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Obama vs … Khrushchev? Hitler? Whatever.

April 27, 2010

Interesting piece on Slate about the false history propagated by the Tea Party. I can’t say I agree 100% with what the writer is saying, but the gist of it is true, obviously. I dunno, I guess there’s probably 100 things written a day about how misinformed the bulk of these people are but it’s hard not to keep going back to the well when they are often so loud in proclaiming their fictions. (A key one lately – I’m looking at you Glenn Beck – involving Nazis and Socialism is efficiently addressed here.)

I also didn’t know Victoria Jackson was a “spokesperson” for the Tea Party movement. It’s kind of surreal watching her talk about it cause it’s like she’s playing some brain dead character on SNL in the 80s, except she’s not.

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  1. tiefighter25 permalink
    May 3, 2010 12:55 pm

    Nazi’s fought the German communists in the streets (not Rolling Stones fist-a-cuffs, more bang, bang, stab, boom)in their rise to power, toppled the Social Democratic Weimar government,and later invaded Marxist Russia. In turn Marxist Russia punched Germany on the nose with a 10 ton fist.

    The current German Socialist government and constitution was written by the Allies, led by the United States. Included in the constitution, it is stipulated that no party receiving less than 10% of the popular vote may take a seat in Parliament in order to prevent slogan slinging goons to sneak in and subvert the political system. The irony in this failed piece of propaganda is that in psycho-babble, it is projecting.

    The original “Tea Party” was not in protest of taxes or government spending, but taxation without representation. (In the English’s defense, this did not seem practicable considering a transatlantic trip at the time took 2.5-3 months.) Today’s Tea Party just seems like a witless rabble who do not wish to pay taxes. Guess what, no one does.

    Big government often has major shortcomings: Yes, but is often necessary. The failure to enforce anti-trust laws in the 19th century (Laissez-faire) , the failure to regulate the stock market in the 30’s ignited the fuse of the Great Depression, the failure to regulate investment banking and real estate loaning practices led to the current deep recession.

    To add to their enigmatic dogma of contradictions, the Tea Party’s anti-government dogma is generally very hawkish. Fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here, etc. Well “For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” “There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.”
    “Poverty of the State exchequer causes an army to be maintained by contributions from a distance. Contributing to maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished.” -Sum Guy

    Go, go, go Patriot Act, allow the government to spy on its populace. Arizona’s got it right; “Zeigen Sie mir Ihre Papiere.” The Geneva convention only applies to our troops, etc.

    Anti-NAFTA, they approve of federal government tariffs against free trade. Against government regulation of the economy. The Tea party seems to forget that the ultimate goal of capitalism is either a vertical or horizontal monopoly fueled by an immigrant work force. Everyone, Tea Party included obsesses over the artificially low interest rates. The Tea Party and their ilk want to make a 1% down payment, but don’t want their houses to be foreclosed, or their banks to fail, or the government to bail out the banks. The Tea Party wants cheap Chinese goods from Wal-Mart, but they want retail and manufacturing jobs. The Tea Party wants to drive domestic cars, but doesn’t want the government to bail out the auto makers. Everyone forgets low interest rate or not, capitalism requires a 5% unemployment rate or inflation begins to rise.

    Instead we get clever catch phrases such as “Drill Baby Drill.” How’s that looking now? Estimated short-term economic cost 6 billion dollars. Drill all you want, OPEC reduces production, price remains high. Oddly, British Petroleum is involved. An oil company from the country the original Tea Party was at odds with. British Petroleum, the company responsible for quelling a growing Iranian democratic movement in the 50’s and 60’s; installed the Shah which in turn led to the Iranian Islamic Revolution. (Just for fun, Haliburton is implicated in the mess in the Gulf.)

    Any country with socialist programs is obviously either impoverished or bent on world domination. Since Europe has focused on domestic programs and social-democracy it has both starved and sent it’s armies battling to the four corners of the world. China’s economy has collapsed. Japan has militarily taken over the Pacific and gone into a terrible, terrible debt. Shit, wait a minute.
    In effect, the Tea Party wants its cake, and to eat it too. They learn nothing from history and their attempts to cite it are laughable. The one thing that a populist third party could do to benefit the political system, abolish political lobbying, the Tea Party ignores. The Brothers Gracchi , who the fuck were they? Well after the Roman Senate became completely corrupt, the shit hit the fan, the Republic fell, and someone grabbed the fasces and made the trains run on time. The Tea Party fails to realize that it isn’t government regulation which is inherently evil, it’s corporate control of big government which stinks to high heaven. You can’t even call them industrialists anymore because they don’t make anything anymore; they just pass little electronic pieces of paper which say, “You lose, We win.”
    The Tea Party is a blind, deaf, and DUMB political pawn. Best case scenario they quickly dissolve into the footnotes of history. Most likely case scenario, they cause the conservative agenda to shift further to the right. Worse case scenario, they muck up the whole joint. They play chess like a six year old.

    Fuck it, what do I care? You want to raise a militia, join the S.A., get a pretty brown shirt and tie, go ahead. Just remember, there will eventually be a bunch of guys in snappy black uniforms with very long knives who will be just killing to meet you.

  2. debaseface permalink
    May 4, 2010 8:43 pm

    I always preferred the pretty brown shirts ahead of the snappy black uniforms myself – and to set the record “straight”, Rohm was was not a blade.

    Honestly though, the TEA party sucks – but friggin hell, somebody needs to speak up against big Govt. Scares the crap out of me.

    Did you see the Senators try to scold the Goldman crew? Aside from the Chair, they were all blithering idiots, and these are the tards you want writing regulation which the smarter folks across the isle will simply create a derivative to avoid?

    Prudent regulation is needed however, proving more power and control to the Govt and the Fed is NOT the answer. What a colossal mistake it was NOT to let banks (and car dealers) fail – but to cram the investment banks into Commercial banks (and even LARGER commercial banks) which we are now bumbling around to figure out how to break up (eliminate TBTF…) Its like tying your shoe into the tightest fucking knot only to realize you forgot to put on your fucking pants… Good luck untying that knot. Do you trust your Govt? Bumbling idiots controlled by lobbyists.

    Im going to frame this:
    “it’s corporate control of big government which stinks to high heaven. You can’t even call them industrialists anymore because they don’t make anything anymore; they just pass little electronic pieces of paper which say, “You lose, We win.”

    • A. Strung permalink*
      May 7, 2010 8:18 am

      I wouldn’t take the Senators’ behavior in scolding Goldman as an indication as to their legislation prowess. That’s just political theater; an unfortunate part of American – really probably any place’s – politics. I don’t mean they’re doing a good job necessarily but any publicized hearing always brings out the clown in them

      • tiefighter25 permalink
        May 7, 2010 6:00 pm

        Begin Loop: A

        Senator “Is the statement accurate?”

        Frenchy: “The statement is not inaccutate.”

        Senator: “So the statement is accurate?”

        Frenchy: “The statement could have been more accurate.”

        End Loop: B (Back to A)

  3. A. Strung permalink*
    May 5, 2010 3:33 pm

    Yeah it’s a great quote

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