I haven't spoken very much about the midterms, mostly because any mention of actual horse-racey party politics usually results in my readers hitting me with the standard-issue "both parties are the same" speech -- or, as I have been known to call it, the SIBPATS speech.
Both parties are NOT the same.
Take, for example, this Joni Ernst character, now favored
to win the senate seat in Iowa. Good lord, what a freak!
She thinks that states can and should nullify federal laws
. She's every bit as bad as Sharron Angle
, yet she looks poised to pull this thing off.
Joni is a huge proponent of the inane "Agenda 21" conspiracy theory, a meme so silly that even I, the expert on All Things Fringe, have not (until now) seen fit to acknowledge its existence. If you don't know much about Agenda 21, you may want to visit this page
. Also here
Agenda 21 was a lovely document produced to help move the world toward more sustainable living, promoting smart growth and care for our surroundings. It has, like most U.N. documents, no teeth. And it respects national boundaries and sovereignty. I saw it as a rather pie-in-the-sky effort but forward thinking nonetheless.
I cannot fathom why a group of people would twist this document into an ugly conspiracy that supposedly hopes to cage people in cities to let wildlife roam free, and then rule those people in a global government. This is one of the most laughable conspiracies around today...
If both parties are the same, why is it that no Dem ever embraces this kind of paranoid propaganda?
And if both parties are the same, why don't the Koch brothers donate to both parties?
Joni has an interesting funding mechanism
behind her. Her puppeteer appears to be her "spokesperson" Gretchen Hamel, director of something called Public Notice. She seems to tie in with one Scott Howell
, considered by some to be the inheritor of the Karl Rove/Lee Atwater legacy. I'm sure we'll be hearing much more about Scott.
The best investigation I've seen of this nexus is here
Public Notice has a related non-profit entity by the name of Public Notice Research and Education Fund, which is controlled directly by the SGC4 trust. Gretchen Hamel is the sole director of that entity, too. That entity established a website called WashingtonCouldLearnALot.com, which was built to bolster the right-wing idea that all lawmakers had to do is eliminate Medicare and Social Security and all would be right again. Bluebirds would sing and everything would be wonderful. The site is aimed at hipster internet users, or something.
The piece goes on to describe the secrets of the Cato Institute. Good stuff.
At this point, I really
don't want to hear your ultra-predictable guff about how Both Parties Are the Same. You're about to say something about Syria, aren't you, O Predictable Ones? Well, you know damned well that I care a great deal about Syria, and about Ukraine, and about neo-neoconservatism in general.
1. The "liberal interventionist" wing of the Democratic Party is not
the whole of the party. It's a wing. Don't pretend otherwise.
2. Even the liberal interventionist Dems (detestable as they are) don't want to get rid of Medicare, Social Security and Food Stamps.
I've long suspected that those knee-jerkers who reflexively offer up the SIBPATS speech are Republican ratfuckers. Do you remember the reaction when Nancy Pelosi said she would take the impeachment of Dubya off the proverbial table? Every liberal blog was robo-inundated with comments from people who suddenly hated Pelosi more than they hated Bush. The continually-heard message went along these lines: "Pelosi's refusal to go after Bush proves that all Dems are corrupt. So let's vote the straight Republican ticket. That'll
These tricks are pretty easy to see through, now that we know more about online "personas" and sock-puppetry and other means of mechanized trolling.