Karl Rove is an example of the Republican right-wing approach of using "Big Lies" to achieve their goals. Those goals are to misinform, terrify, misdirect, and outright lie to the American people. And the louder and longer the lie campaign continues, the more people will start to believe the lies.
The Republican Prime Directive is to oppose anything the Democrats, especially President Obama, may propose -- even if will help the American people. Rove couldn't care less if he hurts the Middle Class - what's left of it - or others, so long as he can make enough noise to drown out the truth. These people are unbelievably stupid, as they have not counted upon the transparency, which has begun early in this election cycle.
All people, including and especially Republicans, have begun to clearly see the Republicans and the right wing, as they trot out their bigotry and hatred for all to see. Their only cause during the Obama presidency has been to block Obama's every effort to help the American People. They blame the Democrats for the economic meltdown, trying to convince the population that Obama caused it, which would be a neat trick, considering that it started years before Obama ran for the presidency. It began while George "W" Bush was still in his second term as president.
But the Republican people, unlike their politicians, have begun to see clearly enough, to understand that their party leaders and their elected officials have lied to them repeatedly, just to oppose the President. The Republican Party leaders even use bigotry and racism to oppose our President, and most Americans are definitely against that tactic.
Adding insult to injury, the Evangelicals have come to realize that the only reason Republicans had courted their votes was to help them get elected. However, once in office, the Republicans have consistently thrown the Evangelicals under the bus and forgotten the promises they made to that religious group.
Good luck in this election, Republicans. Nobody, not one person, trusts your party any more. You are circling the drain now and will be gone into the sewers where you belong by election day. Look at Newt Gingrich. When asked about his sexual proclivities by a debate moderator, he went postal, blaming the whole questioning process on the Democrats and the Media and avoiding even a hint of a response -- honest or not. The truth is simple. Newt is on his third wife, both literally and figuratively, and his second wife has told all, explaining to the news media that Newt wanted to have an open marriage, as in having more than one female partner at a time. He is not even the Mormon in this group!
So, much like a clown car in a circus, the Republicans kept pouring out of their little car and into the debate studios. But each time, there were fewer than the last time. And like a pack of clowns, they are fighting amongst themselves rather than figuring out how to oppose Obama with ideas to fix the country's problems. And the reason for that is simple: they cannot oppose Obama when the whole country knows that they have stood in Obama's way and blocked everything the President tried to do to help the American people.
So, then, the question is simple: help the country or help the Republican Party's leaders?
There are more Republican voters than Republicans in Congress or in the Senate. Even better, there are 50 million people over the age of 50 -- members of AARP, all of whom are poised to vote against the Republican Party because that party is trying to take their Social Security and Medicare away from them. That is unacceptable!
But wait" there's more!
The Republicans running for the Presidency are amazingly fraudulent in their approach. They are trying to show you that they are running against President Obama, but the Obama they paint for you to dislike is an imaginary Obama. They have conjured up an Obama which does not exist, and never did; one which has not done a single thing of which the Republicans have accused him. Their Obama is their "Imaginary Opponent," much like a 3-year-old child with an imaginary friend.
Because the Republicans are such masters of the Big Lie (yes, I have indeed written about the Big Lie before), they are using it again in this election season. They are accusing Obama of things Bush did years before Obama took office; accusing Obama of having supported or proposed laws that Bush put in place and Obama has been trying to do away with. An example is deregulation of the Banks and Wall Street. Obama wants to place regulations on these institutions, such that they cannot ever again bankrupt this country or put so many people in jeopardy of losing their homes, of not having enough to eat, or clothes to wear, or schools for their children to attend. It was Bush's deregulation of the banks and brokerages that pushed the USA to the edge, economically speaking. And it was Bush and his choices for the Supreme Court -- choices of people who are not even close to being people of honesty and integrity -- who passed laws allowing corporations to become "people" and donate enormous amounts of money to their favorite candidate for office.
Rather than have corporations pay their fair share of taxes, the Supreme Court has allowed corporations to pretty much buy their own government representatives with the introduction of the Super PAC. They have given new meaning to the saying, "the best government money can buy!" And again, it started during the "W" Bush administration, long before President Obama started running for the office of President.
Having just watched the State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama -- a message of achievement and hope for the future of this great nation, a call to all people to work together, ignoring party affiliations -- we were all cheered by the positive message he brought us and pleased by the truths he made clear. Those truths were the timelines of what helped to bring our economic disaster and when it all began.
Then the Republicans got their chance to rebut the President. And Mitch Daniels was perfect in his ability to lie to the public, his ability to provide misdirection, and his ability to rewrite history" all with a straight face! Never has a Democrat used the phrase or concept of "trickle down" in economic theory. A Republican trotted it out decades ago, and most economists agree that the entire concept was a failure then and now. A Democrat has never espoused that theory.
As this writer has pointed out before, the GOP leaders are the most capable in the use of the Big Lie. Mitch Daniels' entire speech was the factual opposite of the speech President Obama gave last night. I was almost embarrassed for Mr. Daniels for having to stand there and deliver that speech.