In the world of American Idol politics, candidates are making more and more outlandish, ignorant, downright wrong, and sometimes dangerous statements. If the media were doing it’s job, these statements would be called out immediately and there would be political consequences for making them. Instead, these statements are repeated verbatim as ‘one side of the argument’ with absolutely no attention paid to their validity, regardless of the facts. It is fully accepted as normal that our politicians are serial liars.
This abrogation of responsibility by the press has proven detrimental to our political process by making it infinitely harder to wade through the bullshit to get to the truth. Even for someone who pays close attention to politics. In my opinion, some ignorant statements should disqualify a candidate from office for simply not being able to pass the laugh test.
The absolute clown show that has been the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee has given us a group of folks with a special talent for face-palming stoopid statements. Unfortunately, life expectancy in America is only around 76 years, and there’s only so much ink in this here machine. So I’ll just share a few examples. Without further ado, here’s a list of some the most egregious.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”
(He’s worth over $200 million.)
”Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life. You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. I changed my position.”
(Wtf does that even mean?)
“PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.”
(In 2007, after admitting he once strapped his dog to the roof of his car for a 12-hour trip.)
“Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are.”
(You ever get the creepy feeling that you’re inside a person when you walk in Best Buy?)
Texas Governor Rick Perry
“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil we don’t have to buy from a foreign source.”
(Apologies to all Canadians.)
”From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”
(On the preventable BP oil spill disaster in 2010.)
”Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.”
(Um… that would be Juarez, Mexico, smart guy.)
”George W. Bush did a incredible job in the presidency, defending us from freedom.”
(Inadvertantly true, but stoopid nonetheless.)
Rick “don’t google” Santorum
“What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?”
“[John McCain] doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative.”
(Speaking of Vietnam War POW, and torture survivor, Sen. John McCain.)
“Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?”
(On the oh-so-scary gay marriage.)
Herman “pizza man” Cain
“And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?”
(That’s Uzbekistan, genius. And yes, you need to know who runs the country if you want to be President. The U.S. military has been using a base there to supply troops in Afghanistan.)
“You and I didn’t have time to read it. We’re too busy trying to live — send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table.”
(Are you running for president of the fifth grade?)
”They [China] have indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.”
(The Chinese have had nuclear capability since 1964, you dolt.)
”A poet once said, ‘life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.”’
(From the theme song to ‘Pokemon: The Movie 2000’, written by the “poet” Donna Summer.)
Michele “crazy-eyes” Bachmann
”The president, he put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa.”
(Alright, which one of you jokers moved Libya out of Africa?)
”I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”
(So stoopid it actually hurt to type.)
”I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?'”
(Seriously? Michele, your “god” needs e-mail.)
”What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.”
(Someone on her staff should mention the fall of the Soviet Union over 20 years ago. Just sayin’.)
Newt “sanctity of marriage but thrice married” Gingrich
”I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.”
(Really gotta watch out for those secular-atheist-radical Islamists.)
”There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”
(Explaining his serial philandering. Translation: ‘I love Amurca so much that I was forced to cheat on not one, but two wives.’)
”We don’t do — you know, we don’t do elaborate things. … Well, go, you go talk to Tiffany’s. All I’m telling you is we — we are very frugal.”
(After it came out he owed over $250,000 to the jeweler Tiffany’s.)
Texas Congressman Ron “I’m not racist” Paul
“If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”
“We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.”
(Sorry, but what a piece of shit.)
“The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers.”
(Actually: “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.” Founding Father James Madison)
So kids, the moral of the story is, believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
Happy New Year!
Sometimes a routine trip on the subway will introduce you to amazing artists that are unique to NYC.
This is hilarious and absolutely made my morning. Occupy Melbourne makes the police look, well, see for yourself.
So Occupy Atlanta responded to an Atlanta police officer’s request to help stop the bank from foreclosing on his family’s home. Here’s to the 99% sticking together.
Things have changed quite a bit since Mayor Bloomberg ordered the military-style raid on Liberty Plaza. The Occupation has been forced to shift gears and adapt to the escalating actions of those who wish to silence our message. Bottom line: we’re still here. Even on Thanksgiving.
Liberty Plaza was an indescribable coming together of disenfranchised citizens from all over the nation. We developed a community that was leaderless and functioned with the sense of community typically associated with rural small towns. Was it perfect? No. No community on the planet is. Was it functional? More than I could ever have hoped for. Did we accomplish what we wanted to? Not yet, but we got a damn good start.
Liberty Plaza was necessary for the birth of the Occupation; symbolically as well as strategically. It necessarily instilled in us all a cooperative spirit in our fight for equality against the 1%. They forced us to stick together. While this fight is still in it’s infancy, we grow stronger the more the rich and powerful wield their power against their fellow Americans.
As essential as Liberty Plaza was to the beginning of the movement, nobody went to live in the park just to take the space. It’s always been about message. We used it to our advantage and now that we don’t physically occupy the space anymore we must shift tactics and continually force the issues, keeping the Occupy movement in the public eye.
So what’s changed? They can hear us now. And they’re scared. They’re afraid they’re losing the messaging war. The right-wing wordsmith-in-chief Frank Luntz just released their new anti-OWS talking points. Things like ‘don’t say middle-class or capitalism’. Well their team is in trouble because the truth hurts. When that truth is that you can’t afford to feed your family despite working two jobs; or that you have to choose between medication and heating oil; or that you’re an un-employed aging worker in a sea of under/un-employed workers, then the propaganda of the 1% starts to undermine itself. The ‘trickle-down’ and ‘get a job’ meme is getting stale as Americans know that there are no jobs. There is a complete disconnect between how the vast majority of Americans
survive live and those at the top of the food chain barely scrape by.
Just today, good ole’ boy Newt Gingrich said children don’t work enough.
“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,” Gingrich said.
“They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.”
He then proceeded to talk up his 12-year-old granddaughter and how she “saved for eight months for an ipad”. Well excuse me
dick Newt, Americans are struggling to feed themselves in record numbers, and your complete lack of awareness is mind-boggling coming from someone who is supposedly qualified to lead the nation. Never-mind the fact that your average 12-year-old can’t just ‘save’ $600 plus dollars. Of course it helps when your grandpa made $55 million over 10 years for not lobbying.
Which brings me to the brave, patriotic leader of this great nation, Bloombergistan. I know, some still refer to it as New York City. But make no mistake; Lord Bloomberg is in charge and he’ll deploy his military against his constituents any time he sees fit. Try to take a picture of his army and they’ll throw you in jail too, journalist or citizen. The First Amendment only applies if He says it does.
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh-biggest army in the world.”
“I have my own State Department, to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the UN in New York, so we have entrée into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”
Pompous ass. Us peasants are so fortunate to be ruled by such a
sadistic gracious man. Why do you need an ‘army’ to govern an American city? What must we do to not run afoul of your ‘army’?
So the fight continues. We will accept nothing less than fundamental change in the treatment of our fellow citizens; morally as well as economically. We’ve been ignored. We’ve been laughed at. Now we fight. What’s left?