the CIA had to be completely suborned by their "candidate" - Ronald Reagan.

And it was.

(And one should never forget that Nixon's rise was shepherded by Senator Prescott Bush (right - the very able bankster who funded Hitler, et al.), and when he displeased them eventually was gotten rid of by "The CIA" operatives like E. Howard Hunt.

- Russ Baker's Family of Secrets)

Love you guys!


* Katharine the Great, by Deborah Davis (1979)