Politicians are like lawyers; it’s the dishonest, money-grubbing ones who make it look bad for the 5% of them who are decent people. I’m quite skeptical that the Republican leadership is really looking out for the interests of its grassroots. Ron Paul is an honest guy, but unless there’s a serious shakeup in the power structure, he has as much chance of becoming President as I have of becoming the next Pope. Still, the Democrats seem to have a unique skill for smugly deceiving the public and generally playing us for chumps.
This is actually a time-honored tradition. Consider FDR’s quote:
I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.
This was on October 30, 1940, shortly before the election. He made a number of similar statements too. Before long, he would do everything he could to antagonize the Japanese (cutting off their oil supply and freezing Japanese assets, among several other items) largely unbeknownst to the public. When he received intelligence that an attack was imminent, did he put the base on high alert? Having antiaircraft guns locked and loaded would have saved hundreds of lives at Pearl Harbor, but it didn’t happen. It’s not clear why he dropped the ball like that, but one possibility was that FDR wanted a large body count to shock the public and shut up the isolationists; the people who actually did want to stay out of war. Yes, the day went down in infamy, in more ways than one.
It’s not just FDR who took the public for a bunch of suckers. His consigliere Harry Hopkins (a very high placed KGB plant identified by the Venona decrypts as Agent 19) told him:
The American people are too damn dumb to ever sense what we are doing to them.
Another telling comment of his was:
We will tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect.
Apparently these attitudes haven’t changed much over the years.
Another stellar example is LBJ’s bon bot, spoken to two governors while on Air Force One, explaining his motivation for starting welfare:
I’ll have those [African-Americans] voting Democratic for the next 200 years.
So the War on Poverty wasn’t really about alleviating poverty, but rather getting a base of bloc voters beholden to the government, and the Democratic Party specifically. What a man of the people LBJ was!
The deal with welfare could be stated as the following: “stay home and we’ll pay you to have babies. All we ask is that you don’t have a man around who can help support and raise them.” What this did to the Black community was utterly devastating. Take a wild guess what’s going to happen when you pay welfare mothers to stay home and have more babies? The illegitimacy rate doubled, and they got intergenerational poverty. Another effect was that the crime rate skyrocketed from all the children who grew up without a father to help raise them, teach them a trade, and instill a work ethic. Black communities were fairly safe before all this, and also used to have much more small business ownership, and thus financial independence. LBJ’s strategy worked; Blacks vote for Democrats over 90% in every Presidential election, when they should instead be cursing them for this.
Other than that, LBJ was known for exposing his Johnson frequently, reputed to have an impressive executive branch. Today, backers of his party are going berserk about some locker room talk by Donald Trump, a private conversation from eleven years ago which actually was pretty tame compared to some of LBJ’s potty-mouthed outbursts.
Moving to more recent times, we have the tawdry example of Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging speech during the Fornigate scandal:
I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anyone to lie, not a single time, never.
I knew he was lying, and so did anyone who had a brain. He could’ve saved face by saying, “Look, I made a mistake and it will never happen again.” Unfortunately for him, honesty isn’t exactly his strong suit. Only after the FBI tested the blue dress and found DNA evidence (or was it Big Mac sauce?) he couldn’t lie any more. Until then, he had quite a few people lying for him too. Actually, both Clintons have quite a bit more dirty laundry far worse than that, but Fornigate is the only thing that really stuck to Chubby Bubba.
As for Obama, he has a remarkable string of broken campaign promises. Close Camp X-ray? Didn’t happen. Cut the deficit in half during his first term? Actually, he doubled it. One real hoot was when The Lightworker promised to get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan within a year. In Iraq, this happened in December 2011 – following Bush the Younger’s timetable – and Obama got the credit for it. Still, this made him nearly two years late on delivering the promise! During that time, Obama intervened in Libya, which luckily didn’t turn into another full-blown spit-in-your-eye war. As for Afghanistan, that one is still going on.
None of this is too surprising. After all, the only things The Lightworker is really good at are selling weed, being a “community organizer”, and reading from a teleprompter. What is surprising is that all those low-information voters reelected him after so many broken promises. Finally, the politicians were lying about Obamacare when they sold it to us.
Remember Hillary’s famous “basket of deplorables” remark? How does the rest of her campaign feel about the public? There was quite a telling a revelation from a leaked DNC email about what they really think of us:
And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking – and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging.
Well, he’s certainly not the only one to say that they’re conspiring “to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry”! It’s quite interesting to see someone on the other side agreeing. The difference is that, from the context, they apparently think this is a good thing.
This is by no means the only whopper to emerge from the leaked email trove. There are quite a few others out there where they insulted the public.
Note that although the government routinely monitors our emails and records our phone calls – in blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment – perhaps they don’t like it so much when we do the same. The person suspected of leaking the emails was shot in the back on the streets of Washington DC. That one hasn’t been solved yet, so whether it was random street crime or something else is anyone’s guess. The police said robbery was the motive. I’m not sure how they got that one all figured out; whoever shot him didn’t bother to steal his wallet or anything else. Whatever the case may be, Hillary used the incident to argue for gun control. She must have balls bigger than LBJ.