Monday, April 28, 2014
Funny though, Bad Sarah attacks bloggers because they are really more powerful than print journalists in certain ways - they are usually not muzzled by an employer or organization, and they reach everybody right away. They can be opinion shapers. Also they can be effective propagandists, along the lines of speechwriters.
Speechwriters are in every politician's arsenal - a tool used to sway the masses. BS doesn't like it when the masses fire back at her with speeches as well.
This does not go along with Bad Sarah's vision of how the media should be - a politely muzzled group of orderly people who go to church regularly and vote mostly Republican. In this vision, I doubt if any of the media smoke, either.
But these days, "the people" are becoming the media. Despite her glasses, the lines are blurred, and Bad Sarah doesn't realize that she is actually lashing out at thousands of individuals who speak up out of frustration and outrage. When their opinions coalesce it can be powerful because it means that tens of thousands of other people probably feel the same way, day in and day out, and just don't bother to write it down. Bloggers are just - people.
And where does it end, BS? Do you despise and insult commentors too? After all, they are the blogger's direct and often loyal audience.
Memo to BS: Bloggers and commenters are also voters.
(Click on "Just Call Me..." above to see a story about how effective kids in their pajamas - um I mean bloggers - can be.)
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here is a police riot. It has been reported that an Iraq war veteran, who served two tours of duty and escaped unharmed, came back to protest economic inequality and was shot in the skull by a local policeman's tear gas cannister. He is still in critical condition - for protesting peacefully in the country he fought for.
Please watch the above, to understand how Oakland Ca deals with the constitutional right of the citizen to petition their government in the United States of America.
As far as the concept of the police getting out of control, the Dead Kennedys mentioned it -
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Although Palin is still an active celebrity politico, in my heart I do not believe that the Bitter Quitter with the mealy-mouth charisma will ever again actually capture public office.
Below is a linked Index of what you can find at NPN:
Palin Scandals as Governor:
40+ Palin Scandals as of early 2009 each with a supporting link
Promotion-gate, Prison-gate and Pension-gate were added later
Palin's March Meltdown, "Palin's Ides of March" 2009 - a detailed accounting of the amazing two weeks when Palin really lost it as a sitting Governor, with supporting links for each event - Alaskan protestors, fighting with legislators, media bashing, stimulus rejection, legal fees, etc
Alfalfa Club Dinner & History
Biblical War, Endtimes, Apocalypse
Blagojevitch, corruption, grifting
Bloggers & Palin Blogiverse
Big Oil & Rural Alaskans
China Speech/CLSA/Hong Kong
China Speech twitters
Wall Street Journal flushes
Clothing 2008 campaign
Country Of Africa
Croneyism & Levi
Diva "No Show"
7 Cancelled Events with links
Emmonak & "Palin's Katrina"
Environment & toxic dumping
Arctic Wildlife Dying
Wildlife "Jihad"/Bears/Wolf puppies/Alaskan Board of Game
Evangalicals & Tax Fraud, Voter Fraud, Focus on the Family/Dobson
Excuses by Supporters, C4P (Conservatives For Palin)
"Falafel Lady", Andree Mclead & Ethics Complaints
Female Power Brokers
Fiscal Irresponsibility & city, state budget
Highway Funds & redecorating
Forbes "Most Powerful Women" List
GOP "Kingmaker"/Nixon CREEP Malek
March Meltdown, 2009
Palin not on list
deals, Palin as employee/puppet
Rape Prevention Programs Blocked
Scientology & John P. Coale/Greta Van Sustern/Scion Primer/Scientology in Politics/Clintons/PsychRights/Third (3rd) Party/Lobbyist Lawyers
Schaefer, Frank & Evangalicals, home schoolers, fundamentalist, violent Christians, Dominionists, liberal blindness
Schaefer, Frank & "not real Americans", Obama haters, cracker south
Shadow Political Life, political half life, holidays 2009
White Supremecists/Obama Death Threats/CIA
Humor (It wasn't all bad):
Your Palin White House Headlines w/ Commenters
Top Ten (10) Reasons Palin Really Really Quit w/ Commenters
Palin Nicknames, Quotes and Videos, Palin Detoxing
Palin's Hong Kong Speech - Leaked By Tina Fey
And For Those Interested, A Few Further Notes:
Of course the silver lining about the general alarm raised by Palin's careening fortunes over the past year or so is the formation of the quite brilliant and energetic online community that holds a lively first line of defense against the Granny Grifter. Hat Tip to all of us commentors and bloggers, followers, researchers, lurkers, "Pee Watchers" and readers - I love being a part of us and my too-bright orange pic will be bobbing around just as usual online. If I make a point to disagree with something, please understand that my aim is to keep the liberal community strong by keeping it attractive to moderate voters, as well as flexible enough to embrace the full spectrum of liberal thought.
Palingates site with her partners Patrick and Kathleen. Bree Palin has also stepped strongly into the spotlight - congrats my friends! If you want to scare yourself and drop down the rabbit hole of the religious Dominionist, Evangelical and End Times side of Palin, I urge you to read anything by Frank Schaeffer as well as visit the excellent God's Own Party. The venerable Palin blogs of record are the many Alaskan blogs which are mentioned above and listed and linked to the left. If you are new to the Palin blogiverse, whatever your question might be you will find answers at these resources, and an active online community more than willing to listen and exchange ideas.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
In a playful mood the other night I posted a comment on Fred Malek's blog asking him what he thought about Palin's predilection for 3rd parties. Now I can't presume Mr. Malek took notice of my question, but nevertheless his next post pretty much answered my query. Malek just posted his "Top 10 Republican Leaders Who Could Be President" and Palin is nowhere to be seen from 1 to 10.
GOP "Kingmaker" Fred Malek knows a dark horse when he sees one, and he also knows when to stop flogging a dead one. He still gives an obligatory nod to Caribou Barbie in his list of influential Republicans, "...Romney, Pawlenty, Barbour, McConnell, Boehner, Gingrich, Palin, and others."
Palin, and others.
Women that Malek places ahead of Palin on a list of GOPers who "Could Be President" include Meg Whitman, who he says "has a long road ahead", and Kelly Ayotte - "The young and proven Attorney General of New Hampshire is poised to win this Senate seat next year. She has the friendly and reasonable comportment of an Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins but is more center right in her philosophy and thus better positioned for future leadership."
Young. PROVEN. Reasonable comportment. Center right in her philosophy. Future leadership.
As we all know so well, not one of those words describe Bad Sarah. And the unspoken criticism is there - Ayotte is a woman who has held and kept a responsible position. Ahhh, back at the AK pad this has got to be stinging the papery thin-skinned One and her Stapletongued sidekick. Palin's only DC ally - aside from mad-Scientologist Coale - looks forward to reasonable leadership in the GOP, much like reasonable people from both parties do. There is no place for Palin on his list.
Palin's flamed-out comet is becoming just a memory of a bad omen.
Here's a final likely denouement for Palin's vampiric political career - a career that is already dead, but lives on "undead" in the minds of fantasists, extremists and C4P creepy cringers. Already forced to dwell in a self-imposed political twilight half-life of Facebook posts and carefully orchestrated appearances, Palin's thinly shrouded and monsterous personal and financial scandals must vigilantly be kept from exposure to the light of day.
Her dwindling faithful may not question her, Team Sarah is melting into the floor, her few close associates are either falling away or considered "muzzled" and "leashed". She can only hope to live on as a sort of "immortal" in the minds of her cultish clique, whose cash she regularly feeds on through her ungodly speaking fees, corrupt PAC and AK Trust, and pre-orders for propped up book sales.
If Palin somehow makes it to 2012 without a humiliating exposure, her inevitable defeats in a few primary races will decisively drive the stake through her corpselike political career, finally ending one of the downright spookiest public tales in the history of our country.
On that scary note - I wish everyone out there a delicious and fun-loving Halloween. BOO!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Schaeffer Scorcher: This is rube white America...the cracker fundamentalist South...the Sarah Palin "He's Not-A-Real-American" Obama haters.
campaign to warn specific government officials about his very real fears of brewing violence: "I fear another Oklahoma type bombing, and most of all the assassination of President Obama." As usual Palin plays a part in the nastiness, and now Rupert Murdoch is also named.
"If we take bin Laden seriously when he talks about God hating America's sins, we should take the America extremists as seriously. There should be no free ride for these idiots carrying weapons near presidential or other political gatherings."
"People like Operation Rescue should be investigated to see how many of their members are planning to murder more abortion providers. And if you want to know what the greatest threat to our president is, look no further than where evangelical "Christianity" intersects with Glenn Beck's fans. The FBI should seize his fan letter email. I'll bet they'd find some very interesting folks out there, people in militias, far right hate groups, and all the rest."
"They want revenge on all people not like them -- forever."
"Most of the media have ignored the looming threat of far right violence while conservatives deride those of us who link crazy talk to the potential of crazy actions."
Read Schaeffer's new interview with Raw Feed, and beware, some of the quotes from the rabid Christians threatening Schaeffer contain expletives.
If anyone thinks Schaeffer is being shrill, please note that apparently the White House itself feels "South Carolina Too Dangerous For Michelle Obama" to visit.
Read about fundamentalist religious adoption ring abuses here.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
McCain for losing the 2008 Presidential election by being talked into picking the ultimate GOP disaster candidate of all time, or
Palin herself, for almost single-handedly derailing the Republican go-go ride into WW333. Her war was going to be THE WAR TO END ALL TIMES no less.
It's really hard to decide between those two. But overall, my vote goes to Palin for both accelerating the GOP loss in 2008 and the added bonus of her strange political retirement in 2009 from her short stint as a Governor of a US state after a scant 2 odd years to sell a biography and make a formalized speech designed to entertain Red China's Communist elite. By these anti-savvy maneuvers, Palin has deleted herself from possible election to any position of power in 2012 at least. Palin really does deserve some type of embroidered badge for personally derailing her own chance to inadvertently start multiple wars by dipsy-dialing on the Red Phone in the Oval Office in real time responses to bloggers and foreign heads of state.
The vaulted and intelligent granters of the Nobel Prize seem to be no less aware of the following than you or I:
According to AP Sarah Palin said this about the troops while at church: "Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God..." In other words, war in Iraq is a personal war commission from God himself.
Palin also stated that citizens should:
"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. "
Palin's Dominionist background is far more radical than that of former President George W. Bush, who in the end suffered the nation's lowest popularity of any sitting President because of his horrendous wars. Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse. Yes. It is true. The former GOP President of the United States of America, in a top secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from G-O-D himself.
Regarding the well respected panel who rewards the Nobel Peace Prize. What I have to say is - well done. Controversy Is Good For Peace.
~The Nobel Peace Prize is a private award which may be bestowed on whomsoever is deemed fit by those that bestow it.
~The Nobel Peace Prize committee has banked a great deal of honorable political capital over the past century or so.
~This group decided to spend some of that exceptional capitol on creating peace, rather than capturing it from past efforts.
~In one stroke, this respected group made themselves more relevant to everyday news denizens than could have been anticipated. I ask you - How many times have we ever had so many conversations over a weekend or a watercooler about the Nobel Prize?
I leave it to others to debate the pros and cons of bestowing this honor on the first bi-racial American President, and the first Democrat in office in a world changed by 9/11.
I can only say that the Nobel Peace Prize has entered the 21st Century with a favoured Bang! by making itself relevant, topical and a force for peace rather than just an event that in today's news market would already have been yesterday's harvest. The Nobel Prize committee's wise decision guarantees that "peace" will be on the lips of all and sundry, from GOP lambast arses to well known topical and respected newsmakers to everyday citizens like you and I for at least several months.
Friday, October 2, 2009
I thought that the South China Morning Post must still be a "Rupert Free" paper because it published a less than positive review of Palin.
Well I languish in my cotton PJs corrected.
In the 90's, the Dow Jones swapped its holdings in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post for Rupert Murdoch's stake in a paper called - FEER - the Far Eastern Economic Review. (5th Paragraph here)
Then of course Rupurt gracefully and famously took over the Dow Jones. Giving Rupert control of all of the fun media toys, once again. (That must get boring.) In response, "Then editor, Philip Bowring (now Asia columnist for The International Herald Tribune) famously told the staff as he announced he had been sacked 'the carpetbaggers have taken over'." (6th para here)
Canadian Gary Coull, (remember that name) had been a business reporter for FEER and was coincidentally the founder of Hong Kong brokerage house CLSA. Gary Coull died in 2006.
Some English language reporters and investors decided to fight back against Murdoch's control over the less than abundant Asian free press. They did so online and presumably in their silk pajamas.
"Launched in August 2006 by a group of veteran and prominent Asia correspondents, Asia Sentinel is intended to fill a void left by the closure of such publications as AsiaWeek and the weekly edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review or FEER."
On announcement of Palin's visit to China, the Asia Sentinel offered a scathing and critical viewpoint of her selection as a speaker. And this tidbit was interesting:
"Another investor, however, called it [Palin's highly paid appearance] "typical of CLSA's decline since the death of Gary Coull," CLSA's co-founder, who died in 2006. "Or it might be a way of way of ingratiating with Beijing by making America look ridiculous," he fumed."
Coull was gone, and Murdoch had free reign to use Palin to make the United States look ridiculous in Asia, according to this unnamed investor who is in with the CLSA. So the "Palin is getting punked" thing might not have been all that wrong. We just didn't get that it wasn't the CLSA punking her. It was the high command of the Communist Chinese Party, a group Murdoch has been ingratiating himself with for decades.
Rupert seems to be paying Palin to comply willingly with his ruses while playing fast and loose with her in every possible way: moving up her book release by half a year (say what?), putting her speech in his Wall Street Journal Blog and then yanking it offline, and smashing her in print not just once, but twice and this lipstick spokesmodel thing really didn't help. I mean, Girl only came out of hiding to speak less than a week and a half ago! Bus bumping over the top of Palin fast enough Rupert? Training that rouged and rogue-y Pitbull to sit down and shut up can't be an easy task.
Turns out, Palin's karma has a more viscious bite than even Meg Stapletongue.
So has Palin finally met her match in Dominating-Big-Daddy Murdoch? Let's face it. Rupert Murdoch is the Cosmic Blogger of All Bloggers. No? Why not? After all he owns most of the media, and whatever he chooses to say can go right to print, just like all of us blogspot folks, voxers, wordpressers and others. He just doesn't have to bother to type it, and he gets a lot more traffic.
It does seem strange that in so short a time Murdoch would be so publicly cruel to his new playmate. If La Palin deviates even one step out of line, is it Big Daddy Blogger Murdoch's intention to show her exactly how he can make her or break her in an instant? Palin has had a famously thorny relationship with the media and with all bloggers. Why, in the end, should her relationship with Rupert be any different?
As that CLSA investor said, by humiliating Palin, Murdoch achieves the end of showing the high command of Communist China just where his loyalties lie. Making the US look ridiculous isn't so hard these days actually, but the Chinese Top Brass like to be amused, and when Murdoch can lay claim to doing exactly that, they just embrace him more warmly. If you have any doubt about Murdoch's desire to ingratiate himself with the leaders of Communist China, start reading here.
Strange, strange bedfellows La Palin has found herself frolicking with. And all for the sake of helping Alaska and spending more time with her family, right?
(thanks to newscorpse.com for the image.)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Let's not forget of course that The Wall Street Journal is now owned lock stock and barrel by Rupert Murdoch, the one and only media tycoon that also has Palin locked into a book deal, and who also happened to arrange her Hong Kong speech.
So that's why the now-not-so-respectable WSJ is the only media outlet that "obtained" a complete transcript of Palin's speech...but what light does this throw on their decision to yank it? ...Hmmm, Rupurt is managing his Palin brand carefully and thought better of having the whole text out there for all and sundry to see, apparently. Perhaps he intends to recycle the speech at her next engagement - after a month of practice she's got all the words in almost all the right places by now. Why do you think the WSJ would pull a whoopsie like that?
To get a feel for how the speaking engagement went from the point of view of people who actually attended, check out this Bree Palin catch of the less-than-glowing review in the South China Morning Post. Looks like SCMP is one sheet that Murdoch still doesn't own, and it must be somewhat important - Bree also provided this pic of that very paper in Tundra Barbie's hands as she exits Hong Kong for some much needed R&R, no doubt.
This article from the Independent UK by attendee Robert Frisk is along the same lines but even more entertaining.
UPDATE: The WSJ didn't consider Palin's speech part of "all the news fit to print" (ok I know, that's the Grey Lady's motto). But excerpts did end up on faithful Murdoch employee Greta Van Suckup's webpage, and a version sans the silly ending and other changes is posted on Palin's very own Facebook page.
The following tweets are from cellomonkey (not a Palin fan):
#Think sarah palin will wink at me tomorrow?These tweets are from Cameron Sinclair (casinclair, also not a Palin fan, but his impressions of the speech treat her fairly), apparently also a scheduled speaker at the event:
#Anticipation building as palin prepares to speak at clsa forum in hk.
#Sarah palin pretty in pink today.
#Palin ties her lineage to asia by saying todd is part eskimo.
#She takes a stab at policy speak since she's from main street.
#Palin pushing "common sense conservatism - a respect for history and tradition and common sense."
#Palin: "mccain and i came in second in a competition of two!" shes funny.
#Palin preparing for 2012 bid by evoking reagan, lauds hkg as model for free mkt economy.
#Palin seemingly campaigning but i wonder how many of us are actually us citizens.
#30 minutes in, im not sure palin has said the word "china"
#The guy next to me is reading a macro strategy report.
#Palin critizes cutting of defense budget while china and russia are beefing up.
#Palin attributes asian economic prosperity to american commitment to security in the region.
#Palin hopes to integrate india into asia... hrm.
#Palin warns against rise of a one-nation asia, citing missles pointed at taiwan.
#Palin: "it is in the interest of our safety for china to work out its contradictions"
#Wow, palin is lashing out against china "we hope for china to rise responsibly"
#palin has found herself a spot on hu jintao's to-do list [Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China]
#Palin says "i have a husband, yea, i think i coulda used a wife" on being asked "how do you do it"
#Zuckerberg gets props from palin for embodying american ingenuity.
#Kind ironic. Sarah Palin will talk foreign policy (wed keynote) and I'll speak about lack of US policy during Katrina (thurs keynote).Sinclair posted a suprisingly unbiased summary of the Palin speech at HuffPo here. The Wall Street Journal's even-handed coverage is here. The New York Times' treatment of the Palin speech is cold-day-in-hell positive here (a must-read!). The usual negative take from CNN, the Clinton News Network, is here. Euro-socialist AFP's negatively-slanted article is here. A biased AP report is here, and a very biased Bloomberg story is here.
#Checking keynotes sched for this event in HK. I'm firmly in between Sarah Palin and Sheryl Crow. A sentence I never thought I'd ever write.
#Funnily enough palin and my talks are the only ones closed to the media. Mine is probably lack of interest.....
#So far six outlets want me to speak on camera right after the Palin talk today. Silly politirazzi.
#Stimulus failed will keep unemployment high - Palin.
#Fed is immoral - Palin
#Palin calls self common sence consertative - quotes Reagan and Thatcher as 'getting it right'.
#Palin suggests her cost cutting in the Governors house shows her fiscal conservative.
#Palin suggests GOP has sold out since Reagan and are as bad as the liberals. They lost principles.
#Cap and tax (trade) will cause unemployment. Say it will cost $1800 per Americans and cause no change.
#Palin pro Nuclear and energy independance advocate. Tap the god given resources of America and not foreign entities.
#Natural gas IS the future - Palin
#Palin wants 'all of the above' energy policy to ween ourselves off natural resouces. Says we need to 'drill'
#Death panels - governments not being honest. Can't increase healthcare and cut costs - Palin
#Palin says drill. Say death panels were a way to show mainstreet what is wrong w gov plans
#Palin listing all deaths caused by twisted vision of terrorists. 'this is a war' - Palin suggesting the surge pushed the war out of Iraq.
#Palin says Pelosi and liberals stopping Obama from making right decision to increase troops in afghanistan.
#American defence of Asia has allowed it to prosper - Palin
#American military precense in Asia has allowed it to prosper - palin.
#Folks walking out on palin as she's running over Q&A time.
#We can help intergrate Asia and India -Palin.
#Palin says China key to global push out of recession. China needs to be responsible stakeholder. (and free).
#China needs to ease off Taiwan and to back off supporting Sudan and Zimbabwe. Notes Tibet issue - Palin (on a tear)
#Palin wrapping up saying local Chinese wanting more freedom in China. 'No one worrys about India and it's growth'
#Palin - notes Charter 08. Anyone!
#Palin wrapping up.
#Last 20 min of Palins talk on china us relationships and free trade. Current US gov are anti-open and anti-growth -palin.
#Palin says us must recognize we must lead by example not words. Americans are suffering and frustrated dems exempt themselves from hlthcare.
#Palin says tea party movement are democrats and republicans and fighting the good fight.
#Palin notes bush changed view on china - notes we are interconnected and need to put diplomatic pressure on china. Says taxing tires was bad.
#Local elected officials need to be heard. GOP will be re borne through locals - palin.
#Government need to stay the heck out of salary decisions - palin.
#Palin - Chavez is Castro lite. We need to play hardball with Cuba.
#Palin on Todd and schedule - 'i needed to have a wife' (ouch)
#Palin on Twitter - I love it!
#Palin - facebook is a success story of US ingenuity. Shows 'we still got it'.
#Palin shows picture of son on stage. Then exits.
#Nothing like being attacked by press leaving 'it was awful and right wing, wasn't it' - ask to comment, I said go on Twitter....
#Dear @CNN your reporter is the only one trying the sweet tactic to get a quote. Not working either.
#Hey ms Palin, I'll let you tweet my keynote tomorrow lunch. I'm talking on Katrina and school reform through public/private partnerships.
#@cellomonkey my pics sucked. My keynote tomorrow will have 180 more slides than Palin.
#@Tx4Obama no problem didn't realize I was one of only two tweeting. Had to find alt. Network to send.
#ok speech with occational hits. Interesting Palin attacked GOP more than Dems.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Good Evening then! As one of our past American presidents once famously said, “I am a Berlin pastry.” Tonight I’d like to say as well, “I am a Hong Kong dumpling.” Looking out at this wonderful audience, I’d like to say that I feel I have so much in common with you. Call me a trail blazer (winks) then but as I look out across at the sea of faces, I’m reminded of nothing so much as our own home grown Native Alaskans!
I am so excited about coming to China. From what I understand, unlike America the entire nation of your people here are Red State-ers. And thank you so much for inviting me here to this great land of Hong Kong, the birthplace of King Kong – of course, you know we Americans don’t go in much for Monarchy.
But underneath it all we’re really just so very much the same, aren’t we? For example, I’m looking forward to trying my first Chinese Egg Roll with all of you, because I had no idea that you celebrated Easter too in such a way in this new land. It might surprise you to know that the Continent of China holds a great fascination for young Americans. As I remember even in high school, one of my basketball teammates telling me about that famous book on your geography called “The Yellow River,” written by I. P. Freely.
I understand that China became a nation just 60 years ago. I just want you to know that we real Americans appreciate your struggle, and are also happy to provide you brand new up-and-comer nations with all the wisdom and insight America has to offer as the founder of Constitutions. In fact, I’d like to invite you to join me in thinking of the U.S. as just another Big Brother.
China is my kind of place, where the media doesn’t just make things up here. Our good friend Mr. Murdoch told me himself that in Chinese “The Free Press” means that your enterprising local laundries won’t charge for ironing on big orders. But before I spoke today, I found out that you call your President a Premier, which means “the best or the first” in American. I like the sound of that and believe me, if I could be “the best or the first” Premier the U.S. ever had that would be the door I'd open. And everybody just loves your Premier King Wen too! Apparently there isn’t even one single negative blogger complaining about him on the internet, and that really is something also.
I understand that China does have its historical struggles. For example, in my reading I found that pirates and their pirating are such a problem here. It's no wonder because Hong Kong is just so famous for its shopping! Right when we got here, Piper and I strolled down the few blocks from our hotel and found sidewalks just like an open air Saks 5th Avenue. It might not be popular to say so with the European Establishment, but when your waitresses wear Chanel and all the school kids have Louis Vitton backpacks, you just know your state is on the right track!
Standing here, It’s just not my style to ignore the recent inroads made by my former election opponent Mr. Obama to virtually throw a fork in that road of America's usually friendly trade relations with China, paved so carefully by previous Republican administrations. There is no circular logic in slashing foreign tires entering on US soil for example, when we have so much riding on them, keeping our energy needs rolling towards markets both domestic and international. These globalized trade freedoms as they stand can only brighten that shining path that is so very much a part of America’s future with her yellow partner, that we puncture at our peril. Americans such as myself fully support the Hong Konganese in their quest to progress capitalism and entrapreneurialship throughout the mainland, and all the islands too.
In closing, I want to send out a strong message about our International foreign relations and mutual concern over those authors of “War and Peace.” As all know the strong symbol for China is the Dragon, and also I have been known as quite the Pitbull when necessity calls for. Now I've not yet seen a Dragon being uplifted by a Pitbull, or vice versa, but where there’s a will there’s always away. In other words, if the world is like a Chinese Box, then China, I'm in your corner no matter where in the world I am. It’s such a little known fact that China shares a common border with America right next to my home state of proud Alaska. So I promise you, that the Russian Bear Putin won’t be rearin’ his head over here while I’m nearby, no matter how long your Continental borders run alongside together. I say, not on Mama Grizzly’s watch!
And when you Red men and women too of the Chinese nation might often strive to immigrate to the future great Red States of America, our borders will have open arms and we’ll show you just what we mean when we suggest now that you eat your Chinese food - “WITH FORKS FOR CHANGE”
And Change is what we are really all talking about here, like the Chinese goldfish that refuses to stop swimming in its American bowl. I could say more about that goldfish, but you all know already, you who know me well, that it’s just swimming away from the mainstream, not content to go with the lesser of the two evils like all the rest.
So for tonight, I’ll just say then, Good Night, and Thank you Hong Kong and God Bless America.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
But Schaeffer's message finally makes some sense out of the nutty turn that civil discourse in America has taken. The point is not to be frightened or defensive here, but informed. In that spirit I am re-posting Mr. Schaeffer's article here in it's entirety.
Acts 9-18 "And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales..."
Glenn Beck and the 9/12 Marchers: Subversives From Within
Who are these people?! Where do they come from?! Ordinary Americans might wonder why anyone would stoop so low as to follow Glenn Beck, Fox News and Dick Armey (and their corporate sponsors masquerading as "FreedomWorks") as they organize their "9/12 March On Washington" to cynically exploit the 9/11 attack.
Patriotic Americans might question the organizer's aim to provide a media forum for dimwitted right wingers to scream "Liar!" "Socialist!" "Antichrist!" "Muslim!" "Death Panels!" "He's not an American!" and so on and on and on about the commander in chief charged with defending us from further attacks. And some people might even cry "shame on you!" to the more mainstream Republicans participating that include Dick Armey of FreedomWorks, as well as GOP Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Pence of Indiana, Tom Price of Georgia, and South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint.
Ordinary folks from Planet Earth may ask why the Republican Party, right-wing activists and members of the Religious Right seem so unreachable with mere facts let alone decency and decorum. (As the proud father of a US Marine who fought in Afghanistan, I'm particularly outraged that these people would exploit the 9/11 attacks after my son and others were prepared to give their lives in response to our enemies.)
As a former Religious Right leader, who was raised (and home-schooled by my Evangelical-leader parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer) in the movement, let me explain just why the ordinary rules of decency don't apply to the right these days.
Let me also answer this question: Who are these people?
Protecting Your Children From Satan
A big part of the answer to understanding the heightened climate of outright hate and fear of the "other" is the home school and Christian school movement. It is a modern incarnation of the anti-federal government ideology of earlier firebrands such as John Calhoun who was the 7th Vice President and a Southern politician in the 19th century. Calhoun embraced slavery, states' rights, limited government, and said that Americans should secede from the union if it went against their wishes. (See: "Calhoun Conservatism Raises Its Ugly Head" by Mike Lux in the Huffington Post Sept 11/09.)
In the early 1970s the evangelicals like my late father and James Dobson decided that the our society had fallen so far "away from God" and so far from "America's Christian history" that it was time to metaphorically decamp to not just another country but to another planet:. In other words virtually unnoticed by the media and mainstream political operatives, a big chunk of American society seceded from the union in all but name.
What they did is turn the white race-based in "Christian school" movement of the 1950s into a countercultural phenomena. As tens of thousands of new Christian schools opened, it was no longer just about "protecting" white kids from minorities and African-Americans. It was about protecting your children from Satan in other words the United States government's long reach through the public school system.
To protect your children from Satan -- in other words mainstream, open patriotic and pluralistic America -- you either kept them at home where mom and dad could teach the children right from wrong or send them to a cloistered private evangelical/fundamentalist school. At home or in school you used curriculum prepared by the likes of James--beat-your-child-and-dare-to-discipline-Dobson, RJ-slavery-was-a-good-thing-Rushdoony, or many and other right-wing anti-American activists. That curriculum presented "secular America" as downright evil. Hating the USA became next to godliness.
The Anti-American Home Schoolers Come Of Age
We are now several generations into this experiment of holier-than-thou withdrawal from our American mainstream culture. If you wonder who it is that's both running and underwriting organizations such as the Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, Freedom Works and other organizers of the 9/12 March and who are most faithful followers the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh or viewers of Fox News your answer is: it's the home school/Christian school generation of men and women now hitting their thirties and even forties who might as well have been raised on a different planet.
What are these home school and Christian school children taught? Here's a quote from one of the far right's leading home school curricula creators:
"The stranger in ancient Israel did not serve as a judge, although he received all the benefits of living in the land. The political question is this: By what biblical standard is the pagan to be granted the right to bring political sanctions against God's people? We recognize that unbelievers are not to vote in Church elections. Why should they be allowed to vote in civil elections in a covenanted Christian nation? Which judicial standards will they impose? By what other standard than the Bible?"(Gary North of Institute For Christian Economics)
The generation raised on the belief that the US government is illegitimate because it is trying to "impose" non-biblical laws on people has hit the streets. These are the people who grew up indoctrinated into an alternative reality. Today they are out there waving signs of Obama dressed as Hitler. They are buying weapons and ammunition. Some are in the growing and revived militia movement. They are Dick Armey's foot soldiers. People like Armey and Beck can count on the ignorance of their dupes. It's against their religion to read a real newspaper, watch anything but Fox or go to a real school.
Over the last 30 years Evangelical fundamentalists have managed to do what Chairman Mao failed to do with his Red Guards: indoctrinate a whole generation of evangelical people to see their own society as the enemy and act like subversives from within the culture. These people are more anti-American than Al-Qaeda. The "Christian Reconstruction" movement is working for theocracy. Reconstructionism (of which Gary North is one leader) says that the law given for the political and legal ordering of ancient Israel is intended for all people at all times.
Reconstructionist leader David Barton gives a definition:
"The Christian goal for the world is the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics, in which every area of life is redeemed and placed under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the rule of God's law."
Who are Glenn Beck's foot soldiers? In effect what we have is a group of indoctrinated people who have never actually lived in America because they were brought up deliberately cloistered from it by their parents and churches. Because they are legally "Americans" they can move freely around our democracy trying to destroy it working within the United States. Today they are acting like a fifth column, no, they are a fifth column. Some of them have not just seceded metaphorically, there is even a growing movement for states to secede literally.
Today the right wing America haters actually are doing to America what no "illegal" immigrants ever do: work to overthrow our democracy and replace it with a theocracy. The home-schooled, privately educated brainwashed horde are an antidemocratic, fundamentally anti-American political movement. For a start they do not accept the results of the last election.
Liberal/Progressive Wishful Thinking and Blindness
Meanwhile those ordinary Americans including many Democrats, progressives and liberals who work within the system can hardly imagine that there are people so far outside the lines of what they regard as ordinary decent behavior that the progressives seem psychologically unequipped to deal with this reality.
President Obama is one such person. His talk of bipartisanship is a pipe dream. Why?
Bipartisan Pipe Dream
Because you can't be bipartisan with people who don't play by the same rules -- say accepting the will of the people -- as you do. Obama is not alone in his gentlemanly wishful thinking. For instance consider New York Times book review editor Sam Tanenhaus saying in his book (The Death of Conservatism) that the the conservative movement is over.
Tanenhaus rightly points out that the extremism of the right has driven away traditional Republicans. I ought to know! I, as a life-long Republican and former Religious Right activist helped create this situation. But Tanenhaus and others like him just don't get the fact that the far right is resurgent, in fact more dangerous than ever as a wounded animal is dangerous. They don't get it because kindly liberals also live in a bubble.
The kindly liberal reasonable bubble of an open liberal culture in which reason, argument in fact prevails is far removed from the other America, one of militia training camps, fundamentalist churches, parents who follow Dobson's "parenting" advice by "breaking" their children and whipping them (as Dobson tells them to do in his books) and thus raising the damaged and dangerous automatons of biblical vengeance and sadism.
The Last Chess Game You'll Ever Play
What reasonable people don't understand is this: if one person is playing chess abiding by the rules and their opponent is losing at the chess game it may appear that they have lost the match. But what if one person is willing to change the rules? For instance, if you're playing chess against someone who -- if they start losing -- takes a lead pipe out of their back pocket and smashes you over the head with it the "rules" change.
The real story of the Religious Right and their power to destroy is told by Max Blumenthal in Republican Gomorrah, and Jeff Sharlet in The Family and by me in Crazy For God. What our books have in common is the understanding that you can lose in the political system but still "win" -- according to your destructive agenda -- if your agenda is non-political but rather religious and apocalyptic in nature.
To understand the Religious Right today and how dangerous they are don't think politics -- think serial killers who "win" by "getting even" with the society they perceive as having disrespected them. It isn't about facts. It isn't about election results. It isn't about truth. It's about victimhood and revenge on the "elite" in other words on everyone not like you. It is about the weird combination of sadism and masochism Blumenthal describes in his book.
Think Republicans who have no plan of their own for health care reform other than stopping Obama. Think "Deathers" and "Birthers" who are all about de-legitimizing our system as "evil" because it includes rights for gays.
New Rules: Anarchy and Scorched Earth
What those who think that the power of the Religious Right and/or the Republicans is ended don't understand is that it's only ended if you believe in the rules. When I say the rules I mean, for instance, that if you lose an election the other side gets to legislate. However if your opponent is not interested in the rules and is, A) waiting for Jesus to return and consume all the "infidels" or, B) you are just waiting to take that "lead pipe" out of your back pocket -- say go to public meetings and intimidate people by carrying loaded weapons to those meetings -- or worse, maybe even use them to shoot down someone -- all polite bets are off!
The fact of the matter is we now know what the experiment in raising children outside of the American mainstream means. It means that there's a whole subculture within American culture that mistrusts facts precisely because they are facts. They glory an alternative view of not just politics but of reality.
They frequent the creationist museum and look at dioramas of dinosaurs cavorting with humans. They believe that gay people choose to be gay just stick it to the rest of us and could change if they invite Jesus into their hearts. They believe that before you run for governor of Alaska, for instance, you should get a preacher specializing in "casting out the spirit of witchcraft" to anoint you so you can win against the demonic forces of secularism -- as was the case with Sarah Palin when she first ran for governor. They believe that the NRA was telling the truth when they claimed that Obama would "take away your guns" and so have loaded up with more guns and ammunition. They think the time has come to rise up and overthrow the government. And yes, most of them also believe that black people are inferior to whites, so to have a black man in the White House is itself "proof" of American's fall from grace.
There's no arguing with such people and no winning against them using mere elections. They are not playing by American rules. Their idea of winning is not fair elections but Armageddon.
Religious Right Growing Again
Those who say that the Religious Right and the far right have lost their power are looking through the lens of rule-obeying democratic liberalism. They don't understand that their opponents will always carry the proverbial lead pipe in his or her back pocket. To the progressives who think that the Religious Right and the right wing has lost its power I say this: You're correct when it comes to political facts (for the moment) of the last election, but you're dead wrong when it comes to the way revolutions work.
Second American "Tea Party" Revolution
Revolutionaries never have played by the rules. They don't have to win by the rules. They hate the rules. They don't live in a rule based or fact based universe.
They believe they are serving a "higher cause" so it makes the "mere human" rules unimportant. They're ready to shout down opponents, call out "liar" about someone telling the truth, undermine public meetings and/or commit physical violence. They are also willing to become the tools of cynical corporate lobbyists using them for ulterior purposes, say stalling health care reform.
In order to "win" -- in other words destroy our country as we know it -- the far right merely needs to be true to its own rule which is, to put it very mildly, that coloring outside the lines is not only perfectly okay but required.
Not only do the Religious Right distrust facts to them facts are evil. You are "satanic" if you believe in evolution. You're also satanic if you believe health-care reform is about anything but death panels and abortions. You're satanic if you don't believe that gay people are evil or that if you think sex education is sensible. You're satanic if you don't believe in Satan!
The tactics that progressives develop for actually winning against the right have to involve far more than politics. They have to also involve ceaseless vigilance against an enemy that has now -- literally -- raised up an armed, paranoid and deluded alternative nation within our borders and created a fifth column to undermine the United States and our democracy. They need to be called out by the rest of us in no uncertain terms.
Long term the Religious Right subculture has to be understood, then exposed for what it is: an anti-democracy movement built on willful lies with potentially violent underpinnings in the thrall of an apocalyptic cult of revenge on everyone not like "us." It is also the useful tool of corporate lobbyists. Who use these shock troops of the proudly ignorant for non-ideological reasons.
The Religious Right may have lost a round politically but they've still got a "lead pipe" in their back pocket. They can still "win" by making the rest of us lose our democracy by increments. They will even spit in the rest of our faces by exploiting the national tragedy of 9/11 in their 9/12 March.
Frank Schaeffer is the author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back and the forthcoming Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don't Like Religion(Or Atheism)
UPDATE - Information IS power, and while I don't want to overburden you many fine readers, this link from GenieO takes you to another absolutely MUST READ article on the business side of the conservative equation. Please take a moment to inform yourself about "Movement Conservatism" - the selling of public policy as a commodity. Murdoch presenting Palin to Hong Kong on Sept. 23rd fits precisely into the whole, crazy quilt puzzle pattern perfectly. (see post below with polls still running to the left.)