The duplicity of the right. It makes the eyes spin.

03 Sep

250px-DrawingHands Once upon a time, the Supreme Court of the United States got involved in a Presidential election and selected GWB. A weak and uninterested Dauphin who was controlled by an authoritarian figure. A figure who embodied the worst characteristics of Machiavelli and Salieri and who, by the way, selected himself as VP.  This resulted in a man of very dark character and vision and who’s political pedigree goes back to Richard Nixon in a position to exploit middle east oil reserves  All he needed was an excuse, one that could be cloaked in divisive ideological terms that whipped up patriotism and an existential notion of The American way of life.
It also helped that he was a board member of Halliburton. On day one of GWB’s presidency, when in discussions with then Secretary of Defense William Cohen all Cheney want to know about was Iraq.

This is a man who actively took 5 deferments to avoid serving in Viet Nam. A man who stated lie after lie after lie with a sobering professorial tone and the confidence of a talented surgeon.
He was so good that he got others to lie for him. Scooter Libby sacrificed himself, Collin Powell shamed himself and David Addington turned into a whore. John Yoo gave new meaning to the Clinton definition of the word is.

The United States invaded Iraq based upon pure falsehoods and ideological zealotry.  Paul Wolfowitz claimed the oil will pay for the war. Now the Chinese are buying it and Iraq is aligned with Iran. A country they were at war with for years. There were no WMD’s. The primary justification for the war.  Like all shadowy figures, when exposed they deny deny deny. They hide and obfuscate and yet now, when it comes to Syria and the method of killing becomes a moral issue, we now have the same people who were cheerleaders for ambiguity demanding clarity. The same people who claimed that if you questioned the facts about the war, you were a traitor and on the side of terrorism. They even wanted to rename French Fries Freedom Fries. Now France supports the Presidents position on Syria. I wonder what name they will come up with next.

They have now taken a pacifist’s position for the sole reason that President Obama is consulting congress. Unlike GWB did; other than to ask them to abdicate their sworn duty to declare war (which this action isn’t)  by giving the authority to the President. How can the right possibly think this is sticking to principal? Or that people like me won’t see the abject hatred they have for this man just because he lives?

My disdain for the extreme fringe of the right wing goes beyond contempt. I wish I could hold each and everyone of them accountable The hypocrisy is vomit inducing and in the end won’t win the right any elections.  They are a scourge and to suddenly declare that they are a voice of reason and that the US shouldn’t be the Sheriff of the word is face smacking. They hate this President no matter what he does. Period. If he walked on water they would complain that he didn’t swim. And it just makes them look more like the fools they are.


Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “The duplicity of the right. It makes the eyes spin.

  1. casper

    September 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    There is enough hypocrisy to go around for both sides. Democrats who wee against the war in Iraq are now pushing for war with Syria. The reasons aren’t a whole lot better.
    That said, it is especially nauseating to see someone who has been pushing for any kind of war with a Muslim country possible the last few years to suddenly become antiwar because he hates the president.

    • bardolf2

      September 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Especially nauseating indeed.

  2. mitchethekid

    September 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I rewrote the body of the post. It’s more concise now.
    These wingers have no shame and the only consistency they have is an abject hatred for the President. Not only do they despise and resent him they believe that he isn’t really the President. That by some magic trick he’s illegitimate.
    They are the same people who accused John Kerry of flip flopping. The same people who always trot out how much they value sticking to principals. The president did the right thing by going to congress. If they listened, they would know that this action, if it happens, isn’t going to involve troops. It’s a consequence of moral outrage over the method of killing. (That in itself should invite psychological examination. Arguing about how to kill.)
    The point I was trying to make is that no matter what, and this matter is the supreme “what”, the RWNJ hate this man with such irrational fervor that they would rather behave in a way that is against their better interests than to have to agree with him. And that’s why he’s been elected twice and that’s why he pawns them every time. And they are still to stupid to realize it.

  3. ricorun

    September 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

    As I recall, Obama did not have a gun to his head when he drew the bright line in the sand: Chemical warfare by Syria will not be tolerated. But as I also recall, not too many in Congress from either side of the aisle put up a stink then. So now, apparently, it’s crunch time. Then again, the Russians aren’t convinced. According to this report, “We have no data that those chemical substances – it is not yet clear whether it was chemical weapons or simply some harmful chemical substances – were used precisely by the official government army.” But the article also states that Russia doesn’t “rule out approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks”.

    The Russians sound like the new wave of climate denialists (sorry, “dissenters”): If you can PROVE BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT that humans are responsible for global warming, MAYBE we’ll agree to do something about it.

    Anyway, it seems to me that there are both moral and psychological justifications for striking Syria. The moral one is that the use of chemical weapons SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED. The psychological one is that if the US decides not to strike, it will offer a very clear, very strong signal to other reprobates all over the world that THE US IS ALL TALK, NO WALK.

    That said, I find the reluctance shown by the Republicans particularly interesting. To mix a metaphor, it appears that the national security leg of the three-legged conservative stool, so highly valued by the neocons in the GWB administration (and in fact a distinguishing feature of Republican thought for decades), is getting sawn off at the hip so fast that it could cause whip-lash. I don’t know if this turn-around is motivated by hatred of Obama or the rising importance of isolationist libertarian ideology among the conservative base. And actually, I don’t think it’s about Obama personally as much as what he represents. A good test case would be the election of a Republican president who is faced with a similar situation. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Nonetheless, until it happens I suppose I will suspect both. Either way, it is certainly an interesting phenomenon.

    In contrast, what can you say about the Democrats? Considered collectively they seem to be their typical amoeboid self. Considered individually they’re all over the map. Weirdly, the Democratic party is fine with that. Don’t they know they need more discipline??

    If only…

  4. mitchethekid

    September 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Well Rico, you’ve given me pause to think about the Democrats. When you said “…as much as he represents” that’s exactly what Russell Crow said to Denzel Washington in American Gangster. Funny how Denzel and Obama are both Black.
    You’re right about the whiplash. And it’s about time. I’ve gotten tired of waiting.

  5. ricorun

    September 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    mitche: Well Rico, you’ve given me pause to think about the Democrats. When you said “…as much as he represents” that’s exactly what Russell Crow said to Denzel Washington in American Gangster.

    I presume those are separate thoughts? Anyway, your Salon post has me thinking. It has me thinking about how my heritage informs my current views. And it certainly has me thinking about global power politics in a new light. There are all kinds of things to talk about on those levels. Be that as it may, IMO, it doesn’t offer much in the way of guidance vis-a-vis the Syrian issue.

  6. mitchethekid

    September 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Perhaps not but to clarify your question, my thought processes are tangential. A word or phrase will remind me of music lyrics or dialog from movies. Sometimes poetry or art but my point was that in the move American Gangster, a true story about a Black entrepreneur (Frank Lucas) who’s product happened to be heroin; and took place in NYC in the early to mid 70’s finally got arrested. The detective who arrested him was Richie Roberts. Richie Roberts who later then moved on to earn his law degree and who’s first client was none other than Frank Lucas.
    The dialog that I was quoting goes something like this. “Although they hate you personally Frank, they hate even more what you represent”. Referring to an uppity Black guy who circumvented the Mafia in the distribution of heroin in NYC circa 1975.
    So when you said “it’s what the President represents” I immediately thought of this word exchange. The parallels are striking. The question remains though, in this analogy about Obama Bin Laden, what is the heroin a substitute for? To quote The Who:

    You think we look pretty good together
    You think my shoes are made of leather

    But I’m a substitute for another guy
    I look pretty tall but my heels are high
    The simple things you see are all complicated
    I look pretty young, but I’m just back-dated, yeah

    Substitute your lies for fact
    I can see right through your plastic mac
    I look all white, but my dad was black
    My fine-looking suit is really made out of sack

    I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth
    The north side of my town faced east, and the east was facing south
    And now you dare to look me in the eye
    Those crocodile tears are what you cry
    It’s a genuine problem, you won’t try
    To work it out at all you just pass it by, pass it by

    Substitute me for him
    Substitute my coke for gin
    Substitute you for my mum
    At least I’ll get my washing done

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