Thursday, February 07, 2013

Elephants in Sheep's Clothing


"Political courage is not political suicide."

 -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Meanwhile back at the implosion....

The fear and desperation is palpable this week, particularly in the faces of Karl Rove and Eric Cantor. No doubt about it: The Frankenstein Monster that the GOP has so gleefully cultivated in recent decades has turned on them; the people of the village are heading for the laboratory of the two mad scientists armed with pitchforks and torches - and they're out for blood, baby! Doctors Rove and Cantor are frantically trying to tame a monster that refuses to be subdued. The castle that houses their lab is crumbling all around them. That "morning in America" has morphed into a long dark night of insanity and despair. The chickens have come home to roost - and they're armed and dangerous. The "party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt" has lost its mind. The hinges are coming off the doors. The horses are bolting the stable in terror. Their world is shattered. Life is beautiful.

They're wondering how this catastrophe could have possibly happened; how everything could have gone so dreadfully wrong. Is there any way to undo this electoral thunderclap? They tried all the devious devices at their disposal in the last election. Suppressing the vote didn't work. Their unlimited campaign coffers weren't of much help. Their fake polls and propaganda proved utterly worthless. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE???

If you take a good look at history it's fairly easy to see why this is happening. In fact, it was almost inevitable. The seeds of self-destruction for the Republicans can be traced all the way back to the mid nineteen-sixties. When President Johnson brought the Civil and Voting Rights Acts into being - laws specifically designed to protect and uphold the elemental rights of KNEE-GROWS in American society - the racist "Dixiecrats", who had been an albatross around the neck of the Democrats since their inception in the early nineteenth century, went positively apoplectic in rage and disgust. In less than a decade they were gone, fleeing into the welcome and loving arms of the GOP.

In the ensuing years they managed to (somewhat) tone down the racism. Oh, it was still there alright; always bubbling just beneath the surface of their rancid stew. They merely were able to camouflage the hatred with clever, symbolic gestures - such as when Ronald Reagan launched his 1980 campaign for the presidency from Philadelphia. And I'm not referring to the City of Brotherly Love in Pennsylvania. I'm referring to Philadelphia, Mississippi, an unremarkable little stain on the map that was famous for one event only: the brutal slayings there of three civil rights workers in the summer of 1964. It was Ronnie's slick little way of letting the nice folks in dear old Dixie know that Jim Crow would be given the red carper treatment in his White House. The message was about as subtle as a fiery cross - and it worked better than anyone anticipated. A generation later, many of der Gipper's ideological heirs are attempting to repeal the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as "unconstitutional". Ain't that a knee-slapper?

Had LBJ been unsuccessful in making civil and voting rights possible, there is little doubt that Barack Obama's career as a politician would have ended in Chicago. This very fact drives the right wing nuts. When Reagan campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, his main bone of contention against the administration  of Lyndon Johnson was "socialized medicine" (Medicare) and "states rights" (civil rights). Back then, the message of the right wing was a lot more subtle than it is today. Those were the days. my friend!

Fast forward a half-century later. In the early nineteen-hundreds, the first President Roosevelt coined the term "lunatic fringe". One-hundred years later the fringe has gone mainstream. As the old joke goes, "the lunatics have taken over the asylum". This is the dilemma that the movers and shakers inside the Weird Old Party find themselves in. It was demonstrated hilariously during last year's campaign. They know damned well that unless they moderate, George W. Bush will me remembered in history as "The Last Republican President" (the title of the first piece I ever wrote on this site). 

The problem is that their party has been taken over by intellectually deficient hotheads who should be fitted for straitjackets. That is why Eric Cantor is now attempting to sugarcoat the agenda. That is why Karl Rove is now trying desperately to keep the tea party loonies off the ballot. I don't think their scheme is going to work this time. Not only have the lunatics taken over the asylum, they're writing the freaking prescriptions.

Here is how out-of-touch with reality they have become: Ninety-nine percent of the American people are in favor of universal background checks for anyone who would attempt to purchase a handgun. And yet, inexplicably, right wing politicians (and that number includes a few Democrats) have chosen to side with the seven percent who would have you believe that the government  is within days of sending a squadron of predator drones into Anytown, USA. Medications please.

I don't envy Karl Rove and Eric Cantor. They're both walking on cracked eggshells these days and it's quite an amusing thing to watch. They have the tricky task of trying to make their extreme agenda appear more palatable to voters with IQ's above room temperature. That's the only course they have. They don't dare attempt to reposition their party even half-an-inch toward the center. Such a move would surely cause a massive freakout among the crazies, risking a third party uprising and dooming the Republican party in the process. Rove has been described by some as a "political genius". Hats off to him if he can slither his way out of this one.

Keep your eyes on the faces carved into Mount Rushmore. They were sculpted to last for several millennium but I'm not too sure about that. Don't be surprised if, any day now, the jaws on the images of Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln come crashing to the ground.

 Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

AFTERTHOUGHT: 

I have been called to task by a few readers of this site for not deleting some of the more rabid freaks who insist on posting their "thoughts" in the comments section. There are two reasons why I will not delete anyone. One of the reasons is that I am a First Amendment purest. "Give me as good as you've got". That's my motto. But the main reason for my "anything goes" attitude can be found in gems like the one below which was posted by some illiterate nitwit on the piece I wrote last week. I paste it here - word-for-word, with no editing:
 

"You are a piece of shit as well as your postings. You must be soo despite to post on CL rants your blog for yrs now. Drop dead you "want to be". What a loser you are. PIFF,..abtw how do you like obama care now? lmao, how do you like his gun law coming soon? lmao, how do you like his tax increase YOU are going to pay? lmao, how do you like him putting 11 mil wet backs in USA? lmao, how do you like him going after football now? lmao. I new if he was given enough rope he would tangle YOU in his net, LMFAO!!!!!!!!! and he has 4 more yrs to take everything YOU have, LMAAAAAAO!!!!!"

Priceless.


And regarding the three civil rights workers who were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi in the long-ago summer of 1964, shame on us should we ever forget their names:
 
Michael Schwerner, age twenty-four
James Chaney. age twenty-one 
Andrew Goodman, age twenty


"They died so their brothers could be free."

-Paul Simon

SUGGESTED READING:

The Presidents Club:
Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

This book was given to me on my birthday in August by my sister and Doctor-in-law Jack and Susanne Dermigny.  It's a page-turner.

42 Comments:

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Joanne Noragon said...

May you post long and prosper.

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Thank you, Joanne! Much appreciated!

Love and Peace,

Tom Degan

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

This GOP monster within should be entertaining.

All this means is the Republican leadership will need to resort to new lies. Lies that disguise their real intentions, like Cantor's, "The government can be good". Right. As long as they have a one party dictatorship.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger De_Bill said...

If they were smart, the GOP leadership could use their current crisis as an opportunity to isolate and expel the extremists by moving towards the center right and stop alienating the reasonably intelligent people in their party who have been forced to vote for Democratic candidates in the last 5 or 6 election cycles because they were horrified by the candidates their party nominated.

I doubt they're that smart.

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, no post about the DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT being ok with using Drones against American Citizens? No out cry, no marches in the streets, no chants of Obama lied Americans died?

More hypocrisy from the liberal, left wing progressives

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Anonymous, first page of a Google search shows the Guardian, NYT, MoJo, NPR. Heck, the Daily Show just had a segment on it last night.
But don't let that temper your enthusiasm. Perhaps if Obama is getting it from all sides it'll temper his.

 
At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AAAh poor baby, Obama cant take the heat?
Better question is, are you saying that Guardian, NYT MoJo ,NPR and the Daily show are really liberal and not middle of the road?

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

I've been told that they're liberal. And I've been told the Liberal Media is in the bag for Obama. And, logic be damned, these points are both true, simultaneously!

 
At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Harry from a Michigan Prison said...

Tom,

You still unemployed? claiming social security disability (oh, i would work but my back hurts)?

Thank god you are not in the public school system polluting our young with your equality of outcome, everyone is a victim, communal living vision!

 
At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody know when the Hope And Change is going to arrive? How many years will we have to wait?

 
At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...





"I've been told that they're liberal"

What a lie, ever one knows those news outlets are "mainstream", middle of the run news outlets. Except the Daily Show, that's a comedy show making fun of the news, not reporting the news.

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is starting to act like Nixon. When will the righteous left take to the streets in protest of this Criminal in Chief?

Standard & Poor's revealed Monday that it is set to face a lawsuit from the U.S. government over the its ratings of mortgage-related investments in the run-up to the financial crisis. Didn't Stand & Poor just lower the US govt bond ratings? Wonder if that's the reason for the investigation?

President Barack Obama’s new nonprofit Organizing for Action insists that promoting the White House’s legislative agenda can’t be counted as “partisan political activity.” I'm pretty sure the IRS will not be investigating OFA to find out if their claim is true. Wonder why?

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Anthony Spors said...

Yes, the lunatics took over the assylum, and that is because it is lunatics like the Koch brothers who are putting up all the money.

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It strikes me that what we've been seeing from Rove's GOP is the legitimization of the Birchers, that paranoid, militaristic, anti-social pathology that fueled McCarthy, but were neverthless once sent away to fruitlessly froth their paranoid fantasies at the edges of decent society. Of course racism was - and is - the most powerful motivator for their resurgence. But Schafley contributed when she and her ilk came forward to combat the evils of feminism. Then abortion became the enduring rally cry for fundamentalists lusting after worldly power via theocracy. Then Carl Rove united them in unholy dreadlock to harness their irrational energies to win public resources and taxpayer funds for the corporate oligarchy that owns the GOP. Then the Birchers evolved a new head through their progeny (Koch Brothers et al) and produced Ayn Rand idolatry and rationalizations for selfishness and faux individualism, pablum for children who never experienced want, suffer from arrested development of the normal human ability for empathy, and cannot comprehend that their efforts are channelled through those social/economic structures that enable their abilities to achieve "success." They actually believe they are King of their dunghills and nobody can force them to pay a dime, especially if it benefits somebody else or has no obvious and direct effect upon them (benefits that nonetheless they usually refuse to acknowledge).

Most importantly, they carry on the Birchers' deep hatred of the notion of interdependence, and of government as the people's chosen vehicle to structure the "common good". (In truth they do not acknowledge any good that does not enrich them, and their protestations that they desire "prosperity" for all is a lie.)

They, like their Bircher forefathers, hate and fear democracy virulently and use every means available to them to subvert, corrupt and destroy the legitimacy and effectiveness of democracy.

Then the (largely) mindless media began to repeat this nonsense as if it had no consequence or rebuttal. So crazy rants from the Randians & Teahatters became normative, as if the media believed their ratings depended upon echoing Faux.

I do not think is is a coincidence that the founders of John Birch produced offspring that are big players in promoting libertarian values & goals. It is not a coincidence that billionaire libertarian were nurtured with Bircher rhetoric and values.

While I am glad that Rove is getting his ass kicked - because amoral manipulators deserve to be ousted, and his political "success" was very, very bad for us all, but we will have no peace until the Bircher snake and all its manifestations are sent back to snap at us harmlessly from under their rock.

Sorry, I had to rant. Feel better now. Thank you.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the GOP's voter suppression didn't work.


[D]emocrat Melowese Richardson has been an official poll worker for the last quarter century and registered thousands of people to vote last year. She candidly admitted to Cincinnati’s Channel 9 this week that she voted twice in the last election.

Richardson insists she has done nothing wrong and promises to contest the charges: “I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.”

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

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At 3:31 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Anonymous "Looks like the GOP's voter suppression didn't work."
That kind of voting isn't what their voter suppression tactics targeted. Voter ID laws don't (can't!) catch someone who voted absentee then votes, with ID, in person, under their own name. That's what rolls watching and updating would catch (where her name would be marked "voted absentee" on her area's roll when the absentee ballot was counted), and where the poll updating failed.

And her second vote didn't count (tallies would show two votes under her name).

And she got caught (see above), or would have anyway had the news story not broken before the wheels of justice got moving.

And she joins others who raised red flags in being subpoenaed.

And even if they had gotten away with it ("Moo ha-ha!"), which she didn't, it's a vanishingly small percentage of the vote.

And, again, to "fight" this, the GOP (and "voting integrity" advocates like the insufferable John Fund) is angling to not only disenfranchise a far larger number of voters than it would catch doing this, but it would not even catch voters doing this. If that doesn't set off alarm bells in your head as to their real goal, I can't help you.

 
At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your post. Always wanted to know why southern democrats went to the Republican party. Can you recommend any readings about the history of the southern democrats defecting to the republican party? Thanks for the post. Good stuff.

 
At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"She candidly admitted to Cincinnati’s Channel 9".

She didn't get caught.
She knows with the Criminal in Chief in the White House, she has nothing to fear by now admitting her crime.

 
At 8:04 AM, Anonymous chuck morre said...

TOM,

Did you know that Chris Dorner holds the same positions as do you? That he is also a progressive?

WOW!

Now let's get back to blasting the conservatives in the GOP.

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blood thirsty Obama is out of control!

Where is Cindy Sheehan? Oh she only protests against the GOP is the answer. What a hypocritical bitch like most of the Obama ass kissing rose colored glass wearing progressives.

Did Obama’s Drone Strike Policy Kill an Innocent 16-Year-Old American Boy?
http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/150848/did_obamas_drone_strike_policy

 
At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SACRAMENTO (CBS13)
It’s hard to believe but there are those out there who sympathize with the man targeting police officers.

One Facebook page is proclaiming Dorner for president. “We propose electing a man who could no longer sit idly by and watch as malicious tyrants abuse the innocent.”

The description on “We Are All Chris Dorner” chillingly says, “Yes, this is war.”

Nearly 3,000 people like the page “I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner.”

CBS13 posted a simple question: Why? Why support a man wanted for at least three killings and the author of a murderous manifesto promising to target cops?

Damned Bush, GOP, and conservatives!! THEY NEED TO MODERATE, BECOME MORE LIKE US PEACE LOVING LEFT WINGERS!!
LIKE CHRIS DORNER

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Christopher Dorner,

I understand your feelings of hurt and pain. I make this plea to you to stop spreading the pain, the hurt, and the fear. Please stop. Don’t take any more lives.

Christopher, your mother is distraught and deeply concerned for your safety. There are many good and credible people in Los Angeles who will help you. Danny J. Bakewell Sr. (The Los Angeles Sentinel’s Executive Publisher/CEO) ,Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer and Rev. Charles Singleton are all individuals I know personally. I promise that they will gladly receive you.

I will do whatever I can do for you without hesitation. Please contact me through Danny Bakewell at the L.A. Sentinel.

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

P.S. To all those living in the area where Mr. Dorner was last seen. Please turn in your assault weapons and large capacity ammo magazines NOW! It's your fault he is killing people and running from the law. I'm sure he means you no harm, and the deaths he is accused of, well, it's corp greed and racism that really caused that!
P.S.S. If you don't turn in your guns, Brother AL and I will be on your main street with megaphones, screaming "No justice, no peace", etc.

 
At 10:26 PM, Anonymous James said...

Anonymous, I wish you would write a serious post for a change, you are not a good enough writer to make the sarcastic style work well for you. It is getting boring to read and you are bringing down the whole blog. Write in the first person about something you feel strongly about and you will get a better response.

 
At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James,

Every thing before the p.s. was a direct quote of the Rev Jessie L Jackson Sr.

Have you read what the killer supports? Sounds like the progressive manifesto. Now former Two and a half men star has offered his help. "Charlie Sheen Pleads With Ex-LAPD Fugitive: ‘Call Me, Let’s Figure Out How To End This Thing"

Can you imagine for once second if Palin had done what the Rev. Jessie L. Jackson Jr. did for a wanted conservative? Come on man, can't you see the double standard in this? It happens every day in the "neutral" media. Look how Romney was treated over the story of his family dog. Now look how Democrat Senator Menendez is being covered with his "interaction" with under age hookers. Quite a difference. Which one tells us more about the man?

Go further, look how corp greed is a liberal theme, then look into the spokeswhale for that theme, Michael Moore, and look at his wealth. Same with Gore and his scam of man caused global warming through the use of fossil fuels. Then he sells his low rated cable network to a member of OPEC for millions of dollars. What a hypocrite! Where is Toms post about that?

Tom tells us he has been unemployed for several months but he is still looking. Yet he has no problem traveling to FDR's grave, or to OWS in NYC. Wouldn't your think with the storm damage from the recent hurricane there would be plenty of clean up, light construction work to do for cash? And now with the snow storm, if someone who wanted to work for their living could be shoveling snow to make some cash. I'll give this to Tom, he doesn't whine about his current state of affairs. But still, how long can you be unemployed with Obama in the White House? Didn't we have our recovery summer in 2009?

Instead Tom blogs about how the GOP is awful and clowns like Dave Dubya with completely insane comments like "All this means is the Republican leadership will need to resort to new lies. Lies that disguise their real intentions, like Cantor's, "The government can be good". Right. As long as they have a one party dictatorship." Dave D who is a public union employee hired to watch over prison inmates, who claims they are the scum of the earth, but wants taxes raised on the victims of these inmates for his pay raise and his inmates rehabilitation

I don't post here to defend the GOP or conservatives, or even to try and change anyone's mind. I post to make the liberal readers aware of the continue hypocrisy and failure of the liberal position. The last honest liberals were H. H. Humphrey and Joan Baez. Liberals today cant hold a candle to either.

You think I'm kidding when I suggest that guns be turned in where Dorner was last seen? Think about what Biden suggested with his shotguns for defense statement and then look at the list of guns Feinstein wants banded. They included shotguns. And now Feinstein's constituents have a well trained, well armed, pro gun control liberal killer running around in their back yard, and where the f#ck is she!

Is that serious enough for you James? Is this in the first person enough for you James? Do you think anyone who is liberal is going to post, "oh ya, I see your point, that is crap of a position we are taking"? Now, what you will see are posts about racist conservatives and greedy conservatives ignoring exactly what you have asked from me.

 
At 3:10 AM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Anonymous "Can you imagine for once second if Palin had done what the Rev. Jessie L. Jackson Jr. did for a wanted conservative?"
Conan O'Brien ~ "And did you hear about this? Sarah Palin is in the news again for trying to talk a crazy person in to giving up. What she didn't know...[pause] (You know where this is going, Andy)...what she didn't know is that she was talking to her mirror. Aaaand we gotta great show tonight, folks..."

"...Think about what Biden suggested with his shotguns for defense statement and then look at the list of guns Feinstein wants banded. They included shotguns..."
Sure. "Franchi LAW–12/SPAS 12, all IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, Streetsweeper, Striker 12."
The LAW and Spaz are semi-auto, tube-fed shotguns (and out of production), the Saika's basically a shotgun AK47 (available from mild [for a magazine-fed, semi-auto shotgun based on an assault rifle] to Oh, my), and the Streetsweeper/Striker are...hold on for a second here, Anonymous, are you actually trying to defend the Streetsweeper and Striker? I don't swear all that often, but holy fuck man, you're out of your goddamn fucking mind.

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James..

RE: Modusoperandi's post

What did I tell you would happen?

Modusoperandi ignores the Biden statement regarding use of shotguns for home defense and instead focuses on types of shotguns he and Feinstein think you don't need for your home defense. Who are they to tell me what I should own or not own to defend my home?

Is Dorner (left wing extremist, pro gun control supporter) going to obey the shotgun limitations set forth by Biden, Feinstein and now Modusoperandi? Do the people in the area where Dorner was last seen think its a great idea? (My gut tells me Dorner has killed himself)

Has Modusoperandi ever posted some of the crazy out of your mind stupid statements Biden has made? NO. But he has zero problem sharing with us a JOKE about Palin, not a real comment but a JOKE. Next thing Modusoperandi will do is claim I don't have a sense of humor.

Has Modusoperandi even commented on the Jackson and Sheen statements?
Has Modusoperandi ever expressed his opinion about Droning of US citizens?
Has Modusoperandi ever commented on Operation Fast and Furious?
Has Modusoperandi ever posted, as you have requested of me, "a serious post", "about something (he) feel(s) strongly about"?

 
At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"“It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.”
But not quite?

Nancy Pelosi

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous liberals are frauds said...

From a poster on the NYT website. Respond to their statements.

"The USA is more and more the most brutal and inhumane Empire and this in spite of what the Founding Fathers had in mind when in great sacrifice gave birth this once great nation, a true Republic! Yes, one hears it often said by politicians that our nation is the land of law and order, right? Yes, laws wnhile due to lawlessness now there is another nation of more than 11 millions of illegals that basically just walked in and given work by so called true American patriots, in complete contravention to the existing laws that it is agaisnt the law to aid and abet illegals. Yes, and what about protectiong the borders, that are treated more and more like they never existed. Yes, while contrary to the hopes and dreams of the Founding Fathers our military are and have been circling the globe as was never done before! To prove what I just wrote: "Overgrown military establishement are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty". By George Washington. Yes, Obama now sort of immitating George W. in the continuous motion to in destroy self-destroy like all previous Empires. I am writing this as a legal, yes, as a legal, you hear me, as a legal immigrant now going on 57 years and I am sure others legal immigrants will approve of my comment. Yes, it seems to me that born Americans don't really care what will happen to the US if it continues on this road of self-destruction!"

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous James said...

Hey Anon, you surprised me, I figured you would come back with a string of insults, instead you come up with a well written honest post, Excellent!

I have not followed the Dorner story, but what you wrote about seems to be a great example of partisanship. People will support someone if they are similar, even if that person is deeply flawed. It is the main ingredient in all politics.

I do not see Al Gore as a bad guy, contrast him with Cheney, his policies have brought the U.S. to where it is today, on the brink of total failure.

As far as G.W. is concerned, Conservatives make the wrong assumption about scientist. They are not corrupt like politicians, they spend their lives seeking the truth. I feel it is a noble profession. The controversy over G.W. is political in nature, not science based.

I do not know why you worry about Tom"s finances, he is not complaining about it. For all we know he has a hot girlfriend paying all of his bills!

When I was a kid there were no mass shootings, the world has changed for the worse. It seems to me it is a no brainer that we cannot have things stay the same. To let just anybody own WMD is insane. Back ground checks and waiting periods will save some lives with out a doubt.


 
At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

> I do not know why you worry about Tom"s finances, he is not complaining about it. For all we know he has a hot girlfriend paying all of his bills!

Last time I dropped by Tom's, it seemed that was a possibility. My theory is that she is a cia operative - you know like Uma Thermon in Sneakers. Another factor he has mentioned is that he has never had a credit card - which probably makes him more financially secure than 9 out of 10 anonymous posters...

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That 10:16 would be Johnonymous

 
At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James,
You have stated a couple of times that you have not been following an event or were new to following politics.
Not to insult you but to offer something that if you have not watched may open your mind further, may I suggest you take about 30 minutes and watch this?

youtube.com/watch?v=vyyHegP255g

You need to know that liberals have criticized the speaker for saying what he did at the venue he was attending. Interesting how the PC police will do anything to stifle a person's 1st Amendment rights. Let know me your thoughts.

 
At 9:17 AM, Anonymous James said...

There is enough doom and gloom in politics that I do not want to follow every mass shooting that happens. I never said I am new to politics, over the years I have read many thousands of articles. I am not sure what you wanted me learn from the video, the speaker was actually very PC himself. He could brought up 50 topics that are more controversial that being in favor of a flat tax.

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James,


Name a few of the 50, please.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...

Wow, I'd forgotten this this blast from the past!

In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that he would “eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.” His campaign manifesto, Change We Can Believe In, described Obama’s North Korea policy, and the philosophy behind it, in great detail.


Elections have consequences.

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ABC news reports.

"Three years after the White House arranged a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.

“Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

“Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”

There was no immediate comment from the White House about Munley’s allegations. [...]

Despite extensive evidence that Hasan was in communication with al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack, the military has denied the victims a Purple Heart and is treating the incident as “workplace violence” instead of “combat related” or terrorism."

Ask the victims still waiting for the promised relief from Sandy about their experience with Hope and Change.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous James said...

Hey Tom, I remember when you got pissed off at me when I said I would not be voting for Obama, I wound up voting for Jill Stine. Here is an article from Truth Out that does not gloss over Obama's "going to the dark side" ala Cheney. So much for Obama getting more Liberal in his 2d term. I think we are in trouble, what do you think?

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14483-the-shooting-gallery-obama-and-the-vanishing-point-of-democracy

 
At 2:40 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Hello, James....

I won't say I was "pissed off" just a little discouraged.

We're less than a month into his second term. You may be wrong....you may be right. We shall see.

All the best,

Tom

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous James said...

Example of low information Obama voters:

"(CNSNews.com) – As part of a discussion with voters about Obamacare funding, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) told one man, “Don’t confuse me with any facts.”

“This is part of the problem,” Brown told an audience member who had asked about the billions of dollars cut from Medicare under the Affordable Health Care Act.

“In this time period it’s just like — don’t confuse me with any facts. I was at a town hall meeting with AARP, and they talked about the pros and cons and explained everything. So I would suggest that you go and read what they have to say about it, because what you’re saying is not true.”

“What do you mean it’s not true?” the audience member at the September event at Jacksonville University can be heard saying.

“Let me finish explaining,” Brown continued, “Okay, look what you’re talking about, we didn’t take money from Medicaid to put…”

“Medicare,” the audience member interrupts.

“Medicare or Medicaid to put into the Affordable Health Care, that’s the first thing,” Brown said.

Last July, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Affordable Care Act would cut Medicare by more than $700 billion in the coming decade by reducing reimbursement rates to those who provide services to Medicare patients."

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...


“James”, or anonymous, quotes CNS as if it were a legitimate news organization. It isn’t of course, It’s part of the Pat Robertson propaganda network.

And no way is it an example of a “low information Obama voter”. She is alluding to the Right wingers who have no use for facts. Quite contrary to the slant intended, ““In this time period it’s just like — don’t confuse me with any facts,:” isn’t her defense, it is a description of the Right’s denial of facts about Obamacare.

Politifact explains the point...or listen to Right Wing propaganda.

CNS is the same kind of political operation posing as journalism as FOX(R) They report, you swallow.

 
At 5:47 PM, Anonymous James said...

I guess the Anon troll wishes he was as well informed and intelligent as me. That will never happen.

 

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