The Watering Hole; Friday February 7 2014; CPAC Defined II

In celebration of 2014’s CPAC convention currently underway, I thought it might be useful for them If they could find a more refined definition of their overall political position than CPAC, or Republican, GOP, Tea Party — something to embrace all of those synonyms, to simplify. So I set out to see if I could be of help.

First order of business was to explore “nutshells” (sotospeak) which describe the roots of their philosophy. I plowed through a bunch of old scribblings and scratchings — old notes I’ve accumulated over the last 10-12 years, and came up with some summaries of various popular issues that seem a pretty close fit. In no particular order (note: the italicized and highlighted portions are as they appear in the scribblings and scratchings):

Military: After cessation of hostilities in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama’s 2015 budget proposes reductions in Defense spending; right wing freakout currently underway. And even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized until they become Veterans, at which time their support is redefined to be viewed as “welfare” and commences to lag appropriately.

Gender and Sexism: In the Tea Party’s view, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy. Those collective attitudes have so far resulted in (particularly in states wherein the Republican Party enjoys a governing majority) massive political assaults on women’s health care, gender income equality, abortion availability, even on insurance funding of contraceptives (although there are no complaints when insurance covers the cost of drugs that address erectile disfunction — go figure).

Religion and Government:  Conservatives have a long history of employing religion as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Consider their constant efforts, of late, to ban same sex marriage in multiple states (and even a Constitutional amendment to universalize the ban has been suggested). Many states today are also diligently exploring the means to formally allow blatant discrimination in re the LGBT community, all because some religious entities support doing so. And again, there remains their extreme opposition abortion, even birth control.

Corporate Power: Mitt Romney once famously noted that “Corporations are people, my friend.” Conservatives invariably consider the industrial and business aristocracy as the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. See also the Citizens United; conservative driven 5-4 SCOTUS decision which crippled campaign finance laws and opened the door for widespread and hidden financial support, most typically paid to the party which has allied itself with Wall Street and the corporate world rather than with real people. Koch Bros., et al., now represent Democracy “in action.”

Obsession with Crime and Punishment:  Perhaps the most recent example is this week’s Senate blockage of the confirmation of Debo Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division simply because Adegbile, when he was an attorney for the NAACP LDF, did his job and successfully got the death sentence of a Black Nationalist reduced to life imprisonment. Oh, the horrors.

Enemies are Scapegoats; a Unifying Cause: It’s SO obvious: the means to kicking Putin’s Russian butt is to build the Keystone Pipeline! Heard that silliness from Paul Ryan, among others, so hey, it should work!!

Recognition of Human Rights: Not always a popular option in CPAC-land, given their disdain for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Unemployment Compensation, Head Start, Education Funding, inflation-adjusted minimum wage . . . but unlimited support for and defense of Ag subsidies, of corporate tax loopholes, of reducing tax rates on the wealthy, of multi-billion dollar subsidies to Big Energy. The list is endless. And just yesterday Paul Ryan announced at CPAC that Free School Lunches mean that poor parents don’t care about kids. Right.

Think I’m sensing a pattern here, one that’s starting to sound more than a little familiar. Hmmm. I should review those old notes and scribbles a little more closely, maybe. Could be a clue in them.

Holy cow! NOW I remember where those scribbles came from! It was a website post entitled The Fourteen Points of Fascism! Here are those fourteen points, in order of presentation:

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism

 Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause

Supremacy of the Military

Rampant Sexism

Controlled Mass Media

Obsession with National Security

Religion and Government are Intertwined

Corporate Power is Protected

Labor Power is Suppressed

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts

Obsession with Crime and Punishment

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption

Fraudulent Elections

Looks like I touched on six of them; not in proper order, but they sure do seem to drive home the thesis that there is a far more perfected term to actually DEFINE American Conservatism as it currently exists under its various banners, including CPAC, Republican, GOP, and Tea Party. The word is both familiar and definitive:

FASCISM.

Clearly CPAC must be renamed as something more appropriate than the already-tired-and-worn Conservative Political Action Committee. Maybe . . . hmmm . . . something like . . . lessee . . . Conservatives are Fascists Undermining Cultural Development of Uninformed People, or Conservatives are FUCD UP?? I like it! Tells the whole story! And better yet (special message to Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan), you’re welcome to claim it, and (best news of all), THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE!!

Palin-Lewis Fascism“When Fascism comes to America,
 it will come wrapped in the flag
& carrying the cross.”
Sinclair Lewis (1932)

OPEN THREAD

53 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday February 7 2014; CPAC Defined II

  1. Third shift doesn’t work tonight, so I’m starting my weekend, right now!😀

    Here’s one for the CPAC clown posse.

  2. Why Darrell Issa Turned Off the Mic

    For Mr. Issa, the fear of again being exposed as a fraud was greater than his fear of being accused of trampling on minority rights. When politicians reach for the microphone switch, you know they’ve lost the argument.

  3. Found this one on my friend’s FB page: https://news.pn/en/politics/98636

    I tried translating it everywhichway and got gobbledegook – but there is a little US flag left of the date near the top – that’s English translation. Really interesting summary of the economic realities of what is going to happen *after* Crimea leaves Ukraine. The simple stuff of water, electricity, customs duties, oh and being drafted into the Russian army….. Crimea is *not* connected to Russia – there’s a ferry boat, that’s it. *Everything* comes from Ukraine today….

    … in ten days there is going to be a poll, I doubt that it will go against joining Russia, is it even possible that a fair poll can be put together in that time – I doubt it and the result is probably going to be very dubious with those who have most to gain from it in charge. But what, just what happens if the Crimea turns Putin down?

  4. What is Tina Fey doing there above?

    I used to troll-bash on TP using the 14 points. I would reply with a series of numbers like “And here’s your score: 1, 5, 7, 14 – great job Aphrodite – that’s a four-point post! – (link)”

  5. ‘It was only through CPAC that I learned that Obama was both Neville Chamberlain and Hitler, and that’s hard to pull off.’ – John Fugelsang

  6. ‘Nucular, ‘potatoe’, and now R-S-P-E-C-T. What do politicians have against the letter ‘E’?

  7. So it’s International Women’s Day. Happy Day to all the International Women out there!

  8. Conservatives around the country love the guy — who needs Joisey in a national election?
    The liberal media — and I’m looking at you MSNBC, specifically Rachel — has kept a target on Christie’s large back side back, covering every little detail and conspiracy of Bridgegate. It reminds me of this, from Mean Girls:

    • “A robbery victim told police that someone from a home located on the 8800 block of Burning Tree Road had stolen marijuana and a handgun from his residence.”

      — Of course it’s Floriduh.

      • There was a case in Miami some years ago that i will never forget. A frantic woman flagged down a police officer and claimed that another woman had sold her fake crack. The police tested the “fake” crack, discovered it was the genuine article, and threw her ass in jail.

  9. Tanya sent me this link just now. Part-way through this – a film of the 3 months protest in the Maidan in Kiev from the protestors’ angle. Set to a variety of music, some captions in English, some narration/poetry in Ukrainian and Russian. It stands up as a mostly visual history without needing the translation. I have reached the point entitled “The week that changed us forever” – Feb 16th, 2014. Not sure I will be able to watch it all at once.

    http://top.thepo.st/96794/Z-pershih-hvilin-murashki-po-shk-r-a-dal-bez-sl-v

  10. This is titled “Russia’s Endgame” – take a deep breath, read carefully and reflect on the ‘truthiness’ of the opinion here. Link comes from the Press Office of the Euromaidan HQ in the Maidan of Kyev.

    http://euromaidanpr.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/russias-endgame/

    “The Russians are coming, I can feel it in my piss,
    Better get out your gun, set your sights and don’t miss” – Alan Hull

  11. Paul Ryan stole his “brown bag lunch” story, but don’t worry, he’s apologized…

    Today at CPAC, I shared a story I heard from Eloise Anderson, the secretary for children and families for the state of Wisconsin. She mentioned it in her testimony for a House Budget Committee hearing last year. I have just learned that Secretary Anderson misspoke, and that the story she told was improperly sourced. I regret failing to verify the original source of the story, but I appreciate her taking the time to share her insights.

    …and blamed someone else for it.

    • Paul Ryan is proof positive that some turds really do float. Courtesy of Daily Kos:

      Ryan had been told that story by Eloise Anderson, a member of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s cabinet, who supposedly “once met” this boy, who directly from his own mouth told her that story.

      Yeah, about that.

      It turns out, that touching story is actually from a book about a kid in New York City in the 1980s, and the lunches he was getting for free were not from the government, they were from an ad sales rep who befriended him. And this story, repeated by trustworthy Republican wonk Paul Ryan as told to him by Wisconsin cabinet member Eloise Anderson, is taken just about word for word from that book. Except for the small detail about who was paying for the lunches

      Floaters need to be flushed.

        • If I had but one wish (as of this moment at least) it would be that Eloise Anderson has the brass to throw THAT widow-peaked-piece-of-crap-Fascist under a bus, or truck, or even a wheelbarrow. But I’ll probably not hold my breath in anticipation.

  12. And worse:

    Mike Huckabee hearts God and Vladimir Putin

    Huckabee said Obama’s perceived weakness has emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “I know the only time that Vladimir Putin shivers is when he takes his shirt off in a cold Russian winter,” Huckabee said to laughter and applause from the audience.

    What the hell is with this conservative fixation on Vladimir Putin? I know conservatism loves a good, strong father figure, but choosing “post-Soviet Russian strongman” as one of the archetypical figures of the new conservative movement is not among the outcomes anyone would have predicted a scant 10 years ago. Show these people a strong chest and they go weak at the knees.

  13. More NRA Idiocy:

    http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/03/05/3362801/nra-ivory-elephants-guns/

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday asked its 3.1 million members to call their representative in Congress and urge them to block a rule designed to protect the world’s elephants from being poached into extinction.

    While many people would make the mistake of assuming that this was about helping save endangered elephants, the NRA understands what the real motivation is. “This is another attempt by this anti-gun Administration to ban firearms based on cosmetics and would render many collections/firearms valueless,” the NRA said in its call to arms. “Any firearm, firearm accessory, or knife that contains ivory, no matter how big or small, would not be able to be sold in the United States, unless it is more than 100 years old. This means if your shotgun has an ivory bead or inlay, your revolver or pistol has ivory grips, your knife has an ivory handle, or if your firearm accessories, such as cleaning tools that contain any ivory, the item would be illegal to sell.”

    For that reason, the NRA implores its members to flood the White House and Congress with phone calls and emails . . .

      • And therein lies the rub: the prescription to enable and enforce the death of a nation, our nation. Via ignorance, misinformation, corporate schooling, religion, and the collective prejudices embedded therein. Fascism, in a word.

        • This is my middle sister’s entire argument in against anything she doesn’t want to know or believe: “I can’t imagine that could be true.”

          Any words spoken after that are a waste of time and breath.

          • Same is true with a HUGE percentage of those who live here, in Pickuppistan. Sad but true that there are no words, there is no logic, that can displace their embedded “I can’t imagine that could be true” philosophy. (and I use the word “philosophy” very loosely; ‘prejudice’ would be a far more suitable descriptor).

  14. Rick Perry: I don’t think Ted Nugent calling Obama a ‘subhuman mongrel’ was racist.

    I do not think that word racist means what you think it means, Rick.

    • Let’s try it this way: ‘Rick Perry is a subhuman mongrel.’

      I don’t guess it’s racist when aimed at a genuine ‘subhuman mongrel’ like Rick Perry, but not sure Rick would agree on that little subtlety.

        • Actually you give him more credit that I ever could or would . . . the word “human.” “Clueless and classless” yes, but . . . hum . . . “Oops” . . . well, you know.

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