Republican Lies category archive
Josh Marshall fisks ABC’s John Karl’s non-apology for spreading Republican propaganda in a blatantly–er–let’s just say “erroneous” news report.
Reg Henry counsels caution. A nugget:
In this week of scandal, in which the conservative outrage meters have been howling about administration actions (or inactions), those of us who do not get our aerobic exercise by jumping to conclusions are forced to reconsider our cautious reserve.
This reserve is justified by the experience of recent years. During the Clinton administration, those crying wolf were in full throat over the Whitewater scandal, which wasted much time, cost millions of dollars to investigate and left the Clintons sitting pretty.
And so it goes. From the moment President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the hate machine was cranked up. This happened with the last occupant of the White House, too, but that was a Model T hate machine compared with the super-duper, industrial-strength lie mixer rolled out for Mr. Obama. No other president in memory has had to fend off claims that he was not actually an American — and that was just for starters.
If you look at the facts on the supposed scandal, there’s really not much there there.
Trudy Rubin zeroes in on the scandal:
The scandal is that Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and some Republican colleagues are dishonoring the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans by making a political circus out of their deaths.
As chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa is ready to manipulate the pain and anger of relatives and colleagues of the victims, but shows little interest in making U.S. diplomats safer. The hearing he held last week ignored the real issues raised by Benghazi in favor of promoting conspiracy theories about “talking points” that administration officials used after the tragedy.
Follow the link for her explication of the issues vs. the
Republican talking points non-issues.
In the midst of a larger post about one of his favorite subjects,* one in which he has expertise, Dick Destiny pens the ultimate definition of “Republican Think Tanks.”
*That is, fear-mongering about made-up technological threats in pursuit of consultancy contracts.
Dick Polman looks at Darrell Issa and sees Geraldo:
Do read the rest.
Jaded as one might be, Republican hypocrisy is forever new and fresh.
Now, just arriving from the Appalachian Trail:
“Do you think that President Clinton should be condemned for the rest of his life based on a mistake he made in his life?” Sanford asked during a recent debate with his opponent, the Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
That would be the same President Clinton that Sanford once voted to impeach.
Ten years ago today, George the Worst patted himself on the back on the carrrier Abraham Lincoln, congratulating himself for victory in the Great and Glorious Patriotic War for a Lie in Iraq.
He turned out to be about ten years early.
Dick Polman looks back. A nugget:
For his (George W. Bush–ed.) defenders, I offer this simple test: Imagine what they’d say if Barack Obama reacted to a 9/11-style domestic terrorist attack by invading the wrong foreign country under false pretenses, and then declaring that “major combat operations” had ended – when, in reality, the major combat operations, the deaths of thousands of American soldiers, the wounded and maiming of tens of thousands more, and the budget-busting expenditure of three trillion dollars, were only just beginning.
Maine’s Republican governor mills a big one.
As long as folks who feel free to make up any old thing because it sounds good, ignoring facts completely, can keep getting elected, we will continue to be doomed.
PoliticalProf explains how wingnuts are trying to turn “religious freedom” on its head. A nugget (emphasis added):
So my local paper published a letter to the editor on Sunday, the upshot of which was a claim that if the writer were required to live in a country that had gay marriage, that would violate her religious freedom. “What will happen to those of us who believe gay marriage is wrong?,” she asked. ”I feel that this will infringe on my religious rights which is unconstitutional.”
Indeed, the writer’s version of religious “freedom” in this case is nothing of the sort: it embodies the use of State power to enforce a particular religious value. Which is pretty much exactly what religious freedom is not.
Cut through the wingnut crap. Read the rest.
The Booman nails the lie. A nugget (emphasis added):
Now, the Republicans and much of the press respond that this is just of flip side of the Democrats’ push for vote-by-mail, early voting, etc. But this is a representative democracy, and encouraging citizen participation is not the flip-side of discouraging citizen participation. They are not equally partisan exercises. One act is legitimate, and the other is illegitimate. One act helps people exercise their rights, and the other seeks to take away their rights.
Read the rest.
In my local rag, Roger Chesley tells the story of one of the persons the Republican Party of Virginia wishes to disenfranchise. A nugget:
Carter is 85. She was born at home in Baltimore, and she never had a birth certificate. After Carter moved to the commonwealth in the 1950s, she eventually got a state ID card – she’d never learned how to drive because “the highways petrified me.”
When that card expired in 2006, the state wouldn’t renew it. The 9/11 attacks brought stricter regulations.
Carter, who spoke to me by phone from her Richmond home, told me she had to contact a genealogist, research the 1940 census and request help from the federal government. The six-year effort finally ended in 2012, when her new documents passed state muster.
She testified about this before lawmakers debating photo ID legislation.
Carter had voted for years in Virginia with no problems. But if the state’s new photo ID law – signed this week by Gov. Bob McDonnell – had been in effect, she would’ve been turned away at the polls.
Virginians will have to start showing photo proof as of July 2014.
Read the rest.
The true “voter fraud” is the Republican Party’s campaign to gut out the vote.
Chris Honore discovers that Republicans lie. A snippet:
What is clear is that as narrators of their convictions on a myriad of issues the Republicans are decidedly unreliable. They say stuff, lots of stuff, knowing that it’s either completely disingenuous or simply flat-out untrue, convinced that if they rinse* and repeat it will eventually sound credible to the voters.
Who woulda thunk?
Do read the rest, which details the path to this discovery.
*Methinks he misplet “Reince.”