This is a response to a comment in a conversation with a friend on facebook. It became lengthy, and I wanted to include a bunch of links, so I've posted it here. This is the facebook thread, and my response pretty much addresses issues in order as they appear in Daniel's remark which begins: "Ah, Jon Stewart, that bastion of political and social policy intellect."
And here begins my response...
Jon Stewart is far more articulate, informed, fair and balanced, and intelligent, than most if not all of the knee jerk reactionary fearmongers at the Fox ‘News’ right wing propaganda lie factory. That he happens to be poignantly hilarious with his delivery is bonus gravy. And Stewart was merely reading a list prepared for him by his research staff; that he was reading the untruths does not change their veracity (or lack thereof).
You prefer the intellectual lions Muska and Corsi…I understand. Corsi writes for the World Net Daily, a rag so rife with garbage the major fact checking groups won’t even waste their time with it. Corsi’s last book, Where’s The Birth Certificate? was debunked before publication when the truth came out (it had been known for years) that Obama is a natural born American and has been for fifty years now. 200,000 unsalable copies of Corsi's rubbish had to be shredded because it was crap and fabrication. Corsi is a liar, yet you cite him as though he speaks the truth. Nice respect for the commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Resorting to one of the conservatives favorite scapegoats, the pudgy, blue state gay man, are you? Barney Frank crashed the economy? That's absurd. The FHA bill was signed by Bush in August 2008, and became law October 1, 2008. It provided up to 300 billion dollars to restructure underwater mortgages. And that’s what crashed the economy? How does that account for the roughly TWO MILLION jobs lost during the first nine months of 2008? Job creators’ fears of the bill becoming law? And how do you tie the additional 2.3 million jobs lost in the final three months of 2008 to Frank? Please. The acceleration in job losses at the end of 2008 and into 2009 was due to the hysteria Bush induced in the business community with his September 2008 ‘sky is falling’ warnings necessary to justify Wall Street backing their truck up to the Treasury. Barney Frank had absolutely nothing to do with the economic crash. Wall Street and the banks absolutely did.
Just today I saw this gem. Conservatives are determined to pin the blame on Frank. If he is the culprit who brought down the economy, why do they have to lie about it? Wouldn't the truth testify unto itself?
Funny thing about conservatives, the 700 billion dollar handout, aka ENTITLEMENT, for Wall Street—no problem. Countless billions waging unjust invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, in which hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani civilians and thousands upon thousands of US and allied troops had their arms and legs blown off, or their entire bodies blown to bits, and conservatives say, oh well…oops. 120 billion dollars of US taxpayer money were spent to rebuild Iraq after we bombed it (and which monies handsomely lined the pockets of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and Blackwater)--that's money spent on schools, roads and bridges. That was deemed necessary expenditures, but suggest spending a few billion on the health and welfare of the Americans who PAY the taxes, and conservatives get up in arms and cry WASTE, WASTE! 700 billion to rescue the predatory lenders gets a pass, but 300 billion to help the middle American victims—you crashed the economy!!! The argument is patently absurd, and the assertion utterly false.
I’m sure God looking down is very pleased with America’s treatment of her own and the rest of the world.
And yes, Bush bears much of the blame for the current economic calamity. You can cut a tree down in five minutes, it takes years to grow it back. Bush and his fellow fiends had eight years to wreak their devastation, and that is a long time to inflict a lot of lasting damage. Vote for conservatives, that’s what you get.
You should look to the Gramm Bliley Leach Financial Modernization Act of 1999 for some of the true causes of our current economic ruin. That Republican bill, which was passed by a veto proof bipartisan vote (for the record, Barney Frank voted against it), and signed into law by Clinton because it was veto proof, undid the regulations of the Glass Steagall Act of 1933. Glass Steagall imposed regulations in the financial sector to prevent another Great Depression. Those regulations were undone in 1999, and what a surprise, look where it led….
Business owners will take every penny they can get. They aren’t hiring because of lack of demand because the money’s not fluid because the economy sucks because the banks and corporations are holding onto trillions and because the Republicans want to prevent any positive forward movement in the economy because they want it to be an election issue to wield against Obama next year because they care more about politics than the American people.
Obama’s anti business policies? Do you also blow the deregulation trumpet? Because deregulation of the financial sector had a large hand in crashing the economy, and deregulation of the oil industry led directly to the BP Gulf disaster. As someone who was DIRECTLY impacted by that disaster, I am particularly offended, as those deregulations HARMED my business. Why does BPs capitalist interest supersede mine, which required that the Gulf of Mexico be maintained in the pristine condition it was before BP mucked it up? And that nonsense you see on tv, sentimental music and a young couple in their restaurant telling us how BP is making it right—it’s bullshit. I can assure you, dealing with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility subjects one to the same incompetence that caused the oil spill in the first place. Yeah, we need more deregulation to stimulate—er, further destroy the economy, and the earth, God's wondrous creation.
I don’t know enough about Solyndra to pass judgment yet. Enron was far more massive and insidious. The Roger Pelosi story is a non story. He joined PCG this past spring, three years after the loans were secured. The Drudge Report tried to gin up a scandal and pulled the story. As far as I understand it, Holder isn’t accused of lying about what he knows about Fast and Furious, but when he knew it. And I’ve also read that Fast and Furious was started by the Bush administration. The Bush administration should have been, and still should be, tried for crimes against humanity. What they did was so foul, so dark and so evil, and had the truth been dredged up and aired out we would have had a parade of Republican criminals across the national stage that would have resembled the Nuremberg Trials. These people are not Christian, as many of them call themselves, but sons and daughters of Satan. And many of these people are now on Romney’s list of who will be his foreign policy advisors. They should be in prison, and you want to vote them back into power? Solyndra? Oh the horror! Blackwater employees gang raping US servicewomen while sucking billions out of the US economy through the industrial military complex? Well, if we don’t talk about it we can pretend it never happened. Even now the Republicans have appointed the former car thief Darrel Issa to chair the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. What a freaking joke. What a mockery of God and America.
And yes, Dan, you are my friend, but I am going to call you out here on blatant hypocrisy. You endorse and vote for the politicians who make ridiculous and stringent drug laws which create violent drug trade south of the border and elsewhere. Then you leave the voting booth and add to the demand, thereby fueling the violence. (I too have added to the demand over the years, but you don't see me voting Republican and railing against illegals.) Take a hypothetical God fearing, Christian Mexican family (I know one in Florida) who leaves the crossfire to seek a safer and better life north. You have no problem with the illegal drugs crossing the border, but the illegal HUMAN BEINGS (who you call illegal, but God does not)? Oh no, stop them in their tracks. I’m just curious how you can look the Lord square in the eye and justify all that.
And while I’ve probably got your dander up with that, let me just out and ask you this: do you harbor racism in the dark recesses of your heart of hearts? I’m not accusing, just asking. Whenever someone speaks out so viscerally against Obama and aliens, the majority of the time that’s the reason why, and my immediate thought. I wouldn’t think so from having known you for so long, but neither would I have thought you’d espouse some of the positions you have, positions which are politically aligned with the millions of racist Americans.
Look at what the Republican house proposed last week. A Christian undertaking, like feeding the countless impoverished American children who go to bed hungry every night? Or something to address unemployment, like they campaigned on in 2010 and have done absolutely nothing to address since convening in January? Nope, another idiotic, draconian drug law.
Speaking of the hungry children in America, one of the Republicans’ targets in their slashing spending was the WIC program, which provides nutrition for impoverished women, infants and children. It is a noble and very necessary social program, and the Republicans want to CUT it. That’s very Christian. Have you ever seen the effects of malnourishment on children? I have, firsthand. My cousins’ lives were pretty much ruined by it. It is fathomlessly despicable for people to call themselves pro-life and continue to let children suffer. They take cereal from the mouths of babes and use the money to make bombs to drop on other babes overseas...very Christian, very Godly.
As to the antichrist Reagan, you tell me what I’m talking about, but again you are WRONG. I don’t call Reagan an antichrist because of some silly gematria. 666 is the number of the beast as described in Revelation 13. I am talking about the antichrists as described in the first epistle of John. Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1 John 1:22-23.
Now, as Reagan was traipsing around America in the fall of 1980 shouting about our precious freedom and liberty, he was brokering a deal with Iran to keep the America hostages in captivity until after the election, in exchange for armaments. He arranged to deprive Americans of their freedom while peppering his campaign rhetoric with the words ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom.’ That is utterly despicable hypocrisy. Reagan claimed to be a Christian, but Jesus Christ, aka the Prince of Peace, said: If you love me, keep my commandments. Reagan did not. He armed both combatants in the Iran Iraq war, and then went on to supply weapons to the contras in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Roughly 135,000 people were killed in Reagan’s covert war in Central America, many of whom were innocent Christians caught in the crossfire. Look it up. Can you kill Christians in the name of Christ? No you cannot, that is a house divided. So while Reagan acknowledged Jesus Christ, his actions put the Lord’s commandments in mocking disregard, and therefore he was an antichrist, one of many.
Thirty percent of inmates are illegal immigrants? Not quite. That's another myth in the right wing narrative. But did you see Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, who imposed those crazy profiling laws against Hispanics last year? She has direct ties to the prison industry, and the more beds they fill the more taxpayer dollars they can squeeze from the federal government’s teat. Nice, upstanding Americans, that hag and her cronies.
Afraid of the terrorist sneaking over the border? You should be far more fearful of the many domestic terrorists which the tea party and fox news encourage with their hateful rhetoric and unfounded fears they foment. From your stances, I suspect you sympathize with the tea party. If so, perhaps you should consider just how much and in how many specific regards they resemble the Nazi party. Check out my article, which is an objective juxtaposition of parallel histories: The Nazi Tea Party.
Beating the smaller government drum, are you? Another right wing talking point that is nought but empty rhetoric. The unholy governor of Florida Rick Scott made his fortune defrauding the federal government of billions—that’s right, BILLIONS. He’s a criminal who should be in a jail cell, not the governor’s mansion. He paid a 1.7 billion fine but managed to save enough money to sway the election with a dirty campaign and to take office and subvert the constitution and run the state like a dictator. He’s imposed mandatory drug testing for welfare applicants, a drug test conveniently administered by his company—whereby he siphons more tax dollars into his private pocket—and which has already proven to cost the state more than it’s saving. Rick Perry (that pro-lifer who knowingly had an innocent man put to death) created a government agency for a contractor named Bob Perry, who donated 2.5 million to Perry’s campaign. The agency is called the Texas Residential Construction Commission. Bob Perry overseas it (sucking a paycheck out of the state which gives him more cash to donate to Rick Perry), and its purpose is to restrict lawsuits against builders over defective homes. Nice people. Just two small examples of many ugly truths about Republican rule. Factor in the fact that the size of the federal government bloated by ten percent under George Bush, and you’ve got yourself another right wing lie.
There are many liberal Christians, and all true Christians are liberal. It is the mouth of the Devil that demonizes liberality, because the devil, being evil, hates that which is good. Definition of LIBERAL: adj. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox or authoritarian attitudes, views or dogmas; generous, giving; free from bigotry. Hmm…sounds like Jesus to me. And after the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, the apostles and disciples carried on living as Christ had instructed them: And all that believe were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. Acts 2: 44-45. Sounds like a socialist collective to me. So how can you despise liberals and socialism, then tell God you wish to be admitted to such a kingdom?
The Christian right, by and large, act like fools. Man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Deuteronomy 8:3. Numerous polls show that the vast majority of ‘Christians’ do not and have not read the Bible. Have you ever heard someone try to discuss a book they haven’t read, or a film they haven’t seen? Such are they. Prayer in school and prayer in the military are utterly ridiculous issues. First of all, the problem arises with the precious Constitution, which clearly states the separation between church and state. (The same document also once stated that African Americans were sixty percent human.) And notwithstanding that, Jesus Christ was VERY specific in His instructions regarding prayer, and stated very clearly that it was not to be a public display, and that those who pray so are hypocrites calling attentions to their own piety. Why then would you train your children to pray in public by insisting on prayer in school? It contradicts scripture. We are instructed by the Lord to go into our room and be alone with God. And anyone can pray anywhere, and no one can stop you, so what’s the hullabaloo? It’s manufactured hysteria over nothing designed to call attention to the holiness of those who shout it out. And that ‘simply call on Christ and give yourself to Him and your salvation is guaranteed and no one can take it away from you,’ that many conservative evangelicals like to preach? Crap. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23. Many on the right who call themselves Christian think it’s perfectly okay to spend tax dollars blowing up Muslims on the far side of the earth and don’t give a fig if their poor neighbors at home suffer and die for lack of basic necessities of food, shelter and health care. The religious conservatives were alive in Jesus' time, and he described them and their reward in great detail in Matthew 23.
The United States of America is one gigantic Sodom and Gomorrah. The land was seized by violent genocide and built by slaves. Those early capitalists worked their tails off subjugating negroes with whips and rifles while penning the glorious words "All men are created equal...." I’m sure that was very pleasing to the Lord. While capitalism is a necessary evil, make no mistake that it is evil, insomuch as the love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10. Capitalism is covetousness glorified. ("Hey, you red savages, we covet your land.") Jesus also warned against it: Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15. It is also written: Covetousness is idolatry. Colossians 3:5. What is the most prominent idol in Scripture, symbol of the abominations of man which the Lord hates? The golden calf. And look there on Wall Street—it’s a golden calf, arrogantly placed there as the true object of America’s veneration and worship--money. You cannot serve two masters, God and mammon, and Republicans, by their philosophy and actions have chosen the latter. This is not lost on the LORD. And when I compare America to Sodom and Gomorrah, I refer not to sexual deviancy, as the Christian right so loves to do, I refer instead to Ezekiel 16:49: Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and the needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
Those liberals you hate, here is a partial list of what they have done for America over the years: Civil Rights, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Women’s Right to Vote, workplace safety laws, labor laws, child labor laws, eight hour workday, overtime and federal minimum wage law, the space program, the peace corps, public education, student loans, pell grants, national weather service, national science foundation, family and medical leave act, bank deposit insurance, Americans with disabilities act, food safety regulations, clean water and clean air acts, environmental laws, product labeling and truth in advertising laws, the GI bill of rights…and the list goes on. And most of these laws were passed in spite of varying degrees of vehement opposition of conservatives. Now when I ask a conservative to list their side’s achievements I am always met with the chirping of crickets. Care to break the silence? I’ll give you a bit of a lead in as to what they do accomplish—ravaged economy, the unjust sacrifice of American soldiers shedding innocent blood in countries afar, oil spills and public water supplies contaminated through fracking....
So you want to replace Obama with one of the Republicans next year? As of now the likely nominee appears to be Romney. So as a Christian who would you vote for? Obama is an avowed Christian who has spoken eloquently about Jesus Christ on several occasions--(go to the 45 second mark here)--and whose actions have been far more in line with Christian philosophy than any of the Republican presidents in our lifetime. Romney is not a Christian, he’s a Mormon. While its doctrine mentions Christ, and claims to be of Christ, it is not: it is a bunch of ridiculous fiction that was written by an eighteenth century money grubbing, power tripping, philandering graverobber named Joseph Smith, whom they revere as their Great Prophet. The deep secrets of the Mormon temples are all about the mighty dollar. But Romney will be perfect for Fox News and the right, for if he's willing to believe a lie regarding the salvation of his very soul, he’ll certainly be a willing mouthpiece for all the propaganda they’ll want him to feed us. Given the choice between Obama and Romney, tell me how a Christian would vote?
But hey, throw your support behind the Republicans, and give us four or eight or twelve more years of the same rats who ran the country into the ground under Bush. Put the same warmongering freaks in charge of foreign policy, and Rove back in the White House as an advisor, and we’ll send some more of our children to die needlessly slaughtering Iranians. The Republicans will thank you for your support by crapping on your head, peeing in your face and kicking you in balls. That Social Security they love to talk about? It’s not because it needs reform—it’s solvent for decades--it’s because it’s a massive federal cash reserve that they dearly want to lay their grubby hands on, and if they have their way, that and Medicare won’t be there for you when you come upon that age. You won’t have that guaranteed income and health care that you paid for all your life, but safely wrapped in it, your flag will protect from the liberal and terrorist bogeymen who are coming at you from every direction.
Are you familiar with the Great Commandment, Dan? Then one of them, which was a lawyer, sked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:35-40.
So do tell how inflicting Republican rule upon America and the world honors God and your neighbors? They are compassionless mammon worshipers who bear much more resemblance to the Pharisees, who became the enemies of Jesus and put Him to death, and about whom it is written: But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. Luke 19:27