To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, June 16, 2024


Grandiosely Opaque Pontificators



Asked if GOP obstructionism was enough to inspire voters, Rep. Pete King, R-NY, responded:

“It’s a combination of being against what Obama is for, and also giving certain specifics of what we are for. Having said that, I don’t think we have to lay out a complete agenda, from top to bottom, because then you would have the national mainstream media jumping on every point and trying to make that a campaign issue.”


“I am a strict obstructionist. I am against everything you are for and everything I can think of that you might be thinking about being for. I just don’t like anything at all about you, even the hypothetical. I don’t have to tell you much about what I am for because if I do someone in the media might ask me to explain why I am for it. What I am for is definitely not to be construed as a campaign issue or a plank in any platform, so to speak. We don’t have a platform, we don’t want a platform; we just want to tear down your platform.”

Grandiosely Opaque Pontificators is my new name for them.

Every GOP primary candidate in Oklahoma is a strict obstructionist, according to their ads, except Mary Fallin’s and we have seen her obstructionism for years. In her re-election campaign as lieutenant governor she promised jobs and we are still waiting.

When the Grandiose-est of the Grandiosely Opaque Pontificators get to semi-specifics they become Generally Obtuse [lacking in sharpness or quickness of intellect] Puppets of Wall Street.

Take Bonehead Boehner:

“I think a moratorium on new federal regulations is a great idea. It gives a wonderful signal to the private sector and some breathing room. And I think there is probably a way to do this with an exemption for those emergency regulations that may be needed for a particular agency or another. If the American people knew there was going to be a moratorium in effect for a year, that the federal government wasn’t going to issue thousands of more regulations it would give them some breathing room.”


“I am not speaking to the ‘American people;’ I am speaking to the ‘private sector’ which is a totally different animal. I still believe that after the savings and loan disaster in the 1980s, ENRON, the Exxon Valdez, the 2008 near complete destruction of the economy, Madoff, Abramoff and the Deepwater Horizon, I think we should just let ‘corporate America’ handle it regulation-free, unless something of Titanic proportions happens. What you are forced to breathe, in that “breathing room,” is irrelevant. Ask them on the Gulf Coast. So far, there has been a kind of ‘don’t do this anymore’ list for the banks and financial institutions and I want to make sure there are absolutely no restrictions on the oil industry whatsoever. I want to nip oversight in the bud. No moratoriums on them, only moratoriums on safety and sanity.”

If you say it is unsinkable then you don’t need lifeboats or big heavy cap thingies that you finally decide to build after the other thingy has sunk and oil is going everywhere. It is called delusions of omnipotence. If you tell voters that you might get them cheaper gas, while you make billions, then they will let you do or refuse to do anything.

See the new GOP blockbuster or budget-buster, Ocean of Dreams: If We Say It, They Will Believe It, Let Us Do It, Regardless of How Stupid it Sounds.

The GOP chair even thinks Afghanistan is a war of Obama’s choosing. He chose it while he was still in Illinois.

I think the GOP believes there is never a need for a Plan B or Disaster Control because they are under the impression that their God is always on the side of wealth and power.

“The Least of These” are fed up – or should be.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
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