When this election season started, I figured I’d be writing lots of blog posts handicapping the candidates and remarking on the ups and downs of a rough-and-tumble campaign.
I didn’t think I’d be writing an informal series on the Republican War on Women.
It all started back in February, when I wrote “Inconceivable”. When the House leadership came to power in the 2010 Republican landslide, they promised to focus on job creation. Who knows why they abandoned this approach, or whether they even intended to implement it in the first place. For reasons that passeth all understanding, they decided they were elected on a socially conservative agenda and began to champion a set of regressive and destructive social policies.
No longer was 9.4% unemployment, with many running out of time in their benefits, any problem. Those people turned out to be moochers, not makers, in David Brooks’ famous phrasing. They were the 47 percent who were going to vote for Obama anyway. Nothing we can do to get their votes, Republicans apparently figured.
Pauly the Platypus has not posted an article on Logarchism in a long, long time. It hasn’t been a platypus’s age, but close. This week, Logarchism’s moderators sent Pauly down to Tampa to take in the Republican National Convention, and maybe take in a strip club or two. (Republicans spend three times as much as Democrats at strip clubs, but Pauly has ten sex chromosomes — XYXYXYXYXY — and is therefore five times as randy as any human Republican.)
Tampa is a congenial place for a platypus. Platypuses (never “platypi”, as Kory Stamper, whom Pauly calls “Merriam-Webster Babe” will explain) love water. Pauly planned to do lots of swimming in the nearby wetlands and unwind from grueling convention days.
Michael asked Pauly to write the opening Monday convention article, then disaster struck. Literally. Pauly is trapped here, with plenty of wind and lots of water, and the convention has been postponed a day.
What’s a platypus to do? Write a Meme Watch, that’s what.
Pauly hasn’t been posting, but he reads Logarchism religiously. He loves Meme Watch and always dreamed of writing one — and now he gets his chance. His submission follows the jump: (more…)
Belief in a shadowy conspiracy of powerful men and women who are trying to take over the world is a meme that won’t die. My first experience with this brand of political belief was in a men’s bathroom stall in the Norlin Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder. There, I first learned of the Trilateral Commission’s plan to vaporize my cherished American freedoms.
Fear of the Trilateral Commission peaked 30 years ago, and now it’s mostly a quasi-historical oddity, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up trying to control you.
Agenda 21 is a non-binding toothless statement of fairly general principles for sustainable development adopted by the United Nations in 1992. The “21” in the title refers to the 21st century.
The people who wrote Agenda 21 are tricky. This may sound like the usual administrative pablum to you, but buddy, it’s packed with all sorts of action items:
Scientific knowledge should be applied to articulate and support the goals of sustainable development, through scientific assessments of current conditions and future prospects for the Earth system. Such assessments, based on existing and emerging innovations within the sciences, should be used in the decision-making process and in the interactive processes between the sciences and policy-making. There needs to be an increased output from the sciences in order to enhance understanding and facilitate interaction between science and society.
A stirring call to arms, reminiscent of Shakespeare channeling Henry V’s St. Crispin’s day speech to the troops at Agincourt. “Should be! Needs to be!” Makes the pulse race, doesn’t it? (more…)
Last fall, we began to hear the drumbeat of “half of all Americans pay no taxes”. Specifically, it was that they pay no federal income taxes, though that detail was often lost in the rhetoric. The topic became a hot one among the Republican Presidential candidates starting in mid-August, 2011.
With Tax Day nearly upon us, it seems worthwhile to investigate this topic in more depth.
Since this is a meme watch article, let’s start by looking at what was going on at that time that would trigger the meme’s formation. (more…)
It was an inept turn of phrase.
The Democrats of course say you are waging, the GOP is waging a war on women. I know you don’t agree with that, but looking at the polls, you have a gender gap problem. Recent polls show a huge, huge margin for Democrats among women voters. How big a problem is it? How do you close it?
Well, for one thing, if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we have problems with caterpillars. The fact of the matter is it’s a fiction and this started a war against the Vatican that this president pursued. He still hasn’t answered Archbishop Dolan’s issues with Obama world and Obamacare, so I think that’s the first issue.
Is the Republican War on Women a fictional meme, as Priebus argues, or is it supported by the evidence? (more…)
What caused the economic meltdown of 2008? One meme holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, plus the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), “forced” banks to offer mortgages to people who had nether the ability to pay back those loans, nor the intention of doing so. Unsurprisingly, the loans went bad when the housing bubble burst, and the banks were left holding the bag.
How true is this meme? Let’s examine it together, shall we?
I’m not going to describe what led to the 2008 world financial collapse. I am, however, going to explore the meme that the collapse was caused by the CRA, Fannie, and/or Freddie. (more…)