Confessions of a Right-Wing Shock Jock

I officially unmasked myself and started going by my real name but kept the “Southern Avenger” moniker. I toned down my rhetoric, even as I made many of the same arguments about illegal immigration and other issues. I began to focus on what might be done to rescue the Republican Party from the damage wrought by President George W. Bush, who put conservatives in the unfortunate position of defending unpopular wars and ignoring the largest government expansion in history.

via Confessions of a Right-Wing Shock Jock – Jack Hunter – POLITICO Magazine.

This, is, uh…probably the most damning paragraph in the piece (which as a whole is pretty dang damning).  It is so because of the part I bolded…

You see…this is the kind of cosmetic change these folks went through as the culture at large rejected their out and out racism.  It goes from “We need to end welfare because the lazy niggers are robbing us blind” to “We need to end welfare because libertarianism”.

And this is his apology piece.

This sub-segment of the political realm has gone from Ron Paul publishing racist newsletters calling for end  to the Voting Rights Act and welfare…to Rand Paul disavowing any knowledge of those newsletters…and calling for an end to the Voting Rights Act and welfare.

Same argument…slightly different rhetoric.   This stuff still appeals to the folks that know the reason for the rhetoric, but the coded appeals have now skipped a generation and many young “libertarians” don’t realize what the real reasons for the policy positions were in the first place.

Of Course It Will, That’s Why They Keep Filibustering

End of Filibuster Could Boost Obamacare.

Nice article that covers some of the improvements that are possible now that the Dems have called out the GOP for their obstruction.

One can gauge the sincerity of the GOP complaints about this by the number of them that have pledged to re-instate the rule if they ever gain the majority…which is zero.

God Frowns on Supply-Side Lies, says Pope Frank

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” Pope Francis wrote. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.

via Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics to shreds in new policy statement | The Raw Story.

Look at that, Popes can do math too.