The GOP is America's Cancer

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Thought Thom and his listeners would enjoy this post.

Please reply if you feel so compelled.


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  I think the cancer of the


I think the cancer of the Right isn't that at the top they don't have a well-thought out and cynical strategy to roll back the progress of 20th century... it's that an irrational secular religion had to be created to justify the damage they'd have to do pursuing this strategy... a religion created by what I've called the Orwellian Right. I'd argue that the Right tends to be more irrational than the American "Left" generally but there's a new twist in the Right's growing irrationality the about simple economics. The Orwellian Right has taken commonsense off the table and no matter how much debt was created by irrational GOP tax cuts, they deny deficits/debt are due to those tax cuts but to overspending. The Right is becoming more and more a secular religion of toxic half-truths. The secular religion is self-justifying instead of being self-correcting. Their core assumptions are such that they deprive themselves of the intellectual tools to disprove their own assumptions. They are not alone in this, of course. Liberal Dems like Thom also have their own glaring examples of such cognitive dissonance. Like so many other Libs, Thom wears democracy on his sleeve yet basically supports the anti-democratic concepts that underlie our anti-democratic Constitution such as the EC which gave us Bush2. 

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and austerity is the chemo

and austerity is the chemo which kills all of the good with the bad and leads to an earlier death of an economy.

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You are describing ideology

You are describing ideology as it has to justify being in power and establishing its dogma in policies that can be judged by results instead of merely as complaints against the power of the established alternative.  When the John Birch Society was a bunch of fringe nutcases, it could run its idiocy without having to be responsible for anything actually done.  Now that it is the GOPimp brand, the same stuff has to be judged against results. 

Ideology must reinterpret reality to fit dogma.  Philosophy changes thinking to meet the data of reality.  When you talk about a secular religion, you are in the right ballpark, but religions are also responsible for keeping it real rather than insisting that secular reality must be what their holy stories and metaphysics say.  Metaphysics is not physics, and myth is not science or history.  This does not make myths and metaphysics utter foolishness, but their purpose and function has to be respected for what it is, not made into the "common" and accepted knowledge of secular community. 

To say the least, religions have not done a good job of teaching the difference either.  The institutional drift of religion is not toward adulthood and maturity because it is so much easier to control and run 'children.' 

I think the GOP left the common ground when it went Southern Strategy because even the good Northern Liberals and moderates like Mark Hatfield had to pal around with the Risen South.  While I have nothing against the re-entry of the defeated into participation in power, I do find the narrative of martyrdom and denial they had lived with in exile to be a toxic potion for that participation.  It was one thing for the South to refuse to accept the North's triumphalism as it "marched on to glory" in the Battle Hymn of the Republic.  There was and is a lot of valid criticism of the North and of "liberalism" to be made by those observing from the outside.  But their own story of unjust defeat was even more lacking in self-reflection and growth.

What they managed to do was weld their own "remnant theology" of purity in exile to the worst of the North's triumphalism in Free Market institution dogmas and the power of Destiny in Empire.  In their reactionary martyrdom, what went wrong with the North was a lack of patriotism and religious fidelity making the North unworthy of the Divine Destiny of God's Intention.  Actually paying attention to the lessons of history becomes lack of faith in America, and by being more American than the winners of the Civil War, the Risen South claims the right to rule.

History and the news have to be reworked to fit this story.  If you are not one of them, you see it as insanity.  That drives you crazy wondering how anybody can believe this shit.  Unfortunately, when you see it for what it is, it makes 'sense' as insanity.  It does not yield to reason, of course.

The election of GOP

The election of GOP candidates is the symptom.  Ignorance is the disease.  How do you explain these welfare queen red states like Alaska, Wyoming, the Dakotas that routinely vote for candidates that scream "there's too much government spending!"

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"Endnote: One should not

"Endnote: One should not infer from this blog post that I exonerate the Democratic Party from the past 30 years of decline in this country. I don’t. But the Democratic Party’s contributions are of a different—though sometime complementary—nature. I’ll detail those in a future post. But there are stark differences between the two parties: one is trying to drown our form of government in a bathtub; the other at least tries to throw out a life preserver. "


It is nice to see more writings on the pathetic and dwindling differences betweeh the 2 "parties". Both are just different wings of the Global Bankers" Party............The Repubes are @ 96% socialists and the Dims @ 98% . They have silly little purse fights for the lemmings to be entertained.

Look at all the major Jorge Boosh policies. Obummer has endorsed and expanded almost all of them. I call him "Bush Lite"


Either some Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand, or your republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the  twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth, with this difference,  that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged the Roman Empire came from without, and that your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your own country by your own institutions.

~ Thomas Babington Macaulay, Letter to Henry Stephens Randall [October 9, 1858]


April 27, 2011

An apathetic public, dominated by the Baby Boom generation, has the attention span of
 a gnat. As long as they can make the lease payment on their Escalade, use one of their  15 credit cards at the Mall, be entertained by 600 cable TV stations, play with the  latest iSomething, live in their McMansion for two years without making a mortgage  payment and consume massive quantities of fast food, then any thoughts of future  generations or civic duty are unnecessary. Live for today has been the rallying cry  for the Boomer generation. Pot was their drug during the 1960s. Debt has been their drug since 1980.
 —the Burning Platform


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Blutarsky, I get that you are

Blutarsky, I get that you are angry and all, but after you have vented and spewed, so what?  I wish you could do more that could get to the point.  Hope you are feeling better.

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Angry ? ME ??   I just love

Angry ? ME ??


I just love 50 years since the coup de~tat in Dallas...the 2 parties becoming scared puppets for the mil-intel-industrial complex and the absolute, near-complete destruction of what was once a free and prosperous nation.


President Kennedy sent two aides to Vietnam, McNamara and Taylor, who gathered intelligence
 that convinced him that the United States needed to withdraw from Vietnam. Their memo to the president
  was entitled, Report of McNamara-Taylor Mission to South Vietnam.

With this report in hand, President Kennedy had what he wanted. It contained the essence of  decisions he had to make. He had to get re-elected to finish programs set in motion during his first term;  he had to get Americans out of Vietnam. —
 Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and The Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, Carol Publishing Group, p. 264.

Fletcher Prouty tells us that,On Nov. 22, 1963, the government of the United States was  taken over by the superpower group that wanted an escalation of the warfare in Indochina,  and a continuing military buildup for generations to come. — Ibid. p. 264.

As President Kennedy began to de-escalate American involvement in Southeast Asia,  this superpower group was planning his murder. Following Kennedy’s assassination,  they made sure that America would remain in Vietnam for a long time.

The day after his brutal murder, the following occurred: At 8:30 a.m., Saturday, the 23rd of November, 1963, the limousine carrying CIA director John McCone  pulled into the White House grounds…. He was also there to transact one piece of business prior
 to becoming involved in all the details entailed in a presidential transition —  the signing of National Security Memorandum 278, a classified document which immediately  reversed John Kennedy’s decision to de-escalate the war in Vietnam. The effect of Memorandum 278  would give the Central Intelligence Agency carte blanche to proceed with a full-scale war in the Far East….
 In effect, as of November 23, 1963, the Far East would replace Cuba as the thorn in America’s side.
 It would also create a whole new source of narcotics for the Mafia’s worldwide markets.
 — Robert Morrow, First Hand Knowledge, Shapolsky Publishers, p. 249.

The day after Kennedy was killed, the decision to stop America’s involvement in Vietnam was reversed

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An important event, but not

An important event, but not the day the worm turned or the Empire was begun to be built, or even Hedges' "coup."  I think you will find more deeply informed understanding here, and a more serious discussion of what we need to be about to deal with it.

I won't disagree with the substance of your post, just with the idea that it is the narrative that goes to the heart of darkness. 

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Ponder these-   "I believe

Ponder these-


"I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington;  they would not wait for an election... It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!"
Senator George W. Malone
(1890-1961 Nevada)
Date: 1957 Congressional Record


“Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are U.S. government institutions. They are not … they are private credit monopolies which prey upon the people of the U.S. for the  benefit of themselves and their foreign and domestic swindlers, and rich and
 predatory money lenders. The sack of the United States by the Fed is the greatest crime  in history. Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its powers, but the truth  is the Fed has usurped the government. It controls everything here and it controls
 all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at will.”
 — Congressman Charles McFadden, Chairman, House Banking and Currency Committee, June 10, 1932.

“… our system of credit is concentrated … in the hands of a few men .. a power so organized,  so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that [we had] better not  speak above [our] breath when [we] speak in condemnation of it …
 We have come to be … completely controlled … by … small groups of dominant men.”
 — President Woodrow Wilson



"Fifty men have run America , and that's a high figure."
Joseph P. Kennedy, July 26th, l936 The New York Times

"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Bauer (Rothschild)

"The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise their power from behind the scenes."
 Justice Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court

1933. President Franklin Roosevelt, 1933 said: "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know,
 that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government
 ever since the days of Andrew Jackson... "

DRC's picture
So, what are you doing about

So, what are you doing about it other than mining the historical quote mother lode?  Are we supposed to be shocked about gambling at Rick's?

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go to Sen. Malones comment -

go to Sen. Malones comment - tell me what he meant

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In post #7 Senator Blutarsky

In post #7 Senator Blutarsky wrote:

I just love 50 years since the coup de~tat in Dallas...the 2 parties becoming scared puppets for the mil-intel-industrial complex and the absolute, near-complete destruction of what was once a free and prosperous nation.

in post #10 Senator Blutarsky quoted and wrote:

1933. President Franklin Roosevelt, 1933 said: "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know,
 that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government
 ever since the days of Andrew Jackson... "

Confusingly discordant messages. I'm curious, which is it, a free and prosperous nation up until Andrew Jackson, when it ceased to be free, though maybe ceased not to be prosperous, or ceased to be free and prosperous up until fifty years ago?

Do you have a coherent theory of what the real problem is?  These quotes don't give me much to work with.


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...the banksters had varying

...the banksters had varying degrees of success in the early days of the Republic.The USA was until around 1837 a "value-based" economy in which real assets--gold, silver, land, labor--paid in full. There was no debt, no interest. From Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Jackson, bankers from Europe were rejected and considered "more dangerous than armies, swindling the future." Jefferson also believed central banks to be unconstitutional, since the right to create a national currency is reserved to the U.S. Treasury.

There were, as any historian knows, other bouts with central bankster interests.


In 1835, President Andrew Jackson declared his disdain for the international bankers:"You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning."


President James Abram Garfield, our 20th President, had previously been Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations and was an expert on fiscal matters. (Upon his election, among other things, he appointed an unpopular collector of customs at New York, whereupon the two Senators from New York--Roscoe Conkling and Thomas Platt--resigned their seats.)President Garfield openly declared that whoever controls the supply of currency would control the business and activities of all the people. After only four months in office, President Garfield was shot at a railroad station on July 2, 1881. Another coincidence.



Woodrow Wilson was elected President in 1913, beating incumbent William Howard Taft, who had vowed to veto legislation establishing a central bank. One year earlier, in 1912, Wilson was brought to Democratic Party headquarters by Bernard Baruch, a conspiring banker mogul. Here Wilson agreed to a deal with the devils in exchange for political and financial support from the Rockefeller-Morgan bankers. Wilson swore in secret that if elected President, he would support the banker's Federal Reserve scam and push for the first ever progressive income tax on the American people.


To divide the Republican vote and elect this relatively unknown Wilson, J.P. Morgan and Rockefeller bankers played both sides of the election battle and poured money into the candidacy of Teddy Roosevelt and his Progressive Party to pave the way for Wilson's ticket to win. These sophisticated political maneuverings were unknown to our great grandparents, but today we are beginning to wake up to the truth.


Once elected, President Wilson obeyed his dark masters and enacted unprecedented changes to our great Constitution. In that single year of 1913, President Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act and the Revenue Act of 1913, chaining all future Americans to the dual horrors of the FED and the IRS. In order to make these acts binding and appear legitimate to Americans, President Wilson pushed through congress two Constitutional Amendments: the 16th and 17th Amendments. These two amendments remain in our Constitution like a malignant cancer destroying the once healthy body of our great nation. The year 1913 stands as the year that America changed forever and the seminal year in Federal Reserve history. It is time to repeal these amendments, and right the wrongs that Wilson did to our great nation.


President Wilson knew what he did was wrong. After serving the dark forces, he would later lament in his diary, "I have unwittingly ruined my country."


"I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress
has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington;
they would not wait for an election... It adds up to a preconceived
plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!"
Senator George W. Malone
(1890-1961 Nevada)
Date: 1957 Congressional Record

DRC's picture
Are you planning to be part

Are you planning to be part of the OWS Spring Offensive where your history class could add to a general knowledge about the sins and dangers of financialism?  What we need to do about it is the bigger and more profound question for mass interest and mobilization.

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I will encourage them to act

I will encourage them to act individually.


Incidentally, may I recommend this - The "system" works. It is the PERVERSION of the financial (&political) system by dark forces of the intel-mil-industrial-big pharmna-big agri interests that tilt the playing field.


We no longer have any pretense of checks and balances. Congress is largely ceremonial and a rubber stamp for the executive.


how many executive orders, Presidentail Decision Directives and Letters, and other items of de facto law have you seen CONgress challenge and negate?..........yeah, me neither


"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo." 
Harry S. Truman

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  1966. Georgetown Professor


1966. Georgetown Professor Carrol Quigley, Bill Clinton's distinguished mentor and a lecturer  on Russian history at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, wrote: "There does exist,  and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent  in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may
 identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists,  or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operation of this network  because I have studied it for twenty years, and was permitted for two years,
 in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records."[12, p.950]

"The powers of financial capitalism have another far reaching aim," continued Dr. Quigley,  "nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands  able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole."[12, p.324]

"In addition to these pragmatic goals, the powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International
Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations."

Prof. Carroll Quigley (Tragedy & Hope)


"The interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the Council on Foreign Relations,  The Trilateral Commission - founded by Brzezinski for David Rockefeller - and the  Bilderberger Group, have prepared for and are now moving to implement open world
 dictatorship within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists.  They are fighting against citizens."

Dr. Johannes B. Koeppl, Ph.D., former German defense ministry official
 and advisor to former NATO Secretary General Manfred Werner (2001)

"The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a  society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it  will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and
 maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information  about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities."

Zbigniew Brzezinski.



" Yeah, I want peace and quiet. I want it so much I'd die for it"
Michael Collins

" I hate them for making hate necessary"
Michael Collins

" Give us our future. We've had enough of your past "
Michael Collins

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More evidence of gambling at

More evidence of gambling at Rick's.