Archive for politics of fear

AUDIO-- Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia will only go Democratic if "all these illegal aliens" get to vote


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Note: Apparently the audio code is messed up, so please follow the link below for audio.

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said the following on a local radio show, via the Hill:

"It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country who the Democrats want to put on federal welfare programs, and actually they're on federal welfare programs today. The Democrats want to make them all basically dependent on the federal government so they can continue their radical, big government agenda. They want to get people so that they're looking to for bigger and bigger government.

"The only way Georgia's going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia, give them the right to vote. It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law. Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayers' dollars. And that's the only way that this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades."

One: Hey Paul Broun, they are not "illegal aliens," they are people. People who are trying to make it. People with families. People who pay taxes. People who scrub other people's toilets and take care of other people's kids. People who are kids themselves, trying to get an education so they can contribute to society responsibly, unlike yourself. People who scare the crap out of you, because without their votes, you and what's left of your party are toast.

Two: STFU.

Three: If you, Paul Broun, are fundraising off of this kind of disgraceful disparagement, then it is you who is the moocher, the taker, benefiting politically on the backs of those who are struggling to make a better life for themselves. Without them, this country's economy would sink. By the way, genius, check out the image at the top of this post.

Here are all our Paul Broun posts if you want to read more about this brainless, soulless, compassion-less, racist ignoramus.


VIDEO: Creepy Uncle Sam Anti- #ObamacareGuy is ba-ack


they're back

obamacare scary ad

fear cartoon dog phobia

Okay, first things first. "Chad"? Chad?? Really? They're trying to appeal to young consumers by naming the star of their totes adorbs little cinematic effort after... a TV star from the 1970s?

chad everett tv guideHow relatable. How hep. How groovy.

And then they torture us with two minutes of amateur mini-horror flickitude intended to convince us that we're in mortal danger because of-- dun dun dun-n!-- the Affordable Care Act! The very same health care law that saves money and, oh yeah, lives.

And they say irony is dead.

Well, at least they didn't cast the U.S. as a rapey gynie again.

So let's recap: They say we are being worked up into a panicked frenzy by Grotesque Paper Mache-Masked Uncle Sam McBigGovernment bursting into our homes apparently scaring us into buying Obamacare...

obamacare creepy uncle sam

... while trying their best to work us into a panicked frenzy by scaring us out of buying Obamacare.

Nothing hypocritical about that.

Yes, this is just one more in a series of laughably desperate attempts to scare us away from the Affordable Care Act.

More here.


VIDEO-- Peggy Noonan: "People are buying guns like crazy now. Not because they're nutty..."



Good grief, speaking of "nutty," can Peggy Noonan sound any more sanctimonious? Her level of "concern" and condescension is only surpassed by her phony sincerity and inability to stick to facts.

Thankfully, Paul Krugman was there to counter all that with reality checks and reason.

From the ABC transcript:

NOONAN: I think it should be noted that we have a president. I think it should be noted that he should be sitting down and talking with those who would move -- attempt to move forward on spending. I consider it unusual that this president can never make a deal with those folks.

KRUGMAN: But this is not something you negotiate over. You do not negotiate with hostage-takers. That's the White House position. They're right about that. You just don't negotiate on this. You can negotiate on the sequester, you can negotiate on taxes, but not on someone who is threatening to blow up the world economy if he doesn't get his way.

NOONAN: My goodness. That appeared to be the White House attitude on the fiscal cliff just a month or two ago.

KRUGMAN: It's very different.

NOONAN: Why can nothing ever be worked out? We do have a president. We do have legislative leaders. We do what should be noted, have a spending crisis in America. It is not an eccentric thing to worry about the amount of spending that America does. The income, the outcome and the long-term promises.

KRUGMAN: This is really -- this is a doomsday -- this is really saying I will blow up the world unless you give me what I want. And you don't negotiate on that.


NOONAN: Yes, two things I'd like to say, one is that people are buying guns like crazy now. Not because they're nutty, not enough because they're angry, but because I really think they fear their country is falling apart.

It's defensive and it's something that I think we all have to be talking about. There's so much anxiety out in America. And they also fear their government.

Second thing, I guess connected to that, leave gun control and gun reform issues in the Congress of the United States, the president should not be issuing executive orders in this area. It would really be unwise and it will cause great problems, I would think. [...]

STEPHANOPOULOS: It seems that the White House believes that if the president doesn't move quickly, nothing is going to happen.

KRUGMAN: That's right. This is the moment. And he certainly has to be seen to be doing something. And by the way, it is crazy to be out there buying guns right now. People are afraid, you know, the reality of life in America is that it's safer than it has been in decades.

If we walk out of this studio and walk through Manhattan, your chance of getting mugged are less than they have been since, I don't know, 1960. I mean, this is a -- so this is an odd thing, this is a mental state, not about the reality of America.

NOONAN: No, no, no...

KRUGMAN: The big revelation here has been we've realized -- I didn't know, that the NRA is no longer about gun owners. It's actually representing the firearms industry. And that's something we've learned. So...


VIDEO: GOP fear factor kicked into higher gear on... November 6, 2012


Via TPM.

President Obama was re-elected on November 6, 2012, which is exactly when this video was released.

The Heritage Foundation has lost its collective mind. And by mind I mean empty space between their ears. And by lost I mean defaulting to fear mode aka so business as usual. Yes, they're busy pushing their usual scare tactics complete with doomsday sound track and jarring jump cuts... as the president is busy doing this.


Freshman Republican: House GOP "angry... incapable of governing... defer to extremes"; Dems “much more congenial”


John Dean speaks the truth, just as this Republican did, as you'll see below:

Welcome to another edition of "Republicans Eating Their Own" courtesy of The Hill:

Freshman Republican Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.) compared the parties in Congress to sports teams only interested in “winning,” and this week credited Democrats in Congress with having “less anger” than Republicans toward the other side.
“If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there,” he told The Syracuse Post-Standard editorial board on Monday, according to the paper. He called his Democratic friends “much more congenial” than Republican ones.
He then went on to warn that House Republicans are becoming “incapable of governing” by habitually deferring to “extremes.”

This is reminiscent of the book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics of Extremism and subsequent TV appearances by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein:

Their principal conclusion is unequivocal: Today’s Republicans in Congress behave like a parliamentary party in a British-style parliament, a winner-take-all system. But a parliamentary party — “ideologically polarized, internally unified, vehemently oppositional” — doesn’t work in a “separation-of-powers system that makes it extremely difficult for majorities to work their will.” [...]

[I]t has become “an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition . . . all but declaring war on the government.”

John Boehner has been deferring for some time now, because he (and others) is more concerned about being booted out of office by those who favor tea party extremists than about the health and welfare of the American people. Politics matter more than we do. His job matters more than we do. Power and profits take precedence. So do scare tactics.

In this case, Hannah was referring to Michele Bachmann's McCarthyesque warnings and allegations about the Muslim Brotherhood who she claims are magically infiltrating and influencing the State Department, even though they can't seem to do the same to their own government.

“We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides,” he said. “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history.”

As John Dean said, poor Richard Hannah is sure to suffer the consequences for speaking the truth. Honesty may be the best policy, but it's not often the best politics. And that's a shame.


VIDEO: Why Would Anyone Proudly Call Themselves a Conservative?


Leave it to Thom:

"Conservatives are yelling "stop" when it comes to marriage equality.

They're yelling "stop" when it comes to climate change legislation.

They're yelling "stop" when it comes to equal pay for equal work for women.

They're yelling "stop" when it comes to critical, life-saving stem-cell research.

They're yelling "stop" when it comes to providing health insurance at an affordable cost to all Americans.

They're yelling "stop" when it comes to immigration reform.

They're yelling "stop" when it comes to ending the failed drug war.

And not only are they yelling "stop" - but they're actively trying to undo most of the progressive victories over the last century that they opposed from the start.

That includes undoing a women's right to choose - or even have access to contraceptives.

It includes forcing women to submit to mandatory ultrasounds - like they're children or wards of the state.

It includes passing more and more right-to-work FOR LESS laws - further eroding the rights of working people in America.

It includes gutting food safety programs, unemployment benefits, and food stamps.

And it even includes sabotaging our economy recovery to achieve their ultimate political goal - kicking a black man out of the White House.

This is what Conservativism has been all about in America - and continues to be about: fear, discrimination, and corporate domination."

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It finally dawned on one Republican who is starting a new super PAC: Marriage equality is a winning issue


There is a very wealthy Republican by the name of Paul Singer who has donated nearly $10 million to gay-rights initiatives in three states. Now he's helping to finance a super PAC called American Unity PAC with his billions. Their goal is to get GOP candidates to support marriage equality.

Welcome to our world.

Via the New York Times:

Now, Singer says, he’s providing $1 million to start a new “super PAC” with several Republican compatriots. Named American Unity PAC, its sole mission will be to encourage Republican candidates to support same-sex marriage, in part by helping them to feel financially shielded from any blowback from well-funded groups that oppose it.

Being motivated by fear is par for the course for Republicans, so blowbackaphobia is enough to prod many a rightie to acquire a taste for rainbow-hued wedding cake.

Singer is straight, but he has a gay son and son-in-law who were married in 2004 in one of Willard Romney's home states, Massachusetts. Kudos to him for his efforts, regardless on whose side he's on.

Per the Times, there is "a growing awareness among prominent Republicans that embracing marriage equality could broaden the party’s base and soften the party’s image in crucial ways." Apparently they finally noticed the polls that show that more Americans are just dandy with men marrying men and women marrying women. Or to put it another way, Republicans looked at the calendar and were jolted into the reality that it isn't the 19th century any more.