Friday, August 31, 2012

Notes on the RNC - A rat's nest of lies!

The RNC was a rat's nest of lies.  The Republican National Convention was built on these lies, and the Republicans did it all themselves with no help from the feds!  Even the building in which they met was built with government money, and if buildings could laugh, it would have laughed so hard tears would have run down it's glass cheeks as the Republicans proudly praised self-reliance and hard work and thanked God for unfettered capitalism.

It gets even more surreal.  The Repubs brought in two small business folks to speak about how they built their businesses from the ground up with no help from the government, thank you very much.  This, thought the Repubs, would show those damn socialistic Democrats what this country is all about!

Not really.  One of them was Sher Valenzuela who owns an upholstery business.  She did not build it herself!  She built it with the help of the government.  Her business has received at least $17 million in government contracts and loans.

The other, Phil Archuletta, spoke in some kind of 1984 speak.  Words and concepts were turned on their respective heads.  He was supposed to tell the assembled wingnuts that he had put together his business all by his little self.  But that's not what he said.  It turns out that Archuletta has received all kinds of government aid to built his sign business.  Not only so, but he went on to bitch that he hadn't received enough moolah from the government!

And then last evening we saw an empty head talking to an empty chair which actually turned out to be wonderfully symbolic of the Republican leadership and the Republican faithful, especially the teapot crackpots!

Clint Eastwood, an actor of some note, spoke about how Obama had failed to live up to his promises or maybe he was pissed because the empty chair in which he thought Obama sat had someone failed his elderly, failing body and mind.  It was bizarre.  An empty head talking to an empty chair!  But the audience clapped anyway.  "Make my day," they sang.  At that point, they'd take anything they could.  Even ol' Clint.

We've all read and re-read Ryan's speech.  Lies.  More lies.  And yet more lies.  All debunked, and Ryan knows it.  Which makes him an even worse person.  He's a lying hypocrite of the highest order.  Or lowest.  He told the same old stories as to how Obama "raided" Medicare of $716 billion (a lie) and how Obama did not care to keep open a GM plant in Janesville (a lie - it closed under the Bush administration), and how the stimulus failed (a big lie).  Ryan also complained that Obama had created our huge deficit, but the deficit was pretty much the result of programs for which Ryan voted:  Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which Bush didn't even have in the budget!), tax cuts for the rich, drug benefits which benefitted mostly the drug companies...

And we can't forget that champion of the cause of Jesus, the Baptist preacher, Mike Huckabee.  We can't forget him because he gives Jesus a bad name.  He's one of the biggest liars in the Republican tent.

Huckabee prides himself on his "evangelical" righteousness - believing all the right things.  He made a statement almost as bizarre as Eastwood's rant:  "Of the four people on the two tickets," he said, "the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb, and tells people of faith that they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health care."

Well, frankly, Huckabee is full of unadulterated doo-doo!  Obama has never, so far as I know, identified himself as an "evangelical."  He's just a Christian without a need for further labels and he tries to live his faith which is far more than can be said for Huckabee!  Obama does not, by any stretch of the imagination, believe that "human life is disposable and expendable," nor does he believe people must "bow their knees to the god of government."

This is the kind of crap that is preached from evangelical pulpits and Republican camp meetings in Alaska and Arizona and in most southern states every Sunday morning and it's all lies.  So much for loving Jesus!

And finally Romney.  He complained about Obama's failures, too, and how Obama had not created enough jobs.  But Romney, he said, knows how to create jobs.  Do you think it is possible that the group assembled was unaware of the fact that Romney is a job-killer?  Do you think even the teapot crackpots are unaware that Romney's so-called business experience will run this country to ruin; that if you think things are bad now, you should remember where George Bush left us and multiply by a factor of eight!

Bain Capital was not about creating jobs.  Bain Capital could have cared less about creating jobs.  Bain Capital was about making money - for Bain Capital and for its investors.  What happened most often was that Bain Capital took over failing companies, ran up the debt, bankrupted the companies and then fired everyone.  Bain and Romney made hundreds of millions of dollar destroying jobs!

I've saved the worst for last because Paul Ryan is perhaps the most despicable of Republican liars.  Joan Walsh, in an article for Salon, noted that Ryan, even though reprimanded by come Catholic bishops for his budget which tries to "save" the rich on the backs of the poor, said this:

"The greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.  The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves."

But, as Ms. Walsh points out, "Ryans budget decimates programs for 'those who cannot defend or care for themselves.'"

The RNC - a rat's nest of lies!  The GOP - a rat's nest of lies.  The Republican Party, in its current incarnation, is probably one of the greatest arguments for the non-existence of a just god.  

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