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New Year's Resolution 2012 [Jan. 5th, 2012|11:50 am]
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Happy New Year everyone! It's 2012, the year when Obama the Antichrist is supposed to bring about the end of the world. You Israelis are getting shitloads of US aid, no questions asked, thanks to our loony-right End-Times bigots, so you'd better step up and do your part to fulfill their apocalyptic fantasies. Seriously, you only have until next Winter Solstice, and all you guys have done so far is piss off Turkey? Your friend and tireless booster John Hagee is surely not pleased.

This year I resolve to restart this blog and try and explain exactly how wrong the Republicans have been about everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING, so it will take the whole year. Not just wrong on policy or execution either, but flatly, totally wrong on basic ideology, history, economics, human needs and interests, and grasp of observable reality at the most basic level.

The big problem I've been having these past few years, is that there's so much to say about the issues that are important to me, that I find myself unable to even begin talking about them. Where the Hell do I even start? It's like a thousand people trying to get out of a burning house through one door: everyone charges toward the door, but they end up piled in a tight jam so no one actually gets out. (So yes, I'm arbitrarily starting with a reminder of that Republican fantasy of Obama as the Antichrist, because it quickly sums up the sheer unmitigated insanity that passes for "conservative" "thought" these days. Think the "Antichrist" loons are outliers? Check out the birthers and the Tea Party.)

I'll start today by citing an excellent post by LJ friend virginia_fell, who does a pretty thorough job of debunking the fantasy of Ron Paul that the Republican noise machine have carefully crafted since 1980:

When liberal voices were dominant in public discourse, no one took this hateful old fraud seriously. That's why Ron Paul will always be an obedient right-wing Republican: he desperately needs the reich-wing noise machine just to keep his asinine ideas from being laughed into oblivion. Take him outside that secure bubble-verse, and (like just about every other Republican) he can't even walk unassisted.

[User Picture]From: tylluan_wen
2012-01-05 05:23 pm (UTC)


Glad you're back blogging again. I've missed your political posts. You articulate these issues so much better than I do.
[User Picture]From: motherwell
2012-01-05 05:41 pm (UTC)


Thanks, I do try -- though it's hard to be coherent when you're responding to incoherent nonsense.
[User Picture]From: tylluan_wen
2012-01-05 08:01 pm (UTC)


Yeah, I understand that. The utter looniness people are advocating today leaves me sputtering.
[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2012-01-09 06:52 pm (UTC)


You know, we have a conservative party here, and they are just cold-hearted bastards. We don't have a conservative party that is that out of touch with reality. I think it's easier dealing with our conservatives because you at least know where they stand. With some of the right wingers in the US, you don't know if they actually believe what they are saying or if they are having a hallucinatory episode!
[User Picture]From: motherwell
2012-01-11 03:40 pm (UTC)


That's because you have a Labour Party (and a LibDem Party) who are able and willing to call out the loonies and con-artists in terms that ordinary voters can understand. Our Democratic Party still can't find the voice to do that, even thirty-odd years after the 1980 election, which should have been their wake-up call. So the PoG end up getting away with all sorts of pants-on-head insanity. Don't be surprised if they start questioning heliocentrism this year.
[User Picture]From: virginia_fell
2012-01-05 09:50 pm (UTC)


Definitely missed you, and am thrilled to have you back.

Thanks for the linkage!
[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2012-01-09 06:49 pm (UTC)


Obama was handed shit on a platter when he took office. Considering that, I think that he's doing better than can be expected. And for the people whining and crying about how financially bad their lives are while using their PS3 on their 40 inch TV? Shut the hell up and actually go out and DO something - like working at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter where things are really bad.