I can’t remember another presidential election where the shots across party lines came so early. The field hasn’t even fully emerged yet and already there is a concerted effort to basically run “generic GOP candidate” vs Hillary Clinton. And if you step back, you can see the organization of that effort. No, I am not talking about some tin foil hat conspiracy, but the very real way the GOP and its allies line up in allegiance with one another when it comes to fighting a Clinton, especially Hillary.
Guys like Pat Robertson. He sits in his 700 Club and preaches a pseudo “Christian” message interlaced with GOP politics day in and out. The other day, on his program, Robertson took what seemed like a bizarre twist in the road when he started rambling about Hillary wanting to take us “back to the future …or past …to the 50s, or 70s …” he went on…
Watch it here:
Now it would be pretty easy to just laugh this off as “crazy old Pat” and his nonsense. But Pat knows what he is saying here. He certainly knows what he is doing and an alert voter must be aware of what is going on in order to refute it. Keep in mind this guy hasn’t survived and thrived for decade upon decade because he doesn’t know what he’s saying or doing.
Robertson, or anyone for that matter, isn’t going to offer a lot of specifics on that “Back to the Future” claim, at least this early in the game. There will be some winks and nods about political dynasties. Which in itself is strange considering the so-called “Clinton dynasty” is not even 2 generations. From where I sit a “dynasty” in political terms has to at least include a couple of generations. You know, like the Bush one. If Bill and Hillary were Republicans, the GOP would heralding their success and probably boast that “they built that.”
But that’s not really what this is about. Although expect that to become a very common GOP talking point should the Democratic party fail to put up another competitor before the primaries end. And certainly if and when Jeb Bush gets pushed out of the race you will hear the words “Clinton Dynasty” echoed from every GOP mouthpiece supporting whomever ends up being her competition. Unless again it happens to be Jeb …which it won’t be.
What is this about? This is about the perception of the past by the GOP low information voter. This won’t be about going back to 23 million jobs created. This won’t be about delivering healthcare to citizens who need it. The way they see the world, progress is measured in restricting and abandoning abortion rights. The “70s” represents the time when Roe v Wade was brought on by evil feminists, like Hillary Clinton. They also view the 70s as a decade of vast immorality spawned by feminism- and Hillary is their poster child for that “bad feminist woman.” Evil women making men do bad things. That’s what this is about. Hillary = evil woman. Starting to see how the conservative “preach” works?
Put what Robertson said along with statements by other GOP leaders, including a CEO (a good “Christian” Texas woman) who said only a man should be President. Yeah, that’s right – this was from a CEO. A woman in charge. Just let that sink in a moment.
Tell me you don’t think that these messages sink in with the flock?
But what about the 50’s? Surely Pat doesn’t think he can win that argument, right? After all it’s Republicans who seem to want to turn the clock back there, right?
Well, to you and me maybe, here in the real world. But to them, the 50s was the time when communism ran rampant. You have to understand, to many of these folks, Senator McCarthy was a hero and his hearings were justice in action. And this is the decade where the “patriots” inserted the “Under God” in the pledge – just how the founders and Jesus wanted them to.
And they have their old quotes lined up too, folks … So allow me to steal some of their thunder and give you the answers to the “test” they are going to throw out at you …
They are gonna throw this line out there, and claim it proves she’s really a secret commie:
“We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
HA! They will say – she’s just a commie in disguise. She even admits it. Deny this, libtard!
You calmly and correctly show them the full context of her remarks. Hillary is not talking about taking anything away from “the people” but talking to a very wealthy audience and telling THEM that they are going to have to give some things up when their taxes are raised for everyone else’s good. What she is saying is really a “truth to power” statement. Telling the rich “I’m going to raise your taxes.” I’ll compare that with Mitt Romney’s “47%” dinner speech any day of the week. And by the time we get to the general election, I fully expect whomever is the GOP nominee, will have their one percent pandering statements recorded to refute what Hillary really said … which was this, by the way:
“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.“
They won’t giving up just yet. Expect this to roll down the pike too …
“It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few … And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity.”
The key here is the “…”
If we fill in what was said between the “…” and then finish what she was actually saying, it again is not a commie statement but a rather mainstream progressive one;
“It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few and for the few, time to reject the idea of an “on your own” society and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity. I prefer a “we’re all in it together” society.
Now, there is no greater force for economic growth than free markets, but markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed.
When we get our priorities in order and make the smart investments we need, the markets work well.”
To Republican voters, and the people who are leaning enough their way that they might be persuaded, the 50s is the decade of communism/socialism and they will try to pin that on her at every opportunity.
So as you can see, Pat wasn’t just mumbling off old man jumbo, he knew what he was saying, and who he was saying it to. And they are just warming everything up. Progressives will need to be prepared for these Orwellian-style attacks that the GOP has become so good at over the years. Not so much for themselves, who see this for the propaganda it is, but for those who might not pay as much attention and be swayed by these general suggestions paired with out of context and incomplete quotes that will attempt to paint Hillary Clinton as an evil feminist commie (socialist).
Be prepared to fight back with facts. Now you have more of them.
The GOP will not be able to fight this election on the economy, which is about as good as it has been since… well … since a Clinton was in office. Right now there is no major drumbeat for war (with Iran) but should that change, the past has proven that Hillary can play hawk with the best of republicans. Most of the candidates are trying to play down making gay marriage an issue and by 2016 most likely it won’t be. So that leaves the GOP the following issues – abortion, guns and “freedom.” Which to them manifests itself as a fear of socialism. From their vantage point Republicans increase freedom while democrats almost hate it as much as a terrorist, or commie.
And all Pat is doing is skillfully setting up the premises. Premises that will be woven into the rhetoric throughout the campaign. Unless a bright light is constantly put on it so they can’t use such propaganda to fool enough people to get that precious electoral majority in 2016.