First, a short word about my use of what some people think is the supreme obscenity, the use of the prhase/word Goddamned. I used it for emphasis. But if you highly regard the Bible consider that Revelation 21:8 uses plain language in stating that God has indeed damned liars, specifically "all liars," and will consign them to the Lake of Fire on Judgment Day. The majority of conservative politicians these days want to bring God and religion into the debate, so let me humor them. I lay down this challenge to them: If you want to lead this country, start by ending the practice of telling Goddamned lies.
There is a mantra I keep hearing that our nation is really conservative or, at worst, center-right in ideology. No one wants to wear the liberal label anymore. It's probably more acceptable to claim to be a Satanist. In fact, the conservative liars would have you believe they are pretty much one and the same.
The fact is that the conservative liars dominate the airwaves, make much more noise than sensible folks, inflame passions to a greater degree, and are thus able to rally their forces to the polls on election day in larger numbers.
The citizens keep electing these right-wing and right-leaning politicians who continue to mishandle things and impede progress. The citizens continue to listen to the sheer idiocy spewed by the right-wing blowhards and even grant them credence by actually taking them seriously. Most decline to do a little investigating and thinking of their own (after all, it's far easier to get your opinions pre-thought out and complete with "talking-points"), and tend to be too polite as a whole to call these liars out on their lies.
Think I exaggerate instead of painting an accurate picture?
Have you ever noticed that despite all the media coverage of the great interest in the Republican debates, campaigns and intrigue over who the latest front-runner is, the majority of Americans in poll after poll feel the Government should do more to help the citizens? Yet that runs contrary to the very core of modern Republican dogma: Get government off our back and out of our lives, slash taxes and get spending "under control."
In this same vein, the polls show that the majority of us think that the rich should be taxed at a higher rate, again diametrically opposed to what the Republicans are saying. It may be more understandable that young ones who were born after the "Reagan Revolution" believe taxes are bad, bad, bad. But there is no excuse for those of us who have been around for a while. We shouldn't be shy about pointing out the way America flourished during those times when the higher tax brackets were more than twice what they are today. And make no mistake, the job creators were still creating jobs back then.
Take the matter of health care. I see lots of polling data indicating that Americans in the majority favor the concept that health care should be a right rather than a privilege. It's a national disgrace that the United States is dragging its feet about this matter that most virtually all of the modern industrial nations have already dealt with.
Social Security remains extremely popular with the majority of citizens. Conservatives are aware of this, are aware that gutting it is a political hot potato that none of them wants to handle in a direct manner. Therefore they set out to create this imagined crisis about the program's solvency. The Democrats seem only too happy to play along, to their disgrace. There are points that can be adjusted in order to get us over the hump until retiring baby boomers depart from the scene. Social Security is a good program and I can't imagine why any informed voter would pull the lever for a candidate who has not outright pledged to protect the program.
I've not gone into social issues, but again, an examination of the vast amount of polling data demonstrates that mainstream America does not agree with the vision for the United States that, say, Bachmann or Santorum bloviate about. Most Americans don't want abortion outlawed and gays forced back into the closet. We as a people are not as loopy as the Fox News set.
The Tea Party doesn't speak for the majority. It was the creation of the big money interests and is made up largely of slaves trying to convince the rest of us that the shackles aren't really all that confining and uncomfortable. They are being manipulated and haven't the good sense to understand it.
If we were not in the midst of an economic depression President Obama would be an extremely popular president. If we were prospering as a nation, the Republican field would sound like the extremists and whack jobs they are. Sorry. I can't think of a nice way of putting it. They aren't anything but lying opportunists, with no great interest about what is good for the country as a whole. Even the most liberal among them, the moderate Mitt Romney is lying about being moderate.
The mainstream media is in the pocket of the corporations. That is why the lie of the rightward slant gets traction. They report the truth, but not prominently, because the outrageous and sensational gets the ratings and brings more money into the pot. Sure, the right-wing commentators are for the most part a more sensational lot. Sure left-wing media tends to be more cerebral and less popular. I guess a lot of people are too lazy to think, consider the truth boring.
Hey lefties, the facts are on our side. What say we take the gloves off and take the fight to them anyway?