For Democrats the choice is easy. Lying us into
a war, over 2800 dead, thousands maimed, a $500 billion debacle in
Iraq spiraling rapidly toward civil war, a $9 trillion national
debt, massive tax cuts for corporations, illegal spying on US
citizens, torturing of prisoners, suspension of habeas corpus,
secret trials without representation, dismantling FEMA, trashing
international treaties, government-sponsored propaganda, and
corruption as far as the eye can see in the Republican Congress.
independents vote for Democrats this election? Simple: divided
government. Independents know full well that when one party controls
the entire government that things go very poorly for the country. A
divided government worked well under Bill Clinton with a Democrat in
the White House and the Republican Congress. Things were actually
accomplished, and the deficit was turned into a surplus. We were
actually paying down the national debt for the first time in a long
Republicans vote for Democrats this election? I could go on about
how the size of the federal government has never been larger, how
the debt has never been larger, and how Republicans should be just
as concerned about corruption in Congress as everyone else. But I
will give Republicans an even better reason to turn the House and
Senate over to Democrats. You will have somebody to scream and yell
at again. Remember how much you loved cursing out Bill Clinton when
he was president? Don't you miss having Democrats in some position
of power so you can blame them for everything that goes wrong? Think
about it, if Democrats take over the House and Senate you will have
a field day insulting them, denigrating them, and blaming them for
all of the country's problems. Plus, they might prevent Bush from
wasting more lives and money while running up an even larger
Republicans have gone
ultra-negative on their ads this election for one simple reason.
They know that negative ads turn off voters and keep them from
turning out at the polls. The only hope that the Republicans have
this time is a massive suppression of voter turnout. People like Ken
Blackwell in Ohio have already purged the voter rolls of many
eligible Democrats, and Republicans are working hard to demoralize
Democrats in order to keep them from voting. They will even float
rumors that nobody's vote counts anymore so there's no point in
voting. Despite their attempts to dampen voting, Democrats need to
turn out in huge numbers this year in order to swamp their efforts
to suppress our vote. They may be able to shift a percentage point
or two, but if Democrats win in landslides, no amount of vote
tampering will save the day for the Republicans.
So even if
the lines are long, hang in there and vote! And just in case, bring
identification with you in case Republicans challenge you at the
Politicians Are The Same, Right?
October 20th, 2006
Whenever Republicans are hit by multiple
scandals of their own making, their invariant knee-jerk reaction is
to say that Democrats are just as bad. If you listen to radio talk
shows you will hear conservative callers make this point constantly.
It's not that the callers thought this up themselves; they got those
talking points by listening to shows like Limbaugh and O'Reilly.
Republicans float this canard every time they are embroiled in
scandal? It's a cheap attempt to dampen Democratic voter turnout. If
you can convince a small percentage of wishy-washy Democrats that
all politicians are corrupt, you might just tip the balance in favor
of Republicans in some elections.
you hadn't noticed, conservatives have been foaming at the mouth at
the thought of Nancy Pelosi taking control of the House of
Representatives. According to Republicans, Ms. Pelosi is worse than
Osama bin Laden, and far more dangerous. It is worth going over some
of the reasons why rich Republicans are not looking forward to a
Democratic controlled House of Representatives.
Republicans have become used to being able to ignore the majority of
US citizen's wishes, and ram through bad bill after bad bill, from
eliminating the right to a trial to more tax cuts for millionaires
at a time when our troops are fighting overseas. This rubber stamp
status quo will come to a screeching halt if the Democrats take
control of the House.
of tax cuts, you can bet that Democrats will increase taxes on
millionaires and billionaires in order to bring some fiscal
responsibility back to the way government operates. Republicans will
try to fight this by saying that Democrats are going to raise taxes
on working people. It's always the same with Republicans; lie, lie,
Democrats will work hard to reverse Bush’s “detainee treatment” bill
- outlawing torture, and bringing back the right of all accused to a
will also work to raise the minimum wage, which will drive rich
Republicans absolutely crazy.
will almost certainly revisit the issue of media consolidation, and
may even work to bring back the fairness doctrine or something like
it. This is why you will hear nothing but insults about Democrats on
the TV news.
will work toward a national voting system that counts all votes the
same exact way, and has a backup trail. If they are really
energetic, they may even go for real campaign finance reform and
are smart, Democrats will eliminate the Homeland security
Department, and put the government back the way it was before Bush
messed everything up so badly. They might even ban the use of the
term “Homeland”, and insist that we call our country America again.
As far as I know, I've never lived in "the Homeland", I've always
lived in America.
will stop all illegal spying on US citizens that circumvents the
will actually start to perform their other major job function again
- Congressional oversight. There has been no oversight by Congress
in the last 6 years, so the President and Republicans have gotten
away with just about anything they wanted to.
will start to reduce troop strength in Iraq, and will move troops to
neighboring countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia in order to
reduce tensions. Keep in mind that the Democrats who warned against
going to war in Iraq turned out to be 100% right, and chicken hawks
in the Republican Party who talked about an easy victory and a new
democracy in the Middle East were 100% wrong. The Republicans are
now talking about redefining the word “victory” in order to save
of the matter is, Republican’s and Democrat’s methods of governing
are diametrically opposite. They couldn't be more different. That’s
why Republicans are so worried. So the next time you hear
Republicans say “all politicians are the same”, just call them out
for the liars they are.
Bush sucker punching opponent in
Yale Rugby game.
October 13th, 2006
The Washington Post has an interesting
article today on President Bush's increasing use of the term
“unacceptable”. Bush is apparently finding more and more of his
self-made problems to be unacceptable, and he is frustrated, as you
would expect from a spoiled petulant child.
Post article came out, I had been noticing in Bush's recent public
rants an increasing use of the word “successful”, as in “my
presidency will be successful”, or “the war in Iraq will be
successful”. This got me to thinking about Bush’s life story, which
seems to involve a string of failures from beginning to end. Bush's
time at Yale, which was made possible by his father, was a failure,
Bush’s stint in the air National Guard (made possible by his father)
was a failure, Bush's attempt to run an oil and gas company (made
possible by his father) was a failure, and now, his presidency (made
possible by his father) is shaping up to be the most failed
presidency in history.
regard to Bush’s need to live up to his father's reputation, brother
Jeb Bush once
remarked “A lot of people who have fathers like this feel a
sense that they have failed.” Indeed, it is probably a combination
of Bush's desperate need to succeed coupled with his complete lack
of intellectual curiosity or knowledge that will ensure that his
presidency is a total failure. As this possibility looms ever larger
in his own mind, Bush will almost certainly use the term
“successful” ever more desperately.
has apparently never figured out is that success requires lots of
hard work. George Bush doesn't know what hard work is. He has put in
more vacation time than any American president in history, and even
on supposed working days he spends as much time bike riding as
anything else. To be a successful president of the United States
also requires a thorough knowledge of government, history, and
international relations. Bush has no knowledge in any of these
areas, and has no curiosity about them. He is arrogant enough to
think that you can be a “successful” president without knowing
finding out that the world doesn't work that way, and all of us are
so much the worse for wear.
Never heard of it.
October 11th, 2006
The Republicans tout themselves as the party of
responsibility, but as with all other things Republican,
responsibility is a vaporous slogan rather than a cherished ethic.
As we listen to Bush and McCain blaming President Clinton for WMD
development in North Korea, and Dennis Hastert blaming everybody but
himself for the pedophile in the Republican's midst in Congress, I
would think even staunch Republicans would begin to wonder what
happened to personal responsibility.
astonishing to watch Dennis Hastert on the TV declare that he was
taking responsibility for the page-pedophile scandal in Congress,
only to turn around in the same sentence and blame his staffers and
the Democrats and the news media for the problem. I've never seen a
case of such blatant self-serving denial in my life. I wonder how
such buckpassing works with the Republican base.
fascinating is the recent attempt to re-vilify Bill Clinton, blaming
him for the attacks on 9/11, and the development of nuclear weapons
in North Korea. Those things couldn't possibly be George Bush's
fault just because he was president when both happened. After all,
we know George Bush never makes any mistakes. He didn't make any
mistakes in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in New Orleans, or in North Korea,
did he? When asked about mistakes he may have made, Bush invariably
says he can't think of any. The "Clinton did it" defense is
astonishing because it is such an obvious and childish attempt to
rekindle perennial Clinton-hatred among the Republican base. It will
be interesting to see if their base is that gullible, and that
desperate to avoid dealing with the lack of Republican
So as with
all other things the Republicans do, they say one thing but they do
another. They say they are the party of responsibility and pulling
oneself up by their bootstraps, but they never take responsibility
for any of their blunders, and reflexively point fingers at
everybody else when something they have done goes horribly awry.
evidence points towards a surprise airstrike against Iran before the
November elections (they have oil, but North Korea doesn’t), I can't
help but wonder who Bush will blame for the resulting debacle when
oil prices spike and Muslims throughout the world take up arms
against the United States and its interests. More than likely, Bush
will say it is Clinton's fault, simply because he won't be able to
think of a better scapegoat. One thing you will never hear is Bush,
or the Republicans in Congress taking responsibility for any of
their malfeasance or their blunders.
Surprising October Surprise
October 2nd, 2006
As the Republicans are slowly consumed by their
own malfeasance and corruption, and we hear more and more about how
dysfunctional the White House actually is, it seems prudent for the
country to prepare for their inevitable Republican “October
passage of the detainee treatment bill without serious debate was
clearly meant to give Republicans something to yell about as they go
into the upcoming election. The passage of the bill to install 700
miles of fence along the Mexican border was another attempt at an
October surprise, and another opportunity to try bashing Democrats,
this time over immigration reform.
magazine quotes Navy officials commenting that minesweeper ships and
other assets have been moved to the vicinity of the Straits of
Hormuz near the coast of Iran, suggesting possible military actions
against that country. That would be a typical Karl Rove plan to try
and keep the public onboard as we go to war in another Middle
Eastern country. If their political ambitions have made them that
reckless, even after their abysmal failures in Iraq and Afghanistan,
then this country is in full-blown self-destruct mode. The resulting
increases in terrorism and reductions in oil supply are reasons
enough to end all thoughts about military action in Iran. But George
Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove are not concerned about the
country; they are concerned about their failing plans to dominate
the Middle East. Their political desperation is likely to make them
even more reckless than they have been to date. Expect something
very disturbing, and a very polarizing, and expect it very soon.
They only have four weeks left before the election that will
hopefully turn control of at least one branch of Congress back to
the Democrats. They will do anything in their power to prevent that.