If there's anything the two political parties in this country have in common, it's this:
They keep making the same mistakes over and over.
, Thou Art Vindicated Time and Again.
During the live road show of the DSM V (aka CPAC 2014, held, appropriately
, at the Gaylord Hotel again), the GOP held a minority outreach forum
...well, this many people, if John Hudak's picture is to be believed.
The worse-than-anemic turnout was sniffed at by Republican flaks, one
saying (and I'm paraphrasing here), that Democratic minority outreach
efforts succeed because we give out "goodies." In other words, Obama
phones, welfare, food stamps. You know, goodies like the kind in the
gifting suites at the Academy Awards that was ransacked four years ago
by Sarah Palin and her pack of vulture grifters.
This reaction contains within it the three fatal flaws that the GOP
cannot get away from in their risible attempts to "reach out" to the
same minorities they've been buttfucking into oblivion since Lee Atwater
hatched the Southern Strategy over 40 years ago. Number one, it
essentially admits the GOP has nothing to offer minorities aside from
platitudes and slightly toned-down racist rhetoric in their cynical
attempt to poach votes from the funner, more multi-colored Big Tent of
Secondly, the GOP made an assumption that
there would be enough people of color at CPAC to fill their ambitiously
large room at the Gaylord, despite the fact that your average CPAC
convention inevitably looks like a huge bowl of vanilla ice cream with a
few miserly Oreo crumbs sprinkled on top.
Lastly, they shoot
themselves in the foot right out of the gate in their minority outreach
efforts by sneering that people of color will vote for anyone who
offers to give them something. You know, like a social safety net that
actually works in times when they actually need one.
reality, it's Obama and his Blue Dog cohorts in both chambers who want
to eliminate the COLA for Social Security for no earthly reason. The
sheer insanity of Obama's insistence on doing this needs no belaboring:
Social Security is funded 52 times a year through payroll taxes, which
Obama cut years ago by 2%. Ergo, the same Republicans who for nearly a
century have been calling for Social Security's repeal or privatization
were thrust, through sheer, racist, mean-spirited spite, into the absurd
position of opposing cuts to Social Security benefits.
Because, you know, that's what the black guy wants. To Republicans, it
would be like refusing to fuck that white chick they've been lusting
after for years because she had sex with a black man.
just boggles the mind: Imagine if Obama went full-tilt, Crazy Base World
and crimson red Republican: The GOP would have to oppose him so many
times it would actually get us back on the right track as a nation. And a
die-hard Obamabot would probably say this is Obama's political genius
at work here: Reverse psychology. By adopting one GOP initiative after
another, the GOP and Republican think tanks that had originated them
would be shot down by the same people that had tried to launch them.
Of course, those of us in the know, know better. Barack Obama is
indisputably the most Republican Democratic president we've ever had.
You think the GOP would make hay over this fact, that Obama has been
working ceaselessly and shamelessly for over five years now to literally
take food from our mouths and money from our wallets. But they don't.
Because secretly, they agree with what he's doing and proposing. They
just can't admit it out loud to Crazy Base World.
why, when Chris Christie floated his way to the podium like the slow
motion Hindenburg he is, he received just a smattering of polite
applause. Christie's dead in the water and his presidential aspirations
are finished for the simple reason he seemed to work with Obama after
Hurricane Sandy, because Christie shelved his Ralph Kramden schtick long
enough to act like a state Governor who seemed to care about his people
in the midst of a national disaster area.
Because the real
red meat was thrown out to the hungry and frustrated lunatics at CPAC by zookeepers Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Rick Perry. But it was just rehashed propaganda disguised as satire and vice versa. As always, it was impossible to tell where and when the propaganda ended and the satire began.
And this is one of the biggest mistakes the Democrats keep making over
and over again: Not calling these racist ass pirates of the Republican
Party out for what they are and continuing to work with and debate these
shitheels as if they're actually interested in debating us. Which
they're not. The late Steve Gilliard said as much almost a decade ago
He had no intention of debating conservatives and no delusions about
besting them in debate because he knew that, in these assholes'
addle-pated minds, they're unassailably right because, in these selfsame assholes' addle-pated minds, liberals are wrong about everything
And conservatives are so fucking stupid and/or misinformed or just
twisted up with hatred they've been conditioned to believe that
everything, and I mean every-fucking-thing liberals want is evil, evil,
And Steve had no interest in debating these
knuckle-draggers, especially on their own turf and within their own
framework because his one, painfully simple goal was to piss them off.
Or, as Steve-O said in his elegantly inartful way,
"I'm tired of people acting like these people can be reasoned with or
talked to. They don't want to talk, they want to drive us away into a
corner and ridicule our ideas.
I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my
opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them."
Amen, brother. Gilliard was like a real-life Hari Seldon, a guy who
continues to be right even nearly a decade after his untimely death,
long before the Tea Party reared its ugly, tri-cornered head, long
before the GOP descended ever deeper into the Appalachian mud pits and
committed unnatural acts with unabashed racists, gun-clutchers and
sundry and assorted lunatics.
Then the establishment GOP
finally decided to climb out of the primordial ooze and now they're
wondering, after said unnatural acts, why their penises hurt when they
pee and where those chancre sores are coming from.
They think they're right even while history is against them.
we're right even as history sides with us.
That is the difference and it's as easy to see as the trunk on an elephant's face.
I'm not afraid to be a liberal nor am I afraid to call myself one any
more than Steve Gilliard was. It's a badge of honor, not a scarlet
letter. And, to us liberals, it goes way beyond mere partisan politics.
We stand by our beliefs because they strike deep into the heart of
humanism, what it means to be a compassionate human being.
the Democrats simply worked to repeal corporate tax breaks and bring
jobs back to the country, they'd never lose another election for the
But they can't do that for reasons both known to us and for secret reasons we cannot fathom and can only glean and speculate over while watching the first two seasons of House of Cards
That's the Netflix series in which the President of the United States
is, literally, a serial killer who happens to belong to the Democratic