The Circle of Lies


Republican spokesperson. File photo.

You know, I get that politicians (and everyfuckingbody else) lie. I understand that. But will there come a point when the Republican edifice of lies comes crashing down, unable to support its own contradictions?

For forty years now, they’ve vilified Ted Kennedy as an America-hatin’ far-left liberal wackaloon. I’m sure he took those slings and arrows with great pride. But now they’re trying to paint him as this DLC-esque moderate, who compromised on everything? Doesn’t that cause a PC Load Letter jam in somebody’s brain? It’s not that they suddenly discoveredde mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est, you know. No, they’re trying to make Ted Kennedy a conservative hero. Just like they’ve tried to do with FDR, and MLK, and anyone else who ever said “You know what? The status quo is pretty shitty for a lot of people. Let’s do something about that.” You’ve got your heroes, asshole. When Reagan died, none of us ran around praising his commitment to liberal values and compromise.

I know it’s been said that they use1984 as a playbook rather than a cautionary tale, but this “We have always been at war with Eastasia” stuff is fucking amazing. And not in a good way.

Seriously, this country needs a conservative opposition party. I don’t mean a party of recalcitrant racists, or fetus fetishizers, or deregulation dipshits, or whatever other alliterative terms you could come up with to describe the current GOP. No. I mean that this country needs a sensible, moderate, conservative party that is boring but useful. Oh, and having it grounded in fucking reality would be nice.

What we’ve got here, other than a failure to communicate, is a crazed bunch of pathological liars who careen from one crazy-ass position to the next and don’t even try to stitch the falsehoods into some sort of cohesive narrative.

But they’re very serious! Oh yes. And calling them a bunch of gawping, lunatic, simpleton liars would just be evidence of bias.

Man, we are so fucked in this country.

Happy Monday!

9 thoughts on “The Circle of Lies

  1. pansypoo says:

    why do the sheeple insist on believing them and getting punked all the time?

  2. ecm says:

    //I mean that this country needs a sensible, moderate, conservative party that is boring but useful.//
    That’s why David Cameron is going to be the UK prime minister in a year or two. Because the Tories are rightwing, but they are, in comparison, sane and rational. And a) Blair and Brown it’s been long enough since John Major and the early ’90s crackup that people are all “Let’s give the Tories a try.” (Of course, mainstream right wing in Europe is about 10 degrees leftwards from anything called rightwing here, so take my comments with a grain of salt.)
    (And if you want racism and craziness and nutjobs in UK politics, you can always go for the BNP(British National Party).:)

  3. montag says:

    See the definition of co-opting. It’s been part of their playbook for a long, long time–forty years or more. It’s also easier to do to someone who’s dead, because they’re not around to disagree. What’s astroturfing but co-opting grassroots movements?
    Hell, Bush did it over and over again with Truman, and if Truman were alive today, he would have described Bush as a brainless pissant little rich kid.

  4. Jude says:

    Truman would then have proceeded to drop kick Bush in the nuts until he exploded.
    Seriously, that’s how he rolled.

  5. pansypoo says:

    i suppose the rite is thinking welfare.

  6. pansypoo says:

    and europe looks upon us in amusement again. stupid americans.

  7. sparrow says:

    ‘Seriously, this country needs a conservative opposition party.’
    I look forward to another posting, Jude, telling me why. And, it better be good. At this point, I really really do need convincing.

  8. Sandman says:

    Sparrow:
    I don’t know what Jude’s answer will be, but if you’re interested, I’ll give you mine: “Only Nixon could go to China.” By that, I mean that corporate media have spent the past 30 years convincing the American public that “liberal” means, “Taxing your hard-earned incomes so we can give your money to single black mothers on welfare.” This demonization has been so successful that even liberals now prefer the term “progressive.” Only a sane and traditional type of conservatism–a sound fiscal policy based on balanced budgets and no deficits, anti-imperialist, morally sound but never intrusive into personal freedom, and above all, based on empirical evidence instead of ideological wishful thinking (see: supply-side economics, Iraq, etc.)–can successfully counter-balance the abject lunacy of Sarah Palin, Faux News, Fat Bastard (i.e., R.L.), et. al.

  9. Sandman says:

    Sparrow:
    I don’t know what Jude’s answer will be, but if you’re interested, I’ll give you mine: “Only Nixon could go to China.” By that, I mean that corporate media have spent the past 30 years convincing the American public that “liberal” means, “Taxing your hard-earned incomes so we can give your money to single black mothers on welfare.” This demonization has been so successful that even liberals now prefer the term “progressive.” Only a sane and traditional type of conservatism–a sound fiscal policy based on balanced budgets and no deficits, anti-imperialist, morally sound but never intrusive into personal freedom, and above all, based on empirical evidence instead of ideological wishful thinking (see: supply-side economics, Iraq, etc.)–can successfully counter-balance the abject lunacy of Sarah Palin, Faux News, Fat Bastard (i.e., R.L.), et. al.

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