The Big Lie is already making the truth irrelevant; or, Republicans are once again waiting for the manure shower

Biff manureA friend sent me a very funny email.  I don’t know if the numbers are precisely accurate, but I do know that they’re accurate enough to serve a larger truth, namely America’s overwhelming turn in 1942 from a peacetime nation into a fully armed, fully operational wartime nation. In this way, the facts stated distinguish themselves from the Progressive concept of “truthiness,” which means “fake, but [God alone knows how] accurate”:

During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks.

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.

It’s worth noting, that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama administration couldn’t build a functioning web site.

To me, living in my  head as I do, a head filled with news and political commentary, the above is both funny and devastating.  It puts into perspective the pathetic disaster that was the Obamacare exchange launch and should remind everyone that a government this bad at one thing is almost certainly also a government incapable of performing the most basic functions . . . such as protecting us from our declared enemies.

Immediately after getting the above email, I read that the New York Times is working hard to re-write the Benghazi slaughter so as to clean up both Hillary’s and Barack’s reputations. And I know, and you know, that even though the New York Times is losing subscribers like mad, that fact is kind of irrelevant, because the Times still the news source for all sorts of other newspapers across America.  Go ahead.  Check out your morning local rag.  You’ll see that at least one story comes direct from the Times or from the Washington Post or from the Associated Press.  As Conan proved in a funny, fluffy video, no matter the outlet, the story’s always the same.

The Obama administration is now boasting that one million people signed up for Obamacare in December.  Maybe it’s true; maybe it’s not.  The two things we know with certainty are (1) that the media won’t press for the truth and (2) that the media will work as one in the coming months to shill for Obamacare.  The glitches are over; the wonders are on their way.

Yes, we who have not drunk the Kool Aid know that Obamacare will collapse under its own weight, but that doesn’t matter.  All that the media hustlers need to do is keep those plates spinning until the day after the November 2014 election.  After that, they’re home free no matter what happens.

And please don’t look to the Republican Party for help.  It’s so busy trying to take out the Tea Party (it’s bad for business, doncha’ know?) that it’s ignoring the most wondrous political opportunity handed to it since . . . well, since never before.  Rick Moran sounds the warning, but don’t expect the money guys in the GOP to hear that tocsin:

Are Republicans smart enough to counter this propaganda with nightmare stories about sky-high premiums, the cancellation of perfectly good insurance policies, website errors, and other tragic experiences that ordinary people have had with Obamacare? Democrats couldn’t accuse them of cherry picking bad news when they’re cherry picking good news.

This is a long-term war to be played out over the coming years. What I don’t see yet is a commitment from the national Republican Party to engage the resources necessary to counter the Democrats move for move. There doesn’t appear to be a plan in place which means they’ll be improvising on the fly. That just won’t cut it.

With the Obamacare website now largely operational, the first phase of the battle is over. But unless the GOP stays on its toes, they are likely to be buried by the administration PR machine.

The Leftist PR machine is gearing up hard.  Moreover, with this video as a graphic illustration, please remember that the agile Democrats are already on the move, while the Republicans are the ones sitting in the car:

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    The only thing missing is a float in the Rose Bowl Parade.
    Post midterm elections the GOP opted not to divorce the DNC and they’re staying together for the sake of the children. They didn’t want the little ones/peons to make the tough decision, which parent to live with. The Tea Party has been declared the temptress, who dared to break up the family. What are the options. Divorce court? They’ll still keep the House and we’ll still be stuck with support payments.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I spent a fair amount of time on this post looking for something, anything with which I could disagree, Book. Came up with zip.
    The Democrat Party keeps finessing its capabilities as the evil party. The Republican Party remains stuck on stupid! 

  • Ymarsakar

    I did say some years ago we needed to purge the Republican party. But I think most people took that to be a “purist” position. It wasn’t about purity.

  • Matt_SE

    In 2012, I was all “go team!”
    The morose analysis afterwards told me two things:
    1) Too many of the American people have had it too good for too long and don’t understand the dire consequences of frivolous electoral choices.
    2) The establishment Republican party is every bit as conniving and double-dealing as they were made out to be. We will never win anything with the current “leadership.”
    As to point #1, I believe now that Obama needed to be re-elected for the pain to get real. In the long run, socialism is its own cure, and Obama is proving that in spades.
    Had Romney been elected, he would’ve dulled the edge of tyrannical government and the people would’ve gone back to sleep. Nothing substantive would’ve been accomplished to reverse the trend.
    The run-up to the employer mandate will be the final cracks in the dam, and the flood will be unleashed.
    The people will finally be given an abject lesson in government-bestowed pain.
    As the post suggests, this would be a unique opportunity for the Republican Party except for point #2. I believe now, things I heard whispered on the fringes of the conversation before: the establishment is about enriching themselves and their cronies. They will gladly lose elections in order to keep the gravy train rolling (see VA governor’s race). They will sell out their party and the rest of the country to stay in power…even if that “power” is as the minority (see the amnesty “debate”). They’re all about “managing” things, but like the other statists, they aren’t smart enough to do that.
    Perhaps Boehner, McConnell et. al. would’ve made fine footsoldiers in the Republican Party, but they don’t have the chops or fire to be in the leadership. They do have ambition though, and they will not give up what they’ve worked so long to achieve.
    We will have to take it from them.
    I do not find that prospect daunting. As the Colorado recalls showed, money is a poor substitute for activism. The radical left already showed it could be done as far back as 1968, and they’re a bunch of morons.
    We need to keep telling the truth about these people, pointing out their record of failure and their wholesale abandonment of conservative principles. We need to open the eyes of our neighbors so that they know there cannot be compromise with someone willing to sell you out or destroy you.

  • jj

    The republican party, regrettably, IS the manure shower.

  • bkivey

    Referencing the email comparing US military construction/operations during WW II to the Obamacare IT effort: in fairness, the US wasn’t spending 40% of the GDP on the website. However, for several hundred million dollars, we can reasonably expect more than we got.

  • Ymarsakar

    Well, to demonstrate a crucial difference, FDR was able to print free money based off of American capitalism. Obama can only print enough money for his vacations and his cronyies, because the Left has almost killed the host. So FDR had a lot more free money going for him given how little of it was untapped due to American reliance on the gold standard for currency value.