Thanks Donald, cont’d…
Posted March 10, 2016on:
Good morning Widdershinners – a good Thursday to everyone.
Building upon yesterday’s framework of the GOP’s Grand Old Cons, here are some additional examples.
Obama’s War on Coal
Along the spine of the central Appalachians, nothing has been more politically inimical than the imaginary “Obama’s War on Coal”. Just by checking the bumper stickers at cockfights, you can tell just how divisive the issue is. (That’s a joke.)
For the past two election cycles, Republicans have brayed incessantly about environmental regulations causing a decline in coal sales. It is a political ploy ignorant of falling natural gas prices and the higher costs of coal extraction.
So you would think any effort to ameliorate the supposed “War on Coal” would be significant. Here are the two efforts by Republicans and the coal companies to fight the War on Coal in Kentucky: (1) Eliminate safety training for coal mine foremen; and (2) Eliminate mine safety inspections. I didn’t make that up — real legislation pending before the General Assembly.
In the “War on Coal,” the first casualty is the safety of miners in order to bolster coal companies’ profits. Disgraceful and shameless are two words that come to mind.
Voting rights are central to many of the cons run by Republicans. Nowhere is it more evident than in Kansas. In Kansas, a government ID is no longer good enough to vote; you must also prove you are an American citizen. That’s right, forget “papers please” – in the Sunflower State it is “birth certificate please.”
Mind you, non-citizen voting isn’t a problem in Kansas. It’s just another way to intimidate and sow seeds of distrust of “Those People.”
Here’s the real kick in the head. Last weekend, in deference to the KU Shockers’ basketball game, the Republican Party set up a special voting site in Missouri for basketball fans. That’s right – if you are a Shockers’ fan, according to the Kansas Republican Party, that’s enough to prove citizenship and voting rights.
I’ve written about this before. There is nothing scarier than rewriting history to fit a social narrative. In Texas, the elected state school board has extraordinary power in textbook content. Since Texas is one of the largest, if not the largest, purchaser of textbooks, publishers acquiesce over content without protest. These “doctored” textbooks are then sold to other states that don’t have the purchasing power to demand corrective edits.
Simply put, Texans find it acceptable to vote on history and science by voting for state school board members. Facts don’t matter – beliefs do. The following are the actual statements of a conservative Tea Party candidate who will probably win a seat on the state school board:
On climate change: “Climate change has nothing to do with weather or climate; it is all about system change from capitalism (free enterprise) to Socialism-Communism. The Climate Change HOAX was Karl Marx’s idea.”
On the Civil War she wrote: “Slavery is not the Reason for the Civil War. Historians waited until all of the people who were alive during the Civil War and the Restoration were dead of old age. THEN HISTORIANS WROTE THE HISTORY BOOKS TO TELL THE STORY THE WAY THEY WANTED IT TOLD.”
On the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, she wrote: “Many people believe the Democrat Party had JFK killed because the socialists and Communists in the party did not want a conservative president.”
As recently as last October, she wrote that President Obama used to be a gay prostitute: Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties. That is how he paid for his drugs…Since he supports gay marriage, he should be proud of his background as a homosexual/bisexual. He is against everything else Christians stand for; he might as well be for infidelity.
This candidate holds a Masters of Education degree from East Texas State University and worked as a teacher and counselor in Texas public schools for 36 years. God help the poor children she scarred over those 36 years.
There is no greater GOP con than fear. Fear of “Those People” – fear of change – fear of the unknown or even the known – fear is the great catalyst of control for conservatives.
Once the Kochtopus got hold of the Heritage Foundation and it was lobotomized by the hiring of failed Senator Jim DeMint, it was further dumbed down by the offshoot Heritage Action. Here’s an article about the young firebrand heading up Heritage Action. You might have seen him giving political fellatio lessons on Fox.
Feel free to take this conversation in any direction you might like to explore.
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