I’m only writing this so I have it in my blog for future consideration. The FBI has opened, or made public their file on Ezra Taft Benson and his attempts to curry favor with J Edgar Hoover with regards to the John Birch Society. It is amazing that ETB makes J Edgar Hoover look like such a judicious and reasonable man. That’s how far extreme ETB was. I mean, take a look at the letter he sent to Hoover about Eisenhower:
Benson also soon sent a book by Welch titled The Politician, noting it was what led him to his conclusions about Eisenhower.
In the book, Welch argues that Eisenhower was either ignorant, a politician blinded by opportunism or was “consciously aiding the communist conspiracy” — and said it really didn’t matter because “they all come to the same end … namely tragedy.”
Benson wrote Hoover that he inscribed the following words on the flyleaf of the book after he first read it:
“Have just finished this shocking volume. … While I do not agree with all or the extent of some of the author’s conclusions, one must agree that the documented record makes the thesis of the book most convincing.
“How can a man [Eisenhower] who seems to be so strong for Christian principles and base American concepts be so effectively used as a tool to serve the communist conspiracy?
“I believe the answer is found in the fact that these godless communist conspirators and their fellow travelers are masters of deceit — who deceived the very elect. How our people need to be alerted and informed.”
Benson added that he hoped the $1 book would be made available widely.
“This story must be told even at the risk of destroying the influence of men who are widely respected and loved by the American people. The stakes are high. Freedom and survival are the issues,” he had written in his copy of the book.
Benson also wrote of Eisenhower: “I presume I will never know in this life why he did some of the things he did which gave help to the [communist] conspiracy. It is not my divine prerogative to know the motives of men. It is easier, however, to judge the consequences of man’s actions.”
It was clear from this account that ETB had little to give Hoover except political headaches, and Hoover did his best to distance himself away from this lunatic. And I honestly believe that’s how Hoover perceived Benson, as a raving lunatic. Daring to call the Supreme Allied Commander of World War II and the President of the United States for two terms a tool for communists? That’s just lunacy. That’s all I’ll say for the time being.
It is amazing to think that these two idiots are Democrats who used to work for two Democratic presidents who went on to reelection campaigns. One won and the other lost. Now these two idiots are telling another Democratic president that his best choice is to not seek for reelection. What a completely utterly stupid idea. Their logic is terrible. They blame the divisive nature of today’s America on Obama! Jeez, who needs enemies when you have friends like these.
That would be treasonous. But what’s new:
Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.
The bastard thinks he can rewrite history, but this was his decision point. Sit and read My Pet Goat instead of moving to save his country.
Brad Delong does a nice job of explaining why someone who is earning $400,000 has little to complain about in living in America. I have little sympathy for this particular family.
I honestly cannot remember seeing this on MTV back in the day. Just one question for Ms. O’Donnell…how exactly do YOU know that masturbation requires lust if you don’t masturbate?
The national Republicans are pulling out all the stops to try and derail Christine O’Donnell’s campaign in Delaware. I was amused by this little nugget. That’s an ex-aide to O’Donnell who says in a robocall that Christine O’Donnell is no conservative. Here’s the ex-aide’s reasoning, why she thinks O’Donnell is no conservative:
“I got into politics because I believe in conservative values and wanted to make a difference. But I was shocked to learn that O’Donnell is no conservative,” says Murray, according to a script obtained by POLITICO.
“This is her third Senate race in five years. As O’Donnell’s manager, I found out she was living on campaign donations – using them for rent and personal expenses, while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt,” she says.
Perhaps the most biting line in the call delivered by Murray: “She wasn’t concerned about conservative causes. O’Donnell just wanted to make a buck.”
heh, uh…actually that IS a conservative. Wanting to make a buck (Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck best typify this). Piling up thousands in debt? Does this really need to be explained in that much detail? Christine O’Donnell is very much a conservative, the real kind. Not the fake facade they put up on TV. The real conservative wants to make a buck and piles up thousands (and billions and trillions) in debt. That’s today’s conservatism. Don’t be fooled otherwise.
This man, Jones, down in Florida is a terrorist. Give in to him and terrorists win. Don’t do it, Imam Rauf. Don’t take his bait.
not that you’ll be surprised about this, but the two charlatans are looking to get your money on an event on September 11.
I’m reading an interesting piece on a conservative filmmaker who is releasing a polemic this fall. Nothing too eye-catching about it. More power to him. But there is yet another example of the conservative lie on Ronald Reagan. From the Times:
While working on those projects, however, Mr. Griggs said he became alarmed by what he saw as runaway spending in Washington, and so decided the documentary would come first.
Runaway spending in Washington. It’s typical conservative propaganda. Nothing unique, except that this Mr. Griggs has created a documentary (can it really be a documentary if it is not factually based? Is it not a propaganda piece instead?) that supposedly highlights “small government.”
The tone of the film, which Mr. Griggs directed and helped write, is a little softer than that of those three conservative commentators. Its central argument is a straightforward case for the virtues of smaller government and the futility of efforts to redistribute wealth. But its charm, if that word can apply to political documentary, comes from computer-generated animations in which bobbing-headed political figures, designed by Tom Richmond of Mad Magazine, try to school one another on the ins and outs of policy.
Animated politicians on both sides of the aisle — Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sarah Palin, the older and younger George Bushes — all take some good-natured hits. Ronald Reagan offers Mr. Obama a couple of jelly beans, but Mr. Obama figures he’s already entitled to half, and so on.
heh, good-natured hits…But here’s the thing. Ronald Reagan is NOT an example of small government. How can people claim otherwise? Just look at this beautiful graph:
and understand that Reaganomics increased our national debt from $900 million to nearly $3 trillion! That’s TRIPLING the national debt. Not only that, but the size of the federal government grew, particularly defense, under Reagan. That’s not small government. That’s BIG Government. Under the man conservatives now deify. They long for the days under Reagan. But they deny reality. Reagan was a big spender. Reagan also increased taxes. Reagan massively increased the size of the government, and Reagan TRIPLED our national debt.
In other words, the current conservative position vis a vis “small government” is built on lies, deception, and fraud. These are unsustainable. Essentially, they are selling Americans a false presentation, and once in office, will NOT be doing what they say, because in the end, they will follow Ronald Reagan into massive deficits and massive government. Americans should be smart enough to realize the stupidity of putting this Republican group back in power in Congress. But sadly, this will not happen. Americans’ memory is too short term, and they are distracted far more by local matters or by entertainment. We don’t need to oscillate back and forth between the two parties. One party should be put in minority status for a much longer period of time until they have finally purged the madness out of their system. That would be the Republican party, a sad shell of what it once used to be.
Tea Partiers, like Glenn Beck, believe America needs to turn back to God. Several questions here. When did we turn away from God? Who is God in this scenario? Could someone follow God and remain politically liberal? Or is God the Republican Party?
um, the incoherence is astounding.
That’s Glenn Beck.
He portrays himself in such Messianic terms…
“Every great achievement in human history has started with one person. One crazy idea….when confronted by the oppression of fear and conventional wisdom, the bravest always charted a new course to a new world”
Very brave new world-ish there…and of course he preaches scriptures mingled with the philosophies of men, perverting the true meaning of faith, hope, and charity. He urges his viewers to leave their churches including those of his own church. And of course, he sells himself above all else in everything he does. The Glenn Beck brand. One has to wonder, is Glenn Beck the prophesied anti-Christ?
Not that it is surprising, of course. But it sure is a damn shame that so many “little guys” actually believe libertarianism represents them and their “freedom.”
“The Saints can testify whether I am willing to lay down my life for my brethren. If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a “Mormon,” I am bold to declare before heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any other denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves.” (HC 5:498.)
Don’t let them fool you. The Tea Party is run and organized by Republicans who realize that their brand name has been self-destroyed and they must change.
FreedomWorks was founded in 1984 as Citizens for a Sound Economy, which was financed by the Koch Foundation, the underwriter for many libertarian causes. In 2003, it hired as its chairman Dick Armey, the former Texas congressman and House majority leader who was a force behind the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress.
There is nothing new here. There is nothing different than what we’ve seen in the past. Just doubling down on the stupid.
Its candidates are libertarians and economic conservatives, but in the 2010 midterm elections, FreedomWorks is urging Tea Party groups to work for any Republican, on the theory that a compromised Republican is better than Democratic control of Congress.
See, nothing new.
That’s the only explanation for this shit.
Bryan Fischer, the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the American Family Association, wrote a blog post yesterday on the AFA’s site arguing that the United States should have “no more mosques, period.”
“This is for one simple reason,” he writes. “Each Islamic mosque is dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.”
Fischer, who is scheduled to speak at the Value Voters Summit in September alongside Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mitch McConnell, and a host of other Republican politicians, writes that every mosque “is a potential jihadist recruitment and training center, and determined to implement the ‘Grand Jihad.'” He adds that “because of this subversive ideology, Muslims cannot claim religious freedom protections under the First Amendment. They are currently using First Amendment freedoms to make plans to destroy the First Amendment altogether.”
They hate the US Constitution. They hate the First Amendment. They hate freedom for all. They love freedom for themselves but not for anyone else. We’re nowhere near the end of this madness. We have this for the foreseeable future.