I'll bet that you've often wondered how the GOP holds on to its middle class voters when it clearly works against the best interests of constituents that are not well-heeled? In the past, I've said that the GOP playbook uses the big three; fear, uncertainty and doubt to keep middle class constituents under control and in line. The purpose of this article is to drill down on those principles of propaganda and uncover the specific mechanisms that they use to generate that fear, uncertainty and doubt.
Here are some of the powerful tools that seem to be in the GOP propaganda toolkit:
There isn't enough Social Security reserve money to go around. If the baby boomers don't make cuts now, there won't be enough left in the fund for 1000 years from now. What are future young people going to do? They will be paying into the system for nothing. Why are those baby boomers so selfish? Let's make those cuts and do it for the children!
That GOP false argument has the added effect of pitting young against old and puts the Republicans closer to their dream of eliminating Social Security by helping it to die a death by a thousand cuts. If you liked that, you're going to love the next one.
Obamacare is going to destroy Medicare by siphoning away money from it.
What could seriously hurt Medicare and every other form of health care is the ever spiraling cost of drugs, hospital fees and every other aspect of health care, especially insurance. Part of the Affordable Care Act attempts to get some of it under control. That's a good thing because left, unchecked, rising healthcare costs could reach the point where even with insurance, few people would be able to pay for it.
Those union guys make more than I do. Why should they make more than I do when I do the same job?
You get the picture here? Instead of the brainwashed GOP voter asking “Why am I making so little?” the fool actually asks, “Why is he or she making so much?” Losers who try to bring other people down, instead of raising themselves up are what's destroying our country. Sadly, the GOP seems to be the home of pathetic flunkies like that.
Someday I'll become a billionaire, so I have to protect their freedom to earn lots of money.
Yes, and someday the skies will open up and diamonds will rain down on all of us. In the meantime, the middle class of poor GOP voter and his or her family will probably barely make ends meet on a meager big box store and or fast food joint paycheck with GOP electeds fighting minimum wage increases tooth and nail.
We are the official party of patriotism and the founding fathers!
Our founding fathers would be appalled at the betrayal of our country caused by “free” market principles. The GOP stooges who wrap themselves in the American flag vehemently support a corporation's right to offshore American jobs, thus weakening our economy, destroying our manufacturing infrastructure and building up the Chinese economy. As a byproduct, when U.S. corporations manufacture in China, the Chinese get their trade secrets, building up Chinese technology. Gee whiz, when I last looked, China was a Communist country! Yes, I know that the Democrats also support “free” trade but not as vehemently.
In my humble opinion, with their unconditional love of corporations and billionaires, the Republican party is not the official party of the founding fathers. Here's a quote from one of the founding fathers that confirms that. " I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
We are the official party of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
If Jesus walked the earth today, I'm sure that he would strongly dispute that. The GOP seems to glorify selfishness and a lust for money, especially if it's at the expense of the poor! The GOP always seems to latch on to the parts of religion that divide us and uses them as red meat issues to keep their base engaged and under control.
The Big Lie Theory:
Obamacare is evil because it has death panels!
How many time have we heard that baloney? That's the entire principal of The Big Lie theory. If you repeat an outrageous lie enough times, it becomes the truth in the minds of the public. That's why we were subjected to a barrage of deceptive ads and soundbites from the GOP and various shill organizations. The Big Lie Theory worked well for Joseph Goebbels and still does for the GOP and their wealthy backers.
The next time you discuss politics with Republican voters, don't get angry with them, feel sorry for them because they are truly enslaved by their blind trust of an entity that is using them to benefit their real constituency, billionaires and corps.
In my last show, I referred to the term “job creator” as being one of the words that deceive. That phrase is toxic to the well being and future of America's workers and their families because it makes corporate acts of greed and treachery look heroic. The phrase was invented by a GOP consultant who specializes in finding words which are euphemisms that put policies that I feel would otherwise be tough for the the average American to swallow in a good light. I think that you will agree that anyone who is not a billionaire or mega corp. who buys into the job creator concept is working against his or her best interests.
Deceptive words pave the way for the corporate control of our country because powerful words on their part usually lead to powerful reactions on our part. The best way that we can take our country back from the iron grip of corporations and the super rich is to counteract propaganda with facts, to counter their buzzwords with our buzzwords, their memes with our memes! Their words always seem to be created by a big bucks consultant, our words come from our hearts and minds. Their words get widespread coverage from the mainstream media corporate propaganda ministry, our words rely on social media and independent media to get out.
Let's erase “job creators” from the hearts and minds of the mainstream media viewing, listening and reading public by using my more accurate replacements for it. Since a number of corporate “job creators” mainly “create” jobs in China, pay little or no taxes and pay U.S. workers wages that are so low that they need food stamps, let's call them what they really are - Freeloaders or Not Job Creators. Since by working, earning a living, actually paying our taxes and buying American products, we are the real job creators, let's pat our fellow American workers on the back for their tireless efforts, by using the #RealJobCreator hashtag.
Together, we will counteract words that deceive with words that enlighten. #Freeloaders, #NotJobCreators and #RealJobCreator are powerful verbal weapons in the ongoing fight for the truth, use them everywhere!
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Either you define your world or someone will gladly come along and define it for you. - Jack Wade
A favorite ploy of corporate owned electeds in Congress, The Senate and your friendly neighborhood Statehouse is to give legislation that they write and issues that they support titles or names that make things that are harmful to your average voter look good. You will be more equipped to know when your elected is trying to put one over on you by visiting my Listen Here! page.
In the years since the Reagan regime started and subsequent administrations continued a corporate job offshoring free for all, America and it's future has been sacrificed on the altar of corporate profits. This is an situation that is at the core of most of our country's problems today. If you truly care about the future of the U.S.A., you need to visit my Listen Here! page to get your dose of reality
Did you ever notice that GOP politicians seem to repeatedly try to undermine or even repeal every Democratic initiative? It appears that they have long memories because their attacks on laws that were enacted for the good of society as a whole not only go after Social Security but even, in the case of some of their electeds, after child labor laws. That would make their party symbol appropriate because they seem to never forget about and endlessly resent any law that was written to help John and Jane Q. if that law was crafted and passed by Democratic electeds.
FDR, JFK and LBJ era Democratic electeds have passed countless bills into laws that have become solid and essential parts of the American way of life. Believe me, Republican electeds resent each and every one of them! So many laws, so much GOP resentment! How does the GOP keep track of them all? Let me give you my theory.
Hidden is a secret vault in an inner sanctum is a GOP Grudge Checklist. Every time a Democratic bill is passed into law, a Republican scribe enters that law into the pages of their Grudge Checklist. That checklist goes back into the vault and becomes a GOP time capsule that will emerge some time in the future at a point in time when we, the people take those laws for granted, become complacent and indifferent. At that time, each law becomes an IOU to their wealthy backers that the GOP fulfills with repeated repeal or privatization attempts. If their one percenter backers can't make a buck from privatizing a social program, they want the program eliminated so there is more money in the budget to give them tax breaks and subsidies a.k.a. corporate welfare.
As I said earlier, the Republican Party symbol of an elephant is appropriate because their electeds have long memories that mark every Democratic social initiative for repeal or profiteering in the future. Conversely, the Democratic symbol of the donkey is appropriate because they have short memories and forget how hard is was for the true Democrats of the past, like FDR and LBJ to get their programs passed and are willing to throw all of it away for short term political gain. If you are uncomfortable with that situation, get out, get involved and let your electeds know that you will not stand for politics as usual.
After watching the President's state of the union address, two things immediately came to mind:
1- If he is going to use executive orders to circumvent GOP electeds in Congress and the Senate who are trying to sabotage his initiatives, why didn't he do it sooner? If his Presidency were a football game, we would say that it is now well past halftime. The President's attempts at trying to take a “bipartisan” approach with the Republicans have diluted most of his initiatives, helped their obstructionist tactics succeed and allowed their lies to become the ongoing dialog among many low information voters.
2- The theme that pervaded his state of the union was that of fixing income inequality. The cold hard truth is that the main driving force behind income inequality has been high paying manufacturing jobs that “patriotic”, “job creating” U.S. corporations have shipped overseas to places like China. The loss of those jobs created a buyer's market for employers by generating desperate workers willing to work for lower wages and less benefits. From actual experience, we know that “free” trade agreements have been the driving force behind job offshoring, less jobs in the U.S.A. And by extension, income inequality. President Obama has expressed strong support for fast-tracking the mother of all “free” trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership commonly known as TPP. He was strangely silent about it during his state of the union.
The interesting thing about fast-tracking the TPP is that it would make an end run around public congressional debate. That's sort of combines the worst aspects of item one and item two above. He's making an end run around Congress but doing so to foist a “free” trade agreement us that will cause more income inequality.
Experience has proven that in the case of President Obama's State Of The Union addresses, what he doesn't say is far more significant than what he does say. Judge his latest speech accordingly!
Many of the people who I hear harping about the government stepping on their Constitutional rights are selective in their outrage. They have an endless reserve of anger about government incursions on the particular part of the Constitution that affects them or their particular special interest, but couldn't give a damn about any other part. Why? Because we have become a nation of self-interested, self-serving people who could care less about anything that falls out of our limited areas of interest.
It seems like every time I mention the issue of net neutrality on Twitter, everyone grows strangely silent. Whether you realize it or not, net neutrality is today's embodiment of both free speech and freedom of the press. Even that choice fact doesn't seem to be enough to motivate some of the folks who usually get all bent out of shape about the slightest bit of corporate censorship on the mainstream media into fighting for a free, uncensored, unencumbered and unmetered internet. I expect that from people who narrowly focus on gun control or their style of so called religious “freedom” that frees them to enslave others, but not from a number of free speech advocates and not from many of the people who purport to to be “liberals.”
The latest net neutrality court decision knocks down the FCC 's pro-net neutrality rules enacted in 2010 and basically gives cable and telephone corps. the power to speed up, slow down or out and out block any website or portion of the internet that they desire! That decision was based on a technicality in the FCC rules that was put in during the Bush administration that defined the internet as being a data service as opposed to it being a telecommunications service. It says that the FCC only had the authority to regulate telecommunications services and by protecting net neutrality, overstepped its authority. That translates to corporations winning out over the rest of us on a technicality!
The fix that will restore the pro-net neutrality rules is simple. The FCC must redefine the internet as being a telecommunications service subject to all applicable FCC and state public service commission rules and regulations. They want to do that but need our encouragement and support to counteract corporate special interests by showing them that we want it accomplished!
If you don't want the internet to become a mirror of the mainstream broadcast media with a few mega corps. literally owning it and deciding who the winners and losers will be, now is the time for action! The choice is yours, you can sit on the sidelines and keep watching some idiotic “reality” show or you can get involved by signing petitions, contacting the FCC and supporting the many pro free speech organizations who are fighting for an open internet!
Disclaimer: As a casual observer of government, I am going to make an observation! Having never been a government insider, my observation should be taken as opinion, not fact. The sad truth is, if I were an insider, you probably wouldn't be able to trust my perspective anyway. So it looks like we're all in this together, on the outside looking in and trying to make sense of it all.
When certain corporations use campaign funding and other forms of political largesse to attempt to influence the outcome of a particular Congressional, Senatorial or on the state level, statehouse vote, they might call it “business as usual” I call it CORRUPTION! The worst kind of this variety of corruption is where an elected official is out and out owned by his or her corporate sponsor, thus influencing every one of his or her votes. I think that I nailed it when I first coined and said on the air years ago the now widely circulated phrase, “If I wrote the laws, most of our Congressmen and Senators would have to wear car racing style jackets with the logos of the corporations who own them!
These days, there are few good elected officials in government, only bad and worse. Our “two” party system has devolved into a system that consists of two levels of corruption:
1- A Republican Party that represents the worse level with many of its elected politicians actively doing the bidding of their corporate backers at the expense of John and Jane Q. Public.
2- A Democratic Party that represents the bad level by closely following the Edmund Burke quote, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph over good is for good men to do nothing.” I feel that the reason that Democratic politicians are so quick to “compromise” with the GOP, even to the extent of offering up tried and true programs like Social Security and Medicare on the sacrificial altar of austerity cuts is because many of them do so at the behest of their corporate backers.
As you can clearly see from the description of bad and worse above, corporations use GOP electeds as stalking horses to champion their causes and Democratic electeds to put up a fight for show but not get in their way.
So there you have it, both parties are controlled by corporations that liberally use campaign contributions to insure conservative results. That situation negates the effectiveness and purpose of our votes. The question for you to ask yourself is “What am I going to do about it?” My suggestion is that we get a new untainted party going quickly because the two incumbent parties have no reason to change the status quo when it benefits them!
Pope Francis' insightful comments about capitalism got me to ponder the state of capitalism as practiced here in the USA. While chest thumping right-wing corporate shills like to portray capitalism as a system where anyone with just hard work can become a self-made millionaire or even billionaire, nothing is further from the truth. The reality is that in many cases, favorable legislation bought by campaign contributions gives “self-made” billionaires and the corps. that they own the leg up that they need to “succeed.” It sure is helpful to have a bought friend in Congress or the Senate or the Statehouse.
Let's take a look at an imaginary catalog of goodies to see some of the things that a well placed campaign contribution has bought many “generous” millionaires and billionaires. Is a pesky regulation standing in the way of your profits Mr. Billionaire? No problem, your owned elected can sponsor legislation that will exempt you or water down that regulation. Are unions bothering you when they have the nerve to ask for a living wage? Your owned elected can take care of that post haste with union busting legislation. Want to offshore jobs Mr. Billionaire Job Creator? No problem, your owned elected will fight for lower trade tariffs and support “free” trade agreements. Need money? No problem, your elected could get you a subsidy. Isn't capitalism wonderful? Yes, for the rich.
The best way that I can describe how today's capitalism manifests itself in the USA is by saying--The many shall. suffer so the few shall prosper. The average citizen is suffering a slow death of a thousand cuts. How are we suffering? Let me count the ways:
1- When corporate owned electeds give out special tax breaks and subsidies to their well to do sponsors, it adds to the deficit. Guess who has to pay for that?
2- Endless wars are “encouraged” by defense contractors who constantly remind their owned electeds where their bread is buttered. Guess who has to pay for that in both money and lives?
3- When owned electeds rant that government regulations are hurting our “job creators”, it means that they are going to try to eliminate a regulation that hurts one of their wealthy sponsors, even if it helps you.
4- Money from corporations and the super rich shout to the people that we elected to represent our interests, while our votes only whisper. Self-serving politicians know that they need our votes only once in an election term, but need their wealthy owners 365 days a year.
5- Thanks to years of deregulation, most U.S. radio and television stations are owned by a handful of mega-corps who have turned them into corporate propaganda ministries. So much for free speech or a free press.
6- When government functions are privatized, a new layer of corporate middlemen add to the costs of performing that function. Imagine how healthcare costs would go down if we nationalized healthcare and used the savings to protect EVERYONE, not just those who can afford it.
7- All of the concessions that are “given” to the previously mentioned princes of capitalism by our electeds have to be paid for. Our electeds know that and are prepared to sacrifice our present and future to do it. That's why we hear them demanding cuts to Social Security, Medicare, education, unemployment, you name it. They are hurting us to help their wealthy owners.
The brand of capitalism that we have today has nothing to do with earned rewards that come from taking a risk, it's about corps. and the rich pocketing profits and getting their losses paid for by government bailouts. Heads they win, tails we lose. Although it is said that power corrupts, under today's capitalism money is power and corrupts absolutely! Keep that in mind as we begin 2014 and make a resolution to work together with me and your fellow Americans to weed out the corruption of government and of our system by those members of the private sector who would game the system and undermine the American way of life!