Growing Weary of Fighting Wide-Spread Ignorance

Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Sheriff Joe Arpaio,  Congressman Allen West, Sarah Palin, Limbaugh… I don’t have the time nor energy to continue the list; it goes on perhaps infinitely. The pro-ignorance right wing as Stephen Pizzo of Smirking Chimp labeled the group. Last year he wrote:

As the old saying goes, “Every dog has his day.” And so it has come to pass. The nation’s simpletons have leapt from the shadows, where they wisely hide, except for distinct and notable moments in human history; the Dark Ages, the Inquisition, late 19th-century Germany and the same country during the 1930s. During such times, when the conditions are just right, like they are now, dumb and dumber leap from the shadows and take center stage, claim their right to lead, and… well the results are history.

Yes they do and this is apparently our time.  The only question is: how long will they be left to bark their idiocy before The People rise up and put them back in the pound? Those historic Dark Ages lasted a terribly long time as did the Inquisition. Yet, in my own lifetime, so did those dark days in Germany. And now, in my 7th decade, the ignorance returns, like cicadas, cyclically emerging from their earthly hiding places.

The Republican Party, sadly, seems to draw in those ignorant, bigoted people, like the insects’ attraction to light. Why the once-Grand Old Party? Why the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower? What draws this lunatic fringe to the GOP? Actually I know the answer: quantity at the sacrifice of quality.  As the historic minority party, it needs numbers to compete with the dominant Democratic Party. Any pig in a poke, so to speak; pun intended.

The old guard Republicans have been systematically drummed out of the GOP. Few have resigned in protest of what their party has become. Scant few brave members of Congress have spoken out against the lunacy of the past three years. John McCain and John Boehner were two lonely Republicans who spoke out against the flagrant accusations of Michelle Bachmann. The other members of the GOP were fearfully mute. And these silent members of the U.S. Congress are the supposed representatives of The People? Afraid to point out the idiocy and bigotry of ‘one of their own?’ Is it no wonder that America is going to hell in a handbasket?

The once-Grand Old Party. Shame on them!

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21 thoughts on “Growing Weary of Fighting Wide-Spread Ignorance

  1. Agreed. To infinity.

    Thus, the reason I never mention the idiots at my blog.

    Heck, I try not to mention Mittens.

    It’s all such a step down intellectually.

    And Diebold will count the votes, so we have to just deal with the issues and the reality of what the thugs have brought to US.

    Love ya,

    S

  2. Hello Muddy,
    I am pleased to anounce that I registered last night here in one of the parks here in Gahanna, OH. I will add one more SANE vote to the others here in Ohio. As Ohio is going to be one of the deciding votes in this election, I thought was I would cast my helping to those who vote for enlightment and critical thinking. I know that my home state will go for the President, so my vote will do more to help Ohio to reason.

  3. WE, that’s right, WE let it happen. It just dawned on me. But when WE stand up, the name calling begins. Here’s an example:

    Somebody (might be me): “The Catholic Church is an immoral institution as it tries to force it’s own intolerances on everybody else.”

    Other person (might be my sister): “How dare you talk about MY Church like that. Those are my personal beliefs and I’m greatly offended by anybody challenging them.”

    WE (me) have let them slide when the intolerance flows our way, and then we (me) don’t become outraged when they complain we (me) are attacking them. I’m tired of people telling me not to let people walk all over me, but maybe they wouldn’t if I didn’t let them. I’ve been so content with the “status quo”, I haven’t noticed that things have changed for the worse. Next time I hear “I don’t want to talk politics”,….. I’ll try to come back with a snappy response. Any suggestions?…….Anybody? …..

    NOTE OF EXPLANATION: Very recently I was soundly chastised for criticizing Michelle Bachman and Rich Santorum. I was using them as an example of lying by popular politicians. I was called a liar because I couldn’t produce a video of them in action. The fact the I was sitting in the Original Pancake House on Central without any internet access didn’t seem to make a difference to my detractors. Seems whatever gets yelled the loudest if what is taken as the truth.

  4. Oh, NON, thanks for mentioning the Original PancakeHouse on Central….That was a family favorite…Even my kids remember it.
    The gold ole days, lol…

  5. “The Republican Party, sadly, seems to draw in those ignorant, bigoted people, like the insects’ attraction to light.”

    As to confirm that, like Ohio and many other states, the GOP has
    passed a number of voter iI D laws. Missississippi is one of
    them…

    The GOP in MS states that maybe other states would use voter I D to suppress the right to vote, but not in Mississippi. People here say without voter ID there would be many cases of illegal voting in
    Mississippi. Why, the Black Panthers tried to prevent voters from
    voting by blocking the entrances to the polls. Voter ID will make
    the nation a free country. People will sell their vote for money or to get food stamps, and voter ID will prevent that from happening.
    And voter ID will let more black citizens vote, because it will end voter fraud. They ask, isnt our country more important than the
    public library, a driver’s license, or insurance card which all require an ID? Voter ID prevents fraud, chaos, and bloodshed. Yep there
    you have it; the Mississippi rationale….

  6. “As a teacher in the Jackson area, I was heartbroken to read the letter submitted…..

    To put the president of the United States in the same category with one of the most murderous dictators of all time and the father of modern communist theory is ridiculous and sad.

    American presidential campaigns have always had an ugly side, dating all the way back to the Jefferson-Adams election at the beginning of our republic.

    However, in our age of instant media and 24-hour news cycles, misinformation flows as truth. I would advise my fellow citizens to turn off MSNBC and FOX News and find more reliable sources of information.

    Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews, Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow are not selling anything except themselves. The Rush Limbaughs of this world are proposing nothing but rants and raves.

    Democracy is one of the few governments ever created by man that has within itself the power to destroy itself with the consent of the people being destroyed (again, see Hitler and the Enabling Act of 1934).

    I implore my fellow citizens to think for themselves. Do some research. At least kind of know what you are talking about.

    I know it is a lot easier to simply repeat whatever you hear. Democracy is hard work. It requires that we the people make informed decisions. It is our responsibility to ask questions and seek out the truth.”

    This comment, M_R, was in our paper. You notice that he is
    a teacher, and, therefore, a very suspect person, lol.
    He says just about all the points that you make about living in those periods of time. The importance, my friend, is that
    there are more of us out there. It’s easy to get the dobber down but I just go out and find some one to talk to. Yesterday, I was coming out of the grocery store, and right in front of me is that new huge cadillac
    escalade SUV, probably a cool $50,000 and on the back bumper is a pro Romney bumper sticker and anti obama sign on his rfear window. He is sittting in the car waiting on some one in the store. I go up to the window, and motion for him to lower his window. He does, and I ask him what is he going to do when the revolution colmes. He looks at me, startled, and asks what I mean. I said that i am an obama supporter and that Romney is a total fake, unscrupulous man. He responds that he is no socialist, lol. I said he is even afraid to release his tax returns, and if he cant be truthful about that with us, we don’t need him not being frank with us as Preident. To which, he said, go on, get out of here, lol

    1. “…cadillac escalade SUV, probably a cool $50,000…”

      Actually around $65,000 nicely equipped and another $5,000 for various maintenance contracts.

  7. Well, M-R…I just wrote a good comment about your Post and hit the magic Post Comment button, and wordpress made it disappear. It’s beginning just not to be worth it, my friend. Check your scam and see if its there maybe….

    1. I occasionally have the same problem, so I “Ctrl” + “c” to save it in case the post disappears. If it does, I “Ctrl” + “v” in the reply box and it’s back.

  8. The following comment is from my local newspaper:

    “As a teacher in the Jackson area, …to put the president of the United States in the same category with one of the most murderous dictators of all time and the father of modern communist theory is ridiculous and sad.

    American presidential campaigns have always had an ugly side, dating all the way back to the Jefferson-Adams election at the beginning of our republic.

    However, in our age of instant media and 24-hour news cycles, misinformation flows as truth. I would advise my fellow citizens to turn off MSNBC and FOX News and find more reliable sources of information.

    Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews, Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow are not selling anything except themselves. The Rush Limbaughs of this world are proposing nothing but rants and raves.

    Democracy is one of the few governments ever created by man that has within itself the power to destroy itself with the consent of the people being destroyed (again, see Hitler and the Enabling Act of 1934).

    I implore my fellow citizens to think for themselves. Do some research. At least kind of know what you are talking about.

    I know it is a lot easier to simply repeat whatever you hear. Democracy is hard work. It requires that we the people make informed decisions. It is our responsibility to ask questions and seek out the truth.

    As…., we must educate ourselves. Our republic depends on it.”

    We are not alone, M_R. Don’t give up now!

  9. Here’s some muck I have uncovered, M_R.

    It’s concerned with how our financial business continue to defraud
    people. There are a number of examples. Former Democratic
    Senator and Governor of NJ and friend of the Clinton’s, ?, set up
    MF Global after leaving office, and now $1.6 billion is missing.
    Then there is J P Morgan and its roughly 5-6 Billion loss on a wild bet. An Iowa, Madoff type of guy, has bilked $195 Million from its investorsThen there is a money laundering scheme with an large English bank known as HSCB, or something like that. And, the most recent is Barclays manipulating the LIBOR, which is the bank that sets the loan rate for banks basically world wide. And, where
    was Bernacke and Gaithner, present but not doing any regulation.
    Hell, M_R, the GOP doesn’t have to do away with the regulators, they are already absent. If I have said it once here, I have said it
    many times…Obama needed to fire both of them and the AG as
    well.

    Now, here is one bright spot. Last week, the Consumer Financial
    Protection Bureau, the one bright spot of Dodd-Frank and the brain
    child of Elizabeth Warren, who Obama threw under the bus, and now headed by the former AG of Ohio, I believe, Fined Capital One,
    the credit Company with deceptive ads for $210 Million and another $150 Million for reimbursement to customers. Yep, the GOP will
    have to get rid of Dodd-Frank.

    The point is that four years after the financial collapse, the regulators are still ignoring the business that they ought to be
    overseeing. It’s business as usual, and most observers say that it
    is even worse.

    1. Yes, our former AG, Richard Cordray, is doing an exemplary job in his new role. Recall that the Senate would not confirm him because the GOP filibustererd his nomination. Apparently the GOP doesn’t want anybody ‘watching’ their friends [the job-creators] in the business world.

    2. 5-6 billion in losses for a company as big as J.P. Morgan is not really substantial. But Morgan’s CEO appears to be pretty honest. HBSC was caught laundering money; it’s reputation was never not that good. And Barclays turned themselves in for fudging LIBOR rates, inter-bank borrowing rates (thus, increasing loan rates).

      All the regulation Reagan got rid of is having a hard time returning because of Republican filibusters.

      1. So, are you suggesting, NWO, that there is a bit of dishonesty in the financial industry? My my! Who would have suspected such a thing, eh? I wonder if Bain Capital ever engaged in any dishonesty? Do ya think?

        Yet it is the peons [like me] who are targeted and hounded by the IRS. Pathetic? Naturally, but that’s how stuff works in the Land of the Free.

      2. Add that wonderful anti-New Deal President, Bill Clinton, for
        aiding the demise of the middleclass…

  10. “Instead of roads and bridges, Obama-sized government funds stasis and sclerosis: The Hoover Dam of regulatory obstruction, the Golden Gateway to dependency. Last month, 80,000 Americans signed on to new jobs, but 85,000 Americans signed on for Social Security disability checks. Most of these people are not “disabled” as that term is generally understood. Rather, it’s the U.S. economy that’s disabled, and thus Obama incentivizes dependency. What Big Government is doing to those 85,000 “disabled” is profoundly wicked. Let me quote a guy called Mark Steyn, from his last book:
    “The evil of such a system is not the waste of money but the waste of people. Tony Blair’s ministry discovered it was politically helpful to reclassify a chunk of the unemployed as ‘disabled.’ A fit, able-bodied 40-year-old who has been on disability allowance for a decade understands somewhere at the back of his mind that he is living a lie, and that not just the government but his family and his friends are colluding in that lie.”
    Millions of Americans have looked at the road ahead, and figured it goes nowhere. Best to pull off into the Social Security parking lot. Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. As the president would say, you didn’t build the express check-in to the Disability Office. Government built it, and, because they built it, you came. In Obama’s “visions,” he builds roads and bridges. In reality, the President of Dependistan has put nothing but roadblocks in the path to opportunity and growth.
    That he can build. That’s all he can build.”

    This wa writen by Mark Steyn in Orange Cnty Ca. Just another example of the “muck” that is out there….

    1. Have you noticed all the TV ads from lawyers offering to sign you up to S.S.I. for free? In Toledo it’s usually either the Bender & Associates cowboy or Linda Jones.

  11. Mis-information? Mudslinging? Gotta love this email to Ohio Senator Brown’s mother:

    Dear Ms. Shultz,
    We are doing an expose on journalists in the elite media who socialize with elected officials they are assigned to cover. We have found numerous photos of you with Sen. Sherrod Brown. In one of them, you appear to be hugging him.

    Care to comment?
    ———————————————————————–
    Sometimes, even in the midst of all the mud-slinging, you just have to laugh. Of course, Mom being Mom, she just had to write back.

    ———————————————————————–
    Dear Mr. [Name Deleted]:
    I am surprised you did not find a photo of me kissing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown so hard he passes out from lack of oxygen. He’s really cute.

    He’s also my husband.

    You know that, right?

    Connie Schultz.
    ———————————————————————-

    Go, Mom. Fierce, funny, and direct is the only way to keep these conservative bloggers in their place.

    Unfortunately, most of the attacks coming Sherrod’s way in this campaign are much less true, and much less funny.

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