Conservatives, intent on being dishonest and disingenuous are still flogging the President Obama built it story. Thus far it is the only spin they seem to be able to get some traction out of. Here are the relevant few sentences,
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for president — because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.”
First, President Obama never said people in business do not build their businesses. He said they did not build the roads and bridges. Saying otherwise is a malicious or ignorant lie, or both. Non kool-aid drinkers are not responsible for the illiteracy of conservative partisans that cannot see past their blinding zealotry. No wonder Sarah Palin, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney speak in wilted word salads. I often wish I could write like Bill Moyer or a couple of the better diarists at DKos and a few other pundits I admire, but at least I do not butcher the English language beyond recognition at the alter of venal and unsupported assertions. The Obama campaign pushed back against Mitt Romney’s ad that distorts the “you didn’t build that”
The Romney campaign took Obama’s comments about infrastructure out of context and have used it on the stump and now in a new ad to push the point that Obama doesn’t believe in small business owners.
In their new video, Cutter compares Romney and Obama’s plans to help small businesses. Cutter then brings up Romney’s history at Bain Capital, where he negotiated $10 million in debt forgiveness from the FDIC. “Ironically, Mitt Romney knows better than anyone that business can’t always do it alone,” Cutter says in the video.
Maybe conservatives read one of their infamous pundits say that hypocrisy is a virtue, Romney’s ‘We Did Build This’ Events Feature Businesses Built With Government Subsidies And Contracts
These come over the science/tech news wires just about everyday, Carbon Fiber a Government Clean Tech Innovation Success Story – Lighter cars, better crash protection. Big profits for corporations and safety for consumers via a public-private partnership. The real world.
The great battle of Chick-fil-A has drawn responses both sensible and stupid from a variety of corners. On the liberal-yet-kinda-dumb side, there’s Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who, in a well-intentioned but ultimately ironic display of liberal muscle, declared, “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population.” Dear Tom: Expressing one’s beliefs is not discrimination. Also, announcing your intention to block someone from opening a business in your town because you don’t like his beliefs is discrimination.
[ ]….Meanwhile, over on the conservative side of the hen house, it’s been old home week for right-wing attention whores. Posing with a bag of chicken has, for a moment, become the new posing with an American flag. Why look, here’s Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, supporting values of both the family and meal variety. Here’s – wait for it – Sarah Palin, pausing long enough before any grease could leak through the bag to give a victorious thumbs up. And here’s windbag-at-large Rick Santorum defending the company against “intolerance and bigotry” that’s obviously a result of the way we’re “fundamentally changing the moral foundation of our country.”
But the real champion in all of this has been former governor, marathon runner and occasional overeater Mike Huckabee, who masterfully came up with the idea of declaring Aug. 1 Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day — a day for Americans to “take a stand for the Godly values we espouse” and fight the “vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left” by patronizing their local franchises.
[ ]…Patronize establishments like Schnipper’s, which has offered to donate $1 from every chicken filet sandwich it sells this month to Marriage Equality USA. Be sane and civilized. That’s what true freedom and productive dialogue and effective change look like. So just let Chick-fil-A go. They’ll get the message — we can’t stomach them.
It seems like some moderate minded folks cannot get jaw off the floor at the sheer audacity of the conservative noise machine, they are the ones who are victims? That is what they are claiming. A goat ate my copy, but as I remember from the Right-Wing Republican Book of Victim-hood, this is just another day and another melodramatic spectacle where conservatives – the perpetrators – flip the mirror and show the people who they are discriminating against, as horrible ogres. You see, conservatives thinks anyone who objects to their tyranny as oppressors. Stopping injustice is an injustice to conservatives. Why else do they so often defend the treason of the Confederacy. The mean Union objected to the supposed rights of states to buy and sell human beings. The Union were the oppressors and the Confederacy but poor little victims. The Union was immoral, the South the victim of liberal nanny state tinkering. Object to the twisted morality of some greasy nasty fast food joint who uses its profits to further its Jim Crow-lite crusade against gay Americans, and you’re a mean intolerant anti-marriage/anti-God/ radical. They’re hate is the new righteousness. Your intolerance of that hate is oppressive. This is the sick world of modern conservatism.
Chick-fil-A has done fair minded Americans a huge favor. When you spend your hard earned money you should know where it goes. Boycotts of one or two businesses are not going to cut it. Everyone needs to know where their money goes and what it is used for. Chick-fil-A is just the tip of a massive conservative business structure who works 24/7 to make the USA into an increasingly authoritarian plutocracy. Its time to get past the occasional boycott and serious ly our buying habits, A Guide To Consumer Brands Helping Bankroll Right-Wing Attack Ads. Some of the companies include Brawny paper towels, Waffle House, New Balance and Charles Schwab Corporation. These people are not just on a crusade to make gay Americans second class citizens, their agenda includes gutting workers’ rights, gutting environmental and wildlife protection, making women into citizens with only limited rights, gutting Medicare and Social Security ( S.Sec as ponzi scheme is another meme the far Right has fallen in love with), doing away with regulations like those concerning food ( hormone regulation, meat inspections), more preemptive wars, increasing taxes on the middle-class to finance yet more tax cuts for millionaires.
A recent column from Jennifer Granholm, Tea Party: Thank You for Your Insanity
Congratulations to him and to the Tea Party for putting another feather in their tri-corner hat.
But here’s the thing: The ascendancy of Tea Party candidates like Cruz, while impressive, comes at a cost to the Republican Party: the loss of moderate Republicans who have been knocked off or have resigned. Other Republicans have simply moved farther to the right in order to placate the absurd demands of the Tea Party extremists.
Mitt Romney is the perfect example: He seemed like a moderate governor, but now he can’t wait to board the Tea Party Express to Crazytown. As Michael Tomasky said on my show last night, he’s such a pandering, weak-willed wimp that he’s basically outsourced his brain to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers who fund it. Whatever they want, he’ll do. As the Tea Party takes the Republicans further to the right, he’s got to move along with them. He’s got to chase the base — a base which is getting smaller and crazier and Koch-brothers-ier.
Whether it’s their Sharia law and birther conspiracies or their unwillingness to buck Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge, the Tea Partiers have hijacked their party and carried it all the way to the right.
Don’t believe me?
Think back to the Republican presidential debate when the moderator asked Republican candidates to raise their hands if they would reject a budget proposal that that offered ten dollars in spending cuts for every one dollar in tax increases. Ten to one! Ten bucks of what they want for one measly dollar of what’s actually fair. And how many of them rose their hands? Every. Single. One.
That’s insanity! But that’s also the Tea Party. Because who are the puppeteers pulling the strings lifting these candidates’ hands? Why, of course, it’s the Koch brothers. And as the Tea Party moves further to the right, the Koch brothers’ strings get tighter and more controlling.
Tuesday night’s primary was a victory for Ted Cruz, but it also should be a victory for the Democratic Party. Because as the Republicans run to the crazy Tea Party right, they leave behind the huge mass of genuinely moderate and independent Americans that make up the majority of voters. The ones that used to consider themselves now-extinct moderate Republicans. They’re up for grabs. And the Democrats have to grab them! Not just with their with their lack of Tea Party insanity and Koch brothers strings, but with their solid, forward-thinking ideas. With their vision for middle-class resurgence. With their plans to invest in the people and future of America.
So congrats, again, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, David and Charles Koch and the whole Tea Party gang. Thank you for the opportunity for the Democratic Party and progressives to reclaim the votes of the sane citizens of these United States.
The charlatans of morality who are invoking Biblical principles to defend Chick-fil-A are playing the same game with God that the vice president of the Confederacy Alexander H. Stephens did in defending slavery, Cornerstone Speech, March 21, 1861,Savannah, Georgia
“Many Governments have been founded upon the principles of certain classes; but the classes thus enslaved, were of the same race, and in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s laws. The negro by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, [note: A reference to Genesis, 9:20-27, which was used as a justification for slavery] is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite-then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is the best, not only for the superior but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed, in conformity with the Creator. It is not for us to inquire into the wisdom of His ordinances or to question them. For His own purposes He has made one race to differ from another, as He has made “one star to differ from another in glory.”
The great objects of humanity are best attained, when conformed to his laws and degrees [sic], in the formation of Governments as well as in all things else. Our Confederacy is founded upon principles in strict conformity with these laws. This stone which was rejected by the first builders “is become the chief stone of the corner” in our new edifice.”
Just replace negro with gay or women or any group who dares to disagree with the conservative interpretation of what is moral or not.