Saturday, February 23, 2008

Will you guide me now for I can't see a reason

Right-wing bloggers often display a surprising lack of irony, lack of sense of self, when they criticize the Left:
Try as I might, I found it hard to rant and rail against liberals for their incredibly stupid, delibertately dishonest caterwauling about interrupting the Tom Lantos memorial service with a procedural motion on FISA when it was the Speaker’s admitted fault that the motion was unavoidable under the rules and that a scheduling snafu had occurred to boot.

Did that stop the “Republicans polticize the dead” crowd from throwing a tantrum worthy of any two year old? Of course not. And to make the criticism ascend to the level of sublime irony, it seems our lefty friends forget that Google has gone public and is actually making a little money now. If I typed in the name “Paul Wellstone” and added “Memorial Service” to the search, you would come across a story so profoundly disturbing that you would be forgiven for wretching while reading it.

. . . There have been other examples of the left using dead people like political clubs. Accusing the GOP of doing so when a simple reading of the rules would have given the lie to that meme propelled the left wingosphere beyond contempt and into the stratosphere of malicious mischief.

Well, that’s too many words wasted on this Right-wing pundit, but I wanted you to see and feel the depths of his idiocy.

First, the alleged debauchery of the Wellstone memorial has been thoroughly debunked; this guy wasn’t there, he merely believed Hannity, Limbaugh, et al.

But more importantly, regarding "politicizing the dead", I give you: Reagan:
Lifeguard, athlete, movie star, governor, president -- there wasn't much that Ronald
Reagan did not do in his lifetime.


Romney said Reagan in 2006:
The day after the midterm elections, Gov. Mitt Romney, reflecting on the GOP's punishing losses, issued a clarion call to conservatives: "We must return to the common-sense Reagan Republican ideals."

Three days later, at a State House Veterans Day ceremony, Romney invoked the former president again, saying, "As Ronald Reagan once said, 'I have seen four wars during my lifetime and none of them began because America was too strong."'

McCain said Reagan:
So when John McCain said, after his victory in South Carolina, that he was a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution and is running for president "not to be something, but to do something" he was making clear that on a range of issues -- from defending the nation to reducing the size of government -- he would bring a new vitality to the Reagan revolution.

Thompson said Reagan:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday said he’s more of a Reagan Republican than former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

Huckabee said Reagan:
“I appreciate his conversion, but some of us were with Ronald Reagan in the early years,” Huckabee said.

It’s Reagan TV: All Reagan, All The Time.

Look, the McCain link above, from the delusional R. Emmett Tyrrell's American Spectator, shows what a farce the Reagan idolatry is. Read this:
Many conservatives fail to understand that Reagan's tax cuts had two objectives -- to promote economic recovery, of course, but also to "starve the beast," by reducing the funds available for government growth. Although Reagan did in fact successfully cut domestic discretionary spending, later Republican presidents and congressional majorities spoiled the brand that Reagan had created for his party. They did it, however, over the strong objections of John McCain, who has been the most consistent advocate in Congress for Reagan's original vision of a smaller and less intrusive government.

The Reagan coalition is still out there, a majority of Americans -- Republicans, Democrats, and Independents -- who believe that the size of government and its role in the economy should be reduced.

Yeah, except that most Americans believe that government can solve problems, without generating massive cash infusions to the private sector to go into Donald Trump's and Halliburton's checking account.

And that tax cuts you yearn for? Reagan had no real part in that:
Reagan's people shoved his program through the Congress during the early Reagan years. James A. Baker, David Stockman and other Reaganites ran roughshod over Tip O'Neill and the divided Democrats in the House and Senate, and won every critical vote. This is because of the GOP majority in the Senate and the GOP-"Boll Weevil" (or "Dixiecrat") coalition in the House. Phil Gramm was a House Democrat at the time, and he even sponsored the most important Reagan budgets.

Only after the huge Reagan recession -- made worse by utterly failed Reagan "Voodoo Economics" - did Democrats regain some control in Congress. They halted some Reagan initiatives, but couldn't do much on their own. That was a time of gridlock.

Six years into Reagan's presidency, Democrats retook the Senate, and began to reverse some of Reagan's horrendous policies. By that time, Reaganomics had "accomplished" quite a bit: doubled the national debt, caused the S&L crisis, and nearly wrecked the financial system.

So politicize the dead, who didn't do what you claimed they did, and worship at their altar.

Seems like a new religion has been founded.