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Green Eggs and Derp -- William Rivers Pitt

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And yet there he was, standing on his hind legs like an actual human, thoroughly blowing it for all to see. Americans, he said, "did not like green eggs and ham, and they did not like Obamacare either.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 9:13 am
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after his speech in Washington, September 25, 2013. (Photo Credit: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times)

"This is like taking a history class from Abbott and Costello."

- Charles P. Pierce, watching Ted Cruz on the Senate floor

Green Eggs and Ham.

A sitting Senator with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, who once announced to his law school classmates that he would only study with graduates of Princeton, Harvard and Yale, came within a hair's breadth of creating a quantum singularity of irony on national television by comprehensively failing to comprehend the moral of a very simple children's story.

Green Eggs and Ham is not a dense tome. Its moral is not impenetrable. One assumes Mr. Cruz grappled with knottier themes and theories during his foray through the Ivy League. And yet there he was, standing on his hind legs like an actual human, thoroughly blowing it for all to see. Americans, he said, "did not like green eggs and ham, and they did not like Obamacare either. They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse."

No. No, no, no, no, no. The point of the story is simplicity refined: how do you know you don't like something if you have not even tried it? That's it, that's all. Since this Dr. Seuss story was first published in 1960, four-year-olds all across the nation and the world have managed to apprehend the depth and breadth of the theory after one single reading. Yet despite all the fancy East Coast learnin' he enjoyed, the world watched the point sail over Mr. Cruz's head, rebound off the far wall, ricochet off Corner Guy, and sail out the window to die a sad, lonely death by drowning in the reflecting pool.

No one has tried Obamacare yet. It rolls out next week. "They did not like Obamacare," he said, presumably after dusting himself off from a jaunt to the future.

And P.S., from Peter Dreier of Truthout from February:

What few Americans know is that, despite his popular image as a kindly cartoonist for kids, Dr. Seuss was also a moralist and political progressive whose views suffuse his stories. Some of his books use ridicule, satire, wordplay, nonsense words and wild drawings to take aim at bullies, hypocrites and demagogues. He believed that children's books should be both entertaining and educational. His most popular children's books included parables about racism, anti-Semitism, the arms race, and the environment. His books consistently reveal his sympathy with the weak and the powerless and his fury against tyrants and oppressors.

Many Dr. Seuss books are about the misuse of power - by despots, kings, or other rulers, including parents who arbitrarily wield authority. His books teach children to think about how to deal with an unfair world. Rather than telling them what to do, Geisel invites his young readers to consider what they should do when faced with injustice. Generations of progressive activists may not trace their political views to their early exposure to Dr. Seuss, but without doubt this shy, brilliant genius played a role in sensitizing them to abuses of power.

Green Eggs and fa-chrissakes Ham.

Yeah, that happened.

But that was not all that happened.

Defunding the Affordable Care Act, if accomplished, would enjoy the same level of achievement as landing men on the moon. Also, anyone who doubts it can be done, or does not want it to be done, is on the same moral level as the Nazi appeasers in Europe before World War II. Also, Star Wars, for some reason. And White Castle hamburgers, Duck Dynasty, Hobby Lobby and Toby Keith, and "Find your opportunities and always be sexy" being a message he salutes and hopes all young people in America hear.

Quote, unquote.

No, really.

He stopped talking after 21 hours, and our short national nightmare was finally over. In the aftermath of the Ted Cruz "filibuster" that wasn't a filibuster - he went to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hat in hand to get permission to do his little verbal lapdance on himself - absolutely, positively nothing had changed. The votes are still scheduled for later this week, cloture passed 100-0 with Ted's vote included, and you will find a piece of the One True Cross before you find a Senate Democrat willing to defund the president's health care law or give Mr. Cruz the 60-vote threshold he seeks.

It was, in the end, nothing more or less than a day-long fundraising pitch to the wing of the Republican Party that vacuums quarters up from between their couch cushions to send to any officeholder who feeds their rabid anti-Obama jones. These are the same people who have been getting pumped by the party for their pocket change for decades with images of Hillary Clinton and fetuses, brown people crossing the border, Jesus, and ATF agents grabbing guns. These people have been the useful idiots of the GOP for years now, a reliable cash cow so long as they hear what they want to hear within their Fox-fed bubble, and Ted Cruz is now their new avatar.

Yet for that same Republican Party that has done so very well for so very long feeding the ignorance and hatred of its base, the Ted Cruz fraudabuster has become a moment of truth. No one in their right mind thinks that speech was anything other than a colossal humiliation of not only the speech-giver, but of the party he purports to represent. It is not every day that the troll under the bridge broaches the broad daylight and sprays his derangement into the air for all to see and hear, but there was Ted with his bare face hanging out, giving a clinic on just how preposterous the modern Republican Party has allowed itself to become.

If the GOP has any interest whatsoever in saving itself from the crashing ignominy rushing toward them due to the efforts of members like Mr. Cruz, they would be wise to harken to the wrecking-ball wisdom offered by the gloriously-named MSNBC commentator Krystall Ball, and take the nutbags within the party in hand.

Ms. Ball:

The GOP is saying to young people: we would like to have the government stick an unnecessary trans-vaginal probe if you want an abortion, but when it comes to health insurance, don't take any government help. Don't go to the state or federal government-operated insurance exchanges to buy private insurance. Stay away. Stay uninsured. Skip that pap smear. Skip that tetanus shot. Skip that prenatal care. Skip that cholesterol test. And if you die an agonizing death and unnecessary death, one that could have been prevented by the health insurance reform that bears the President's name, at least you know your death would have not been in vain. You would have died to serve the noble and patriotic cause, not of conservatism, but of hurting this President.

They (Republicans) are willing to destroy themselves, their political future. That they would also encourage young people to go uninsured and risk financial catastrophe and death from preventable disease means that they aren't just willing to sacrifice their own careers to hurt this President. They would sacrifice the lives of young people if it helped them score political points. That is not conservative, it is a national disgrace. Republicans, conservative of conscience, if there was ever a time to take back your party from the forces of anarchy, chaos and insanity, and self-destruction, now is that time.


There it is.

By: William Rivers Pitt | Op Ed| Truthout |

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Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 9:22 am

I have an attitude about people that can not make their point or argument without relying on Hitler, to me once Hitler or the NAZI specter is hauled out, dusted off and used as faux warning of things to come, I know the speaker is floundering, has lost the ability to construct an argument that correlates today's issues with today's realities. When Hitler does come out, as with this display of poor arguing points by Teddy, at least please use history correctly. The number of incorrect statements and historical inaccuracies was astounding. Hey, Harvard, didn't you study any thing about history? Nevill Chamberlain was not Prime Minister in the 1940's, Winston Churchill was and the early discussions about appeasement were in the mid 1930's soon after Hitler took (was not elected) the Chancellery of Germany.

JL A (281)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 10:53 am
Pitt is accurately on target as usual--thanks Kit.

Kathleen R (192)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:37 am
I love reading William Pitt's columns. He is a profound writer. Thanks Kit.

Elle B (81)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 12:20 pm
It is Ted Cruz who is using propaganda techniques very similar to those put forth and recommended by Adolf Hitler--by continuously presenting repeated fictions and untruths ad infinitum--ad nauseum as fact to confuse and disarm the electorate. [Please note that Cruz has not been accused here of being Hitler... nor a registered Nazi.] Adolf Hitler did claim that if untruths are repeated often enough most people will believe them. The same practice is frequently employed today in mainstream PR and marketing ... illustrating the deeply sad and disturbed state of human affairs. Cruz is a "poster-boy" for contemporary ego-bloated propaganda. . .

“To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” ― Adolf Hitler

“What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.” ― Adolf Hitler

“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.” ― Adolf Hitler

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” ― Adolf Hitler

“The leader of genius must have the ability to make 'different opponents' appear as if they belonged to 'one category'.” ― Adolf Hitler

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― Adolf Hitler

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” ― Adolf Hitler

“It is not truth that matters, but victory.” ― Adolf Hitler

“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. ” ― Adolf Hitler, Hitler's Letters and Notes

“Truly, this earth is a trophy cup for the industrious man. And this rightly so, in the service of natural selection. He who does not possess the force to secure his Lebensraum in this world, and, if necessary, to enlarge it, does not deserve to possess the necessities of life. He must step aside and allow stronger peoples to pass him by.” ― Adolf Hitler

“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty.” ― Adolf Hitler

Any of the above quotes ring some very loud familiar bells? How about "Marketing Based Management" for starters--what the current global economy is based on--where magical markets and the ensuing ruthless and coveted competition take care of everything because they are born of nature? Who needs a military coups when you can just propagandize the citizens into a marketed stupor?

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 12:21 pm

Yes, the man does stir up those brain cells and make us think. Whether I agree with him or not, I do admire his ability to write. This one wins an absolute agree.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 12:44 pm
The "frauabuster", yeah. that ridiculous and embarrassing performance must have been a gourmet piece for WRP to chew on ,- and he did nicely, as usual. Thx Kit

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:09 pm
Okay, Ted had his 21 hours AND 15 minutes of fame; can he go find a rock to hide under, now?
When will we, as a species, ever get the also simple lesson of Dr. Seuss' "The Butter Batter War??"

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:16 pm

I hate to disturb pre conceived ideas about Hitler and his quotes but many of those come from advertising ideas first floated in the United States and then used and restated by Hitler or his one of his henchmen. If one person should get the credit it might be John Watson, whose ideas in failed in his years as a behavioral psychologist but won him some acclaim from Madison Avenue. Hitler was not just not that clever.

Eugene J (290)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:33 pm
"Since this Dr. Seuss story was first published in 1960, four-year-olds all across the nation and the world have managed to apprehend the depth and breadth of the theory after one single reading."

I mean, really does anything else need be said about the state of the republican party on ANY matter of actual substance from climate change to health care to wealth disparity to, well, that could go on forever, as apparently can their inability to comprehend even the polls showing the vast majority of American's favor the HCA and what their opinions are on other matters as well. It is as if the republican party existed only in this little vacuum through which nothing actually gets but the sound of their own voices and the frothing pundits who agree with them. Every time I see something like this I ask myself, can they really be that stupid? And every time the answer is, astonishingly, yes. They seem to live in some sort of alternate universe, mindful of Bizzaro world from the old Superman comics where everything is backwards from the real universe, the real world. I mean, when you hear someone like Paul Ryan say, seriously say, that 4.45 a day in food stamps would lull out of the workforce all lazy people to their hammocks to live the life of a wastrel, you, well I, first gasp, and then just think, WTF are these people smoking? The republican party is falling apart at the seams right in front of us, and a better thing for the country is hard to imagine, but it is almost sad how illiterate they are, how delusional they really actually are. I have to believe the country, most of it, is as astonished at their idiocy (and they have taken to gnawing on each other now) and wondering just what outlandishly foolish thing they will say or do next. It is like watch a slow motion train wreck. The bad part is that they can actually cause some real damage with a shutdown as their train falls into the abyss. 13 more months till we can rid ourselves of these parasites. I can't wait.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:50 pm
Tell Ted Cruz: Comparing Obamacare to Appeasing Hitler is Outrageous

Joanne D (37)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 2:48 pm
Ah, William Rivers Pitt and Andy Borowitz, always enjoy reading them. Pitt can write about reality and make it sound like satire, while Andy can make satire sound real. Of course both get some help from the Ridiculans - er, Republicans.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:31 pm
Pitt is great. Cruz is. .... Fill in the blank with every disgusting word you can think of. Who gave birth to these blowhard Republicans anyway?

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 6:50 pm

I think that was a rhetorical statement and leaning more toward sarcasm. If there is anyone that really doesn't know the history of the once Log-Cabin Republicans or the Koch tea party group, J L has given you some thing to ponder.

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 6:53 pm

What they are not smoking,Gene is something that might cause them to chill out a bit. There is a constant anger in these folks, it must be difficult to always be pissed off about the imaginary people living the high life from the meager amounts allowed by government help.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 7:32 pm
Thank you for sharing Pitt's article. He is one of the few true pundits, and I love his pithy comments! (n, p, t)

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 8:37 pm

Strange but the post by J L is now missing. It was not offensive, only informative.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 4:25 am

Past Member (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:10 am
Turn to something favourable to all living lives

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:34 am

Eugene J (290)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:43 am
You're right, Kit, they do need to chill out, but they seem to be eternally constipated and in real pain over the idea of actually helping anyone who isn't already rich. I don't know why JL's post disappeared but I'm glad they left Angelika's link as I went and signed it this morning and explained to Senator Cruz what a non sequitur is and that there is nothing comparable to extending health care to 25 million more people and murdering 6,000,000. One would think a Harvard law grad would know that. As much as I grew to hate the Wizard of Oz, I mean they showed it EVERY year and I got sick of it, I think the republican party should sit down in caucus and watch it. Especially the part about not having a heart, because they suffer from the same malady.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:28 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting a very enjoyable article to read, Kit.....a bit frustrating, but well done.

Robert B (60)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 9:23 am
Cruz must be a reincarnation of Joe McCarthy. Same looks and lack of reasoning.

Barbara K (61)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 3:10 pm
He acts like a spoiled 4-year old throwing a tantrum. I wonder how he got his degrees? By post or did he just cheat? To recite a book for 4 year olds to adults shows how much intelligence he lacks. If he can't get his own way he wants to shut down the government. Well, if he doesn't like the government, he should resign; otherwise get to work at solving problems in an intelligent way instead of playing the fool. What a spoiled brat he is. I hope his voters wise up. Having college degrees doesn't make him any smarter than the rest of us, and he just proved it.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:18 am
"If the GOP has any interest whatsoever in saving itself from the crashing ignominy rushing toward them due to the efforts of members like Mr. Cruz, they would be wise to harken to the wrecking-ball wisdom offered by the gloriously-named MSNBC commentator Krystall Ball, and take the nutbags within the party in hand."

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL ^^

I liked Elle's comparisons to Adolph Hitler, she's always spot on.

And I liked pretty much everyone else's comments.

Thanks Miss Kitty!!!
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