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Starve them until they get jobs

12:24 pm in Uncategorized by

Republicans think people on food stamps are lazy bastards that won’t ever make anything of themselves until we starve a few of them off of the government teat.

Have you ever been on food stamps?

I was once on unemployment, paying child support, alimony, and rent…AND…I still wasn’t poor enough for food stamps. I don’t ever want to be poor enough to qualify for food stamps.

Yet, Republicans act like being on food stamps or WIC or any of the programs that try to make sure no one in the richest country in the world has to go to bed hungry is a choice made by lazy, good-for-nothings because they would rather not work.

Republicans will tell you that unemployment and federal nutrition assistance is the reason people are out of work. If you start starving them and their children, the Republicans say, they’ll go get one of the millions of good jobs just lying about waiting for unlazy people to take them.

This myth that people are living in poverty because something is wrong with them has to be dragged out into the sunlight and be staked through the heart. This myth has sucked the compassion out of America. Far too many people in this country believe that good people live well, and bad people live badly because they are lazy.

It’s been quite a while since I blogged about anything…I can’t believe I just used a form of the verb blog…blog, blogged, blogging. I may fit into this century, yet.

My inability to blog has come for two reasons.

First, I have worked for three companies since the first of June. The first place got sold to second company, and a week later I accepted a job offer from a third company.

Second, June and July left me full up to the eyeballs of asshole Republicans.

If you agree with the following, you are an asshole Republican:

  • Let’s punish lazy sluts that get knocked up and force them to have babies so we can punish their hungry babies later.
  • Let’s make sure black, brown, young, poor, and old people have a hard time voting.
  • Let’s do everything we can to stall any progress on anything that could help Americans so we can blame it on the President and pack the House and the Senate with more Republican assholes so we can kick the hungry, poor, homeless, pregnant, black, brown, sick, and old people in the collective balls.
  • The country sucks because the hungry, poor, homeless, pregnant, black, brown, and old people have been sucking it dry with their damn laziness.
  • Old, sick people need to get busy living or get busy dying, but they have got to stop looking for handouts and do one or the other on their own.
  • If we tell kids what their sex parts are for, they will want to start using them to do those things. (Blogger’s Note: When I was a kid, my peers told me what my sex parts were for, but I had already figured out 90 percent of it by virtue of having the stuff where I could easily get my hands on it.)
  • Towns like Detroit need to die before they can be reborn into conservative wonderlands.
  • It’s the weak and the powerless that are dragging America down…who needs them?
  • Sluts need to tie their legs together…AND…sluts that are just asking for rape need to wear wet suits.
  • God hates gay people, and it’s up to us to make life as hard as possible on them so they will stop choosing to be gay and just turn straight, already.
  • Mexicans are all drug mules that have broken the law and have come to American to take all the good crop-picking, landscaping, dishwashing, and bathroom cleaning jobs.
  • Good women don’t have unwanted pregnancies and NEVER get raped.
  • Black people, come on, really, you act like everybody still hates nigg…ah, like everybody still hates colored people. You have to bring race into everything.

It’s this crap that keeps me from being able to deal with these people as members of the human race. All I want to do is slap them silly.

It’s not just Republicans…

Anthony Weiner, Carlos Danger, whatever, take your penis and go home. The Mayor of New York has to be a dick sometimes, but we don’t need one that thinks no woman is complete without feasting her eyes on the magic schlong of Carlos Danger.

Why can’t we get some non-assholes to run for office? What would be wrong with getting something done and both sides getting the credit? Why can’t we all just get along?

I guess it must be because good people naturally shun assholes, so no good people want to go anywhere near Washington, D. C.

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May you live in interesting times

8:54 am in Uncategorized by

I personally have been living in interesting times, and my country has been right there with me.

Three weeks ago I went to a job interview basically as a favor to a friend. Two weeks ago, on Monday, the company I work for told us our group was being sold, and we would become employees of our new master by July 1.

Two weeks ago Tuesday, I got a job offer from the aforementioned interview contingent on passing a background check…I passed. Two weeks from this coming Monday, I start a new job.

I know how incredibly lucky I am. There are way too many people without even one job and I get a choice of jobs…it feels weird.

As weird as that feels, America is even weirder.

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas 36th Congressional District) has sponsored H.R. 2625, which would strip public school districts of federal funding if said schools try to impose imaginary gun control.

Stockman is crazy angry that some schools in America are making the use of even a “pretend” gun (point your finger and say, “Bang, bang!”) a suspendable offense. I guess Stockman feels that school is where children should learn that loaded weapons are the best way to solve disputes and decrease crime.

Illinois’ lawmakers overturned a gubernatorial veto this week to allow Illinois to become the last of the 50 states to pass a law allowing its citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

It will be legal to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois starting in 2014. The liberals had to mess with the law, however; you must be at least 21 and you can’t  have been convicted of a misdemeanor or drug violation or undergone treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, in the last five years. You must not have any pending arrest warrants or other offenses, as well. Hmmmm, mentally disturbed…not on the list?

In Ohio, women wishing abortions will have to get a state-mandated lecture from their doctor and an abdominal ultra-sound. Should anything go wrong during the actual abortion, women can’t be admitted to a public hospital…they can be admitted to a private hospital (for lots more money). Oh, if rape crises centers even use the word “abortion” while counseling victims…the center can lose its state funding.

In Texas, the woman behind the Texas anti-abortion bill, Republican Representative Jodie Laubenberg, believes rape kits prevent pregnancy, “In hospital emergency rooms, we have funded what’s called rape kits that will help the woman, basically clean her out. And then hopefully that will alleviate that.”

If rape kits work the way Miss Jodie suggests and conception had already happened, the brilliant Miss Jodie is saying Texas already funds some abortions.

Why are Republicans fonder of the unborn than the born? To Republicans, abortions are awful, but so is SNAP, WIC, free or reduced breakfasts, free or reduced lunches, free or reduced medical care, Head Start, after school programs, and gun control.

While you float in your mother’s uterus, you apparently have potential in the eyes of Republicans. Once you arrive, you fall victim to that pervasive welfare mentality Republicans are always talking about. Little, newborn babies suddenly become all about the handout. They quit even trying to make something of themselves.

  • “The state will roll me over; I don’t have to learn how.”
  • “I don’t have to get potty trained; Uncle Sam will wipe my ass and change my diaper.”
  • “Walk? Kiss my ass; you walk over here with my check, and bring some of those government-surplus Cheerios with you.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he won’t run for another term. Jesus, he had to get out of the way or Republicans had no chance of keeping the Governorship in the land of armadillos.

I have admitted that I overestimated Rick Perry’s intelligence by a factor of at least 100…or, I underestimated the intelligence of the Republican primary voter. I had Perry winning the nomination in 2012. I’m glad I was wrong, but I think he’s going to run again…aaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!

I’ll leave you with the story of some nuts from ten counties in the northern part of Colorado that want to leave their current state and become “North Colorado.” These folks are mad that they have been disenfranchised by not getting their way on gun regulations and petroleum industry regulations. They want far less of each than the majority of Colorado citizens.

No, you assholes…Disenfranchisement is not getting to vote at all…it’s not finding yourself on the losing side. Disenfranchisement is keeping people from voting altogether…like what Florida, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama…you get the idea.

If you vote and lose, it isn’t the same as losing the vote.

And, because I love saying it… “Suck it, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia. Did anyone ever tell you that you are beautiful when you are apoplectic about Gay people?” Read the rest of this entry →

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Still a ton of crazy

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The outhouse rat is not going to run for her House seat in 2014. I am, of course, referring to Michele Bachmann whom we all know is crazier than an outhouse rat.

Ms. Rat’s particular strain of crazy was mighty strong. But fans of the crazy need not despair…there is still a ton of crazy in America. We should be well stocked on the crazy for many years to come.

In Portland, Oregon, the anti-science mentality has defeated plans to fluoridate the city’s water supply. Good for them. I don’t blame them for not trusting the government (run by a Black guy) to “help” them and their kids. For all we know that fluoride stuff could cause white folk’s peckers to go soft and then all the brown people would take over.

Portland’s new motto could become, “Portland…our teeth are bad, but look at these peckers.”

John McCain, the Republican Senator from Arizona and the bringer of the Palin, went to Syria this past week. He met with the “good” rebels who want to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and then become America’s bestest friends once they take over.

Senator McCain says we can identify the “good” rebels and then arm them. He has a point…what could possibly go wrong with a plan to give radicalized Muslims a bunch of weapons with which they can overthrow a repressive secular regime that is backed by the Russians who have propped up the secular regime with gifts of weapons and money?

Hell, I don’t know. Has such a thing ever been attempted before? How did it turn out for us? We might as well give McCain’s plan a try…what could go wrong?

America’s Attorney General Eric Holder is investigating himself. This is a tried and true method of getting to the bottom of wrong doing at the Justice Department. It has worked well through Democratic and Republican administrations. In all those instances, no Attorney’s General ever found they had done anything wrong.

I don’t know if Eric Holder did anything wrong. He is probably just a victim of the favorite Republican game in Washington, D. C., “blame Obama, et al.,” but you can be sure Holder will find that Holder did nothing wrong.

President Obama spoke last week and suggested that Congress better get busy and remove his power to drone anybody anywhere before it gets out of hand.

Back in the dark times of post-9/11 trauma, Congress gave Dubya the power to blow up any damn thing and any damn people he wanted. There were a few hazy stipulations about the people and places having a direct link to the people that planned and carried out the 9/11 terror attacks, but our President can still pretty much blow up whatever or whomever he feels like blowing up.

Good one, Mr. President, “I wouldn’t be eating these potato chips if the wife hadn’t bought them. I guess there is nothing I can do but keep eating them until she quits buying them.”

Congress, under the stellar leadership of its Speaker, Republican from Ohio John “Tiny” Boehner (pronounced “boner”), has voted 37 times to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. It doesn’t matter that the Senate is controlled by Democrats so the vote will not be brought up in the Senate. What matters is that Republicans, whom are accused of doing nothing by the lame-stream media, have done something. Rumor has it that vote 38 is just days away.

In Batavia, Illinois, high school social studies teacher, John Dryden, is in big trouble for explaining the Fifth Amendment to his students as it related to a student survey that included questions about drug and alcohol use. Each survey included the student’s name.

Dryden had just finished teaching a unit on the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the collective name given to the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution which, among other things, provide American citizens the right to religious freedom (Amendment 1), the right to bear arms (Amendment 2), and the freedom from self-incrimination (Amendment 5).

When Dryden explained to his students that they were covered by the Fifth Amendment and need not answer the incriminating questions, he was suspended without pay for one day and reprimanded officially by the Batavia School Board…he could get fired, but the guy is a hippie anyway, so no big deal.

Michele Bachmann may be drifting out of the public spotlight (dear God, please), but there is still plenty of crazy to go around. Some newer, crazier outhouse rat will surface, or Ms. Rat could decide that America and God need her to run for President again.

Now, that’s crazy in which you can believe. Read the rest of this entry →

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Vacation

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My partner, Gail, and I are going on vacation.

We have been together making a mockery of traditional marriage for nearly twelve years. Before we leave for vacation, we are getting our wills, medical powers of attorney, and living wills in order. I, for one, don’t want to lie about in a puddle of my own filth in a permanent vegetative state…in some southern state.

Our goal is Key West. We want to go to a place where an unmarried straight couple won’t raise a false eyelash on a Judy Garland impersonator. Perhaps a week in Key West will be just what I need to cleanse my palette of the nasty taste of some of the crap that’s being flung about in the media by those with medieval minds.

We will have to traverse West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. If we move quickly and stop for food, gas, and lodging in well-lit places and we keep our Yankee mouths shut as much as possible, we should get through in one piece. After all, I’m missing a couple of prominent teeth and I look like one of the guys from Duck Dynasty.

In West Virginia, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum died after he was shot in his car while having lunch. It is important to note that the gun used was innocent in this murder, because, as we all know, people kill people.

In a March 2012 article at iVillage (http://www.ivillage.com) West Virginia made it into the top five or bottom five (perspective being everything) worst states for women. The iVillage article analyzed health care, reproductive rights, economic success, access to affordable childcare, female representation in government, and educational attainment.

Gail likes to get through West Virginia quickly…in the daylight.

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli has filed a petition with the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond asking the full 15-judge court to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel last month that overturned the state’s sodomy law. Cuccinelli doesn’t want even straight couples to get blowjobs or butt sex…and we all remember Governor Vaginal Probe.

We will move quickly through Virginia.

Some Repubs in the North Carolina State House believe that states aren’t bound by this First Amendment wording, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Congress can’t, the Repubs reason, but, we can. They are trying to pass a bill that would allow them to name an official religion for the state of North Carolina.

I have two words for you boys, and one of them is “off.”

South Carolina is a mixed bag.

While State Democrats have tapped Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, to run for an unexpired Senate seat, state Republicans are angry at their other Senator, Lindsay Graham (R), for being too liberal.

When Mark Sanford (R) was Governor, he went off with his lover to “hike the Appalachian Trail.” everybody, including his wife, wondered where the heck he went. Sanford has been tapped by state Republicans to challenge Ms. Busch for the unexpired senate term.

Type “KKK South Carolina” into Google, and you can navigate to the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan web site where you can discover that “Mikey” is the Klan’s Exalted Cyclops in South Carolina.

In South Carolina, if we stick to the east coast, we should be fine.

Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful city where people treated us like neighbors. We noticed a lot of same-sex couples walking their dogs…in broad daylight. However, the top Repub in Georgia is worried that those might be straight men pretending to be gay.

Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart is worried about insurance fraud…

“You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow. Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you’re gay, and y’all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal.”

Florida…Sea World, Disney, Universal Studios… Trayvon Martin, Governor Rick Scott, Pythons…orange blossoms, sunsets in the Gulf of Mexico, St. Augustine…

Florida is a melting pot of cultures. Sometimes the stuff in the pot tastes real good, and sometimes the stuff tastes real bad. All you need is a big drink of water to clean out the bad taste…right Senator Rubio?

I am looking forward to this trip. I am looking forward to spending quality time with Gail…and I am looking forward to being in a place where consenting adults stay out of each other’s business…from what I hear, Key West should fit the bill nicely.

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Who’s going to blink?

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Once again the people we sent to Washington, D. C., are engaged in a staring match. They think the first one to blink loses the 2014 mid-term election.

The future of our country boils down to a game of chicken between a bunch of rich people that won’t have trouble finding a job if the economy goes back into the toilet.

Most of them will keep their high-paying jobs in the House, the Senate, and the White House. Those that don’t get re-elected will be replaced by more people that haven’t worried about having enough money to buy gas to go to work in many years…if ever.

I fell down when I got home from my day job Tuesday. I slipped on the ice in my driveway and landed shin-first on a pile of ice chunks that had fallen off of my roof. It hurt pretty badly, but the initial pain subsided.

I went to my part-time job. Twenty minutes after getting there, I couldn’t put any weight on my leg. I had a baseball-sized lump about four inches below my knee, and the pain actually burned. I couldn’t stand to have my pant leg touch my skin.

First, I tried to do my job. I needed the money to buy gas to go to my day job. Two weeks earlier, I’d missed both my part-time shifts because I was flat on my back with a terrible cold. I had already missed one whole paycheck (a whopping $56.00 after taxes), and I didn’t want to go home early…I’d be giving up nearly half of another weekly paycheck.

I got to the point where I had to go home because I couldn’t do anything but say, “Ouch,” and curse. I could barely work the gas and brake pedals.

I was convinced that I’d broken my leg, but I kept thinking how much it would cost (even with insurance) to go to the emergency room. I lay on the couch and iced the shin. I took some ibuprofen and hoped it would get better…it did. By bedtime, I could put weight on it. By morning I was still sore, but I could walk.

I’ve still got a golf-ball sized lump and my entire right shin is a giant bruise, but I didn’t go to the doctor or the emergency room. I worked my whole part-time shift Thursday night. I was slow, but I got the job done.

I’m not telling this story to get pity. I don’t think I bravely faced adversity. I imagine that 95 percent of you have a similar story. You’ve gone to work sick or hurt. You’ve foregone medical care, and you’ve done these things because you couldn’t afford to lose time or pay another medical bill.

Back to the arrogant sons-of-bitches in Washington, D. C. When was the last time one of them worked sick or hurt because they needed every hour they could scrounge? When was the last time one of them got injured and didn’t go to the doctor because they were scared of the bill?

The answer, of course, is, it was a very long time ago…if ever.

Now, these bastards are playing chicken with our future. If they run this economy into the ground to prove who has the biggest wang, they won’t have to choose between work and medical care.

They are playing poker with our money. They are wagering our health and welfare just so they can say, “The other guy blinked. Ha-ha-ha.” They should be ashamed, but they have been whores for so long that they have no shame.

Neither the right nor the left in Washington, D. C., have a clue what a tightrope most Americans walk every day. The drop ceiling in our tiny bathroom rusted out and the ceiling fell in. It took less than $75.00 to replace, but that $75.00 was supposed to be for food and gas.

The sons-of-bitches in Washington, D. C., don’t understand that my example is typical of life in America today, and I have two jobs. We don’t drink or do drugs or have expensive hobbies. Life is our only hobby, and Washington, D. C., doesn’t understand or apparently care how hard it can be.

I’m not looking for pity or a handout…I could use a hand. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. The CEOs of companies that make nothing get bonus checks in the 8-figure range and beyond while their corporation pay no income taxes.

Just remember this when some politician asks you to send them back to Washington, D. C.

Republicans and Democrats are screwing the pooch when it comes to taking care of average Americans. They are doing a marvelous job of bending over for Wall Street and the rest of the upper 1 percent, but, those guys pay better than we do.

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Oh, I see, you are an idiot.

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If I had a nickel for every time I heard some idiot say, “There are plenty of jobs out there; these welfare people are just lazy,” I’d be able to retire quite comfortably.

People that say such things want to believe that being poor and living on government assistance is a non-stop party. Folks like that believe the only way to get these people to be tax payers is to stop all government assistance.

I’ve argued with folks (usually Republicans) that if they cut all government assistance, they will spend twice as much to arrest and lock up all the people that won’t have any way or any hope of supporting themselves and their families except turning to crime…like stealing food and clothing.

Here’s the big old Republican dream…

Cut all government assistance. No more food stamps, WIC, Medicare, Social Security, or anything else the government gives away to those lazy, good-for-nothing poor, sick, and old people.

Those that have been living high off the government hog but are able to work will give up and take one of those millions of jobs just waiting out there for them. Those jobs might be for low wages and have no benefits, but that’s what lazy people deserve. They just need to work hard for minimum wage, and that will be its own reward.

Sick people are whiners. People get sick. If they have been lazy and didn’t prepare to be sick, they die…so sad, too bad; why should lazy sick people get our money.

Old people are just lazy people that have lived long enough to become a burden to society. If you toss them off the dole, they will get off their lazy old asses or die…so sad, too bad; these geezers have lived long enough. They need to move on and let people with money breathe the air.

Poor, brown, and black people are naturally lazy. That’s why they end up consuming the most government assistance. If we stop coddling these human drains, they will get jobs and pay taxes. It’s just a matter of some tough love. Life on welfare is a wild party. It’s no wonder they stay on the dole.

If you believe any of this garbage, you are an idiot…or a Republican.

The American dream is supposed to be a rags-to-riches story. Anyone from anywhere can (with hard work and a love of God) be anything they want to be. There are no limits.

That’s just bullshit. It could be true someday if the playing field is leveled, but the truth is that the playing field for old, poor, brown, and black people goes uphill. The field for white people with money runs down hill.

It’s been that way since we bought and sold poor, brown, and black people in open markets. Emancipation was crippled by all the laws passed that restricted the choices of poor, brown, and black people.

In the last election, several states tried to make it harder for old, poor, brown, and black people to vote. The field is unlevel and it’s littered with mines. It’s been that way forever. So, if you believe the Republican dream, you are an idiot.

Any attempt to level the playing field is called “redistribution of wealth.” This is a horrible idea to Republicans because to them it means that old, poor, brown, and black people will be allowed into white people’s homes to take whatever they can carry.

If you slash and burn government spending like the ultra right freaks advocate, you will be up to your hips in old, poor, brown, black, and white people. There will be more homeless and sick people. The mess that austerity brings will overwhelm us faster that the scourge of the federal deficit.

If you take money out of the economy…the economy shrinks. When the economy shrinks, business tightens its belt. When business tightens its belt, you get more poor and sick people because business let them go. You can’t save the patient by slowing the flow of blood from the heart and cutting off all but the essential body parts necessary for survival.

If Republicans are right about the old and the poor and the only reason they don’t contribute to the economy is because they are lazy, the Republican dream will work.

If, on the other hand, the old and poor turn out to be victims of an unlevel playing field and cutting them loose to fend for themselves won’t force them to get jobs, then we are screwed.

Which scenario seems the most logical? We have real economic disparity in this country and less money will make the problem even worse…OR…all we need to do is cut these freeloaders off and our economy will pick right up and everything will be whiskey and whores.

I know what idiots think.

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Louder and slower

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I was married for 21 years before I got divorced. In the 11 years since the divorce, I’ve accepted the things I did wrong and I’ve embraced the things I did right.

One of my worst shortcomings was acting as if volume and speed were the answers to spousal communication. If I didn’t get my way or my point across, I’d repeat them louder and slower.

As you may imagine, this approach to matrimonial communication didn’t work…AND…it made my ex feel like I thought she was stupid (which she was not). That made her determined to ignore me and my wishes. I deserved it.

This was the approach taken by the Republican Party in the last election.

The Repubs repeated their tired, old message louder and slower, over and over until they really pissed us off. That’s when folks decided to wait in long lines to teach these sons-of-bitches a lesson.

I was born in 1954. I grew up watching Black people getting their heads bashed in, and I heard people say really stupid shit about why it was OK.

I watched as we sent millions of Americans (including my Dad) to Vietnam, and I heard people say really stupid shit about what we hoped to accomplish over there.

I saw women fighting for equal rights, and I heard people saying really stupid shit about why it was OK to keep them barefoot and pregnant.

I saw gay Americans move from the closet to the streets, and I heard stupid shit about why it was OK to knock them back into the closet and take away their rights.

Saying real stupid shit only works when a majority of people believe the stupid shit you say. That usually means that the people that say and believe stupid shit are kindred in some way…religion, race, sex, sexual preference, socio-economic status.

There is no lack of people saying stupid shit in America, but the number of people that believe the stupid shit is shrinking rapidly because all of the groups of people that were marginalized group-by-group in isolation became the majority this decade.

These are still disparate groups in many respects, but they have all started to know stupid shit when they hear it, and they have come to understand that the ballot box is the best weapon they can wield against the people saying stupid shit.

I have to admit that I thought all the Citizen United money and the voter suppression drives in key states were going to blunt the power of the electorate…and I believe the intervention by the Justice Department using the Voter Rights Act as it entrée into the fight saved the day for America’s new majority.

This is a fledgling coalition to be sure. We came together to defeat the people saying stupid shit, but we undoubtedly have many more internal squabbles ahead of us. The new minority will be digging for the issues that will separate us into pieces parts again, but I think we can recognize more stupid shit when we hear it.

A sizeable majority of Americans want to:

  • Balance the budget on the check books of the rich. All that entails is letting the Bush tax cuts expire only on Americans that make more than $250,000.00 a year.
  • Get the United States out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Bring these people home to their families.
  • Close Guantanamo. Tear it down and send everyone home.
  • Muzzle Wall Street so they can’t bite us in the ass again.
  • Quit trying to keep Gay men and women from enjoying all the benefits of American Citizenship.
  • Find an immigration policy that rewards good people and removes bad people.
  • Leave women alone to make decisions about their own reproductive health.
  • Live in a country that takes care of its poor, sick and elderly.
  • Have corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Take a look some time at the huge list of very successful corporations that pay no federal income tax.
  • Decrease our dependency on petroleum products and develop clean, renewable energy sources.
  • Make sure our past, present, and future veterans get all the help they need and deserve.

If our political leaders could accomplish any three of these things before the 2014 mid-term elections, they would be surprised at how much the electorate would appreciate it and how good it will make them feel.

The House and the Senate must be pretty depressing places to work. Success is measured by how little of anything worthwhile gets done. For God’s sake, don’t get caught doing anything that allows the other side to receive any credit for doing something right.

We shall see if the Republicans are capable of learning that repeating the same stupid shit louder and slower isn’t the way to get anything done…Lord, I hope they can learn.

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Learning from the Dead – Part 3

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October is a month of ghosts and spirits, so why don’t we learn some things from beyond the grave…The whole idea of learning from the dead is that the things that divide us (Republican vs. Democrat, Liberal vs. Conservative, Wall Street vs. Main Street) have been around for a very long time.

This week, I’m focusing on the words of a man that was born in 1879 on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation near what later would become Oologah, Oklahoma. He died before Franklin D. Roosevelt finished his first term. Will Rogers was a cowboy, a philosopher, and a humanitarian. When he died in a plane crash in 1935, America lost a huge chunk of its conscience.

All of the Will Rogers quotes I am using can be found on at www.willrogers.com. Give the web site a look. I used only a small portion of what this great man said.

Will Rogers on the Financial Divide

“Ten men in the country could buy the world and ten million can’t buy enough to eat.”

“This country is bigger than Wall Street. If they don’t believe it, show ’em the map.”

“An economist is a man that can tell you anything. His guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s, too.”

“Every nation must have its legalized form of gambling. We have our Wall Street.”

“If Wall Street paid a tax on every ‘game’ they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on.”

“The difference between our rich and poor grows greater every year. Our distribution of wealth is getting more uneven all the time. A man can make a million and he is on every page in the morning. But it never tells you who gave up that million he got. You can’t get money without taking it from somebody.”

“Let this country get hungry and they are going to eat, no matter what happens to budgets, income taxes or Wall Street. Washington mustn’t forget who rules when it comes to a show down.”

“You wire the state or the federal government that our cow or dog is sick and they will send out experts from Washington and appropriate money to eradicate the cause. You wire them that your baby has the diphtheria or scarlet fever and see what they do….why can’t we get a government to at least do for a child’s protection, what they do for a cow or a hog?”

“Every guy looks in his pocket and then votes.”

“There is nothing that keeps poor people poor as much as paying doctor bills.”

“All doctors should make enough out of those who are well able to pay to be able to do all work for the poor free. One thing that a poor person should never be expected to pay for is medical attention and not from an organized charity but from our best doctors. Your doctor bill should be paid like your income tax, according to what you have.”

Will Rogers on Republicans, Democrats, and Politicians

“It takes nerve to be a Democrat, but it takes money to be a Republican.”

“Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them.”

“The Republican platform promises to do better. I don’t think they have done so bad. Everybody’s broke but them.”

“Republicans have always been the party of big business. The Democrats of small business. So you just take your pick. The Democrats have their eye on a dime and the Republicans on a dollar.”

“If by some divine act of providence we could get rid of both parties and hire some good men, like any other good business does, that would be sitting pretty.”

“All there is to politics is trading. That’s why politics is not as good as it was years ago. They don’t have as many old-time horse traders in there. These we got are just amateurs. They’re crude with their trades. There is really no ‘finesse.’ You might not get that. ‘Finesse’ is a French word and it means sneaking it over.

“Imagine a man in public office that everybody knew where he stood. We wouldn’t call him a statesman, we would call him a curiosity.”

“A lobbyist is a person that is supposed to help a politician make up his mind—not only help him but pay him.”

“Tax relief, farm relief, flood relief, dam relief—none of these have been settled, but they are getting them in shape for consideration at the next session of Congress with the hope that those needing relief will perhaps have conveniently died in the meantime.”

“Why don’t they pass a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as Prohibition did, in five years we will have the smartest people on earth.”

“This would be a great time in the world for some man to come along that knew something.”

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Learning from the Dead – Part 2

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October is a month of ghosts and spirits, so why don’t we learn some things from beyond the grave…The whole idea of learning from the dead is that the things that divide us (Republican vs. Democrat, Liberal vs. Conservative, Wall Street vs. Main Street) have been around for a very long time.

The public has a short memory. I want to point out that both sides in this free-for-all we call a government have been saying the same things about each other during the last 100 years (and even longer in the case of Civil Rights).

Last week, I spotlighted the words of the Godfather of the social safety net, Franklin D. Roosevelt. This week, I’m channeling Harry S. Truman who became President when FDR died. He was the President from April of 1945 until January of 1953.

Truman on Government and the Governed

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

“My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

“Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.”

“We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the nation.”

“Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and to help them get that protection.”

“We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives – but in what we do for others.”

Truman on Richard M. Nixon

“Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in.”

Truman on Republicans

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself.”

“Republicans don’t like people to talk about depressions. You can hardly blame them for that. You remember the old saying: Don’t talk about rope in the house where somebody has been hanged.”

“The Republicans believe in the minimum wage — the more the minimum, the better.”

“On the one hand, the Republicans are telling industrial workers that the high cost of food in the cities is due to this government’s farm policy. On the other hand, the Republicans are telling the farmers that the high cost of manufactured goods on the farm is due to this government’s labor policy. That’s plain hokum. It’s an old political trick: “If you can’t convince ‘em, confuse ‘em.” But this time it won’t work.”

“A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.”

Truman on Firing General Douglas MacArthur (Bonus Material)

“I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. That’s the answer to that. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the laws for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail. That’s why when a good one comes along like General [George] Marshall, why you’ve got to hang onto them, and I did…”

“I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I have finally concluded… decided that there were times when he . . . well, I’m afraid when he wasn’t right in the head. And there never was anyone around to him to keep in line. He didn’t have anyone on his staff who wasn’t an ass kisser…”

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Lessons from the Dead – Part 1

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October is a month of ghosts and spirits, so why don’t we learn some things from beyond the grave…

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Nomination Address, Chicago, Illinois

July 2, 1932

As we enter this new battle, let us keep always present with us some of the ideals of the Party: The fact that the Democratic Party by tradition and by the continuing logic of history, past and present, is the bearer of liberalism and of progress and at the same time of safety to our institutions. And if this appeal fails, remember well, my friends, that a resentment against the failure of Republican leadership–and note well that in this campaign I shall not use the word “Republican Party,” but I shall use, day in and day out, the words, “Republican leadership”–the failure of Republican leaders to solve our troubles may degenerate into unreasoning radicalism.

The great social phenomenon of this depression, unlike others before it, is that it has produced but a few of the disorderly manifestations that too often attend upon such times.

Wild radicalism has made few converts, and the greatest tribute that I can pay to my countrymen is that in these days of crushing want there persists an orderly and hopeful spirit on the part of the millions of our people who have suffered so much. To fail to offer them a new chance is not only to betray their hopes but to misunderstand their patience.

To meet by reaction that danger of radicalism is to invite disaster. Reaction is no barrier to the radical. It is a challenge, a provocation. The way to meet that danger is to offer a workable program of reconstruction, and the party to offer it is the party with clean hands.

This, and this only, is a proper protection against blind reaction on the one hand and an improvised, hit-or-miss, irresponsible opportunism on the other.

There are two ways of viewing the Government’s duty in matters affecting economic and social life. The first sees to it that a favored few are helped and hopes that some of their prosperity will leak through, sift through, to labor, to the farmer, to the small business man. That theory belongs to the party of Toryism, and I had hoped that most of the Tories left this country in 1776.

But it is not and never will be the theory of the Democratic Party. This is no time for fear, for reaction or for timidity. Here and now I invite those nominal Republicans who find that their conscience cannot be squared with the groping and the failure of their party leaders to join hands with us; here and now, in equal measure, I warn those nominal Democrats who squint at the future with their faces turned toward the past, and who feel no responsibility to the demands of the new time, that they are out of step with their Party.

Yes, the people of this country want a genuine choice this year, not a choice between two names for the same reactionary doctrine. Ours must be a party of liberal thought, of planned action, of enlightened international outlook, and of the greatest good to the greatest number of our citizens.

Now it is inevitable–and the choice is that of the times–it is inevitable that the main issue of this campaign should revolve about the clear fact of our economic condition, a depression so deep that it is without precedent in modern history. It will not do merely to state, as do Republican leaders to explain their broken promises of continued inaction, that the depression is worldwide. That was not their explanation of the apparent prosperity of 1928. The people will not forget the claim made by them then that prosperity was only a domestic product manufactured by a Republican President and a Republican Congress. If they claim paternity for the one they cannot deny paternity for the other.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Address at the Democratic State Convention, Syracuse, New York

September 29, 1936

Let me warn you and let me warn the Nation against the smooth evasion which says, “Of course we believe all these things; we believe in social security; we believe in work for the unemployed; we believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things; but we do not like the way the present Administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them- we will do more of them we will do them better; and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything.”

But, my friends, these evaders are banking too heavily on the shortness of our memories. No one will forget that they had their golden opportunity—twelve long years of it.

Remember, too, that the first essential of doing a job well is to want to see the job done. Make no mistake about this: the Republican leadership today is not against the way we have done the job. The Republican leadership is against the job’s being done.