The Morning Grumpy – August 22nd

22 Aug

1. Last week, Former Utah Governor and current GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman went rogue. How so? He said some exceedingly sane things, which says a lot about the current sad state of GOP politics. Huntsman knows that the tea party controls this election for the Republicans and he doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning, so he is working to set himself up for 2016 as the sensible “I told you so” candidate. As you might imagine, the right wing nutjobs are a little upset. To wit, incredible asshole and Republican spin-meister Frank Luntz had this to say on the Sunday Morning ABC show, “This Week”.

Remember — and I say this to Governor Huntsman — he is mainstream America in what he says, but he’s not mainstream Republican. And this, after all, is a Republican primary.

And that, my friends, is everything that is wrong with American politics in two sentences.

2. Song for Monday, “Vulkan Alarm” by ZZT – Love the visual

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3. Why the mainstream media are clueless about the religious right.

From the attitudes shown by media toward the religious right, you’d never know that more than one-quarter of the U.S. population identify as evangelicals, according to a 2007 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and among white self-identified evangelicals, 62 percent told Pew in 2006 that they believe the Bible to be the literal word of God.

These, by and large, are the people who determine the outcome of the Republican presidential primary, thanks to the early stacking of states heavily populated by evangelicals, and the propensity of most evangelicals to align with the Republican Party. And yet, we who cover these races often know very little about the voters whose person-on-the-street interviews they’re recording, except to know that these people are very different from us in their view of the world. So as everyday doctrines come to light in one or another campaign incident, the media either find themselves aghast at the implications, or simply choose to ignore them.

I honestly don’t believe that the media, progressive activists, Democratic politicians or regular blue state residents understand this portion of the populace. Evangelical Christians aren’t just a group of people who disagree with our current societal structures, they fundamentally seek to replace those structures with their own literal christianism. Which, as you know by now, is batshit insane. There are those of us who operate in a knowledge-based and world and 75 million people who don’t.

4. Want to learn a little something about each GOP Presidential candidate? Take the time to read through longform.org’s guide to the field of candidates.

Perry’s in. Bachmann’s everywhere. Herman Cain is … still running. With the GOP primary race finally in full swing, it’s time to get to know the candidates a little better. Here are our all-time favorite profiles of the contenders for the 2012 Republican nomination. Oh, and one on Chris Christie, too.

5. Looking forward to the day when America pulls its troops from Afghanistan? Don’t hold your breath.

America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Empire never sleeps.

6. How do we sober up Washington, D.C.? Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig has an idea

Washington is hopelessly addicted to money and thus to the status quo; drunk with power and incapable of getting sober and fixing itself. It’s time for an intervention—by the states.

Politically, we two disagree on just about everything. But the one thing we do agree on is that the institutions of government in Washington have become corrupt, held hostage by well-funded special interests. It’s no wonder that only 17 percent of the American public in a recent Gallup survey said they had a favorable opinion of Congress.

Voters are disillusioned and discouraged because they don’t believe Washington represents the will of the people. And the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C.—which permits unlimited independent corporate campaign expenditures—will only make this worse.

We, the People, can take back the power we gave to Congress. We can take it back through the states.The framers left open a path to amendment that doesn’t require the approval of Congress: a convention.

Have a day!

As an addendum to this column, I’d like to let you know that this will most likely be my last post on WNYMedia. I figured if you made it all the way to the end of this article, you’re the person I wanted to tell. I didn’t want to make a big deal of it with a separate column or some big to-do, but I think I owe a goodbye to those who read my columns every day.

It has been a lot of fun writing here for the past six years, but the time has come to move on. I wish nothing but the best for those who remain, especially for Marc Odien who has been a great friend and partner while we tried to create an online alternative media outlet that mattered. And fucking hell, we pulled it off.

We’ve gone through a lot of changes, but it was always fun and always interesting. I’m proud of everything that I’ve ever written here and I’m proud to have been associated with my fellow writers. The platform this website offered and the ability to bring thousands of people out to support causes and efforts I believed in was incredible.

Mostly, I wanted to thank you, the reader. I’ve always been astonished that tens of thousands of people are interested in what I write and I am grateful for your time and support.

I may write somewhere else in the future, I really don’t know. I just know that it’s time for me to explore new options and take on new challenges.

Again, thank you very much for being advocates for new media.

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