I have a theory about this. I feel like it is more easy to whip a crowd into a frenzy when you can pit good against evil. When you can create a bad guy like the boogey man.
Although this tactic is insulting it is done all over the world, in political and religious organizations. It is insulting because no one would ever believe it right?Well it seems many do believe it.
Now I will also say this the tactic is used by everyone. I have seen and heard the current administration employ hyperbole on a pretty big scale. When the administration was looking for votes for the affordable care act they marched out one sad case after another to get votes. I have heard the administration say that the republicans want to keep fat cats rich and make everyone else poor.
these scare tactics from politicians are creating a polarization that happens in political systems on a cyclic basis.
"I have a theory about this. I feel like it is more easy to whip a crowd into a frenzy when you can pit good against evil. When you can create a bad guy like the boogey man."
Yeah Shannalat, that was standard operating procedure when it came time to lynch some uppity black man or burn him alive for some perceived infraction committed towards white folks. Usually a white woman. And the perpetrators enjoyed total impunity form the law.
Today, there exists literally hundreds of white right wing armed militias that feel marginalized by not just Black folks, Hispanics, LGBT community, but for that matter ANY body that don't look or act like them. It is dangerous because it successfully plays to the baser instincts of the human condition. And, Republicans know this. It is used in language like 'illegals', 'not natural,' 'against normal marriage,' 'welfare Queens, 'lazy 47%' 'socialism'(conveniently forgetting that the Fire Dept. and the Post Office are just two examples of a 'socialist delivery system,') and yes, even today: 'Jews'.
So, Shannalat, it is difficult to curb ones 'hyperbole' when dealing with these tough talkin' Duck Dynasty bubbas and bubbetts. You have to stand up to them and all their false religious evangelical "God hates Gays", and "God's hates American Soldiers,' moral certitude.
They are totally convinced in the righteousness of their views.
In short, to them: God is a Republican.
The last time we had a substantial group of people like this they were very well organized. And their leader's first name was Adolph.
Ironically Nobama's shortcomings have nothing to do with the color of his skin. It is his failed policies, complete foreign policy ineptness, and lack of his ability to be an effective Commander and Chief. Blaming his unpopularity on the color of his skin is a copout period. Yes, there are some narrow minded people that judge him by the color of his skin but this ignorance was not enough to keep him from serving another term. I reiterate; it is the litany of failures and single handedly driving a spike right down the middle of our country due to his own rhetoric.
A good tool for dealing with any organization based on hate no matter how well organized is doing good.
All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent.
However the good that is done has to be good and well as stated by HMJC the shortcomings of the president are not the good needed by this country. Now having said that this would be of small impact if the president did not stoop to the level of the radicals with his hyperbole but he has.
So what is needed is just good people doing good things.
A convoluted expression if there ever was one. Pray tell, shannalat, is this the beginning of a pattern?
well I could have been more succinct and for that I apologize. Here it is.. If the president and the democrats did a good job the arguments from the republicans and the radicals would have no traction.
@shannalat: I say if the do-nothing Congress even attempted to do their job...and are you saying that one is a radical if one is not a Republican?
Your succinctness reeks of Conservative partisanship.
The Republicans have done nothing but throw the rock and hide their hand. Congress/Republicans has a lower approval rating than Democrats and the POTUS. There's only one group of people set on blaming the POTUS-Bigots and older whites in the dirty south. Congress is 90 % of the problem.
Tell me what Republicans have done for this country? I'll tell you-nothing.
well I have never been a fan of polls, approval ratings or blaming others.
I don't think it is a single side problem.
If only it were that simple.
Have you read the book "Double Down" it was ok.
In the book the authors pointed out the presidents lack of negotiation with everyone who did not share his ideology. Now being an ideologue is wonderful for some things but I just don't think it works when you are running a country.
"Double Down" is Ann Coulter type demonization of Democrats, in this case BHO.
Reality check: you are either a Democrat Ideologue or a Republican ideologue. Pick one.
Again, blaming all of Nobamas issues on the White Man and the cursed South is pretty narrow minded; it obviously was not enough to stop his reelection so I guess the purported hysteria was again not enough to stop the Nobama express.
Now with that said, I do concur that Congress as a WHOLE has failed us; ALL of congress to include the GOP, DEMS, Liberals and such. This still does not relieve Nobama of culpability which he has mastered. I can't think of many times where he said; I am the Leader of this country and I need to do a better job. It's not color gentleman its the administrations litany of failures at every level. Ironically when the VA scandal hit the expectation was that GEN Shinseki was expected to step down due to the failures of his leadership. I would hope we can agree on one thing; Our Country is in shambles. We are divided and no longer a Nation that is revalent on the world arena. Like it or not the man at the head table is responsible for his people and their actions. I just amazes me that when Nobama screws something up the first blurb is: Well Bush did so I guess that makes ok... Is it me? or if he did something messed up; isn't it still wrong regardless of who has committed the same Transgression? As previously stated; blaming all of his woes on color is a copout no matter how you slice it.
HMJC: How one views BHO is up to them. I am not saying he gets a pass because of his melanin. Same for Bush. What I will say is that it would be disingenuous to deny that RACE plays absolutely NO part in the disrespect shown to this President by some. THAT is NOT playing the race card. It is only acknowledging that it is one of the cards in the deck.
Not to put you on the spot, but would you agree to that last statement?
I DO say Obama gets a pass because of his melanin. If Obama was a white man, he would have been labeled as the worst president since WWII in his FIRST term. Let's face facts: Obama was elected based on his personal charisma and the romantic novelty of electing the first African-American president. (It didn't help that the GOP didn't put up much competition, but that has to be viewed in context.) Nobody cared that the only experience he had in national government was as a one-term senator. He closed the deal by being a consummate campaigner.
Now that Mr. Obama has been exposed as a weak leader - both home and abroad - we get the "boogeyman" hypothesis. Nearly three-fourths of the American people and the rest of the world LOVED the idea of Obama as President in 2009. His poll numbers back then (were they "damn lies" then too?) were among the highest of any President in the past 100 years. Now - five years later - a majority of the American people and the rest of the world is saying ala Helen Reddy: Is That All There Is?
What happened to all of the "hope" and "change?" Can't blame it on Dubya or the GOP. LEADERS ARE SUPPOSED TO LEAD, FORGE COMPROMISES AND OVERCOME OBSTACLES. That's what other presidents have done. This one refuses to negotiate and thinks he can make his own laws with his phone and his pen.
Yes - we got change alright: change for the worse. Now all we can hope for is 2016.
Failed policies, a lack of leadership, and a combative, arrogant attitude toward the opposition doesn't equal competent governing. THAT'S the bottom line. Obama simply didn't have the experience or the temperament to be an adequate President. That's what is being demonstrated every day. See:
"Failed policies, a lack of leadership, and a combative, arrogant attitude toward the opposition doesn't equal competent governing. THAT'S the bottom line. Obama simply didn't have the experience or the temperament to be an adequate President. That's what is being demonstrated every day."
Yada, yada, yada...same story, different day. Whine, whine, whine. Bitch, Bitch, Bitch. Woe is us, Woe is us.
Here's and idea: Put W.'s name where Obama's name is in the above demeaning comment and you get accurate description of the damage done by W., Karl Rove and goose-stepping Republican Congressmen.
Say what you will about BHO but the difference between BHO administration and W.'s is legislation, leadership, and competence can be changed, but you can't resuscitate a DEAD soldier, restore a blown off appendage, nor cure the damage to families done by PSTD inflicted upon Americans by the 'leadership' of George W. Bush.
Any comparison of the end result of the Two Presidents, is a disrespectful insult to ALL Americans, and especially our men and women in uniform.
Maybe we should take a poll to get to the BOTTOM LINE. After all, as we all know, Polls do NOT LIE.
I think the reason I continue to digress on this issue is the complete lack to view the objective 'FACTS of some of his epic failures. I will give it to you; you stand by your horse. I will be honest though; It almost seems like a commitment no matter what he does. I think that's what befuddles me as it seems the everyone aboard the Nobama Express like the "Free Ride" Please note that I do not feel the same about my fellow blogger's; just an observation of what seems like blind commitment.
The POTUS isn't perfect but he's faced more opposition than any other POTUS. I would like to see more blame and focus placed on our do nothing congress.
White folks are angry that a black man is sitting in the White house. Nothing the POTUS does will ever please white folks that feel a black man shouldn't have never been elected or a black man doesn't have the wherewithal to run the country.
At the end of the day the assault on the POTUS is more about an assault on Black Men in general. If he succeeds- every black man may in America succeeds (in their small minds)and may be looked at from a different perspective.
How will they live with out their Bell curves, and other theory's they've used for year's to define Black America.
I'm not saying everyone thinks like this but a large number do.
Well HMJC...I was thinking about firing off one or two ICBMs in response...but I thought about it and decided on another approach that perhaps you might could relate to.
It basically, for me, comes down to this. No matter how bad it gets, no matter the intensity of the incoming fire, no matter forcing yourself to considering coming to terms with the fact that you are going to be overrun and.....maybe lose. Considering all those factors and perhaps many more other negatives: YOU DO NOT ABANDON YOUR
TEAM. You stay for the good AND THE BAD.
And the very last thing to not do is..go over to the opponents side. Those that cross over to the other side in the heat of battle are worse than traitors who sell secrets to the opponent. They are TRAITORS AND COWARDS.
BREAKING: Senate Republicans filibustered the Bring Jobs Home Act today July 30 ,2014. The bill received 54 votes, short of the 60 needed.
This is what I mean by Republican obstruction.
Jimmy: Dubya isn't President and Karl Rove isn't MY hero (but he seems to be on your mind quite a bit). The issue is today's "boogeyman" in the White House - according to this blog.
"The POTUS isn't perfect but he's faced more opposition than any other POTUS."
I don't concede this point. I was around during the Nixon, Carter and Dubya years. But IMHO - a lot of Obama's "opposition" is SELF-INFLICTED. He doesn't know how to govern. You don't do it by issuing edicts or selectively enforcing the laws. You don't do it by reneging on deals you have made or by demonizing your "partners" in the media. You don't do it by sticking it to your opposition every chance you get.
Think about it: if you ran your relationships that way - ANY relationships - what could you expect? It's no wonder ANYTHING gets done in Washington under these conditions.
To paraphrase the old Smith-Barney slogan:
Obama has made his political enemies the old-fashioned way: He EARNED them.
To not acknowledge Karl Rove's Republican Strategies towards Democrats reflects an underestimation of Right Wing Conservative Evil that exists and makes its presence known over and over and over again.
It is vital to know the thinking and strategies of Karl Rove...if society is to defeat such a vicious and demonizing individual.
Thanks for not going nuclear on me... My point is the "blind" commitment to a train that cannot stay on the tracks. I dare say that the scandals in his administration have surpassed "Will Bill's. He was almost impeached for much less transgressions... Like I said; everyone for the most part sticks by their horse. We just have different jockeys...
I guess that I'm a bigot or an old white man from the dirty south; however the reality is there is a boogeyman in the White House. All you have to do is conduct your own research and listen to him.
In this clip he is asked when congress offers you a bill will you promise not to use Presidential signage to get your way?
Article I Section I gives Congress the sole power to legislate.
The main problem is that people should always follow right over wrong instead of left over right ie Democrat or Republican.
This being said PN and since this is your blog please explain to us how Obama has the authority to change the ACA with signage statements.?
Hi Funk. Been missin your conservative commentary believe it or not. And I'm kinda glad you are not asking me that question. You've called me out before...and rightly so, I might add.
I think PN can handle herself. And you are right it is her blog. I am tho...in her corner.
Thanks Jimmy for your insight. The strategy and or intent is to promote a factual dialogue around a polarized debate. Now you've seen and heard what Obama said and promised and you also know what he has done. He can't blame anyone but himself for his lawless actions. If you had a contract with me and I refused to honor it, will you make another with me without me making concessions or compromise?
Well...first...Horse Hockey!!! You gonna pull me into this one anyway aren't ya Funk? Well...here is my take on your comment above.
1. I don't buy into the "lawless actions" words in the face of dealing with a hostile intransigent Congress.
"If you had a contract with me and I refused to honor it, will you make another with me without me making concessions or compromise?"
2. That is a terribly LOADED question Funk, my man. However, I will say: it depends on what the contract entailed as it pertains to me, per your phrasing of the question.(me)
If it was a contract to say throw a bucket of cold water on Tot and you refused to honor it, I would offer you more money til you acquiesced.
If it was a contract made with you to change over to being a Liberal Democrat, I would chalk your initial refusal up to cutting my losses at that point and not make another contract with you on the matter.
Of course, all this is based upon your stated rigidity (like Congress) 'without me making concessions or compromise.'
Hope that does it for you, cause that's it. Unless you want to rephrase or compromise your question to me.??!
Funk--Executive Orders. If President Obama is abusing his position with all of these EOs than why did the last 3 republican presidents have a combined number of 838;if you include Ford's 2.5 years in office the number is 1007 EOs. They call them MEN OF ACTION.
Hypocrite Boehner Demands Obama Act Alone On Border Crisis While Suing Him For Executive Action..
There is definitely a push to make the president out to be the boogey man. This can be seen in the Dinesh D'Souza film 2016 Obama's America film.
D'Souza does his best to paint the president out as anti american. The film does not state that the producer has problems with policies or the action of policies but that he has issue with the man himself.
Ok then Jimmy let's stay with the exact word that he's doing.
1. Overreach of his authority attempting to gain too much power as he proclaimed that GWB was doing
2. We that Article 1 Section 1 gives congress sole power to legislate and that Article 2 Section 3 states that the President ; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.
3. With these facts in play he has two options. Option 1 he should have read the bill before he signed it on March 23, 2010 and then vetoed it if it didn't meet his standards. Option 2 he must go to congress to change anything that he may have missed before he can delay or change anything. The word shall is absolute so there is no question that he has overridden his authority by not executing the Law as it was passed and then signed by him.
One thing that is Great about the constitution is that it was written so that the common person may understand it. An Ideologue like Obama takes his constituents for granted and gets by with it because people are so busy in their daily lives that they don't pay attention to what he says against what he actually do. They get polarized by his campaign stump speeches that polarizes his base against anyone who opposes his policies. It's not Presidential for him to act like a candidate when he is our Chief CEO, this shows a lack of experience and leadership.
Lastly Jimmy the Bill that the Senate passed last year I support it too with only one compromise. Close the border first and the Democrats won't compromise with the Republicans on doing that first. When a person has been shot you stop the bleeding first. When a water pipe Burt's you stop the flow of water first. When you have a problem at your border you stop the leak into your country first.
I'm trying my best to have a factual dialogue to help compel us all into supporting what's right over wrong regardless of party affiliation. This is why our military is so Great because we followed the Field Manuals and the UCMJ; we were all Green as HMJC said.
PN you still didn't answer the question? And it doesn't matter who signed more or less Executive Orders it matters on whether or not a President has overreached on his authority. Did you see the clip on Obama? And can you give me two instances where GWB or any other Republican President didn't take Care to faithfully execute the Laws?
Well Funk, if BHO does in fact OVERREACH, then I guess you must IMPEACH.(apologies to Johnny Cochran)
But, in all seriousness Funk, what should be done about all these other Presidents that did what BHO has done, many, many more times than he?
Three of 'em hard core Republicans!?? Oh, and not that it matters (all that snickering is comin from the Peanut Gallery) all dem other leaders of the FREE WORLD, were of a different melanin hue. Just coincidence, I reckon!?
Theodore Roosevelt enacted 1,081 executive orders during his presidency. President Dwight Eisenhower had 484. President Ronald Reagan had 381. And President George W. Bush had 291. They 'went around Congress!!' Often.
In case you are wondering, Funk, the number of Executive Orders issued by Obama: 182. Yet Republicans foolishly wish to paint BHO as 'an imperial president.' How utterly ridiculous. They should do their jobs and stop enhancing gridlock and political polarization.
But, alas, they've got to take their 5 week vacation first.
Ya think they could call in their 'yeas' for IMPEACHMENT of BHO from poolside? Is that in the Constitution, my friend? I apparently am not as familiar with that document as you. We may be at a teachable moment!
"I'm trying my best to have a factual dialogue to help compel us all into supporting what's right over wrong regardless of party affiliation." Sayeth Funk, the Constitutional Idealist.
All I have to say here buddy is....Good luck with that.
I'm trying to have a factual dialogue. I have wholeheartedly demonstrated how Obama has overreached his constitutional authority; however you and PN have demonstrated Democrat Ideaology by using numbers with no factual context on the subject at hand, constitutional overreach of his authority. What's that phrase you use about numbers, " lies damn lies and facts" that not your actual phrase but when it comes down to Obama or a Democrat you will use it to your last breath. I challenge you to adhere to right vs wrong following the laws on the books instead of personal feelings for that us the only way to treat everyone fair in a free society such as ours.
... and PN the most egregious quotes you have posted above in the picture section was started, enacted and promoted by the a Democrat party. You can't change US history my dear :D
@Funk: We see the world differently, my friend. One man's facts, are another man's lies. Your version of right and wrong is not the same version of what I consider right or wrong.
It is my premise, that we, as American's are NEVER going to see the society you describe above. At least not in our lifetimes. WE do share however, the concept that we are a nation of LAWS. And under that LAW we SHOULD ALL be treated EQUALLY. But, I think maybe we can agree that that EQUALITY does NOT in FACT really exist. Does it?
OBAMA is entitled to an EQUAL shake under that law. I just do not see him getting that consideration right now.
I see a REPUBLICAN dominated Congress as the real Boogeyman here. Not Obama.
@Jimmy, one of the greatest things a veteran learns well is to follow laws as they are simply put. Article 1 explains the Legislative Branch authority, Article 2 the Executive Branch authority and Artical 3 the Judiciary Branch authority. Seperation of Powers to limit what one or the other can do, if its not in it that branch doesn't have the authority. This is the ONLY way that Americans will be treated EQUAL under the law. Of course nothings perfect but we have the best system known to man and having the attitude of never isn't in my vocabulary. All things are possible in the United States of America.
@shannalat with all do respect, your statement about "America" isn't true. I saw it for myself on July 3rd.
"To not acknowledge Karl Rove's Republican Strategies towards Democrats reflects an underestimation of Right Wing Conservative Evil that exists and makes its presence known over and over and over again.
It is vital to know the thinking and strategies of Karl Rove...if society is to defeat such a vicious and demonizing individual."
Rove is now a political commentator known most recently for incorrectly predicting the 2012 presidential election. His "strategies toward Democrats" are no worse than Obama and his political operatives' "strategies toward Republicans." They are all in the business of gaining votes for their candidate. One is just as "despicable" as the other.
My point was that Karl Rove has little to do with any of the blogs I post or the comments I make, but you seem to refer to Rove in your arguments about same. In fact, in all of my comments on this here blog site - especially during the past two years - I don't recall referencing or quoting Rove even once. I may have done so prior to November 2012, but if so it would have been in the context of his electoral/election predictions. As to his "strategies" - I don't think they are any more meaningful now than anybody else's who does politic analysis for a living.
As for "evil" - I've said it before and I'll say it again:
Today's Democratic party is a focus of evil in American politics. They prove it every day.
So on that we can agree to disagree.
Yes We Can....agrees to disagree. Rove is known as the Larry David of the Republican Party. He is mostly behind the scenes. No elected office holder. But a lethal strategist, nevertheless. It was made note that during W.'s two terms that Rove had his own office and W. met with him everyday. W. was reported as listening to EVERY word that came out of Rove's mouth and did not interrupt him. Rove detests Democrats.
Unlike our behind the scenes guru, Brother James Carville, Jim's depth of detestation runs not so deep. I mean, hey, Jim Boy MARRIED a Republican which makes for an off color joke since their marriage produced offspring. But I won't go there. I will however say that Rove is Ralph Reed cubed in terms of putting Dems into body bags. (Reed's words.)