Malarkey

The word that is the title for this post sums up most of Mitt Romney’s campaign for president of the US. And Vice President Joe Biden, if you didn’t notice, used the term in his debate with Ryan three times.

Vera H-C Chan writing for The Ticket explained the loaded message behind Biden’s use of ‘malarkey’.

Chan wrote, “‘Malarkey,’ as Merriam-Webster defines it, is ‘insincere or foolish talk.’ It’s a dismissive word to use, with avuncular overtones, and you’d use it to deem something as silliness, bunkum, hogwash—verging on nonsense, you (and a thesaurus) might even say.”

I read that many viewers of the debate turned to the Internet to discover what ‘malarkey’ meant, but I didn’t have to turn to the Internet thanks to my Irish heritage through my father. Lofthouse is a common name in England and Ireland—not Germany as many may think when first hearing my last name.

After the first use of ‘malarkey,’ Raddatz asked what ‘bunch of stuff’ meant and Biden replied, “We Irish call it malarkey.”

If you are interested, here is a link to a printed transcript of the debate.  Why look? Because it is easy to be distracted and miss details when watching TV or listening to radio. And if you don’t want to read it, I have embedded the video of the entire debate with this post so you may watch it as many times as you want to.  After all, the same issues (and ‘malarkey’) that were debated between Romney and President Obama were repeated between Biden and Ryan.

But what it is that Ryan claimed (repeating many of the same claims that Romney made in the first Presidential debate) during the only vice-presidential debate that is malarkey?

To discover that answer, I turned to Fact Check.org. Before I go on, I want to mention that the Republican Party has done a ‘bunch of stuff’ on Fact Check.org to cast doubts on the results they report.  When your political party, the GOP, lies more than the competition, it stands to reason that the results will skew against you and you will attempt to discredit the source.

However, if you click on the link and read the fact checking of the VP debate at Fact Check.org, scroll to the end and notice the sources used. Each source—I counted thirty-seven—has a link for anyone to back check what is reported on this site.  Unlike politicians, Fact Check.org hides nothing and attempts no ‘malarkey’.

Fact Check used such terms as exaggeration, not true, wrong and false to describe each example of ‘malarkey’. The Fact Check.org piece starts with a ‘Summary’, and then a much more detailed ‘Analysis’ of each example of ‘malarkey’ follows.

I do not want to copy and paste what Fact Check.org reported, but I will provide a comparative score from the Summary.

Ryan: wrong, wrong, not true, misquoted, not quite, false claim, off-base, collection of misstatements: not true; no, they haven’t; maybe—and a misleading claim.

Biden: exaggerated, misquoted Romney, and again misrepresented the findings of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

The high score reveals the most ‘malarkey’. Ryan’s score was ELEVEN (actually it is THIRTEEN as you shall see) and Biden’s score was THREE. If you divide three into THIRTEEN, we discover that the GOP’s Romney and Ryan used ‘malarkey’ 433 percent more than the Obama and Biden campaign did in this one debate.

In addition, there is a HUGE difference between Ryan’s USE OF WRONG (twice), NOT TRUE (twice), and a FALSE CLAIM in comparison to Biden’s use of ONE EXAGGERATION, ONE MISQUOTE and ONE MISREPRESENTED FACT.

I left out one of Ryan’s misleading claims of Hillary Clinton calling Assad “a different leader” and “a reformer”.  It is true that she did say this in an interview, but she was only reporting what a few congressmen had told her after a congressional visit to Syria to gather facts well before the civil war in Syria broke out. What Ryan did not report was that later Hillary made it clear that President Obama’s administration did not say or agree with what those few congressmen had reported—something Ryan left out of his misleading claim—another use of ‘malarkey’.

Then there is ‘malarkey’ that Fact Check.org did not mention.  In an attempt to paint President Obama weak on defense, and I’m sure conservatives will grab this “malarkey” and continue to use it, Ryan said, “If these cuts go through, our Navy will be the smallest—the smallest it has been since before World War I.”

Think about this fact being used to paint Obama weak on defense. In World War I, all military transport to Europe for troops, weapons and supplies was done mostly by the US Navy.

Who moves the most US troops, equipment and supplies today?

Answer: the US Air Force.  America is the only country in the world with the capability of moving armies in days to any spot on the planet—not in weeks or months—that is because of an air force that is 663% larger than Russia’s air force and 352% larger than China’s.

In addition, the United States has the largest Navy in the world with twelve aircraft carriers (with two more under construction—sixteen other naval ships are also under construction) and 3,700 operational naval aircraft.

Global Firepower.com lists 2,385 ships in the US Navy (counting ships held in reserve in case of a conventional global war).  But, how long has it been since the United States fought a war with another major naval power?

The answer to that question is easy: sixty-seven years—the end of World War II in 1945.

Russia, listed as the second most powerful nation militarily has 233 naval ships with only one aircraft carrier, and China, listed third, has 972 ships in her navy with one used, Russian aircraft carrier that is more than twenty-years old. In fact, there are ten countries with aircraft carriers in service—two countries have two and seven each have one carrier.

The US Air Force has 18,234 total aircraft, Russia has 2,749 and China 5,176 military aircraft. Need I say more about this example of Ryan’s use of malarkey?

See the Post about the First Presidential Debate and/or the one Two Days after that Debate

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Two days after the first 2012 Presidential Debate

Two days after the debate, a report says the jobless rate dropped to 7.8%, the lowest since 2009. This matches the rate when Obama took office. The number of unemployed in America is now 12.1 million.

“An overall better-than-expected jobs report, consistent with most recent data that suggest the economy is gaining some momentum,” said Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, in a note to clients. “The sizeable drop in the unemployment rate could lift the president’s re-election chances following a post-debate dip.”

There are now 325,000 more jobs than when Obama took office.

In fact, Democrats do better at putting people to work than Republicans — twice as many per year.

“… year by year, at the net change in jobs, for every year since 1953 (Eisenhower’s first year in office). This was defined as January 31 to January 31, to best coincide with the presidential term. Overall, nearly 48 million jobs were created under 23 years of Democratic presidents (over 2 million per year; I excluded 2012) and nearly 35 million under 36 years of Republican presidents (just under 1 million per year).”

Source: Numerate Choir.com—Job Creation Stats under Republicans and Democrats


In the last eighty years there have been five-major financial crises in the US and they all happened with a Republican president in the White House,” says Bob Deitrick, co-author of Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box.

What about the rich getting richer? Who does a better job at boosting the wealth of the top one percent?

A. Democrats

B. Republicans

Rolling Stone Magazine offers the answer:

Today’s Republican Party may revere Reagan as the patron saint of low taxation. But the party of Reagan – which understood that higher taxes on the rich are sometimes required to cure ruinous deficits – is dead and gone. Instead, the modern GOP has undergone a radical transformation, reorganizing itself around a grotesque proposition: that the wealthy should grow wealthier still, whatever the consequences for the rest of us.

Modern-day Republicans have become, quite simply, the Party of the One Percent – the Party of the Rich.

Since Republicans rededicated themselves to slashing taxes for the wealthy in 1997, the average annual income of the 400 richest Americans has more than tripled, to $345 million – while their share of the tax burden has plunged by 40 percent. Today, a billionaire in the top 400 pays less than 17 percent of his income in taxes – five percentage points less than a bus driver earning $26,000 a year. “Most Americans got none of the growth of the preceding dozen years,” says Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist. “All the gains went to the top percentage points.” Read more: Rolling Stone.com

Read more: First 2012 Presidential Debate

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Conservative Red versus Liberal Blue – a new way to see politics in America

Tired of the usual political lies and mudslinging, I decided to come up with another method to compare and contrast conservative Republicans with liberal Democrats—a method so different that no one had used it before and it could not be twisted by the usual, expected lies designed to confuse and mislead voters.

When most Americans think of conservatives, they see people that are anti gay, anti abortion, supporting lower taxes for the rich and less government in addition to the right to own a weapon such as assault rifles and automatic pistols.

For liberals, thanks to conservative talk-radio shows such as Limbaugh and Beck, many Americans see Democrats as evil liberals that will take away America’s cherished freedoms while supporting a woman’s right to an abortion (seen as murder by radical conservatives); will support laws that severely restrict the sale of weapons, worship the environment in place of God and for the most part believes global warming is caused by carbon emissions—something some conservatives deny with poisonous passion.

When I started researching this topic, I had no idea what the results would be. In addition, I focused on facts gathered from sources with no political agendas. If you conclude that I am biased, think again. The definition of bias says, “Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.”

However, I am opinionated, which means: “A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.”

In this post, you will discover that my opinion was formed from the facts that I gathered and if a bias is detected in my opinion, it came through that research.

Instead of the usual hot-button political issues, I turned to obesity, most racist, most corrupt, most violent, least violent and a ranking of the smartest states.

Then I used the facts from several reports/studies on these five topics to compare Red (conservative) to Blue (liberal) states as determined by compiling the average margins of victory in the five presidential elections between 1992 and 2008. Source: Red states and blue states – Wiki

In my opinion, the results of this study from facts gathered from sources without any political agenda may surprise you and change your perception of how average conservative and liberal voters think and what they believe. When you judge someone, do not judge them from what they say but what they do: lifestyle choices. For example, an alcoholic or drug addict may deny that he is not one when his habits and behavior prove otherwise.

OBESITY:

The Huffington Post published an obesity index ranking all fifty states. Of the first twenty-five states with the least number of obese people, sixteen (64%) were liberal Blue States and seven (28%) were Red (GOP). Of the twenty-five most obese states, fifteen (60%) voted conservative Red (GOP) and five (20%) went liberal Blue.

MOST racist states in America:

Top Ten.com listed the most racist states in America. Eight (80%) of these states voted conservative (GOP) in the last five Presidential elections, and two were considered battle-ground states.  None of the states on this list cast a majority vote for a Blue-state candidate (so-called liberal Democrats).

MOST Politically Corrupt states in America:

Information on the eight most politically corrupt states in America came from two sources: Fox Business.com (a known conservative media corporation) and iLook China.net.

Seven (87.5%) of the eight-most politically corrupt states in America voted Red and one (12.5%) went liberal Blue.

MOST violent states in America:

The Huffington Post listed the ten most violent states in America. Number 10, Maryland, was the only Blue state (10%). Two (Nevada and Florida) are considered battleground states in the 2012 Presidential election, and seven (70%) of the top ten most violent states voted RED (conservative).

LEAST violent states in America:

I turned to Bossip.com to find the 10 least violent states in America and discovered two (20%), Utah (#5) and North Dakota (#6) voted Red. The other eight (80%) went liberal Blue.

SMARTEST State Award in America:

The results of the 2006 Smartest State Award (based on 21 factors from Morgan Quitno.com – click to see those factors) of the top-ten states was: eight (80%) voted liberal Blue and two (20%) went with conservative Red.

1, Wyoming (Blue)

2. Massachusetts (Blue)

3. Connecticut (Blue)

4. New Jersey (Blue)

5. Main (Blue)

6. Virginia (Red – GOP)

7. Montana (Red – GOP)

8. Wisconsin (Blue)

9. Iowa (Blue)

10. Pennsylvania (Blue)

In conclusion: After this report, I may think of the average conservative Republican voter as fat/obese and/or a racist and/or politically and morally corrupt, and/or an Evangelical Fundamentalist Christian, violent and not very smart, while the average liberal Democratic voter is more into healthy living and/or is peace loving and highly educated—in fact, more of a free thinker instead of a Rush Limbaugh ditto head (Note: I once listened to Limbaugh, and during those years, he called his fans ditto heads. He also said he would do their thinking for them.)

Abraham Lincoln—a Republican and the 16th President of the United States (1861 – 1865)—is credited to have said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

It’s ironic that this quote—”You can fool some of the people all of the time”—describes the average Republican voter of today.

Note:  The word average, as used in this post, means applying the concept of an average to find a value about which recent data is in some way clustered.

– UPDATE added on August 24, 2012 –

EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS:

Thanks to a conversation sparked by Devin Barber, who writes Left of the Right at Gather, I’m adding this update as more evidence to help define the average Republican voter in America. It’s rather long but sometimes the shortest comment from an Internet Troll, in this case going by the name of Dan E, requires a lengthy response loaded with facts.

“The platform committee for next week’s Republican National Convention today approved a strict anti-abortion plank that prompted a rebuke from Senator Scott Brown as GOP candidates try to contain fallout from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comment about rape …” Source: Boston.com – August 21, 2012

Why does the Republican Party (GOP) run on a strict anti-abortion platform?

To discover the answer to this question, we need to look closely at the states that have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Six reasons have been given for opposing the ERA, but I will only mention one: The ERA would put abortion rights into the U.S. Constitution and make abortion funding a new constitutional right. Source: Arkansas Republican Assembly (ARRA)

The GOP must have a strong platform against abortion or  risk losing its largest block of voters.

Evangelicals have been recognized as pivotal players in the American political landscape at least since the election of President Jimmy Carter. As a vital component of the values voter bloc, along with conservative Roman Catholics, they are even credited with making the crucial difference in the 2004 presidential race. Source: US News.com

In addition, “One study found that 40 percent of the total vote for Bush in 2000 came from Christian Evangelicals, making it the largest single voting bloc in the Republican Party. …

“The most exclusionary and antidemocratic members of the Christian Right are often members of Christian political action groups such as Concerned Women for America. These are groups that regularly spread alarmist and frequently inaccurate claims about liberals, radicals, gays, and feminists. The more frequently a self-identified Evangelical/Born-Again person attends church functions, and the more conservative the theological doctrine and social beliefs they follow, the more likely they are to vote Republican. This especially stands out on the issue of abortion, with 73 percent of Evangelical Bush voters responding that abortion should be illegal in all cases, compared to only 23 percent of Evangelical Gore voters.

“While attacks on civil liberties can come from any direction, the political and Christian Right use skillful marketing that exploits the public’s desire for quick solutions and capitalizes on today’s hectic information flow. With clever slogans that oversimplify complex public policy issues, the Right routinely scapegoats others in pursuit of their agenda.” Source: PRA: Political Research Associates

The twenty states that have not ratified ERA are:

1. Arkansas: In 2008:
Democratic Governor
Democrats control both houses of the legislature
51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

2. Alabama:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

3. Arizona:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Democratic candidate carried the state in all four of the most recent elections

4. Florida:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate each carried the state in two of the four most recent elections

5. Georgia
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

6. Illinois:
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– Democratic Governor
– 11-20% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Democratic candidate carried the state in all four of the most recent elections

7. Louisiana:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

8. Mississippi:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

9. Missouri:
– Democratic Governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 31-40% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The  Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

10. Nevada:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 11-20% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate each carried the state in two of the four most recent elections

11. North Carolina:
– Democratic Governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

12 . South Carolina:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

13. Oklahoma:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

14.Utah:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 6-10% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 61-70% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states), and the Mormon Church opposes abortion. About 61% of the state’s population are members of The Church of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Utah has the highest birth rate in the US.
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

In a setback for the ERA, five states have since rescinded their ratifications thereby requiring ratification by eight more states.

15. Virginia:
– GOP governor
– one chamber of the legislature controlled by the Democratic Party and the other one controlled by the GOP
– 31-40% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

16.Nebraska:
Note: It is unique in that it is the only American state legislature that is unicameral. Unicameralism is the practice of having only one legislative or parliamentary chamber.– – — GOP governor
– Membership of state legislature by party affiliation (GOP 34 – Democratic Party 15)
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

17. Tennessee:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

18. Idaho:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

19. Kentucky:
– Democratic Governor
– one chamber of the legislature controlled by the Democratic Party and the other one controlled by the GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

20. South Dakota:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

One of several sources used to gather this information for each state: Pew Forum.org

In fact, “The notion of compromise is alien to the radical religious right, because from their point of view either a belief comes from God, and is therefore absolutely and eternally true, or it comes from the secular world and ultimately from Satan, and is therefore utterly false, no matter how reasonable it may seem.

“For their part, the Republicans in the United States have been happy to see their party energized by the fervor and commitment that religious right true believers can bring to the political process. Since the late 1970s the religious right has steadily transformed the Republican Party from a basically secular, conservative, civic-minded party to become the public face of legitimacy for the otherwise alien values of the radical religious right.

“For almost three decades the leaders of Christian fundamentalist groups have increasingly radicalized their followers by using certain explosively emotive issues. Principal among those has been the legality of abortion, which they consider to be the murder of unborn children.” Source: Sklatch.net

Note: Where you find Democratic majorities in states where voters mostly vote for GOP presidential candidates and there is a high percentage of Evangelical Christians living in that state, the odds are that you will find Blue Dog Democrats representing the values of those same people. Blue Dogs are conservative Democrats that do not support abortion, gay marriages or gun control. Arizona has the only state chapter of Blue Dog Democrats.

Conclusion: Fifteen of the twenty states that have not ratified the ERA are controlled by the GOP, while only one of the twenty is controlled by the Democratic Party.  Four of the states may be  considered swing states.

To arrive at this conclusion, I gave each state four points:

1. One point for the governor

2. One point for the legislature (if the state legislature was split, one-half point went to each party)

3. One point for Evangelical Christians (This point counts only if 31% or more of the state population are Evangelical Christians)

4. One point for Presidential elections (if the state split between Democrats and the GOP, each party received one-half point)

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I tested the selection process and discovered that the results depend on how you answer the questions.

For example, abortion: When I selected pro-choice, the candidates were Gary Johnson, a Libertarian Republican; Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Jill Stein of the Green Party.

Then I switched my vote to pro-life, and my choices were Virgil Good of the American Constitution Party, and Ron Paul/Mitt Romney of the Republican Party.

The issues covered were: abortion, Afghanistan, budget, economy, education, energy, environment, guns, health care, immigration, marriage, national security and social security. Click on each issue and find out your best choices and keep score to see who you should vote for.

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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