- So what did happen with the GOP history rewritten by those who would scuttle the truth and lie?
- Age of Ignorance
Mickey Walker, The Political Junkies Magazine
Fairgoers cheer for Sarah Palin while she appears on the Sean Hannity Show at the Iowa State Fair, August 12, 2011 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
October 11, 2015 | In Part I we saw that America’s grass roots political sanity had run amuck. Cousins fighting cousins with no idea of what is true or not, just parroting the blasted “talking points” sowed by high-paid political consultants of each party. It sucks. And just look at the big, fat, radio pundits like Rush Limbaugh or television talking heads eat-up-with-dumbass, e.g., Sean Hannity on Fox News (Fair and Balanced, you know)? Funny how American voters flock to them like flies to repeat and circulate their stupid “talking points” as political facts full of certainty, without a pause to breathe. And we have seen them shrink and wither when you hold up their ubiquitous notions (presented as fact) to the light and you quickly discover that these talking points are indeed, half-truths, fabrications, and sometimes, bald-faced lies! Put it to the test next time a neighbor or a cousin invites you to play a game of “ain’t it awful” about how horrible something really is, yet it cannot stand the litmus test of truth in simple fact-checkers like “Truthout.com or Snopes.com.” Snopes calls these ridiculous notions circulated/perpetrated by some Americans, “Urban Legends.” Maybe the perps should be called Backyard Bubbas. That they are so sure of their facts without checking first makes them crazy as a bunch of road lizards with a Roadrunner in hot pursuit.
You got to wonder about our nation’s own sanity simply because we seem to love to play these games with cards that lie before the pack is even broken and shuffled. And, pray tell, what does such a deck of cards cost? The answer is, what is it worth to you or a political party to buy the total demonization of a candidate to bugger him or her and keep him out of office? It makes you sigh to see these words of broken glass circulate as gospel when the truth is somewhat easy to test by various means available to those who want to check a “talking point’s” authenticity. Before you wallow in a game of “ain’t it awful” across your neighbor’s fence with him. Or cast your vote at the ballot box, based on lies and disinformation.
Mickey Walker has written political and outdoor sports articles for several area newspapers and magazines for the past 30 years. Regular columnist, “The Political Junkies” Magazine for two years. Now retired, he travels to all points of the globe with wife Andrea and Bichon Frise, Quinn, fishing and chasing the eternal child still within.
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Series | How America Lost Its Political Sanity! A Cousin’s Unsolicited View of Politics (Part I), Mickey Walker, The Political Junkies Magazine
I mentioned to my dear cousin that Democrats and Republicans are both charlatans who say one thing and do another. While picking our pockets.
Age of Ignorance, Charles Simic, New York Review of Books
- What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest.
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- George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left