Recently by Brian Wilson: Unless Things Change
Imagine changing the banner at the top of this page to:
LewRockwell.com Pro-war, Pro-Government, Anti-Freedom
Sound good? Sound strange? Thematically, it's damn near perfect for Our Time!
But then we would have to delete "LewRockwell" and insert "Dick Morris". Then we'd have to get rid of writers like Lew, Ron Paul, Tom Woods, Walter Williams, Gary Barnett and the Stable of Others who write, push, cajole, root, cheer, stomp and advocate for Freedom and Liberty. What a loss and waste of talent that would be! What a giant step backward for rescuing the Republic!
"DickMorris.com": a total waste of bandwidth!
What brought all this on? Today I received my Talk Show Host Copy of "Newsmax", the hyperventilating, neo-con cheerleading rag brainchild of Chris Ruddy*, former reporter for an (allegedly) "Great Metropolitan Newspaper", Richard Mellon Scaife's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Screaming headlines of the lead story:
"Dick Morris: Ron Paul ‘Terrifying’"
The reformed advisor to the Clintons and renowned toe-sucking prostitute customer breathlessly informs readers of "horrific consequences for the GOP if he [Paul] wins the GOP nomination"!
Morris' neo-con outrage is in Full Blown Two-Year Old Temper Fit Mode:
“Ron Paul remains terrifying. He is really the ultimate liberal in the race. He wants to legalize drugs, repeal the Patriot Act, slash our military spending, pull out of Afghanistan… On these issues, he's way, way to the left of Obama. What makes him a conservative is hard to tell. But, whatever he is, he would be a disaster as the Republican candidate. His bland assertion in the last debate, that ‘anyone’ will beat Obama is both self-serving and inaccurate. He wouldn't. Anyone who votes for Paul and is not brought up short by his denuding us in our defenses against terrorism and his passivity in the face of Iranian nuclear weapons, has to realize that nominating him is tantamount to re-electing Obama.”
Let's take a moment to parse the underlying meaning this cow pie.
Neo-cons must not support Ron Paul first because they love any phrase of title with the word "War" in it. Well, mostly. "War on Drugs" — Good! "War on Poverty" — Bad. Wasted money, wasted lives, prisons as a growth industry, alienation of hemisphere neighbors — not worth a doobie. Free choice about drugs: sign of the Apocalypse.
"Patriot Act". PATRIOT ACT?!?!? Really? Seriously? All Neo-Cons please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Patriot Act, the apparatus being used, abused and renewed to expedite the erosion of the Bill of Rights, Property rights and any semblance of what used to be known as "privacy".
"Slash Military spending"!? OH NOOOO! Not MILITARY SPENDING! Don't we need more cost overruns, graft, bribery and toys to expand and maintain the Empire? What about all those terrorists?! Guess bringing back the troops from Germany, Japan, the Korean DMZ, Guam, and Guantanamo, New Jersey. And building that spiffy embassy in Iraq! Oh — that wasn't paid from the Defense budget? Ooopsie – my bad.
Pullout of Afghanistan??!! WHAT!? When there are still more enemies to make? Women and children to kill!? Isn't bin Laden still dead? Saaay….would it be intemperate and rude to ask: What American Values are American soldiers and taxpayer dollars dying for in Afghanistan right now? Which of our "rights" are being protected? The answers will just have to wait until the gas/oil pipeline thingy gets worked out. Ever wonder how many barrels of oil your son or daughter is worth? (Too bad about that Canadian pipeline deal, huh?)
What makes him a conservative is hard to tell. But, whatever he is, he would be a disaster as the Republican candidate. Like the blind squirrel, even Dick Morris finds a nut now and then: Ron Paul would be a disaster for the whole damn rank & file Republican Party. And that's really the point, right Dick? Screw constitutional limitations on government. Screw the rights of the governed while you're at it. MAINTAIN THE PARTY! Solidify the Machine! "Same Old, Same Old that's our cry, if Ron Paul wins the Elephant dies". (For a reconstructed high school basketball cheer, that could actually make a good campaign jingle!)
His bland assertion in the last debate, that ‘anyone’ will beat Obama is both self-serving and inaccurate. Funny — virtually every other candidate on stage during these GOP "Da Baits" has said the exact same thing at one time or another. No tut-tuts from the Dick on those. But Morris isn't really out to skewer Ron Paul. Really. Honest. C'mon — would a Reformed Toe-Sucker and Clinton pimp lie to you?
Anyone who votes for Paul and is not brought up short by his denuding us in our defenses against terrorism and his passivity in the face of Iranian nuclear weapons, has to realize that nominating him is tantamount to re-electing Obama.”
Sorry. I'm running too close to my permitted word count to laugh my way through this one. Gotta give credit for working "denuding " into a screed, though. Senseless and inaccurate, sure — but when was the last time you saw "denuding" in a sentence not written by Hugh Hefner?
And how about the outright lie about nuclear weapons? You can always tell when Morris is running out of ideas: he gives up any pretence of honesty and/or integrity. The "re-electing Obama" line serves two purposes. One is the old BOO! Scared You! And the other illuminates how clueless Morris is about anything that begins with "Econ" and ends with "omics".
Once upon a time, Forbes Magazine referred to Newsmax as the “great right hope” of the Republican Party. Our hero, Dick Morris was quoted as saying that Newsmax had become the “most influential Republican-leaning media outlet” in the nation." How "self-serving" is that?
Wikipedia again: "The company has increasingly attracted national and international leaders to its West Palm Beach, Florida headquarters. Former President Bill Clinton, who describes Newsmax’s CEO Ruddy as a friend, made headlines when he visited Newsmax’s offices during the summer of 2010.
Whoa! The hyper-conservative Chris Ruddy is one of Bill Clinton's buds!? Gotta wonder if Chris brought up any of those nasty Vince Foster rumors during Bill's drop-in! Juanita Broderick maybe? Ron Brown? C'mon, Chris! That would actually put some hard-core "News" in "Newsmax".
More Wiki: According to [US News and World Report], Newsmax is a major player in GOP politics, especially in the 2012 primaries. Visitors have also included Rep. Michele Bachmann… former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney… former Sen. Rick Santorum among others. In 2009, Forbes magazine says regular readers include Newt Gingrich…"
So much for objective reporting, journalistic principles and other outdated notions. Having "the Fox News analyst and Republican strategist" and former "Mr. Phalanges", Dick Morris as a featured columnist are all great reasons to be thankful for the DELETE key.
*In the interest of full disclosure, in the early 90's when I was hosting morning drive on a Washington, DC talk station, Chris Ruddy, Ambrose Evan-Pritchard, Hugh Turley and I worked in a loose confederation investigating the mysterious "suicide" (it was murder) of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster, whose body was found in Ft. Marcy Park wrapped in tangle of contradictions, mis-truths, outright lies, incomparable law enforcement errors and omissions, disappearing photos, handguns and never explained carpet fibers. Despite some tantalizing revelations, Ambrose was "re-called" to London, Chris wrote a non-selling book that answered nothing. Hugh Turley, a unique , diligent and genial guy stuck with it to the bitter end — such as it was. The trigger man/men? Never ID'd. And the Clintons roam the earth freely.
Brian Wilson [send him mail], nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted co-contributor, is currently annoying miniscule audiences in a number of markets from his technically challenged studios safely outside the dictatorship of Toledo. Brian may be endured from 3p–6p at www.wspd.com.