Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hey...wait a minute...

Sarah Palin said the following in response to Obama's "Sputnik" remark:
"He needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the communist U.S.S.R. and their victory in that race to space... Yeah, they won but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union."
It wasn't Sputnik. That occurred more than two decades earlier. The Soviet space program did not bankrupt the system.

What caused the downfall of the Soviet Union was political corruption, a cynical public that had lost faith with the leadership, an inability to dislodge itself from an unworkable ideology, unsustainable defense spending, and, most of all, getting bogged down in a hopeless war in Afghanistan.

Hey...wait a minute...
It seems most republican go to school where American History classes must either be taught by very bad teachers or where American History classes are nonexistent. Any one with tea party attached to their name has that issue. You can't even point them to original documents to correct their mistakes either. I guess even John Adams, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson themselves are spurious liberal sources these days.
The Sputnik moment was the USA's response to losing the initial space race. Palin just nuts.
You know what else the USSR and the current USA have in common? An oligarchy of thieves is angling for the downfall of the entire nation so they can devour absolutely everything at fire-sale prices, all in the name of free-market absolutism.
It seems Mencken was right.

Damn him.

And Joe's definitely right about the parallels between the old USSR and the US. I think the only thing that can possibly save us at this point would be the miraculous appearance of a chili recipe.
Re: Dakinkat's remark.
Wasn't it Texas that was rewriting history for its school text books?
I don't know about you but every-time I hear that woman speak ( that can also be said of Batshit Bachmann etc etc etc )the urge to jab sharpened bamboo spikes deep into my ears so I don't have to listen to the drivel and batshittery that emanates from the mouths of these ignorant, uneducated, Jeebus freakin loving idiots anymore!!!!!!
I think Joseph is spot on between the USSR connections and us now. The right wing has spent decades trying to confuse communism with fascism so they can keep on pushing fascism with no one noticing.
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