Thursday, September 07, 2006

The GOP’s Nullification Strategy

The Bush administration and their GOP Congressional lapdogs are spouting off about Islamofacism, a term that makes me laugh every time I hear it, perhaps these idiots should pick up a dictionary or a history book every once in a while. They’re using the term, I think, for several reasons. One is to instill fear in their broadest probable base, you know, the 48% that still believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11, and the other is to wear away at the meaning of the word fascism. If they can successfully tie the term “fascist” to “terrorist” then they make it very difficult for people to recognize and identify the Bush administration and the corporate controlled, authoritarian, lockstep Republican Party as exhibiting fascist tendencies. It’s a perfect example of projection and deflection and the sad part is, it will probably work.

There are court cases being decided around the country that are effectively nullifying not just past elections, but the entire process of electing representatives. How is this not fascist in nature? How is it possible that interpreting the constitution as giving the House of Representatives the authority to choose its own members not a direct threat to the democratic process? This is exactly what the GOP and their teams of lawyers are arguing, and they are winning. Whether or not they continue to use this whacked interpretation of our constitution to nullify future elections is not as important as the fact that they could. That should scare us all.

Meanwhile, the real fascists in DC are attempting a “re-education” of the public surrounding the events of 9/11. The ABC docudrama, "The Path to 9/11" will be airing this week and will apparently attempt to prove that the real villain is Bill Clinton. I’ll reserve judgment until after I’ve seen the film, but the more disturbing thing is that ABC has teamed up with Scholastic to spread misinformation about 9/11, the Bush administration and Iraq. Media Matters has some excerpts from the “discussion guide” being sent to teachers across the country. There are some real whoppers in there, including the ever-present “we invaded Iraq because of the WMD” crap. Yeah, nothing fascist at all about corporations teaming up with an authoritarian administration to “re-educate” our children about recent historical events using misinformation, emotional manipulation and blind patriotism. It’s not as if we’ve seen that before in history, right?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, what happened to your post on the Insight article?

So republicans DIDN'T funnel millions into Lieberman's campaign?

Not that inaccuracy is something you seem to care much about out here in the fringes...

12:20 PM  
Anonymous david said...

This is absurd. How do Americans end up with such stupid judges?

Of course the House has the right to choose its own members. And so they pass electoral regulations, set electoral districts, print ballots, register voters, and oversee the casting, counting, and certifing of marked ballots on election day. There are even rules to deal with voting irregularities. That's how the House chooses its members. It can't jerryrig it after the ballots have been cast; that's like the Banker in a game of Monopoly lending himself money to stave off bankruptcy!

Of course, this is the danger in having a House that wants to change laws to make crimes commited retroactively legal. What we have here is a crooked mentality. It's the kind of "democratic" hanky-panky the Founding Fathers objected to in the Declaration of Independence. George III was very fond of expelling members of the assemblies of the 13 Colonies or declaring their elections null & void if he didn't like the results. The Founding Fathers had a word for this kind of democracy: Tyranny.

5:51 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Anonymous--The post you are looking for is just below this one (scroll down, it's a blog so there's new content just about every day), and I'm not sure what inaccuracies you're referring to exactly. I get the sense that all you really wanted was to spout that last line anyway, but if you check around, I think you'll find that those that still support the GOP are now on the fringes, the rest of us are mainstream. Get used to it.

David--Yes, tyranny is exactly the word that springs to mind.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous david said...

I think anonymous's comment has to do with an article at the website Insight that questioned the veracity of the Washington Times' story about the Rove/Lieberman connection. But Insight pointed out that the Washington Times is a pro-Republican newspaper and the leak came from a Republican source. So what's up? Suspicious, eh? Well, recall that Rove began his career screaming about his candidate being wiretapped by his enemies, but the police found no evidence of a B & E.

It's too bad that liberals have lost touch with the Union history of the 30s and 40s. Recently, anti-war protesters in (?) San Francisco discovered two of their leaders were actually police informants. This made charges against the group difficult to pursue. And yet spies, stooges, and agent provocateurs have been used by governments to undermine critics for over a century.

Anonysmous's moral outrage is suspect. He clearly wants to marginalise and undermine LGND's credibility. Still, it's anonymous and the Washington Times that have a problem with inaccurcy.

12:36 PM  

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