Friday, December 30, 2016

Today In Both Sides Do It: America's Sad Clown of Centrism

Meanwhile, in old news of the sort that Mr. Fournier chooses to avoid lest it pollute his beautiful mind (from Newsweek, September 12, 2016):

For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress citations—all of it still unsolved and unpunished.

Clinton’s email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons. Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a private email server—its was owned by the Republican National Committee. And the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, and then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking some of those emails...
But once again. who gives a shit about actual scandals carried out by a Republican president when there are so many fun Conservative fairy tales about birth certificates and death panels and Benghaaaaazi to chase around and around and around until Mr. Ailes fucking well tells you you can stop.


Habitat Vic said...

As you've written countless times before - hell, as even I've written/commented many times before - logic and facts will get you nowhere. Actually brought up Bush's missing emails during the WI primary last April. My neighbor is a RWNJ, but boy does he canvas for the Repubs. Always has the signs in the yard (Cruz in this case, said he hated Trump, and never did put up a sign for him). He tried backpedaling that the tech didn't exist for Bush to back up those missing emails till I shot that down. Then tried to change the subject to how he was glad I was for Bernie rather than Hillary.

Point being, he was not open to anything changing his mind, and likely voted for Trump in the end. Not for nothing, he's an Evangelical. Maybe a Chicken-Egg situation, but I think Evangelicals (and similar religious-fervor citizens) are prime suckers for GOP/rulers/fascists/con-artists and have been such for millennia.

JDM said...

Other than Democrats pointing out Republicans' hypocrisy on the subject, I don't recall any Democrats making any sort of fuss about Colin Powell using non-government email for non-classified government work.

Rusty White said...

I read a meme on Instagram the other day saying that if you want to stump a conservative all you have to do is ask them "Name three things that conservatives have done over the last 30 years that benefit the majority of americans?" It naturally made sense to me as a progressive so I posed that question on Salon curious to see what if any of the responses would be beyond ad hominem attacks. Not to gloat or punch down, but rather a journey to see if there were any nuggets of wisdom that I may have overlooked in my understanding of American politics over the last couple of decades. My cynicism hasn't yet reached full cup yet, so unlike some of my fellow posters here, my awareness and understanding may seem a bit naive.

And the responses I received beyond the gloating over Derp F├╝hrer's win, slurs and profanity to my character were, "Oh, that's easy: Reagan, Bush, Bush!!!"

I'm no longer mad or perplexed, but sad that some of my fellow citizens have been lobotomized by our worthless media. I use blogs as a means of fulfilling my desire to write, but as most of you already know, you have to currently curtail doing so because nothing of substance comes about by writing online from a lefty point of view.

Like DG has mentioned time and again, the media owns the impending clusterf*ck to our democratic republic along with the growing percentage of "pig people" who are lost and will probably burn our house down in their futile effort to satisfy their unfounded fears and resulting anger.

konarider said...

They could have said this when it would have done some good. I am so tired of action that isn't.

bowtiejack said...

Habitat Vic

Evangelicals are "authoritarian followers".
Check out Bob Altemeyer's stuff.

He's a retired professor who spent much of his career studying these clowns.
They are beyond hope, logic or reason.