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Saturday, August 08, 2009

“Reformed” Rightwing Rabble-Rouser Tells All

Straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. Francis Schaeffer is a veteran of a militant Fetus-Worshipping cult — oh, sorry, they use the term “Pro Life” — that started in the 1970s. He’s been closely allied with Dick Armey, among others.

It’s hard to tell how much he’s “changed” or “reformed,” but he gives an insider’s view of the Republican scorched earth policy against Obama’s health reform plans.

He says: “The Republican Old Guard are in the fix an atheist would be in if Jesus showed up and raised his mother from the dead: Their world view has just been shattered. Obama's election has driven them over the edge.”

As we already know by now, there’s been a team effort between the multi-billion dollar health insurance industry and gangs of rightwing rent-a-thugs. Their sole purpose is to intimidate people who speak publicly in favor of health care reform. As he puts it, this operation is “a well-financed, top-down orchestrated fake grass roots campaign by corporate interests to try and protect the profits of the insurance business.”

Comparing today’s Neanderthals to his own checkered past as an anti-abortion activist, Schaeffer says: “What we did to clinics they are now doing to congressmen and others speaking out for health care reform.”

You probably don’t like this guy, but he sounds credible. Think of him as a criminal who rolled over on some larger criminals in return for a lighter sentence.

FreedomWorks (closely tied to Dick Armey) is one of these infamous Astroturf groups using the orchestrated top-down approach that, as Schaeffer says, has “been the norm for conservative organizations for years. How do I know this is the norm? Because I used to have strategy meetings with the late Jack Kemp and Dick Army and the rest of the Republican gang about using their business ties to help finance the pro-life movement to defeat Democrats. I know this script. I helped write it.”

Schaeffer says Dick Armey used to be a decent guy, and asks rhetorically what happened to him:

“How could he stoop so low as to be organizing what amounts to America's Brown Shirts today? I think I know what happened to him, Gingrich and the rest: They can't compute that their white man-led conservative revolution is dead. They can't reconcile their idea of themselves with the fact that white men like them don't run the country any more — and never will again. To them the black president is leading a column of the "other" into their promised land. Gays, immigrants, blacks, progressives, even a female Hispanic appointed to the Supreme Court... for them this is the Apocalypse.”

“Dick Army and company have been driven mad by their reversal, not just of political fortunes but of seeing that they've wasted their lives. They now know they were wrong: about the country, the free market, war for fun and profit, and what the American people really want. They made their best case and were rejected by the American people…So now all the Republican gurus have left is what the defeated Germans of World War Two had: a scorched earth policy. If they can't win then everyone must go down. Obama must fail! The country must fail!”

Schaeffer sums up his article with:

“It's time that this whole shabby (and insane) business be exposed, vilified and run out of town on a rail by whatever responsible Republicans — if any — that are still in the party and who want to see the fortunes of their party revived. Republican leaders taking insurance industry money via lobbying firms and using it to organize what amounts to roving bands of thugs not only need to be exposed but thrown out of the public debate forever. They should become absolute pariahs. It's time to give this garbage a name: insurance industry funded fascism.”

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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13 Comments:

Blogger Snave said...

GREAT post, Tom. Thanks!

Now will we ever see quotes from this insider on any mainstream news shows?

Of course not. And that's a shame.

August 8, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Terrific post, Tom. Forgive me noting echoes in it from my comment to your previous post, especially this:

"That's why the appeal to racists, the playing footsie with birthers and all the anger and ugly rhetoric. They're crazy mad, scared, sore losers and kind of disoriented."

Schaeffer makes some interesting, revealing points, although a couple of things he said are a few degrees off course.

I nearly fell off my chair when I got to . . .

"Schaeffer says Dick Armey used to be a decent guy, and asks rhetorically what happened to him . . ."

Sorry, but what happened to Armey was that he got past puberty. I believe bullies are made, not born. But unless Gingrich started influencing Armey before Armey was out of grade school, I think the latter started earning his bully stripes very much on his own

Then there was the epiphany line:

"They now know they were wrong: about the country, the free market, war for fun and profit, and what the American people really want."

Sorry, but we're talking about some of the most ideologically bent, pig-headed and arrogant people on the planet. They don't "know" any such thing. The way neocon Republicans see things, they're right but had a little bad luck that resulted in the electorate getting in a snit — a setback they will get past once they poison the Democrats' well thoroughly enough.

August 8, 2009 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous carlos said...

Yes, fantastic post!

I'm with Snave...I sure wish some media outlet would start a big, huge investigation...

August 9, 2009 at 3:33 AM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

I read the article too Tom. It just confirms what I believed was going on.

Politics can be very cynical, but if cynicism was an Olympic sport, the republicans would win gold, silver and bronze. They will get into bed with anyone if it gets them back in power. They cannot stand being in opposition.
There must be some decent republican politicians out there, law of averages, they can't be all bad. They need to stand up and be counted.

August 9, 2009 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

So we have to suffer through all this, the birthers, the crappy health care, all because the Republicans are sore losers?

August 9, 2009 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

I think you are right, Lew. They are so mad about losing and so frustrated that they can't gain traction with their flawed ideas that they will basically do and say anything... just because.

Their cognitive dissonance will be playing on an increasingly-large stage over the next few years as they are enabled by the media and by corporate interests. I think the main question is whether or not voters will continue buying into the GOP leadership's twisted logic and continue supporting policies that run counter to their own best interests.

Even if this guy who is speaking out is something of a tool, it is good to see comments such as these coming from a person with such a background. It is something to give us hope, anyway.

August 9, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Great piece, Tom.

The white Republicans are circling the wagons. I thought they were were going to make an effort to sell their ideas to the other groups in the country but it appears they prefer to commit political suicide.

August 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Thanks. Nah, the mainstream "news" doesn't have time for tripe like this. They're too busy with Celebutantes and missing hikers.

SW: Thanks. I too have my doubts about Dick Armey ever having been a "decent guy." As far as the entire neocon agenda goes, it was either incredible stupidity, or a brilliant master plan. And those people aren't stupid, just delusional and twisted and self-absorbed. So I think Iraqmire, the looting of the treasury and all of their other schemes were deliberate. And like you said, they manage to see the most devastating defeat as a temporary setback; just a bit of bad luck which will improve if they just wait it out and keep doing what they're doing.

Carlos: Thanks. Unfortunately, I doubt if stories like this will ever get much coverage beyond the small "fringe" sites like AlterNet and Think Progress.

Holte: You're right, this is the time for moderate, decent Republicans to stand up and be counted -- if there are any.

Lew: I'm afraid so. Non-existent health coverage, collapsing bridges, shitty schools -- we all need to be punished for electing that commie to the White House.

J: Sell their ideas? Nah, they tried that and it didn't work. Plan B -- scorch the earth.

August 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

What you're seeing here is the death throws of the republican party. The supporters of healthcare reform aren't showing up at these events in great numbers. They're smart enough to know what to expect and yet republicans still tout that this is grass roots. More like astro turf if you ask me.

August 9, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Huzzah! Great post.

This is indeed the m.o. that the anti-abortion freaks used to get their "base" riled up to the point where docs were getting death threats, shot in their front yards, shot in church (which we saw happen recently), clinics bombed, etc.
In fact, it is the same m.o. that the Klan used in the south which ended up in church bombings, mass killings, lynchings by the scores, firebombings, etc.
Basically, the right wing has taken the worst, absolute worst, parts of this country's history and learned it. They don't learn much, but if it involves "white power" and terrorism of the populace, they're more than happy to learn a lesson or two.

August 9, 2009 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Demeur: I hope it's their death knell, at least the Rush Limbaugh brigade if not the whole party. I've read that the AFL-CIO is gonna start sending their own people out to these forums, to counter the HMO goons. This ought to be interesting.

Bee: Thanks. Yup, their M.O. has lots of parallels -- fetus-worshiping fanatics, the KKK, union-busting strike-breakers of the early 1900s, German Nazis when Hitler was struggling to attain power. You're right, they know who to learn from.

August 9, 2009 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

If it's their death-knell, then it would be the death-knell of gleefully cultivated stupidity, and America is like a Dracula movie: you can't keep a good bloodsucker down.

August 10, 2009 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: "You can't keep a good bloodsucker down." Damn right.

August 10, 2009 at 4:16 PM  

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