BADLY NEEDED: SOME ADULTS IN CHARGE OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY!

Mar. 26, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

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“Children should be seen and not heard.”

- An old proverb - 

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
- Founding Father James Madison, 1787 -

Recently, when asked by a group of White House reporters to respond to allegations by the Venezuelan governmemt that the U.S. is attempting to stage a coup d’etat there, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki respomded (almost robotically), “These latest accusations, like all pJen Psajirevious such accusations are ludicrous. As a matter of long standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means. Political transitions must be constitutional, democratic, peaceful and legal. We’ve seen many times that the Venezuelan government tries to distract from it’s own actions by blaming the United States or other members of the international community for events inside Venezuela. These efforts reflect a lack of seriousness on the part of the Venezuelan government to deal with the grave situation it faces.” As the incredulous reporters laughed in disbelief at such an enormous load of pure bullshit being issued from such a high-ranking official, I was also dismayed at her flippant response.

PsakiHow dare this moronic little pipsqueak give such a juvenile, doublespeak-laden answer to a serious question legitimately asked by one of the press? The question asked resulted from a statement issued by the Obama administration only a few days earlier: that Venezuela was a “grave threat” to American security. Curious how that is the same language that war criminal George W. Bush used to describe Iraq, just before he illegally launched a massive invasion there! Not only that, but there is overwhelmingly abundant proof that the U.S. has repeatedly and deliberately interfered in the internal affairs of  a great many countries over many decades! Let’s see…Iraq in 2003, Iran in 1953, Grenada in 1983, plus El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, Bolivia – why NOT Venezuela, too (for a second time)?  Ms. Psaki’s statement was symptomatic of the arrogant and condescending way the Obama  administration has handled the press on far too many an occasion.

obama angryBarack Obama entered the White House in 2009 pledging transparency. After years of deliberate, smug lies from war criminals George W. Bush, DICK Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld,  Alberto Gonzales, Tony Snow, and  Dana Perino (to name but a few), this pledge seemed like a welcome breath of fresh air. In reality, though, Obama has run a very tight-lipped ship, and has undertaken strong measures to punish those who violate his strict code of secrecy – as evidenced by the long prison terms given Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning and John Kiriakou, among others. He has attempted to intimidate the press, too, as evidenced by his recent hassle with James Risen. Is it snowdenjulian assangeany wonder that men such as Julian Assange or Edward Snowden have resorted to getting diplomatic protection inside other countries?  We saw the danger paranoia in high places can do, when Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld lied us into a very long, costly, and unnecessary war of aggression and plunder in Iraq. How can Obama not recognize how costly and foolhardy it is for him to stay on this destructive neoliberal path of constant military intervention everywhere in the world? How can our military / industrial complex be SO obsessed with greed that it constantly lobbies for mc cain and lapdogarms sales and global military intervention as well?  Why do we see neocon hawks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain  always pushing for yet another military engagement somewhere? Who does this latest neocon young pup, Tom Cotton, young pup cottonthink he is to write such a rash and ignorant letter to the leadership in Iran as he did, naively giving them American civics lessons, less than 2 months after first entering political office? Just prior to Cotton’s foolishness, crybaby BABY BPEHNERSpeaker of the House John Boehner blindsided President Obama by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Bebe Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress without telling any of the Democrats or even the President first!  This was an incredibly impetuous and wholly unprecedented move by Boner – one who should have known far better! And why, pray tell, is President Obama so obsessed with using drones to kill adversaries when he knows full well that doing so invariably involves also killing innocent women and children bystanders?Is “collatteral damage” just a trite term to him?

Ever since the end of World War II, the United States has increasingly relied on its overwhelming military might to bully other countries into doing its bidding.  It has viewed itself as the selp-appointed policeman of the globe, taking unilateral action as it damn well pleases, especially in the western hemisphere. These are NOT the actions of a well-meaning, benevolent superpower that believes  “political transitions must be constitutional, democratic, peaceful and legal,” as Jen Psaki has said. Rather, they more closely resemble the temper tantrums emanating from an impulsive, selfish, spoiled little brat. Rather than achieving peace and progress, they usually breed resentment and further discord. I saw an interview a few days ago on FREE SPEECH TV with patinothe Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, which illustrates this perfectly. He sent a letter directly to President Obama, urging the President to stop interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs and to accord her the sovereign respect due a free nation. He claimed, quite accurately, that the real threat to the Americas is the United States - not Venezuela. This blogger agrees entirely with Mr. Patino.  

For, unlike the immediate postwar era, we are now a global, post-colonial  community. Unilateral action is no longer proper and will not be condoned. That goes double for pre-emptive military strikes against selected neocon military targets! The United States must realize that the rest of the world does NOT revolve around it – that we are equal partners with other countries and must behave accordingly and responsibly. Before this will happen, though, the United States must first put an adult in charge of its foreign policy; get rid of paranoid CIA and State Department robot neocons, plus overbearingly greedy corporatists; and lock all these other wannabe eager-beaver blowhard congressional  children into their playrooms where they belong!                                   

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THE BUDAPEST AGREEMENT AND IRAN!

Mar. 23 , 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

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A very happy Monday to you, everyone! Today’s doubleheader features a pair which will leave you thinking.  The first, called “The Budapest Agreement and Iran” shows how Republicans will contradict themselves just to make a political point – they are definitely getting quite good at doing so.

burr demingAs Burr says, Republicans held a press event about Ukraine in which they urged America to keep its word, when its word was given by past administrations in Presidential agreements.  

In fact, we did keep our word in Ukraine.  

Interestingly, Republicans specifically stressed the importance of making sure Iran knows we always keep our word.   That was five weeks before they instructed Iran not to trust Presidential agreements.”  

Link to Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-16T19_25_21-07_00   

Link to Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/03/17/the-budapest-agreement-and-iran
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The second podcast, entitled “How Will the Sinking Teeth of Republicans Save Retirement” has Burr musing on how he thinks Republicans will further cut and damage integral parts of our still very-needed 80 year old social safety net.  

burr demingIn his own words, Burr tells us, “Republicans have refused to reveal the details of their budget plans. They have learned from past experience how media analysts will focus on Social Security and Medicare cuts.  

But Tom Price, who heads the Budget committee, let his guard down a little at a recent conservative conclave. He used the usual audience tested euphemisms, but the direction Republicans in Congress are taking was clear.  

Get ready for a bumpy ride.”   

Link to Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-21T00_28_35-07_00  

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/03/19/retirement-and-the-sinking-teeth-of-tom-
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UNFIT TO GOVERN. AND MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE!

Mar. 19, 2015  By Jack Jodell.
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“The Republican Party is made up of three kinds of people: billionaires, bullies, and suckers.”
- Thom Hartmann – 

I have long been very critical of the current Republican Party, and I will remain so until they are either voted out of office, or have totally rid themselves of the very heavy and oppressive reactionary baggage they have carried in their ranks since 2009 called the Tea Party. Because so many of today’s “Teapublicans” are so ignorant of history and distrust both fact and education so much, they are dumbfounded when confronted with the very true fact that the Republican Party was formed in 1854 as a PROGRESSIVE party – yes, a LIBERAL party – to replace their benign and ineffective predecessors, the Whigs, and to oppose the then-conservative party (which favored slavery) known as the Democratic Party.  Because Abraham Lincoln lincolnwas the first Republican President and basically saved the Union and ended slavery during the Civil War, Republicans are justified in expressing their pride that he was a Republican. Yet I am disgusted when I hear very conservative modern Republicans  boasting about Lincoln, for the practices and policies they currently support are far, far different from much of what was espoused by Lincoln.

The Civil War had a tremendously disruptive effect upon the United States. It ravished the defeated American South by destroying its agrarian economy and the old social order which accompanied it. Slavery, which guaranteed steady, dirt-cheap labor for farmers, was no more, and the former slaves, overwhelmingly uneducated and poorly trained, were simply left dangling helplessly, with no special education or vocational training being set in place for them.  Finding scant opportunity in the defeated Confederacy, they fled in droves to the more urban North, settling in ghettoes and working (if they could find any job at all) for a mere pittance. The Reconstruction period, lasting from 1865 – roughly 1877, was politically devastating to the old white southern power brokers, nearly all of them Democrats and forbidden to hold office. Northern radical Republicans, known as Carpetbaggers, swooped down on the South, grabbing many political offices and inflicting a new brand of corruption on the helpless southern population. Many of the old conservative Democrats, disenfranchised by the newly dominant Republican Party, refused to ever vote for any Republican henceforth. This remained true until long after these conservatives had been granted voting privileges again. And so swas born the Solid (Democratic) South, a pattern which persisted largely from 1877 – 1964,  

During the mid-1870s until the beginning of the 1900s, the Republican Party gradually became more conservative. Due to the growing support it gained from newly emerging industrialists (who dominated major industries like coal, steel, railroads, and especially banking and finance), the party became corrupted by big money. This was the era of the Robber Barons,  in which a tiny wealthy elite wielded extraordinary economic power, setting up monopolies and exploitation of workers reigned supreme. In fact, any attempts by workers to better their lot were put down with brutal force. Corporations became more and more powerful, and ebegan to exert a regrettable influence over our Supreme Court. Workers were forced to work long hours at pitifully low wages, and were often victimized by shoddy and unsafe working conditions. Young children were forced to work long hours too, which deprived them of education and often resulted in permanent physical injury. This conservative and Robber Baron-domination of the Republican Party continyed unchecked until a brief period in the early 20th teddy rcentury, during the administrations of Republicans Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, and into the Democratic administration of Woodrow Wilson. But by the end of Taft’s administration, and certainly by the end of Wilson’s presidency, the conservatives had regained firm control over the GOP, and drove that party as well as the entire country into deep economic peril  and near oblivion with its ridiculous laissez faire libertarian economic policies which led to the horrible Great Depression of the `1930s.  

The Republicans were deservedly kept completely out of power throughout the 1930s and well into the 1940s, and lost presidential elections 5 straight times in a row. Their deliberate neglect and exploitation of the American worker and their failure to rein in the excesses of Wall Street plunged our economy into the terrible Great Depression, and it took the re-emergence of energized peogressive Democrats under Franklin Roosevelt’s ingenious New Deal fdr colorizedprograms  to set the economy right again.  Voters began to see these new social safety met programs which were created as being actually very beneficial to them and were NOT, as bitter unrepentant conservative Republicans claimed, elements of evil socialism!  Social Security, disability, the 40 hour work week, overtime pay, workmens’ compensation, general assistance, and, later on, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and AFDC proved to be a very valuable boon to those who were elderly, infirm, or disadvantaged due to lack of available work. These programs, plus the legalization of labor unions, created a large middle class in this country which became the envy of the rest of the world. Over time, many Republicans came to see the value of this middle class, as well as the programs which supported it. Even the first Republican President elected in 20 years, Dwight Eisenhower, abandoned many of the old conservative tenets and pursued a much more moderate course, putting huge amounts of federal funds into the construction of the national interstate highway system  and also in to public education, so as to help us win the space race. Corporate taxes remained much higher than today during this period and the income tax rate for the highest earners was fixed at 91%! The country prospered as never before. Republicans cast off many of their old guard ultra-conservative crackpots and rode the wave of this new prosperity for many years. And thanks to progressive legislation like the Glass-Steagall Act which reined in speculation on Wall Street, the country enjoyed the longest streak of prosperity it had ever known.  

By the end of the 1960s, inflation began to rear its ugly head due to an overheating of the economy caused by our participation in a bery long and corrupt Vietnam War, the emergence of expanded social programs, and the rising cost of oil due to the formation of OPEC.  Republican President Richard Nixon began scaling back social spending as soon as he entered the White House in 1969. Aided by a newly-emerging reactionary conservative movement, an assault on labor unions began which has carried through to our present day. Wages began to stagnate in the mid 1970s, and, with the hateful reaganbeginning of supply side (“trickle down”) economics begun under the administration of arch-conservative Ronald Reagan in 1981 (and greatly accelerated under George W. Bush in 2002), taxes on the top incomes were slashed and the burden of taxation fell from the corporations onto the backs of the shrinking middle class and the poor. Corporations grew more powerful, corrupt, and domineering both politically and economically, and have now nearly destroyed our once-thriving middle class. Thanks to the dreadfully short-sighted Reagan and the emergence of a new, malignant, corrupt and reactionary Tea Party-infested Republican Party, much of the New Deal safety net has been dismantled, aid to (and respect for) public education has seriously declined, and a wealth disparity unseen in more than 85 years has developed and is accelerating. This sorry situation is not progress. In many ways, it is un-American!

Corporatists are now seemingly everywhere in government – they all but own the Republicans and are heavily dominant in the Democratic Party. Regular working people seemingly mo longer have a voice in government. Progressives like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Keith Ellison, Alan Grayson, and Jan Schakowsky seem marginalized, and that is not at all good, and must be changed!

Thumbs-down-iconModern Republicans are indeed backward-looking, science-denying, labor and education-hating, thoroughly bought-out by corporate interests, and are increasingly addicted to power rather than true public service. They are no longer orudent or wise, and instead seem to be making impulsive, rather than carefully thought out judgments  as they formulate and try to implement their flawed policy measures. They are reckless and rash, as strongly evidenced by their recent attempt to sabotage the President’s nuclear weapons negotiations  with Iran. In that case, their priority seemed to be making the President appear weak or powerless, and they obviously didn’t even consider the negative impact they were having on relations with our most major global trading partners. They have become pro-war and cater to the needs of the military / industrial complex, all corporate republicansthe while neglecting the very real needs of their fellow citizens. They gave tremendous tax breaks to the upper 1% who don’t need them, and are trying to force the 99% MAJORITY into accepting a de facto austerity budget. The people of Greece have overwhelmingly voted against an austerity budget, and it is high time we Americans did likewise! As such, we must recognize that the Tea Party-infested reactionary Republican Party is unfit to govern and MUST be removed from office at the ballot box in 2016. They are wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on frivolous investigations and petty, seditious letters, and MUST be replaced with PROGRESSIVES at the very earliest opportunity!
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PREVENTING AN AGREEMENT FOR PREVENTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Mar. 16, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).
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Happy start of a brand-new week, everybody! Our podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming, returns with another doubleheader of exquisitely crafted efforts. The first deals with the recent letter 47 Republican Senators signed to be sent to Iran’s Supreme Leader, while our own President was in direct negotiation with him to keep Iran from producing a nuclear weapon! These senators have been dubbed “traitors” by many and have been victins of heaps of  well-deserved blowback for their rash and blatantly political, anti-Obama action, In this podcast, Burr reminds us that this cirrent taudry Republican attempt at sabotage was not the only time a Republican actively tried to short-curcuit a Democratic President’s peace efforts.

BURR DEMINGBurr tells us,  “A few years ago, documents and recordings were declassified that confirmed the worst rumors. A private citizen of the United States had secretly contacted foreign governments and sabotaged peace talks in Vietnam. That private citizen was Richard Nixon.  

It was hard to imagine anything worse, until a group of conservative Senators tried to sabotage negotiations that might stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  

Link to Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-15T14_19_21-07_00    

Link to Transcript:   http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/03/12/preventing-an-agreement-for-preventing-n-1
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In this second podcast, called “Ferguson – Police as Tax Farmers in Ancient Rome”, Burr gives us insight as to why police are so distrusted amd hated by the local population in Ferguson, MO. He likens the police there to corrupt tax collectors in Ancient Rome.  

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Burr tells us,  The official tax system in the Roman empire was strikingly similar to the unofficial tax system of Ferguson, Missouri.  The Emperor Diocletian put an end to it.   It is way past time Missouri did the same. “ 

 


Link to Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-15T14_15_57-07_00
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A CLEVER NEW WAY TO HELP TAKE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!

Mar. 11, 2015  By Jack Jodell,  

“The only antidote to organized money is organized people!”
– Amy Goodman -

FS TVWhile watching bought elections FREE SPEECH TV recently, I saw an excellent new documentary entitled PAY 2 PLAY. It decried political corruption, especially that arising from the attempts by corporations and billionaires to buy off politicians and even whole elections using the staggering power of corporate money.  At the end of the film, FREE SPEECH TV ran a very interesting short segment featuring comments from the production’s director and producer, plus various activists who had appeared in the film. One notable axtivist was Ben Cohen, the co-founder of the popular ice cream brand Ben and Jerry’s. He spoke of a brilliant new organization he was promoting called The Stamp Stampede  (http://www.stampstampede.org) which is selling rubber stamps where one can stamp one or both sides of dollar bills with relevant slogans like “STAMP MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!”, “NOT TO BE USED  FOR BRIBING POLITICIANS!”, “CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE!”, and “THE SYSTEM IS NOT BROKEN – IT’S FIXED!” I laughed like hell at the ingenuity of this, and then I immediately went to the stampstamoede.org website, where I ordered a stamp AND a T Shirt. I found this to be a clever and totally LEGAL  way to spread  the word to potentially millions about how necessary it is that we get the money out of politics!  koch brosConsider this: the very corrupt and sneaky Libertarian, reactionary Republican Koch Brothers, whose numerous polluting companies operating as KOCH INDUSTRIES have been fined many times for millions of dollars by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have committed to a record $889 MILLION in spending to elect a President and a Congressional majority in 2916 who will help them elmlnate the EPA altogether and allow them to pollute and profit without question wherever and whenever they damn well please! ARE WE. THE MAJORITY 99%, GOING TO ALLOW THESE ELITIST MINORITY 1%-ERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN ROUGHSHOD OVER US WITHOUT PUTTING UP A FIGHT?  DEFINITELY NOT! I urge you to buy a stamp and start stamping one dollar bills too! Also,  go to move to amend.org as well (www.movetoamend.org), to learn about other ways we can prevent these arrogant billionaire bullies from forcing us to accept the polluted country and a bought-up government they want, but WE’LL  HATE! 

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POLITICAL WHISPERS OF BIGOTRY AND A SUICIDE IN MISSOURI!

Mar. 9, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy Monday, one and all! Today, our podvaster extraordinaire, the gifted Mr. Burr Deming, gives us a sober reminder of the terrible damage maliciously-intended gossip and bigotry can cause, and he gives a couple of very good examples to illustrate his point.

BURR DEMINGIn Burr’s own words: The political whispering campaign resembled the one from 80 years beofre. 

Both resulted in death. 

Both came from the same cynicism.

Both happened in the same environment of casual bigotry.”

Link to Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-04T21_04_10-08_00
Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/03/05/political-whispers-of-bigotry-and-a-suic
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In the second of today’s doubleheader, entitled “Times Have Changed – Republicans Have, well, Oscillated”, Burr gives us a historical lesson on Republican politics, then and now.

burr demingBurr states, A minister who fled for his life from South Carolina established a church in Buffalo, New York. 

That church, the name of a South Carolina Judge, and the loss of a civil rights case, all join to tell us much of America’s racial history. 

They also intersect to explain the trajectory of today’s Republican Party.” 

Link to Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-03-06T17_52_51-08_00

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/02/17/times-change-racial-attitudes-oscillate

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WHY IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY CRITICAL-THINKING PERSON TO BE A MODERN-DAY “CONSERVATIVE”!

Mar. 5, 2015  By Jack Jodell.    

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  The trem “conservative” is defined as follows: “holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.” Today’s Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republican Party doesn’t quite fit this definition.  For many of those who boast proudly that they are “conservative” are actually, in reality, very deluded, backward-looking, radical far-right reactionaries who wish to chain this country to a fictional past they mistakenly believe once existed .  I was struck by the ignorance of a relatively young female self-proclaimed “conservative” I recently saw in a debate on Thom Hartmann’s “The Big Picture” on Free Speech TV.  Thom was reciting a long list of liberal accomplishments in America (unemployment compensation, Social Security, overtime pay, civil rights, etc.), and when he mentioned Lincoln freeing the slaves, she looked incredulous at the fact that it was liberals who freed the slaves, or that Lincoln could even be considered a liberal. Her only retort was that liberal programs such as welfare trapped the black race into being dependent and have somehow led to the majority of black children being raised in single parent households. I knew at that instant that this young conservative simply didn’t know her history and had simply assumed, as conservatives are so prone to do, that Lincoln, being a Republican, was therefore a conservative too…

I then began to think how little critical thinking was coming from these modern so-called conservatives. I began to think of how shallow most of their beliefs are. For example,

1). Modern “conservatives” hate government, and, by extension, government regulation of any kind. They fail to recognize that government regulation is a necessary buffer against corporate greed and actually protects the public from corporate excesses. They don’t realize that loosened regulation on banking led directly to the horrid Great Recession of 2008!
2). Modern “conservatives” hate minorities, immigrants, the poor, working class people, programs which help the poor, and especially that black family who currently inhabits the White House.  They feel no kinship with people who are different than themselves, and actually revile many of them.
 3).  Modern “conservatives” hate Muslims and foreigners. They blame all Arabs and Muslims for 9/11 and subsequent acts of terrorism in the Middle East or elsewhere, and fail to recognize that the small band of terrorists who were and are responsible for these acts are but a tiny fraction of  wayward radicals who really AREN’T true practitioners of Islam. All these “conservatives” really care about is Christian fundamentalism and authoritarianism. In many asprcts, they are America’s version of the Taliban!   
4), Modern “conservatives”  absolutely HATE paying taxes and will cheat the government whenever they can.  While heaping loads of verbal abuse on progressives who, out of genuine concern, criticize many of the less desirable traits of this country, these “conservatives” think nothing of setting up fraudulent tax shelters abroad  to selfishly keep BILLIONS of dollars for themselves that are rightfully owed the government…and they have the audacity to call themselves “patriots”!
 5).  Modern “conservatives”  HATE environmentalists and deny the existence of climate change. They refuse to accept the findings of an overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists who believe that these changes are man-made, and reject the warning that humans must abandon fossil fuels SOON or face possible extinction. They believe the lying propaganda spread by the notoriously selfish Koch Brothers and Fox “News” that the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of jobs and that climate change is a natural phenomenon. They cite crackpot “experts” who are actually involved with fossil fuel industry giants for “proof” that climate change is a hoax and  derisively refer to those who disagree with them as “tree huggers.” This is surely a reckless and snotty, almost flippant approach to take on such an important topic…
6).  Modern “conservatives” claim to be lovers of liberty and champion democracy and freedom, yet they vote for authoritarian creeps like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, who actively tries to limit the economic freedom of workers through the passage of draconian anti-labor laws; like Michigan’s Rick Snyder, who actively limits the rights of voters by dissolving their democratically elected city councils and then sets up all-powerful new “City Managers” appointed by him to run their cities; and like Florida’s Rick Scott, who systematically purges the names of likely opposition voters from the voting rolls. These are definitely NOT champions of real democracy!  Their steadfast support of the so-called “free” market unveils a naivete about capitalism itself,  as economics today are far from free, in that they are becoming increasingly dominated by an ever-shrinking narrow band of economic elites known as the 1%. These “conservatives” also elect governors and legislatures across the country who try to disenfranchise likely voters of the other party.
7).  Modern “conservatives” are fearful and paranoid about the future. They are easily misled into believing crazy conspiracy theories which are put to them by lying fearmongers such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the devious crew over at Fox “News”. Their belief in this nonsense causes them to make rash and incorrect judgments about too many things, many, like the Iraq War, with DIRE  consequences!
 8). Modern “conservatives” are intellectually lazy and are poorly informed. Very few of them deeply research a topic, and far too many prefer to get their information from brief soundbytes or only one or two sources. It is little wonder that so much of what they express is so shallow or full of errors, especially considering that many of their news sources tend to be disreputable ones like talk radio, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity. Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, or Michelle Malkin and the like. They tend to parrot each other using the very same talking points and show little capacity for deep, contemplative thought.
9). Modern “conservatives” tend to br vain, overconfident believers in Christianity, only the Christianity they believe in is FALSE and has little to do with the Gospel of St. Matthew or what Jesus Christ preached in the Sermon on the Mount.  After all, Christ NEVER preached that the rich should be made richer through generous, unneeded tax breaks, or that all people should carry a gun, or that renditioning and then torturing enemy prisoners was acceptable!
10). Modern “conservatives” naively believe that our country and its military can do no wrong and that only our enemies are guilty of war crimes. They never take into account that paranoid and very wrong leaders like DICK Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, through their repeated use of rendition and torture and their advocacy of pre-emptive military strikes, were INDEED guilty of heinous war crimes and deserve to be tried and sentenced before the World Court at the Hague! They also ignore the very true FACT that we have deliberately overthrown democratically-elected governments many times in the past, including Iran in 1953, Chile in 1971, and Ukraine in 2014!
11).  Many modern “conservatives” ignorantly assert that the United States has the best health care system in the world. This, of course, is an absolute delusion, as our ranking in infant mortality (among numerous other categories) is abysmal. Rather than the best health care system, we have instead the most EXPENSIVE one on the planet, (nearly DOUBLE the cost of nearly every other major industrialized country  which employs the “socialized medicine” method of a single-payer system, as it is plagued by corporate health care insurance and pharmaceutical company fraud, greed,  and corruption, with wholly unjustified excess profit!
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These are only a few of the many examples of how today’s “conservatives” aren’t really conservative in the least, but are instead nstauble, paranoid reactionaries who aren’t trying to preserve traditional American values at all. In reality, they are a destructive force hell-bent on privatizing everything, helping the rich further expand our already far too expansive wealth disparity, and trying to turn our economic, social, and political clocks back to the 19th century, before progressives fought hard to obtain civil eights and a social safety net. They lie, cheat, and steal to realize their aims.  They spread fear, injustice, and corruption like wildfire. They are unfit for governing this great nation! 

THAT is why we progressives must remove them from political office and neutralize their economic and social influence, before they succeed in destroying this country. Therefore, we must NOT vote for ANY more Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans or enabling, corporatist Democrats! To do so is to slit your own throat! AVERT DISASTER BY ALWAYS ELECTING PROGRESSIVE, FAIR-MINDED CANDIDATES!
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