The Republican Spin Machine
When one thinks of spin, the first things that come to mind tend to be Lawyers and Used Car Salesmen. However, everyone must stand in awe of the power and determination of the Republican Party spin machine. In the last twenty years, the Republican Spin machine has turned liberals into communists, sex into a national crisis and turned war heroes into cowards. What is even more amazing is how the Republican Spin Machine deflects attention away from the massive mistakes made by Republican leaders and eventually spins the argument to make good people believe it was the fault of Liberals. The Republican Spin Machine is truly amazing and must be stopped for the good of the nation.
What Is The Republican Spin Machine
It is first important to point out that the Republican Spin machine is not the regular rank and file Republican Party member. It is not the good folks that vote for Republican candidates, believe in the 2nd Amendment or believe in limited government. Those are Republicans and they must be differentiated from the spin machine because they are innocent bystanders who have genuine beliefs.
The Republican Spin Machine is the media outlets and political pundits that spin everything, yes everything, to serve solely victory. Bear in mind that victory does not mean victory for the Republican Party or even members of the Republican Party. Victory for the Republican Spin Machine is simply the embarrassment of the target of their efforts. Never mind that it is bad for the Country. Never mind that it is bad for their own party or what that party believes. Just destroy the enemy at all costs.
To see the Republican Spin Machine at work in all of its glory, one simply needs to watch Fox News for about an hour. In that hour, Fox News will try to convince its viewers that Democrats are socialists who are trying to destroy the Country. Glen Beck, Fox's newest member has even stated openly that he believes that President Obama wants to create "FEMA" camps created in the image of German concentration camps. After this tirade, Beck was given a better timeslot.
Moreover, Sean Hannity is the best example of the Republican Spin Machine at work. During the Bush Administration, Hannity railed against Democrats who had the audicity of objecting or displaying disagreement with the President and said over and over again that for the good of the Country, everyone needed to get behind the President and his issues. Now that Republicans lost the White House, Hannity spends every day trying to tear down President Obama and rails against anyone, even Republicans, who shows any support for anything the President is doing. Objective disagreement is one thing, but Hannity displays nothing but Partisan rhetoric and tries to pass it off as news.
Fox News and its pundits are not the only members of the Republican Spin Machine. They are just the best known and are very effective.
The Republican Spin Machine At Work - The Issue Of Torture
During the Bush Administration, allegations were raised that American soldiers and other agents of the government were engaging in tactics that constitute torture against terrorists. There was an outcry against this. Even John McCain, a Republican, voiced his objection to any torture tactics being used against anyone held captive by American soldiers. A law was passed solidifying America's stance against torture. Instead, American soldiers and agents were only allowed to use "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Last month, the Obama Administration released evidence that the Bush Administration, in fact, sanctioned water boarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques." The public was outraged. Many called for indictments.
The Republican Spin Machine went to work. At first, it blamed President Obama for releasing the information calling the release of facts a threat and danger to America because it would give those who hate us more reason to reign terror. A week later, the machine then railed against the President for not releasing information showing the valuable information that was obtained through the use of torture techniques, admitting torture was used but trying to convince the public that the ends justify the means. The machine has attacked Obama for thinking about investigating which members of the Bush Administration were to blame for the use of torture. And now, the machine has set its sights on Nancy Pelosi, the democratic Speaker Of The House. They are now stating that Pelosi knew what was going on in 2003, and because of this she is to blame for any torture techniques that may have been used.
One really has to stand in awe of the Republican Spin Machine. It is come full circle. What started as a Republican problem, and solely a Republican problem, has now now been spun to the point where all the talk is about the current Speaker of the House and what she knew and when.
The point here is that the Bush Administration openly and actively sanctioned torture. They ordered troops to conduct activities that violate American and international law. And they have been caught. Whether the justice department should investigate or intervene isn't for me to decide. But what is amazing that only in a month the story has changed and the Democrats are in full retreat mode.
Why It Works
Many wonder why the Republican Spin Machine works. The answer is fairly simple. The Republican Spin Machine works because most Democratic leaders are afraid to anger the monster. They are afraid to take it on directly. They are simply wimps.
John Kerry was a wimp when he allowed the Republican Spin Machine dishonor his military service and questioned his patriotism. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are not ready or willing to take it on at all. And that is why they have both been targeted for destruction. For too many years, Democrats have been to busy trying to avoid the Machine and this is one of the reasons why Republicans appear tougher on issues that relate to National Security. Most democrats won't fight and this needs to change before the machine takes the White House back in 2012.
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