Right-wingers would have you believe that Americans share their views on the issues, on priorities, and on moral values. A recent poll shows that -- like virtually everything right-wingers say -- such assertions are baseless.
A listener sends in an mp3 with a telling story about his right-wing sister who spouts an ideology at odds with her own life.
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As a debater (more years ago than I should admit) I heard a wonderful saying "figures don't lie but liars figuire". The figuires that jack quites DON"T LIE but the liars on the right figyuire YOU won't NOTICE. GREAT PODCAST JACK :)
As for the second story about the denial that the right is in... One MAJOR difference between progressive politics and REGRESSIVE politics is WE (the progressives) BELIEVE that "we are all in this togeather and TOGEATHER we are stronger and more powerful than on our own" ...on the other hand THEY (the regressives) firmly believe "YOU are on your own" (or YOYO for short) when the REALITY is NOBODY "does it on thier onw EXCLUSIVELY" .. in short these people live WAAAAY OUTSIDE reality.
The MAIN problem I have found is that rational arguments don't seem to sway people who are IRRATIONAL... sigh
Great stuff, Jack. I've actually been thinking about just this topic recently--
I don't think too much of the right wing can honestly claim the majority of the country is actually conservative, and one of the things I've heard most often is that they claim the majority of the country is "moderate" or "centerist."
To me--and as you've implied--these terms really seem to be code words by right-wing propagandizers for "Republican by default," or a Republican who simply doesn't know it yet, for the most part--the Zell Miller or Joe Lieberman types.
The honest fact is that too many people in this country are depoliticized overall to really fit into any convenient category. They're either too busy actually taking care of their own lives or don't have access to the information that they need to make informed political decisions.
The Republican fear-mongering machine fits in here so well, as someone who is depoliticized but has personal convictions that would fall towards the progressive end will naturally choose the right-wing position when they are confronted with "factual support" for Conservative positions.
The sad part of this is that the Conservative deconstruction of the social safety net, along with outdated labor and minimum wage regulations, is slowly approaching the point where politics on the national level is directly affecting the lives of everyone in this country. It's sad to see that this is the last great hope for a progressive victory, but when people are confronted with a political choice that is explicitly against their own self-interests, I have to hope that the majority will decide in favor of progressive solutions.
Jack, Thanks for #48. It supports my theory that most conservatives are actually former liberals who 'made it'. "I've got mine, now you get yours and don't expect any help from me. Gimme government programs which benefit me, such as disastrous tax cuts, elimination of the 'death' tax, tax credits for the galactically stupid SUV gas guzzlers.
You're on your own. you're on your own. YOYO YOYO YOYO
Clark documents the right's wars on the poor,
civil liberties, the right of workers to organize
at work and obtain a decent working wage and work
conditions, and against other countries who refuse
to accept American domination. Jack provides all
the sources so that you can see for yourself how
the right is out to enrich itself at the expense
of everyone else. Great job, Jack!
Submitted By: magyarbill
always backs up his statements against
the right wing with fact and data, which
gives him all the more credibility.
As conglomerate media controlled by
politics clouds the mainstream news
media, Jack Clark, along with NPR and
Democracy Now! have become my primary
news source. Awesome podcast!
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Meaty, Hardcore Knowledge
podcast is not just entertainment, humor,
chimp-bashing, or gee-whiz recap of
the weeks events. Instead, it hits hard
and in-depth on the world economic situation
and how right-wing policies impact the
poor and less advantaged all over the
world. He examines Americas support
of the World Bank, IMF,multinational
corporations, etc., and connects the
dots. This is a podcast for grown-ups.
He gives good reasons why the right
wing is NOT living up to its precious
Bible, without putting down the Bible.
As a Jesus-loving Christian and moderate
Democrat, I respect this podcast for
its subject matter. The grown-up manner
of the speaker is just icing on the
cake. He IS funny, but hes not trying
to be, he just has a deadpan delivery
but doesnt have to make jokes to make
it interesting. The facts make it interesting
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Breath of Fresh Air
Clarks Blast the Right podcast is truly
a breath of fresh air when it comes
to political commentary. Jack is not
like some commentators who simply climb
on their soap box and state their own
opinions as fact. Instead, Jack welcomes
competent challenges to his way of thinking,
and with logical analysis and sound
research, debunks the lies, distortions,
and self-deceptions of the right wing.
I strongly recommend Blast the Right
for people who seek the truth and care
more about the long term health and
well-being of the whole citizenry than
the short term personal gain advocated
by modern conservatives. Listen as Jack
carefully shows how the high-sounding
"God and country" rhetoric
of the right wing is really just a smokescreen
for policies that ultimately lead only
to the increased misery, suffering,
and death of the less fortunate for
the particular benefit of the wealthy
and the well-connected. And, if you
find yourself in agreement, return to
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