July 13, 2005

Congressmen: "Free market free for cons only!"

It is no longer safe for politically active liberals to do business in the United States. Rep. Tom Davis III (R-VA) and Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) "were quoted as suggesting that baseball could face retribution from the GOP-controlled Congress if a group linked to Soros is allowed to buy the Washington baseball team." (from Forward). This retribution would come in the form of Major League Baseball losing their anti-trust exemptions if they were to sell the Washington Nationals to a group in which Soros is a minority investor. Davis also took care to mention Soros' foreign birth and multinational holdings, suggesting that the Hungarian immigrant "wants to buy the world."

More evidence that the cons are hate-mongers:

1) The national director of the Anti-Defamation League has identified this rhetoric as mirroring that of anti-Semitism.

2) Davis has suggested that the team be sold to an investment group headed by Bush fund-raiser Fred Malek who, at the request of Richard Nixon, "...compiled a list of Jews who worked at the U.S (sic) Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Soros is no stranger to persecution from the right. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert stated the following: "You know, SorosÂ’s money, some of that is coming from overseas. It could be drug money." Rep. Hastert later admitted to having no evidence to support his claim.

The most damning quote (the one that makes it clear that this whole thing is politically motivated) is printed in the New Yorker this week via the Times:

"“We finally got a winning team,"” [Rep. Davis] elaborated in a chat with the Times. "“Now theyÂ’re going to hand it over to a convicted felon who wants to legalize drugs and who lives in New York and spent five million dollars trying to defeat the President?"

So this is the FreedomTM that G.W.B. speaks of? Cons, you truly are a bunch of fascists.

11 comments:

  1. Silly post. Certainly the politically active liberals or dems are just as rich as the politically active conservatives or republicans. Without looking up stats, I'll bet you 5 bucks the dems in the house and senate can buy and sell the republicans there. 'Course, I better make that 'on average', since the Dem headcount keeps declining...

    Now your trying to turn plain old garden variety political prejudice and competition into some sort of racial prejudice or hatred.

    Is George Soros a Jew? Who knew? Who cares?

    If he gives away $25 million to TRY to put a democrat in office, what more have I gotta know?

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  2. "Without looking up stats"

    Jesus Christ, bill, do you ever do any research into things yourself? You constantly say things like this and counter with arguments for which you have absolutely no evidence or data. Then when I respond with long articles and studies refuting you, you either don't comment or comment in such a way as to suggest you haven't bothered to read them.

    This strikes me as your fundamental problem, and the root of why you are so easily manipulated by power.

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  3. Now your trying to turn plain old garden variety political prejudice and competition into some sort of racial prejudice or hatred.

    Is George Soros a Jew? Who knew? Who cares?


    Actually, I don't know whether Soros is a Jew or not. The point was that the rhetoric that his detractors were using conjures the tropes and memes of anti-Semitism: he's foreign, he wants to buy the world, etc. I'm not trying to call this ethnic prejudice, only to conduct an examination of the way in which these bigots (because they certainly have displayed xenophobic attitudes) operate.

    The primary issue, which you seem to so easily cast off, is the "plain old garden variety political prejudice." Two elected representatives are threatening reprisal against an industry (in the form of more regulation) if that industry allows their political enemy to purchase something in the free market. This is absurd. The Republicans always talk about economic freedom and call Democrats socialists and things like that. This situation is one of extreme hypocrisy. It won't be long before you have to be a member of the Party to invest in any large holding. Do you, Bill, think that it's okay to exclude individuals from the market based on their political beliefs?

    ...what more have I gotta know?

    Pending a response, I'll take that as a yes. Republicans are the new Communists.

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  4. OK, OK. Other than your usual broad brush hyperbole about cons = hate-mongers, fascists, communists, etc., I understand your point. I was totally thrown by the ethnic angle. After reading the Jenkins piece in the WaPo and your response George, I don't disagree that Davis and Sweeney were guilty of heavy handed hype and it's totally wrong. While I don't believe their thinking would have carried the day in any sort of legislative action, even among Republicans, I agree political beliefs shouldn't enter economic matters unless national security is somehow a factor.

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  5. Jesus Christ, chris, all I was saying was that I was willing to bet, sight unseen, $5 on that issue, and do the research later [if I had a taker] to determine who the winner was.

    You still have your thong in a knot about the BBC trash talk don't you. Why don't you respond to my responce?

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  6. I agree political beliefs shouldn't enter economic matters unless national security is somehow a factor.

    Exactly. The only thing that I was trying to point out was two legislators misbehaving.

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  7. David Lee9:49 PM

    George, you bitterly state "Republicans are the new Communists." Yet you were only trying to point out, "two legislators misbehaving." Going by this, the comments of two legislators can represent the actions of a whole party and can ellict a broad, degrading generalization. Should I dig into my quote book and bring out the stupid shit democrats have said over the years and state, "Democrats are all morons?" Not trying to rustle your feathers but keep your broad comments to a minimum because there are some level-headed republicans.

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  8. David, I was speaking hyperbolically to point out the hypocrisy of these two Senators whose party claims such to value the free market so highly. And yes, this is only two Congressmen. If their party didn't already have such commanding majorities and control in Washington, however, they wouldn't be stepping into this realm. Republicans power has gotten to the point where they going after targets on the left that were previously safe: PBS, academia, basic economic freedoms, etc.

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  9. David Lee11:06 PM

    Yes, a free market should allow someone with the resources, as Soros does, to purchase a stake in a mlb franchise. i also do see the hypocrisy in the legislators' comments in lieu of the republican stance placing great value in the free market. regardless, i think you are failing to grasp the nature of politics in this issue and misunderstanding the means as the end. It is my belief that these comments were not fueled out of anomousity toward Soros as a foreign investor or a jew but merely as a supporter of the opposing party. I agree they can be construed as facist or that of hate-mongers and I know that the truth only lies within the speakers themselves but there is no need to stretch the truth on comments relating to already exaggerated pompous comments by a pair of misinformed congressmen. i don't want to get into much history but america is built on the blood, sweat and money of foreigners. i don't think the republicans have forgotten that. the democratics are licking their wounds now but when they are in this position, which i believe will be soon, they will be licking their chops looking for revenge and i will be doing that same thing you are: looking for anyway to deface the party in power.

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  10. It is my belief that these comments were not fueled out of anomousity toward Soros as a foreign investor or a jew but merely as a supporter of the opposing party.

    I agree. This point is based on a misunderstanding of my post. I specified that their rhetoric came across as xenophobic. Conservative critics have specifically mentioned that Soros is a foreigner to the press. I don't even think Soros is Jewish. See my comment above where I discuss their repetition of anti-Semetic tropes and memes. The Republican Party has certainly changed its face on immigration. This is probably the issue on which Bush is the most progressive. The literature major in me, however, will never fail to point out when language is betraying a tendency contrary to policy.

    the democratics are licking their wounds now but when they are in this position, which i believe will be soon, they will be licking their chops looking for revenge and i will be doing that same thing you are: looking for anyway to deface the party in power.

    God I hope so.

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  11. David Lee6:56 PM

    "The Republican Party has certainly changed its face on immigration...The literature major in me, however, will never fail to point out when language is betraying a tendency contrary to policy"

    First, wouldn't you change immigration policy if you were attacked the way we were and our social infastructure was in its current state?

    Second, pretty funny statement considering your last presidential candidate.

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