Tonight is a major test for our national media. The Republicans are going to go on stage and lie their collective asses off about Welfare, a not so subtle dog whistle pulling from their tradition of talking about welfare queens and big screen televisions and young strapping bucks buying t-bone steaks with food stamps, and I don’t think they are up to the challenge. Do you? I doubt anyone other than Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow will even notice.
Not to mention, the entire “We Built It” premise is based on utter bullshit. Not only did Obama not say what they are claiming he said, but when they say “We Built It,” they mean private industry, and they are lying. Yes, “We Built It,” but the we is the American people, not a few Galtian overlords:
Despite the fact that the Republican National Convention is held in a stadium that was financed with $86 million in public funds, the theme this year is “We built this!”
The theme is designed to be an affront to President Barack Obama’s supposed claim that those with successful businesses don’t deserve credit. The Romney campaign has dug in with an attack ad that says Obama’s message to business owners is “you didn’t build that,” despite the full context of the quote, which he used in a Virginia speech in July.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” Obama explained. “There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
And the theme has been taken to heart by numerous candidates and delegates invited to speak at the convention. Looking at the prepared remarks for Tuesday alone, a number of speakers skipped over ways that their accomplishments had been supported by the government.
They are shameless liars, all of them, and our media is failing us. I don’t have the strength to watch, and instead will sit on the back porch and watch the hummingbirds at the feeder, enjoy my beautiful sunflowers, and wait for the geese to do their nightly migratory fly-by (they fly directly over my house on a SW route every night for about a month and a half this time of year). I’ve got better things to do than raise my blood pressure listening to the same old lies over and over and then listening to Halperin and the rest of the hacks justify them or just display gross indifference. Because, you know, both sides do it.