It’s a well-known Republican Dirty Trick to turn the strengths of their opposition into a weakness to be exploited. They did it to John Kerry – turning his dangerous tours of duty in Vietnam into a cause for concern and mocking his injuries accrued with the offensive Purple Heart Band Aids which they passed out at the Republican National Convention in New York – and they are doing it to President Obama.
Liz Sidoti continued this classic Republican Dirty Trick tactic with her latest assault of public discourse, waxing retardedly in her Associated Press article, “is Obama obnoxiously articulate?” knowing that in the very asking of the question she was actually advancing the meme. Read more about the article here.
In the reality-based community where Republicans don’t reside, being articulate is actually a positive trait one wants in their President.
We certainly can’t imagine journalists asking the same question of, say, John F. Kennedy or even the patron saint of deficit spending Ronald Reagan but there is a constant subtext that postulates Present Obama as being so “uppity,” he makes “some” feel uncomfortable.
Republicans have been tripping over themselves since before the campaign to define President Obama as either a dangerous outsider or a person who is so inside that he is out of touch with regular Americans and “elitist.”
Republican attacks are getting ever more cacophonous and frenetic as they spray normal Americans (non-Republicans) with a wide swatch of attacks, hoping something, anything, will stick.
The result is that most Americans, many of whom are suffering and desperate for real policy changes that will positively affect their lives are growing tired of their games and Republicans are becoming more and more a party of dead-enders.
Their strategies are transparent for anyone with a brain.
Normal people (non-Republicans) know that in the chest of every Republican beats the heart of an inherent fascist. Well, the leaders of the Republican Party are fascists, and the followers are so inherently cowardly and so overwhelmed by having to live in a society that attempts to work for everyone, where ideally everyone has a seat at the table, that they cry out for an authoritarian “daddy” figure to protect them from the monsters they create in their heads.
Fascism abhors intellectuals because they threaten them with the pesky “truth” so they must be marginalized. For example, they take a silver-spooned, Connecticut born, prep-school educated, ivy school legacy admitted frat boy, wealthy “C” student that had everything handed to him – including the Presidency – and wrap him in the trappings of a brush clearing cowboy and, presto-o change-o… here’s a man that real born and bred ignoramuses can relate to.
So when Republicans are confronted with an actual man of the People raised by a single mother, who knows what its like to pay a student loan and make a way in the world through the power of his intellect, and rose from nothing on the basis of merit, and who is the very epitome of the American dream – they HAVE to employ Republican Dirty Trick number 1 and get their propaganda outlets to label this natural-born outsider an “elitist.”
Sidoti continues in a classic propaganda tactic that “Many people feel” like the government is intruding on their lives – as if this phenomenon of people feeling intruded on occurred in a vacuum rather than been created by those like herself who tell the American People that they should be afraid if the government attempts to control corporate power.
The REAL thing is that President Obama is not doing nearly enough to secure a true, from the bottom up, recovery, as liberals would like. He’s surrounded himself with DLC Democrats who are basically “Republican Light” and are, as we speak, just re-inflating the bubble economy – not doing things that will bring our manufacturing base back from China such as doing away with NAFTA, CAFTA and GAT that have killed the middle-class. Just in case President Obama has the idea to implement pro-worker policies, right-wingers strike preemptively so the President drops any sliver of a notion he may have to govern like FDR, not Bill Clinton Junior.
Since Republicans have absolutely no ideas and their sole purpose for being is to make it easier for Corporate America to rape the American People, they must rail against policies that don’t continuously ingratiate the already filthy rich. Any attempt made to check corporate power is the right wing propaganda machine’s cue to chime in with their chorus of “big government!” and “government intrusion!” to get their Teabaggers off their well-padded asses and take to the streets to protest the administration their fellow citizens legally elected to protect them from the very corporations they loudly rally to support.
Sidoti states, “As the line between the public and private sectors blurs ever more, people are losing confidence in each. They are wary of more federal involvement in their lives. They are angry about mounting national debt and exploding federal deficits.”
Sidoti doesn’t let the truth get in the way of her ideology. Americans have amnesia by design. They have been the willing and unwilling recipients of a very deliberate propaganda campaign to turn the United States into “Bizzarro World” where outright lies are propagated to make sure nothing ever gets done just to make the President look bad in the hope that Republicans can steal power again in order to finish ushering in an era of “The United States of Serfs and Lords.”
The fact is that when Republicans got their boney fingers around the neck of power, they systematically dismantled regulations put in place to prevent another economic depression after the first Republican Great Depression and, surprise surprise… here we are AGAIN.
“They are wary more federal involvement in their lives” because Fox News tells them that any restraint on corporate power means they are not free. As soon President Obama was sworn in, the right wing activated their ignorant base with an incessant drumbeat of propaganda that told them NOW is the time they should be upset about federal deficits – never mind the previous eight years and the fact that President Clinton left Bush with a balanced budget AND a surplus, and all Bush had to do was NOTHING and the surplus extended as far as the eye could see – instead he proceeded to squander the surplus and then borrow more money from foreign governments combined than ALL the preceding administrations from George Washington on up – SUDDENLY – as President Obama attempts to clean up the disasters of his predecessor, they are told to BE UPSET ABOUT DEFICITS and take to streets!
Republican greed ALLWAYS takes precedence over what is in the best interest of Americans – ALL Americans – not just the top 1% of 1% who still ride our backs to the bank.
There’s more to Sidoti’s article but you get the point. It’s just another day, another Republican Dirty Trick.
Question: Is Liz Sidoti obnoxiously manipulative and disingenuous? Answer: Yes
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