Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Broken Clock Known As Bill O'Reilly

Recently, Poop-ulist Bill O'Reilly had this to say on the O'Reilly Factor:

"From the beginning I have supported the Tea Party because I believe it empowers individual Americans, which is always a good thing. Also, the Tea Party wants fiscal responsibility and a smaller federal government. Again, those are good things as well.
But now the Tea Party has come to a crossroads. Some of its members simply do not want to raise the debt ceiling, and that could be catastrophic. Thursday, Standard and Poor's met with Republicans in the House to tell them there is a 50/50 chance America's Triple A bond rating will be cut if no debt compromise is reached.
The goal of any legislation should be to strengthen the country. And there is a way to raise the national debt ceiling while at the same time drastically cutting federal spending and reforming the unfair tax code. If America starts to spend responsibly the national debt will come down and there will be no need to ever raise the debt ceiling again.
So the Tea Party people should reassess the issue. I mean, when you have a senator like Tom Coburn, a very staunch conservative and fiscal hawk, when you have him willing to compromise, you have to take notice. In addition, the Tea Party should be looking out for itself.
Remember, the Yippie Movement in the 1960's. At one point it had some power and influence, but it blew up because it was fanatical. And Americans turned away.
Right now, 19 percent of registered voters consider themselves part of the Tea Party Movement, according to a Fox News survey. That includes 25 percent Republicans, 13 percent independents and six percent Democrats. But 19 percent is not enough to carry the day on anything. And if the Tea Party is perceived by most Americans as being unreasonable, it will not grow any larger.
In fact, if a compromise on the debt is not reached, and the economy gets even worse, the Tea Party will be blamed. At this point in history the Tea Party could become a tremendous force for good in the country. But it could also evaporate.
Most Americans do not like extremism in politics. We need a sane compromise and tough economic reform in this country. I hope the Tea Party will be a part of it.
And that's 'The Memo.' "

A broken clock is right twice a day.
Bill O'Reilly of Fox News proves that on a nightly basis.
Sometimes, O'Reilly is ridiculously on point with some of the best journalism and commentary you'll see on TV. (Who could possibly forget how O'Reilly blasted Barney Fwank for his role in the 2008 Financial Meltdown ?) However, there are times, like the "Talking Points Memo" above, O'Reilly makes himself look like a fill-in host on MSNBC.
The above "Talking Points Memo" is an example of not thinking through and just bloviating to hear yourself bloviate. The Tea Party isn't being "extreme" about its refusal to allow the debt ceiling to be raised. It's the most common sense approach. The Tea Party is the lone adult sitting at the kid's table at Aunt Hilda's Passover dinner. While everyone at the table is flicking matzoh (this would be the Ignorant Left saying that that the Republicans want to off Granny) at each other while pretending that they're drinking real wine (this would be RINOs like Mitch McConman and Tom Coburn throwing Chairman Obama lifelines), the lone adult at the table is trying keep a semblance of order. (Call me crazy and off my meds, but I don't think allowing a socialist president with a serious spending problem to borrow more money from Red China when you're trillions of dollars in debt is a hot idea.)
It's pretty obvious that Bill O'Reilly doesn't know the difference between a Tupperware party and a Tea Party. The Tea Party can't be measured by polls. There is no one organization that speaks for it. There is no leader. It is the manifestation of decades of anger at a bloated, rogue federal "government" that is becoming more and more fascist by the second. As O'Reilly himself pointed out, not everyone in the Tea Party is a Republican. Not everyone is a Conservative. Some are Democrats who decided not to jump into Lake Commie with Chairman Obama. Some are liberals who feel Obama betrayed or disappointed them. Some are libertarians who couldn't give a hoot about social Conservatism. Some want Socialist Security to be gone, some want to protect it. The point is this: You can't be "extreme" if you don't have a set ideology and you're a cross section of the political, ethnic, and socioeconomic spectrum. (In non-pseudo intellectual pointy-head talk, this means you're the majority.)
When the clock strikes thirteen at the Nobama Cave, odds are the O'Reilly Factor will be on. Like I said earlier, when O'Reilly is on top of his game, he can't be beat. Whether it stays on past the "Talking Point Memo" will be up to O'Reilly.

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