Posts tagged ‘democrats’

September 6, 2012

Republican Envy

The poor, bald, republican talking head on MSNBC (I don’t know his name) said last night, “I wish that our guys had someone who could do that… but, we don’t…” Awww. Poor guy!

 

What President Clinton did last night, and what the majority of the democrats who have given speeches at the DNC have done, requires HEART and SOUL. Two qualities completely lacking in the republican party. They stood up there, with their smug-filled smirks and entitled attitudes, mocking democrats, mocking the president, but that’s all they have. You can’t run a campaign on hate! Hate is DRAINING on the heart, it’s DRAINING on the soul.
Republicans can hardly muster up any excitement for their presidential candidate, (speakers at the DNC mentioned President Obama more in ONE NIGHT than the republicans mentioned Romney during their ENTIRE convention) and they definitely can’t gather around their previous president. If the way republicans have done things in the past works so well, they would have been able to trot out GWB & Co – but did they? Nope. Instead it’s, “Let’s pretend that they don’t exist – maybe people will forget.” Maybe their devout base is willing to overlook the fact that their policies haven’t worked – If they did would we be in this mess? But, the rest of us don’t have that mental defect. We DO remember and we WILL be voting OBAMA/Biden 2012!

March 17, 2012

In Defense of Bill Maher and Alexandra Pelosi… sort of

This week Alexandra Pelosi debuted a new video on Real Time with Bill Maher. This video was meant to give contrast to last week’s video which showed Pelosi in Mississippi speaking with lower income conservatives. Many conservatives expressed outrage that Pelosi and Maher would “cherry pick” conservatives in order to show the party in the most negative light possible. Personally, I think that the party does that on its own, with or without the video… but, that’s another story altogether.

Before showing last week’s video, Maher promised that he would send Pelosi into the inner city to get the “other side’s” view. Last night, he kept his promise of a new video and showed the audience Pelosi’s latest installment. Instead of going to the inner city, however, she just went right across the street, from her residence, to the Welfare office where she interviewed several black men and one white woman. All were seeking government assistance in one form or another. One guy said he didn’t know what he was applying for, he just wanted whatever he could get. Another guy was asked why he was voting for President Obama and he said because he’s black, which contrasts the white conservative who said that he didn’t like President Obama because he is a “half-breed.”

All in all, this week’s video showed people who voted democrat because of their belief that they will get handouts if they do, again contrasting the conservatives who say that they would rather go without than have help. I am sure that the video outraged many liberals, but we all know that these people exists on both sides. The problem tends to come in when we try to paint an ENTIRE party with the same brush based upon the most negative, ignorant elements that exists within each party. This puts everyone on the defensive and we spend more time fighting stereotypes than being productive. (Which, I imagine, is by design.) I frequently post on the Huffington Post with my avatar showing me as a black woman, and while I have never once signed up for any government assistance programs and have never been on food stamps, people have implied that I am only a democrat because I want handouts. I don’t want handouts because I haven’t needed them, but I DO like the idea of a safety net considering the state of the economy.

In the end, the questions we have to ask are: Are all lower income conservatives racists who will not support a black president? No, but many are. Are all lower income democrats looking for a handout? No, but many are. That is what the videos showed, that these elements do exist and these people are voters. (Of course, many conservatives also accept handouts, but don’t acknowledge it as a handout… but, again, that’s another story.)

While I support the IDEA of what Maher and Pelosi have been trying to accomplish, I feel as if they didn’t go far enough to create context. In the case of this week’s video, I also do not believe that they did an adequate job of giving an exact contrast to the Mississippi voters that they interviewed. In MS, you clearly saw them speak with working class people, who we honestly do not know whether or not they accept any form of government assistance, or not. Considering that at least 40 percent of the people who receive food stamps live in households with at least one wage earner, that is a question that needed to be asked given this week’s trip to the welfare office in NY.  Since Pelosi didn’t interview all food stamp recipients last week,  this week’s video didn’t make sense in context.

Another place the video missed is when showing the doorman lament about those at the welfare office not having a job. In context, you would need to consider the jobless rate and whether or not jobs are available for those able bodied individuals. And you would have to also consider whether or not ALL of those going to the office aren’t working, as pointed out above. In the end, however, the men didn’t act as if they had any interest whatsoever in actually working. One man said he didn’t want a job, but a career… As if those are any easier to get.

Pelosi made a good point when referencing that we spend 700 billion on defense, in comparison to the 70 billion spent on government assistance programs. I also think she made a good point when she referenced the billions given out in corporate welfare. These are things that she should have discussed with the anti-handout crowd in MS. Republicans, that they vote for, support corporate welfare while stating that poor people don’t deserve any help. It would have been interesting to hear their take on that.

After it was all said and done, I was left feeling as if Ms. Pelosi really could have done a better job. The first video seemed as if she took the time out to travel through MS to find different people to speak with. (Although conservatives will argue that they were all the same TYPE of people.) The second one seemed as if it was hastily thrown together, and frankly, lazy. She only made one stop and it was to speak only with people looking for a handout.

Maher and Pelosi have managed to piss people off, showing those of whom both sides would rather keep buried, out of sight and out of mind. My issue with the video is completely different, however. I don’t mind that these people were unearthed, only that the videos lacked depth and context.  As I’ve already said, I support the idea of what they did, so I am not offended… I imagine many black people will be because they may feel as if Maher and Pelosi are purposely playing into the stereotype that black people want handouts. Which is the argument that the right is making, only it’s for their side. So, there you have it. Something people on the left and right can come together on.  And they said it couldn’t be done!

In closing, am I the only one amused by the fact that the welfare office had a DOORMAN? Really?

March 23, 2010

It’s Health Care, Stupid!

OK, I could have taken a half a second to come up with a more original title for this post, but honestly, I’m fighting the Ambien to get this out. So work with me.

I had to post a blog today just to note history, for myself. I want to record my thoughts and observances…  as someone who has only been following this “debate” from afar for the last month or so. Politics burn me out. I get too wrapped up in it and there are times that I have to step back for my own personal sanity. With that said…

Let’s face it. The health care debate has been a heated one from the start. But as we got closer to actually PASSING health care reform, things reached a fever pitch, to say the least. One thing that, those of us who actually have functioning brain cells, realize is that dramatic change does not come without a big  fight. And a fight it has been….

As a 30 year old woman who did not have to live through the civil rights movement, it’s a tad shocking to see this kind of ugliness. It’s 2010. For a good 2 years, I’ve been stating that the republican party needed to get together and condemn the blatant fear-mongering, and the racism, bigotry and threats of bodily harm from those on the fringe. This is something that has been escalating since the 2008 election year; yet the GOP remains silent.

I have not heard the GOP, as a whole, come out and state that  their constituents behavior has been inappropriate. Why not call for REAL conservatives to come forth with their ideas and ideology? Without the side show circus of placards with President Obama depicted as Hitler (because we all know that Hitler was all about making sure people had health care) or Stalin or Mao or whatever the flavor of the day.

Hold that thought – I’ll get back to that in a bit, but I want to touch on the mention of the Civil Rights movement above, I want to add this quote from Newt Gingrich – so that I won’t forget:

Newt Gingrich outlined the Republican strategy going forward, saying that the Democrats “will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for forty years” by signing civil rights into law.

Plus, when did Mister Newt Gingrich become so worried about the democratic party? If this will destroy the democratic party, shouldn’t he be out doing back flips and such? Cracking open bottles of Cristal to celebrate the occassion? No…?
The republicans are SCARED right now, but they want us to believe that their fear is that the democrats will be no more… Nevermind the fact that that doesn’t make sense…. or anything… Ah well, one must disguise their fear somehow. Right?
Back to the Civil Rights Movement:
I’m sure that if you polled the teabaggers,  chances are many of them would be in favor of repealing the Civil Rights act. After all, a lot of them are not yet over the “Great War of Yankee Aggression,” as Rep. Paul Broun likes to put it.
Mmm… The Great war of Yankee Aggression…
This twitter shot comes courtesy of a “conservative blogger.” I’m not going to post his name, and honestly, I’ve already for gotten it.
Here’s another:
Is this really about a President wanting to provide millions of Americans with health care?
Of course not. More people need to be unafraid to say it. I’m not afraid of being told that I’m just “playing the race card.”  We all know that the dynamics would be completely different if Barack Obama was not black. People would not struggle with remembering how to treat people respectfully. Decorum would not be an afterthought in the Chambers of Congress. Republicans would  not be yelling “Baby Killer” in a hissy fit over not getting their way. Based on this, and so much more, it’s clear to me that the republican message to the president is that THEY DO NOT RESPECT HIM! Period – point blank.

With that in mind, I just have to ask:

  • Where were the Conservative leaders when their constituents were outside calling Barney Frank a Faggot?
  • Where was the Conservative Leadership when Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was spat upon, by their constituents?
  • Why is the GOP  also MIA when Rep. John Lewis is called a nigger?
  • Where was Michael Steele as democrat offices, across the country, were being vandalized?
How about you, Eric Cantor. Aren’t you their WHIP? We would all love to hear, in that charming southern drawl of yours, condemnation for what these nutcases are doing. Will there be any?
Will anyone from the GOP get on their soapbox and DEMAND civility and basic human decency?

September 15, 2009

Cross Wielding Teabagger + Voices of the Teabagger Movement. (Video)

Yes America, it’s true.  The media is giving power to the most ignorant segment of our country. Of course, the first clue that these people were not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier is when they decided to call themselves “Teabaggers.” While they may be a great source of entertainment for those of us who have more than two brain cells to bump together, the topic of health care is an important one. These people are grossly uninformed, misinformed, and  generally motivated by their fear of the unknown. Never once do they consider that perhaps they know so little because they are so overwhelmingly brainless. Oh, and that they refuse to get their news from anywhere other than right-wing propagandists and Fox News – who are bought and paid for by the same corporations that have brought us to the brink of disaster.

Teabagger, Remember when we used to burn these??

Teabagger, "Remember when we used to burn these??" No, he didn't actually SAY that...

Video Highlights:

They believe that czars are bad, generally because it is an unfamiliar word in their vocabulary. When informed that Reagan also used czars, and that czars were expanded under George W. Bush, the crowd expressed dumbfounded confusion and disbelief. Their level of skepticism increased further as they were educated on the roles of the czars here in America. That they wield no executive power and act as advisers.  Not to mention that most of them have been confirmed! Dubiously, one man questioned, “and you know this how?” If Glenn Beck didn’t say it, it must not be true. One woman worried about whether or not they are given land to lord over (like those czars that Caesar had back in “Roman Times.” )

Another deep thinker also contributed to the discussion about czars, stating that, “in Russia, czars are kings. I want people to know that in America, Jesus is king.'” I wish that the guy interviewing her would have said, “many people believe that Jesus was a socialist.” But, he may not have gotten out of there alive.

Other Highlights:

A man goes on and on about abortions and how black women make up a high percentage of said abortions. But this has nothing to do with race.

A man wielding a wooden cross, typically used for cross burnings by the KKK, states that he had no clue that the rally was going on. He goes on to ask the people around him if they wanted to sign the cross, which already had several signatures. But, this has nothing to do with race.

More mention of President Obama being a Muslim, and not a Christian as he states. But, this has nothing to do with race.

A man holds up a tall sign that proudly states, “Joe Wilson for President.” He changed his mind after he was informed that Joe Wilson actually voted to pay the hospital bills of illegal immigrants that visited the Emergency Room – with taxpayers money.

A man states that there are simply not enough doctors in America for everyone to receive health care. That we would be 200,000 doctors short!  When asked what should be done for the millions of Americans who lack coverage, he didn’t have a solution. Especially when there is no solution that would conjure up more doctors. In other words, those without health care, feel free to rot.

A woman states her belief that President Obama is interested in building an army of 2 million people who will be as well armed as the military. She goes on the repeat the false claim, even as she is corrected. I guess she also believes in FEMA Death Camps.

A man states that Hitler wooed all with his fancy words, just like President Obama. Does this mean that all educated men with charisma should be out of the question for the presidency in the future?

A woman whose been in the health care industry 20 years claims that the, “Bury Obamacare with Kennedy” signs are simply “sarcastic.” While another individual  goes on to state that the sign was okay, because the Kennedy’s had “done other stuff too,” though he could not think of any of that stuff “off the bat.”

And finally, ignoramuses attending the rally believe that being a communist, fascist, and socialist are all the same thing. Practically interchangeable. To top it off, when further questioned about just WHY they are protesting, most of them can’t come up with an even halfway coherent response.

::sighs::

There are other blatant examples of the overall ignorance of the crowd. All brought together by the hard work of Glenn Beck and Faux News.

These are the people keeping us from having a REAL health care debate. And their “representatives” are allowing it to happen!

At the end of the video, a woman is in a tizzy about how she is frustrated that they aren’t being listened to by the government, as a whole…

God help us if they ever are.



September 13, 2009

Census Report Shows Bush Economic Legacy Is Failure On Every Measurement

Thursday’s annual Census Bureau report on income, poverty and access to health care-the Bureau’s principal report card on the well-being of average Americans-closes the books on the economic record of George W. Bush.
It’s not a record many Republicans are likely to point to with pride.
On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush’s two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked. By contrast, the country’s condition improved on each of those measures during Bill Clinton’s two terms, often substantially.

Read the rest of the article.

Let’s see. The economy IMPROVED under a democratic president… The economy TANKED under a republican president. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Where  are all those “fiscally responsible” republicans that you Teabaggers are ACHING to put back into power?

Facts are such a pesky little thing, aren’t they?

September 7, 2009

REPUBLICANS – Please keep your children home from school tomorrow!

Lest, they may learn something.

The White House has released the text of the official speech that Barack Obama will deliver to schoolchildren tomorrow. Read it here.

Republicans, struggling to find a way to demonize a speech that is about staying in school, taking control of your destiny, and overall responsibility, have stooped to the level of actually counting how many times President Obama  said certain words.

I kid you not, republicans on the internets are all atwitter over how many times Obama said the word “I” vs how many times he said “Nation. “

Don’t believe me? Just Google the following:

  • 56 iterations of “I”
  • 19 iterations of “school”
  • 10 iterations of “education”
  • 8 iterations of “responsibility”
  • 7 iterations of “country”
  • 5 iterations each of “parents”, “teachers”
  • 3 iterations of “nation

Missing from this petty little rundown, of course… is any variant of the word “you.” Such a count of that word may reiterate what we with actual intelligence already knew. This speech is not about the president at all.

While I really was not in the mood to separately plug in each and every variant of the word, “YOU,” I did count that the president referenced “you” over 200 times. ie, you, your, you’re, you’ll, you’ve, yourself, etc. Others have said he plainly said “you” 93 times. I will take their word for it. Not to mention that country and nation are essentially the same thing.  They also conveniently didn’t tack on “America” to the list.

Yes. This is what our nation has come to.  Republicans have us counting words to counter their ridiculous attacks on anything that comes out of Barack Obama’s mouth. Those on the right will do any and everything under the sun to ATTEMPT to diminish our current president and his administration. Even if it is something as simple-minded and petty as counting how many times he said certain words in a speech. They may want to reconsider this whole “playing a game of numbers” thing. It’s one that they can not win.

They are also claiming that it can not possibly be the “original” speech! While they also can not possibly prove what never existed, they damn sure will try. I mean clearly he was planning to stand there and tell  schoolchildren that they needed to fight for socialist health care, tax increases, and handouts for the lazy. Thank God the fright-wing stepped in before he indoctrinated all the nations children and they went home with whited out eyes and spouting fangs.

Finally, they cling to this phrase provided in materials to accompany this speech.

A bullet point for activities after the speech used to say, “Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”

How dare the president ask the citizens of this country and their children to make a positive contribution! In the minds of the fright-wing, of course, this means that he wanted the children to write him to tell him how they would make sure that his socialist agenda is achieved. Starting with making sure that every child in their class… has an equal turn on the swing set.  Or something.

The verbiage has since been changed to:

“Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short–term and long–term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”

Phew! Thank God!

In the end, what can we say? The only way to insure that the right-wing continue to have a base is to make sure that schoolchildren living in republican households remain illiterate for decades, if not centuries, to come.  Therefore, encouraging truancy will do just that.

Republicans, I implore you. Continue the good fight!