Thursday, October 12, 2017

On The Owning Of Things

I don't know Dr. Gu, but he seems like a thoughtful, decent man.  In fact, imma go out on a limb and say that all of the people I have seen across social media today declaring that the Republicans now "own" this fiasco are probably thoughtful. 

And decent. 

And wrong.

Because if there is one thing at which the Republican Party (and their enablers in the media) excel at above everything else it is blowing shit up and then not owning it.  In fact, the last 40 year of American politics has been one, long, escalating cycle of Republican lying, cheating, plundering the government and killing everything they touch, and then being promptly and completely excused from taking any responsibility for any of it by their stooges, PR flacks and eager enablers in the press.

It is the foundation on which the entire High and Holy Church of Both Siderism was built, and I see no sign that any of the fundamentals of this toxic codependency have changed.  Believe me, I wish I could report little green shoots of Independence growing up between the cracks on the old media institutions, but I see no such thing.  For example. the corporations who own our media are now aggressively using the Rise of Trump not as an object lesson in the dangers of letting Republicans anywhere near the levers of power, but as an opportunity to give every unreconstructed Bush Regime Dead-Ender who is willing to say mean things about Il Douche a quick tuck-and-roll credibility rehab.

Even in the face of President Stupid's daily, public molestation of the basic norms of democracy and civilization our corporate media has used brute economic for to refused to permit our national public political dialogue to expand to create a genuine debate between the creators of the GOP Pretty Hate Machine that manifested Donald Trump, and those who have been warning about the trajectory the Republican Party has been taking for decades.   Instead, our corporate media has constricted the spectrum to A) Republicans Who Get Paid To Defend Trump and, B) Republicans Who Get Paid To Say Mean Things About Trump But Would Be Defending Marco Rubio If He Were Enacting The Same Depraved Policies But Without The Tweets.

As was true during the Age of Clinton, the Age of Bush and the Age of Obama, our corporate media has no place for those who were right all along, but always has plenty of room for, say, the latest tome by the author of such searing works of political truth as The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush and An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror (with Richard Perle)
I understand the opening is quite riveting
Call me Pishmael. Some years ago - let's all agree to forget how long precisely or what I was doing - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me in Canada, I thought I would come to the United States and work very hard to get the worst people in the world elected to high political office...

Behold, a Tip Jar!


maliknant said...

In the end they'll blame the whole Trump crisis on Democrats for nominating the devil in a blue pantsuit because, you know, Clinton. And the GOP and the complicit press and punditry class will float away scot-free.

Yastreblyansky said...

Or maybe
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a conservative hack who has thrown away his reputation on axes of evil, must be in want of a centrist position.

"My dear Mr. Frum," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard there's an editorial opening at The Atlantic?"

dinthebeast said...

So that is our job now, to make the bastards and Pig People own this shit. To hang it around the neck of every Republican candidate for every office from dog catcher on up. To beat them with it until we beat them, and don't stop beating them for the decade or so it will take us to undo the goddamn damage they've done to the government.
We may never undo the damage they've done to the country, but we at least have to get it back to proportionality with real numbers. Yes, the Pig People deserve to be represented in the government. Says so in the constitution. But they don't deserve to control the whole fucking thing with a minority of votes.

-Doug in Oakland

bowtiejack said...


Robt said...

Republicans gain the senate held the house and took the white House.

They said they will kill Obama's BlackCare.

They will own it. Not so sure they get punished. No matter how many die for their tax cut money from health care and their ideology of now government rules for the people, it is here for the wealthiest only.

Like Obama crashing the economy and bailing out all the rich people. You know it was the republican house that brought the economy back (not Obama).

If you do not believe these FOX truths

House and Senate republicans can say, Trump owned it. Even when they did nothing to correct it.
I remember when using less presiential executive orders was dictatorship.
My how time changes things.

As for David Frum,
He sees Trump, hannity, Corker (republicans) breaking the Reagan 11th commandment of thou shalt not speak ill of republican brotherhood member.

He and his ideology has surpassed his ideological dreams.
He now finds himself disenchanted with his dream come true.

trgahan said...

Like every twice voting Bush "Greatest President/Good Christian Man!" Backer I know during that conservative wilderness period between Katrina and roll out of the Tea Party Bush Off Machine when asked they will just sigh and say "Well, I am a constitutional conservative...looks like all government that is bad. Just proves they are all corrupt and evil."

and the media will continue to lecture liberals about how we'll never win because we just don't get (or are too condescending toward) there Working Class voters (aka. Republican dead-end voters) and their disillusionment with government.