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Showing posts with label Richard Nixon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Richard Nixon. Show all posts

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Daily Kos Literally "Nails" Right-Wing Propaganda

Media matters published a meme over the weekend that sets the sage for a piece I am going to introduce from The Daily Kos. The meme exemplifies a basis for propaganda and dogma messaging that can and does influence people to a place that is not in their best interest. A place contrary to the person's normal position on issue, or a place diametrically opposite beliefs espoused throughout the person's life.

Conservative America is masterful at mind-altering messaging. As far back as Richard Nixon, the GOP has leveraged its wherewithal in mind-altering messaging wile steadfastly moving the nation Right of Center. Hence, the conservative SCOTUS. We are seeing the epitome of such messaging on a daily basis since Barack Obama took the Oval Office in January 2009.
The Daily Kos recently published a piece that is must reading, viewing  and contemplating. The piece, The-Brainwashing-Of-My-Dad-By-Limbaugh-Fox-GOP-Media, explores via Kickstart documentary a writers personal view of watching the influence of viral Right-wing media on the psyche of a former progressive mind (and family man). 

If you are reading here (the TPI), you know our position related to right-wing media, and powerful people who have corralled conservative and libertarian politician into "Solyent Green-like" functionaries. Worse yet, those same mind altering entities have "done a job" on millions while introducing a phenomenon to the American political spectrum.  We now have LIVs (low information voters) who are as dangerous to our society as external military threats.

LIVs are not people who would harm the nation angst. They are people who have subscribed to political thought and paradigm, so influence by right-wing media and 50 years of Republican dogma, they refuse to consider thought outcomes that even remotely approaches  "center of Right or Left."

You know them.  You have them as Facebook 'friends'. I formerly connected to a few; once discovered as low information conservatives the Facebook connection change to an "unfriend" status.  Life is too short to interact with people who would vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan after witnessing the horrors of the 2012 campaign. Anyone who will completely ignore empirical data showing Democrats are much better managers of the US economy is not a person with whom, I care to interact.  If a person cannot see the social implications of a political party that is 92% white (in a nation as divers as the US), the person has accepted a form on intolerance that is a core ideology/axiom of the GOP.

We are going to introduce the Daily Kos (must read) piece via embedding a video from the piece; the piece is linked after the video. 

The Daily Kos

The Brainwashing Of My Dad By Limbaugh, Fox & GOP Media

Linked piece 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Our Political Nature," The Book. Understanding The Depths Of A Problem Can Lead to Alleviation!

" The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith, economist. 

There are books and there are books. We realize the book reference via and posted below is strictly for high information readers. It is truly a book for the ages. I should not assume that non-high information readers will not read the book. Yet, I feel comfortable in my posit, "I DOUBT IT." 

The book deals with a topic that seems hands-off in the United States. After a brief period of racial tolerance and the appearance of a degree of inclusivity, it is obvious elements in the nation wish to return to a time long past. Their desire to "GET THEIR COUNTRY BACK," is no surprise. It was expected as an outcrop of years of Republican 'tinkering' with race based politics. Some who read the TPI know my thoughts on the erosion of race relations in the United States. I think the erosion is directly attributable to US GOP Presidents and their party starting as far back as Richard Nixon. Audio links in the excerpts below are bit hard to discern. These are recently released audio that clearly show the deep level of ethnic, religious and social animus at the highest level in the GOP (during that period). Ronald Reagan's comments on the tapes, provide validation of the GOP commitment to "all things" Nixon.

In a June 13, 1973 conversation with secretary Rose Mary Woods, Nixon discussed the entertainment at an upcoming event. Johnny Mann and Debbie Reynolds are in. What about Danny Kaye, Nixon asks, "and not because of his ideology." Kaye, a singer and comedian, was born David Kaminsky to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in 1913 (pictured at right via Wikimedia Commons). Woods starts to say, "Well they were going to try to get him but…" And Nixon cuts in: "He's Jewish?" Woods ignores him, continuing, "I don't know what happened whether—" Nixon interjects again: "He's Jewish." Woods explains, "They had to check him out with the Russians."
In an April 18, 1973 phone call with Spiro Agnew, Nixon said Jews were holding American foreign policy "hostage to Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union." He added, "Some of the Jews picket can raise hell, but the American people are not going to let them destroy our foreign policy — never!" This was a subject to which Nixon repeatedly returned.
The bigoted mixes with the banal. In an April 14, 1973 phone call, the president tells his wife he'll be working late on a speech, so he'll miss dinner. He asks about a garden tour she did with children. "You know it's funny, the little black kids are so uncommunicative, aren't they? Good golly," Nixon said. Pat Nixon (pictured at left, via Associated Press) replies, "Yeah but these were better than most, did you know that? They're all dressed up and everything." Nixon was surprised. He had a tougher time with black kids: "They didn't react, though." The first lady explains, "Well, with you they were a little different." At her event, "They were better, you know."
Ronald Reagan as the King of race relations reversal and facilitator of social inequity among all citizens literally showed it was "OK to be a bigot." From bigotry, racism is the very next state of social deterioration.  The eroded state of race relations we experience today is strategically metastasized by the political party on the Right.

The book represents a deep, deep review of conservatism as a social phenomenon. 

Why Racist People Tend to Be Conservative

Tribal evolution explains how we're divided along party lines, according to the new book "Our Political Nature."
Photo Credit: Prometheus Books
              EthnocentrIsm vs. XenophIlIa
Glenn Beck has been called a leader of the ultraconservative opposition to President Obama, and a voice of the far-right Tea Party movement. During the depth of the Great Recession, in 2009, Beck was quickly rising to a position of national prominence, despite—and because of—his extremely controversial statements. In July 2009, for example, Beck declared: “Everything that is getting pushed through Congress” is “driven by President Obama’s thinking on . . . reparations [for slavery],” and is conceived of as a way to “settle old racial scores.” Beck also asserted that a “deep-seated hatred for white people” drives President Obama.
Examining Beck’s political psyche is a fruitful exercise because his bigger-than-life personality magnifies the traits that interest us on his end of the spectrum. But do Beck’s statements characterize a typical position of the Tea Party or of the far right in general?

In 2009, 2.8 million viewers tuned in to Beck’s television program. Moreover, Beck’s live shows and merchandise business have earned $35 million in a single year. Considering that Beck is essentially selling political ideas, it’s fair to say that his ideological orientation carries substantial currency among a particular segment of the US spectrum.
               Racial Threat and Distorted Demographic Perceptions
Just as a majority of white Americans show implicit levels of anti-black ethnocentrism, over half of all Americans greatly overestimate the proportions of blacks in the population. They also have similarly distorted perceptions of other minority groups. In 1990, the average American believed that the country was 32 percent black, 21 percent Hispanic, and 18 percent Jewish (even though the actual figures then were 12 percent, 10 percent, and 2 percent). 
White Americans who give even higher estimates for the proportion of black America also tend to (1) mistakenly believe that the average African American has an equally good or better income, job, housing, healthcare, and education than the average white American, and (2) take conservative positions against affirmative action and against food stamps for the poor in general. These right-wing perceptions and policy preferences reflect a view that minority groups constitute a demographic threat and a competitive drain on the in-group’s resources.
If we do not at least try to understand the roots of a problem, the problem will grow in breadth and scope.

Reading sources: 
Alternet Dot Org

The Atlantic Wire


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Johnson Tapes..Nixon's Treachery

Richard M. Nixon, harbinger of
things to come!

While baby boomers have for decades  wondered about how our leaders perpetrated the Viet Nam War, I must admit the recent publication and release of President Johnson's (LBJ) Oval Office tapes has provided an official and formal 'jaw-dropper'. The BBC has published (and released) yet another legacy destroying expose on Richard Nixon.  

I could not help but wonder, as I listened to the short segment with LBJ speaking about Nixon.  I wondered how so many people actually cast votes and contribute money to the GOP. The party has dissolved into a shameful shell of a party long dead, but not yet buried.  It seems over the past two weeks revelations about political and social malfeasance from the Right have sprung-up like irritating dandelions in a well manicured lawn. My wonderment was heightened by exhibitions of pure racism and unfair treatment of  a visitor at the annual GOP CPAC "ooze", Christe's use of the word "boy" in yet another angst filled tirade for the rotund governor, and the release of the Iraq War Reconstruction SIGIR study. History will also chronicle the Showtime Dick Cheney special replete with "If I had to do it all over, I would not change a thing." How can people continue to support a party that is so riddled with the cancers of defeat, it appears to soak-up chemo treatments with ongoing exhibitions of the unbelievable? And, when history reaches from the ages to deliver such lessons the wonderment becomes all the more intriguing (and yes rewarding).  

History is a phenomena that never fails to intrigue.  What we do not know can be psychological shattering once we come to "know". I find myself feeling angry and manipulated as I come to "know".  If you do not feel same, you might want to consider counseling.

I wrote earlier the week about how powerful men use us (common folk) like chess pieces. The powerful maneuver us like pawns in games that do little more than advance their agendas. Or, they play the game for iniquitous satisfaction of their ego, paradigm, beliefs, and elitist desires.

The revelations of Nixon's treasonous malfeasance provides yet another view of Republican governance, while in some way reminding of things to come with Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice/Tenet/Powell. 

We are going to post a 1:47 minute excerpt from a 58 minute portion of one of LBJ's comments about politics and Nixon.   we will post more below as the story takes a fascinating turn and may involve monitoring a senior GOP adviser. Johnson mentions possible involvement the adviser he refers to as a bit of a looker in this MSNBC segment 

The British Broadcast Company (DURATION: 01:47)

"If it was made public, it would rock the nation" 
How Richard Nixon destabilised the Vietnamese peace talks in 1968 to enhance his chances of victory in that year's American Election. 
Using newly released White House recordings, David Taylor completes an investigation begun by his colleague Charles Wheeler into the extraordinary actions of Richard Nixon as he attempted to sabotage the Peace Talks over the Vietnam war in 1968.
Here we offer the full 58 minute audio. You will be linked to a page that will only require a simple click of an icon.  The page also allows listening to individual clips vs. the entire 58 minute release.  Note: it is not the easiest audio to understand unless you have perfect hearing ability and the opportunity to crank up the volume.

The revelations are not new.  As you have heard and observed in the video above, the story went silent in the 1990s. 

The BBC News Magazine story is linked here. (good read)

The Daily Kos provides a comprehensive treatise on the issue. 
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President of the Republic of Vietnam

Sunday, September 18, 2011

When Did Disrespecting the President Become Okay?

Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this. It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast. This is what made him different. That, combined with the fact that your profession”—another friendly tap of the bumper sticker—”not you, but your profession, was just absolutely compliant. They made up their minds early that they were in love with him. They were in love with him because they thought he was a good liberal guy and they were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.” -----Joe Walsh, U.S Congressman (R), Illinois

Disrespect for the President, disrespect of the Office of the President of the United States and disrespect for you and me as citizens of the nation.

Last Thursday, I heard Mike Barnacle of the MSNBC show, "Morning Joe," ask his cohorts, how the business of 'no applause' in the U.S Congress became vogue. When did it start? How did it start? Someone on the panel, I believe Joe Scarborough replied, "Richard Nixon". The discussion ended after few words about how trivial and unproductive a set of behavior; Mika indicated that it was nice to see them sit next to each other for one Joint Congressional Session. Conversation over at that point.

A quick review of history yielded no information related to 'applause lines' (Congressional speak). The review did yield that the practice of the parties seating on opposite sides of the aisle started in 1840 with the Democrats and the Whigs (Republicans).

Since the basis for the Barnacle's comment related to overall interaction and decorum between the two parties, it did not take long for a bit of related thought. What started the current antagonistic atmosphere between the two major political parties?

FDR dealt with the same level of opposition to policies that President Obama now faces, but the issue of antagonistic and jingoistic behavior from the right is another matter.

Since I am a bit young to recall pre-JFK U.S. History, my memory of his Administration is vague.   Johnson's administration is just as vague. Unfortunately, my first active memory of U.S politics was the Richard Nixon Administration.

While far too young to remember the legislatively productive Johnson Years, I do not recall that Lyndon Johnson faced the bold and open vitriol of today's politics.

As the 36th President of the United States of America and the 37th Vice President, Johnson faced  'Mount Everest'  like legislative and societal issues.  Without a doubt, Johnson faced challenges comparable to issues of today, but the Republicans of his day appeared far more civil in tone and behavior than the GOP of today.  From dismantling Jim Crowe in the South, to desegregating public schools across the nation, to conducting the Vietnam War, Johnson had enemies from  every imaginable viewpoint.

Yet, I find no history that includes the level of vitriol, hatred, and general discord as we have today. General discord is as American as the banana split or the chocolate malt'  For that matter, hatred is certainly a mental flaw that has lived in human beings, I am certain, since man first laid eyes on other men.  Our current state of vitriol and bold (open and public) disrespectful expressions does not have roots in Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" (mid-1960s).

A few years after Johnson refused to run for a second term, politics in the nation changed forever.   The early days of Richard Nixon's first administration were domestically peaceful in comparison to Johnson's tumultuous anti-war and civil rights battles on the streets of our cities.   A useful analogy of the change is the difference between a peaceful high altitude natural spring and the eventual swirling and rapid flows of a major river (e.g., the Mississippi River). Nixon's early years as president were consumed with issues centered around ending the Vietnam War.   Or, should I say of what we knew of the early Nixon years, there was national peace across the land. Little did we know!