American Thinker: Blog: Rick Moran: Can Stephen Colbert be Funny Without Making Fun of Right-Wingers?


American Thinker: Blog: Rick Moran: Can Steve Colbert Be Funny Without Mocking Right-Wingers?

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There’s been this latest complaint, well not really a late complaint, it goes back to at least the 1960s, from the American Right that the American media, especially the entertainment industry, don’t like right-wingers and love to make fun of them. With the right not really having their own medium (Why not?  Do they not have enough money?) to take on the left, they feel naked and defenseless. They are correct that Hollywood and others like to make fun of right-wingers but it is a special section of the right-wing that they tend to go after.  I’ll get into that later.  They are wrong when they say that the right doesn’t have a way to make fun of the left.

I read the libertarian magazine, Reason, everyday.  I also look at their think tank, Reason Foundation, and their YouTube channel, everyday.  They make fun of leftists almost everyday with constant satires about big government leftists and dumb leftists. But a certain faction of the right doesn’t like Reason because they go after big government dumbies on the right as well, making dumb people from both political wings look pretty silly.

This blog makes fun of big government dumbies, both left and right, because The New Democrat is simply anti-big government.  It doesn’t want government trying to control American lives, personally or economically.  The New Democrat and Reason do not go after everyone on the left and right, only the ignorant people who believe that they know best how Americans should live their lives.  A certain faction on the right hates that. Which faction do you think that might be?

Could it be the American far-right, the christian right and neoconservatives in general, who really weren’t born, politically, until the 1960s?  The far right sees themselves as the “Heartland of America,”  as a Chevrolet commercial (or is that “Heartbeat of America”).  They still live in the Leave it to Beaver 1950s where dad went to work, mom stayed at home and took care of the kids and house,  and gays were locked in the closet.  African-Americans were, technically, not slaves anymore but they existed only to serve Caucasians, without full American citizenship.

All of early TV and everything else that came from Hollywood in this era represented this 1950s American way of life.  Since then, the country has aged sixty years, give or take a few, but the so-called moral majority coalition has not matured accordingly.  They are stuck in a Twilight Zone episode and are confused by how much the country has changed.  They want to go back in time.

The American national media, especially the entertainment industry, don’t so much make fun of conservatives as they make fun of the so-called traditional values coalition that is trying put America into a time machine and take it back to the 1950s.  The christian right  looks down on Americans and calls them immoral if they are gay or live with their romantic partners before marriage.  They consider sex before marriage, watching pornography, smoking pot and, perhaps, tobacco, and drinking alcohol sins as well.  These people get made fun of because they are stuck in a Twilight Zone called Modern America and haven’t figured out how to get back to real time. 

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Commentary Magazine: Opinion: Tom Wilson: Leftist Fascism on the March: What the Far Left Doesn’t Like About Free Speech


Commentary Magazine: Opinion: Tom Wilson: Leftist Fascism on the March

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Anyone who thinks that fascism is only a thing of the right, or even just the far-right, is not familiar with the communist republics around the world today or back in the day in Eastern Europe, especially in the slavic states. There are big government fascist states on the left in Latin America such as Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, and some in Central America.  Of course there are rightist fascist states in Arabia and the broader Middle East such as Syria, and Iran, as well as developing democracies such as Libya and Iraq.

Fascists deny the right of political opposition to exist.  They deny the right of people to speak out  against their government.  We see this in the Republican Party today with the Tea Party and their less than brilliant notion that you are either with them one hundred percent or you are a RINO (Republican in Name Only).  You either believe in our notion of a traditional American family or you are Un-American.

I don’t agree with Commentary’s Tom Wilson’s original title of his piece, “Liberalism Ends at Home.” He suggests that Liberals are fascists and against free speech with which they disagree and believe it should be outlawed.  The whole notion of freedom of speech and thought is the core of liberalism.  The founders of America were liberals rebelling against the thought and speech control policies of the British monarchy.  If you support governmental activity to block free speech you are not a liberal.  The idea that government, or your political faction,  always knows best and cannot permit political opposition is an anti-liberal idea.

There’s nothing liberal about fascism or statism, the idea that people are generally stupid and need government to protect them, even from themselves. These far-left and far-right big government  politics have nothing to do with either liberalism or conservatism, in its classical sense.  The modern Republican Party has perverted the idea of conservatism.  The English Conservative Party offers an enlightening contrast which current Republicans are probably too stupid to perceive.

Free speech and freedom of thought are exactly that and don’t imply agreement with any particular political position. We live in a liberal democracy with the right to speak and believe as we please, even if we offend other people.  That also means having to hear speech with which we disagree.

Statists on the far-left are against free speech and hate speech with which they disagree if it offends groups that they care about. They have a major lack of consistency, as Bill Maher has said on his show (hardly a conservative by the way).  They condone making fun of fundamentalist Christians, especially if they are Anglo-Saxon, southern and rural but condemn making fun of Muslims and fundamentalist Muslims.

I’m a proud liberal, always have been and always will be.  I take it as a compliment when someone calls me a liberal, even if they don’t mean it as such.  I have a problem when partisan rightists throw out the word, “liberal” to put people down, as if it is a bad word.  It is clear that they are ignorant of the fact that the U.S.A. was founded by liberals as a liberal nation.

They are either liars or don’t have a damn clue about what the hell they are talking about.  Free speech, even hate speech, is a perfect example of that.  Liberals believe that all people have inalienable rights to their own opinions and expressions. 

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The New Republic: Opinion: Noam Scheiber: Bed Wetting Leftists: Democrats Who Freak Out Over Setbacks: The Political Faction Who Makes the Perfect the Enemy of the Good


The New Republic: Opinion: Noam Scheiber: Bed Wetting Leftists: Democrats Who Freak About Setbacks

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There’s a faction in the Democratic Party, the far-left fringe,  as well as the broader far-left in America,who, to put it simply, make the perfect the enemy of the good. Any Democrat who doesn’t give them exactly what they want, which is generally some new tax increase,  federal program, nationalization of a sector of the economy, or rules and regulations about certain private industries, automatically gets labeled as a corporate sellout.

To give you a clearer idea of this faction, they think that eating meat is some type of animal cruelty and cutting down one tree is an environmental  atrocity.  They believe that fathers are not important and that women should rule the world all together, not just be in charge of rearing the kids, also that masculinity should be eliminated all together.

They claim that any type of negative speech is automatically bigotry and that any such speech should be prohibited regardless of any constitutional protections.

They believe that right-wingers should not have a voice in America, that FOX News should be outlawed or nationalized, and that they should be in charge of the media.  They appear to be in favor of   nationalization of  the media. Anyone who thinks that fascism only comes from the right is not very  knowledgable about the American far-left that wants to be in complete control of information dissemination in this country.

The far-left in America are not liberals. They believe that the Neo-Communists running the government in Venezuela are good people, doing a good job  to the point that they shouldn’t have a Democratic opposition.  They believe that  the Democratic opposition in Venezuela should be put in jail.  They also believe that  the far-right in America should be put in jail.

These leftists statists will never have any real power in America  through the liberal democratic process, because they will always be outnumbered by 7-1. or more.  Americans do not want government to have control over their lives, economically or personally.  They do not  believe that women should control the whole country or that Caucasians, from the South and rural America, are all bigots.  As a Democrat myself, I wish they would get the hell out of the Democratic Party and form their own Socialist or Communist party so that the Democratic Leadership would no longer have to listen to them. 

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PBS: Video: NewsHour: Gwen Ifill: How the Civil Rights Act Opened the Door to the American Dream

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The civil rights acts literally opened the public business domain to all citizens.  It said that if you are open for business to the public you are open for business to every member of the public who wants and can afford for your service.  It prohibited the denial of service and employment to people by business owners on the grounds of race.  I believe that the people who claim property rights on this issue do not understand the American constitution when they say that American business owners have the right to discriminate against anyone they choose for whatever reason.

If you don’t want to serve the entire public, then don’t be open to the public.  Run a private club at which only members can get services and perhaps, employment.  If you are open to the public, that is the entire American public, not the Caucasian public, the African public, the Asian public or any other  racial or ethnic group.   That the public is the entire public and subgroups of  Americans cannot be discriminated against.

 

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New America Foundation: Video: The Shot: Reniqua Allen: Civil Rights in Present Day

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The 1968 Fair Housing Law was one of the best acts of the civil rights era of the 1960s.  It said that if you serve the public selling and renting homes, the public is the public and it includes everyone.  People can’t be denied housing in the United States simply because of their race.  This followed the 1964 Civil Rights Act that banned racial discrimination and the 1965 Voting Rights Act that banned racial discrimination in voting, as well.

The lack of adequate housing for African-Americans today is not about race but about education and good jobs. Too many African-Americans do not have them compared, with the rest of the country.   Poor, rural, Caucasian-Americans and American-Indians also lack them.  These things are due to the lack of quality education and economic development in these communities.  People in these communities are not denied quality housing because of their race.

If you want to close the housing gap between low-income Americans of any race or ethnicity and middle class and wealthy Americans, you have to close the education and achievement gap and provide better schools and educational opportunities for low-income Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity. Kids who are in school now and their low-skilled, low-income parents need better education and opportunity.

 

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Thom Hartmann: Video: The Progressive Budget vs. Paul Ryan’s Budget

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I wish I knew how many members would have actually voted for the so-called House Progressive Caucus budget.  I actually posed that question that on Google+ and Twitter.  You can see for yourself, if you have absolutely nothing else to do, if you’ve tired of watching  paint dry.  I can tell you how many people voted for the official House Democratic budget, the Van Hollen/Pelosi budget, 160 Democrats.

If you want to get an idea about the Progressive Caucus, think Green Party and the Democratic Socialist Party.  Look, I’m sure that there are some actual Progressives in the group, at least two, maybe more.  Most members of this caucus  are Democrats in name only because that is the way they can get elected in American politics, outside of getting elected statewide for governor or U.S. Senate.  They come from the furthest left districts in the country that have been gerrymandered so that they can be elected and reelected.

To be honest with you, I haven’t actually read the CPC budget.  The CPC is made up of the most left Representatives and a few Senators in Congress.  If it is anything like the 2011 CPC budget that repealed all of the Bush tax cuts, included a fifty-percent tax hike on the middle class, and got something like forty votes in the House, then this budget never had the Chicago Cubs chance of winning the World Series of ever passing.  Most Congressional Democrats are smart enough not to vote for middle class tax hikes in an election year.

There has to be some choice between the Paul Ryan/Ayn Rand plan that balances the budget by having middle class seniors pay more for Medicare and guts public assistance to people who have to have it in order to survive and the Progressive Caucus/Socialist plan which turns almost everything in the country over to the Federal Government and lets the Feds run our lives for us.  Some choice to give voters and why neither of them will ever become law.

 

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Reason: Video: Tax Day: Game of Thrones Edition: The Taxes are Coming

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The taxes are coming! The taxes are coming! The taxes are coming! Everybody grab your wallets and bank accounts and, if you have a lot of money, be prepared to send it to your Swiss bank account because this is the time of year that makes everyone excepts socialists cry. That’s right, it’s tax season, when we have to give Uncle Sam a big fat check so he spend our money, on our behalf (supposedly), and, if we are lucky, we get that some of it back in a refund.

While 85-90% of the country right now is crying about how much they are going to have to pay in taxes, there are big wine and cheese parties in New York, Boston, greater New England, and San Francisco where socialists are celebrating the payment of their taxes with smiles on their faces. The person who paid the most in taxes, with the biggest smile about paying them, gets to drink and eat free, during the party.  Government will hit them all again later with sales and income taxes but the winner is a socialist and that will just make them smile.

To be serious for a second, and then I’ll get back to being an asshole, I’m really not anti-government or anti-tax.  I’m anti-big government and anti-bad government.  Millions of Americans have to pay for a government that they wouldn’t wish on their worst enemies.  With all of the corruption, tax money funding pork barrel projects, political contributions coming God knows where because we don’t have full-disclosure,  the vast majority of the electorate doesn’t have a damn clue as far as where the money flowing into politicians’ pockets comes from, leaving millions of Americans to ask a good question, “Why do I have to pay for this?”  If I wanted to pay for corruption I would hire a lawyer or buy a used car.

 

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