The Right Seldom Is

Right and left. Both homophones. As the dominant hand of humans is the right, then it becomes the ‘right’ one. But clearly not in politics.  Just ask any American if they are better off today than they were 10 years ago. Duh!

New York Times writer Paul Krugman recently suggested that those who sit on the right end of the political teeter-totter, like schoolyard bullies, like to blame others for the troubles that they themselves initiated. ‘Don’t look at the man behind the curtain,’ instructs the Wizard.

What does it say about a person who never admits that he was wrong? That it was his fault? One who tries to manipulate the truth? Well, the word ‘adolescent” comes to mind. Or political shyster. Or current Republicans in and out of office.

Oddly, what the GOP has done or failed to do in the past decade actually propelled them into office two years ago. That was quite the turn of the head. Krugman pointed out that Republicans did great damage to the economy of this nation, but they are now trying to pin it on the Democrats. It apparently worked in ’08 and now they hope to work that chicanery once again in ’12. Will The People be twice fooled? The jury is still out on this one.

Those ‘liberal programs,’ so blathers the GOP, have to be cut in order to balance the budget. They are just too expensive in this depressed economy. We have to cut spending!

Gosh.  How’d we get into such a mess? Ten years ago things looked swell.  Lots of jobs, housing boom, paying down the debt, stable dollar. It was ‘morning in America.’ Déjà vu all over again. Then it all turned sour. Gee, what happened? I dunna know, you?

Krugman, ever the economic history teacher, nails the three biggies [all of which the readers of this blog know] and he pins them on the lapel of the GOP:

1. the idiotic Bush tax cuts for the wealthy;

2. the idiotic Bush war on Iraq;

3. the deregulation of banks and the loosening of oversight of Wall Street

How’d you do, 3 for 3? Now that the horse has bolted the barn [well, in fact the entire herd] the GOP now wants to lock the door and asks, ‘Who left the door open?’ The LEFT, of course. And so, like shining knights in gleaming armor, the GOP rides back to assure The People that THEY will fix everything.

Didn’t Shakespeare write some play on this theme?  Ah, but here’s the rub: does the audience ‘get’ the nuance, the irony, the scam? Apparently, three years ago they didn’t. Will they by November of next year? Don’t bet on it.

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22 thoughts on “The Right Seldom Is

  1. Amen. The Right, imho, operates by ginning up fear, muddling clear thinking with that emotion. They operate on two levels; the lower level of individuals who appear because of their emotions to be unable to look analytically at the result of the actions and positions of the right – an inability to see the bottom line, which is appallingly consistent in who it benefits. And it isn’t the ordinary American citizen by a long shot!

    Fear seems to make the right seek safety and security in conformity, particularly conformity with the past and with what they view as safe, mainstream and religious norms. They see threats everywhere, including punishment from GOD for any deviation from rigid conformity to the most narrow possible interpretation of religious teaching and text.

    The left seeks opportunity in trying something different on the presumption that the same old same old is clearly NOT working. Both together ideally counterbalance each other, the conservative right keeping the more innovative left from throwing the baby out with the bath water. But that is only true when the right is better rooted in reality, in fact not ideologically driven fiction (think Fox propaganda as an example), and in rational thought not near-hysterical irrational emotions.

    All that fear is deforming the amygdalas of the right…

    1. Dog, you’re delusional as all hell.

      “The Right, imho, operates by ginning up fear, muddling clear thinking with that emotion. They operate on two levels; the lower level of individuals who appear because of their emotions to be unable to look analytically at the result of the actions and positions of the right – an inability to see the bottom line, which is appallingly consistent in who it benefits.”

      All I need to do is hit up a lefty blog or, msnbc and listen to fear mongering by the left on a daily basis.
      “The right wants to take your welfare away”
      “The right wants to stop your medicaide and medicare”
      “The right wants to put black people back into slavery”
      “The right is racist”
      “The right will deport all the illegals”
      “The right is trying to surpress the black vote”
      “The right is trying to surpress the poor vote”
      “The right is trying to surpress the youth vote”
      “The right is trying to rip off the unions”

      I’ve heard and read every one of those bullshit statements just during the last week alone. Of course the entire story is never fully explained but, why let that stop you?

      As for the “inability to see the bottom line”, look to you clownish lefty friends who still believe that printing money, borrowing money and increasing spending has no effect at all on the value of our currency, the cost of food and fuel, and, the effects it has on American goods in the world marketplace.

      Been shopping lately? The cost of food didn’t rise because of those “greedy” farmers.

  2. “FEAR”….I find that interesting…What is the fear?…I think that you are on to something, DogGone. I hope M_R will join us in this conversation….I have been working on a similar thought.

  3. I hope M_R will join us I’ve had a very busy 24-hours.

    Fear. Yes, fear has always been used as a wedge throughout history. UptheFlag can verify the history. Churches, of course, use it extensively to keep their flock on its knees. That’s why political fear works so well with those right-wing Christians. Their brain has been marinated in fear all of their lives and the politicians tap easily into it for their advantage.

    Just look at that old has-been Newt! His fear-mongering isn’t even subtle; it’s overt. So was The Donald’s. And look how well the right and the evangelicals sucked it up, like a thirsty sponge.

    Nearly everything that the right wants to accomplish [or should I say, everything that their corporate lobbyists want accomplished by them] rides on the fear wagon.

    You and I see it perfectly and easily understand the tactic. Yet, the ‘victims,’ those who live on the right side, are blinded to it, and just like the preacher is not to be questioned, they don’t. Sad, sad scenario. And deadly for the future of this nation.

  4. “Churches, of course, use it extensively to keep their flock on its knees. That’s why political fear works so well with those right-wing Christians. Their brain has been marinated in fear all of their lives and the politicians tap easily into it for their advantage.

    By Jove, M_R, I think we are onto something here. Let’s keep in mind the moniker that we have been using, GOP…and we have named in Gods Only Party….Now, does christian fear equal political fear? I think that it does. What we need to do is to put that together. I have some rambling thoughts, well actually have put some down on paper, only about 10 pages, lol… We are bridging the spectrum here maybe…

  5. I think you are also on to something about the ‘don’t question conservative authority’ when they claim something.

    Seriously – how else could you explain the utter absence of fact checking the stuff put out by Fox Nuissance, Breitbart’s bunch of bastards, and the garbage spewed by Limbaugh and others on the far right?

    How many of you would run in terror from ‘the new world order’ without some substantive proof of the nonsense that lot of conspiracy theorists believe?

  6. Hello Dog Gone,
    I was talking with a Religious Conservative Republican this past Sunday at a wedding reception….but he considered himself to be a Moderate Republican as I too had introduced myself. He was a retired Delaware teacher and was now with the University of Delaware on showing public school teachers how to improve their teaching skills making better students in their classroom.

    I told him that the Republicans had no Presidential candidate I could support. Newt Gingrich’s constant extra material affairs over the years were not of my personal values, etc. His wife said that she could have supported Donald Trump….I just let that comment fall on dead silence. I did not DARE venture into any of the Tea Party candidates.

    Well one thing led to another and the conversation came around to “Truth and Accurate Facts” being passed onto the citizen population so they can make an intelligent decision for themselves. I gave the example of Rush Limbaugh spouting off how the “Miner’s Union” did not protect the miners of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. “Yes Unions are worthless!!!” (The man was born and raised outside of Charleston, West Virginia which is where the Upper Big Branch mine is located and I thought he could identify) I went on to explain that the problem with Rush’s comment was the “Upper Big Branch Mine” was a NON-UNION MINE and the miners had no recourse to have all of the OSHA Safety Sightings addressed by the company. The mine company had many OSHA mine violations but did not fix any but kept sending miners into the mine. As we all know, many good men lost their lives when the mine exploded.

    This Republican’s reply to the blatant misleading comments on subjects that many non-thinking listening lemmings will quote from Rush…..”Well you have to understand that Rush Limbaugh’s comment “EIB (Excellence In Broadcasting) Program” was it is just “ENTERTAINMENT.”

    I almost fired back with, “By this definition I guess Dr. Joseph Goebbels’ speeches were just ENTERTAINMENT too?”

    I decided that for the sake of the bride I would just let this asinine comment drop….I turned and made a nice comment on the song the band was playing.

  7. UptheFlag- when will your work-in-progress see the light of day?

    DogGone- I have speculated for some time now that the right-wing is both easily scared and easily scare-able and the politicians [and their radio minions] understand it all quite perfectly. And the ruse goes on and on…

    Engineer- you have remarkable tolerance! That World of Delusion in which so many right-wingers dwell is so toxic that rational thought neurons are paralyzed.

  8. Well, gentlemen, I would hesitate to say that the rational thought neurons in the brains of those on the right are paralyzed exactly.

    I just finished spending some late night hours perusing the PDFs of FBI search warrants and an FBI investigating agent’s affidavit in a local affinity scam style ponzi scheme which my colleague Penigma and I have been writing about on our blog (pengima.blogspot.com). The scam worked by preying (or perhaps I should have written ‘praying’) on the religious right, specifically targeting fears that the government was coming for their guns, part of a secret new world order / one government conspiracy, etc. through Christian radio, notably also broadcast on a number of Salem radio network stations. It was a scam that deliberately used the fears of the right to target them; and there is a distinct segment of the right that goes along with that, and that makes a ton of money off of it – which would includ Rush Limbaugh. The right does NOT clearly distinguish between distorted fact and pure fiction represented as fact, and I have yet to see anyone who believed Rush acknowledge that they treated his broadcasts very much as more than mere entertainment. That is such a farce as an excuse every time he gets busted in yet another lie. Beck is as bad or worse.

    The ultra-conservative victims who invested in this scam were somewhat surprised to find that it was not their fellow conservatives who cared about what happened to them nearly as much as my partner, Pen, and I did, in trying to help. We made a small but important contribution to the efforts of the STrib investigative reporter who broke the story.

    As a result, I’ve gotten to know, and very much like, many of these investor victims, while agreeing to disagree on a number of political issues. I have lot of respect for them, and for the education and integrity and ethics of many of them, and am very fond of them as a group.

    I hope once I have slept a bit more, and re-read the documents which the conservative victims and the investigative reporter are kind enough to share with us, that you will consider reading my next post in the series. It sheds I think some insight into not only the fears of the right, and their morass of disinformation (because some of it is so obviously intentional) as well as misinfomation, but more to the point the way that some segments on the right clearly exploit the rest, particularly I think the tea partiers.

  9. Fear? It’s all they really have. I have always thought that was the underlying base of all authoritarian movements. Religion, fascism, Religious/fascism…conservatism….the soft, quivering, weak and immature naked underbelly of our psyche which can be easily manipulated. Existential Angst…the other, loss, personal hardship and pain.
    The anticipation, entertaining the fantasy is always much more powerful than having to deal with the issue itself.
    In the end, Conservative Authoritative political isms really only deal with avoidance. Like any good religion.

  10. Religious/fascism? Very interesting terminology, MD. Can there be religious fascism? In the U.S. political sense?

    And, what do you mean by “Conservative Authoritative political isms really only deal with avoidance. Like any good religion.”

    Further, “avoidance” of what?

    Moreover, explain “Conservative Authoritative political isms”. I think that I’m having trouble of equating “conservatism” with authoritative political isms. Who or what are you suggesting? I mean, dropping back 40 years in U.S. history, I don’t see any President that would be an authoritarian. Are you saying that the U.S. is moving beyond a Nixon, who has been referred to as the first “Imperial President’?

  11. Dog Gone writes, “It was a scam that deliberately used the fears of the right to target them;”

    So, what is the role of religion and the purpose of religion in developing this “fear”? How does this fear play into whether we are “saved” or not? Do I have to own a gun to be “saved”? Does the bible tell me so?

  12. Dog Gone- The right does NOT clearly distinguish between distorted fact and pure fiction represented as fact,

    As I stated earlier, it is my hypothesis that those right-wing Christians who you reference in that FBI report are ‘natural’ victims for all such scams involving fiction. After all, most have been forced to ‘believe’ all of that biblical fiction ever since they were old enough to sit up. I use the term, marinaded brain, to refer to such early-onset brainwashing of this set of people.

    Imagine having to believe in the Noah ark myth as FACT with the threat of eternal damnation upon disbelief! If they can get away with that whopper, then this set of people will believe most anything that a talented huckster [Limbaugh] will ‘preach’ at them.

    UptheFLag asks, So, what is the role of religion and the purpose of religion in developing this “fear”? My conjecture is stated above. We would be better served by a witness from a former evangelical who has experienced that level of brainwashing. There are websites which detail such mental abuse.

    We do know, for example, the very common evangelical symbol of the shepherd and the sheep. That ‘sheep’ reference is found in many passages of the NT and it refers to blind following of the leader, no questions asked. Both the Papacy as well as the evangelical/ fundamentalist Christians prohibit questioning of authority. They also dislike sheep speculating amongst themselves. That’s when they play their ultimate Trump Card- the Eternal Damnation/Hell card to make the sheep tremble and get back in line.

    Too bad that the victims of this ugliness are too deeply involved and too thoroughly indoctrinated to know how they are being manipulated. I’d have more sympathy for them were they not so arrogant and righteous. I also can’t get too teary when reading rip-off stories. But I do get pissed when they, zombie-like, march to the polling booth to mark their ballots.

  13. But, M_R, what about goats. Why are goats so often used in the bible and in Jesus’ parables?

  14. Krugman cites three causes of the increased spending … those are in the past … the concern should be about the future …
    I suggest the question should be : Do you agree with the proposed Budget ?
    In other words, with no additional revenues (and I believe the Ryan Budget actually includes additional $3 trillion in tax cuts), the current FY2012 budget will increase Defense spending will INCREASE by $17 billion or 3.3% … while the Budget for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education will Decrease by $24.943 billion or 15.2% ….
    Gosh, isn’t it interesting that the man that is Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee (John Kline R-MN-02) is so agreeable to reduce spending so that the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (Buck McKeon R-CA) can keep funding programs that even the Pentagon does not want … oh, you should be aware that McKeon resigned his Chairmanship of the Education committee since he could not be Chairman of both committees at the same time … but McKeon sits on the Education committee where he can suggest cuts … and sitting on the HASC is Kline who can support McKeon’s projects.

    Oh, since Krugman brought it up, let’s remember that the original Bush tax cuts in 2001 were supported only because the budget surpluses of the Clinton administration were expected to continue for some time. Nor were tax cuts peoples’ preferred option for dealing with the surpluses: 37 percent favored increased spending for Social Security and Medicare, 23 percent wanted other domestic spending raised, and only 19 percent favored a tax cut.
    Furthermore, people accepted from the beginning that if budget surpluses failed to materialize then the tax cuts would need to be curtailed; 73 percent of people said that the Bush tax cuts needed to automatically be scaled-back if surpluses turned out to be smaller than expected. Of course, the surpluses were much smaller; in fact, they evaporated within a year. Rather than admit their error, however, additional tax cuts were rammed through.

    Taxpayers have been snookered by the NO Taxes for too long.

  15. Well, perhaps I make the mistake of speaking too much in conceptual terms here for you, but to me, conservatism’s selling point is fear. Rather than offer realistic solutions to society’s problems, we are lectured, scolded and force fed a fear based agenda in which our rights are curtailed by a scam which lets us believe we are protecting ourselves from someone else. Look at the entire economic agenda of our current crop of Teabaggers. It’s all based on a phony sense of fear. Phony numbers that are touted to make us believe that if we don’t eliminate social programs, medicare, funding to schools, we are doomed. If we don’t give tax cuts to the wealthy, they will pack up and go away..
    So we are programmed by fear to destroy the infrastructure of our society for the immediate profits of the wealthy.
    I would use the same logic with the rush to push through the entire repressive package of the Patriot Act.
    Though, I wouldn’t say that all religions are entirely fear based, some are much more than others and the more hard line the greater the use of fear.
    You’ve heard of course, that the world will end this Sunday, because of Gay Rights? Y’all had your chance! But you didn’t heed the word, so now the righteous is gonna get raptured and the rest of us damned heathens are going to have to stay behind and look after and feed all the pets.

  16. I may be a little fuzzy on my history but didn’t the Dems win the elections in 2008? I assume you were speaking of the elections of 2010, less than a year ago. Actually about six months ago.

    You say: “What does it say about a person who never admits that he was wrong? That it was his fault? One who tries to manipulate the truth? Well, the word ‘adolescent” comes to mind. Or political shyster.”

    What I get from that comment is you are describing Barack Obama to a T. Doesn’t that apply to him as well as you are trying to say it applies to Bush? Both parties and their leaders are just alike. The only difference is their name.

    And ten years ago I was a helluva better off than I am today. We can blame both presidents for today’s predicament, but the fact is Obama now has a real record to run on and it isn’t a very good one.

  17. FYI to Microdot

    The current authorization for the PATRIOT Act is set to expire on Friday May 27 …. which means the House will probably have to return for work next week (in case you missed it, they were out of session this week … after “working” last week when the returned from a two week break … and since Friday starts the Memorial Day weekend, expect them to be gone again.)

    The Senate will consider S 1022 which will keep the essential rules in place through 2014 … but the Senate Judiciary Committee has legislation to approve it through 2017 ….

    So, regarding the “rushed” Patriot Act … they just keep pushing out any reforms and then with a gun to Congress’ head, they have to renew it. That is the current mode that Congress acts … push to the last minute and then force a catchall bill …. and if you read John Boehner’s “Pillars of a New Majority”, he vowed to end that practice … as well as many other practices.

  18. Cal says, We can blame both presidents for today’s predicament, but the fact is Obama now has a real record to run on and it isn’t a very good one.

    Let’s talk REAL numbers, Cal. If you have your calculator handy, add up the costs of both Bush wars and his tax cuts and tell me what you get.

    Then, add up the costs associated with the Obama budget that you feel are egregious.

    Hit the subtract button.

    What does the answer read?

  19. Garr, when is the spin cycle going to end on this load of dirty laundry? I am talking about the Patriot Act which was shoved up our asses under the Bush administration in a state of manipulative panic and made into an American tradition which, as MN Central states must be amended and ratified from time to time…Once something like the patriot act has infected the national psyche, it’s like a disease which has to be uprooted, and cured…ain’t gonna happen with the current bunch of yahoos running the show, obviously.
    Everyone seems to want to parse reality in their grammar.
    Then CalBoy wants to play with reality and try to do a surreal spread sheet to somehow absolve George Jr. of his responsibility in destroying the economy and convince us…no he is only convincing himself that the current reality is somehow Barack Obama’s fault. Conservatives create the problems and then blame every one else who is trying to clean up your mess…
    Face it, Obama is going to run and win in the next election on the strength of the bail out of the auto industry, because, even though you don’t want to admit it, and wish it never happened so you could elect Missy Palin, it worked.

  20. CAL wrote: “And ten years ago I was a helluva better off than I am today.”

    True, Cal, that would be May, 2001. Bush had only been President 5 months and had not yet destroyed the U.S. economy with all his unpaid programs, such as two wars and an unfunded and mandated government prescription program for seniors. You were basking in the great financial program of President Clinton. If your less financially insecure just look the GOP, my friend.
    It’s on their doorstep….

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