Thursday, October 11, 2012

Observations 10.11

This week in the Party of Lincoln, Part 1 ....

It's just weeks until the election and the Republicans are suddenly becoming security conscious as they attack the President over his handling of the Libyan Consulate attack. Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, suddenly called called his committee back from recess to look into so called lapses in Libya and the lack of more funding for security there. But from yesterday's Washington Post; "For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012." Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah and outspoken member of the committee, attacked the Obama administration even though he admitted to voting for these embassy security cuts.

Elsewhere in the party of Lincoln, oh wait, Arkansas state Rep. Loy Mauch called Abraham Lincoln a Marxist. But that wasn't the best part as Mauch also defended slavery; "If slavery were so God-awful, why didn't Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn't there a war before 1861? The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity." Along with Lincoln Mauch called Grant, Sherman, Custer, and Sheridan Marxists too so evidently the man has a 150 year old chip on his shoulder.

Now if you think those are just the rants of a lone wingnut you would be wrong. Here is the comment of a reader to an article on Mauch in the Arkansas Times; "Actually, when you get right down to it. Lincoln wasn't a Marxist so much as he was a war criminal. He suspended Habius Corpus. He killed more civilians than any other war we have ever fought in. More people over all died in the War of Northern Aggression than any other war the US ever fought in by far. Lincoln had his troops come to the south to beat and rape the women (both black and white). And, he locked up anyone who disagreed with him, journalist and preacher. There is nothing that Assad in Syria has done that Lincoln didn't do."

What the hell is the War of Northern Aggression? I seem to have missed that one in school or overslept or skipped class that day, I have no idea.

You just can't make this shit up.

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