GOP Shock Doctrine: What Gov't Shutdown And Other GOP Assaults on Democracy Are Really All About

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    For those who think the GOP is looking out for the little guy...

    GOP Shock Doctrine: What Gov't Shutdown And Other GOP Assaults on Democracy Are Really All About
    By Joshua Holland, AlterNet


    [url]http://www.alternet.org/story/150537/gop_shock_doctrine%3A_what_gov%27t_shutdown_and_other_gop_assaults_on_democracy_are_really_all_about[/url]

    The Republicans' imminent threat to shut down the government, the right's assault on public workers, its spending- and tax-cap proposals, the successful campaign to shut down ACORN and attempts now underway to defund Planned Parenthood and NPR and, most prominently, Paul Ryan's plan to dismantle Medicare all have one thing in common: they're about entrenching conservative ideological preferences in the law in ways that future legislators will have a hard time undoing.

    All of these efforts are ultimately about subverting democracy, which is, for the right, they're non-negotiable.

    Conservative policies don't poll well, and the movement took a thumping in 2006 and 2008. Looking forward, the Republicans see their party sailing into some powerful demographic headwinds. Their true base are married white Americans who identify themselves as Christian, and that group is in a free-fall decline in the American electorate.

    Conservatives have always done a better job playing the “long game,” and they have their eyes set on a future in which majorities will be harder to come by. Thanks to a moribund economy, the Tea Party swept into Congress and state-houses across the country, and they want to take the opportunity to grab the prize while they can – restructuring government in a way that will endure beyond a single election. It's the Shock Doctrine at work, complete with trumped up deficit “crisis” as the Right's cassus belli.

    The government appears headed toward a shutdown, but the sticking point is not the budget – Democrats have already caved to most of the GOP's fiscal demands. At issue today are two riders on which the GOP won't budge. The first would defund Planned Parenthood in order to deny low-income women a source of publicly funded healthcare. The second would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. These things could potentially be restored by a future Congress, but, politically, it's always more difficult to do so – in an inevitable battle with the religious right and energy lobbyists, respectively – than it is to maintain the status quo.

    Consider the midnight shenanigans the GOP used to ram Scott Walker's atrocious union-busting bill through the Wisconsin legislature. Collective bargaining rights could potentially be restored by a future legislature, but labor, once defanged, would have no clout to bring to that battle.

    The big picture here is a battle over structural advantages. The Democrats are looking at favorable demographic changes, and the Republicans are banking on having a significant, permanent cash advantage thanks to the Citizens United decision. Entrenching their policies in ways that are difficult to reverse is part of that structural battle.

    This is a lesson learned in California, where a rump conservative minority has been able to exercise an effective veto since Proposition 13 passed in the late 1970s.

    Just as they always wrap their proposals in pleasant vagaries to avoid debating their outcomes, this is what one must do when one is pushing unpopular ideas in a democracy.
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    It's impossible for any fair-minded, reality-based, well-informed person to possibly come to the conclusion that the Repubs give a shit about "looking out for the little guy".

    They're the enemy of average Americans, and they will not only say anything (even if it means spinning lying or rewriting history) - they will clearly try to do anything too, in order to try to gain and hold onto power.
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    Apr 07, 2011 9:40 PM GMT
    The fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.
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    mocktwinkie saidThe fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.


    Only in the minds of those who believe Acorn was "highly corrupt", when - in point of fact - there was never any proof of wrongdoing on Acorn's part. Just a bunch of cleverly edited videos meant to create outrage instead of dealing in facts.

    But who cares when it's only going to affect poor black people. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    mocktwinkie saidThe fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.




    The Repub court cases claiming Acorn engaged in "corrupt" activities, have been thrown out of court.

    http://www.americablog.com/2008/10/breaking-us-supreme-court-stops-gop.html

    The Repubs will say anything.
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    mocktwinkie saidThe fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.


    Only in the minds of those who believe Acorn was "highly corrupt", when - in point of fact - there was never any proof of wrongdoing on Acorn's part. Just a bunch of cleverly edited videos meant to create outrage instead of dealing in facts.

    But who cares when it's only going to affect poor black people. icon_rolleyes.gif
    You and your buddy RR have to be absolutely kidding. Google acorn pleads guilty and also acorn found guilty. Most recent in Nevada. Why say things that are so obviously false and so easy to check out? Are discussions here even more a waste of time than they already seem?
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    Christian73 said
    mocktwinkie saidThe fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.


    Only in the minds of those who believe Acorn was "highly corrupt", when - in point of fact - there was never any proof of wrongdoing on Acorn's part. Just a bunch of cleverly edited videos meant to create outrage instead of dealing in facts.

    But who cares when it's only going to affect poor black people. icon_rolleyes.gif
    You and your buddy RR have to be absolutely kidding. Google acorn pleads guilty and also acorn found guilty. Most recent in Nevada. Why say things that are so obviously false and so easy to check out? Are discussions here even more a waste of time than they already seem?


    I'm not kidding. The act of a few employees or volunteers does not rise to a "highly corrupt" organization. As an entity, Acorn was never found to be engage in any illegal activities.

    The attacks on Acorn, which were sadly successful, are just like those on Planned Parenthood now - nearly completely fabricated, with a tiny ounce of truth, and completely politically motivated.
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    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    mocktwinkie saidThe fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.


    Only in the minds of those who believe Acorn was "highly corrupt", when - in point of fact - there was never any proof of wrongdoing on Acorn's part. Just a bunch of cleverly edited videos meant to create outrage instead of dealing in facts.

    But who cares when it's only going to affect poor black people. icon_rolleyes.gif
    You and your buddy RR have to be absolutely kidding. Google acorn pleads guilty and also acorn found guilty. Most recent in Nevada. Why say things that are so obviously false and so easy to check out? Are discussions here even more a waste of time than they already seem?


    I'm not kidding. The act of a few employees or volunteers does not rise to a "highly corrupt" organization. As an entity, Acorn was never found to be engage in any illegal activities.

    The attacks on Acorn, which were sadly successful, are just like those on Planned Parenthood now - nearly completely fabricated, with a tiny ounce of truth, and completely politically motivated.

    I see. The guilty ones were only people who represented acorn, not acorn itself. By this logic corporations and organizations can never be guilty, because the corporations and organizations did not commit crimes, only the people did. Who would buy this logic? FAIL.
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    Christian73 said
    mocktwinkie saidThe fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.


    Only in the minds of those who believe Acorn was "highly corrupt", when - in point of fact - there was never any proof of wrongdoing on Acorn's part. Just a bunch of cleverly edited videos meant to create outrage instead of dealing in facts.

    But who cares when it's only going to affect poor black people. icon_rolleyes.gif
    You and your buddy RR have to be absolutely kidding. Google acorn pleads guilty and also acorn found guilty. Most recent in Nevada. Why say things that are so obviously false and so easy to check out? Are discussions here even more a waste of time than they already seem?




    You're referring to the ONE case of an Acorn EMPLOYEE making an unintentional MISTAKE that crossed the line, compared to the dozens of cases of Repub claims of corruption that were laughed out of court.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/04/06/acorn-pleads-guilty-to-voter-registration-fraud-in-nevada/

    And your lying Repub propagandizer James O'Keefe who doctored the phony Acorn pimp tapes, pled guilty to misdemeanor charges as a result of his DELIBERATE illegal attempt to try to bug Democratic senator, Mary Landrieu's offices.
    So, let's be fair about just who's corrupt.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/filmmaker_who_broke_acorn_story_arrested_for_attem.php
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    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    mocktwinkie saidThe fact that the author of that article would portray the shutdown of acorn as some sort of nefarious accomplishment by the GOP rather than the demise of a highly corrupt organization already destroys any credibility he might have had.


    Only in the minds of those who believe Acorn was "highly corrupt", when - in point of fact - there was never any proof of wrongdoing on Acorn's part. Just a bunch of cleverly edited videos meant to create outrage instead of dealing in facts.

    But who cares when it's only going to affect poor black people. icon_rolleyes.gif
    You and your buddy RR have to be absolutely kidding. Google acorn pleads guilty and also acorn found guilty. Most recent in Nevada. Why say things that are so obviously false and so easy to check out? Are discussions here even more a waste of time than they already seem?


    I'm not kidding. The act of a few employees or volunteers does not rise to a "highly corrupt" organization. As an entity, Acorn was never found to be engage in any illegal activities.

    The attacks on Acorn, which were sadly successful, are just like those on Planned Parenthood now - nearly completely fabricated, with a tiny ounce of truth, and completely politically motivated.

    I see. The guilty ones were only people who represented acorn, not acorn itself. By this logic corporations and organizations can never be guilty, because the corporations and organizations did not commit crimes, only the people did. Who would buy this logic? FAIL.


    By your logic, why aren't the executives of BP in jail?