Joe Nocera says what everyone is thinking today, and what some people have been saying for the past couple of years, RE: the American Taliban:
You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.
Like ideologues everywhere, they scorned compromise. When John Boehner, the House speaker, tried to cut a deal with President Obama that included some modest revenue increases, they humiliated him. After this latest agreement was finally struck on Sunday night — amounting to a near-complete capitulation by Obama — Tea Party members went on Fox News to complain that it only called for $2.4 trillion in cuts, instead of $4 trillion. It was head-spinning.
These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took.
It was clear since the GOP caused a near-government shutdown earlier this year that Republicans have gone off the deep end, willing to destroy this country to get what they want from Big Government politically. It’s why I named this blog Scorched America, from the Scorched Earth strategy where if people can’t have life their way, they’d be perfectly happy destroying it as an alternative. That’s the Tea Party and increasingly the Republican Party itself, in a nutshell.
The right is performing amazing contortions to simultaneously defend the beliefs of the Norway terrorist without condemning the violence, all while blaming someone — anyone else — for what happened:
“The official story makes no sense,” Savage told WND. “This looks like a classic conspiracy.”
“This has all the appearances of a cover-up,” Savage told WND. “They created their Reichstag fire. They found their Timothy McVeigh. They created their Jack Ruby. How could one man have blown up the downtown and then raced to the island to kill the teens?
“This is likely a fabrication of the Labour Party, who needs to hold onto power to enforce their multi-culturalist, Muslim-favoring, anti-nationalist views,” he continued, “especially in light of the earlier ‘credit’ for this atrocity claimed by the radical Muslim group whose leader they were threatening to deport.
The language used by Michael Savage, “multi-culturalist, Muslim-favoring, anti-nationalist views” is virtually indistinguishable from the language that Anders Breivik used in his manifesto to justify his violent actions. It’s entirely unsurprising that the right has found itself compelled to defend Anders Breivik’s beliefs precisely because they have so many things in common.
The titlte really does tell the whole story:
A high school southeast of Little Rock would not let a black student be valedictorian though she had the highest grade-point average, and wouldn’t let her mom speak to the school board about it until graduation had passed, the graduate claims in Federal Court.
Kymberly Wimberly, 18, got only a single B in her 4 years at McGehee Secondary School, and loaded up on Honors and Advanced Placement classes. She had the highest G.P.A. and says the school’s refusal to let her be sole valedictorian was part of a pattern of discrimination against black students.
There had been a trend I’ve noticed of some conservative opponents of gay marriage who have resolved themselves to accepting same-sex marriage when passed by a state legislature, as opposed to legalized through the courts. I guess their thinking is that if it’s done by the legislature, then it’s an expression of the will of the people. But if done by a court — even if it’s a ruling that bans violate the state or federal Constitution — it’s somehow tyranical and legislating from the bench. (This is ignoring the fact that conservatives love to wrap themselves in the flag as the biggest lovers and defenders of the Constitution when it’s conveinent to do so.)
Apparently that trend is over:
Conservative groups on Monday filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court challenging the legality of the state’s same-sex marriage law.
The lawsuit, in which New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom (NYCF) is the primary plaintiff, seeks an injunction on the Marriage Equality Act, claiming that open meeting laws were violated, campaign contributions were promised, and Senate rules on debate were violated in order to enact the law, which took effect on Sunday.
This is especially ironic since conservatives overwhlemingly opposed the lawsuit in Wisconsin that attempted to strike down Governor Walker’s deeply unpopular anti-union law for … violating an open meetings law.
In an interview with PoliticsMo, Rep. Todd Akin (R-OH) called President Obama a “flaming socialist” who is incapable of negotiating with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling. The fact that Akin would deem Obama a hardcore socialist after the president has caved to nearly every Republican demand, agreeing to slash trillions in spending and cut social safety net programs, in exchange for a what should be a non-controversial move to pay off the country’s debt shows just how far Akin is willing to diverge from reality to attack the president.
Rather, it shows how detached from reality Republicans are and how willing they are to say the boldest lies imaginable to the American people. And there will be no repercussions from this. It is excepted that nothing Republicans say is truthful so things like this aren’t a scandal, it’s the status quo. The non-reaction you’ll see is proof of that.
And this is why our government is so dysfunctional. You can’t have a good and effective government when part of it is run by serial liars with no morals or ethics.
Norwegian news reports confirm that Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman detained in connection to the terrorist attack yesterday in Oslo and Utoya Island, has confessed and called his actions “necessary.” This afternoon, reports emerged that Breivik had recently posted a political YouTube video outlining why “Christian soldiers” and “cultural conservatives” should rise up against “multiculturalism,” Muslims, and what he viewed as Marxist influence in society. The video, which was taken down and subsequently posted on other YouTube accounts, also features President Obama as part of a threat Breivik referred to as “Cultural Marxist Deconstruction.”
How odd, I’ve never heard anyone say those things about Obama before. Weird.