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.

 

Bad Deeds for 10-5-2009

  Conservative Bible Project to Change Bible to Make it Less Liberal – The eager young men at Conservapedia are p.o.’d that the Bible might be seen as too liberal. So they’ve come up with the Wiki-style Conservative Bible Project, … Continue reading

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Bad Deed Special – Newsmax Says Military Coup Would Take Care Of “Obama Problem”

  Republican-leaning website Newsmax published the following on Tuesday: – “There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the Obama problem. Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic. America isn’t the Third World. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-13-2009

Lou Dobbs Promoting Hate and Inciting Violence Towards Howard Dean – CNN pundit Lou Dobbs, speaking about Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on August 10, said that the “bloodsucking liberal” could only be stopped by “a stake through his … Continue reading

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My Greatest Fear

Al Qaeda: noun, from Arabic, translation: The Base. Al Qaeda is not a single organization but rather a network of militant groups with similar interests. Osama bin Laden, using what he learned from the CIA, founded The Base to organize, … Continue reading

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Richard Bruce – Could He Become America’s Hitler?

If Bruce became President of the United States, what would become of America? Decide for yourself. Bruce on the use of torture for the enemy – “The seeds of Abu Ghraib’s rotten fruit were sown by civilians at the highest … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-28-2009

Conservative Internet Radio Host, Arrested For Inciting Violence Against Public Officials – Hal Turner, an occasional talk show host on internet radio and blogger, was arrested today by the FBI in his New Jersey home on charges he threatened to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-29-2009

Republican Lawmaker With Ties to Tom DeLay Aim to Weaken Travis County DA’s Office – State Rep. Wayne Christian has proposed legislation aimed at weakening the Travis County district attorney’s office, which became the pariah of Republicans everywhere after it … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-15-2009

  Cheney First Approved Torture to Tie Iraq, al Qaeda According to Powell Aide – The chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell says that the Bush Administration authorized torture of detainees before even rendering a legal … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-14-2009

  The Boy Scouts of America Have Moved On From Helping Little Old Ladies Cross the Street – The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, is training thousands of young people in skills used to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-11-2009

Property Protected by Guns; Seven-Year Old Killed by Shotgun Fire in Dark – A 7-year-old boy who loved playing outdoors and riding on the back of his daddy’s Harley died Saturday morning after a Liberty County, Texas couple opened fire … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-4-2009

  CEO Perks Rise As Pay Falls – U.S. companies remain generous with the perks they give to CEOs, including some that are unfathomable to the average American worker: chauffeured cars, bodyguards, club memberships and free travel in company jets. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-29-2009

Michele Bachmann Tries to Link Swine Flu To Democrats, Gets History Wrong – Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, following Rush Limbaugh’s cue, suggested on Tuesday that President Obama was to blame for the swine flu crisis. She went even farther … Continue reading

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Mr. President: Put Action to Your Words – Pardon Sgt. Frederick

RE: Recently Released Bush II Torture Memos Mr. President, I agree with not prosecuting the lower level CIA employees for their part in implementing bad policies produced by Bush II and company. These torture policies built a bad barrel that … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-14-2009

Right-Wing Extremism is a Growing Threat to America According to Dept. of Homeland Security – A new report issued by the Department of Homeland Security that says right-wing extremism is on the rise throughout the country. DHS had no specific … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-9-2009

Goodbye Maple Syrup: Climate Change Pushing Sugar Maple Out of Northeast U.S. – For some places in the Northeast, the sugar-tapping season is getting shorter and shorter, sometimes lasting only a week, as it did in Quebec last year. Warmer … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-3-2009

Glenn Beck Mocks Obama’s Aunt – So, President Barack Obama’s aunt was recently granted a reprieve from an immigration judge in her asylum case, which has been ongoing since 2002. Time for a substantive discussion on immigration policy? NO! This … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-27-2009

Caught on Tape: Bribes, Public Corruption – In one brazen crime in Tennessee, cameras caught then-Hamilton County Sheriff William Horace “Billy” Long taking thousands in bribes and embracing corruption to the core. Upon taking a wad of cash from an … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-23-2008

Rep. Michele Bachmann Said She Wants Residents of Her State “Armed and Dangerous” over President Barack Obama’s Plan to Reduce Global Warming – Controversial Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said this weekend that she wants residents of her state “armed and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-13-2009

Hannity Spreads Falsehood About Obama Earmarks Promise – Throughout his Fox News show on 3/11/2009, Sean Hannity repeated the falsehood that Barack Obama had promised to eliminate earmarks. In fact, as I previously posted when FOX News’ Ainsley Earhardt put … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-10-2009

Pentagon Knowingly Exposed Troops to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Document Shows – A document, written by an environmental engineering flight commander in December of 2006 and posted on Wikileaks (PDF) on Tuesday, details the risks posed to US troops in Iraq by … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-27-2009

Big Banks Try to Stop Help for Struggling Homeowners – Big banks, scrambling to prevent the government from forcing them to rewrite mortgages for struggling homeowners, are using their lobbying clout to press the Obama administration and Congress to scale … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-25-2009

Joe Barton Too Busy Tweeting to Pay Attention to President’s Speech; Blames It On a Staffer – During President Obama’s address to Congress, there was Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), in whose name this text message was sent at about the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-23-2009

  Diebold ‘Offices’ Turn Out to Mostly be Wal-Marts – To convince Utah decision-makers that Diebold (voting machine company) was a big company with a substantial presence, a company representative told the decision-makers in 2006 that Diebold “has about 20 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-20-2009

John Cornyn Introduces Bill That Would Require Home Owners To Retain Internet Access Logs – Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-16-2008

Republicans Block Consideration of Medicare Bill – Republican senators blocked legislation Thursday that would trim payments to private health insurers serving people in Medicare and use the savings to raise reimbursement rates for doctors. The advocacy group AARP had lobbied … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-12-2008

Republican Claim About Chinese Oil Drilling off Cuba is Untrue – As Congress has debated energy policy over the past several days, an unusual argument keeps surfacing in support of drilling off the U.S. coastline and in Alaska’s Arctic National … Continue reading

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The Right Wing Tries to Make Us Believe That Everyone Thought We Should Invade Iraq

We keep hearing from the right-wing that everyone thought that Sadam had weapons of mass destruction and that given the information available at the time, the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. How often have you heard … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Issues vs. The Concerns of Others

Throughout this blog, I have written about those that have lead us into the current political mess in our country. They are the right wing authoritarians (RWAs): the social dominators like GWB, his VP Dick, and their followers. They are … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-16-2008

  Tennessee Republican Party Smears Michelle Obama – The Tennessee Republican Party has set its sights on Michelle Obama – the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. A new web video highlights her controversial comment earlier this year, saying … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-15-2008

  Pentagon Propagandist General Calls for US to Sponsor Terrorism Against Iran – Last month on Fox News, Ret. Gen. Thomas McInerney, one of the Pentagon’s propaganda team of military analysts exposed by David Barstow in the NYT, openly called … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-22-2008

Colorado State Rep. Douglas Bruce Calls Mexican Migrant Workers Illiterate Peasants – State Rep. Douglas Bruce’s derogatory remarks Monday about Mexican migrant workers could leave him facing a second censure penalty or worse. “We don’t need 5,000 more illiterate peasants … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-21-2008

Another Lie to Scare You: Bush Falsely Says Iran Announced Their Desire for Nuclear Weapons – President Bush contended that Iran has “declared they want a nuclear weapon to destroy people” and that the Islamic Republic could be hiding a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-13-2008

Four Consecutive Years of Privacy Breaches by FBI – A long-anticipated audit, to be released Thursday, is expected to show a fourth consecutive year of privacy breaches by FBI agents using so-called national security letters to gain access to telephone, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-10-2008

Republican Sally Kern Says Gays Are a Bigger Threat Than Terrorism or Islam – Republican State Representative Sally Kern of Oklahoma says gays are a bigger threat than terrorism or Islam. (Way to go; insult gays and a religion in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-7-2008

Officials Monitor Thousands of Letters Without Warrants – The US postal service approves more than 10,000 requests from US law enforcement each year to record names, addresses and other information from the outside of packages every year, according to information … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-24-2008

Fox Host Makes Gay Jokes about Death of Heath Ledger – On Fox Radio, John Gibson used the occasion of the death of actor Heath Ledger to crack jokes about the actor and play clips from his most notable film, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-15-2008

Romney Photo-op Was With Staffer’s Mom – Media outlets reported that Mitt Romney was the picture of empathy as he sat at the Marshall, Mich. kitchen table of 51-year-old Elizabeth Sachs, a single mother of two who lost her job … Continue reading

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The Left Gets Blasted While the Extreme Right Gets Free Speech

The focused condemnation of MoveOn.org from inside the Beltway, where doing wrong has been the norm since 1994, means MoveOn must be doing something right with that full page ad in the in the New York Times. Why has Congress … Continue reading

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Authoritarians Identify Enemies/Scapegoats to Unify Their Followers

The following was distributed by Andy Shanks on August 27, 2007, and is published here with his permission: “We’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas,” Natalie Mains of the Dixie Chicks.  What followed was a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-9-07

Professor who criticized Bush added to terrorist ‘no-fly’ list – Identifying their enemies– A top Constitutional scholar from Princeton who gave a televised speech that slammed President George W. Bush’s executive overreach recently learned that he had been added to … Continue reading

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Beyond Nine-Eleven – Enabling My Evolving Hopes

I started writing this in late 2001 and have not revisited if for quite some time. I’m posting it with some 2007 updates and have added guidelines on how to enable these hopes. May our leaders use all sources of … Continue reading

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The Authoritarian Enemy List is Expanded by Bush Appointee to Include Detainee Lawyers – How Will Bush Respond?

As I said in Failed Single Party Nations of the Past – Where Are We Going Now?, when I was summarizing what contributed to WWII, “Anxieties over social and economic issues are broadcast, exploited and focused on an enemy and … Continue reading

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South Dakota’s “JAIL for Judges” – The Authoritarian Single-Party State Needs to Control the Judiciary

EDWARD LAZARUS summarized the situation this way: In legal circles, the issue of the moment is judicial “independence.” For many years now, right-wing conservatives [authoritarians (RWA)] have been conducting an unrelenting attack on supposedly out-of-control “activist” judges, as part of … Continue reading

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November 2006 – We Have Some Serious Choices to Make!   

We must chose … Between being feared as a warmonger nation and condemned around the world or regaining the respect of at least our allies. Between fighting the terrorist threat endlessly or winning it through an international law enforcement program and … Continue reading

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Ann Coulter – Extremist/Hate-Monger or A Felon To Be?

According to THE BRAD BLOG “Republican extremist/hate-monger, Ann Coulter may be on the verge of being tossed from the Voter Rolls in Palm Beach County, Florida.” The Brad Blog also reported: Coulter, who appears to have committed a third-degree felony … Continue reading

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