It's hard to beat a fundamentalist party that controls the media, suppresses the vote and has all the money
You wouldn’t think Democrats are in trouble. Thanks to the ACA, millions of previously uninsured Americans are now covered. President Obama’s patience with foreign policy has avoided war in Syria, Iran , and Russia, despite Republicans constantly pounding the war drums. In fact, March of 2014 was the first month in a long time without an American soldier killed in action. These are all resounding successes, politically and culturally.
Republicans meanwhile, have constantly been left with egg on their face. They have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on over fifty fruitless votes to repeal the ACA. They wasted another 24 billion on the Shutdown, something they now try to blame on Obama. The Sequester. Benghazi. Bridge-gate. Freedom Industries and Duke Energy poisoning water. Paul Ryan’s new budget slashing domestic programs to the lowest point in modern history while further reducing taxes for the rich and substantially increasing defense spending.
Yet Americans can expect a repeat of 2010 when it comes to the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans will at least hold on to, if not increase their seats in the House, and they will take the Senate as well. You thought obstructionism was bad already? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
How is this possible? Republicans should not even be in shouting distance of any more power with all of their social issue blunders and fiscal oversights. Here are five ways they will win this year:
“I don’t condone cheating. But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Misinformation can be very important.” ~ Rand Paul, October 18, 2013
Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi! Despite hearings, examinations, and investigations, the GOP continue to hit the Benghazi button. It doesn’t matter that the points of that tragedy got lost, throw red meat to the conservative base. The real outrage behind the Benghazi attack lies in how Republicans are aiding the terrorists in their goals. If the point of a terror attack is to spread fear, discord, and divisive tensions in the target populace, with the help of the GOP, this particular endeavor has become very successful.
This is an important Republican strategy, and it works for them time and time again. Constant screaming, constantly skewing issues, constantly taking quotes out of context, “You didn’t build that” and “What difference does it make” distracts the Electorate from Republican war crimes in Iraq, horrific blunders with the economy, and gross mishandling of social issues. They are quick to attack the opposition and put them on the defensive. This way, Republicans are not held accountable for their own misdeeds, and misdirect voters to a new target.
We are seeing this tactic get ramped up already. Rand Paul recently trotted out his plan to campaign against Hillary Clinton; Monica Lewinsky. When asked about Hillary, Paul talked about how horrible it was for Bill Clinton to “take advantage of a young girl” like that. It would seem Rand has his Presidential platform together already. Oh, but mentioning Paul’s father Ron? That is off-limits. Not to mention Paul’s famous tendency for plagiarism. Classic misdirection.
Although conservatives like to complain about “liberal” or “mainstream” media, the opposite is often true. Fox News is far from “Fair and Balanced.” Fox is a barely disguised propaganda machine for the right wing. But conservative influences are felt throughout the media as a whole.
CBS has been heavily pandering to a Republican audience. Their now discredited Benghazi piece on 60 minutes is but one example. Even the liberally leaning arts program, CBS Sunday Morning, shows conservative-sympathetic pieces such as the segment dedicated to lesser known Koch brother, Bill. Mr. Koch was sold some counterfeit wine bottles. These were extremely rare and expensive items, and he complained of his troubles as he walked by his Picasso collection. That the scam artist is now in custody was secondary to drumming up sympathy for an obscenely wealthy man who has made heavy donations to conservative SuperPACs.
The Sunday morning political shows on all networks regularly give high ranking conservatives airtime. Indeed, it’s a rare Sunday when Mike Rogers or John McCain makes no appearance. So for Republicans to claim that they don’t get a fair shake in the media is laughable. They are not only getting their say, they are having their message polished and trumped up. And what messages! Republicans seem to make their careers on outrageous statements. For examples see Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, Sarah Palin, and Louie Gohmert, just for a few examples.
Mitt Romney, during his Presidential run, forwarded fear mongering, sexism, placism, socioeconomic discrimination, race baiting, and deflections from truth. Out sourcing jobs overseas while calling Americans lesser beings. There were even taped recordings of Romney telling us to our faces that he doesn’t care about blue and lower collar households. Let’s just tack on the suppression of LGBT Americans while we’re at it.
Romney still won in states with primarily poor or blue collar voters. The only people who should have been voting for this man are people who have the same kind of money as him. And he not only stayed in the race, he gets to keep offering his opinion today! What else do you need? Romney dressed in KKK robes with a swastika on his forehead? Even then, he would still have a career, apparently. How does he do it? How do Republicans constantly get voters to side with them against their own best interests? The answer lies in conservative media.
Just watch Fox News, any program, for a little while and the platform becomes clear; outrage, hyperbole, paranoia, and advancement of a persecution complex. Conservative media tells viewers that they are the chosen people of God and America. They demonize those they consider outsiders, such as immigrants, homosexuals, non-Christians, women, and ethnic minorities. Invariably these groups are coming to take away your “American” way of life. That there is no one way to enjoy an American life doesn’t factor in. This is straight up “Us vs Them.” In short, Republican fear-mongering.
Most importantly, Republicans tell their base that everyone else is lying. This is where the “liberal media” is important. Don’t change that dial. Stay right here, viewers. Then repeat whatever agenda you want as much as you like. Skew facts, present the side of the issue you want focus upon, misinform, misdirect, and misrepresent. It’s textbook population control.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil.” ~ Timothy 6:10, King James Bible.
This one is pretty simple; the side with the most money to spend has a decided advantage. The Supreme Court of the United States just made it legal for unlimited donations to pour into political campaigns. On top of Citizen’s United, the SCOTUS has effectively put American elections up to the highest bidder.
Koch Industries is well known for pouring money into partisan politics. They are paying for attack ads right now. The Kochs are not nice people, only out to make profits, lives of the people be damned. The McCutcheon ruling just gave them unlimited access to buying elections in smaller districts.
The SCOTUS ruling can be traced back to the right wing Heritage Foundation and through to ALEC, so this ruling is only the latest implementation in a long running plan to buy the Presidency of the United States.
Don’t believe me? Refer to Sheldon Adelson, currently looking for the next Presidential candidate to bankroll. He just made tough guy Chris Christie apologize for statements about Israel. Christie isn’t supposed to do that kind of thing, according to his image. Sheldon is trying to select the next President. Christie wants to be the next President. So he says what Sheldon wants him to say. Those puppet strings are made of gold, after all.
Money Talks. And Republicans bow down to it.
“Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stop, and not madly to destroy themselves.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon
There is no arguing with a Fundamentalist. They will not compromise. They are completely and utterly convinced of their moral superiority. Erin Nanasi’s article summed it up perfectly:
“You cannot reason with people or groups who exhibit no willingness to listen. Arguing with a fundamentalist on either side is like banging your head against a wall: It hurts, it’s a huge waste of your time, and eventually, you pass out.”
Whether you refer to them as Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, or denizens of the Bible Belt, the GOP has long depended upon these people. Religious fervor can be a King-maker after all, and Republicans have repeatedly benefited from this. Again, refer to the Tea Party tidal wave of 2010.
Conservatives have doubled down on their commitment to ending many facets of women’s reproductive rights to appease Pro-Life factions of their base. With dwindling support from mainstream Americans, Republicans are more dependent than ever on their most fervent supporters, no matter how far on the right-wing fundamentalist fringe they are.
As Michael Moore pointed out in 2012, Republicans are far more likely to organize on Election Day:
“This election’s going to be decided on who gets out the most people that day. Who’s up at four in the morning, making sure that dozens, hundreds, thousands of people in their communities are getting out to vote.”
A party needs a dedicated base to motivate and mobilize each other to ramp up support for elections. Those who are convinced that they are opposing child murderers? Yeah. They would fit that bill. And the religious fundamentalists are not alone. The conservative base, Evangelical or not, is well known for being hate-filled and angry, and those are strong motivations for heavy voter turnout.
Oh look, it’s the Supreme Court again. Apparently deciding racism was over, the SCOTUS rolled back the Voting Rights Act. Within a 24-hour period States who had historically broached the VRA implemented the same oppressive policies it was meant to discourage.
Republicans don’t do well with a great majority of voters, so it’s better for the Republicans if many people don’t vote. The less voter turnout there is, the better the GOP does in elections. That’s why they historically do better in the midterms after all.
Republicans will rig the game by gerrymandering districts. They will restrict voters with specific identification requirements. They will reduce voting hours. They will take away polling stations.
Republicans will make it a giant inconvenience for people to vote, because they don’t want people voting. Period.
All four previously mentioned points mean nothing without this one. Apathy is the same as allowance. Doing nothing is equivalent to a right wing vote. Republicans absolutely count on the other party not coming out. Because when the opposition does show up, the GOP loses.
Another reason Republicans constantly scream “outrage” is that if there’s always a scandal, then there never is one. Constant squabbling from Washington tunes out the general Electorate. People stop paying attention, and spend their time watching “Honey Boo-Boo” or “American Idol.” Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Republican governors are being indicted. Rand Paul is guilty of plagiarism. Conservative deregulation is leading to poisoned water. And, as this very site predicted, Chris Christie is swaggering around again. Why? Because he exonerated himself. He’s in the clear because he threw his subordinates under a bus and commissioned lawyers to say he’s innocent. All the Electorate will get out of the constant noise is that Christie’s innocent. Just as he intends.
Ultimately, this is why Republicans feel free to fail the nation so blatantly; there is so much awfulness perpetrated in Washington that voters have mostly tuned out. They get to re-write history however they want come Election Day, and are never held accountable for their obscenities.
And once an election is won by Republicans, their agenda then becomes your agenda, whether you like it or not. Take a look at what’s in store:
“Standing Tall for America means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India. A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay. Don’t talk back, or you’re a traitor. If the President isn’t Republican, then he should be impeached. Work more than forty hours a week for little or no pay. You’ll be rewarded after you’re dead.
Does this represent how you define being American? If not, too bad, that decision won’t be up to you soon. As it stands right now, the 2014 midterm elections will be a repeat of the 2010 Tea Party tidal wave. And this is the ideology that will be rammed down your throat even more heavily than it already is. Abstain from voting at your and your nation’s own peril.
You’ve been warned. Repeatedly.