Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mo' Piddle

Today remains Thursday, 26 August 2010.

Commenting on the column, “President Piddle?”, “Oh really?” wrote:

“Above, HH said, "The Republican Party is the partisan champion of economic and social elitism, narrow-mindedness, and violence and repression, at home and abroad."”

“Oh really? All members of the Republican Party are alike? That's like saying all those of the Muslim faith are terrorists.”

I didn’t assert that “all members of the Republican Party are alike”. In fact, I didn’t refer to “members” at all, but to the Party.

“The Republican Party” is not the sum total of all those who register to vote as “Republican” or otherwise consider themselves as “Republican”; that’s not how political parties work in this country. Sure, there’s the charade of precinct and county meetings, state conventions, national conventions, but that’s the sideshow: it’s behind the curtain that the real business takes place.

The policies of both major parties are generated by an elite of elected officials, major contributors, party bureaucrats, and, in a cosmetic role, grassroots activists. The rank and file is cannon fodder, useful at election time.

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, nor are all Republicans partisan champions of blah, blah, blah, etc, as you describe in your blog "discussion."”

I’m unable to discern why “discussion” is in quotes, and therefore unable to comment on this.

“Do you watch "Mad Men?". The character Sally Draper, 10 years old, is acting up as a cry for attention. I'm thinking you do the same thing by posting such outrageous assertions. Yes, we are paying attention to you, H.H. Now, go drink your milk.”

I understand Mad Men is a very fine show, and hope at some point to have time to watch it. Thanks for your concern, but I have more than enough attention than to need to “act up as a cry” therefore.

I don’t do milk. Martinis, 6 to 1, gin to vermouth. Olives on cocktail swords.

A round for the house. Enjoy.


Anonymous Your attention please said...

This Coming Sunday 8/26/10 -- Set Your DVR for the Fox News channel at 9:00 PM eastern. Maybe this is why the White House has been discounting FOX. Sounds like this could be history in the making - someone may go down - either Obama or Fox News. It may be that Fox has been holding this information back due to the sensitivity of it and out of courtesy. But, Obama has taken on Fox and it appears they are ready to spill the ugly beans of truth about the background of this individual who has had an extremely radical past. This Sunday, Fox News is going to air a very important documentary about Barack Obama, Sunday night at 9 P M Eastern. The report will go back to Obama's earlier days, showing even then his close ties to radical Marxist professors, friends, spiritual advisers, etc. It will also reveal details about his ties to Rev. Wright for 20+ years, I.e., how he was participating with this man, and not for the reasons he stated. The report has uncovered more of Obama's radical past and we will see things that no one in the media is willing to put out there. It will be a segment to remember. Mark your calendar and pass this on to everyone you know: Sunday night, 8 PM CT; 9 PM ET. Democrat or Republican, this report will open your eyes to how YOUR country is being sold down the road to Totalitarian Socialism.

9:48 AM  
Blogger HH said...


After, join Glenn Beck "to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great".

Tip: skip lunch on Sunday and stock up on Pepto. Reservations are suggested.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I, for one, wish to extend kudos to Glenn Beck for having the courage, nay, the enormous testicular fortitude, to schedule his "Restoring Honor" tour to preserve the Republic on 8.28.10. Someone had to step up, and who better than Glenn Beck himself? He has promised to "take back the civil rights movement" for whites, and to reclaim individual freedoms and liberties. About time, I say.

AND, as if the promise of GB himself delivering his sermon from the self-same place that MLK stood only 47 years ago were not enough - yes, you guessed it - SARAH PALIN is in the house!!! Woot! Woot!! I'm looking forward to being SOOOO totally Beck-ified while watching the Beckapalooza. Ooooohhhh, the sweet anticipation! I'm all goose-pimply and can hardly wrap my head around it. What an earth-shaking, world-changing event this will be. Watch out MLK, Obama et al. - there's a new sheriff in town!!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HH's response to "Oh really?" was, in part,

"I didn't assert that 'all members of the Republican Party are alike.' In fact, I didn't refer to 'members' at all, but to the Party."

"'The Republican Party' is not the sum total of all those who register to vote as 'Republican' or otherwise consider themselves as 'Republican'; that's not how political parties work in this country."

While giving lip service to a measured response to Oh really?'s complaint, HH merely reiterates his original premise, while hiding behind "I didn't refer to 'members'... but to the Party."

At some point, those who register Republican, go to precinct meetings, pass out literature/pamphlets, support local, state and national Republican candidates, travel to the conventions, etc., those people ARE the Party. Whether there are contributors, bureaucrats and politicians who wield more power and influence in forming major party policy does not negate the fact that all of the people who register, vote and "otherwise consider themselves as 'Republican'" do, in fact, make up the Republican Party. The Republican Party platform is there for each and every member to read, and Republican Party leads (Boehner, McConnell make the rounds of the Sunday morning talk shows and are interviewed by every talking head every week.

At some point, if you are a Republican, you must agree with much, it not all, of what the Party represents. If you don't believe in what the club stands for, why be a member of the club? Similarly, if, each and every Sunday (or even just some Sundays) you dress in your Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes, take your Bible, drive to the Methodist church, sing in the choir and put money in the collection plate, it surely looks like you might be a Methodist. If you routinely wear a tutu, ride on the Shetland pony's back, walk a tightrope above the crowd and are married to Bozo the Clown, people might assume that you are with the circus.

So, rather than try to squirm away from "Oh really?", HH might better have argued that, although the individual members of the Republican Party may consider some of the Party's actions and/or causes more or less important to them personally, or have slightly differing ideas respecting the Party platform (that is, what the Party stands for and hopes to promote), still those individual members, identify with and ARE the Party. Else, why would they be a member of the Party?

Frankly, I believe that it is clear that the Republican Party has undergone significant, substantial change over the last twenty years, and that that change has not been for the better. But, that's the subject of another rant...

10:58 AM  
Blogger fubarbeliever said...

"Oh really?" wrote that "All members of the Republican Party are alike? That's like saying all those of the Muslim faith are terrorists."; and

"Not all Muslims are terrorists, nor are all Republicans partisan champions of blah, blah, blah, etc, as you describe in your blog 'discussion'."

HH declined to comment because the word "discussion" was in quotes. Amazing to me.

First of all, the analogy between "all Muslims are terrorists", and "all members of the Republican Party are alike", is specious on its face. The entire premise of OR?'s argument is fallacious. The proper analogy would be "all Muslims are basically alike (in their belief in the tenets of the Muslim religion)", and "all members of the Republican Party are basically alike (in their belief in the political fundamentals and goals of the Republican Party)."

Yes, "Oh, really?", all members of the Republican Party are alike - to the extent that they have voluntarily joined the Party, and have pledged their support in assisting it to reach its political goals. No, "Oh, really?", no individual member of any group, organization, or religion is EXACTLY like any or every other member. (I hope we don't have to go over this again.)

BUT, each individual member of the Republican Party puts his impramatur on the overall goals of the Party and, to a greater or lesser extent, believes in what the Party stands for. Therefore, HH's comment respecting his belief about the Republican Party is NOT tantamount to saying that "all those of the Muslim faith are terrorists." This is completely, totally and altogether a different thing.

Frankly, I don't agree with HH's broad-brush description of the Republican Party, but his statement is NOT akin to "saying all those of the Muslim faith are terrorists."

11:33 AM  

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