Tea Party Patrons Push Coup D’Etat, Part 3

October 23, 2013 3:45 PM18 comments

nfbentonpicIt’s been heartening to see in recent days the polls showing the Tea Party and their Republican Party hosts dip to all-time record lows in approval ratings by the American public, following their shameless efforts to shut down the U.S. government and destroy the nation’s credit, threatening another global financial meltdown.

Those polls show the overall approval rating for the GOP down to only 30 percent favorable and the Tea Party at only 28 percent favorable. For a major political party, the approval rating is the lowest since the invention of such polls. Don’t forget, it wasn’t just the Tea Party hard core that voted against reopening the government, it was 162 Republicans.

So all the dissembling, all the outright lying, all the Fox News psywar didn’t work, and that gives cause for hope.

Perhaps the biggest factor in all this has been the Internet and the free flow of ideas (and everything else) it provides. Traditional forms of lying and deception work in closed systems, where the access to a wider range of corrective information is denied to at least enough of the population to make a difference.

Now, however, gramps and granny, even if confined to the bowels of ruby red states, have Facebook accounts and are being exposed to the many sides of arguments – and, oh by the way, they’re not as stupid as lying dissemblers think they are.

The Internet even gets the credit for allowing millions of Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, notwithstanding its opening day jitters. No less than 19 million tried to access it online in the first days. Thank you, Internet!

Tea Partier Sen. Ted Cruz let the cat out of the bag when he said his greatest fear was that once the Affordable Care Act went into effect, people would love it – once the truth of it became widely available, instead of his lies, that is. He was right.

To many observers, the laudatory effect of the Internet began showing up years ago to spell the death knell for mind-bending cults. The recruitment rate for these cults has nosedived because curious people are now able to research what they’re being lured into, reading many horror stories and exposés from former cultists.

When truth and knowledge are provided as alternatives to lies and superstition, most people will go with the former.

There has been a long crusade by agents of the super-rich to use a plethora of means to hold onto their advantages by keeping the masses at bay. Since World War II, the privileged in the U.S. turned nascent intelligence and psywar capabilities from the war against the U.S. population. After the war, that population was mobilized to recover from the Great Depression by striving for greater economic equality, sparking the civil rights movement, the War on Poverty and a robust labor movement.

A window into these psywar operations was provided during the Church Committee hearings in the mid-1970s, but that was only after huge files of the CIA’s covert domestic operation known as MK-Ultra were destroyed.

An MK-Ultra textbook was William Sargeant’s Battle for the Mind: A Psysiology of Conversion and Brainwashing, with the subtitle, How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians, and Medicine Men Can Change Your Beliefs and Behavior. Published in the 1950s, the book was based on research published during the war.

Sargeant cited two things of relevance here: 1. that the “hell fire and brimstone” preaching of John Wesley in England in the late 1700s deterred the revolutionary spirit that was aflame in the colonies and France from spreading to England, and, 2. the discoveries of the Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) about psychological conditioning based on experiments with dogs provided clues to population containment.

These insights were deployed into a wide range of programs aimed at the general U.S. population, including the creation of synthetic cults, the proliferation of drugs, and the mainstreaming of a “sex, drugs and rock and roll” counterculture to divert and derail moves toward greater social justice and equality.

Thus did “greed” come to replace “justice” as the national social mantra in the 1980s. Only now is the Internet helping to break this spell.

  • FallsChurchCitizen

    Nothing on the Obamacare train wreck? Nothing at all??

    • Darrel Henschell

      Sure, I’ve got lots: “40 ways Obamacare is working”
      http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/40-ways-obamacare-is-working/

      • JFallsChurch

        Ha Ha Ha

      • Dave

        It’s working all right. Breaking promises, stripping citizens of their current medical coverage, and upping premiums. Trust me comrades; it’s working as planned.

        • Darrel Henschell

          Dav: “Breaking promises,”>>

          You forgot to show one.

          D: “stripping citizens of their current medical coverage,”>>

          Private companies do that sometimes.The junk has to go, sorry about that:
          “Plans purchased through the Obamacare marketplaces
          will be significantly more robust than current individual
          policies, which often skimp on essential coverage to bring down their prices and have been dismissed by consumer advocates as “junk insurance.” Obamacare
          marketplace plans must cover 10 broad categories of “essential health benefits,” including for prescription drug coverage, mental health services, and maternity
          care.” http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/05/2575601/obamacare-premiums-expected-kaiser/

          D: “upping premiums.”

          Prices are down. I can bury you in examples: “‘Big Health Insurance Rate Hikes are Plummeting'”
          “Researchers combed through data available from the
          15 states that publicly post all requests for rate increases in the individual market. They found that, in 2009, 74 percent of all requests came in above 10 percent. By 2012, that number had fallen to 35 percent.”
          http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2013/02/big-health-insurance-rate-hikes-are-plummeting.html

          “The Remarkable Slowdown In Health Care Costs Since The Passage Of Obamacare”
          “A new survey of health care premiums for
          employer-sponsored health care coverage shows that health care inflation is slowing, further undermining critics’ predictions that costs would skyrocket in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act.”
          http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/20/2498391/growth-in-health-care-costs-continues-to-decrease-since-passage-of-obamacare/

          “Major New Study On Obamacare Premiums Should End
          The ‘Rate Shock’ Hysteria Once And For All” –ibid
          Etc.

          D: “it’s working as planned.”>>

          Right. See the 40 examples I already gave, which
          you ignored. When you are done with those, I have more.

          • Dave

            Sorry, but I don’t need your propoganda. I am able to think for myself; look at all the facts and form an opinion. You should try it.

          • Darrel Henschell

            Can’t handle the truth eh Dave? What’s the matter, those facts aren’t emotionally comforting to you like the ones you like to believe? Here’s what you’re really afraid of Dave, and quite rightly so:
            “Now as for the last 20 years, republicans have feared not that healthcare reform would fail the American people but that it would succeed.
            An American public grateful for access to healthcare could provide democrats with an enduring majority for years to come.” –John Perr

            Talk to this republican fellow:
            “Butch Matthews is a 61-year-old former small
            business owner from Little Rock, Arkansas who used to wake up every morning at 4 A.M. to deliver canned beverages to retailers before retiring in 2010. A lifelong Republican, he was heavily skeptical of the Affordable Care Act when
            it first passed. “I did not think that Obamacare was going to be a good plan, I did not think that it was going to help me at all,” he told ThinkProgress over the phone.

            But after doing a little research, Matthews eventually
            realized how much the law could help him. And on Tuesday, his local Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) provider confirmed that he would be able to buy a far better plan than his current policy while saving at least $13,000 per year through
            Arkansas’ Obamacare marketplace.”
            http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/02/2721501/butch-matthews-obamacare-convert/

          • Darrel Henschell

            Oh lookie, Fox News:
            http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/10/21/was-obamacare-guinea-pig/
            “[new plan] …will cost my family $931 per month — $408 per year less than my previous crappy plan and a $5,000 savings in deductibles. A big win for me and my family financially and in terms of what’s covered. …
            Under ObamaCare, even with the slow and sticky website, I spent a total of four hours — to save over $5,400. That kind of return on investment would make Warren Buffett drool.”
            Nice. I can bury you in these.

          • JFallsChurch

            are you saying that everyone’s premiums/costs will be going down?

          • Darrel Henschell

            No.

          • Dave

            Pile on enough BS and you could bury an elephant.

          • Darrel Henschell

            I like burying elephants with the facts. Oh look, here come some now:

            “There’s a cold logic behind the willingness of some
            conservatives to risk everything to stop Obamacare. But it’s not that Obamacare will fail. After all, if the law will just be a debacle, Republicans should let it take effect, ride the catastrophe to overwhelming victory in the 2014 midterms, and then use their massive congressional majorities to repeal it.
            “Rather, as EJ Dionne writes, the real fear is that the law will succeed. Once Obamacare begins delivering health insurance to millions of Americans it will become effectively impossible to repeal. That’s what’s happened in every other country that’s introduced a national health-care system. That’s why the right needs to stop Obamacare before it begins.”
            http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/20/wonkbook-shutting-down-the-government-wont-stop-obamacare-it-might-even-help-it/
            Lots of luck with that.

          • Dave

            How about this bold faced lie?

            Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

            And yet every major news channel is reporting the Obama Administration knew that millions that would not be allowed to keep their insurance.

            http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/29/21222195-obama-administration-knew-millions-could-not-keep-their-health-insurance?lite

            Go ahead an continue to throw all the quotes you want at me; I’m not one of your Obama Zombies. You may be impressed by your Glorious Leader, but all I continue to see is lies, half-truths, and broken promises.

          • Darrel Henschell

            Oh, that’s an easy one. This is where the wing-nut pretends:

            a) insurance companies haven’t cancelled policies before (they constantly do, always have), and

            b) the gov. can control when they do

            Wrong on both counts.
            Here’s the footnote silly person, if you have a good legitimate insurance policy that meets the new rules (like me), you can keep it. If it’s junk and won’t really cover you when your sick, then it’s got to go.
            This is nicely explained here:
            http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/29/2850701/coverage-good-thing/

            And here; http://tbo.com/health/florida-blue-other-health-plans-cancelling-contracts-to-prepare-for-new-health-law-rules-20131023/

            If you have a short attention span, just look at this picture and read a few words: https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1385980_354506588019626_1748600819_n.png

          • Darrel Henschell
  • Dave

    Sooooo you don’t like the GOP? You really need to seek professional medical help is you believe all of this. Have the doc up your dose.

  • JFallsChurch

    The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. WS

  • Bill

    This column is one big dumpster fire.

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