Monday, December 26, 2011

Would-be skippers on the Ship of Fools

The day before making her official presidential campaign announcement, in Waterloo, Iowa, Michele Bachmann, who was born and grew up in Waterloo before moving to Minnesota, told Fox News, "John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too." However, the John Wayne with roots in Waterloo is John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer convicted of 33 murders. John Wayne the movie star was born in Winterset, Iowa.

In an interview with ABC, Bachmann said that the founding fathers “worked tirelessly to end slavery,” although slavery was written into the Constitution and was not abolished until decades later. She also referred to John Quincy Adams as one of the founding fathers, although he was only nine years old at the time of the Declaration of Independence’s signing.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain struggled hard to answer a question about U.S. foreign policy towards Libya in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's editorial board on Nov. 14. Cain's response:
"Okay, Libya ... President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of [Muammar] Gaddafi. Just wanted to make sure we're talking about the same thing before I say, 'Yes, I agreed.' No, I didn't agree. I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason--Nope, that's a different one."
Cain said that the Chinese “have indicated that they are trying to develop nuclear capability.” China has had nuclear weapons since 1964.

In early June, when Sarah Palin was a potential 2012 presidential candidate, she spoke at a tour bus stop in Boston about Paul Revere's historic ride,
"He who warned, uh, the ... the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringin' those bells and, um, by makin' sure that as he's ridin' his horse through town to send those warnin' shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free ... and we were gonna be armed."
Palin appeared on Fox News to talk about the the "National Day of Prayer." She boldly claimed that the US should base its laws on The Bible, just as the Founding Fathers intended:
“I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments, it’s pretty simple.”
What founder Thomas Jefferson did say is,
"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
At an appearance at the Iowa State Fair, Mitt Romney argued with fairgoers over whether the wealthy should pay higher taxes. Romney opposes raising taxes.
“Corporations!” a protester shouted, an apparent suggestion of where to raise taxes.  “Corporations are people, my friend!” Romney replied.
At a June meeting with unemployed voters in Tampa, Fla., Romney listened as one by one, the voters told him their tales of woe. Romney, worth a few hundred million dollars, sought to lighten the mood with a little joke: “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”

During an interview with the Today Show last November, Governor Rick Perry told host Meredith Viera that,
"[George] Bush did an incredible job, in the presidency, defending us from freedom."
In one of the most unforgettable GOP debate moments, Perry tried to list the three agencies he would cut if he were elected president. But he went nearly silent for an entire 40 seconds before mustering an answer — and still failed to name the third agency. He did, however, offer a contrite “Oops.”

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  1. Ain't ignorance grand...clearly something money does buy.

  2. Nice job highlighting the Catch-22 silliness of all the empowered idiots that spout complete nonsense in the face of existential crisis. The frightening thing is that there is a rabid corpus of blatherers who subscribe wholeheartedly and who are likely to drag us over the cliff. I have developed an increasing appreciation for Frank Zappa's characterization of the government as the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex, also known and the money/oil nexus. But, then, the grandkids will be here for dinner tonight and I'll get to read them a book, so I'll try to keep the keel in the water and forge ahead. Thanks again for getting stuff out there.

  3. Even the right-wing American media types are shaking their heads in despair over the GOP lot that wants to run in 2012.

    One chap I listened to on FOX went on so far to say that the GOP nomination will not be any of those we see today, but some sort of "white Knight" that will come in the last minute and save the Republican Party from fiasco.



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