I have struggled to write a blog for about a week, but it's not because I did not have anything to write about. On the contrary, the GOP and the Right have given liberal bloggers such as myself so much ammunition I really did not know what to focus on. So having said that this blog is going to be more or a less a hodgepodge of what has happened over the last week or so and I open the comments for topics as well. I just ask that you keep the comments clean and for petes sake keep it civil.
Let's start with John Boehner. The day after President Obama's State of the Union address, Boehner came before the cameras and declared that Obama had moved even further to the left with his speech than in the first year. The first question I have for Boehner is what speech was he at? Obama's speech was a Populist speech in nature. About the only portion of his speech that could even be considered leftist was declaring that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military needed to come to an end (more on that in a bit). With Boehner and crew declaring the Obama was moving further to the left I was left with two question: Were they even listening to the speech? and Do they even know what Liberalism is? In my opinion on both accounts is a resounding no. They are just playing on that fear card that they love so much that they will play it even it means trashing their own ideals. Which leads me to Obama's speech.
Obama's move to the right the other night was just plain sad to see. He has allowed himself to be bullied by a bunch of men and women who don't care about him (or if I had to guess his well being)and will oppose him in everything that he says. He wants to bring the Bush deficits down, Republicans oppose it (even though it's something they have been barking about for a year). He wants to freeze spending on government programs, they oppose it (again, even though they have been scaring people for a year about out-of-control spending, they now apparently support it). He wanted to create a bi-partisan board to deal with bringing down the deficit. Initially seven Republicans co-sponsored the bill to create the bill, but when the vote came around ALL SEVEN REPUBLICANS THAT SPONSORED THE BILL voted against it.
These same Republicans who for a year played the scare card in trying to convince senior citizens that the big bad Obama was going to cut their Medicare/Medicaid services (which was an outright lie) have now announced their intentions to cut Social Security. Once again showing their hypocrisy they are hoping this goes unnoticed. Sadly, more than likely it will and senior citizens will not realize until it is too late that Republicans are bamboozling them right out of their money.
I believe that Republicans are coming severely close to the edge of their just say no politics. They are misreading the polls at this point. Most Americans do not support their just say no approach. In the fall we could have a huge turn around on elected officials. Polls have shown that the public has grown tired of the Republicans stalling efforts in Congress and the public has grown just as tired with the Democrats who could tweak the rules (something that is not uncomon to do in Congress) to push some of these bills through but don't. To be clear, right now Republicans are the minority party and need to be treated as such. If we know that no matter what bill is on the floor they will vote against it the Democrats need to grow a pair and institute the nuclear option (which most Americans want them to do). Too many Democrats are trying to skate by hoping that they will be re-elected. If they screw around and allow nothing to happen in Washington they will be voted out. For all those right wingers who I already know are charging up saying that it would be a horrible and un American thing to do and ignore the people's wishes, Republicans have played this game as well in the past and came really close to using the nuclear option during Bush's term.
Then again there's the whole fear mongering and lying about Obama's ideals and what he is planning to do to this country. The simple fact of the matter is that Obama has been an extremely centrist president. He has cut taxes and got the stimulus bill through (which was hardly a liberal bill since it mostly helped out banks), but it has worked which you will never ever see one Republican admit. But what most Republicans and conservatives say when they are trying to scare people into submission about Obama is tell them what he is planning to do. Their only problem is that when they are asked to their face what Obama is going to do they either can not come up with anything or just plain outright lie. They talk about him taking rights away (the last time I checked making sure every American had affordable health care, there are no rights being violated) like guns, even though the only gun bill to reach his desk gave more rights to gun owners and he signed it. They will also say that he is a Communist or Socialist. But when you ask them what a Communist or Socialist is, they really do not know and usually try some really bad comparison to the Soviet Union. The bottom line here is the GOP and more so the extreme right has outright lied about Obama's ideals. They truly do not know (and do not care) what he believes. They are just playing the fear card and it is working. People all across this nation have fallen for their lie and unfortunately Democrats are just standing around with their hands in their pockets not really sure what to do.
Then there is the controversy that has blown up over two Super Bowl commercials, one was banned, on was not, see if you know which one. The first commercial is a story by Tim Tebow and his mother speaking on behalf of Focus on the Family about how, when she was pregnant with Tim she had complications and her doctors in the Philippines encouraged her to get an abortion, she refused and the rest, as they say, is history. The other one is by a gay dating site that wanted to air a commercial for their site. If you guessed the first one, you are a bit out of touch. Naturally there are a few holes in Saint Tebow's mothers story. The main one is that abortions are illegal in the Phillipines no matter how a woman gets pregnant and the possibility of a doctor telling her to get one is remote. Personally I would not watch either commercial for a couple of reasons, I can not stand Tim Tebow and I am not gay, but for CBS to play with people's morals during a football game just seems off to me.
Which of course leads right into the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" debacle that we have had in the country since Clinton. It is an entirely moronic policy. If gay men and women want to serve for our country it is not our position or the government's to tell them they can not simply because they are gay. Naturally when Obama announced this, the GOP and Conservatives started up their lie and scare machine to full boar. The only problem this time around is the only people speaking in support of keeping this policy are all non-military people. The Pentagon and "generals on the ground" are in support of doing away with the policy. Though it does bring to mind during Bush's term the chorus from the GOP and conservatives about how we need to listen to our "generals on the ground". Apparently what they meant was we only need to listen to them when they are in agreement with the GOP and conservatives. Any other time they are dead wrong.
Which brings us to convicted murderer and domestic terrorist, Scott Roeder, who gunned down (in a church) Dr. George Tiller. A lot has been said about this case and fortunately towards the end the judge in the case saw the light and would not let Roeder be convicted on anything less than murder, though Roeder wanted the judge to allow the jury to consider justifiable homicide. Here's the thing, the far right and Fox News have propped Roeder up as a defender of unborn children by "taking out" Dr. Tiller. Naturally they leave quite a bit out of the story of what actually happened on that day. They forget to mention that after Roeder shot Tiller in cold blood in the back he pointed his gun at two different people who had no affiliation with Dr. Tiller and then tried to escape. These are not actions of a defender of anyone but oneself. If he truly was making a statement and defending the rights of unborn babies, after killing Dr. Tiller he would have immediately surrendered. His actions were of a coward who shot a man in the back at a church who deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Big thanks to Jaded American for catching my many mistakes in the writing of this blog. Hopefully with the corrections it is now a little easier to read.
Of course there is also Sarah Palin. Recently, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel mad a ridiculously stupid comment about several congressmen and called them retards. Sarah Palin, who hates political correctness, by the way, rightfully went ballistic as her youngest is mentally challenged. It clearly is a touchy subject to you as it should well be, or is it?
I've made no secret my belief that since she came into the national limelight she has used her children to further her political career. I thought in this case it was different because she was not only defending her child against the terms "retard" or "retarded" but other mentally challenged people.
But the very next day Rush Limbaugh used the word "retard" several times on his show. One would think this would be the perfect opportunity for her to show her independence from the parties and go after Rush Limbaugh as well and while maybe not demanding he be fired at the very least demanding he apologize. It has been three days now and she has not said anything about Limbaugh using the term.
So my question to Mrs. Palin is, "Why is a Democrat or at least someone on the left using the word "retarded" so bad that you demand he resign, but someone on the right using the word "retard" is perfectly acceptable?"
My answer is simply that once again she is using her children as political props to score points with conservatives.