May 16, 2013 By Jack Jodell.
For nearly as long as I can remember, the Republican Party has used lies – BIG lies - as tools both to gain and to maintain power. To enumerate all but the most recent ones would fill this blog page beyond its maximum allowable capacity. The latest batch, originating as they have from deep within the bowels of the now reactionary, Tea Party-infested version of that wretched party, are especially vicious, conniving, and downright rotten.
Ever since last September 11, these Teapublicans have frantically been trying to convince the public that President Obama has been lying about, and therefore trying to cover up, some deep, dark, sinister secret about the unfortunate killing of an American ambassador in Benghazi. They have held dozens of hearings and have wasted many hours and millions of taxpayer dollars in the House of Representatives on attempting to prove this conspiracy theory, to no avail. Now this week has come the revelation that the Justice Department had wiretapped the phones of numerous Associated Press reporters, and that the IRS has been used to scrutinize the tax returns of numerous conservative groups and individuals, including the Tea Party.
The immature and unethical crybabies over at Fox “News”, the de facto lying propaganda arm of this new Tea Party-infested Republican Party, is having a field day with these supposed “scandals”. I, on the other hand, couldn’t possibly care less! The Teapublicans, with their constant defiance and obstruction, as well as their hatred-of-government rhetoric, have been cruisin’ for a bruisin’ for a very long time. Justly or unjustly, they have apparently gotten a little of what they so richly deserve!
Yes, the possibility that a supposedly neutral government agency like the IRS may have politically involved itself by targeting opposition groups and individuals is disturbing and a cause for concern. But it is hardly a cause for the type of alarm the hyper-political Teapublicans are sounding. And yes, the fact that the Justice Department overreached with its wiretaps of administration-critical reporters is very disturbing and offensive as well. But it does NOT signify that there is a secret White House conspiracy to deprive us of our First Amendment rights, or that our political slavery is imminent!
Once again, the Teapublicans are screaming conspiracy and are grandstanding and overreacting for what they hope will be their political gain. I ask them, though, where were their screams when the preceding Bush/Cheney clique suspended the writ of habeas corpus as they did? Where were their screams when this same regime put the whopping expenses for the war in Afghanistan and the unnecessary Iraq War on a very expensive Chinese credit card? Perhaps now you may better understand my contempt for these utterly hypocritical and opportunistic scoundrels! Unfortunately, though, President Obama, through his failure to take immediate action on these apparent scandals, may be aiding this rotten Teapublican cause.
For the President, both directly and indirectly (through robotical surrogates like Press Secretary Jay Carney) has given less-than -satisfactory explanations as to how or why all of these unseemly occurrences happened. To simply claim he was unaware of what had transpired is unacceptable: it is his job to know what is happening within his administration and its agencies! Further, we pay him $400,000 a year to take firm and decisive steps whenever a sticky situation develops, something he has failed to do in this case.
Teapublicans are screaming like raped apes and will be repeating the lies about how the government is a big bogeyman which nobody can trust and that yaxes are too high for the wealthy and that the IRS should be abolished. They are succeeding in their attempt to foster government and administration mistrust, and to deflect attention away from exceedingly slow job growth and other failed economic measures their new austerity program has wrought. Unless and until the President and his Democratic Party begin to combat them directly by showing some distinct initiative, 2014 may well result in Republican victories in both the House and Senate. The droll Mitch McConnell will skate to a successful reelection in Kentucky, and the reactionary Ken Cuccinelli will capture the governorship in Virginia. Teapublicans everywhere are licking their chops in anticipation. This impending Republican victory is something the country can ill afford. The possible Republican lies which could result must be nipped in the bud – NOW. Remember, these fools can certainly dish it out, but when it comes to taking it, they crumble and become inconsolable crybabies. And the louder and more frequently they cry, the better it is for we normal, more rational folk!
There is little evidence to suggest that the President or his party will abruptly change their weak modus operandi. Thus, be ready for a disastrous 2014 - or, pray for a political miracle to occur between now and then. We progressives must dig in our heels and completely refute what we believe will be an onslaught of empty, preposterous Teapunlican grandstanding, or we will lose heavily!