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The Big Lie: The Democrats Are Threatening to Shut Down the Government

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It’s long been obvious that the Republicans had a special gift for “I know you are but what am I” politics. (Some people refer to this as “projection” in which someone applies their own faults and flaws onto another.)

One example of this is how they routinely threaten to shut down the government unless the Democrats acquiesce to their outrageous demands by insisting that it’s the Democrats who are shutting down the government by failing to acquiesce to their outrageous demands.

It’s a very common right-wing tactic designed to twist liberals into pretzels trying to explain why that makes no sense.

I do not want to go into details here, but first of all, some background to the craziness of the notion of a government shutdown in the first place.

Before the Republicans started shutting down the US government under Newt Gingrich’s Contract on America, Congress rarely if ever shut down or threatened to shut down the government for political reasons. But most folks do not seem to know this. I have even had liberals argue vociferously that Congress used to regularly shut down the government pre-Gingrich.

These people need to offer me some proof. Based on my analysis of US political history, I am not aware of  one single incident of the US Congress shutting down or even threatening to shut down the US government if a certain bill doesn’t pass that they demand. I am not even aware of a single case of a US political party shutting down or even threatening to shut down the government unless they get what they want. But I am all ears. If you can show me one single case of Congress or even one party even threatening a government shutdown, God forbid enacting one, pre-1996, show me your cards. Because I don’t believe you.

People say to me, “Well of course the government got shut down or was at least threatened with a shutdown in past.” Because we all know that Congress has always voted on outrageous must-pass funding bills that had “If you don’t sign this bill, we will kill this dog” poison pills in them.

First of all, I am not aware that legislative outrages were regularly put into must-pass government funding laws before 1996.

But I do seem to recall some logjams where the parties could not agree on some aspects of a must-pass funding bill. The way I remember it is that in these cases, Congress routinely passed what is called a “continuing resolution” which would simply reinstate last year’s funding bill as this year’s. Federal budgets for each agency would be funded at the previous year’s level, and the buck would be passed on until the next trip around the Sun.

Yet there is a method to the madness of Republican government shutdowns, and it is rooted in ideology. There is a reason why the Republicans started shutting down the government in 1996.

The Republicans have shut down the US government many times in the last 18 years. Poll after poll shows that despite the idiotic government-hatred of Americans, the public is furious about every one of these government shutdowns. They’re not popular.

Nevertheless the Republicans have nothing if not huevos, and they don’t care about popular opinion about much of anything they want to do. They just say, “Damn the polls, people are idiots,” count on the corporate media to cover for them, and go ahead and do it anyway. After the Republicans do something that has say 2% public support, the public yawns, the corporate press writes what a great idea it is and how it has mass support, the Overton Window gets reinstalled even further Right, and the goalposts move to barely within squinting distance as the latest reactionary outrage becomes yet another New Normal.

So we can see that in terms of government shutdowns, American society seems to have Borderline Personality Disorder at least in their view of the state, the hallmark of which is, “I hate you, don’t leave me.”

Apparently the Republicans seem to have gotten the memo that the US public is getting sick and tired of these idiotic shutdowns. So now the latest scam is to say that the Republicans are not shutting down the government. It is the Democrats are shutting down the government.

I was stunned when I first heard this, so I asked for details about how the Democrats were shutting down the government.

Of course it turned out they weren’t, but everyone was saying they were anyway. All the Democrats were doing was refusing to vote for the Republican must-pass funding bill which included a lot of the usual Republican poison pills. Because the Democrats refused to vote for a funding bill with these diabolical poison pills in them, the Democrats were “shutting down the government.”

It is an insane argument that makes no sense, but there is a nutty “logic” behind it.

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If You Do Not Pass This Diabolical Funding Bill, We Will Kill This Dog

The argument behind the Republican lie that the Democrats are threatening to shut down the government is something like this:

It’s noon. I live on a crowded city street. My name is Democrat. A maniac called Republican breaks into my house. He points a gun at my head and orders me to run down the street naked screaming, “I’m gay and I love Osama bin Laden!” Obviously I don’t want to do that because I am not gay, I hated Osama and I do not do such things as run naked down public streets screaming crazy things. So I simply refuse to do what Mr. Republican orders me too.

But Mr. Republican has a trick, a poison pill if you will. He has brought a dog with him. A very cute darling little Maltese terrier even a hardened felon would have to love. And now he adds this new poison pill to the deal. If I do not do this crazy and stupid stunt that will probably get me at least arrested…and Mr. Republican pulls out a gun to make his point. He points the gun at the cute little dog. If I do not run naked amok past my neighbors, Mr. Republican will kill the dog. Of course I refuse to get myself arrested for disturbing the peace and 5150’d in the process.

And so it comes to be that Mr. Republican shoots the dog in the head, killing it. And then he walks out the door. Well the gunshots draw the cops and the killing of the dog becomes a hot topic of outrage in my hood. But before he left, Mr. Republican spread a lie. He said I killed the dog. And he explained how. And now everyone believes Mr. Republican. They press around me, yelling that I killed the dog. How? By not running down the street naked.

So you see this is what the Republicans are doing when they claim that the Democrats are shutting down the government by refusing to pass the latest outrage of legislative madness.

I killed the dog. The Democrats shut down the government. It’s the same thing. Get it?

Oh come on now, that thinking is so stupid that no one could be dumb enough to fall for that line, right? Well of course, but you need to think again.

Everyone is falling for it. The media has been screaming nonstop about how the Democrats are threatening to shut down the government.

Concerned liberals come up to me worried. Did I know that the Democrats were threatening to shut down the US government? Um, no I didn’t, and where did this crazy notion come from in the first place?

With lined faces, the liberals lay out the Republican lie, and it is clear that the the lure is hooked deep. With solemn tones, they explain to me what had to be done. The dog had to be saved. We are liberals; we can’t be dog-killers. But if we don’t pass the Crazy Bill, then we, the Democrats, are puppy killers.

So to keep our party from doing this horrific deed, the Democrats were forced to pass the latest Kafkaesque legislative dreck. They had to do it. They had no choice. It was either that or the dog got it. And we now how much liberals love their cute little dogs.

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The History of and Rationale Behind Republican Fanatical Government Hatred

When Ronald Reagan came into office in 1980, he launched a campaign of demonization of the federal government the likes of which this nation had never seen before. Even Goldwaterites, John Birchers and Southern Democrats had never shown this level of contempt and hatred for the federal government before. Keep in mind that a Republican lie is that they only hate the federal government. Like most things Republicans say, it’s a lie. Republicans hate all forms of government. They mostly hate the federal government, but they do not like the state governments much either. Nor do they even like county or even city governments.

When Republicans spit their contempt for “government workers,” we need to know a few things. First of all, they do not only despise federal government workers. They despise all government employees who work for any branch of the government, even City Hall. And there is something else. “Government workers” is shorthand for two things.

  1. Union thugs. First of all, it means “union members.” Government unions are last unions in this insane state that have not yet been destroyed by the capitalists. All capitalists hate all unions. All conservatives hate all unions. If you love unions, you can’t be a conservative. It’s ruled out. Hatred of labor unions and state education are two of the principal pillars of US conservatism. All Republicans, even the RINO “liberal Republicans” of the East Coast, were united in their hatred for state education and labor unions. Those are two things you need to check off to get your conservative card.
  2. Shiftless, sponging nigs. Second of all, “government workers” means niggers. Excuse me, I mean Black people. Lazy Blacks, shiftless Blacks, incompetent Blacks, Blacks ripping off hard-earned White taxpayer money – “government workers” implies all of these things. And there is something else. There is the assumption that government workers are the least competent workers in America. The idea is that they work for the government because they are so incompetent that no one in the private sector will hire them. Government workers are the ultimate American failures.

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Communist Presidents of the US

Some Communist President of the US said this:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people…This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Can you believe that this Commie was actually a Republican? Incredible. We have even had Communist Republicans as president of our constitutional republic. So you can see now how deep the infiltration has gotten. Even far deep into the recesses of the Republican Party itself.

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“News Reporting” in the United States of America

For all intents and purposes, there is no such thing as investigative reporting in the US anymore.

Nor will Hollywood even make dissident films. I listened to an interview with Oliver Stone today and he said that in this climate there is no way that he could make JFK or Nixon and it would be a hard time making Born on the Fourth of July either. Even the somewhat dissident film Bush could not get any money raised in the US because no one would fund it. Instead, Stone had to get his funding from Hong Kong.

So Hollywood, yes, liberal Hollywood, along with the “liberal media,” is now part and parcel of the Deep State and the US State Propaganda System.

So even the word liberal doesn’t mean much anymore. Apparently there is a “liberal” wing of the Deep State/US State Propaganda System and a “conservative” wing of the Deep State/US State Propaganda System. Big deal! This is important? This is a distinction without a difference.

Democratic Party liberals are as much a part of the problem these days as Republican Party conservatives. And on foreign policy, they are more or less advocating the same thing, though the Democrats want a kinder, gentler US imperialism while the Republicans want the usual rabid sociopathic US imperialism that the world knows so well. They both have the same goals – they just differ on how to go about them.

This is what “the news” means in 2015 America.

News in America is made up of two things:

1. Hollywood. And all that implies (sheer entertainment, titillation, gossip, nonsense).

2. Propaganda. And journalism in the US nowadays is yellower than at any time since the early 1960’s. We aren’t going forwards at all. We are going backwards to the Hearst era.

Some US news is pure Hollywood silliness, and some is pure undiluted propaganda.

But the best US news of all mixes the fireworks of Hollywood with the totalization of propaganda to produce a full, dazzling, mesmerizing, nearly all-encompassing Matrix-like alternate reality.

Like any good addicting drug, it takes you under its spell, hooks you til you can’t think straight, and won’t let you kick the habit without nasty withdrawals.

You have heard of full-spectrum warfare?

How about full-spectrum brainwash?

Too late. It’s already here, zapping around in your lulled, dulled and hypnotized brain.

Welcome to the show!

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The Islamic States of America

Here.

All quotes from the comments at the link:

 Read Reuters 6 – 8 months ago. They ran an article ( with pics ) that showed US Senator John McCain at a US funded training camp in Jordan. ISIS fighters were training there for Syria. US Govt has denied saying this camp was a Al Nusra camp ( Al Qaeda ) if that’s not bad enough. Reuters however have stuck to their guns over the article while McCain hides.

Mujahedin in Afghanistan, ISIS in Syria, all the same thing. McCain and ISIS sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!

So what else is new? Those who carried out 911 got their funding via another US proxy the Pakistani ISI who were funded by the Saudi’s. The same ones who funded al queda and are now funding ISIS. plausible deniability only works when you don’t know who is involved.

Yeah. It’s called blowback.

ISIS better be careful crawling into bed with professional terrorists from America. As soon as ISIS has served their purpose America won’t just pretend to kill them anymore, they will kill them.

With friends like America you better make sure you don’t have any enemies.

Yep, take heed ISIS. When we are done making love to you, we will throw you out, treating you as if you were a used tampon. I hope America was a good fuck ISIS because it better be worth it.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Rightwing Socialist or a Racist Socialist?

Jason Y writes:

White Nationalism is pretty much a “straight up” right wing thing. No tolerance for the left, as they seen as the “devil” At least that’s the way it is on Stormfront, and in the USA.

As for Republicans, they seem to be some kind of “gateway drug” into white nationalism.

Not really.

There are a lot of racist socialists over at Stormfront. There is a whole large section of them over there. I am not sure what they are, if they are National Socialists or what, but a lot of them like socialism and hate capitalism. They want some sort of “white socialism.” I always found them interesting and even though they are scumbags, I would rather ally with some harmless Nazi socialist loudmouth than a boutique upper middle class Cultural Left neoliberal from the Democratic National Committee. The latter is probably going to cause a lot more damage. The Nazi is annoying, but he probably won’t hurt anyone.

These racist socialists really do not exist at any other sites like American Renaissance.

I am not sure what other movements like that are out there, but the National Bolsheviks and Third Positionists are sometimes said to be racist socialists, nationalist socialists or rightwing socialists. I know the Baath Party Arab socialists were very much racist socialists or nationalist socialists. A lot of people say that Marie Le Pen’s party is a rightwing party, and they call her a racist and a fascist. However, her economic program is very populist and extremely socialist. The Khmer Rogue were racist Communists.

I know a socialist who is more or less of a White Nationalist. He is allied with Putin’s Eurasianist project and the National Bolsheviks. I know a Communist who is very much an anti-Semite. He has since converted to Islam. Israel Shamir is a Russian-Israeli Jewish Communist who is often called an anti-Semite (correctly so).

Often these leftwing racist types start moving to the right the deeper they get into their racism. There is some dynamic about racism that seems to naturally make the racist person rightwing or drive them further to the right if they are already on the right. This makes me think that racism is sort of inherently rightwing project that simply does not fit in well with the Left.

As former liberals and Lefties get deeper into racism (as some people do become racist or more racist later in life) they seem to automatically move towards the Right. They also start speaking favorably about the racist Right, especially the fascist Right, who after all hate the same groups that the racist Lefties do, and they start advocating tactical alliances with the fascist Right. They use phrases like “getting rid of Left and Right.” I get a nervous feeling every time I hear that phrase because it is associated with these racist Leftie types.

Leftwing anti-Semites often convert to Islam because, let’s face it, Islam is an anti-Semitic religion.

We do not really have a word for most of these type of “rightwing socialist” or “racist socialist” groups. The idea is that all socialists are non-racists, but that is not necessarily true. I will tell you being into Left politics in any way, you will get a lot of pressure to tone or shut down any racism or even “PC-racism” (which isn’t even racism) that you might have.

As racist Lefties get bashed more and more by their Left colleagues telling them to tone it down, most of them tend to play down the racist stuff more and more over time. The Left is extremely intolerant or racism to the point where it has invented an entire fake category of racism (PC-racism) which is really hallucinated racism that doesn’t even exist and persecuting people for telling the truth.

The socialist project is frankly an economic project. A lot of working class people are socially conservative. They don’t like gay marriage, want to keep their guns, do not like abortion and may not be too wild about Black folks. The Left has blown these people off and now they are voting Republican for no good reason. A lot of them have become Obama haters. A union member was on the radio yesterday telling about how the Obama people had passed out Obama stickers at their last union meeting, and a lot of the rank and file workers tore them up or threw them away.

If the socialist project is about economics – socialism or some sort as an alternative to laissez faire capitalism – then really all of the rest of the dross has nothing to do with it. What does feminism, antiracism, abortion, gun control, gay rights, animal rights, open borders and the Cultural Left freakshow have to do with socialism as an economic project? Nothing, and in some cases such as open borders, you have a wildly anti-socialist project being pushed by Lefties.

At the end of the day, Leftwingers are human beings like all the rest of us.

Quite a few are sexist. Back in the 60’s, they asked Eldridge Cleaver what the position of women in the Movement was and he said, “On their backs.” That is the way a lot of men in the Movement felt and that gave impetus to the Women’s Movement.

A number of leftwingers are homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic. I was on a forum once with Arab Communists, hardcore Communists all right, and they were raving anti-Semites all the way down to Holocaust Denial. George Orwell was said to be an anti-Semite.

Really leftwingers are just human beings who have an interest in a particular economic project. Human beings are often homophobic, sexist, racist, anti-Semitic, etc. That’s just the way they are. Since Lefties are human, they are of course susceptible to all of these quite human foibles also.

 

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Racism and the Republican Party

From here.

Not every Republican is racist, but every racist that I personally know votes Republican.

This sums up precisely the relationship between the Republican Party, racism and its base.

When did this sordid strategy start?

The rot started during Nixon’s Southern Strategy and Agnew’s Creative Polarization, when some high-ranking Republicans began using racism as a tool. During the Reagan Administration , most Republicans were using bigotry as a tool. Now, bigotry is using Republicans as tools…

Let us not forget the late Lee Atwater’s role in all of this.

That pretty much sums up the sleazy history of the transformation of the Party of Lincoln to the Party of Willie Horton.

Yuck.

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Capitalists Hanging Themselves with Their Own Rope Again

Here.

I live right in the midst of all this Almond Insanity. It feels pretty hopeless on the ground here. All of the local media is completely controlled by Big Ag. The Fresno Bee is the largest paper in the region. It took me a long time to figure out how they were lying to me constantly. That’s because they do it so well. Big Ag literally runs that newspaper.

And Big Ag controls the entire state government too. That means both parties, Democrats and Republicans, and all politicians, liberals to conservatives. Looks like they’ve even got Jerry Brown by the balls.

Yeah, turn all of California into a dust bowl, that’s the ticket. Thanks a lot, farmers. Fucktards.

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Ownership and Regulation of Basic Utilities in the US, 2014

Daniel writes:

What about a mostly free market domestically, but limited economic internationalism (since I think globalism is a sovereignty stealing scam), a basic income (partly as a way to say “that’s it, you get nothing else. Spend it wisely” so as to avoid entitlement culture and single motherhood subsidizing), good immigration based on a points system?

And utilities and infrastructure done by the gov.

I have no problem with most of this other than the anti-single mother stuff and the “mostly free market” stuff which I dealt with other posts.

The rest of it is not bad at all.

Economic nationalism is going to be very hard to do. Both parties in the US and every major party in every large country on Earth is down with this IMF, World Bank, TPP, NAFTA, WTO free trade agreement scams. Even the “liberal” or “Leftist” Democratic Party is on board with all this stuff. If you look at Europe, apparently most social democratic parties in Europe are down with the globalism thing too. The globalist madness seems to have captured the elites of much of the world from Right to Left and it is going to be very hard to build any opposition to them. This is mostly because most governments in the world supporting globalism are controlled by the corporations of that nation. We have made some progress in Latin America with the Bolivarian system and with the BRICs plan of Russia, but it is an uphill battle.

How do we promote a project that both the Republican and Democratic Parties are determined to implement. How do we oppose it when much of the rest of the world is drinking the globalist crack. It is a depressing project.

Infrastructure and utilities run by the state would be a good thing. I think infrastructure is still run by the state here, but there seems to be a determined bipartisan project led by the Republicans do defund infrastructure spending at every level. Why do the Republicans want the country to fall apart. I don’t know. Why doesn’t someone ask them?

Utilities run by the state is a great idea, but just recently we had electricity degregulated in a number of states. It was a disaster at least in California, but the deregulators don’t admit it, and they have stated that they are determined to keep pushing this until they get it through. Privatization of water has not yet succeeded in the US, though this is a corporate goal. We deregulated the phone and cable companies with the Communications Act in the Clinton Era, but what is bizarre is that the vote was somethign like 450-14. Yes that is correct. The vast majority of liberal Democrats voted for that scam. And here we are, 20 years later, with the ruins of communications degregulation lying all around us for anyone to see, and hardly anyone has turned against it. Neither party wants to re-regulate the phone or cable companies.

The cable companies obviously need regulating as they are a classic example of an unregulated monopoly. You see anyone even suggesting that we should regulate the cable monopolies? The phone companies are formally still regulated, but the truth is that it is pretty much a hands-off approach now and they get to abuse any way they see fit. The phone companies are for all intents and purposes unregulated monopolies in the US. The cable and phone companies run the Internet, and the Internet is not regulated at all. Instead it is run by tow of the most evil industries in the US, the unregulated phone and cable companies. There are efforts now to put in some basic regulations (to treat the Internet as part of the regulated public airwaves which clearly it is) but they are having a very tough time. The terrifying battle over Net Neutrality shows just how badly the pro-people forces have lost control of the narrative.

The cell phone companies are also using the public airwaves, at it is obvious that they need to be regulated too whether they are monopolies or not. They are actually not monopolies, but the industry is extremeely stupid and wasteful (for example, each company built its own cell towers instead of having one set of public towers used by all of them), and while the companies are not yet monopolies, there is not much competition. The cellphone companies are operating on the model of Let’s all collude to screw the customers! This is actually the case for a number of industries. All of the “competitors” in the industry agree that they are going to screw the consumers as much as possible to rake in maximum profits. One would think that a pro-consumer company would rise from the muck but it doesn’t seem to happen. This is a clear case of market failure and it is more common than you think. We are now seeing the beginnings of some real pro-consumer competition with these cellphone rats, but it’s been slow going.

So as you can see, we are having a hard time holding onto regulating the utilities that we do regulate and there is a constant danger of looming deregulation. New monopolies were deregulated and there are no plans in sight to re-regulate them. Existing regulated companies are poorly regulated and given largely free reign to abuse society as much as possible. The possibility of regulating new utilities such as the Internet have run up against tsunami-like corporate lobbying and overcoming these colossal efforts seems daunting.

As you can see, having the state run or at least regulate (For Chrissakes!) utilities is a great idea, but it is running into all sorts of problems, probably the worst of which is that both parties and a huge sector of the population including all the corporate media are hooked on the Deregulation Crack. The deregulation narrative has penetrated deeply into ordinary society such it has nearly become a national Zeitgeist.

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