Skip to comments.Rachel Maddow, beacon of reason
Posted on 01/11/2012 9:40:45 AM PST by presidio9
Those who are professional media enemies of the Republicans are having a fine time catching the elephants lying. The only problem to me is that they do not always follow the same rules when a supposedly oppressed group proves that it, like all others, is a contradictory bundle of human realities.
Yet Rachel Maddow, for one, is remarkable when it comes to proving in high quality intellectual detail how often the elephants do and say irrational things for the sake of pure ideology. Her proof that President Ronald Reagan did things contrary to what he supposedly believed is perfectly executed with hard facts such as the fact of Reagan raising taxes 11 times.
Though professional right-wing liars like Dick Armey of FreedomWorks and the Fox News crew will dismiss what she says, we can be sure that neither in public nor on television will they take her on, because Maddow can bring it. Her research is superb and the time she is willing to give to making an idea or a pattern of activities clear brings a high level of sophistication to what could easily be no more than howling at the elephants as though they are cartoon monsters, which is a favorite tactic of lazy liberals who would rather rely on slogans than actually do the mental work that objectively supports an idea.
She is not afraid to look into the snake pit of racism that is hidden beneath the conservative rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh and his troops. Maddow knows that what we are seeing over and over is a development of redneck attitudes that began to emerge as soon as the South lost the Civil War and created a mythology with lies like D.W. Griffiths toxic masterpiece The Birth Of A Nation, which depicted black people as quasi-monkeys. Insidiously, those ideas continue to this day.
I should say that Maddows interest in American women would be deepened if she were to read Mightier Than the Sword by David S. Reynolds. It is a stunning look at the importance of Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin, which rednecks fought against with every paranoid fantasy about black people because her novel did not depict them as anything other than human, the greatest sin in the eyes of bigots.
And she would better understand redneck Tea Party elephantiatis if she were to read William C. Davis Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America. Davis explains how the redneck South was threatened by the diminishment of what has been called the slavocracy.
Davis writes, If slavery could not spread as new states were formed, then the existing slave states would be doomed to perpetual minority in the representation in Congress, guaranteeing that if the day came when Northern antipathy to slavery itself became hot enough, the majority could use the government to subvert the Constitution and abolish the institution where it already existed. In short, the South could not afford to lose any battle over slavery, nor even over issues on its periphery.
That is how deeply we are still connected to the underlying mental forces that drove the slave-owning South to take on the entire country and bring about the deaths of more than 600,000 people. Those forces are still at work they were at work in Griffiths racist film, and they are at work today on Roger Ailes news channel.
The truth is that there are hustlers and truth-distorters on both ends of the spectrum. That is the American way, at least for now. Rachel Maddow is better than both ends. And she can push up her batting average. That is what the best of us do.
That’s certainly an unbiased and balanced article...
LOL! Awww, yer killin' me!
Thanks for the laugh today. I needed that.
New York Daily News-Obama playing the race card in defense of Madcow.
So this Crouch guy just tried to tie Roger Ailes and Fox News to D.W. Griffith and 1850s plantation owners. And people wonder why we call the left “moonbats?”
I like how he calls conservatives racists in one sentence, and then in the very next one, he refers to rednecks.
Correction; That would be “Bacon of Reason”.. as in PIG
irrational things for the sake of pure ideology.
Talk about run-away delusions. This writer is clearly on opium or worse.
Stanley Crouch and Rachel Maddow, both reside in a bizzaro world, where facts are lies and lies are facts, and the voice of reason is the insanity which underlies their ideology.
You forgot the barf alert, slthough upon reflection, the title itself is a strong emetic
Maddow still pushes her economic theory that welfare recipients are the nations job creators as fact ('consumer's demand is the engine of job growth') even after the Obama/Pelosi stimulus failed to create jobs or a recovery. In fact she rarely mentions the Obama/Pelosi stimulus that was hawking nightly on her show in early 2009 as the sure cure to our employment problem/.
Rachel Maddow, he is FAR from being a beacon of reason or ANYTHING of reason for all that matters.
Rachel Man-now's interest in women needs no deepening.
"Rachael Maddow" and "intellectual" used in the same sentence. he he ... he he ... he he ...
A rare example of a title that needs no “Barf Alert” because the title is a barfer in and of itself.
Why do I never see anyone counter this myth of Reagan the tax raiser? If someone lowers the rate from 70 to 28%, and then increases it a couple percent, are they a tax cutter or a tax raiser? Also did those increases not coincide with a commitment to real spending cuts? Where are Obama’s cuts? He refuses.
Our side refuses to stay on the offensive.
If Maddow was a dinosaur, she would be a “Liccalotapus”
the author tried so hard to keep the bias out, but by the end of the article, she is frothing at the mouth..
Worse than that - in order to get the “Reagan raised taxes eleven times” they really need some creative accounting.
It would be as if tax rates were lowered for everyone, but eleven different exemptions were eliminated - the story the media would push (if you were a Republican) was that you raised taxes eleven times - despite everyone actually paying a lower % of their income in taxes than before.
Any truth to the rumor she’s a spokesperson for Snap-On Tools?
Rachel Maddow is so filled with ate for everything decent, moral,Republican, American, that NOTHING she speaks can be considered reasoned. Hate without basis of fact is a disease.
I think her interest in American Women is deep enough...
Rachel Maddow is a living lie.
She cuts her hair like a man, she tries to act like a man, she makes love to women.
She is as fake as the Snap-on tools she wears.
Damn, what an idiot...this Crouch homo must think that MadCow is a man and is trying to butter ‘him’ up to get some action. Talk about barking (and I do mean ‘bark’) up the wrong tree....bwaaaahaahhahaaaa..
are we even sure this “Stanley” is a man? After all he writes like a girl and wasn’t Obama’s mother’s name Stanley?
Rachel Maddow, beacon of reason
Winston Churchill, tee-totaler
Bill Clinton, paragon of marital virtue
Mitt Romney, truth teller
Republican Party, conservative
Michelle Obama, dainty
The question? Name six headlines that would prove the writer either an outrageous baldfaced liar, a comedian, or stark-raving insane.
Rachel MadCow is just another angry idiot still rebelling against her parents.
When did Jason Biggs get a new hairdo?
The mind of a liberal is a barren place where only weeds take root.
Its obbvious you didn’t read post #1.
You posted a picture, now you’re gonna’ be in trouble.
Keith Olberman, pillar of reasoned wisdom
didn’t this guy get the job as Obama’s minister of disinformation?
Couldn't help it, Maddow's hot. Picture her and Rosie together in their nighties... LOL
Did they forget her “on-air” blooper the other night when she “broke the story” that one of the candidates was going to drop out of the race and endorse Romney, and then had to admit, on-air that it was a hoax? Oh Yeah; She’s the Super-dyke of Cable News Talking Heads.
Bacon of Reason..
I misread the title, thought it said bacon and Clicked on the thread. I like bacon. Don’t know much about beacons.
This is NOT journalism. Even the NYT isn’t this foul. This is juvenile libspew from some high school newspaper. Stupidity ought to hurt.
My, my...the Left thinks a lot of this strange woman. Is she really the best they've got? Is she always demanding to debate others? And those refuse because they are so verrrrrrrrrrrry afraid of her incredible mind? Or is she like Ed Schultz, who DEMANDED that "idiot" Dennis Prager debate then ran for the hills like a little girl when Dennis said “certainly”. Dennis was funny for weeks after that—never let it drop.
I for one would pay to see Prager,Bill Bennet, Levin,etc. take this brainiac on. A general topic like Liberalism vs. Conservatives would be fun. If you give this little dude a particular topic before hand, you know she runs to her crappy little apt to meet her uber lefty minions that will stay up a few nights compiling that devastating “truth” the writer fawns about. Just a little 1 hour free form debate about Liberalism vs. Conservatism where she would actually have to put forth some logic not a string of crap she culled off the Internet to make King Barry look good.
Oh and she really is starting to look like the ugly brother of the guy on that old TV show E.R.
I heard Maddow on some late night show and she was talking about her “partner”. Bully for her...guess we'll be hearing about her formal wedding soon.(Tux for her, no doubt.) Then the adoption of poor kids will be after that. What a world. She seemed like a nervous, creepy, doofus on that interview. So that's the best the Left has. Alrighty then.
“Her proof that President Ronald Reagan did things contrary to what he supposedly believed is perfectly executed with hard facts such as the fact of Reagan raising taxes 11 times.”
Reagan wasn’t a dictator. He couldn’t order Democrats in California and Washington to vote as he wished. It’s sorta like the defense of Obama’s not shutting down Guantanamo I saw Debbie Wasserman-Shultz offer last night. Except it seems to have slipped her mind that Democrats monopolized Congress for his first two years.
“’consumer’s demand is the engine of job growth’”
“Supply creates its own demand.”
- J.B. Say
The only way to grow an economy is through saving, i.e. capital formation. That’s why the most productive system in human history is known as capitalism.
“Also did those increases not coincide with a commitment to real spending cuts?”
On Reagan’s part. Not on the part of the Democrats who tricked him. Let that be an object lesson.
“It is a stunning look at the importance of Harriet Beecher Stowes ‘Uncle Toms Cabin,’ which rednecks fought against with every paranoid fantasy about black people because her novel did not depict them as anything other than human, the greatest sin in the eyes of bigots.”
For all the talk about conservatives being stuck in the past, note that we are not the ones who cast contemporary race relations in terms of “Unlce Tom’s Cabin,” minstrel shows, lynch mobs, “The Birth of a Nation,” or any of the thousand alternative centuries-old obsessions of libs. Nor are we vicious enough to pretend one region, never any other, hasn’t changed in 400 or so years since African slavery was introduced to the continent.