The Two Faces of Dick Armey
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"Separation between Church and State." Who coined the Phrase?
Give up? Answer: Thomas Jefferson - one of the founding
fathers of this geat Nation and a creator of the U.S. Constitution and the
First Amendment to that same Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter to the Dansbury Baptist
Convention, referring to the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
In it he said:
We will leave it up to the reader to determine whether Dick Armey has made serious errors in in judgment. Dick has supported a Conservative Far Right Christian position especially when it comes to Church and State issues. It is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment may be in danger from his past and future actions.
Dick Armey's office stated that his position is that Certain Religions aren't "Real" religions. What is a real religion, Mr. Armey? What you have been practicing? He says on the one hand that only certain Christian denominations are valid. Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known." This is a summary of information collected from several sources about Dick Armey.
(Remember it is best to investigate on your own when looking at allegations about anyone. Don't believe us, think for yourself and investigate for yourself! And remember, the First Amendment Coalition and Religious Freedom Coalition of the South East do not represent any political party nor do we recommend any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the political process.)
DICK ARMEY - MASTER SCAREMONGER
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines scaremonger as, "one inclined to raise or excite alarms especially needlessly." It's an excellent definition, but for anyone struggling to understand it at the gut level, I'd suggest trying to visualize the face of Former Representative Dick Armey. Many people already knew this, but I didn't realize just how true this is until I saw the fearless leader of Freedom Works on Meet The Press yesterday.
I cannot recommend watching his shockingly inflammatory "performance," but I also would be remiss not to recount ten great scaremongering tricks that he displayed. Truly, I don't think that I've seems such virtuosity since Dick Cheney was responsible for defending our civil liberties.
1. Distract - Blame the bad behavior on the left. Apparently, moveon.org ran a 2003 ad, which compares the Iraq invasion to Nazi war crimes. That's in bad taste, and totally irrelevant.
2. Diminish - Downplay the bad behavior. "There are always colorful people that show up with town hall meetings, a lot of people with a lot of colorful statements." We're not talking about your weird uncle coming to the holiday party in high-water pants. We're talking about people screaming and chanting anything and everything from rude questions to the Pledge of Allegiance to prevent any substantive dialog from occurring.
3. Deny - According to Armey, Freedom Works, "...encourage them [colorful people] to go and make their points clearly, assertively and with good manner." This does not exactly jibe with a Washington Post article that quotes him on the Freedom Works website as saying, "If you are going to go ugly, go ugly early."
4. Reveal - He characterizes a single-payer option as, "...the largest hostile government takeover in the history of the country..." What's worse is that, "...somebody in a bureaucracy with a degree in sociology..." could be in the position to deny you healthcare. Today, of course, an insurance industry bureaucrat who has no degree is already doing the same thing.
5. Involve God - Armey was sure to relate the fact that he and his Minister have discussed Medicare, and the right to withdraw from it. This way, we know that he goes to church and that his religious leader shares his fear of liberals.
6. Wear the Flag - Armey proudly declaims, "...freedom, the right to buy your own insurance..." Really?
7. Praise Capitalism - There are, after all, 1,300 insurance companies; if only government would get out of their way, they would make everything all better. To hear such talk, you would never think that the status quo is a problem. And didn't we just learn out that too little government involvement can be just as bad too much?
8. Act Grassroots - Armey extols the "...enormously impressive grassroot[s] uprising across the country..." while failing to mention that, "...major financial [Freedom Works] backers have included MetLife, Philip Morris and foundations controlled by the archconservative Scaife family, according to tax filings and other records." That last bit is courtesy of the aforementioned Washington Post article.
9. Demonize - Check out the Freedom Works web site, where you will be greeted by the least flattering photo of Nancy Pelosi ever taken, the word "unconstitutional" and the reminder that "Health Care Is Not A Right." (That whole life, liberty and pursuit of happiness thing apparently does not apply to health.)
10. Yell - When all else fails, use volume to drown out your opponents.
What's sad is not that Dick Armey would resort to all of this; he's just a politician, turned lobbyist, who misses the limelight. Sad is that these scaremongering tactics are so effective. They make it easy to forget that we rank #37 in world health, a statistic that tends to whitewash the avoidable human suffering it symbolizes.
Has Dick Armey Apologized Yet for Being a Pig to Joan Walsh?
Excerpts from article by Steve Kettmann on the huffingtonpost.com posted January 30, 2009
I've met Dick Armey before and chatted amiably enough with him in some Washington green room or on the way in or out. Then again, I'm a white male with some gray hair and I wasn't showing the Great Man the extreme discourtesy of daring to argue substantively with him.
That's what Joan Walsh did in an instantly infamous segment on Hardball with Chris Matthews earlier this week. She challenged Armey - in a crisp and controlled and on-point way - and Armey completely lost it, showing in one remarkable sequence just how accurate our worst assumptions about some of these old Republican hacks in Washington really are.
One, Dick Armey clearly has to make a sincere apology not only to Joan Walsh and Matthews, but to all women - that's how offensive his remarks to Joan were. Bob Herbert of the New York Times immediately called for an apology on the same Hardball show as Armey's offending remarks, bravely going out of his way to comment that his "sexist comments" were "out of line" - but where is the apology?
Two, Every booker for every cable talk show who is considering inviting Armey to appear should have to watch the entire Walsh-Armey segment over and over again for an hour before bringing the cynical old hack back.
Armey's comment was actually much worse than people seem to be noticing: What could he possibly mean by saying, "I am so damn glad that you could never be my wife, 'cause I surely wouldn't have to listen to that prattle from you every day.'"
Forget giving the man a break here. He veered in a very offensive direction on national TV and is enough of a veteran of the circuit to know just what he was doing - and just what he might be risking. So it's fair to ask: What did he mean by "'cause I surely wouldn't have to listen to that prattle from you ever day"?
My friend Sepp saw that and, immediately commented, "That means he wouldn't have to listen to that prattle because he'd be giving her the back of the hand."
What do you think, Huffington Post readers? What OTHER conclusion can one draw? He wouldn't have to listen to the "prattle" (ie, intelligent discussion which doesn't happen to agree with the pure B.S. Armey himself was spewing on the show) because ... why not, exactly?
Many make the same connection. One comment high up at the YouTube site for the clip of the exchange reads: "That bitch needs to get slap! GO DICK!!!"
Feel pretty proud of that, Leader? (Once powerful hangers-on like Armey like to have their titles used, forever ...)
Aren't we back to the same kind of ugly shock triggered by some of the weird comments made about Hillary Clinton during the primaries? Doesn't the reality of the undertone of sexism that came to the fore then mean that people like Dick Armey should be more careful, rather than more reckless, in letting their inner swinishness shine forth for the world?
Armey used his sexism as a weapon because he was cornered: He didn't like Joan talking about Republican "boot-licking" of Rush Limbaugh, because when you're down on your knees, gravel digging into your kneecaps as you lick every last square-inch of those boots, you kind of find it embarrassing to have people remind you that that's what you're doing.
For the whole segment, the teaser on the screen was, "Does Rush Rule the GOP?" Short answer: Obviously, at this point, he does. What great news for those of us hoping for ineffectual and self-defeating Republican opposition to Obama and Democratic efforts to move forward from the bad old days of serial gridlock and fake, cynical nonpartisanship (Joe Lieberman, with everything he does, Armey, talking about "income redistributionists" of both parties, as if he were Mr.-Chillin-Out-in-the-Middle, trying to bring everyone together.)
The Republicans are giving nobody any reason to take them seriously right now - and Armey's clip should be replayed over and over to make that point. This is who these people ARE.
To recap, here were the substantive arguments by Armey and Walsh.
Armey: "DON'T LET POLITICS DEFINE ANYTHING. POLITICS IS SILLY! IT'S INANE! And practitioners of politics are people to - take what amusements you can from them, but don't take them seriously."
So, taken at his word, if one translates those remarks, Armey was saying we shouldn't listen to a word he says because it's all just a game for him, and for the other complacent codgers in Washington who can't seem to grasp that the power equation has changed, because the people have spoken and voted for CHANGE.
Joan, sensibly, replied to Armey by making just that point:
"But this is serious business. The economy is a wreck and it's been wrecked by the Bush White House and by Republicans in Congress with a lot of Democratic help."
Armey, bizarrely, bleated, "Oh, give it a rest."
Joan: "President Obama has a mandate for change. Your people have stood in his way. They're standing in his way on Capitol Hill right now. And Rush Limbaugh is making ridiculous statements and Republicans are crawling to him and grovelling. That's the state of our economy and our world right now, Representative Armey, and it's sad."
And it was right THERE that Armey outed with his bizarre "wife" comment, after first laughing and generally carrying on as Joan was trying to speak, sounding more like a frat boy wanting to skip out of a boring poli sci lecture so he could tap the keg early.
Pressure must be brought to bear on Armey. Al Campanis was widely seen in baseball as a good man who had done much for African-Americans in the game when he had his famous Nightline meltdown, making the inexcusable remark about some players lacking the "necessities." Personally, I find Armey's remarks almost as offensive as what Campanis said - and I hope I'm speaking for many Huffington Post readers when I say: Please, spare us from having to hear this cynical old blowhard on any of these shows EVER AGAIN!
Former House Majority Leader Dick
Armey's intelligence has been roundly questioned. A high-school adviser
discouraged young Armey, who has been described as "the Republican
leadership's one-man brain trust," from even thinking about going to
college. Armey matriculated anyway and earned a D in "Philosophy of Life,"
which prepared him for a career as a professor of economics at a mediocre
Texas university. There a dean ruled that he didn't merit tenure. Armey
moved on to Congress.
If Armey were to apply his standard of shame fairly, he would be required to include fellow Republicans Dan Burton and Helen Chenoweth with the President, and actuallyif Armey were truly responsiblehe would require himself to "be so filled with shame" that he too would resign.
"documented conduct along the lines of the President's" was reported in the
May 4, 1995, Dallas Observer. Three women who had been students when Armey
was a professor at North Texas State University went on the record to
document Armey's "inappropriate" behavior. Susan Aileen White
(who earned a master's in economics from the institution), Anna Weniger (who
subsequently acted as an economist for the New Mexico legislature) and Anne
Marie Best (a future economics professor at Lamar University) all took
offense at Armey's inappropriate behavior toward female students. Weniger
left the university for several months, partly because of Armey's actions.