The Republicans have all turned their backs to (reality?) everyone else and have closed ranks like a flock of penguins huddling against the cold.
Suddenly, one respected member of the group will say something that resonates with them, no matter if it was just made up, then they repeat the thing around and around the group.
They nod and self-legitimize that position as if it were true, making it impossible for them to consider anything else (the actual truth). Then, feeling threatened, they quickly offer condemnation to anything that doesn’t fit that viewpoint. The opposite view from that made up thing is ofttimes invented, too, in an attempt to tell the world “what liberals think”.
There’s no way to break this circle. The right have erected a huge barrier around themselves called FOX. FOX will keep the made up thing going. There’s nothing that can be done as long as they have a powerful mouthpiece like FOX to, as George Bush put it, “propel the propaganda”.
What caused all this? Actually it was the right’s long war on the media. They lambasted the media as being “liberal” for so long and so often that the media lost its ability as a respected mediator that told us what was true. Until FOX can be convinced to actually become “fair and balanced” then there is no hope.
A federal judge in Nebraska has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven states against President Barack Obama’s administration over the Affordable Care Act provision that requires most health insurance plans to cover birth control without co-pay, the Lincoln Journal Star reported on Tuesday.
The lawsuit, filed by the Republican attorney generals of Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, was rejected by U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom of Lincoln, who sided with the U.S. Justice Department.
(Snarky) What they really mean is, “A federal judge in Nebraska has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven state attorneys general (who have been bought by the insurance industry) against President Barack Obama’s administration over the Affordable Care Act provision that requires most health insurance plans to cover birth control without co-pay, the Lincoln Journal Star reported on Tuesday. These attorneys general are aware of the social good the Affordable Care Act provides at the expense of the insurance companies, and that, they say, is wrong. These guys kick their daughters’ puppies when they get home.” (of course I made this up!)
The states claimed that the contraception mandate violates religious freedom rights under the First Amendment by only carving out an exemption for those religious organizations that primarily serve and employ people of their own faiths.
I know many religious people who use condoms regularly. I have read about how Catholics use condoms as much as anyone. What’s up? I think it has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with MONEY. They want an exemption not just for religious organizations who employ people of their own faith, but for everyone in order to give the insurance companies a break, as if they need one, and also weaken President Obama’s biggest social achievement. this suit was about money and Obama and nothing about religion.
Although much of the attention is on the main stage at each year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, it’s the side events where the real kookiness occurs. These events can give CPAC organizers and attendees a headache as they try to walk the line between accepting certain groups under the umbrella of the conservative movement, but also trying to make it clear they don’t want to associate themselves with some of those groups’ more questionable qualities.
Take for instance a session on the dangers of multiculturalism, that included participants from the website VDARE, which has been labeled as a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Rep. Steve King was one of those who had to walk the fine line. When questioned about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s description of his fellow panelists he first reacted by going on the offensive. “I wouldn’t be sitting up on a panel with anyone from the Southern Poverty Law Center,” King told reporters. “I’m not in a position to judge people in the fashion they seem to be so free to do.”
However, King then danced a delicate series of mental pirouettes. He explained his respect for VDARE’s top dog, Peter Brimelow, while holding back from a full-on embrace. Brimelow, he said, was not someone he’d met before the panel, though he had read his books.
“I just remember I’ve read his books and I put his name in my memory, and I just remember that his rationale was a rationale that I could track and I’m glad we have his voice,” he said in response to a journalist’s question about the pair’s relationship.
Meanwhile, CPAC seemed to keep their distance, with a spokeswoman directing the Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas to the sponsoring organization for comment and pointing out that it wasn’t organized by the American Conservative Union.
Rep. King said he has read Brimelow’s books and his ratinale was something he could track (meaning follow), and he was glad they had his voice. So, Rep. King has white supremacy stuff on his bookshelf in the “favorites” category. Books. Plural. Books by a white supremacist, anti-Semitic, anti-Hispanic, anti-black, separatist, mouth-breathing bottom-feeder, and King, a member of Congress, LIKES it.