One of the phrases that always bothered me when opposites of the political stage debated was, “And as you know…”
It says to the audience that what is about to be said by the speaker is a well known fact and his opponent is quite aware of it!
It is an annoying tactic that works because the public is basically uneducated, at least in whatever the basis for the debate is, and the speaker knows it!
I have a friend who loves to provoke by always saying the opposite of what I am putting forth. Sometimes he deliberately takes a silly stance that goes off on a tangent from what we were discussing thus deflecting the conversation completely.
He does it for fun and while it irks me I know it does neither of us any harm.
And this brings me to the current year in politics or rather last decade or so and certainly since President Obama was elected the first time.
Other than personal monetary gain from their wealthy owners harm is the only thing on the minds of the Republican Party.
They have been saying and doing such a multitude of outrageous things that it is almost impossible to recall all of them let alone write them down in this post.
And even if I could write every one of them down I doubt anyone in today’s sound bite twitter mentality would have the patience to read it or even understand it before nodding off.
The world does not need another War and Peace novel, although this would be non-fiction, and they know it!
So let’s get down to some of the most glaring bits of right wing bull cocky that they know are downright lies.
BIRTHERISM: Obama is not an American and his Presidency should be nullified.
President Obama was not only born of an American woman the birth took place in Hawaii. Counter to popular belief among the members of the vastly under-educated T-Party Hawaii is and, at the time of the blessed event, was an American State. AND THEY KNOW IT!
GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX: Many Republicans in Congress have gone so far as to say that claims of global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on citizens of this country.
One must assume the Congressman, one James Inhofe (R-OK) is forgetting his own party making believe they are governing!
This one will affect every living organism, human or otherwise which possibly excludes some politicians on the right.
The scientific community has shown over and over again that the major cause of our current rise in worldwide temperatures is increased CO2 in the atmosphere and that is the result of man-made machinery and the burning of fossil fuels. And yet almost to a man (woman) in the Republican Party they deny it. But do they believe their own denials? Global warming IS real! AND THEY KNOW IT!
SHARIA LAW MUST NOT BE ALLOWED IN AMERICA!
Seriously? Are they truly worried we will adopt it here?
Religion is for personal comfort and not to be used in Government. The so-called Party of Family Values values neither family nor really any religion! The right wing members with several wives, not all at the same time perhaps and a multitude of mistresses would rather pander to the deluded public who believe in the talking snake rather than admit there is no such thing and never has been. AND THEY KNOW IT!
PRESIDENT OBAMA CAUSED THE DEFICIT TO RISE. Under his leadership we now owe more than ever before and we are headed for a fiscal cliff.
Uh, no, and in fact the deficit has gone down under his guidance. And the Democratic Party has tried to do even more but has been blocked at every turn. (I apologize to all the RWNJs out there for using the word ‘fact.’ They seem to consider it a four letter word.) Under Bush and most Republican Presidents the deficit has gone up while under most Democratic Presidents it goes down! AND THEY KNOW IT!
VOTER FRAUD IS RAMPANT AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!
We cannot allow outsiders from other States to vote in our elections. Their radical ideas will harm our way of life!
In every State where Republicans hold the majority such as North Carolina voting restrictions are being placed on any group of voters shown to lean toward Democratic candidates.
Photo IDs such as gun licenses are okay but student IDs are not. If a college student wishes to vote in NC the parents must pay a fee. This is called a poll tax. It's absurd, unnecessary and basically against the Constitution of the United States of America. But the kicker is that statistics show the number of possible yet unconfirmed fraudulent attempts to vote is 0.0002 percent. AND THEY KNOW IT!
WHERE ARE THE JOBS Mr. PRESIDENT?
Unemployment, which rose so drastically while the war mongering pair of Cheney & Bush sat on the throne, has consistently gone down while President Obama has been in the White House. And these numbers have continued their downward trend to the utter dismay of the Republicans. The blatant opposition by the Republicans and their hypocritical leader Boehner to any jobs bill proposal is awe inspiring in it's evil intent. AND THEY KNOW IT!
TAXES ARE KILLING BUSINESS IN AMERICA!
It's time for the takers to start contributing to the country's economy!
This absurd notion while blocking any attempt to raise the minimum wage on those who really need the money is perhaps one of the most insidious of their odious demands. The real takers of America are the members of Congress who take a paycheck and do absolutely nothing but stir the fires of hate and promote fear while accepting bribes from the very business leaders they claim are going broke! AND THEY KNOW IT!
OBAMA KEEPS TWEAKING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT or ACA SHOWING IT IS WEAK AND NO GOOD!
This is one is actually easy, at least on the premise they put forth. Tweaking it before full implementation is not only NOT a sign of weakness but the American way! Every bill ever talked about or enacted into law has been tweaked including our Constitution which as I recall has a whole bunch of, what are they called again? Oh yeah, AMENDMENTS!! AND THEY KNOW IT!
Could it be they have nothing else and once again have to resort to lies?
In a word, and as always, YES!
But while calling them liars may not be nice do you think they know they are lying?
If not then they would be truly stupid and their dumb utterances would necessitate their ouster from office. Their out and out intended lies are well thought out and are able to fool uneducated voters into electing them over and over again!
If every member of the Republican Party and right wingers were told that if caught in a political lie they’d face the death penalty we might never hear another word out of their mouths and conservative talk radio would finally be off the air for good!
And that is the main problem with politics today.
Politicians, especially on the radical right side of every aisle in the country pander and say things that are so ridiculous as to elicit dumbfounded looks from anyone with half a brain.
But so far they have faced no political consequence.
AND THAT THEY SURELY KNOW!