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“Senator…Have you no sense of decency?” was uttered, quite famously, by Joseph Welch to the infamous and draconian Senator Joseph McCarthy on June 9, 1954, in response to the Senator’s relentless quest for Commie bogeymen - this time in the Army - as McCarthy went after yet another innocent naïf.  It began the downward spiral of the very powerful, world-changing Senator, and led directly to his ostracizing, and indirectly to his death as a broken fool, a mere 3 years later.

Without spoiling my book's plot, I will add that McCarthy had a profound negative influence on my father’s career as well.  Also, I am Jewish.  Thus, I do not take hitler or mccarthy references lightly.

Of course, Allen West and Michelle Bachmann have been invoking this ugly specter for several years, ad nauseum; accomplishing nothing but dragging our general discourse into the toilet (the filthiest toilet in the world), and exposing themselves as dangerous vapid fools.

“Have you no sense of decency, sir?” was uttered this past week by Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s Senior Campaign Advisor, in reference to Harry Reid, who had the audacity and unmitigated galt to actually speculate that there might be a real reason Willard Mitt is hiding his financial information from us.  Fehrnstrom, apparently not a subtle man, also had the unmitigated galt to add that Harry Reid’s statement that Mitt paid no taxes for years,

“reminds me of the McCarthy hearings back in the 1950s”.
 
Oh really, Eric?  You really believe that...or are you just being a lying asshole...again.
AGAIN?

Please read about how history is repeating itself - after the orange squiggley brought to you by Bain Capital and Monsanto....

Fehrnstrom has been with Romney a long time, (and thus has been a lying asshole a long time) and used the same tactics in helping him campaign for the governorship of Massachusetts. In that gubernatorial race, Romney talked out of both sides of his mouth and both sides of his ass, as he insisted in Utah that he was a Utah resident, and in Massachusetts, that he was a Massachusetts resident.  Romney even blamed the dustup on an inaccurate reporter, and a clerical error in the Utah tax office (for which the clerk who entered the returns (of course without error, as Romney was lying again) actually got into trouble at her job.  (Apparently, she was just another piece of middle class collateral damage left in Romney’s considerable damaging wake (quel dommage, Mitt!))

In this very familiar episode, Fehrnstrom was deflecting, while Romney was projecting accusations back on his accusers; all the while, retroactively amending his tax returns to reflect residency in Massachusetts.  In other words, he was hiding things, lying about what he was hiding, and retroactively changing the paper trail of history all the while.  Poor Mitt was portrayed as the victim, and the awful Boston Globe and Massachusetts Dems were the draconian, unreasonable villains.  Mitt even refused a request to turn over his tax returns with all financial info redacted, and only the residency designation readable.  Yep, he turned that very reasonable request down.   All this sound familiar?

I joke aplenty that the Republicans and the media use false equivalency because it is the only weapon they’ve got; and we really shouldn’t blame them for doing it.  It’s the only weapon they’ve got, and so they use it.  After all, it’s unAmurrkan to leave one in the chamber.

But seriously, I find this practice, and the practice of invoking mccarthy, so patently offensive as to nullify and degrade he who voices it.

Are we really supposed to see Romney as a victim in all of this?

In perhaps his most disingenuous and ridiculous projection to date, Romney told the friendly Fox News that Harry Reid should “put up or shut up.”  This is the classic Rovian projection, and thank god it doesn’t appear to be working and changing the simple mind the way it used to.

Projection is the classic GOP tactic, employed again and again, to the point of total predictability.  It easily answers the question why Republicans thought Democrats wanted us to lose in Iraq to make bush look bad.  Since that is the Republicans’ entire policy position against Obama now, they certainly jumped to the conclusion in the 2000s that their political opponents would also see their country fail completely before they saw the Republican president succeed.

In related news, while Romney thought June’s job report was “a kick in the gut” to the middle class, he now says that the July jobs report is “a hammer blow” to the middle class.

I often wonder what Romney would say about his own economic ideas, if he was not the most narcissistic and dishonest politician I have seen in my lifetime.

Of course, I often wonder what his party would say about President Obama if he was not black.  Of course none of the aforementioned traits are changing anytime soon.

Have you no sense of decency, mitt?

Remember everybody, if you feel sick, take two antidotes to Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning...You have health insurance now!

 

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 04:11:52 PM PDT

  •  Let me suggest that instinct-driven people (6+ / 0-)

    do not cogitate and do not reflect on their own behavior. They act, if they act, in response to prompts, whose source (their own hormones or the impulse to imitate) they aren't aware of either.
    So, metaphorically speaking, they jump because somebody pinched them or somebody told them what to do.  They are not aware of initiating anything or engaging in self-direction because they are not self-aware. They are self-centered, but not self-aware. It's probable that for some reason they cannot follow the instruction to "know thyself."

    Imagine you have no sense of rhythm and cannot learn to dance or are color blind and can't see red.  These are impediments which cannot reasonably be overcome. The military tries to teach situational awareness, but it's questionable whether they are successful. Ditto for law enforcement agencies which have to confront the quandary that people lacking in self-direction are ideal candidates for the culture of obedience. They either do what they are told, or not.  No surprises.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 04:38:41 PM PDT

  •  Here's the weird part (5+ / 0-)

    about invoking Senator Joe:

     When the conservative movemen is reduced to spouting "McCarthyite', you know they've thrown up the white flag.  What the Democrats are doing is THE OPPOSITE of McCarthyite.

    If Joe McCarthy had accused people of NOT being American citizens and, instead, secret citizens of the USSR, the accused could have simply shown their proof of citizenship: Their BIRTH CERTIFICATE, for instance.  Or if he had accused so-called Communists of being in the Soviet Union for the years 1947-48, they could have easily shown evidence that they lived, in fact, in Los Angeles. But he was accusing them of being secret Soviet agents, an accusation impossible to disprove.  

    In this case, if Reid had said "Romney's tax returns are not his but are forged frauds" THAT would be the kind of impossible-to-disprove slander that would be truly McCarthyite.  In reality, Reid is simply asking Romney to provide simple proof he's not a tax cheat, to provide the 2012 equivalent of the birth certificate.

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 04:47:04 PM PDT

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