Remember If You Never Admit You’re Wrong, You Never Are
November 26, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – I kinda dig Facebook. Where else can I catch up with old friends, keep tabs on new ones and engage in political debate at three am in the morn? I’ve never been invited on Bill Maher’s show and my barroom political debates often end with me being threatened by unemployed, no health insurance having, union members who just happen to vote Republicorpian. I know, just doesn’t make sense does it? So, Facebook offers a safe opportunity to discuss and debate politics with conservatives.
I’ve learned a few things while on Facebook (FB). One is more of a confirmation, the vast majority of my FB friends don’t care at all about politics. They care how they’re doing personally and if it’s good, the powers that be, get praised and if they’re not, the same powers are at fault. Mostly they don’t pay attention to politics. They pick up talking points and generally agree with their friends. In short they are oblivious. Which is why they, like most Americans believe that last year they paid more in taxes when in reality they received a large tax break. Or, that health care reform is responsible for all that is wrong with the world. Another thing I’ve learned is that there can be no criticism of Republicorpians without a political motive.
A good example of this is Sarah Palin. Here is a woman so blissfully ignorant and vapid, that 2008 McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt was quoted as saying, ‘She knew nothing. She had to be taken through World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and Palin was not aware there was a difference between North and South Korea. She continued to insist that Iraq was behind 9/11; and when her son was being sent off to Iraq, she couldn’t describe who we were fighting.’ As recently as several days ago Miss Palin again showed off her foreign policy knowledge by saying “we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies. ” in response to N. Korea firing artillery at S. Korea. Now, one could shrug off such an obvious gaffe, if it were a gaffe. Unfortunately for the former partial term governor, we’ve already seen she knows nothing other than a well timed wink or how to repeat a talking point. We know this, Republicorpians know this, but when she is criticized it’s because she’s a Republicorpian not because she knows less than a fifth grader. The folks in the GOP can not fathom for one second that they could be wrong, about anything.
It happens time and time again. Comment that the GOP has no real plan to reduce the deficit, yet they position themselves as the ultimate deficit hawks and they fire back that it’s a political attack. Or how about mentioning the hypocrisy of Bush’s tax cuts and the deficit. Again, it’s a political attack. Let’s try Sharon Angle and her whackadoodle campaign or that the so called Tea Party movement, which claims to be grass roots but is funded by long time ultra conservative players like the Koch brothers. Mention these things and it’s dismissed as partisan politics.
From a political point of view it makes sense. Dismiss all criticism as partisan politics and you’ve satisfied your base that you’re the one true party looking after them. I wonder though, if at any time any of the GOP sit back and think about the criticism. Do they ever wonder if there is validity in the other side’s argument? If they do, it isn’t apparent. Remember if you never admit you’re wrong, you never are.