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Fri Aug 30, 2019, 09:21 AM

revisionist history seeks to make Republicans who preceded Trump look better than they ever were

Residual Rancor and Rage for Reagan, Romney, Dubya, Cheney, and Other Wingers Now Credited With Being Better Than They Ever Were
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You may have noticed a bit of revisionist history going on that seeks to make Republicans who preceded Trump look better than they ever were. As we all know, Americans have very little sense of history. Even history that ain't that old fades fast. And with the glut provided by modern information systems, our memories get taxed beyond capacity to retain even stuff that happened a few weeks ago. Then, too, there are so many demands on our always flighty attention spans that most of us lose the thread, misplace the plot, and fail to keep track of the characters even as the narrative is still being written or played out.

So, is it any wonder that distinctly villainous people who turned up just a chapter or two ago can readily be re-drafted and transformed into versions of themselves we'd readily find unconvincing if we still had the tools of memory, history, or attention spans that would allow us to recall just what a bunch of venal or dishonest shits they were clearly shown to be when they first commanded the stage.

Remembering them at all might not even be that important except for the fact that all these (and other assholes) have been remarkably quiet during the incredibly crazy time of Trump. At a time when Dubya, and Dick, and Jeb, for instance, had almost nothing to lose by raising their voices about the threat Trump posed to the country they always claimed to love, they haven't said a damn thing. I mean, really, these guys already owed the country some serious acts of atonement what with the mess they left in their wake. From Katrina to the massive debt of the Iraq war, not to mention lots of people who died early and unnecessarily, the Bush bros and the Dastardly Dick Cheney should have been on Fox every fuckin' day telling their right wing brethren that nothing Trump was doing was going to make America great again. Au contraire, mes amis, Trump ain't on your side.

I guess they couldn't bring themselves to do that for the sake of their country because, though Trump wasn't really on the side of the rabble who turned out for his rallies, he was still delivering the goods to the rich and powerful, making it pretty damn hard for the rich and powerful to speak up or speak out, no matter the ultimate consequences or the disaster that was unfolding.

Back in the 90s, during the Clinton administration, Cheney was going around crying gloom and doom about deficits, but when he and George Herbert Walker Bush's son ascended to the White House, Cheney went around telling Republicans that "deficits don't matter." Then, when Obama was in office and had to try to dig us out of a deep hole dug by Bush, Cheney, and unscrupulous bankers, deficits began to matter a whole lot again, and Republicans were beside themselves with worry about the national debt, blaming Obama for reckless spending. But then, presto change-o, Trump was elected and deficits don't matter a damn again. Deficits are measured on a sliding scale, ya see. The right wingers spend like sailors on leave, about to depart for a war zone. The deficit balloons. Trump wastes money beyond the imaginations of most people, and nearly all the captains of commerce, corrupted politicians, con artists on K St., and Republican rats, active or recently retired, are quiet as monks who've taken vows of silence.

Just for the record, lots of the scoundrels who worked for Bush/Cheney also took jobs with Trump. Just for the record, Bush also tended to offer garbled and idiotic comments on a daily basis (Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.), though he didn't tweet, thank God, bird brain though he was. For the record, Dick Cheney spent much of his time defending torture, a pre-cursor to Stephen Miller and his ilk in terms of dedicated advocacy of fascist cruelty. And, just for the record, by the time Regan reached his second term, he was, like Trump, showing daily signs of severe mental deterioration. And, like Trump, Reagan was busy leaving a legacy of assaults on the environment through deregulation, veiled appeals to racism, and wealth redistribution benefitting the already-rich at the expense of the majority of Americans. Reagan screwed the country with an affable actor's smile while Trump fucks us all spitefully and sadistically, but the violation seems much the same. Victor Cantu, a writer friend of mine, describes Trump as "Miracle Grow for hatred," but Nixon was also a pretty good compound for growing hate and suspicion between Americans dating all the way back to his first political campaign when he painted his opponent, Helen Gahagan Douglas, as a subversive and a "pinko." (Younger readers may not know that a "pinko" was a right-wing fearmongering term that defined liberals as "reds," only slightly less determined to destroy us than the dirty Commies who were, lest we forget, mostly Russians.

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Reply revisionist history seeks to make Republicans who preceded Trump look better than they ever were (Original post)
dajoki Aug 30 OP
Proud Liberal Dem Aug 30 #1
katmondoo Aug 30 #2
Proud Liberal Dem Aug 30 #3
dajoki Aug 30 #4
spike jones Aug 30 #5
Wounded Bear Aug 30 #6
defacto7 Aug 30 #7
dajoki Aug 30 #10
defacto7 Aug 30 #8
paulkienitz Aug 30 #9
thesquanderer Aug 30 #11
zentrum Aug 30 #12
uponit7771 Aug 30 #13
dajoki Aug 31 #16
Duppers Aug 31 #14
irisblue Aug 31 #15

Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:35 AM

1. Trump is just so bad

It's definitely made it hard to remember what it was like dealing with earlier bad Republican Presidents, although when you're in the middle of something really bad, like things are now with Trump, it's easy/tempting to look back at earlier periods of time and forget about some of the awful stuff that was happening back then and some of the people involved. I wasn't politically aware in the 1980's, so I only have the historical record to review but I remember how bad things were under GWB and have no desire to go through that time period again. If there is *any* consolation to be found from previous, fairly recent history, it's that people eventually do seem to reach a tipping point where they can't take any more of bad governance and rebel against it. For some Presidents, that can take longer than others, but it *seems* that we are on track to rid ourselves of Trump after only one term, instead of two terms in the WH for GWB. And we kept Obama in 2012 and rejected Romney, so perhaps there is still some hope for us as a country. The one thing about Trump that I'm weirdly grateful for is that, despite his obvious penchant for dictators and autocratic tendencies and the deficies of our system and media, he's not smart and/or saavy enough to turn the USA into Vladmir Putin's Russia.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:53 AM

2. The Republican agenda was always mean. They just managed to hide it well.

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Response to katmondoo (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:33 AM

3. Trump says the quiet parts loud

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:36 AM

4. I was politically aware in the 1980's...

they kept it hidden better, but it started way before then.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:45 AM

5. If GWB had been impeached and/or indicted during or after his term

for his crimes we would not have Trump/Republican in the White House today. IMO.

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Response to spike jones (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:02 PM

6. You could say the same about Nixon...

it goes wa-a-a-a-ay back.

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Response to spike jones (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:02 PM

7. If Gore hadn't had the election stolen by...

...you can fill in the rest.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:22 PM

10. I was going to say the same thing n/t

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:09 PM

8. All of us have to keep focus. It's not as easy to circumvent

the bs and concentrate on the facts but that's part of the rw plan; keep people in a haze and unable to function with determination and reason. History is our guide as long as the source is factual. Exercise, people. Keep reading books and focus on what we know and can learn not what simply entertains us. I try.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:14 PM

9. What Trumpsky has revealed is what the Republican base was ALWAYS like.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:26 PM

11. GWB is a better human being than Trump, but a worse president.

Trump hasn't (yet) crashed the economy or started wars that took thousands upon thousands of innocent lives or actually had people tortured.

Unlike Trump, I get the impression that GWB at least had a moral center, and actually wanted to do what he felt was the right thing for the country, even if he kept making the wrong choices.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:28 PM

12. Two Words:

Southern Strategy.

Started under Nixon.

Discovered they could bake-in the racist vote with ideas that were essentially dog whistles, such as: Cut Taxes, Shrink Big Government, Cut Entitlements.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:32 PM

13. K&R, RayGun called Africans monkeys ... Nixon started the Southern Strategy

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 06:40 PM

16. LOL, I spell it raygun but yours is just as good...

no capital letters.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:31 AM

14. Thank you! K&R

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 02:20 PM

15. Shrub & Cheney are war criminals

Kicking for truth

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