Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sick Rantorum: Smart People on "Our Side"

REPOSTED: Okay, so Sir Richard was speaking at the latest republican "values" conference this week, where the extreme right in this country gathers to reinforce and applaud its increasingly fringe political and cultural views. So, of course, Sick Rantorum was up to speak. Where to start? 

First, the media isn't supposed to be on *anyone's* side, they're supposed to be impartial. That said, I guess the former senator and current sweater vest-wearing extremist forgot about a cable news channel called "FOX News"--the "fair and balanced" 24/7 PR arm of the republican party. 

Second, sometimes the right can't help but admit which party has the "smart" folks in it, and every time they do, I think it's hilarious. They really don't even understand that they've insulted themselves. 

Third, the elite? That's seriously rich: the people who founded our country weren't common bumpkins, they were the high-functioning intelligent elite of our country--the best and the brightest. Whom do you want making policy decisions in this country--the best and brightest people or Joe the Plumber and Sarah the Palin? And btw, what is Mitt Romney, other than a Harvard-educated, to the manor born son of a governor? Does it get *any more* elite than that?? 

Ironically, Santorum states that elites want the "power" to tell people what to do. But as I recall, it's the republicans who are trying to define rape; the republicans who are requiring intrusive ultrasounds; and the republicans who are disenfranchising voters around the country with bureaucratic red tape-driven voter ID laws that address a non-existent problem. How is that for intrusive government?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

To all the haters who think there's no difference between democrats and republicans...

Auto Industry Saved. Romney tried to take credit. But instead of giving Obama credit, he's called a socialist (which really isn't an epithet--yet another hijacked concept from the rightists). What would today’s republicans have done in WWII? Those “socialists” basically helped save the planet because the government had to step in and retool the economy. Sen. Bernie Sanders agrees.

Iraq. Bush went into war without consulting the National Security Council--well, according to that liberal apologist Colin Powell, anyway. There was no real exit strategy, and the "evidence" used was not vetted. Bush originally estimated the war at $60 - $80 billion. True debt-burdening cost? Closer to $3 to $4 trillion. Far more Americans died in Iraq than in 9/11, and the wounded? In the millions. And that's not even counting the hundreds of thousands of people we killed who *weren't* Americans. If any other country did what we have done in that country, the right wing would call it a "rogue state." Oh, and yeah, Obama pulled out all the troops--you're WELCOME. Sen. Bernie Sanders agrees.

Healthcare. It's a complicated law, but the simple facts are these: Obama decided to focus less on killing people abroad (yes, I know about the drones and Afghanistan) and to focus more on keeping more people in the United States healthy. The healthcare law is imperfect, but just the one thing it does--if you know NOTHING else about it: It makes it illegal for healthcare corporations to remove you from coverage because of a typo on your application. You DID know that corporations went through applications with a fine-toothed comb to do this, right? Right? Do you think that's a good thing? Do you think that eliminating that unbelievably heinous practice is somehow bad? And pre-existing conditions? You might be young, but if you’re not, it’s a VERY big deal that corporations are no longer able to deny care because of it. Birth control--Obamacare covers it for women now. Makes sense, right? Right. Basic. Bernie Sanders agrees and says that Obamacare is the first step in the right direction.

Gay Marriage. Obama is the first president in history to publicly support gay marriage. Why? Because he's not afraid of people who live and lead different lifestyles. And young people? They're MUCH less afraid of gay people because they grew up with them being much more in the open--difference between the two parties much? Much. Bernie Sanders agrees.

Voting Rights. Obama is for them, the vast state-based republican conspiracy is against them. The facts are that--in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and many other states--republicans at the state level are trying to disenfranchise voters. Look it up. It’s not pretty. Bernie Sanders agrees.

Women's Rights. Obama is crystal clear on his support for the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and has stood with women on this basic and obvious policy from the beginning. Romney? He'll "get back to you on that." Planned Parenthood saves countless lives each year with breast cancer screenings. This is an inherent good. But the republicans want to end it once and for all. Obama supports it unabashedly--as he should--along with a woman's right to reproductive healthcare. Difference much? Difference. Much. Obama supports a woman’s right to choose. 

You can’t have everything in a president. You can’t. I’m sorry. You’re upset about NDAA, Gitmo, drones, oil drilling, Afghanistan, the medical marijuana debacle? I am too. I get it. But here’s the thing: no individual or party organization is going to meet all of your checklist requirements for the perfect president. That individual--and that party--simply doesn’t exist. But if you think that democrats and republicans are the same, then by your logic you have to Michele Bachmann is the same as Bernie Sanders. The republican party is run by extremist, socio-cultural re-engineers that are, as Obama states in the piece associated with this thread, want to take this country back to another century. The Democrats are not for that, and are fighting every day to prevent that from happening. That’s the truth of it. And just in case you’re wondering, Bernie Sanders shares all of your concerns, but he’s with the Democrats. Why? Because he knows that this is the best hope for real change, and that letting the other side win would be a disaster. Bernie Sanders agrees with this 100%.

You can sit and yell at your computer monitor and avoid dealing with policy specifics, or you can be part of the movement to prevent the tea party morons from consolidating their power. Up to you. The rest of us have work to do...