Right Wing Propaganda!
March 1, 2015

We are in the middle of a major crapnado of propaganda. If you are a student of American politics, now is the time for you to follow the news and clip some articles. When your crazy leftist sister-in-law starts regurgitating Democratic Party talking points at an otherwise civilized family gathering, you'll have a few answers. When a Republican office holder seeks re-election and says, "I had no choice" (but to cave in or whatever), you will know the truth. The little creep did have a choice. He just made the wrong one.

The facts are simple. Sometime in February the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for the next year. The bill also included a provision explicitly defunding any implementation of Barak Obama's illegal amnesty of 5 million illegal immigrants. You can quibble about "amnesty." You can quibble about "5 million." Doesn't matter. Obama's action was huge, illegal, unconstitutional and profoundly offensive. The U.S. House of Representatives simply exercised its constitutional authority to appropriate funds. Or to not appropriate them. There is no constitutional obligation for the House of Representatives to fund an attempted illegal usurpation of authority by the President. So, everything the House needs to do to fund Homeland Security has been done.

I'm writing this on the first day of March. Too many things have happened last week for me to keep track of. At one point the Senate Democrats were filibustering a vote on the bill that had passed the House. All they had to do was stop their filibuster and the bill would have passed the Senate. Then President Obama could have signed it or not signed it.

What we have, then, is a situation where 52 Republicans in the House refuse to vote for a "clean" Homeland Security bill and fewer than 50 Democrats would filibuster any attempt to pass a bill which also stops Obama's amnesty.

This blog entry was inspired by an Associated Press article: Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder by Charles Babington. I suggest you access the article and print it out. Then read it carefully. Underline some stuff. Take names. Ask yourself why this particular article is "propaganda" and not a report. Then finish reading this blog entry.

Consider the title of the article. If Republicans really were making a blunder, why would Democrats call it to their attention? I actually think the Democrats are making a blunder. If they could back out of the present conflict, if they could get over their insane addiction to illegal immigration, they might prosper in a very positive way, as might America.

The article contains many phrases intended to be demoralizing, starting with the word "blunder" in the title:

I've read the whole article carefully at least twice. I don't believe there is any mention at all of the possibility that the Democrats could lose this little war. There are a few quotes from Democrats slamming Republicans. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), referring to the extra week of funding, said, "It's bad policy and bad politics. [It] doesn't help the country, and it just shows that they're incapable of governing." ("Incapable of governing" is a popular Democratic Party talking point these days.)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is quoted twice in the article:

It's a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs and endanger the security of the American people.
and:
This crisis exists only because Republicans prioritize anti-immigrant extremism over the safety of the American people.
Nancy Pelosi is one God-damned lying little bitch! Some red-blooded true American needs to get up and call her exactly that if not something less polite from the floor of the House. If there is a word for someone who lies so brazenly, so blatantly, I don't know what it is.

Most instructive are some of the quotes from Republicans:

"Bad tactics yield bad outcomes," GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania told reporters. Republican leaders, he said, have engaged "in tactical malpractice, and at some point we're going to vote on the negotiated Homeland Security appropriations bill," a bipartisan plan that most Republicans oppose but cannot kill.
The article ends with quotes from Rep. Peter King of New York:
"Politically it's going to kill us," he said of conservatives' demands to link Homeland Security funding with Obama's immigration policy. "Morally, you're equating an immigration order with the lives of American citizens."

"I've had it with this self-righteous delusional wing of the party that leads us over the cliff," King said.

O.K., let's get this straight. Democrats -- Obama, Nancy, Harry Reid -- are telling lie after lie after lie, many of which are easily disprovable. So they are extremely vulnerable to counter-propaganda. But in the face of Democrat bluffing and idiotic posturing, some Republicans are not riding to the war, they are denouncing fellow Republicans. They are saying, "OMG, we might lose!! Let's give up now!! Please! Before the fighting starts! We can't possibly win!"

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It's not that hard to write an article like the one we are inspecting. You do a lot of interviews. The "Screw you, I'm not going to denounce someone in my own party" responses are not printed. When people like Peter King and Charlie Dent vent their hatred of conservatives, those quotes make it to the final edition.

I call this blog entry "Right Wing Propaganda!" partly for click-bait reasons, but mainly because that's the whole point. What do we say, what do we write to counter all the lies?

We need to be clever, punchy, entertaining, abrasive. We must be thoughtful as well. We must give our honest opinions. We need to spread the word. We need to tell the truth.
 

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