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Monday, March 30, 2009

Who Are the Republicans Talking To?

Hello Papamoka Readers! As any regular visitor to my blog knows, every now and then I feel compelled to write about the Republican/conservative talking machine. Did you guys watch some of the political talk shows yesterday? I don't know about you, but the ones I looked at were filled with Republican hyperbole and obfuscation.

The "repetitive monkeys" as I like to call them - because they're "intellectually challenged" - are at full volume these days. They are constantly beating on us at the moment about spending, and none of the talk show hosts challenge them on the facts. Not one host asked for alternatives. Not one challenged the GOP's spending habits. Their lies and deceit went completely unchallenged yesterday. It was disgusting!

The fact that they spent tens of billions to successfully spend us out of a serious recession after 9/11 is never questioned. The fact they are responsible for 90% of ALL FEDERAL DEBT, much of it caused by their tax cuts, thus leaving future generations with few options, is never discussed. They get away with painting themselves as fiscal conservatives, which is maddening when you know the facts.

Most of the Republicans this weekend danced around the serious issues and never offered specifics. They were throwing around absurd, unsupportable accusations. The media did little to help with fairness, since they were too busy enjoying the foaming and the frothing. Right-wingers kept saying how they were "intellectually honest with the American people." What a joke! I only hope the American people know better, because the facts certainly don't support it.

Since we're on the subject, allow me to say the worst, of course, is FOX "News" and that triumvirate of media MORONS Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. Listen to any one of them and you walk away with more crap than a public toilet. They are a boil on America's bottom. They would have been great working at Pravda during the worst years of the USSR. They are selfish, disgusting propagandists using issues like morality and patriotism to line their own greedy pockets. They are the truly UGLY side of America's modern media.

I hear their crap often during dinner party debates. Defending against them is like trying to get out of a brier patch. No matter what you do, you're going to get scratched up. They train their sheep to always change the subject when seriously challenged. In my opinion, after debating many of their flock, I've decided there must be some kind of brainwashing involved. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to figure out if the hosts are brainwashing, or if their flock is just more susceptible to being brainwashed. That is the question.

Btw, there is good news. It's true they attract millions every night, but what they never tell you about their ratings is how they rarely attract over 25% of the American audience. In other words, almost every conservative watches FOX "Noise," while the rest of us watch a multitude of other news sources. It's clear Republicans love to hear themselves talk. The rest of us, our ratings, are spread out across multiple media. If it cheers you up, the FOX "Nitwits" primarily talk to the same people every night. They are the special interest media, which goes a long way to limiting their power.

The other good news is beginning to unfold behind the scenes in back rooms, where serious Republicans are beginning to wonder whether they can continue being "helped" by FOX/Limbaugh-style echo-chambers. They are beginning to question whether stifling serious debate helps their party grow. They're starting to question their self-made Republican bubble.

What can they do though? The Republican sheep love their media. The conservative media love their sheep. Both love the biased reporting. They all seem to love the echo chamber. It's very sad. I've written about it before on this blog, we need to reinvigorate the great American political debate. We need to end the shouting matches. We need to shut down the propagandists. We need one set of facts. We need to care about this issue more.

Michael Boh
Papamoka's Left Coast Contributor
from Our Rants & Raves Blog

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Blogger Nancy said...

Wow! GREAT post! It's all about ideology. Conservatives don't seem to care about actual policy issues, but they love the hyperbole, the flame-throwing, the insults. As you know, their true issues are abortion, stem cell research (even though they don't have a clue as to what a stem cell is), gay marriage, and religion. If one of their "leaders" such as Limbaugh, Beck, Savage and all the rest tell them to believe something - they do. If Limbaugh and God said it, they believe it.
I posted a 'Quote of the Day' on my blog this morning. Glen Beck said, "If you take what I say as gospel, you're an idiot." I wonder if his viewers realized he just called them all idiots?

2:59 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Freaking amazing post!!! I have to agree with all of your points. The boiler plate of the GOP is if you can't defend the position, raise the cross and wave the flag regardless if it is wrong. Damn good post bro!!!

4:29 PM  
Blogger sue said...

Damn good post is right, Michael you say it so well! I didn't see alot of TV Sunday, but I did see Cantor on one of the shows this past week and the host(I forget who it was) pounded and pounded him trying to get a clear and understandable sentence from him and he(Cantor), was left red faced and speechless, it was an awesome sight!! LOL! I'm so looking forward to their "BUDGET FOLDER" this week, that will be a great night of TV viewing with Keith and Rachael!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Is that the same GOP budget folder that actually had no numbers in it Sue? LOL! I saw that on Olbermann the other night.

6:43 PM  
Blogger sue said...

YUP, they claim to have the real budget plan that includes numbers this week!! LOL!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Frodo, True Believer said...

"We need one set of facts."

Are you crazy? Let us remember that we are the good guys, who believe in human rights and personal liberty. Admittedly, there are times when all that freedom gets a little tiresome, with some nutcase standing on a soapbox and ranting at the world gone wrong. Despite the good intent of what you have written "in toto," this is the fodder that feeds "the fair and balanced" crowd.
Re-read your words kind Sir, with a sympathetic ear to those who disagree with you on an intellectual perspective, and see your words as proof of the "left-wing, socialist" agenda.

8:27 AM  
Blogger by Michael Boh said...

Thanks for the kind words Nancy (and very well put I might add), PapaM and Sue. Frodo, I re-read my words a few times, and don't get what you mean. My points seem valid based on my observations and research. I disagree that I have a left-wing agenda. I'll support either party (I have voted GOP), as long as they care about the truth and the well-being of ALL Americans. In my humble opinion, at this point in history, the Republicans fail on multiple counts. As you probably guess, I believe (based on facts) the Republicans have a right-wing, corporatist, anti-middle class agenda. The last few years and the current recession are just a few symtoms of a larger, GOP disease. Thanks - Michael

9:17 AM  
Blogger by Michael Boh said...

PS - Nancy, I love your blog. I just added a link on my blog - Our Rants & Raves. As always, PapaM's is where all the smart, nice people hangout. :) Michael

9:24 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thank you Michael! Very nice to meet you. And thanks for the link. I completely agree with you in that your points are valid based on research and observations. You might add facts to that as well.

Mr. True Believer, why do actual facts become "fodder" for those on the right? Unfortunately, the crowd you referred to as "fair and balanced" appear to some as unfair and unbalanced. So all things being equal, apparently we cancel each other out!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Frodo, Curmudgeon said...

Michael, Michael, Michael, don't be defensive. What Frodo said was that there are those who would read your words as proof that such an agenda exists. What, pray tell for example, would one who is "anti-choice" have to say if confronted by those of us who are "pro-choice," only to be told that there is but "one set of facts." To Frodo, that is not the way to build consensus.

2:19 PM  

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