Archive for April 9, 2011
What is it about Tea Party Republicans?
These are the same people who turned town hall meetings into near-riots throughout 2009. They are the ones who were big on carrying guns to political rallies. They fantasized about armed rebellion.
There seems to be a pattern here of politics through intimidation. It was repeated in the budget talks last week. Shouting “Cut it or shut it!” they negotiated Federal spending as an ultimatum, trying to alter our national priorities on matters such as medical care for the poor, clean air, Health Care Reform, NPR, financial reform — and threatening to shut down the Federal government if they didn’t get their way. (more…)
Confronted with evidence, what does maybe-perhaps-sorta-Presidential candidate Donald Trump do? Well, he doubles down.
His letter to The New York Times is a masterpiece of fantasy, somehow both paranoid and narcissistic in equal measure.
First, Gail Collins writes a column called “Donald Trump Gets Weirder”, so what does The Donald do? He gets even weirder.
Equally of importance, there are no records in Hawaii that a Barack Hussein Obama was born there-no bills, no doctors names, no nurses names, no registrations, no payments, etc. As far as the two notices placed in newspapers, many things could have happened, but some feel the grandparents put an ad in order to show that he was a citizen of the U.S. with all of the benefits thereto. Everybody, after all, and especially then, wanted to be a United States citizen.
Just substitute your name (assuming you were born in America) and see how well this rant works.
Equally of importance, there are no records in [insert state of purported birth here] that a [insert your name here] was born there-no bills, no doctors names, no nurses names, no registrations, no payments, etc.
It puts me in mind of Hoyt Axton’s famous song lyrics:
Well, I never been to Heaven, but I been to Oklahoma.
Well they tell me I was born there, but I really don’t remember.
In Oklahoma, [or in Nairobi], what does it matter? What does it matter?
Any rant can be justified by the old construction “some feel”. Some feel the pyramids were constructed by aliens. Some feel that Sam the Dog speaks to them in the night in a Brooklyn backyard and orders them to kill people. Some feel the grandparents put an ad in the paper. The weasel-word “feel” means we don’t need no stinkin’ evidence or scientific fact: we’re epistemically closed, so we just feel stuff and it’s fiiiiine.
I miss the days when not just some people, but almost all people, refused to take Donald Trump seriously. I miss reading about him in Spy Magazine, where they referred to him consistently as “the short-fingered vulgarian”. I was so much older then. I’m younger than that now. And I’m consistently disappointed by the level of political discourse.
Postscript: Factcheck.org weighs in on the factual basis for the assertions in the letter.
This one is kind of fun. You can zip through it in just a few minutes and it allows an option at the end of each question to indicate your intensity of feeling on the issue, which can significantly alter your score. (Mine skewed quite a lot further to the left than I usually do… 87% Democratic… maybe because I tend to feel strongly about lots of things.) Also, you can click on “stats” and “world view” at the top of the page and see graphics showing how other people scored both in the US and around the world, on the entire test, on individual questions, and broken down by issues. Very cool stuff.
So take the test, record your score, and then log on and tell us how you did. This is great time for all you lurkers to introduce yourselves and let us know where you fall on the political spectrum. We’d love to meet you and we welcome all hues here, from midnight blue to fire-engine red, and all the lovely shades of purple in between.
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