Conservative = Bully

* By “bully” I mean “a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.”

Listen to Karl Rove talk over David Plouffe. Watch Rove continually butt in and interrupt any attempt at a civil exchange of ideas. Rove is rude, to say the least. Rove is also a propagandist and a bully; he doesn’t allow Plouffe to explain his position. By depriving the opposition a platform from which to speak, Rove accomplishes his objective to obfuscate the discussion of Universal Health Care, which will benefit the majority of Americans.

This is classic conservative behavior, at least the epitome of the behavior I have personally witnessed from hundreds of conservatives during the George W. Bush era (Janurary 2001-January 2009).

Remember, Bush called himself a “Compassionate Conservative”…who then started a false war in Iraq, which took $700 billion of taxpayers’ money to pad the pockets of politically connected military contractors, like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton; who then (along with the Republican majority Congress from 2001-2006) passed Tax Cuts for the rich that added almost $1 Trillion to our country’s deficit; and whose lack of leadership and (little to) no-regulation policies caused a cataclysmic meltdown of our economy that required another $700 billion from the taxpayers in order to bailout the Wall Street banks who were spreading the virus of Subprime-Mortgage-Backed Securities to other financial institutions all over the planet.

Don’t believe me? Here’s George W. Bush speaking for himself:

For those of you who still do not understand what caused the Financial Crisis, please watch at your leisure:

We have an intellectual deficit in this country because we, as a country, lack the ability for rational discussion and logical argument. We are in short supply of critical thinking skills. Wit and charm and humor are essential for human communication, but too often the person who makes the best cutting remark wins the argument.

For example, Jerry Falwell said to Christiane Amanpour that Chelsea Clinton asked a soldier if there was anything he was afraid of, and the soldier said “Osama, Obama and your mama.” Funny, but wicked sophistry! All of a sudden the Democratic nominees for the Presidency are lumped with the #1 bad guy in Americans’ eyes, and from the hypothetical mouth of one of our troops, too. Falwell admitted just after telling the joke that he made it up; the fictitious interview between Ms. Clinton and the soldier never happened.

Falwell created an ad hominem attack wrapped in a non-sequitur comment. Instead of debating the qualifications of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, Falwell denigrated them with a one-liner. It’s funny, no doubt. I laughed at the time. It’s a gift men like Falwell, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney (hands down the best liar I have ever seen) had/ have for contorting and perverting the truth of the matter to benefit their own political ends.

We need to arm Americans with the brains to separate the wheat from the chaff in this age of instant messaging. This country needs to be provided a fork and a knife at chow time to slice the fat from the meat. We need to supply the people of this great country with nourishment for the mind and enlightenment for the soul, and help them do it for themselves by providing them the cutlery that is critical thinking skills.

Unfortunately, conservatives act as bullies by being the loudest person in the room and talking over others, so that by doing so they limit rational, logical and civil discourse.

Or, conservatives like Dick Cheney have no problem using a flat-out lie…

And here’s Bush lying…

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