DO WE LIVE IN THE USA OR NRA???
Yesterday, in a national disgrace and show of how many, mostly republican leaders, and a few democrats, favor those who pay for their campaigns over the citizens they represent. A minority of senators filibustered or sunk a vote on expanding universal background checks for guns, something 90% of Americans polled want!
Not sure if you know, our government is so dysfunctional it takes more than just a majority which would just be, too easily, what’s the word, democratic, now it takes a super majority of 60 to get a vote passed in the senate. The filibuster has to go, but that’s for another day.
Here is the vote breakdown so you know how your senator voted so you can let them know if you like.
The Newton massacre sadly highlighted two realities in this country. I underline highlighted because they are realities every single day before and since.
First. The long past due need for measures, and laws to stem the over proliferation of guns, particularly automatic, assault weapons and their high capacity magazines, that have no common-sense, legal use even for self-defense outside of military use. This reality was soberingly admitted to my many across the spectrum, for liberal, and moderate democratic leaders, many who are ardent gun rights supporters, to many moderate, and conservative Republican leaders, and most eye-opening the vast majority of registered gun owners. The NRA Membership, the 4.3 million strong citizens, overwhelmingly support the common sense measures that their fellow majority of Americans do. They have done so, surprisingly to myself and probably most who lean left long before this tragedy. This past may Frank Luntz, and renowned Republican pollster acquired these results that when put against the NRA executive’s moves and statements as well as their lackeys in congress yesterday are not just surprising but ultimately outrageous.
· Requiring background checks for every gun purchase (74%NRA member support) (90% overall)
· 69% of NRA Members and 85% of Non-NRA Gun Owners Support Background Checks for all Gun Sales at Gun Shows
· Requiring background checks on gun shop employees (79% NRA member support);
· Prohibiting individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms (71% NRA member support);
· Requiring gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen (64% NRA member supports); and
· Establishing minimum standards for concealed carry permits.They should only be restricted to individuals who have completed a safety-training course (75%) and are 21 and older. (63 %)
All this agreed on by vast majority NRA members, gun owners and citizens of the USA and we couldn’t get just the FIRST ONE on the list above passed yesterday in the senate. Why??????
Wayne La Pierre, and the powerful executives of the NRA, and gun lobby are out of touch with his own 4.3 million members. They even kept lying after the failed vote yesterday saying the laws would have made it illegal for family members to pass along guns to each other as yet another scare tactic. They have spent millions fighting the new regulations by intimidating members of congress leading up to the vote.
NRA wants to have armed school guards at All schools. It’s been tried in many areas for years in large urban school districts and that makes sense, some new presence like the NRA suggested is fine also like in LA, plan calls for officers to spend a half hour everyday at each school on a random time schedule, and detectives will be assigned or will “adopt” a school and make beat checks part of their routine patrols this is on top of 350-member police force are already stationed at the Los Angeles United School District’s 100-plus high schools. At all schools, and as the remedy to school shootings has already failed, at Columbine.
Common sense dictates arming teachers would be potentially disastrous, and we can’t practically have guards at every entrance to every school, it’s absurd in practice not to mention cost.
Sadly though, it’s just a diversion by the NRA, because since 1980, just under 300 people have died in school shootings, a travesty of course, but roughly 30,000 Americans die from gun violence EACH YEAR. What is their remedy for this. NOTHING
We all understand and respect the Second Amendment, but it was written in 1791, before AK47s. Our laws are thwarted when matched against each other. We can’t buy an unlimited amount of fertilizer or Sudafed, but I can buy unlimited ammunition.
Federal product-safety law subjects everything from toys to toasters to safety inspection and recalls, but exempts guns.
Firearms, however, long have been exempt from oversight by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates everything from cribs and children’s toys to washing machines and pools — making it the only U.S. consumer product not subject to federal safety regulations.
I just paid a parking fine of $68, one of a few hundred dollars a year I pay in fines, and I’m really good with tickets, and I accept it.
We adhere to dozens of rules on the roads each day, and if we break them we are promptly fined, and often lose our right to drive, paying over $10,000 if we drive under the influence of a few drinks without hurting anyone. Each year we re-register our car for hundreds of dollars often, having to prove that we are still a responsible driver, oh and also we have to insure ourselves!
We accept this because these laws enable us to safely travel and park in our cities and towns, without paranoia or hatred of the government or outrage over our rights being infringed.
Mention the barest of safety regulations for guns, assault weapons that don’t even come close to those for the vehicle we use to drive around and millions of dollars and loud voices will come flying at you. It’s utterly imbalanced and some would say insane when put side by side.
Who does the NRA executive committee and these so called defenders of the 2nd amendment really represent?? Not their members check the numbers above, certainly not the hundreds of millions of non-gun owners.
They speak for their close friends and cronies in the gun industry, who are only concerned with their power, and the money of gun sales. This vicious cycle of more deaths and guns purchased they see as a plus, a perverted balance that they just happen to profit from egregiously. They don’t care if criminals, drug cartels, mentally ill continue to purchase their guns, assault rifles, high powered magazines that can kill dozens in minutes, that have NO place in our society, all without background checks, many of them, at gun shows, or without a database to cross reference any info in an instant that could prevent these tragedies.
They just want more guns purchased, more people armed everywhere. What’s next? Armed guards when we go to the movies, at soccer practice, intimidating our children and families, promoting the cycle of anxiety and fear.
The gun-crazed culture we live in is undoubtedly a basis for what some of these deranged lunatics feel so at ease with. I don’t dispute that video games, film, and entertainment aren’t gratuitously violent, and I don’t support that but to blame them as the cause is so tired, and delusional, ignoring and Defending our pathetically weak laws where it’s easier to buy a weapon of mass terror than it is to get a drivers’ license. Where supposed “leaders” of our country in the right wing like Tim Scott, Mike Chickadee and their lobbyists like Wayne La Pierre, Fox News, The National Review, stand up like little children caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and passionately, blame everything from liberals who believe in separation between church and state, gays, video games, movies, music videos, feminists.
The NRA, and gun industry as is in line historically with recent gun attacks, and terrorist attacks like 911, are benefiting from the fear caused by the tragedies.
Since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, the organization has added over 100,000 new members, bringing its total membership to 4.2 million, NRA officials told CNN. Because of the increased attention on the issue, the officials think they will soon hit 5 million.
They actively work to weaken laws already in effect.
ATF Officials claim woefully under funded because of NRA pressure in Congress.
Joseph Vince, a retired ATF agent they will make it so that any gun-control measures that are passed are going to be failures,” Vince said
The two most tired, simple-minded statements made by extremist supporters of gun proliferation.
“Guns don’t kill people, People kill people”
Right. It’s just you know, impossible without the actual gun and bullets to kill a person with a gun. It’s also easier when that gun has been purchased without a background check, exponentially easier to kill multiple people in a short period of time with an automatic weapon that should be reserved only for the military, with high-powered magazines.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Wrong. Actually, most of these shooters kill themselves, like Columbine, Sandy Hook or give up like in Aurora.
Plenty of other things stop the bad guy also like the cops showing up at their house when he tries to buy multiple high round mags on the internet and flags go off immediately to the authorities which the NRA and gun lobby currently support prohibiting as infringement on their rights… not letting him get a gun in the first place, because he fails a stringent background check that the gun lobby wants to keep blocking, because he had an infraction in another state, or a red flag for mental health issue, or domestic violence accusation etc.
Absolutism has to go and our officials must respect us or they must go too. No one wants to infringe the 2nd amendment or take away normal gun ownership for safety or sport. Many of the background check bill sponsors like Sen. Joe Manchin are hunters and those who voted for it are owners and even war heroes like John McCain.
1,000,057,000 people killed with guns in US since a mentally ill man shot John Lennon with a gun in 1980. WOW! How is this possible?! Almost 3,000 have died since Sand Hook massacre in just under 4 months. More than on 911, and that changed this country forever with a new cabinet level dept of Homeland security, A patriot act that monitors and can legally spy on Americans 24 hrs a day 7 days a week, security at airports, and everywhere else with little to no outrage or pushback from our citizenry. We can’t ban machine guns, high-powered magazines, and institute and strengthen real background checks, closing the gun show and private seller loophole Insanity. We shouldn’t take it anymore. Let your elected officials know you want to keep your family and friends a little safer and if they don’t support that, they will be gone!
So curious, like many of my friends and fellow citizens to hear what possibly our Supreme Court, supposedly the most exalted voices of reason and officers of justice in the al the land can have to say for and/or against gay marriage.
Not a legal expert but it seems like the argument against it, that Marriage is between a man and a woman because, well, that’s the way it’s always been is a week one legally not to mention morally reprehensible.
Besides sounding like a 5th grader trying to make up their own rules in a playground game, it’s also not even really true.
As we’ve been told often by same-sex marriage opponents, the historical definition of marriage has never changed and must never be allowed to change, or else civilization will collapse.
It was always between a man and a woman, based on their mutual love and respect, and used as the basic, and only true foundation of the family. Sounds reasonable, even to me, as the son of two great parents married for 45 years this year, on the surface. Problem is like I said, it isn’t. The main purpose of marriage in ancient civilization, biblical or otherwise was procreation and the perpetuation of a man’s name. Every healthy person was expected to marry. Single men and women were generally socially outcast. A man until recent history could have several wives and concubines as we know. Across the globe, most prevalently, the holy land of Judeo-Christian fame, the standard bearer for today’s evangelical crusaders trying to “ save” and “protect” marriage; Jacob married two sisters, Leah and Rachel, and Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines to name a few. This was common across many faiths, as anyone who can Google could know.
In this country marriage was legally between a White man, and a White woman until as recently as 1967, when the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws. That’s less than just over 45 years ago, just before my mom and pops got hitched, where people had to sue and go to the Supreme Court to get married because they LOOKED different. Hmmmmm. By the way, much of reasoning for supporters of marriage segregation was biblical passages that seemed to forbid it. Sounds familiar. Oh that 2000 plus year old book written across hundreds of years, by old men and ultimately edited, randomly by a council of old, power crazed men, some 1,500 years after said old guys started writing it, at the Council of Trent 1545-1563 in Italy, rearing it’s head again as the basis for our modern reason in 2013 in the US of A. But I digress.
What’s the difference between what seems today as this abhorrently injustice based on the color of your skin, even to our right wing prejudicial friends, and know the discrimination on your sexual orientation? Let me know the answer please. Is it in the old book?
Of course since the Chick-fil-A-Hate PR mess, we have seen the emergence of the new apparently positive spin on the intolerant discrimination formerly associated with racism, exalting the crusade back to the morally superior platform of righteous and Christian good, being “For Traditional Marriage”
This new mantra which right wing conservatives, Christian leaders and their talking heads on Fox Fake news and elsewhere have slipped, and pushed into the national dialogue recently is that they now “support traditional marriage”, trying to put a positive spin on the archaic hatred, intolerance and inequality of obstructing citizens of this country from getting married based on their sexual orientation is an insult to reasonable people and a sad joke. As if we don’t get the ONLY thing the newly invented “supporting traditional marriage” could possibly mean is you are Against gay people getting married… As if Gays getting married is somehow going to affect your “traditional” marriage vows? . Real problem these “supporters” of traditional marriage should focus on. People staying married, not stopping people from enjoying the right to do so. Last check, the American divorce rate is around 60%. Millions of Americans literally keep their pets longer than their spouses, but it’s Gays that are the real threat, ok.
Please end this injustice and inequality in America. Let our brothers and sisters marry, by the millions across the country, in Texas, Alabama and Mississippi as well as New York, and Massachusetts not by the hundreds in the latter only. Let them please improve and strengthen, and grow family structures in this country, not break them down, and obstruct them. It’s ok; they are just a little different than you. The love is the same, just as strong if not stronger if they have to overcome all this hate and intolerance to join together. Let them adopt millions of children who badly need a home and their love. Believe me this is what God, his son Jesus, and every other prophet, savior, of any religion who is truly righteous, would want.
Equality can have no asterisks and qualifiers.
In 10,15 years or so people won’t even admit publicly they were ever against marriage equality.
Shouldn’t you lead on that? Make it happen oh ye 9 men and women of the black gowns, or we will soon and you will be left irrelevant.
Equality for ALL!
Peace, love, and God Bless America.
But she said this and I heard that. So….
The saga of the Benghazi attack, continued today after our much appreciated Thanksgiving break from it, as Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) all met with American UN Ambassador Susan Rice.
A more accurate title since the saga has nothing to do with the actual attack itself, would be the never-ending, manufactured scandal of the initial ambiguous verbal description of the attack by an Obama Administration official who wasn’t actually involved in any way but was asked about it once.
Four people died, tragically and they are “outraged” and now after today “more disturbed than ever” not over the fact it happened but about the semantics of what the Administration, it’s security, including the CIA knew right away regarding if the attack was spontaneous or planned and more importantly to them what they said explicitly in the days immediately following regarding that. All of the intelligence officers, Embassy officials, security teams, Administration officials involved and we are now focusing on what one woman who had no involvement in any of it, has no access to any of the classified information, said on a morning show. What is their point really? To what end did Rice or anyone in the Administration withhold this mysterious “truth”. Answer is they don’t have one other than to try and pin anyone in his administration that even spoke on the issue, as dishonest for some unknown gain. If Rice had stated simply what she didn’t know for certain at the time, that terrorists killed 4 more of our own tragically, on top of the 6, 600 plus we have lost in the last 11 years in the Middle East, that this was going to do what exactly? Send shockwaves throughout the nation, and be some large political negative that took down the President.It’s pretty idiotic and plain laughable when you break it down.
The investigation should be focused on finding those guilty of the attacks, and using the lesson to better protect our people in the future. Not much mention of that though, except as a punch line to their phony, self-righteous indignation over Susan Rice’s unclear statements. McCain was so concerned about the “truth” that he was apparently so mislead on… that he missed the debriefing by top investigators on Wednesday the 14th. Why? So he could hold a press conference expressing his outrage over. …… Not being told all the facts of what happened. Seriously?!
When pressed about how Condoleezza Rice made a substantially untrue and ultimately embarrassing statements in the lead up to the Iraq war, talking about impending “Mushroom clouds”. McCain and Graham answered well, uh, it’s not the same. Because why, they were asked? Answer. Cause, well everybody was saying it. So our esteemed Republican Senate leaders are in High School now apparently. Next thing they’ll be picking on people with funny names, that don’t look like them, spreading false rumors, ditching class, lying and refusing to be held accountable for their actions… Oh wait, been there, done that.
Susan Rice, a Rhodes scholar who finished at the top of her class at Stanford, was called not very bright. by McCain, who btw finished near the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy, which he got into only because his Dad was a legacy.
Graham said she was “at the center of the scandal on Libya”. Huh? She is the Ambassador to the UN. Nothing to do with the Libya embassy situation, at all. Only reason she was addressing Libya situation was most likely because our Ambassador to Libya, who was actually at the center of the Libyan situation, had just been tragically killed. Talk about not being bright, or even the least bit honest for that matter. When can we dispense with phony, self-righteous hypocrisy that still drives top Republican leaders?
Almost 3,000 people died on 9/11 after a report came across George W. Bush’s desk entitled. “Bin Laden determined to Attack US” What did the Dems do then, they came together with their associates from across the aisle and showed the world what America does when we are attacked. We show solidarity and strength of will like no other.
What have these petty men done, like Rep King and their talking heads on Fox, who have been driving this false narrative since it happened, trying not really ever to uncover any truth in honor of Ambassador Stevens and the fallen, or their loved ones. No, that is what the Obama administration, who appointed and worked with these brave people is doing, and has been doing, along with the best investigators in the world from our intelligence forces. It’s what they implored the public to be patient on as they got answers. While the likes of Mitt Romney, put a news conference while these brave Americans bodies were still warm.
These people sicken with, their false outrage and morality in order to blemish their rivals in the Obama Administration. How about some old Neo-Conservative Republican ideology from the Bush Administration for a second. What do these extremists in the Middle East think? When they can kill 4 people, 4 of us, and get the Republicans to attack and divide our country on the issue?
These are the same people who started a war based on lies that took the lives of 4,487 Americans, wounding 32,226 and costing $845 billion, all the saying to those in Congress, and the millions of Americans who opposed it, “Well, you are either with us or against us? Who are you with now exactly Sen. McCain, Sen. Graham, Rep King, and Fox Fake News?
This sound familiar? Look in the mirror or actually just Google or Youtube yourself on Iraq before you speak on this issue one more second, please. Then please get back to actually doing some work for us. We have problems with Debt and Jobs and such!
“What have the Republican leaders learned from us?” was my last blog right after the election. In the week since, what’s the prognosis?
Seems like some have gotten the message, if they didn’t already know it, but were silenced by Fox Fake News, Rush Limbaugh and the extreme right.
Several, including the latter of course and more shockingly the losing Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, not so much.
Former George W. Bush Speechwriter, David Frum, whom I referenced as a voice of reason in my last post in the immediate aftermath as a counter to the ignorant prejudice of the Fox Fake News/Limbaugh line, put out a brilliant, and brave editorial to his fellow Republicans on CNN Tuesday entitled “Conservatives Don’t Despair” which he directly contradicts them.
“On Fox News election night, Bill O’Reilly explained the meaning of the election: The “white establishment” was now outnumbered by minorities. “The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore.” And these untraditional Americans “want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it, and he ran on it.”
“O’Reilly’s analysis is echoed across the conservative blogosphere. The (non-white) takers now outnumber the (white) makers. They will use their majority to pillage the makers and redistribute to the takers. In the process, they will destroy the sources of the country’s wealth and end the American experiment forever. You’ll hear O’Reilly’s view echoed wherever conservatives express themselves. Happily, the view is wrong, and in every respect.
“America is not a society divided between “makers” and “takers.” Instead, almost all of us proceed through a life cycle where we sometimes make and sometimes take as we pass from schooling to employment to retirement.
“The line between “making” and “taking” is not a racial line. The biggest government program we have, Medicare, benefits a population that is 85% white”.
“President Barrack Obama was not re-elected by people who want to “take.” The president was re-elected by people who want to work -- and who were convinced, rightly or wrongly, that the president’s policies were more likely to create work than were the policies advocated by my party”
Kudos. I haven’t heard a democrat put it that succinctly and sincerely.
The next day, rising Republican star, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana issued similar statements.
“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments - enough of that,” he said, according to Politico. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumped-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters”
Doh! You hear that Fox News, Limbaugh? That Indian-American, formerly Hindu guy, called you STUPID.
Romney after his concise and classy concession speech, in a call yesterday to his donors, was unable to follow the lead of his sensible, moderate, forward looking compatriots, blaming the Election loss on Obama’s ability to give “gifts” to Women, African American and Hispanic voters, thus putting him over the top.
“Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women,” he continued. “And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
“The president’s health care reform plan, he added, also turned out support from African Americans and Hispanic voters. “
Wow! One more flop back! BTW, 44% of uninsured is the country are white, white boy!
Echoing almost verbatim, the prejudiced statements of Limbaugh, O’Reilly and the far right wing noise machine. Seems like the 47 percent comments are how himself and much of the disconnected, affluent WASP, Republican establishment truly feel about most of Americans.
Wait. Bobby Jindal, who stumped for Mitt Romney, answered back today. “I think that’s absolutely wrong,” “We have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent.“
Snap! Sanity hits back.
Another rising moderate star, Marco Rubio, ever the careful, diplomatic gent, was softer, but still rebutted,
“I don’t want to rebut him point by point,” “I would just say to you, I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work. I’m not saying that’s what he said. I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can’t find a job.”
Might wanna go a little more Jindal if you want that 2016 bid Marco, a little too gentle for your peeps I’d say, but a good start.
This battle between common sense moderation and far right ignorant extremism will be an issue for the Republican leadership and it’s pundits, it seems for some time. The Grand Old Party will assert it’s delusional, 1950’s view of white, Christian only, male dominated America, while the younger sensible members, like Jindal, Rubio, both sons of immigrants along with the likes of Chris Christie will try to stamp out the nonsense, bring some reality to the table and move their party in to late twentieth century, and eventually the 21st century.
I’ve heard heads of the Tea Party and other leaders in the GOP saying they need more Latinos, African-Americans, and women to run next time to increase their chances. Ahhh man, really? No. You just need to actually REPRESENT those Americans along with the rest of the 99 percent that you really don’t at this point.
I sincerely hope it won’t take quite that long for the vast majority of sensible Republican citizenry to figure out which is the correct path. As I’ve said before, it will be more productive for ALL. In the meantime it will be interesting to watch the GOP identity Crisis play itself out.
Been watching the dust clear, or more accurately linger on the Republican side with President Obama’s landslide victory this week, as well as Congressional shellacking. It was indeed a resounding democratic victory all around too considering the anemic state of the economy that historically brings down incumbent Presidents and how many seats the Dems were defending in both houses of Congress.
My first thought and the one echoed immediately by liberal and moderate pundits on both sides of the isle was the rejection of the extreme right Republican position. If Mitt Romney didn’t have to tact so far the right on Women’s rights, Immigration, Gay rights, Health Care and a fair Tax structure he’d very likely be President in a few months.
I heard pleas and affirmations from former and current leaders in the Republican party like David Frum, and Lindsey Graham to name a few, that they must be more moderate in regards to social issues, immigration and willing to compromise on a fair tax structure moving forward. While finely hearing this out loud over the usual, delusional right wing punditry of recent memory, is mildly “I told you so” satisfying. It is so sadly obvious; it elicits more a reaction that says DUH!
Over 60 percent of people in the exit polls favored the current laws in regards to Abortion rights and support Gay Marriage. Barack Obama won 93% of the black vote, 71% of the Latino vote, 73% of Asian vote and 55% of the female vote. He won the 18-29 demographic 60% to 35% and the 30 to 44 by 52% to 41%.
Translation. The Republican constituency now consists mainly of Old, White Men.
They have a lot of ground to make up to convince an increasingly diverse US population otherwise.
Which part of the Republican Party is going to rear its head over the next few years? The moderates with their new found confidence and ammunition to point to or the far right element who linger, threaten and still have Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and their noise machine to distribute fear, fallacy and outright nonsense.
If the immediate response from them is any indication, it may take a few more years and perhaps another trouncing in the midterm elections of 2014 when Republicans defend many more seats in both arms of Congress than the Dems, for these delusional, prejudiced relics to get that they don’t speak for or represent the vast majority of fair minded Americans,
Bill O Reilly said, “It’s a changing country, the demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore. And there is 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things and who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it and he ran on it. The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff”
Seriously? Now that us wealth white men don’t run the show anymore all the lazy black and Mexican people can take stuff because our black President is gonna hand it over Basically an even more prejudiced and offensive reiteration of Romney’s I’m not concerned with 47% of Americans admission that drove the nail into his campaign coffin.
Rush Limbaugh said “In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins? And say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America. In his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren’t doing enough to help those who aren’t. And that resonated”
Again. Another old rich white prejudiced douchebag lamenting the defeat of “Traditional” America, and all that’ s left all 60 million of us who voted for Obama, are non-traditional children who don’t want to work, and just take stuff. It’s unreal reading it even now, but part of me hopes they keep it up a few more years like I mentioned until the midterms. Maybe then when Democrats hold a super majority to institute their policies freely for the 2nd time in 6 years, people just either stop listening to, watching or perhaps even paying these people to be on the air.
Until these clueless, prejudiced, often misogynous fossils stop influencing their Republican leaders in Congress, the disconnect is going to grow between their party and the American Public. I truly hope the moderate Republicans grow stronger and louder, not just because it is just, and satisfying but because at the end of the day more compromise and work will get done on behalf of the American people.
Been thinking about who has the most to lose come tomorrow’s decision. Families who can now get healthcare under Obamacare, not be denied for preexisting conditions, or have their kids booted off their policies before they turn 26, Our burgeoning alternative energy sector, students, teachers, the entire middles class? Big Bird? Final answer is glaring though. All women of present and future childbearing age, and their partners for that matter.
The debate is 4 decades old but the resurgent power and extreme nature of the “Pro-Life” right wing Republican position has never been more prevalent.
You’ve seen Republican Missouri Senatorial candidate Todd Akin a few months ago speak of “ legitimate rape” and how a woman’s body tends to naturally physically reject impregnation when violated.
Richard Mourdock, running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, said at a debate over a week ago that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God.
Let’s cut right to what we are facing if Romney/Ryan are elected with a Republican Congressional majority and the ability to replace just one Supreme Court judge in the next term creating a conservative majority. 4 of those judges by the way are in their mid to late seventies and could step down at any time.
If Roe v Wade was overturned as early as next year. Abortion law would revert to the jurisdiction of the states, and thus would be illegal in roughly half of the states in the US. So at least half of 1.3 million otherwise law abiding female citizens a year ago who have had them would be then now if they sought them in the future, murderers under the laws of these states.
I’m no legal expert but common sense would dictate, that their partners if they participated, i.e. drove their partner to the clinic, paid for the abortion or even knew about it and did not report it to the authorities, would then be prosecuted as accessories to murder. Even if the potential fathers didn’t know about it like many one-night stand, or short term, even long term relationship men don’t they’d be investigated by the government for involvement in the murder. That investigating, prosecuting, and subsequent jailing of these former law-abiding citizens brings up another, never talked about issue. How are we going to pay for this new enforcement and judicial system that will prosecute millions of women and men each year?? Will the Republicans led by President Romney and VP Ryan create a new department for abortion security, and of course will it be regulated by the formerly evil, big federal government? Or the states? Perhaps it would be called naturally The BEA, Baby Enforcement Agency. Undoubtedly the costs of the BEA will run in the hundreds of billions of dollars a year for this Chinese like takeover of our lives, which as you’d imagine would put us in a pinch even in the economic glory days of that Pro Choice heathen Bill Clinton let alone the recession today. The new Abortion tax? Federal? State? Call it say, the NUB, short for the, New Unborn Baby Tax. Or do we force the new criminals to pay for it all somehow as their lives are now being ruined with lost jobs and expensive abortion murder defense? Where to house all of these women in our overcrowded jails or try them in our backlogged courts? What would Mitt Romney propose to do with those 1.3 million women do you suppose? Purchase a large uninhabited island perhaps and create the world’s largest binder to place them in? With a separate binder in a different color of course for all of their male and or female accomplices.
A Pink one for women and a Blue one for partners perhaps or maybe scarlet red for women would be more appropriate and pleasing to the conservative base.
I used to think until the last few months that it was a self-righteous fantasy of idea that makes conservatives citizens, churchgoers, feel good about themselves and gives their politicians a win win, because they know it is never going to happen. They have the moral high ground and more importantly, tens millions of churchgoing Christians vote they wouldn’t otherwise have. George W. Bush, the most overt Christian president who said he consulted God, his heavenly father, when attacking Iraq instead of his real father, who had already been to war with them, had the majority of both the Senate and the house, and most importantly a 7-2 republican to democrat appointed majority of the Supreme court, from 2000-2008. 8 years. Did you hear, a whisper of Roe v. Wade coming up on the docket for the Supreme Court?!! You think now if get Obama out it could happen? Is it an absurd fantasy, it’s an absolute falsity, disgraceful hypocrisy. Right??
John Roberts has intimated he wouldn’t challenge precedent. Again if republicans would ever push for it, the reality they would have to face, imposing on our society communist china like nationalization of women’s bodies would prove ultimately beyond the pale. To even attempt it would seem to be political suicide. I don’t mock them because I believe like most, Abortion to be a serious issue, not to be taken lightly, I believe it needs to truly addressed, in terms of limiting them, by education, health care, streamlining adoptions, etc. Solutions to avoid actually having them. Let’s get those numbers down into the hundreds of thousands, then thousands, then and hundreds, instead of talking about this, this fantasy of it being outlawed. It’s the longest running con perpetrated on the American people. Because let’s say hypothetically Roe v Wade did get overturned just to give credence to those individuals who want it so. What then? How many people would then realize that the Republican Party truly has nothing in their interests, cause they don’t for 99% of us? At the end of the day it’s all talk right?
Well, after watching most of the Republicans in congress the last 4 years obstruct every bill that sought to help the majority of Americans, just to hurt Obama and further their cause while hurting this country ultimately. While seeing their increasing comfort they take in their extreme social positions, publicly, it’s clear that all they seem to care about is their absolute, extreme ideology. That seems frightening and sadly even more powerful than their political hypocrisy.
Vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan was a co-sponsor last year of HR 212 along with Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which states that “human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.”
Similar legislation, known as “personhood” bills, has also been attempted at the state level. Banning abortions in virtually all forms.
It doesn’t stop there though.
1 in 8 couples are infertile and use in vitro fertilization ( IVF).
IVF Specialists fear that if a bill like this becomes law, it would prompt doctors to limit the number of eggs they take from a donor, as well as the number of embryos they create.
Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, agrees that a personhood statute would change IVF.
in vitro fertilization.
Romney said on October 2nd, 2011 on Fox News Mike Huckabee show when asked if he would sign such a bill if it came across his desk, simply “ ABSOLUTELY” watch the video.
In typical fashion, since Akins’s comments a few months ago shone an light on these extremist right wing views Romney immediate disavowed his cohort and flopped back to his somewhat middle of the road conservative position of banning Abortion except in cases of rape, incest and danger to the mother. Again would Moderate Mitt prevail or would follow his parties lead?
Ryan quickly followed the walk back, somewhat saying to a reporter that Romney’s position is his now, and when pushed said eerily, “it’s a good start”.
So whichever way you lean, if you think my musings earlier were ridiculous or like something out of a dark futuristic thriller, then think again. Women, and their partner’s couples face a frightening, imminent loss of control of their reproductive rights across a broad spectrum. Ironically even those trying hard to create a new life in their family, could be restricted by the “right to life” religious zealots and their reps in the future of Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court, starting TOMMORROW.
We have now in the final debate, a mere 2 weeks before the election, seen the completion in less than a month, of the Flip of Mitt “Flop” back, again, to the moderate he was 7 years ago, from the self professed, extremely conservative leader he has touted himself as, since losing the Republican nomination in 2008. I know. That was even hard to follow. We saw that he now agrees with everything the President has done and stands for on foreign policy. This follows a trend in last two debates and reiterated last night, where Gov. Romney pivoted, and started jogging along with much of Obama’s domestic policy, except for wanting to repeal The Affordable Health Care Act, maintaining corporate tax welfare for Big Oil and cuts for the wealthiest Americans, while cutting education and tax breaks for Alternative Energy.
Mitt did express one major difference, his desire to spend a trillion extra dollars on antiquated, and according to the Pentagon and our Joint Chiefs, useless military equipment to add to our government waste. An example the President referred to include fixing and building more tanks, even though we have 2,000 M-1 Abrams tanks currently parked in the Reno desert, and enough in the field.
Not sure, because Governor Romney offered no specifics as usual, but it sounded from his concern from our drop below 1917 ship levels, perhaps also a bunch more Civil War Navy schooners or Word War 1 battle cruisers to let the world know the good Old USA is still here! While, of course propping up the age old Republican donors in the industrial military complex with billions of our money annually for the next generation to come There is a certain comfort in certain things never changing at least, right?
By the way, he said he will pay for said useless tanks and ships by cutting that whole health care for 30 million families thing, who needs that? Bring on the bayonets.
Romney’s April criticism of Obama’s decision to commit the US military to helping oust Muammar Qaddafi in Libya was gone and in its place, Shifty Mitty heaped praise on Obama’s toppling of Qaddafi.
On Egypt, on Syria, on Iranian sanctions, and on the increased use of drones, Mitt Flop conceded he agreed generally on everything the Obama Administration had done and is doing, except for his general unexplained charge that he wished more had been done sooner in those places, with less apologetic language. When called on to explain this baseless charge by Obama. Mitt just smiled that $300 million smile.
This of course was the strategy of Team Romney. He was never going to win on Foreign Policy; he has no experience or specific plan of his own whatsoever. So he tied himself to the success of the moderate, intelligent plans of Obama on all counts, thus looking, well, reasonable. For several who still have to decide, it probably worked perfectly, because they are open to or looking for an alternative to Obama on the economy, while not being scared off by another unreasonable Bush/Cheney like neoconservative who wants to start another decade long, trillion dollar war.
Problem is both abroad and at home on taxes, health care, women’s rights, education, Medicare, social security; which guy are you getting? Who is the Governor going to be beholden to if he gets into office, you the moderate Americans? To whom he has said anything and everything to, to get your vote. Or the extreme right that makes up an increasingly large portion of his Republican Party, and with the help of Fox Fake News and the right wing propaganda machine, currently rules it. The former and best case scenario is a concern either way because how do you trust a man to make policy and critical decisions with no true principle or conviction, even though moderate Mitt may hopefully emerge. The latter and worst case scenario with Right Wing Romney, leading a band of holier than thou zealots and ideological extremists, is just plain frightening.
PS. I’ll elaborate on that picture in my next few blogs before we vote.
On the eve of the VP debate I think I have solved how our nation was stunned last week.
Was it just I? Or did it not look like Obama had been turned into the Republican’s robot candidate with Karl Rove at the switch? Masterfully making Obama look like a passive, disinterested, boring professor instead our President, Savior of American Auto and Killer of Bin Laden. How could the charismatic political prodigy with all the answers, who electrified and inspired a nation 4 years ago, now make it either cringe, stare and swear in disbelief or even nod off? Because Crossroads GPS spent a few hundred million on high tech, subliminal, hypnotic device in Obama’s teleprompter. Boom!
No? Then you explain no mention of the infamous comments by Mitt Romney that dismissed 47% of the United States citizens as lazy, dependent, government welfare recipients with no ambition or work ethic.
How then does he let Romney not drift, but sprint like a teenager on red bull to the middle, denying with ease all the tenets of the right wing agenda that he has been swearing to over the last year and a half to get the Republican nomination. Positions that scare and alienate the majority of Americans.
I kept waiting for Obama’s roundhouse kick to shatter Romney’s newly built moderate illusion. Then it came the opening. Topic: Social security; Softball for Obama down the middle. Romney/Ryan want it privatized, effectively ending it, as we know it, along with Medicare. But then, the drone formerly known as Obama, says Governor Romney and himself were basically on the same page on this. WHAT? He’s definitely been hypnotized, or perhaps even replaced last second in the restroom with a Cyborg or worse a Cylon. For I think only Romney was more shocked than most of us on that.
So it went on, topic to topic, as Obama would make one meek charge on each count that Romney just dismissed one by one, saying basically, “No I’m not for that now”. Obama’s comeback, he either looked down, smiled, looked mildly perturbed or shook his head. HUH? Same with Romney’s 5 trillion dollar tax cut-the centerpiece of his economic plan, that he is now he’s not doing- Obama response to this outrageous and dishonest last second flip flop: smile, shrug, look down combo- Good move Mr. Prez-try that on the court next time. Oh wait, No you’ll get smoked there too with that. I’m guessing the Administration figured out the plot later that evening at dinner with Michelle or the next day when he couldn’t hit his jumper. But as the Republicans wagered they would, keep it secret from the nation, to save the obvious all around embarrassment that would’ve befallen the country and proven fatal to the President’s re-election.
For next time thought just in case Mr. President, a quick word from your humble citizen. This just in: We know you’re a very nice guy. Drop it mostly and stand up for your beliefs, all of them, which are in lockstep with the vast majority of the working poor, middle class, and upper middle class in this country on just about every subject AND attack the absurd, charade that is now Moderate Mitt. Keywords for next debate: Defend and Offend with Truth and Passion. If Romney somehow “wins” that debate or you lose some independent undecided voters cause you roll your sleeves up and fight, so be it. America will be better off for it, either way.