Republican Hypocrisy category archive
There has recently been much moaning about “freedom of speech” on college campuses amongst the right-wing puniditocracy. Upon a close reading, most of it falls into the “much ado about not much of anything” category and generally seems designed to use ad hominem arguments to discredit ideas, as in
- “Oh, look! Their clothing is unkempt! I shall fall upon my fainting couch clutching my pearls as I refuse to listen to a word they say!”
In other words, it’s a misdirection play.
Joe Patrice refuses to be misdirected.
He tells us of a flying visit by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions to Georgetown Law School. Some students were invited, then uninvited to the event, apparently because they might have had the temerity to disagree with the views of Sessions and his sponsors.
Patrice suggests that the sequence of events illustrates the right-wing selective perception on freedom of speech. The whole story is rather convoluted, so follow the link for the details, but here’s the lesson Patrice draws from it:
This whole affair reinforces how conservatives really feel about free speech. Just about every week, some right-wing provocateur descends on a college to deliver a “speech” about whatever crypto-fascist talking points will inspire the most pointed criticism on campus. Faced with actual free speech, they’ll whine up and down on the cable talk shows about how “crazy” college students aren’t letting them talk, in hopes that a well-meaning liberal authority figure will speak up to chill student speech in the name of freedom.
Danny Westneat tries to understand the Republican obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act.
He starts with recalling Rep. Cathy McMorris’s (R–Don’t Get Sick; If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly) request for ACA stories a couple of years back, She received over 10,000 responses, the great majority of which were positive. Nevertheless, she announced that she would favor the repeal of the ACA:
But the larger problem — the one that continues to hang the party today — is that she wasn’t remotely interested in the real story.
I’m a Southern Boy. I grew up under Jim Crow, I attended segregated schools, and I have my share of baggage.
I’ve known lots of racists and even more white folks who grew up with racism and did not realize that they had been trained to it from birth.
It’s the rare racist who will admit to being racist.
Which leads to the question: Who is more vile, the person who is proudly and avowedly racist or the person who is silently racist and unaware of or willfully blind to his or her racism?
Thom discusses how Republican obstructionism and denial of climate change led directly to increasing Harvey’s toll on Houston.
Thom is incorrect about why Amtrak cannot run high-speed trains between D. C. and New York. Amtrak does own the track from Washington to Boston. It can’t run higher speed trains because the government won’t fund the necessary improvements.
Robert Reich wonders why Trump tossed DACA into the mix when the Republicans have already demonstrated that they can’t get anything done.
The Maine Beacon reports on why Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R–Don’t Talk to Me) refuses to hold town halls or answer questions from reporters.
“Do I talk to the national media? Not often. I’ve been dying to do what you want me to do. Dying to do it, but we’ve got to be very – it would be stupid for me to engage the national media and give them and everyone else the ammunition they need and we lose this seat. We have to be really careful,” said the congressweasel.
Via The Bangor Daily News, which manages not to use the term “Congressweasel” in its story. It contents itself with pointing out that
(i)n the Beacon’s second piece about the fundraiser, Poliquin says that he won’t go on television to defend his positions or take questions from reporters who encounter him because it would be “ammunition” that could make it harder for him to win re-election.
Poliquin said there are so many reporters who want to ask him questions and they want him, a congressman, to allow his words to be reported so that everyone can read them. That’s not something he wants.
Dick Polman ruminates on Texas Republicans’ actions followinng Hurricane Harvey. A snippet:
In January 2013, when Congress readied a $50-billion Sandy recovery package, 36 Republican senators — including Texas’ John Cornyn and Ted Cruz — voted to reject it. Those are the same senators, who, in the wake of Harvey, wrote a letter begging the federal government “to provide any and all emergency protective measures.”
On Monday, when Cruz was on MSNBC pleading for his “any and all” Harvey recovery package, he was asked about his thumbs-down Sandy vote. In response, he insisted that “the bill was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy.”
At Psychology Today Blogs, Constance Scharff points out one of the many fundamental flaws in Donald Trump’s fulminations about a border wall, this one about its ability to deter somehow magickally cure the epidemic of opioid (remember, when Not White persons use it, it’s called heroin) addiction. Here’s a key bit; follow the link for the rest:
The facts are startling. Every day an average of 142 Americans die from accidental overdose. In states across the nation, from Oregon to Ohio to Florida, millions of children are in foster care because their parents are drug addicted and cannot care for them. In some states, as many as half the children in foster care are there because of parental substance abuse. Many others outside the foster care system live with family members who are not their parents. Whether through death or breaking up families, opioid addiction is tearing at the foundation of our homes.
A wall – to keep drugs or people out – doesn’t address the fundamental problem that we face. Opioid addiction wasn’t born out of an influx of drugs into the country. It was born out of an internal problem of overprescribing drugs that are unsafe for long-term use. Law enforcement aimed at international drug cartels does nothing to address this.
But, in the Trumpled world, pointing the finger at others, especially if they are brown, is always so much more satisfying than accepting responsibility, is it not?
In a larger column about the apparent survival of the Affordable Care Act, despite Mitch McConnell’s machinations, Paul Krugman serves up this gem:
Follow the link for the rest.
Jim Wright examines the delusions of Republicans and their apologists who keep hoping that Donald Trump will act like anyone else but Donald Trump. An excerpt:
All the warning signs were there, the sexist behavior, the tempter tantrums, the bruises and the black eyes, but they thought, you know, once we’re married he’ll come around, he’ll be okay, he’ll stop acting like this.
But Donald Trump is the very same guy today that he was yesterday, that he was two years ago, that he was a decade ago.
Donald Trump is the same horrible person he’s been his entire life.
He’s an obnoxious, ignorant, abusive blowhard enabled by wealth and privilege and if you think for one minute the power of the presidency is going to do anything but exacerbate that, then you are a goddamned fool.
Or a Republican.
In an article about the failed attempts to repeal the ACA, Solomon Jones skewers the innate hypocrisy of contemporary Republicanism. A snippet:
Read the rest.