Jack Gutschenritter: Wolf in sheep's skin

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I just drove half way across the country to Colorado listening to Sirius XM radio, something new for me. I am writing today because a station named Patriot on the radio just blew me away with the lies and distortions endorsed by the radio show hosts and believed by the people calling in. While the people calling in seemed to be of low intellect, the hosts were not. They seemed mean, defensive and rude. I listened for at least 12 of my 24 hours in the car to really see what was going on. What they were espousing completely was aligned with Republican rhetoric. This apparently is a Republican news outlet. I absolutely was in awe that the Republican machine thinks it is good for this country to be so deceitful and misleading to our fellow Americans.

Don’t most people know about Karl Rove’s strategy to propagate Republicanism? These three steps were the idea of Karl Rove and are part of his stated strategy for beating Democrats in elections:

  1. Create distortions of the truth to make your point, but make them believable to nondiscriminating listeners.

  2. Repeat the distortions often and everywhere so that undiscriminating people begin to believe them. Electronic media is preferred.

  3. Attack Democrats for lying and distorting the truth.

This strategy, by design, leads to confusion about what the truth really is. Continuing to repeat the distortions eventually wins over nondiscriminating people. Rove’s Crossroads GPS receives lots of money from Republicans and the Republican Party specifically to produce and disseminate the distortions. He is on top of his job. To my knowledge, there is no Democratic equivalent.

Ignorance of the strategy can lead to people believing and following people who are in fact their greatest enemy in disguise. This seemingly is becoming the story of the wolf in sheep’s skin. People actually are being influenced. How people who claim to love this country can do this to America and call themselves patriotic makes me furious. I hope sideline observers get angry enough to be moved to activism.

So what is the truth?

I cannot possibly un-distort the truth in every distortion I have heard, but I urge everyone to seek the truth when they hear something that seems unbelievable. There are plenty of websites that make sport out of investigating statements by politicians of any party, investigating the truth, documenting it and rating the truth of the statement. Most newspapers also have “Pants on Fire” lie detectors that do the same thing in print media.

The latest convention-time distortion are Romney’s welfare attack ads, which were rated “Pants on Fire Lie” by Politifact, and “4 Pinocchios” by the Washington Post. If you are reading about unemployment attacks, check the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for the truth.

Of greatest concern to me is that on the first day of Obama’s term, Republican leadership publicly announced that everything they do for the next four years would be to ensure Obama was not re-elected. At the time, I thought to myself, why? This is not in the best interest of the American people. This is a self-serving political view being pursued at the expense of all Americans.

Four years later, look what transpired:

■ Aid to small businesses bill was blocked by Republicans.

■ Bank-reform bill was blocked by Republicans.

■ Campaign disclosure bill was blocked by Republicans.

■ Jobs bill in Senate was blocked by Republicans.

■ Bill to end tax breaks for companies sending jobs off-shore was blocked by Republicans.

■ Wall Street reform bill was blocked by Republicans.

■ Small business lending bill was blocked by Republicans.

The list goes on, but I have used up my word limit for a letter to the editor. But note how closely this list matches Republican rhetoric at the Republican National Convention about where Democrats failed. The wolf in sheep’s skin.

Jack Gutschenritter

Steamboat Springs

Comments

mark hartless 1 year, 11 months ago

"You shall hear the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."

It has always amazed me how Americans spend their most devided hour of the week. For all you out here in the forgotten zone I'm speaking of Sunday morning.

How a black man and a white man (or liberal and conservative) can sit in two different churches just a couple blocks apart and sing hymns from the same hymnal, read words from the same scripture, spoken by the same Jesus and confess the same sins to the same God and yet have such disparate viewpoints has always counfounded me.

The conclusion is as inescapable as it is uncomfortable... one of us is dead wrong!

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 11 months ago

Ayn Rand can't prove there isn't, and your favorite pastor (regardless of skin pigmentation - I'm not sure why you chose to frame the issue in terms of black v. white) can't prove there is. Absent proof of either proposition, I'm quite content to sit on the fence and announce: I am heathen, hear me roar. It could be that I'm right, and the rest of you are wasting your time.

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mark hartless 1 year, 11 months ago

I wasn't really trying to drag the conversation into the religious realm so I should have clarified by continuing:

So it is with politics. We all seem to think we have right on our side.

Many on the right and left have read the constitution, studied government, understand democracy and republican governance, are fammiliar with the concept and intent of the three branches of government. We claim the same love for our country.

Yet, when you consider the disparate views of democrats and republicans, someone simply has to be wrong.

Like the Holy Bible, the Constitution seems to be "interpreted" in radically different ways. Also like the Bible, it seems to be dis-regarded whenever it gets too "restrictive". At that point it is said only to confer "negative rights", to be "antiquated", only relevant in an "agrarian society similar to that in existance when it was penned", and so on.

Perhaps, as with the Holy Bible, BOTH sides have some of it right and a lot of it wrong.

Maybe that's why I'm a Libertarian. I respect the Constitution even when it makes me uncomfortable. I respect people's rights to say whatever they want on the radio; to use political action commities for the "propagation of republicanism"; to pour billoins of THEIR dollars into pollitical ads and propaganda; and even to use THEIR corporations to pour billions more into the mix. I support their right to lie, decieve, appeal to the fears of the ignorant and uninformed, to call sheep wolves and wolves sheep. Did I say any of those things were good? Of course not. But, in politics as with religious matters, when has goodness or badness ever stopped man from probing the depths of depravity?

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