Nice quotes from Grover Norquist

Let me not understate the role that right wing mass media, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox news, Rush Limbaugh and company, played in red America’s angry rebellion against “liberal values.”   These right wing “pundents” (can you motherfuckers not pronounce the word ‘pundit’? — forget about its actual definition calling for expertise of some kind) [1] played a huge role, often working directly with Koch-funded groups like their foundation Americans for Prosperity and the spin-off of Citizens for a Sound Economy, Citizens for the Environment a group that declared acid rain and other pollution related concerns a “myth”.

As for how the Koch’s unpopular views overcame Obama’s great popularity to hamstring him for virtually all of his two term presidency, there was a distinct strategy involved.  Grover Norquist, a well-known conservative anti-government activist, spoke to Jane Mayer for her 2010 piece on the radical right influence machine.   He said the following mouthful:

Grover Norquist, who holds a weekly meeting for conservative leaders in Washington, including representatives from Americans for Prosperity, told me that last summer’s raucous rallies were pivotal in undermining Obama’s agenda. The Republican leadership in Congress, he said, “couldn’t have done it without August, when people went out on the streets. It discouraged deal-makers”—Republicans who might otherwise have worked constructively with Obama. Moreover, the appearance of growing public opposition to Obama affected corporate donors on K Street. “K Street is a three-billion-dollar weathervane,” Norquist said. “When Obama was strong, the Chamber of Commerce said, ‘We can work with the Obama Administration.’ But that changed when thousands of people went into the street and ‘terrorized’ congressmen. August is what changed it. Now that Obama is weak, people are getting tough.”

I’m no great fan of Obama’s, his obvious intelligence, dignity and excellent comedic timing aside, but still, the way this lynch mob of right wing extremists succeeded in hog-tying him was a disgraceful time in America.  The disgrace has continued, escalated, as the inmates have taken direct control of the asylum.   The most influential inmates, highly placed destructive incompetents like billionaire Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos, are very, very rich, but, somehow, no less insane.

Here is a digest of their political philosophy:

Many of the ideas propounded in the 1980 campaign presaged the Tea Party movement. Ed Clark told The Nation that libertarians were getting ready to stage “a very big tea party,” because people were “sick to death” of taxes. The Libertarian Party platform called for the abolition of the F.B.I. and the C.I.A., as well as of federal regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Energy. The Party wanted to end Social Security, minimum-wage laws, gun control, and all personal and corporate income taxes; it proposed the legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide. Government should be reduced to only one function: the protection of individual rights. William F. Buckley, Jr., a more traditional conservative, called the movement “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”



[1]   pun·dit:   an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public.

“a globe-trotting financial pundit”

synonyms:  expert, authority, specialist, doyen(ne), master, guru, sage, savant, maven

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