Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Is it too soon to be seeing civility?
I had to take a big sip of my coffee this morning because I couldn't believe what I saw. There sat Bill Kristol as the guest of MSNBC's “Morning Joe.” There were joking of him being in the Lions' den, but as he is on Jon Stewart and other shows, I've seen him on, Bill Kristol sounded pretty reasonable. It wasn't until the group started talking about Rumsfeld’s new book when Mr. Kristol started getting a little defensive about the Iraq war. It was learned that Donald Rumsfeld wanted plans to attack Iraq just four hours after 911. There is a conflict between President Bush's book and Donald Rumsfeld’s book. They are some similarities. Neither one of them take blame or aplogize for the fiasco, we call the invasion of Iraq.
On “Morning Joe” Tuesday, the Weekly Standard editor appeared to promote “The Neoconservative Persuasion,” a collection of essays written by his father, Irving Kristol. During that appearance, New York magazine’s John Heilemann asked Kristol why Republicans were reluctant to challenge Fox News host Glenn Beck, a regular target of MSNBC’s personalities, as Kristol did in a column for the Feb. 14 issue of the Weekly Standard for his claim Islamists and liberal forces were collaborating to orchestrate a caliphate.
I think the new owners of NBC took the first step by releasing Keith Olbermann and making Ed Schultz drop his “psycho talk” segment. Since then I've seen more prominent republicans as a guest. Rachel Maddow had Michael Steele as a guest the other night. Michael Steele admitted the RNC would not allow him to go on liberal shows as the chairman of the Republican Party. He has made up for it since, with appearances on Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Rachel Maddow. The give and take was quite informative. It's too early to tell, but I hope MSNBC doesn't take a route of CNN, who bends over backwards, so not to appear partisan. That just means, CNN, is just a sounding board for the left and right to deliver their talking points.
Sarah Palin is not slowing down a bit but she is getting more incoherent. The other day she told the Christian Broadcasting Network(CBN) that the Egyptian crisis was Obama’s 3:00 AM call but it went straight to the answering machine. She when onto say “ the White House was not doing enough to inform the American people about what is happening in Egypt.” She didn’t leave it at that, she said “should not stand" for an Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood. “ Duh . As usual she never said what she would do. That’s because she doesn't have the slightest idea of where Egypt is or the delicate situation that we are in by trying to come out with the very best solution for in United States, Egypt, the Middle East and Israel.
It's only a matter time before the Republican Party will have to put a lid on Glenn Beck and his conspiracy theories because he is taking some pages from the John Birch Society by not only attacking liberals, now he is saying both Bush's and were leading the charge for orchestrating a caliphate. He said president's Obama, Bush, I and II put out strict orders not to bomb Ancient Babylon. Why? Because the Bible tells us that is the seat, right here (aims pointer at map like a college professor) of power of a global evil empire...everybody on this side wants ancient Babylon for their caliphate. (The New Islamic Caliphate) ..I guess they could wait for the guys with the white coats come for him.
The local blogs got a right wing slant this weekend. One was written by itisi called “liberalism” where the author never quoted a reference but instead chose to give a one-sided view point; his. The other blog was written by holly1. The name and his blog was” It's our way or the highway and other myths of politics.” Both blogs received a lot of traffic, but it quickly became like one of my many political blogs. They became the dumping ground for the usual " and you’re another one” back and forth postings We have a lot of work to do in ridding ourselves of the myths we might have required over a long period of time. I think it's gonna take a new set of posters to completely overturn the combative dialogue, we call debates. No one wants to go first and be made a fool of.