Hello everyone! I am finally writing my first post on this blog. I have been meaning to start my political blog for years, but never got around to it. Finally, I got a push recently, when I had to start another business related blog. Hopefully my writings will get read and maybe help society.
I mentioned to my father this past week, why is it that Republicans can never do any wrong and the few times that they do, they just have to wait a year or two, blame the Democrats for their mistakes (deficits, unemployment, The Great Recession (although Bill Clinton was party responsible for it, as he repealed the Glass Stevens act), and other ills and then wait a couple of years, and then they are primed to be the saviors once again. The cries of deficit reduction and how bad the Democrats are for wanting to give unemployment benefits to the middle class are the latest example. What is shocking is that people keep buying what they are selling. Do people really expect the Democrats to magically turn things around overnight?
Maybe the Democrats could but they are up against an obstructionist Republic machine. They filibuster everything. When the Democrats a few years ago even contemplated using it even once, the Republicans in power said that they would use the “Nuclear Option” and talked loud and often that everything should go up for a vote and how bad they are.
That brings to mind the two rightwing Christian coalition puppets that the George W. Bush regime wanted to install into the Supreme Court. When the Democrats talked about a filibuster, the Republicans, who happened to have a majority, said “thumbs up or down.” They said that Democrats were obstructionists because the fair thing is to give them a thumbs up or down vote knowing full well that they had the majority of votes meaning a confirmation. They seriously must have amnesia, because now everything is filibustered and they repeatedly said that if they do not like a candidate that President Barack Obama picks that they will use the filibuster, on ones that they cannot. What happened to their principled view of “thumbs up or down vote”? Does principle go out? Are they not the party of principles and the righteous party?
What they are is the party of the one-liner slogans, homophobic, transphobic, and hypocritical people. They talk endlessly about flip flopping. A recent ad talks about how Jerry Brown reinvents himself every few years. I would phrase that as learning from past mistakes and reevaluating things, which in the case of Jerry Brown is accurate. He is a serious student and questions himself. Barack Obama is the same.
John McCain is a flip flopper and an angry old man, as a recent article in Newsweek said about him. Rather than stand up for principles (ending don’t ask don’t tell), he flip flops and wants to be part of the party’s establishment, a position that he talked endlessly that he was not part of.
The Republicans talk about being the party of Lincoln, but Lincoln gave a voice to those that could not speak. Reagan in some sense was the same. He voted to give women the right to choose, even though he felt the opposite. Throughout history the rights of the minority is not something put to public vote. Shall we put all African Americans back to slavery? The population as a whole felt that they were second class citizens back then. The rights of the LGBT community today is no different, but I do not even have to go there. The Republicans are against small business, the poor, middle class, and anything else that does not believe in their purity message. That sounds more like a Nazi message than anything else. Okay, I am thinking of the Nazis now probably because the Tea Party is in the news about that the past few days.
I talked with a friend this evening and the comment of the night was that the two senators from Maine should be thrown out of office, because they are not pure and not Republicans. This whole thought goes into another thought that I had this evening, namely that quite a few people in our society do not want intellectuals and people who have experience. Nerds are not welcome. People with experience are not welcome. What is welcome are people with no experience and one-liners. Yes and sadly, this statement applies to Democrats as well.
Before sidetracking myself onto a different thesis, I should finish up the first one. Why is it that Republicans can never do any wrong? Why is it that only Republicans can be obstructionists, a term used freely by the Republicans against the Democrats, when it is them. Most people in society does not regard them as such and if so, not for long.
It is hard not bringing DADT into the thread. The United States prides itself at being in the right always and being at the cutting edge of human rights, but these days we are behind most of the world. Even England is ahead of us. Heck, Spain and other countries are too.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
How about changing the text a bit and substituting “heterosexual White Anglo Saxons males” instead of people. African Americans should be either shot or made slaves. Jews should be exterminated. Hispanics should be made whatever happens to them. Native Americans, those who have not been killed or assimilated, should be killed (finish the job, final solution?). Transsexuals should have corrective therapy. By the way, that really does happen, mostly in Canada these days. I was reading about it, sadly. It infuriated me to say the least. Gays should be put in prison and have corrective therapy done on them. Homosexuality is a disease. Maybe transsexuals and gays really do have something in common. Hmm. Both have diseases that can be given to the others and both are not human and definitely do not have the same rights as everyone else.
I was writing about the LGBT, but my mind kept thinking of Native Americans. I never heard the phrase, “Final Solution” (a Nazi term) and Native Americans used in the same sentence, but the United States in its infancy pretty much did the same thing that the Germans did. I never connected the dots. We were no different. Yes, we are better today, but no sitting United States President has ever apologized. I know that one president a few years back apologized for the Japanese internment during WWII, but I do not think the Indians. Americans, even then, were different on at least two fronts. The Americans never rounded up and killed the Native Americans in secret telling society something different. They were also never gassed. There was also no government santioned extermination program. The list goes on, so there are vast differences. That being said, we as Americans had and have our dark side.
All people are equal. All people are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
The original 13 colonies separated from England, so that they could practice their religion as they saw fit and that England could not enter people’s bedrooms. “A man’s home is his castle.” There is a reason for that idiom and it goes to the founding of our country. How ironic it is then that we do not practice our own ideals.
I was just thinking that my various thoughts are not connected, but in one sense they are. Most Republicans are anti-people. They are definitely anti-military, how ironic is that? They are anti middle class. They are hypocrites for crying about deficits for extending unemployment, when they spend money freely and easily. They expanded government like no one else. Even their beloved Reagan did. George W. Bush definitely did too. I think that I have to take back my statement that he was stupid. He was many things, but stupid was not one of them, another blog entry. Heck, the first eight years of this century deserves a book.
I do not want to say that Democrats are saints. That is so far from the truth, but why is it that people do not see the current Republican Party for who they are? In case you are thinking that I am a bleeding heart liberal, you are wrong. There have been many good Republicans, but the Republican Party of today is not the Republican Party of years ago. They are made up now of Southern Democrats, who left the Democratic Party, because they did not like Civil Rights. That infused with hard shift to supporting the Christian Coalition and the extreme religious right. Just look at their spokesmen now: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and all the other homophobic hate spewing talking heads.
Republicans of today would never elect Nixon or Reagan, let alone Eisenhower. I would not mind that Barack Obama develop some balls and take a side. He always tries to appease both sides. That is his trademark style.
The Democrats will probably hold onto power this November, but it would be nice if society as a whole can start doing the right things. We do slowly but surely, but it would be nice sooner than later.
I still would like to know why Republicans seemingly can do no wrong. By the way, I disagree that Americans are right of center. 🙂
Sarah M. Weinberger