I am constantly amazed. Everywhere in the news I’m hearing the Call of the Day, i.e. “The Democrats are going to lose so much ground in November, yadda, yadda, yadda. “
The Republicans are bending over backwards for the Tea Partiers simply because they have won some important primaries and they are getting quite a bit of media coverage. They have to embrace them or risk splitting the party. Let’s keep in mind that the Tea Partiers have a few problems stemming from their extreme views.
Nevada Republican Sharron Angle has suggested that if the Right doesn’t get their way at the elections, there may be a move toward “second amendment remedies” a.k.a. taking up arms against the government.
Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell is another candidate styled after Sarah Palin; a person who is great on the stump speech, is photogenic and woefully short on experience, depth, or understanding of what it takes to govern.
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul seems to have a number of issues with Civil Rights. He patently is opposed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the recent American with Disabilities Act. He’s more interested in allowing business to make up their own minds about who to hire and who gets a part of the pie, regardless of basic rights.
New York Republican running for governor, Carl Paladino has some more personal problems. He received over $3 million in NY State money and created only 29 jobs. More recently, he’s defending emails he forwarded that contain racist and sexual content that his “friends” had sent him.
Alaska Republican Joe Miller has a far right financial agenda. The list includes: remove unemployment insurance from the states responsibility; cut welfare; eliminate health care for the poor by scrapping Medicaid; make huge cuts to Medicare and Social Security with a goal of phasing them out entirely in favor of total privatization. Really? Do you trust business to have your best interests in mind?
Tennessee Republican Zach Wamp wants to repeal the health care bill so, “…states are not forced to consider separation from this government.” Secession? Really?
And there are some common issues being pushed by these folks that are pretty extreme like:
Abolishing the Departments of Education and Energy,
Privatizing Social Security (imagine your retirement tied to the stock market the last few years),
Repealing Rowe v. Wade even in cases of rape and incest.
Repealing Health Care Reform (there goes ‘coverage for pre-existing conditions’)
Repealing Financial Reform (keep Wall Street in line)
Repealing the Fourteenth Amendment
Rolling back the Minimum Wage
Make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent (more money in the pockets of the elite)
On Christine O’Donnell, Even Karl Rove’s first estimation was that she was ‘unelectable’. He shortly changed his mind… supposedly. And that’s as blatant as it gets. Rove knows, but he’s silenced by the Machine. Get in line, Karl; lock-step, Karl. And that’s not because the Machine cares about the American Public. It’s because the Republican Machine (not the rank & file party members) is concerned with one thing – keeping Power. Well, a while back, they finally got Clinton on a moral issue (they couldn’t make a governing charge stick) they were able to take the White House and Congress. They finally got the power. And let’s remember what they did with it once they had it.
The Bush Administration had a surplus which was turned into our largest deficit ever. He lied to Congress and the American people about the War in Iraq, awarded no bid contracts to his friends (Dick Cheney’s former employer, Haliburton), sat on their hands while Wall Street, lacking regulations, stripped the financial system, and finally gave Billions in tax breaks to the wealthy.
The middle class? Beyond the ability to give them votes, the Machine doesn’t keep the middle class on the radar. Once flush with the ability to re-write the laws and then enforce them by blocking legislation, they will continue to give money to their friends, let the average American languish and call it all Patriotism. I call it Bunk.
Did you vote in 2008? Get out and vote! Get your family out and vote! Make your friends aware of the necessity to take part in this very important election! The work of recovery from eight years of Lies and Subterfuge just starting. Give our leaders a chance to do the right thing. Support real governance over ideology & rhetoric. Give the Democrats and yes, President Obama, the chance to pull us out of this malaise brought to us by the Republican Machine. Get out and vote.