How High Will Irresponsibility Go?

August 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Posted in God machine, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Let’s not allow important issues to be obscured by whether or not Sarah Palin threw her wedding ring in a lake. Author and Salon.com Founder David Talbot was interviewed in October 2008 and spoke about some things we should remember and understand:

Palin’s dangerous rhetoric and emotional hijacking of people who are financially disadvantaged — income substantially less than Palin’s — is the clear strategy of the GOP. They’re willing to burn down the house because they couldn’t be the banker in a game of Monopoly.

The lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which orchestrated the anti-Obama tea parties earlier this year, are now pursuing an aggressive strategy to create an image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform. A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress:

They are directing people to disrupt meetings where the public is given an opportunity to hear from and speak to their representatives. What they are doing is making it impossible for open public meetings to occur. Do elected Republicans think this a desirable goal?

Were any Republicans who made appearances on the Sunday chat shows asked whether they condemn this? I don’t have television reception (thanks, HDTV!), so I don’t have first-hand knowledge, but my educated guess would be that the subject never came up.

The GOP is creative in the ways it is finding to further divide and frighten the public. There is of course the panic over President Obama coming to your house and taking your gun away which has recently been obscured in volume by warnings that the President is going to kill all the old people (especially the white ones).

I hope for the sake of the frightened and gullible that the President did in fact explain the fallacy of the proposition better than was shown in the clip. Although living wills have been around for some time, people unsophisticated enough to believe the lie are least likely to be familiar with them, much less have one.

The polarization of the parties is now back where it was in the 1880’s, 1890s, when the Labor Movement was born.

Graph from the Washington Post  (click image to see larger)

Graph from the Washington Post (click image to see larger)

The polarization began to decrease during the Wilson administration (Democrat) and continued through the next three administrations, all Republican, dropping precipitously during the Great Depression, but polarization began to rise again in the early 1950s, with the patriotic feelings whipped up by our participation in WWII fading in the rear-view mirror. Polarization really took off during the Reagan administration when American exceptionalism was made a centerpiece of “who we are.”

I am not sure whether I am disappointed or hopeful that I will not live to see where the height of irresponsibility actually is.

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