By Jack Jodell, Jan. 4, 2012
Dark horse Rick Santorum apparently came within a mere 11 votes of eking-out an upset victory over Mitt Romney last night in Iowa. This was but a minor and temporary aberation, however, because Santorum simply does not have anywhere near the money he needs to successfully challenge Romney on a national level. For, our corporatist, overly-conservative Supreme Court, as a direct result of their disastrous and wholly ill-founded Ciyizens United ruling of 2010, has opened the literal floodgates for a whole host of corporate money and secret multimillionaire donations to pollute our political campaigns for next November’s election, and Romney’s supporters have already amassed a very potent SuperPAC. The court’s blatantly pro-special interest decision guarantees that we, the electorate, will be virtually bombarded with constant, nonstop lying TV, radio, and print ads all the way through November 5. We have already seen a preview of what will be in store from the weeks which led up to yesterday’s Iowa Republican caucuses. Mitt Romney’s secret SuperPAC all but destroyed rival Newt Gingrich with negative ads in that state, and all the candidates together spent well over $3 MILLION to do so. That was just for a political caucus in one small state, IOWA, and not even for a full-fledged primary election! Meanwhile, Romney’s actual campaign portrayed him in other paid-for ads as a gentle, patriotic, optimistic can-do kind of candidate who should be elected President. To be expected, NOWHERE was it mentioned that he himself grew wealthy in large part due to the way he helped Bain Capital put many Americans out of work by exporting their jobs overseas, or that he had laid many workers off to make the companies Bain devoured appear more profitable. The infuriatingly sad fact is that neither Romney, nor (obviously) the conservative Supreme Court justices, nor ANY of the other far-right Republican candidates see anything at all wrong with pouring millions and billions into defeating their hated Barack Obama, even at a time where millions of Americans remain unemployed and growing numbers face foreclosure or homelessness! The end justifies their means, and they will spend ANY amount to replace the President, so long as their ends are met. That these millions and billions can and should be spent to employ those out of work doesn’t even cross their minds, because they simply DON’T CARE!
So get ready for an ever-increasing barrage of negative, less-than-factual political attack ads, my friends. By summer and autumn, these will rise to a fever pitch. This will be especially true this year, because wealthy, conservative business types like the disgusting, greed-driven Koch brothers and most other members and supporters of the wealthiest 1% of the country absolutely HATE the President and want to see him driven from office. Karl Rove‘s dirty PAC will also be working feverishly to elect a Republican President. Being constantly lied to in the corporatist mainstream media, is it any wonder that so many Americans detest politics as they do and are so livid with our elected officials? It is so surprising that many end up as disgusted, biased, low-information voters who will actually be tricked by the 1% into voting against their own best interests – the common, shared interests of the 99% of the rest of us who are in the absolute MAJORITY? It is no mystery to me, nor should it be to any of you. We are being deliberately and malevolently duped!
Thankfully, though, we have some very good resources we can use to ensure we do NOT fall prey to bullshit planted by the 1% in our emails, newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio stations we watch and listen to. These sources are listed below. ANYTIME you hear ANY candidate claim, or political ad, GO TO THESE SOURCES AND CHECK IT OUT! THEN, and ONLY THEN, will you truly be an INTELLIGENT and INFORMED voter, not a deluded fool who is taken advantage of by these unscrupulous LIARS!
First off, try going to a very revealing site called PolitiFact.com (http://www.politifact.com/). Here you will always find a wide array of candidates’ claims and charges, as well as those by members of Congress, and these are rated on their TRUTH-O-METER as to how truthful or lying they are, and WHY they are true or false. This site was created, and is maintained by, The St. Petersburg Times. You will very soon find this to be a most valuable resource in maintaining political sanity in a world of preposterousness!
You can also check out FactCheck.org,
a wonderfully non-partisan and fact-driven nonprofit site begun and operated by the Annenberg Foundation. They monitor the accuracy of candidates’ speeches, media ads, debates, interviews, and news releases, acting as a sort of consumer advocate for voters. You can find them at http://www.factcheck.org/
Open Secrets.org is yet another great resource, in that it traces where each candidate’s financial backing came from. Found at http://www.opensecrets.org/, this fabulous site reveals exactly how much of each elected official’s or aspirant’s campaign donations came from individual contributions, PACs, party and congressional committees, industries (and industry types), unions, or other groups.You will soon be able to ascertain exactly who has been supporting (or buying off) YOUR particular Representative, Senator, or presidential candidate!
To determine where your particular Presidential, Senate, or Representative candidate stands on a wide array of issues, you can find it all listed at On The Issues.org (http://www.issues2000.org/).
For finding the truth on suspected internet scams (political or otherwise), viral email hoaxes, and dishonest charity scams, there is no better verification source than Hoax-Slayer.com (http://www.hoax-slayer.com). Protect yourself from tomfoolery by using this site whenever you think you smell a rat.
Snopes.com/ has long been recognized as a reliable debunker of email falsehoods (again, both political or not). This site will give you the full background on a topic and will then tell you why and how it is true or false. It can be found at http://www.snopes.com/.
Last, but definitely not least, is TruthOrFiction.com, where you can “get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, calls to action, and other forwarded emails.” It can be found at http://www.truthorfiction.com/.
ALL political campaigns fudge the facts, to be sure. No party or candidate tells the truth all the time, nor do they lie all the time. But for some reason, the most grievous falsehoods I have encountered seem to be found most often in emails written by ignorant, paranoid, far-right types. They and their followers just seem to blindly pass their bullshit around, urging others to do so as well, polluting the entire internet with their twisted stupidity in the process. Often, they preface their oft-misspelled nonsense with fictional claims like”Snopes says it’s true” when in fact Snopes.com said nothing of the sort. RULE NO. 1: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD OR TOO BAD TO BE TRUE, 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 IT WON’T BE TRUE. Keep that in mind next time you get one of those crazy, way-out seeming emails, or when you view or listen to a political claim. There are millions of misguided and unsavory characters out there, so just make sure YOU never fall for one of their lies or distortions!
PLEASE SPREAD TIS BLOG OR ITS INFO TO EVERYONE IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS BOOK. MAYBE IF IT GOES VIRAL, WE’LL FINALLY REDUCE OR PUT AN END TO BLATANT POLITICAL AND INTERNET LIES AND DISTORTIONS! At the VERY least, we’ll be able to blunt the impact of dishonest corporate-sponsored fear or smear campaigns!