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Forum Post: GOP Stupidity Apocalypse

Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 16, 2013, 6:11 a.m. EST by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR
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Too Stupid To Live

Bob Alexander | Friday, 11 October 2013 18:14

Here’s the way it shakes out. Paraphrasing Slavoj Žižek, Slovene philosopher and cultural critic:

Of these three features:
personal honesty,
and sincere support of Republican policies,

it is only possible to combine two, never all three of these attributes.

If one is honest and supportive … one is not very bright.
If one is bright and supportive … one is not honest.
And if one is honest and bright … one can not be supportive.

There’s no such thing as a smart, honest, Republican. I challenge anyone to find this elusive creature. The odds are you’ll stumble across the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman playing cribbage in The Vatican before you’ll be able to snap a couple shots of a smart, honest, Republican.

The fact of the matter is smart, honest people recoil when they come face to face with Republican ideas. Smart, honest people are aghast at the concept of cutting food stamps for hungry people, denying health care for the sick, and taxing the poor and middle-class while giving a free ride to the richest people in the country. But the problem is smart, honest people have ceded too much ground to the dumbasses and their venal overlords. The proof is in the polls, ladies and gents.

In 2003 nearly seven in ten Americans believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.

In 2006, 85% of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq thought they were sent to war “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the Sept. 11 attacks.”

[In 2010, nitwit '08 Obama supporters pouted instead of Voted, facilitating the Teabag raid.]

In 2011, 38% of Americans believed that the US found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam Hussein was working closely with Al Qaeda, 26% believed that Iraq had WMDs just before the Iraq War, and 16% believed that WMDs were found in Iraq.

And on the domestic front:

61% of Americans don’t believe in evolution. 47% believe the universe is less that 10,000 years old. One child in four grows up not knowing how to read. 21 million Americans can't read at all. 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can't read their own diplomas. 50 percent of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level.

From ABC News:

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology -- all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength -- American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

Jesus H. Christ how did we get so dumb! Who benefits from a ‘Confederacy of Dunces’?

George Carlin knew, “They want obedient workers, obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly crappier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.”

There is a reason it used to be a crime in the Confederate states to teach a slave to read: Literacy is power. It’s a well known fact that information is hidden from dumbasses … in books. And the crafty, dishonest elite have been nurturing crops of dumbasses for as long as I can remember.

But there’s no reason to dredge up ancient history. In September 2010 Congressman Lynn Westmoreland told his religious conservative constituents he would need their support when the Republicans shut down the government. He told them what Republicans were planning before they got elected in 2010.

And the crowd went wild.

Shut ‘er Down! Now all the dumbasses want in on it. These are the spiritual descendants of the dumbasses who believed St. Ronnie 30 years ago when he told them Government was the problem. They don’t seem to understand that the government’s social programs they depend on, the programs that actually benefit people, are overwhelmingly loathed by the people who used Ronnie as a meat puppet to sell poison to the people.

So here we are, collectively as a nation, managing to lose a game of One Card Monte.

Sara Robinson wrote four years ago, “We've arrived. We are now parked on the exact spot where our best experts tell us full-blown fascism is born. Every day that the conservatives in Congress, the right-wing talking heads, and their noisy minions are allowed to hold up our ability to govern the country is another day we're slowly creeping across the final line beyond which, history tells us, no country has ever been able to return.”

Here’s Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in 25 words or less:

The Corporatocracy creates, or takes advantage of, social and natural disasters to force their political agenda while picking up the pieces for pennies on the dollar.

Couldn’t do it. I used 26 words.

Regardless, I think the aim of the Elite is to use the dumbasses to bring the country to the brink and then use the ensuing panic to strip away the social safety nets in a Grand Bargain where heads they win … tails we lose. And the dumbasses are going to lose, as Dick Cheney would say, Big Time. For next year’s Darwin Award I nominate The United States of America.

Am I blaming the victim? Yeah … in a sense I am because in the information age, ignorance is a choice. But we all share some responsibility for the ascendancy of the dumbasses. We didn’t stop them. We allowed control of The Commons to be wrenched away from us. We allowed George W. Bush to take office. We allowed the invasion of Iraq. We stayed in our homes, watched TV, and went to our jobs instead of going to the streets. We own a good chunk of the chaos. Where the hell did we think all this was going to end up? Disneyland?

But what about the Elite Swine who engineer and organize the dumbasses? Well … psychopaths are really good at some things. They’re great at accumulating money and power. But psychopaths don’t have a very good grasp of The Big Picture. They miss a couple of key components because of their blind spots because, y’know, they’re insane.

The wealthy win because they think when push comes to shove they can always hire half the poor people to shoot the other half in a rousing game of “Let’s You and Him Fight.” [So keep them armed.] They can’t imagine their tea-bagger minions going Blood Simple and chewing off their leashes. They can’t imagine the overriding thirst these religious fanatics have that can only be slaked with apocalyptic destruction. The Elite just want a fatter bottom line, but the minions want to get to Armageddon before their next birthday. The beasts and their masters have forgotten this passage from their bible because they only cherry pick the parts that further their agenda. They have forgotten the wisdom of Solomon from the book of Proverbs, "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."

Is it just me, or is it gettin’ kinda breezy around here?


Hobbling the four horses of the Apocalypse

Prairie2 News | Thursday, October 10, 2013

New unemployment claims jumped by 66,000 last week to 374,000 after months settling down toward 300,000. This doesn't begin to show the real effects of the government shutdown as contractors are only now beginning to kick people to the curb. The effect this will have on the rest of economy will begin to show soon as the lack of spending by those affected by the shutdown starts to mushroom into a reduction in US GDP. This is one of those self reinforcing feedback loops that are commonly referred to as a 'death spiral'.

CONTINUED: Twitter @BruceEngerg for the Apocalypse in real time, Prairie2.com for the End Times roundup.



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[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 10 years ago

Plotting Obama's Downfall

We Are Witnessing the Emergence of a Political Process That Allows Right-Wing Billionaires the Power to Turn off Govt. Like a Switch

The fiscal crisis in Washington is not simply a threat to economic and government stability, as serious as that is. It is a premeditated scheme.

By Robert Parry | October 9, 2013 |

That is what we’re watching now, what might be called the Koch Brothers’ “Samson Option,” pulling down the temple to destroy their enemies even if doing so is also destructive to them and their fortunes.

Charles and David Koch and other right-wing billionaires and near-billionaires are blind with anger after wasting millions of dollars on Mitt Romney, Karl Rove and the Republican Party in a failed attempt to defeat Barack Obama, the Democrats and health-care reform. These were the guys who smirked knowingly when Romney sneered at “the 47 percent” of Americans who receive some government help; they got snappish when Obama called them “fat cats”; they demanded the honorific title of “job creators.”

Then, they had to sit in their plush party rooms waiting to celebrate Romney’s victory only to be frustrated by a coalition of voters led by African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and young urban whites who are comfortable in a more diverse country.

Despite all the money and electoral tricks, the Koch Brothers and friends failed to block the reelection of the first African-American president; they watched the Democrats defy the odds and retain the Senate; and they barely managed to hold onto a slender Republican House “majority” through aggressive gerrymandering and other anti-democratic anomalies that overcame the GOP’s loss in the popular vote of about 1½ million ballots.

To make matters worse, these rich white guys had to listen to endless commentary about the coming demographic changes and the need for Republicans to improve their image with racial and ethnic minorities. Through a blinding rage, the Right’s billionaires plotted revenge.

Plotting Obama’s Downfall

CONTINUED: http://www.alternet.org/we-are-witnessing-birth-political-process-allows-right-wing-billionaires-power-turn-govt-switch

[-] 0 points by HCHC4 (-28) 10 years ago

"And if one is honest and bright … one can not be supportive."

That goes for the whole system there genius, not just the ones you declare to be appropriate.

"If one is honest and supportive … one is not very bright. If one is bright and supportive … one is not honest."

So which one are you? Not too smart, or just another selfish political hack?

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 10 years ago

Disapproval of GOP Peaks in Blame for the Budget Crisis

By Gary Langer | Oct 14, 2013 3:00pm

A new high of 74 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling Washington’s budget crisis, up significantly in the past two weeks and far exceeding disapproval of both President Obama and congressional Democrats on the issue.


[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 10 years ago

You're juice boxes are cutoff, you've wandered into the deep end too many times.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 10 years ago

New Poll: GOP Approval Keeps Plummeting; Old Numbers: Obama More Conservative on Government Spending Than GOP Predecessors

By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2013, 12:38pm PT

As the idiotic Republican shutdown continues and debt ceiling collapse looms, GOP approval ratings plummet yet again in latest poll. The new survey from ABC/WaPo finds a stunning 74% of Americans disapprove of the way the GOP is handling budget negotiations, that's up 11 points from before the shutdown started.

But more important to remember, as all of this idiocy drags on --- and as Dems consider some form of "concessions" to allow the GOP the face-saving measures they need to get out of this mess --- are numbers like the following, underscoring just how idiotic and hypocritical all this nonsense actually is...

CONTINUED: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10307