knowledge-based politics

CNN Makes Grover Norquist Spokesperson for Speaker John Boehner

In Congress, Media on July 22, 2011 at 19:13

Today, the Speaker of the House of representatives abandoned debt ceiling negotiations, while putting the entire House on recess for the weekend. He did not return White House phone calls until after 5 pm, only to explain that he was now rejecting any plan of any kind that would raise taxes by any amount. After moving toward a credible compromise that would involve serious debt and deficit reduction, Boehner suddenly returned to the radical “starve the beast” anti-tax policy of Grover Norquist.

Shortly after 6 pm EDT, Pres. Obama addressed the press, and took questions, explaining his plan to get back to the negotiating table. Somewhat incredibly, CNN followed its analysis of the press conference by holding a phone interview with Grover Norquist, who acted as spokesperson for Speaker Boehner. Norquist explained that for seven months, it has been clear that Boehner was not willing—or empowered—to accept any tax increases.

Limbaugh Aims to Use Joplin Victims “To Grow the Republican Party”

In Extremism, Media on July 5, 2011 at 00:15

Rush Limbaugh, in a depraved manipulation of history and of the tragedy of so many victims of extreme weather in Joplin, plans to use the Joplin tragedy as part of a cynical branding effort aimed at “breeding Republicans”. The campaign of political innuendo and outright manipulations is being framed as a celebration of the independence of the people of Joplin.

Limbaugh plans to be welcomed at a rally, where he intends to send the message that only Republicans are patriotic, only Republicans celebrate the Fourth of July and that victims of the Joplin tragedy can only be considered patriotic if they reject all public assistance of every kind. It is a cruel lie, with no regard for the facts of people’s lives, and no evidence of any respect for the meaning of American democracy.

Anti-patriots Attack Military to Smear Obama

In Barack Obama, Extremism on May 12, 2011 at 12:18

When George W. Bush authorized the use of torture —techniques defined in written law as torture are torture—, he violated US law, international law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He also put the lives of American soldiers in more severed and immediate danger and handed our enemies a recruiting bonanza. Now, a chorus of anti-patriots is rallying to the torture cause, making the insulting and degenerate claim that only via torture could bin Laden have been found.

Their argument is patently absurd: they argue that specific kinds of facts can only come to be known by way of torture, one of the least reliable information-gathering techniques known to man, which is most often given to producing flagrantly false information. Their argument is anti-patriotic, because it rests on the false claim that it is patriotic to say that only be doing what is totally anathema to its values can our nation achieve an investigative goal.

The anti-patriots are having their heyday right now, because powerful Republicans who backed the last administration’s shameful deviation into the dark night of torture now want to use the perverse anti-patriot logic to insult the president and distort the rhetorical landscape of the 2012 election. Their arguments are being marshaled by a boisterous claim of patriotism, artfully designed to undermine policies that actually serve the nation.