What a Difference a Year Makes in the GOP

14 09 2010

Remember conservative Christian homeschoolers this time last year, declaring war over President Obama daring to give a nationwide back-to-school speech?

(And mocking him for using a teleprompter to do it?)

Maybe it will be just as bad this year in your states, but for Nance and JJ here in Florida, shame should tamp it down — and if it doesn’t, that will prove there’s no shame left:

Greer apologizes to Obama, calls many GOPers ‘racist’

One year ago, when President Barack Obama gave his first back-to-school speech to the nation’s schoolchildren, then-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Jim Greer, accused him of using “taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.”

Now, Greer is facing fraud and money laundering charges and has been thrown under the bus by the state GOP, which has accused him of living the high life on party money. And so he’s had a change of heart.

“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s schoolchildren, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served,” Greer said in a written statement.

“Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our party today.

My children and I look forward to the presiden’t speech.”



8 responses

14 09 2010

Change of heart? I suspect it’s mostly just spite against his former party.

14 09 2010

And it could all be a lie too. Spiteful folks remain spiteful and liars lie.

14 09 2010

And traitors betray, exploiters exploit. No honor among thieves. Snakes are snakes so don’t take them in and trust them. Etc. So I wonder as I see corporate tea party astroturf turning on the GOP that spawned them, whether they understand how they’ve brought it on themselves?

15 09 2010
Nance Confer

They have the advantage of being a party that can actually take the long view and plan ahead. So they will, eventually, work their way through this.

In the meantime, will the Ds be able to make hay?

And the thought of a Presidential pardon crossed my mind when I read of Greer’s conflicting statements. Probably doesn’t apply to his crimes. . .


15 09 2010

I’m so over ALL of them, with their perpetual campaigning and polling and news cycle jockeying, but no time for doing the job of actually governing (legislating, regulating, appointing, and excuse me, but how about some prosecuting too, of those who played politics with our money and military last administration . . .)

15 09 2010

What a dreamer! 🙂

15 09 2010

I got a mailer today from the national Dems. I’m tempted to send cash but I want to enclose a note: “Not interested in electing, except electing to do the right thing, and then the next right thing . . .”

15 09 2010

On the other hand, maybe I should take solace in Frank Schaeffer’s “I’m Rooting for Doom” :

These days panic and hysteria are what sell the “news” that sells the advertising that pays for the media platforms I use to sell my books.

Here’s the basic rule of playing the hysteria game: we commentators claim that everything is worse than it is and that if you listen to us we’ll help you save our country, economy, religious freedom, children, women’s rights — whatever.

We make a big deal out of nothing much again and again and again by pushing doom at fever pitch packaged as a news, commentary, op-ed or blog. But here’s the actual truth we commentators (of the left or right, center or fringe) — let alone the news business itself — won’t often let slip: America is not in need of saving from anything but hysteria and crisis-driven news!

Nor will we ever say that America is in great shape (compared to just about everywhere else.) And you’ll never hear us say these things either, for instance that:

* When your average Republicans, Democrats and Independent voters (who supposedly hate each other) sit down together and talk about what really matters to most people — which is not what MSNBC or FOX News says but our spouses, partners, children and grandchildren — we “divided” “hate-filled” “culture warrior” “left” “right” Americans mostly agree that love is more important than politics.

* We all get on remarkably well.

* Few nations have ever been better protected or safer than America is today.

* The economy is going to be fine sooner than later.

* Terrorism isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

* Even 9/11 was minor compared to the casualties in most wars — say the flattening of whole cities in World War II by all sides.

* We are incredibly rich.

* Given what was on the president’s desk on Day One, the Obama presidency is going well and will be seen as historically successful.

* America is not in decline, rather muddling along into an unknown future just like everyone else.

We commentators know that the people we’re “informing” by selling “crisis” to also know that we know that they know that what we’re actually doing is what they’re actually doing: making a living. And that’s not too terrible a thing to do, so long as we professional talkers don’t take ourselves too seriously, let alone confuse our relentless self-promotion and selling of advertising (mislabeled as “news” and “opinion”) with telling the truth.

Come to think of it maybe this Hyping-Of-The-News-Is-A-Crisis crisis can be turned into The Next Crisis to be hyped! It’s time to wax historical about being hysterical! I might even write my next sky-is-falling book on that!

Frank Schaeffer is a writer with no new book to sell…. (today).

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