Category Archives: Enemy/Scapegoat

Is ‘the enemy’ used to unify and manipulate? Are terrorists the only enemy? Who is supporting them? Is the enemy list growing? Have the monsters been set loose on Maple Street, USA? Is assumption of trustworthiness in most encounters being replaced by suspicion of everyone? Is the potential for mob rule more likely? Does the enemy include your neighbor who doesn’t agree with you? When will the enemy be tattooed with a scarlet letter? When will guilty until proven innocent become the law? When will mass graves guide our choices? How far is too far?

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

A New Costly Cold War?

Are profit-centric media and supporting profit-centric defense contractors promoting a new cold war, via Russian Hack hysteria, and boosting support for more defense spending? Are regime change neocons fanning the flames for a new cold war to remove Putin from … Continue reading

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Bully’s and Fear Mongers Coerce President Obama

How many wars are today’s neocons willing to promote for the sake of regime change that grows corporate profit? “The demonizing of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin appears to know no bounds, with the White House and The New York Times … Continue reading

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The Danger of American Fascism – Then and Now

Back in August 2006, I wrote a post called, “Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”. I think we are much closer to knowing our answer now and President Obama’s progressive inauguration speech provided a glimpse of the beginning of the end of this corporate threat to America. Continue reading

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The Dakota Indians Lost to the ONE% in the 1860s – Can Today’s 99% Check and Balance Today’s ONE%?

A recent episode of This American Life was about the Dakota War of 1862. This war resulted in the final expulsion of the Dakota Indians from their ancestral home in Minnesota. It took years of lies, trickery, swindles, war, and … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Control Requires War, a War Mentality, Enemies, and a Vivid Imagination

WAR … WAR … WAR … WAR I guess the authoritarian wars began in 1971 when President Nixon launched the war on drugs to combat the heroine addictions of our Vietnam veterans. This 40 year war has not been won … Continue reading

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Analysis of the Tea Party – Loyal Right-wing Authoritarian Followers

Professor Robert Altemeyer of the University of Manitoba collaborated with John Dean on Dean’s book Conservatives Without Conscience (CWC), which I have referenced often. Professor Altemeyer has also written an on-line book about

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Bad Deeds for 9-13-2010

  Republican House Leader is Big Tobacco’s and Wall Street’s Best Friend – House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-30-2010

  Right-Wing Group Tries to Suppress Minority Vote in Bill White Territory – A well-funded right-wing group has emerged in Houston and has begun raising unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud. A video on their website pictures only people of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-19-2010

  Republicans Insult Democratic Women – The home web page for Minnesota’s Republican District 56 has a video comparing Republican and Democratic women. A musical score of “She’s a Lady” plays, while a parade of young, pretty Republican women (or … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-29-2010

  Another Right-Wing [Domestic] Terrorist – On Monday, the U.S. attorney in Seattle will ask a judge to give Michael Fenter 13 years for bank robbery and a weapons offense. When Michael Fenter was arrested coming out of a Tacoma … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-21-2010

  The Myth of Republicans’ Economic Stewardship – Just days after the Washington Post documented that George W. Bush presided over the worst eight-year economic performance in the modern American presidency, the New York Times in January featured an analysis … Continue reading

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The Changing Nature of Right-wing Authoritarian Lies – Then and Now

One of the tools used by the right-wing authoritarian (RWA) or “Conservatives Without Conscience” (CWC) leaders (Rep. Senators, Dick Arm…, Rush Lim…, Glenn Be.., Bill O’…, Newt Ging…, Michele Bach…, Sharron Ang…, Ann Coul…,) is the Noble Lie. These lies … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-29-2010

  Republicans Are Opposing Responsible Natural Gas Operations – Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals … Continue reading

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Where is the Right-wing Authoritarian Triad Taking Us?

This blog tracks where we are going by documenting the characteristic categories of the minority right-wing authoritarians (RWA) in the United States. The RWAs are part of our political system and are currently represented by the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-17-2010

  Limbaugh’s Solution to Childhood Hunger: Kids Should ‘Dumpster Dive’ – Responding to an article Wednesday at AOL.com that reports 16 million children will go hungry this summer once free or subsidized school lunches are no longer available, Limbaugh suggested: … Continue reading

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The Problem with Illegal Immigration – Us

The problem with illegal immigration is US consumers and employers. Consumers want cheap stuff and employers hire cheap labor to give consumers what they want. We get what we pay for, including trashy side effects in the deserts of Arizona. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-19-2009

  All-Time Hypocrisy Award Winner – Republican Rep. Mark Souder, an ardent “family values” congressman, not only had an extramarital affair with a staffer; he recorded a video with his mistress about sexual abstinence education.   Rewriting History – Social … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5/12/2010

  Republicans Plan to Protest Democratic/Labor Rally for NASA Jobs – The Galveston County Democratic Party and local labor unions have organized a rally to support NASA employees and their jobs this Friday, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Chester … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/27/2010

  The Party of No … Credibility – American right-wing leaders are responding to complaints about their adherents’ insults, threats, and acts of violence by claiming that such problems occur on the left as well. Of course, they don’t dare … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/26/2010

  Spill, Baby, Spill; Oil May Affect Louisiana Coast – Oil is leaking from the ruptured well of a large rig that exploded, burnt and sank in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week, the US Coast Guard said Saturday. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/15/2010

  Tea Parties Were Created as a Republican Political Ploy – The Tea Party has been billed as an organic grassroots operation, but a newly uncovered document obtained by Politico suggests the movement has been successfully co-opted as a Republican … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/12/2010

  Oklahoma Conservatives, Lawmakers Plot Anti-Federal Militia – Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/11/2010

  Huckabee Compares Gays To Drug Users – Former Arkansas governor and current Fox News personality Mike Huckabee gave an interview with the College of New Jersey’s magazine The Perspective in which he made clear that he is just as … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/9/2010

  Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld Knew Many Guantanamo Prisoners Were Innocent – Former US president George W. Bush and his top aides were accused Friday of covering up that many Guantanamo Bay detainees were innocent, amid fears releasing them could … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/29/2010

  Republican National Committee Chairman Refuses to Sign Joint Civility Statement with Democratic Counterpart – The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement. Various members of the Democratic National Committee … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/24/2010

  Republican Representative Thinks You Should Not Have the Right to Vote for Your Senators – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is calling for a strong re-assertion of state’s rights against Congress — in the form of a Constitutional amendment to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/22/2010

First, the Good News:   How to Win in November: Just Three Words – “Tell the Truth” – The truth is very important, but I don’t think you need me to tell you that. What I feel we all need … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/17/2010

  CNN Hires Right-Wing Extremist to Spin the News – As if there isn’t enough insanity on the airwaves, CNN is rolling out a new 7PM ET show including Red State’s (the web site) Erick Erickson. Let’s have a look … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/15/2010

  Karl Rove: I can’t stop lying – NBC was the latest stop on Karl Rove’s book tour for ‘Courage and Consequence.’ Revising history has been his main focus recently, and this morning’s interview with Tom Brokaw focused on Iraqi … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for: 3/8/2010

  Republicans Oppose Law to Ban Physical Abuse of Children in Schools – The House of Representatives last week passed the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which for the first time sets minimum national standards for practices the use seclusion … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/16/2010

  Limbaugh Stays on the Ugly Side – During his Feb. 15 broadcast, Rush Limbaugh spun his reality-bending spiel after suggesting that big-box retail chain Walmart lobbies Washington lawmakers to keep Obama from “nationalizing” them — a statement that, if … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/5/2010

  Invoking ‘Literacy Test,’ Tea Party Opening Speaker Suggests Blacks be Kept From Voting – The opening night speaker at the Tea Party convention suggested a return to a “literacy test” to protect America from presidents like Obama — a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/3/2010

  Fox Cuts Away in the Middle of Obama Town Hall Live Feed to Air Critic’s Views – For the second time in less than a week, Fox News on Tuesday cut away from a live broadcast of a presidential … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/1/2010

  Republicans Signal Little [No] Willingness to Meet Obama, Democrats Halfway – Despite White House overtures for congressional Republicans to work with Democrats, GOP leaders indicated Sunday they were unwilling to accept much of what President Barack Obama and the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/27/2010

  Retired CIA Agent Made Up Waterboarding Details – Arguing that waterboarding — or simulated drowning — is actually effective in forcing prisoners to share secret information, retired CIA agent John Kiriakou told ABC News’ Nightline in April, “The next … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/26/2010

  Republican Party Sends Fundraising Letter Disguised as ‘Census’ Form – The Republican Party is seeking input and money from GOP voters — seemingly under the guise of the U.S. Census Bureau. “Strengthening our Party for the 2010 elections is … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/25/2010

  Lt. Gov. of South Carolina Says “Don’t feed the poor. They’ll ‘breed.’” – A Republican vying to replace Mark Sanford as the next governor of South Carolina let one slip a couple of days ago, further embarrassing his state. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/20/2010

  Whites-Only Basketball League: All-American Basketball Alliance Bans Blacks, Foreigners – A whites-only basketball league aims to launch in twelve cities this summer, according to a report in the Augusta Chronicle. The All-American Basketball Alliance would also ban players born … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/14/2010

  Rush Limbaugh Says: ‘We’ve Already Donated To Haiti, It’s Called US Income Tax’ – Well, it didn’t take long for conservative Rush Limbaugh to use the crisis in Haiti to attack President Obama politically. On his radio show yesterday … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-16-2009

Chamber Of Commerce Solicits Money For Economist Who Will Give Bad Review Of Health Care Bill – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is soliciting funds to pay an economist $50,000 to study health care reform legislation and issue (what the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-21-2009

  Glenn Beck’s Idea of ‘Freedom’: Letting Corporations Control What You Read on the Internet – Net neutrality is the fundamental openness principle of the Internet. Whenever you connect to the Internet, net neutrality makes sure that you can connect … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-20-2009

  Republican Congressman Used Scholarship Charity to Fund His Golf Trips; No Scholarships Ever Awarded – The biggest accomplishment so far of U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer’s scholarship foundation has been to send the Indiana congressman to play golf with donors … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-19-2009

  Senator Kyl Doubts People Die From Lack of Health Insurance; But Harvard Study Shows They Do – Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) told NBC’s David Gregory that the war in Afghanistan is a “necessity” but health care reform is not … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-15-2009

  North Carolina Church to Burn ‘Satan’s Books,’ Including Works of Mother Teresa – A Baptist Church near Asheville, N.C., is hosting a “Halloween book burning” to purge the area of “Satan’s” works, which include all non-King James versions of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-9-2009

  Rush Limbaugh’s NASA Conspiracy – In a breathless rant during Thursday’s show, Limbaugh claimed NASA’s mission in search of water on the moon is really a trial run for the 30,000-pound “Massive Ordnance Penetrator” bomb being developed by the … Continue reading

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