Republicans: If you can’t learn history, rewrite it

Posted on May 16, 2011

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Everybody has or had a subject in school that was difficult for them. Whether it was math, science, social studies or history, we’ve all been down that path of “I’ll *never* learn this!”

Apparently, Republicans – and particularly their most vocal public faces – have decided to forego even *trying* to learn history. Instead, they just want to rewrite it to suit their personal and social political agenda.

Sarah Palin, as part of her never-ending “criticize whatever Obama does no matter what” campaign, said Sunday that Obama proves his lack of leadership skills because he “won’t follow through and show America any photos of bin Laden dead” and that such failure to complete tasks is not something you’d find on her resume.

“I was brought up to know the value of hard work,” Palin said. “When you start something, you finish it. That’s how Americans do it.”

Apparently, staying in any one of the five jobs she had before quitting halfway through her term as governor of Alaska don’t qualify on Palin’s list of things she started. It must be something she learned in one of the five schools she quit before finally getting her four-year degree after six and a half years.

Palin has also said, on many occasions, that “the Founding Fathers intended the United States to be a Christian nation.” The fact that the overwhelming majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were known Deists and labored specifically to extract all religion from the government of the country, doesn’t just escape Palin, it downright confounds her.

Palin says Ronald Reagan faced “a far, far worse recession than Obama does” and that Reagan “showed us how to get out of one. If you want real job growth, cut capital gains taxes and slay the death tax once and for all, you would do what Ronald Reagan did.” The Associated Press points out that Reagan didn’t get rid of the estate tax, had only a 2.27 percent job growth, and that capital gains taxes were higher when Reagan left office than they are now. Economists overwhelmingly agree that the current recession is far worse than any economic period since the Great Depression.

And, of course, let’s not forget that Palin thinks Obama had better be more cautious about offending “America’s North Korean allies.”

Newt Gingrich says that he, personally, with “help” from other Republicans, created the budget surpluses of the late 1990s — surpluses that Gingrich has also said never existed.

As usual, Gingrich’s facts are pure fiction.

The Center for American Progress provides an analysis of the cause of the 90s deficit reduction/budget balancing success and pinpoints just who and what was responsible for the late 1990s deficit reduction and budget balancing.  It wasn’t the Republicans or Newt.  In fact, the policies of the Republicans and Newt, in particular, made deficit reduction and budget balancing harder.

In September 1997, the CBO wrote: “Over the past four years, growth in revenues has consistently outpaced that of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2 to 3 percentage points. Several factors have contributed to that outcome. The tax increases enacted in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 were the main causes in 1994 and 1995. Also, the personal and corporate income tax bases grew faster than GDP over the period, especially in 1996 and 1997. Higher income taxpayers experienced above-average income growth, which boosted revenues because their income is taxed at higher marginal rates.”

In other words, the rapid growth in personal and corporate income, especially among those at the top of the income ladder, interacted with the higher tax rates that Clinton and the Democratic Congress enacted in 1993. The result was even more revenue flowing into the treasury than just the economic factors or the new tax system alone would have predicted.

2004 Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani can’t even remember the facts on what should be the most centrally fixated date in his entire life; September 11, 2001. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of “Good Morning America” in 2008, Giuliani criticized President Obama’s approach to fighting extremism around the globe and ended notably by saying that “We had no domestic terrorist attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.”

Giuliani has since corrected his remarks, saying that he meant there were no domestic attacks after 9/11. But even with this caveat his original statement is not true. The anthrax attacks of late 2001 were classified as “terrorist acts” by the Director of the CIA and the U.S. Attorney General. Richard Reid failed to detonate an explosive concealed in his shoe in December 2001 and is now serving a life sentence without parole in a super maximum security prison. And the beltway sniper attacks that took the lives of ten in the D.C. area resulted in a conviction on charges of terrorism in 2003 for John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.

Michelle Bachmann has said repeatedly that “the founding fathers fought tirelessly against slavery” and insists that “the shot heard round the world” was fired in Concord and Lexington, NEW HAMPSHIRE, instead of in Massachusetts – as any third grader not sleeping during class knows. Bachmann, a sitting United States Congresswoman, insists that the U.S. Constitution only requires people to tell the census “how many people are in our home,” despite being repeatedly shown the contrary.

Bachmann also maintains “the swine flu broke out in the 1970s, under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter.” The actual unrevised history is that Swine Flu was first diagnosed and recognized in February 1976 when U.S. Army recruits at Fort Dix, N.J., came down with flu symptoms, and one died. This led to fears of a pandemic. The president in February 1976 was Gerald Ford — a Republican — not that an airborne virus pandemic is in any way linked to who sits in the Oval Office at the time.

The radical (i.e., dangerously unbalanced and ignorant) right wing’s poster child, Glenn Beck espouses “Christian dominance” as though it’s a literal manifest – overlooking the fact that Beck is a Mormon. Beck claims that “Jesus would oppose the capital gains tax and the minimum wage.” He also contends that “the separation of church and state is a perversion of the Founding Fathers’ intention to create a Christian nation.” And Bachmann defends Beck against his attackers, claiming that “anyone who would disagree with Beck on this simply isn’t a Christian.”

Clearly, the most prominently babbling idiots on the far right all drink from the same pitcher of tainted Kool Aid.

And let’s not trivialize the fact that Michelle Bachmann holds the distinct position of being the only person ever vetted by Politifact.org’s “Truth-o-Meter” that has a 100 percent “Pants on Fire”/False rating … meaning literally every statement or claim uttered by Michelle Bachmann that was researched by PolitiFact has been proven to be an outright lie. She doesn’t even score a “Mostly False.” Every finding: 100 percent lie.

Republicans don’t even want laws regarding criminal charges against their own to be supported. In January 2005, the entire Republican body of the House of Representatives and all but two Republicans in the Senate voted to support indicted Speaker of the House Tom DeLay, and proposed a rewrite of House rules to allow a leader to remain in power even if indicted for a felony, changing a decades-long standing House ethics rule.

These people are driving the Republican/TEA Party and the religious right-wing straight off a cliff into a bottomless pit of no return and if those who value their religion don’t stand up and remove them as the voice of their party then they deserve what they get. You know the old saying; “You reap what you sow.”

Although, in her first ghost-written book, Palin spelled it “sew.”

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