Tag Archives: Tea Party

To Topple the King

There’s a lesson in this that’s similar to one learned from the Hundred Years War (or Game of Thrones). Once someone shows that it’s possible to topple the king, organizing […]

Gerrymandering congressional districts: North Carolina Republicans

It’s such a radical plan even some Republicans are opposed to it. Gov. Pat McCrory blasted it. “If someone wants to change the form of government in one of your cities, then go run for city council, for mayor,” he told Raleigh’s News & Observer. Jerry Daniels, a Republican Trinity City Council member is appalled. One bill would shrink his council from nine members to six. “She’s trying to get Republicans on the board and Democrats off.

Ted Cruz Isn’t an Idiot

Extracts from  Ted Cruz Isn’t an Idiot — He’s Delusional and That’s Far More Dangerous By Sophia A. McClennen / AlterNet April 1, 2015
for those who think like Cruz, there is virtually no amount of data, reality checks or facts that can persuade the deluded citizen to give up their false ideas. This is the mindset of the Tea Party, the Koch brothers, and many on the far right. Nyhan and Reifler refer to this as “motivated reasoning.” What they find is that people who are attached to falsehoods perceive any correcting information as partisan and flawed. So conservatives don’t perceive science as information.

Glenn Beck’s Suggestion.

July 11 2014
Some selected extracts I made from comments on:
“Glenn Beck suggests immigrants are humans, right wingers lose their minds” at DailyKos.com
(Glenn Beck Pledges to Help Illegal Immigrant Children at Border; They Are Here ‘Through No Fault of Their Own
Following selected from comments at “Glenn Beck suggests immigrants are humans, right wingers lose their minds” at DailyKos.com
“Patriotism is the FIRST refuge of the scoundrel.
There is a very sad tendency for some folks to lightly skim that part of the Bible that says repeatedly to be kind to foreigners.

Contradiction

“UNAWARE OF THE CONTRADICTION…. There's an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, and received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare. He now receives Social Security. He's a conservative because he wants to get the government off his back. I mention the joke because a surprising number of right-wing activists don't seem to appreciate the humor.

Anger and Fear

Anger and Fear.
“Three types of anger are recognized by psychologists: 
The first … is connected to the impulse for self-preservation. It is shared between humans and non-human animals and occurs when tormented or trapped. 
The second type of anger … is a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others. …. 
The third type of anger is … related … to character traits …” 
“… angry people are more likely … to blame a person's behavior … on his nature than on his circumstances.

Election

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”- George Santayana (1863-1952)  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” “We cannot solve […]

The Good Old Days

Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude. It rests on doubt in human nature; it distrusts improvement, clings to traditional institutions and prefers the past to the future.

Separation of Church and State

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not with-standing.”

Election Reaction

My reaction to the elections is a bit delayed.  I guess I’m still a little in shock.  Needless to say I did not expect the outcome.  When I discussed it with Professor Levine at UT and he predicted a 50 seat loss in the house.  I REALLY thought that was impossible, I told him maybe 30 seats.  WOW was I wrong!  So, Renan, you were right and I was wrong.
I still don’t believe the American people have actually bought-in to the Tea Party agenda.