Friday, January 1, 2010


HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY! 2009 was a year of lies. Conservative far-right Republicans unleashed a volley of whoppers against economic stimulus and health care reform, and especially against the President. This now being a mid-term election year, I expect more of the same from them throughout 2010. But we as progressives must all make a dedicated effort to answer each and every upcoming Republican lie with a LOUD rebuttal. They cannot be allowed to get away with a systematic outpouring of distortion as they did in 2002 and 2004, and tried to do again in 2006 and 2008. Let's dedicate ourselves to making this a year of TRUTH, instead. Let's continue presenting fact and reason as we do. Let's do it boldly, frequently, and relentlessly.

I plan this year to complete my "progressive manifesto" and to periodically feature other series, one of which soon upcoming will deal with the negative aspects corporatism has had on farming in this, the breadbasket of the world. I will continue to expose the greed and moral failings of this corporate state we are now trapped within, and I will be featuring MANY posts on solid reasons why people must NOT vote this November for corporatist, conservative Republicans and Democrats alike. I will also highlight individual bought-out congresspersons and challengers, detail who's buying their influence, and explain why they should be defeated.

I thought I'd start you off this year, the YEAR of truth, on the proper footing with some WORDS of truth. Enjoy, and try not to chuckle too hard at some of these...

"A gathering of Democrats is more sweaty, disorderly, offhand, and rowdy than a gathering of Republicans. It is also likely to be more cheerful, imaginative, tolerant of dissent, and skillful at the art of give-and-take. A gathering of Republicans is more reasonable, sober, purposeful, and businesslike than a gathering of Democrats. It is also likely to be more self-righteous, cut-and-dried, and just plain BORING."
- Clinton Rossiter -

"Conservatism is the policy of make no change and consult your grandmother when in doubt."
- Woodrow Wilson -

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself."
-Harry S Truman -

"A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time."
- Alfred E. Wiggam -

"Instead of creating new jobs, Republicans give tax cuts to companies that send jobs ovrseas."
- Joe Baca -

"Latins for Republicans - it's like roaches for Raid."
- John Leguizano -

"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear."
- William E. Gladstone -

"I'm a leftist. That's where the righteous ought to be."
- M.M. Coady -

"Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom hold political power, or holders of power become lovers of wisdom."
- Plato -

"He's not a Republican. He's a Republican't!"
- Unknown -

"Every Republican in office is one Republican too many."
- TomCat of Politics Plus -

"Conservatives and Republicans are cowards. They constantly seek to protect themselves from the poor, the weak, the sick, and the meek."
- Jack Jodell -



mud_rake said...

Great words of Truth, Jack! What puzzles me, though, is why so many of our fellow Americans fall for the GOP B.S. year after year. Surely, there must be a deviant, recessive gene involved in the brain tissue.

Best Wishes for a great 2010!

TomCat said...

Happy New Year to you, Jack, and to all here. That's a fine collection of quotes. May I add one?

Me: Every Republican in office is one Republican too many.

Mycue23 said...

I think that the Republican party as it exists today is not worthy of a "national" party label. However, I do believe that an honest and open dialouge with an opposition party that is committed to improving the lives of the citizens of this country is an absolute necessity. A free flow of ideas across the isle only helps to improve the quality of the national debate and policy. But until the day that the Republicans can turn the page on this dark day in its history, as a group they are, for all intents and purposes, useless.

SJ said...

the last one might be my favorite.

The presenting of cruelty as some kind of virtue among businesspeople is what is destroying the country's attempts to live up to the principles implied by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

Fight on in 2010 Jack, fight on.

Oso said...

I have no problem with conservatives. I respect their beliefs and ideally, they are a loyal opposition in case liberals swing too far in the direction of the welfare state. I say that objectively cause IMO we're better off with a European type of welfare state.

What annoys me with the current crop is, their ideology blinds them to reality.

example, Wall St bailouts. calling crony capitalism "socialism" is misleading and stupid. I can understand it as a partisan talking point, but to refuse to acknowledge it during debate is just inexcusable. Slaves to an ideology.

Jack Jodell said...

Best wishes to you, too, for a great 2010!

I think the GOP is successful in hoodwinking people for a number of reasons: 1). Most people don't pay enough attention to detail and current issues, 2). They appeal to the powerful motivator of fear, 3). They are are following the Joseph Goebbels playbook of if you tell a lie big enough, often enough, and loud enough, a number of people will believe it.
Happy new year to you, too, and I will edit my post to include your bit of truth. Thank you for it!
Very well put, and I couldn't possibly agree with you more!

Jack Jodell said...

Thank you. An outstandingly true observation on cruelty as a pseudo-virtue! Iwill indeed continue to fight on---you, too! Right on!
You raise very valid points. My problem with the current crop of conservatives mirrors yours, but apart from their delusion, I find their downright nastiness and dishonesty most objectionable as well.

TRUTH 101 said...

You are like John the Baptist crying out the truth in the wilderness Jack. Unlike John though, you are not alone my friend. I join you in the crusade to bring truth and the evils of the scum that runs the republican party. The lowlifes that have hijacked the word "conservative" and twisted it to mean whatever serves their dubious puposes. It could mena more tax cuts for the wealthiest. Or another invasion of a country that was no threat. But there is no doubt, these con men and women are enemies of real America.

I cna't speak for all your followers Jack. I'm not in the same league as blogger as most of them. But I got your back Brother.

Jack Jodell said...

Thank you, Truth101! As you know from my comments left on your blog, we're pretty much on the same page regarding our perceptions and conclusions. I've got your back, too, my good man. That way, UNlike John the Baptist, our heads won't end up on Republican platters being handed to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or some other high-ranking conservative. :-)

Beach Bum said...

"Latins for Republicans - it's like roaches for Raid."
- John Leguizano -

That statement right there is more than likely the death knell for the republican party. I'll have to give the devil a little bit of credit and say McCain's immigration reform, that about had him crucified by the right, was an honest attempt to deal with an issue that many on the right can't fathom.

The right's repudiation of real reform and holding onto the belief that 20 to 30 million illegal Hispanics, were some have lived in this country for decades, could simply be driven back to Mexico and walled out is more of a fantasy than any Harry Potter movie.

When you alienate two ethnic groups, the other being African-Americans, that are outpacing the right's base in population growth you ain't got much of a future.

TomCat said...

No need ot edit, Jack. It's just something we need to practice.

Holte Ender said...

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid but most stupid people are Conservatives - John Stuart Mill

Jack Jodell said...

Beach Bum,
Totally true. The GOP has narrowed itself down to conservatives, whites, and the wealthy. They may be able to capture a few safe districts, or temporarily gain office by lying their way in, but this current group has no broad appeal and no staying power, so their dreams of national dominance are pure fantasy.
Already added, and thanks again!
Holte Ender,
That's a superb quote which I included in one of several quotes posts a few months back. Thanks for stopping by, and please do so again! :-)

Beach Bum said...

What scares me though is that while they will fall as a national party on their current course I expect certain elements to turn to violence eventually.

Given their expected gains in 2010 and 2012, if Obama can't pull his head out his ass, they may calm down some but as their position continues to slip the likelihood grows.

Jack Jodell said...

Beach Bum,
I would hate to see violence too, and I don't think we will. Violence would mean a massive reaction against them; their numbers would dwindle to nothing worth mentioning, and they would lose even the power to obstruct. I don't think they're THAT dumb. It's up to people like us to publicly dispel their lies and keep the independents out of their column. This can and should be done. If it is, they may just go the way of the 1960s John Birchers---always there, but weak and nearly invisible. But it's up to us.