Your Voice: A refutation of right-wing rhetoric
by Art Caya, Tracy
Jul 27, 2012 | 3751 views | 19 19 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Last Friday, while reading the Tracy Press, I came across His Voice, wherein Charles Norton expounded on the failings and general evil of all liberal-thinking people (“It’s a republic, if you can keep it”).

As is the usual format, the right-wing apologist reviews many of the problems of the past (insert any time period here) and then awards the blame to “the liberals.”

It is not my intention to refute all of the items that were mentioned in the aforementioned screed, as the Tracy Press doesn’t allow us to get too wordy. I’ll mention only a few.

n “Liberal” and “progressive” are not terms that refer to Socialists, except in the fevered mind of certain right-wing reactionaries.

n Collectively, liberals are a lot of fun to be around and like to see people enjoying themselves. An exception is when those people are engaged in the bullying of those weaker or less powerful, and then most liberals would try to stop that. So would I.

n Most liberals who I know believe in education, while many of those on the right think educating the young influences them to disregard their “beliefs” in exchange for “scientific fact.” Yes, it is called “learning.” That is probably why so many of them think they are smarter — they review the evidence.

n How making a rule that helps us save energy by using a better light bulb became a rallying cry for the conspiracy-minded is confounding. We have become a country so divided that whatever Fox News or Rush Limbaugh comes up with becomes the current cause for the angry right-wing.

n President George W. Bush pushed the bank bailouts at the very end of his second term, and we were warned that if we didn’t pass them, we would be crushed by a Great Depression. The result is that the banks are bigger than before, and richer.

n This country will save tens to hundreds of millions of dollars by removing the student loan system from the banks.

I’ll end this with my hope that before the election in November, people will make an effort to learn the facts instead of just believing someone who writes a letter, or what they see on TV or hear on the radio. Most of it is lies.
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LuckyInTracyNot
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August 02, 2012
FOR US TO BE WRITING LIKE THIS WE MUST BE RACIST.
doors17
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July 31, 2012
Okay, it’s time to get serious here.

You know you’re a Democrat when…

You've ever said, "We really should call the ACLU about this."

You watch MSNBC… a lot.

You don't understand why anyone was bothered by Jane's trip to Hanoi.

You actually expect to collect Social Security.

You believe personal injury lawyers when they say they are just trying to defend the little guy.

After looking at your pay stub you can still say, "America is under taxed."

You know you’re a Republican when…

When you’re behind the wheel, you only listen to talk radio.

You watch Fox News… a lot.

You've ever tried to prove Jesus was a capitalist and opposed to helping the poor.

Sarah Palin makes sense to you.

You've ever uttered the phrase, "Why don't we just bomb the sons of b******."

You once broke loose at a party and removed your neck tie.

RedHotChilliPeppers
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July 31, 2012
I do not always vote for Republicans, but I would say Jesus actually was a capatilist. Just not the way you think. Jesus was interested in collecting people not money. When he overturned the tables he said get out of my Father's house.

A house holds people. A bank holds money.

There are a lot of biblical principles that businesses have used to be successful in the economic world. But the "love of money" should not be one of them.

It may also explain why we are now sending our jobs elsewhere?
doors17
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July 31, 2012
RHCP, first off it’s good to see you back. I noticed you were gone for a while and I enjoy reading your comments. It doesn’t matter if I agree with your opinion or not, I think you make great points, and are very respectful to others.

Now that I’ve gotten the mush out of the way, I don’t always vote for Democrats as you don’t always vote for Republicans. The first vote I ever casted was for President Ford in 76. I probably vote for the Democratic candidate 75% of the time. So I can have fun at the expense of the extremist from both sides.

RedHotChilliPeppers
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July 31, 2012
I believe that having fun (joy) in life is important, just not at the expense of others, which is why we agree on keeping it civil.

Some people misunderstand that if you are a republican the only time you have fun is when you make money. That is not true for most people I know, regardless of their political disposition. All their money goes to their children or their college bills.

It is silly saying if you are a Democrat you have to listen to Rachael Maddow. Or instead of NRA membership you own a co-op at the yogurt shop and a yoga studio. You recycle and believe in the barter system.

When I was young we bought our milk in a glass jar and refilled the bottle. Those principles came from the American farmer, not a politician.

LuckyInTracyNot
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July 30, 2012
OMG It just passed my mind that it could be very true we are racist because we are against nobama and the liberals and the progressive movement. OhgodOhgodOhgod No. I must vote for nobama so I can look into all peoples eyes and smile without any guilt now.
bobrod
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July 30, 2012
Folks-just remember that we are ALL Americans and there are good ideas and people on both sides.....please dont forget the overall (We the people).
Atari
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July 30, 2012
I just realized that liberals are ripping off all the Jeff Foxworthy jokes, in reverse.

Essentially this is what they say, "You might be a Rush Limabaugh, if you're a Republican or a NASCAR fan" INSERT BELLY LAUGH HERE.

It may seem like a hoot, to another liberal the first time you hear it, but how many liberals realize it is not really that deep?

Would someone ruin your "fun" if they quoted you a scripture?

Let me try this.

In I Corinthians 13-11, the bible says:

"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways."
TracyResident10
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July 30, 2012
Funny how an article like this comes out as the DNC tries to say that all the talk has been dominated by right wing talk. Amazing how every example here is in reality the opposite of factual true life. Your example of education is absolutely false. Rush is no leader of a conservative movement of which no George Bush was ever a subscriber to. If you want to see a perfect example of how the liberal or progressive ideology works look no further than California. Only liberals are in control and of it actually worked then california would be perfect. It is a failed theory that has been done again and again and fails every time it is tried. Yes I do blame liberals for failed policies and cronyism such as those politicians in california state politics. This includes so called republicans and other liberal rinos that are nothing more than liberals with a different name. I do thank you for the entertaining article! Oh wait only liberals can be fun. (So ridiculous!)
RedHotChilliPeppers
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July 30, 2012
Author,

Why assume that only one group of people is fun to be around? Is that not called a bias?

We see examples of liberals bullying others all the time in the media. The most recent example was a politician in Boston who refused a chicken restaurant because he had a differing viewpoint than the owner.

That is not only bullying, but an abuse of government power. But, to date, I have not heard any liberals come out and speak out.

Why? Because they pick and choose what issues they try to stop bullying. If it does not advance theit agenda, they have no desire to put any stop to bullying.

Alternatively, I feel that all bullying is wrong. Period. Big difference.

LuckyInTracyNot
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July 30, 2012
Nr. Caya. I don't see any Obama supporters here supporting you. They know Obama is out of touch, not the hopey changey they wanted.
dogbum
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July 29, 2012
Mr. Caya:

Thanks for proving my points. Student loans now administered by a federal agency exceed $1 trillion. Please be advised that CFLs can create a toxic hazard.

Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsome and others of similar political thinking have called themselves liberals and progressives. If the policies of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are not socialism, then perhaps, facism is a more accurate label. Again, thanks for your thoughts.

C. Norton
slatz1
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July 28, 2012
Tim MIchael Case wrote:

"Liberals are 20% of our country however, they have run the agenda since 2006 with the takeover of Congress which controls ALL government spending."

I thought the Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, whlch I believe is the lower house of Congress, in 2010?

Read more: Tracy Press - News, events, classifieds and businesses in Tracy, Calif. Tim Micshael Case
TimMichaelCase
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July 29, 2012
slatz1,

Liberals never cease to amaze me.

You need to read the Constitution. The Senate is run by liberals. That negates the 2010 House. How very typical of the liberals to not understand the 3 branches of Congress!
TimMichaelCase
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July 29, 2012
Error: 3 branches of Government
TimMichaelCase
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July 29, 2012
The Democrats last passed a budget on April 29,2009 after Obama took office. They have been derelict i their duty ever since.

Democrats have violated their Constitutional duties ever since. They PLANNED it this way.

By NOT passing a budget the spending of the 2009 budget remains in effect along with its 8% per annum annal automatic growth factor.

This is why the national debt has grown $5 trillion under the Obama regime. With ObamaCare it gets even worse and grows larger.

Thank you Democrats!
TimMichaelCase
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July 27, 2012
Art,

You are a tremendous example of just how liberals are to people who actually have brains.

You say liberals deal in facts! Global warming is the biggest hoax put over on the American people. It is based PURELY on theory. There is absolutely NO scientific fact to it. Global warming is a liberal religion. It is all about government control and a government grab of the energy industry by taking the private American businesses out of producing America's own energy resources.

Just one example.

Liberals are 20% of our country however, they have run the agenda since 2006 with the takeover of Congress which controls ALL government spending. We have seen how liberals are destroying our American way of life by literally turning America into the equivalent of a third world country.

Art, you are also a great example of why we must NEVER allow the liberals to rule our country again.

Thanks for the reminders of what the left is all about.

LuckyInTracyNot
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July 27, 2012
Thanks for keeping it short Mr. caya. But Liberal & progressive is exactly what we have been dealing with for the past four years, it is close cousins to the foundation of your president barack h. obama who is the big daddy of it all, but that is called socialism and marxism. Call him the mothership of liberalism and everything that is not working in our country. He's slicker than Clinton but Clinton knew what he was doing. Obama is just a slick BS'er that won the white house without any job experiance. In November people are going to RUN to the voting booths and vote for the other guy who knows finances and has a known past.

Liberals are not bullys or mean? Lets look at Obama who rams obamacare down our throats like it or not. Lets look at the elected officials calling us racists when we have anything negative to say about King Obama or stand at the voting booths with ball bats. Lets look at (google her name)State Senator Louise Lucas who says racism is alive and well referring to republicans who support Romney attempting to place guilt on us because she is africanamerican.

We will run to the voting booths in November to vote Romney because we're tired of stupid liberals.

dcose
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July 27, 2012
Art.

well written examples of liberal idealism devolving into parody. Thank you for starting my day with a great sense of humor.


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