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The Newsroom

17 Sep

In last years season finale, Will McAvoy  (Jeff Daniels who portrays a character similar to my hero Keith Olberman) made a speech about The American Taliban. It received a lot of buzz.  In this seasons finale, which takes place on election day 2012, Will invites Taylor Warren, portrayed by actress Constance Zimmer, (who also appears on House of Cards) a former (she was fired) Romney aid to appear on his program to provide commentary. The character she plays is mean, vindictive, resentful and not very well informed. She floats allegations, with no evidence, and then pretends that they are so well agreed upon that they are past worthy debate. Sort of like $arah.  (She plays a role in House of Cards with similar character; or lack thereof, traits.)

Anyway, after she is humiliated on air by Romney’s devastating loss, she asks Will the following:

“Do you call yourself a Republican so you can make a claim to credibility when you attack the GOP?

He responds thusly:

“No, I call myself a Republican because I am one.
I believe in market solutions and common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it.The problem is now I have to be homophobic.
I have to count the number to times people go to church.
I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con.
I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride.
And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect…in the 21st century.
But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement is that I have to hate Democrats.
And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the president when he got off of Air Force One.

The two-party system is crucial to the whole operation.  There is honor in being the loyal opposition. And I’m a Republican for the same reasons you are.

I think McAvoy speaks for many Americans.  I’m not sure I could call myself a Republican, but if they were acting like the dignitaries they are supposed to be, I’m sure I wouldn’t constantly be dealing with outrage.

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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

9 responses to “The Newsroom

  1. cluster

    September 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I am not sure why this cartoon image of Republicans persists. Is it true for a small minority, sure. Just as the following is true for the minority of Democrats:

    – I have to believe that guns kill people, not people
    – I have to believe that killing 8 month old children in the uterus is a “choice”
    – I have to believe that minorities are incapable of acquiring photo ID
    – I have to believe that raising the minimum wage will resolve our economic problems
    – I have to believe that adding another layer of bureaucracy to the healthcare industry will bring costs down
    – I have to believe that any dissent with Obama is purely race based
    – I have to believe that the rich don’t pay their fair share, while paying the vast majority of all income taxes
    – I have to believe that evolution answers all of our questions, while not answering the most pivotal question – the origin
    – I have to believe that Christians are the problem with our country while Islam is a peaceful religion
    – I have to believe that only white people can be racist

    etc., etc. But I hope you get my point

     
    • Majordomo Pain

      September 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      As a Progressive entity We have to correct this

      –We believe that people who should not have guns, for a variety of difficult to ascertain reasons (inner city poverty and cultural ignorance/rural drug addiction and cultural ignorance/inability to deal with the movement on of a spouse or a lover/mental illness/fear of dealing with death of a loved one in old age/the discovery of the sexual abuse, by a parent, of a child or stepchild), kill people and a serious discussion needs to be had among those who have the authority to make laws to see that this stops on all levels.

      –We believe a woman has a right to choose when and if she has children and should be allowed to take all measures if she does conceive to terminate that pregnancy if she so desires.

      –We believe that voting is such an inherent right to all American citizens that photo ID should not now be required since voter fraud is at such a low level that it is nearly nonexistent. This must be understood to not be seen as registration fraud which is common on both sides of the politico-ideological divide.The concept that voters need photo ID has only become an issue after the GOP realized that if Latinos and blacks continue to register in such great numbers in the South and West they will become irrelevant as a national party. This became clear in 1996 and continues today.

      –We believe that a living wage in a consumer driven economy would serve the average American worker better than the concentration of wealth among the top 5% of wage earners in the US.

      –We believe that Obamacare, while not perfect is the best possible first step toward a single payer health system that can work to reduce costs and provide better care for those who need it most in America.

      –We believe that much of the dissent by those on the right is not racially motivated by pundits but is utilized for the purpose of energizing the base in some red states that do have a broad swath of bigots and race thinkers among them.

      –We believe a fairer more progressive tax system without any loopholes would serve the United States better than the current system.

      –We believe that there are many mysteries to how all of what We know to be reality came to be and that science can do better to answer those questions than religions. We have Faith in Science.

      –We believe that all religions have the capability of compassion and caring as well as slaughter and evil. Religions are simply the reflection of the desires of men to be seen as something more than a sack of water and skin that is dying swiftly from the moment they are born. If the Christian Messiah returned to Terra today and arrived in New York City claiming to be His Truthful Self in less than an hour he would be in Bellvue.

      –We believe that bigotry, on all sides of racial and cultural divides arises out of the fears that go back before Mankind was even civilized. it is the fear that if you all become One there will be nothing left to set one group as more special than another when never was this the case from the start.

      Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

       
      • mitchethekid

        September 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        Here here! I concur! You are a brilliant expressionist. And thanks for being a respondent.

         
  2. mitchethekid

    September 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Like a knife!

     
  3. cluster

    September 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    To be a Democrat is also to believe that cover ups are ok with a Democrat as President, but not a Republican. After all, when a Democrat is in office, investigations are simply “witch hunts”, but when a Republican is in office, investigations are simply designed to “get to the truth”. With that being said – I give you the following:

    A CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker.

    http://freebeacon.com/cia-employee-who-refused-to-sign-non-disclosure-on-benghazi-suspended/

     
    • kmgtwo

      September 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      You forgot to add the part where the CIA categorically denied they were forcing people to sign NDAs. But Victoria Toensing says they did, so obviously the Republican operative is the one telling the truth. No question about it.

      Regardless, I wouldn’t have an issue if the story were true. The CIA insists that someone with knowledge of highly classified information sign an NDA swearing they won’t reveal that information to unauthorized people. Good idea, and, BTW, CIA employees already signed an NDA when the received their security clearances. They are subject to fines and imprisonment of they disclose classified information.

       
  4. ricorun

    September 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I haven’t seen the series, but it sounds like they modeled the character after me.

     
  5. mitchethekid

    September 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Well, I go the impression Will was a Keith Olberman type. The series got mixed reviews. Very intense, clipped dialog. High brow intellectual affectations. Sexual tension and contemporary issues. It’s supposed to be back for a 3rd season. Not as good as Mad Men, Breaking Bad or House of Cards (which is outstanding) but watchable.

     
    • Majordomo Pain

      September 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Produced by Sorkin the same gentleman who did “The West Wing”. Brilliant.

       
 
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