Wednesday, October 14, 2009


"You can fool some of the people some of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
- Abraham Lincoln -

I had heard the Republicans had revamped their website, so I went to http// to see what all the hubbub was about. I was met with contradiction and disingenuous claims, just as I expected. Across the top of the page, there was a big red banner with white gop letters. The "o" was a human face which would change every time the page would refresh or if you clicked on different subheadings. A large number of the faces shown came up as either women or African-Americans. Interesting, considering how a majority of women AREN'T Republicans, and, at the very most, only about 10% of African-Americans are...

I clicked on a section entitled "learn", then on the subheading "who we are", and up came a rose-colored-glasses view of Republicans all throughout history. The author should get this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction. "It all started with people who opposed slavery" it begins loftily. "They were common, everyday people who bristled at the notion that men had any right to opress their fellow man." The writer, of course, neglects to mention "except when it comes to business." For even a teenager or fool knows that Republicans support the rights and privileges of business and business owners far more than they do the rights of the individual worker. And if big business exporting millions of American jobs, cutting or freezing workers' wages and benefits even in the face of increased productivity, and then corporate executives rewarding themselves with huge salary increases and bonuses isn't oppression, I don't know what is! Naturally, while praising Republican accomplishments, the writer fails to mention how violently Republicans have opposed labor unions and programs for the poor...

In a section entitled "Republican heroes" you will find the expected photos of Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, and a number of blacks and women from the 1800s, curiously enough, from the earlier, far more liberal period of the Republican Party. Few of those people would be welcome in today's ultra-conservative version. And, while one doesn't see Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck pictured there, neither does one see President Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most influential Republicans of his day, and the man responsible for the creation of our national parks system, the building of the Panama Canal, the Pure Food and Drug Act (a precursor to the Food and Drug Administration), greatly strengthening the Interstate Commerce Commission, and other important government regulatory activities which keep businesses operating in the public good. I guess the fact that he interfered with big business over 100 years ago would exclude him from being one of today's Republican heroes...

Under the subheading of "what we believe" is the phrase "helping those around you is worthwhile", under which is written, "The Republican Party believes in the value of voluntary giving and community support over taxation and forced redistribution." Interesting. We all know they hate taxes, but they certainly don't mind forced redistribution when it involves the redistribution of wealth to corporations and upper income grabbers...

Under the section entitled "Republican Accomplishments", they take credit for making the Ku Klux Klan illegal with their passage of their Civil Rights Act of 1871. Oddly enough, they fail to mention how many of the top Ku Klux Klan members of the 1920s were card-carrying Republicans, especially in the state of Indiana, which elected a Republican Klan governor in 1924 and where more than half of its General Assembly members were Republicans and Klansmen...

I invite you to take a peek at this new website. I doubt that you'll be very surprised at what you'll see: the expected small government is best, free markets are the way to go, etc., etc. It's the same old dog, but no new tricks. It's a phony, but slightly different face, but the same old ugly.


Infidel753 said...

And, while one doesn't see Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck pictured there,

Curious that they want to be identified with acts and people from more than a century ago, when they were a liberal (by the standards of the day) party, but not so much with the rabble-rousers who define them today. Almost as if they know, deep down, what sells and what doesn't.

The thing is, parties evolve over time, and not always for the best. From Lincoln to the teabaggers in 149 years certainly doesn't suggest intelligent design.:-)

Max's Dad said...

Jack, I went to the site and read some of the why am I a republican quotes. Seems to be an abundance of Obama bashing and not much positive on what republican would be better. Typical.

SJ said...

actually I was surprised they had the balls to try and claim Jackie Robinson: The man was a registered Independent.
It's more accurate to cite him as a Nixon supporter, -which baffling as it seems, he was. Jackie Robinson hated the GOP of 1964: The party that elevated Barry Goldwater over Rockefeller for the nomination at that year's Republican Convention.

Robinson wrote this in his autobiography:

"That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life. The hatred I saw was unique to me because it was hatred directed against a white man. It embodied a revulsion for all he stood for, including his enlightened attitude towards black people..."

"...A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP. As I watched this steamroller operation in San Francisco, I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany."

I mean seriously. How selective do Republicans want the American people's memory to be?


Jack Jodell said...

Thanks for stopping by, Infidel753! Your points are quite valid, and I had a good chuckle at your last sentence. Stop by again anytime!
Max's Dad,
Yeah, they hate Obama with a passion! And you're right---they don't have much to offer---in Congress, in their agenda, or in their platform.
Thanks for the Jackie Robinson quotes. Yeah, he was a now-extict liberal Republican, and today's party wouldn't have the time of day for him. That whole website is full of contradictions like that. These current far-right conservatives are just trying to rewrite history, that's all. How dumb do they think we are? BTW, The Rude Pundit chopped up the site a couple of days ago and pointed out a number of twisted truths in their historical section. Hit his site and scroll back until you find it. I think, to be a Republican today, the first prerequisite is that you have to tell lots of mammoth lies. Unbelievable!

Oso said...

Hi Jack,
the website is the type of thing which can fool people who want to be fooled.Those who have mastered the art of cognitive dissonance.Too dumb to realize angry white guys are the actual target audience,to give the false impression of reaching out.too naive to understand it's an insult to the (false)target audience.
nice post,nice work.

Jack Jodell said...

Thanks, Oso. How dumb are these people anyway? And how dumb do they think we are? Marc McDonald over at Beggars Can Be said some time ago he thought we were entering a new Dark Ages of political thought, amd when I see websites like the new GOP one, and hear the nonsense pouring out of Limbaugh, Beck, and Fox "News", I'm inclined to agree with him. I guess folks like you, me, and most of those who comment here will just have to be modern-day monks bearing light and truth until we enter a new political renaissance free of the current far-right GOP trogolodytes!

Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

Jack! Great Post! GOP is falling, failing, fading... and it's gone beyond just plain stupid. (it's as though they are incapable of intelligent political action any more) They still dance around the race issue, trying to grasp at whatever political 'lifelines' they might to stay significant. Geesh.

Yellow Dog said...

But it's perfect! I'd really hate to see the GOP website designed by Lee Atwater types - smart, savvy and brilliant at hiding the filth and evil behind a plausible facade.

This piece of crap is the most honest thing the GOP has ever produced: sloppy and incompetent and obviously so.

Even the way they try to pretend to be not racist is ... racist!

Don't listen to the critics, goopers! Michael "Moo" Steele's new website is so ... you.

Jack Jodell said...

They're dancing, alright. Right off the political cliff. This new site is so awkwardly transparent, I don't know why they even bothered. Maybe to appeal to sheltered 4th graders?
Yellow Dog,
Good point. It IS them---shallow, baseless, and non-intellectual. But filled with lies and distortions, nonetheless---just like their PAC ads and staged rallies, paid for by big money special interest groups.

Marc McDonald said...

Hi Jack, nice article.
I bet the new GOP site won't say anything about Reagan's speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi, kicking off his 1980 presidential campaign.
It was truly chilling the way Reagan babbled on about "states' rights," particularly in a town where three civil rights workers were brutally murdered in 1964.
Our nation took a giant step backwards that day (and we went even further backwards when we elected this asshole to the White House).
Frankly, America hasn't been the same since.

Jack Jodell said...

I'm with you, Marc. Reagan destroyed labor unions, which opened the way for freezing wages and exporting jobs. He also laid the blueprint for George W. Bush and the religious right, as well as for heavy GOP spending on a bloated military/industrial complex. He was terrible in many many ways, and we have never recovered from his misguided presidency!

TomCat said...

Jack, the GOP did as wonderful a job on their web site as they did managing the recovery effort in New Orleans after Katrina hit, a heckuva job, even.

Jack Jodell said...

Yeah, they're a pretty bottom-of-the-barrel bunch these days. But they can still lie their way into prominence, and it's up to people like us to loudly expose them whever we can!