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Michael Eric Dyson rips Mary Matalin for ‘amnesia’ after Cheney branded Mandela a terrorist

The Raw Story

Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson lashed out at conservative strategist Mary Matalin, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, after she defended her one-time boss for branding Nelson Mandela a terrorist in the 1980s.

Following Mandela’s death last week, several media outlets pointed out that Cheney had not only voted against sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid government, but had also maintained that he didn’t have “any problems” with the vote as late as 2000.

On ABC’s This Week, Dyson observed that “conservatives get a little bit of amnesia when they forget that Dick Cheney wanted to put him on the terrorist list and insisted that he stayed there, that Ronald Reagan resisted — he said on the one hand that Nelson Mandela should be released, but he depended upon a white supremacist government to reform itself within.”

“When will you ever get tired of beating up on Darth Vader, who said Nelson Mandela is a good man,” Matalin shot back, referring to Cheney. “It was a complicated situation, the ANC was a terrorist organization at one point. He has since said wonderful things about Nelson Mandela.”

“But when you say about excusing Darth Vader, so to speak, this is not just about rhetoric,” Dyson insisted to the former Cheney aide. “This is about public policy that prevented the flourishing of ANC, and look, when they had the feet on the neck of Nelson Mandela and millions of black people in South Africa.”

Watch the video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Dec. 8, 2013.

 

Conservative’s Three Part Tragedy

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I have to agree with Mario Piperni, the folks on the right are not only upset over the POTUS’ re-election, they are downright delusional…

Mario Piperni

I don’t believe conservatives and Republicans quite understand what led to the trashing of Mitt Romney and the Republican agenda. Mary Matalin lays it out in a piece titled Mendacity and Malice Won.

Her villain…

What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform. Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.

and hero…

Mitt Romney distinguished himself and conservatism with a grounded, courageous, forward-thinking problem-solving reform agenda for a nation ready to renew and starved for leadership and maturity. He is a man of integrity and character, as is his whole family. And unlike in the 1996 and 2008 Republican campaigns, which — though led by men of great personal integrity — were marked by dead-end policy prescriptions, Romney/Ryan laid a durable philosophical and policy foundation for the next generation of conservative leadership.

…and tragic end.

Unfortunately and unfortuitously, forces of nature bookended the general election: Our convention was compromised by one weather disaster and our momentum stalled by another. Two human hurricanes also radically altered the political atmosphere: Bill Clinton’s unique windbaggery constituted a campaign updraft, while Chris Christie’s deplorable and gratuitous gas-baggery infused the campaign with a toxic political pollution.

They’re hopelessly delusional but let them keep on believing this crap as their party slowly drifts into irrelevance. Despite Matalin’s misguided rant (projection, anyone?), the political narcissistic sociopath she so despises is currently the president of the United States…and will be for the next four years. That makes me smile.

Monday Blog Round Up 10-8-2012

How Reality Shapes Words

Bit of Good News for Obama

Video: Good jobs news drives right to delusion

Tracking Polls Show Debate Bounce for Romney

Israel Launches Airstrikes After Attacks From Gaza

Ad Watch: Obama attacks Romney’s Libya response

Video: Mixed messages on voter ID as Pa. slow to obey court

Mary Matalin Calls Paul Krugman A ‘Liar’ For Telling The Truth

Mitt Romney Looks To Cut Into Obama’s Early Voting Advantage

Gingrich Concedes Romney Wasn’t Honest About His Tax Plan During Debate

Thursday Blog Round Up

Hannity Guest: ‘NAACP Has Become a Hate Group’

Romney: Black Leaders Offered Me Secret Support

Mark Halperin confuses reality for smear campaigns

Gallup: Confidence In Television News Falls To New Low

Dems: ‘Obamacare’ Will Thrive Like Social SecurityAnd Medicare

Palin, who played a key role in losing McCain the election, has ‘advice’ for Romney

Michele Bachmann accuses Clinton deputy chief of staff of being a Muslim conspirator

NAACP Reacts To Mitt Romney: ‘Patronizing,’ ‘Totally Disconnected,’ ‘A Serious Misjudgment’

House Republicans Spend 89 Hours Trying To Take Away Health Coverage From 30 Million Americans

Mary Matalin: It Would be Stupid Not to Hedge Against American Dollar in This ‘Obama Economy’


Rewrite, Sugarcoat, Ignore: 8 Ways Conservatives Misremember American History—for Partisan Gain

I can’t believe that the current crop of GOP presidential candidates actually think their followers are that stupid…uh, strike that…

The Nation

The mortgage crisis began in 2006 and it’s all President Obama’s fault—at least according to Fox News host Sean Hannity. Hannity recently blamed Obama—“his policies, his economic plan, his fault”—for the mortgage crisis, ignoring who was actually president (that would be George W. Bush) as the housing market slipped.

Hannity’s is just one example of the selective memory and historical revision frequently on display in the conservative movement. Right-wing pundits, politicians and pseudo-historians are nibbling away at objective historical truths to rewrite history for present-day purposes, and hardly any topic is off-limits: glorifying the “Reagan Revolution” to children, sugar-coating the Jim Crow South and revising textbooks to offer a favorable view on Phyllis Schlafly—among many others.

Below, read about eight ways in which conservatives try to rewrite, sugarcoat or ignore aspects of American history.

1. Michele Bachmann on the founding fathers and slavery. Propelled to the front of the Republican field after her victory in the Iowa straw poll, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann’s historical views are notoriously error-prone. In one her infamous gaffes, she said the founding fathers “work[ed] tirelessly to end slavery” (in fact, George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves) and that John Quincy Adamswas a founding father—he was born in 1767.

Bachmann was a research assistant to John Eidsmoe for his 1987 book Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of our Founding Fathers, in which Eidsmoe wrote, “The church and the state have separate spheres of authority, but both derive authority from God. In that sense America, like [Old Testament] Israel, is a theocracy.” And at a conference, Eidsmoe outlined his belief in church/state separation: “The church’s responsibility is to teach biblical principles of government and to drive sinners to the cross…. The function of the state is to follow those godly principles and preserve a system of order.” Bachmann  has praisedEidsmoe as “absolutely brilliant. He taught me about so many aspects about our godly heritage.”

2. Secession was fine, dandy and legal. Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is fond ofpro-secession comments; in 2009, he joked that “we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again.”

In his dreams. In fact, these attempts at humor sidestep what secession actually leads to: a nullification crisis, a Civil War, hundreds of thousands of casualties and the federal government as the victor anyway. And secession is illegal. In 1866 the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. White that Texas’s ordinance of secession was “absolutely null.”

Perry isn’t the only Republican to make such comments. Congressman Zach Wamp alluded to secession and Georgia’s Senate passed a secession-related bill in 2009.

3. Forgetting September 11? Conservatives have an uncanny ability to misremember when the September 11 attacks occurred. In July, Fox News host Eric Bolling said “we were certainly safe between 2000 and 2008 — I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time.” (In his “apology,” he accepted no blame: “Yesterday, I misspoke when saying that there were no US terror attacks during the Bush years. Obviously, I meant in the aftermath of 9/11, but that is when the radical liberal left pounced on us…. thank you liberals for reminding me how petty you can be.”)

A surprising slip came from ex–New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. In January 2010 he claimed that “we had no domestic attacks under Bush.” In December 2009 Mary Matalin made the outrageous claim that Bush inherited the attacks from Bill Clinton. In November 2009 Bush’s ex–Press Secretary Dana Perino said “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”

4. Mike Huckabee’s “Learn Our History.” Mike Huckabee’s cartoon history series is whitewashing American history. While claiming to engage children in an easy-to-digest format without “misrepresentations…historical inaccuracies, personal biases and political correctness,” personal biases somehow make an appearance. Each video is produced with consultation from Learn Our History’s “Council of Masters;” one “Master,” Larry Schweikart, is the author of 48 Liberal Lies About American History, including “Lie #45: LBJ’s Great Society Had a Positive Impact on the Poor.”

In  a DVD on the “Reagan Revolution,” viewers are invited to “journey to a time when America suffered from financial, international and moral crisis:” Washington, DC, 1977. A knife-wielding African-American man demands “gimme yo’ money!” Ronald Reagan’s arrival—against triumphant music playing and a caption reading “one man transformed the nation…and the world”—changed all that for the better, the DVD suggests.

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The week’s top ten quotes in American politics

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“John Boehner: Stop using my dad’s name as a punchline, you asshat.” – Artist Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny…) in a tweet to Boehner over his use of Johnny’s name in his stump speech. 

“You know they’re trying to screw the president, right?” – Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, encouraging voters in Philadelphia to vote Democratic. 

“Even today I can’t stand the smell.” – Sen. Harry Reid, explaining his thoughts on doughnuts thanks to a tough bakery job he had when he was younger. 

“I’m on speed dial now.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell, describing his new access to the White House after the Democrats’ tough showing on election night. 

“Political Ann Landers.” – Karl Rove, describing his new nickname for Dana Perino. 

“Very tea partyish. I like it.” – Commentator Bill Bennett, reacting to CNN’s use of theme music from HBO’s “John Adams” series as election night music. 

“Hon, how do you spell your last name?” – Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband, joking to his wife as the two voted (much of Murkowski’s write-in campaign focused on making sure voters knew how to spell her last name). 

“Go on, girlfriend! Let’s hear it.” – Republican consultant Mary Matalin, encouraging Democratic consultant Donna Brazile to say “Gov. Martinez” as Martinez enjoyed her victory in New Mexico. 

“As president, you’re called much worse than ‘dude.'” – President Obama, on whether he was offended by Jon Stewart calling him “dude.” 

“It’s Election Day. Never have the cemeteries in my hometown of Chicago been so lively.” – Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, tweeting his thoughts on Tuesday.