It is that time of year again. The leaves will soon be changing colors. College football and the NFL have started anew. Baseball will be ending soon. The political season is also just warming up. We stand at under two months before the mid-term elections. This one promises to be a doozy. Is the TEA Party being overplayed or underestimated. Time will only tell. I do not honestly believe as most of the media do, that the TEA Party will bring big changes to Congress if they are successful at the takeover (and they thought they would need guns to take over the government). The main reason for that is if you look at their "platform" it is not that different from the Republican Party's platform. Their ideas are not that far off from the GOP, they are just (at least on the outside) more conservative. Washington has a way of changing people though.
But it is the hilarity of the lies and misinformation oozing out on the screens everyday that has me laughing. If I thought they were actually serious in their ploys to get elected I would be scared. As a political junkie the one thing that I know for sure about politics is that any politician will do or say anything to get elected, very few will follow through on their promises.
Let us stick with President Obama for the best of the hijinks. There are still people out there that are trying to con you into believing that Obama has, in his two years, taken more vacations than any other President before him. It is not true, it is not even remotely true. It is not even the reality of true. They do not want you to know that, though. They want you stuck in the haze, or the cloud (that they themselves proclaim themselves above - no reference to you Fume Face, this is an entirely different kind of muck) of lies so that they can continue feeding it to you.
They also want you to believe (or they certainly allude to it as fact) that Obama is the first president to ever hold an invent to honor a person or a group of people, or that before Obama came to the White House college and pro teams that won their championships had never visited the president, ever. I used to think that these people were simply ill informed. I have changed that tune, however, these people know that the information they are peddling is absolutely false, but like I said they are trying to keep you in that dream like state so that they can continue lying without pause. The lame stream media (my thanks will never be enough for half term governor Palin for this line) for the most part let's them continue the lie. Let's take for instance the much beloved TEA Party (though most polled have a negative opinion on the group). Last night during my break for work I was watching CNN. It was the Situation Room. On it was a discussion about the affects that the TEA Party could have in November. There were two guests and both of whom have been involved and full support the TEA Party. Naturally they both think that the TEA Party is going to have a great affect on November. I digress.
The lies and distortions continue. There is John McCain who apparently thinks that if the tax cuts for the rich are not continued it is going to start a class warfare, because apparently there is not one going on already where the rich have over 90% of the wealth in this country and love to remind everyone of it and the poor are having to work two, sometimes, three jobs just to make sure they can stay under a roof for another month. Naturally when one tries to talk about the plight of the lower class these people do not want to hear anything about it and are just as apt to blame the lower class people for being in the situation they are in. Sticking with John McCain for a second, during the 2004 presidential election much was made about John Kerry's support then opposition to the Iraq War (apparently changing one's mind is now a big no-no in today's American). Well, ladies and gentlemen, I present you the King of Flip-floppers, John McCain. Over the last 20 years he has been for, then again, then for, then against, then for, then against campaign finance reform (can you guess when he was suddenly against it?). He was for illegal amnesty for almost a decade until it became clear that he could lose re-election on that issue in 2010 so now not only is he against amnesty, he also wants "the dang fence built" (as this would surely stop illegal immigration in it's steps, hilarity). He spent the majority of his career known as the Maverick, because he went his own way than that of the Republicans and would, from time to time, reach across the aisle to Democrats to get bills passed. Once again faced with losing re-election he has thrown away the moniker of the Maverick, then attempts to play dumb and claim that he never called himself a Maverick, even though he rode around on a really big bus with that name on it.
We have, on this blog, several times dispelled the lies about Obama's birth, Obama's faith, even Obama's patriotism. I can promise at least one post stating as fact that Obama WAS a Muslim in youth, without any proof, and then claiming that it does not matter. Here is my question, if it does not matter to you that Obama could have been a Muslim (or in this case was) when he was a child, then why bring it up? This is a classic ploy. Bring something up about someone that could be salacious to their name and then claim it does not matter to you. It is often brought up to foster to debate (that is the claim anyways) but if there is no proof behind the charge there really is no reason to bring it up anyways.
The best hilarity, though, that has been going on for the entire term of President Obama is the lie (it realy is not misinformation since it all has been debunked) that every single problem faced in America today did not happen until Obama became president. The deficit? There was no deficit (or at least no one cared about it) until January of 2008. The Great Recession? I did not start until January of 2008, despite the facts that it started much earlier. The bank bailout? Well of course Obama signed that into law, even though at the time he was only a Senator, apparently he could sign bills into law already. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Obama started them silly and they are solely his responsibility. Republicans voting no on every single bill that has come through Congress (even when they agreed with what the bill was for)? That was because the Democrats and Obama never reached across the aisle. This, even though, most amendments on most bills came from Republicans. The health care mandate that the TEA Party says is unconstitutional (even though car insurance is mandated and if you have none and are pulled over you get a hefty fine is perfectly constitutional, go figure) and are trying to sue against? That was a Republican idea that was passed through instead of the original Democratic idea that would have covered every American if they wanted with no mandate and no fine for not getting it (public option).
I have left quite a few others off, but you get the gist. I have to say this, the vast majority of Americans that align themselves with the TEA Party are being bamboozled. This is not about getting new ideas into Congress. This is about getting the old guard of the GOP back in power, even if it is indirect. There are no new ideas coming from the TEA Party. Sadly the lame stream media continues to push otherwise and as long as they keep pushing this narrative, a lot of people are going to be disappointed next January (if the Republicans gain power). For instance instead of talking economic recovery or job growth if they take power they are talking about never ending investigations.
Grab a bowl of popcorn, the next few months are going to be entertaining.