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Recently, Repubs in the United States Senate voted down a bill that would guarantee equal rights for disabled people, internationally and nationally. Present and accounted for on the Senate floor was former Senator Bob Dole, who was greeted politely to his face and then stabbed viciously in the back by a whole pile of “Republicans” (you know, people from his own party) who shat all over a treaty negotiated by another of their own – Gee Dubya Bush. Why did this happen?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky has an idea: Bob Dole is a disabled war veteran (he got machine-gunned nearly to death during WW II); an honorable man; a productive legislator; someone who respected those with whom he disagreed; and above all, a patriot. Everything, in short, that the modern “Republican” party no longer believes in or represents. Bob Dole is not “one of them”.

And if you’re not one of them, you’re the enemy.  That, if you like, is partisan politics today, Elephant Style (feel free to steal this phrase and do a Gangnam Style parody).

For a man like that to be treated so is not just disgusting; it shows that the modern “Republican” party is, at its core, un-American. Think about it: what is more American than showing respect for a man who nearly died fighting for our country?

And is there anything less American than telling that man that he does not deserve to be treated as a full citizen of the country he almost died for?

Mr. B & C

Karl Rove (AKA “Turdblossom”) is the ever-so-fitting recipient of this week’s Crown O’ Polished Turds. And how did this plucky Doughboy earn the honor? Why, by promising millionaires and billionaires that he could buy elections for them. And he totally, wretchedly, spectacularly, failed to deliver. Four hundred million dollars (that we know about) flushed down the commode, swirled away like so many, well, turds. http://news.yahoo.com/republican-strategist-karl-roves-very-bad-night-002109469.html

 

The bloom is off the blossom and his “clients” are some kinda pissed off that lil’ Karl failed to deliver . Even for people like Adelson, Koch One and Koch Two, twenty million bucks or so is some serious coin to have wasted. And they are not happy with him. Not even a little bit.

Like many liars, Karly Boy has tried to weasel his way out by telling more lies: but his audience is not stupid, and they are seeing right through him. He has tried to blame others: that isn’t working either. All of his horses and all of his men aren’t putting Rovey Dumpty’s reputation back together again.

Rove has lied for years and gotten away with it. This time, he made the mistake of lying to people that can really, truly, seriously f*** his s*** up.  Give the Blossom Boy his trophy and pass the popcorn: this is gonna be fun to watch.

Mr. B & C

As noted yesterday, the incredibly misnamed “American Family Association” has decided to blame all sorts of “liberal” organizations for the recent horrific events in Aurora, Colorado: said organizations including Mr. Blunt and Cranky’s ancestral church, which in fact is decidedly NOT liberal (one of its nicknames is “God’s Frozen People”, which should give you a fair idea of how ossified an organization it is).

Let’s put the shoe on the other foot for a moment. This writer could make the case that the erosion of personal responsibility could just as easily be blamed on groups like the AFA (who blamed “liberals”) and individuals like Russell Pearce (who blamed the theatre audience for not stopping the shooting).

In each case, they shift responsibility away from the actual perpetrator and place it on others.  By so doing, they take the shooter off the hook to some extent: “the shooter was encouraged by (liberals or fake Christians or fill-in-the-blank) to take this action”. 

Firstly, these loudmouths have no idea what was going on the shooter’s mind, so they have no business saying such crap (unless there is case-specific, documented evidence to support what they are saying). Secondly, it creates an environment in which personal responsibility is diminished, because offenses committed by criminals become the fault of said loudmouths’ political and cultural “enemies”.

When everything becomes a tool for partisan advantage (even the acts of criminals and the grief of their victims), we find ourselves in a world that tells would-be mass murderers that they will not bear the blame alone. We tacitly assure these scumbuckets that others will have at least part of the responsibility foisted upon them, whether deservedly or not; all in the service of political gamesmanship.

So, we have shifted the blame from the criminal (and liberals and audience members) to the AFA and Russell Pearce. How’s that shoe feel, now that it is on your foot, gentlemen? Does it fit? Is it comfy? Do you like “wearing” the responsibility for mass murder? No, you say? Imagine that.

Your curmudgeonly neighborhood blogger most humbly suggests that we all shut the f***ing f*** up about how factor x or y is responsible for the actions of criminals (unless there is actual data to support such a claim), and instead let criminals know that they, and they alone, will take all of the blame and bear all of the punishment imposed for their crimes.

Mr. B & C