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May 15, 2010

John McCain Ad: Complete the Danged (Death Star) Fence

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April 8, 2010

The South Fails Again

Filed under: GOP,McCain,Obama,Palin,politics,Racism,Tea Party — eartothaground @ 1:48 am
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And what he didn’t say . . .the North won the Civil War.  Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election.  Democrats in Congress won the Health Care Reform battle, and are poised to do the same on energy.  Duke won the NCAA Championship this year, as did UConn.  While these are all facts, there are literally thousands of people who are not happy about them.  Stanford fans are frustrated that their team held UConn to 12 points in the first have but couldn’t win the game.  Butler fans are gluing their hair back in from that last desperate half-court miss.  Congressional Republicans are planning to “Repeal and Replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  John McCain and Sarah Palin are still out on the campaign trail.  And Governor Robert McDonnell of Virginia has proclaimed April to be Confederate History Month in his state.

Lee surrenders at Appomattox.

While it is not for me to dismiss the history and family pride of those who’s forebears believed that this was a nation for white people to own and black people to work, I heartily disagree.  And while it is not for me to say that the ideas of states’ rights which were tied to the battle of grey-suited warriors to free themselves from Republican tyranny and federal oppression is wrong, I agree much more with John Jay’s assessment that “Nothing is more certain than the indispensible [sic] necessity of government; and it is equally undeniable that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights, in order to vest it with requisite powers.”  I must, as a mature student of history, acquiesce to the fact that the story of the Confederacy is someone’s grandfather’s or grandmother’s story, and while they disagree (or don’t) with those views, they have a right to represent their history the same way I have the right to represent mine; to find those pieces with which they agree and find pride and cherish and celebrate them.

However, Gov. McDonnell is a one-sided celebrant, and herein lies the problem.  He makes no mention of the enslaved victims of the Confederacy, those on whom the burden of states’ rights onerously fell like a crushing weight.  He neglects, then, my grandparents in a way which has historically sought to invalidate their humanity by rendering them, as Ralph Ellison so eloquently denounced, invisible.  It is this racism of blindness which continues to trouble us in 2010.

Telling only part of the story is a lie of omission which perpetuates and exacerbates many of the current political and social ills of our day.  We saw this with the health care debate; we see it with Sarah Palin’s continued uttering; we see this with the Tea Party movement, both in its displays and its coverage; we see it with the stimulus package; on a daily basis, telling only the part of the story that helps us is the accepted norm.  Governor McDonnell, though, has just said something very different to the black people in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He has just said that they don’t exist, by not including their participation in the Confederacy.  Though most of that participation was bad, and should serve as a reminder of the democratic ideals on which this nation was founded, there were black men, enslaved men, who fought in the Confederate army.  Are they not worthy of recognition?  There were black men and women who greeted the defeat of the Confederacy as liberation, as an entrance into full citizenship and the beginning of their acquisition of the natural rights they’d been denied.  McDonnell has said by his omission that the Confederate ideology of chattel slavery of African Americans wasn’t “significant for Virginia.”

Flying the Confederate flag for many southerners is an honoring of their ancestors, a reading of their historical maps as they make their own journeys. But just as Congressional Republicans won’t be able to repeal health care reform, Palin and McCain are going to lose again; Butler can’t take one more shot; Stanford can’t make one more block; and cheering the Confederacy while denying black folks won’t help the South rise again.

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March 28, 2010

I’m Tired, Too

Filed under: Democrats,GOP,McCain,Obama,Palin,politics,Tea Party — eartothaground @ 4:21 pm
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For two years of the presidential campaign, from 2007-2008, I lived and breathed politics.  Though I didn’t begin Spreading the Word until early 2008, I was reading and talking about the candidates long before then (think 2004 Democratic National Convention’s keynote speech).  With the election of Barack Obama, it seemed that I’d be able to go back to my day job, teaching, and be able to leave the day-to-day political awareness and direction of the nation to my elected representatives.

I was wrong.

The election of Barack Obama angered many Republicans, scared some people who are “bitter, clinging to their guns and religion”, gave birth to the Tea Party movement, and generally ginned up even more opposition than I believed possible.  I’m not sure why I thought his opponents would understand they LOST THE ELECTION and be a little quieter.  But John Boehner and Eric Cantor continue to lie and scream about the president; Lindsey Graham is sitting on Meet The Press complimenting the President on his parenting style while blasting a series of untruths that the President is “governing as an American liberal in a center-right nation” and that the President hasn’t done any “heavy lifting” on legislation; Mitch McConnell is saying that Republicans are going to run in November on “Repeal and Replace”; and Sarah Palin is helping John McCain run further and further into the weeds on the right side of the political spectrum.

While I know politics isn’t flag football, I don’t expect it to be Celebrity Death Match, either.  It seems, though, that implementing an agenda which speaks to the best in the American ideals and meets the goals stated in the Constitution is going to be a continuous engagement, because the opponents are galvanized.

We have to continue to participate – to writeto speak, to think, to act, to vote.

I know.  I’m tired, too.  But if not us, then who?

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November 22, 2008

Waiting to Exhale

That is what is happening in Washington, DC. They are waiting to exhale.

President Bush has been noticeably absent from the machinations aimed at righting the nation’s financial course. Analysts and key players differ over whether President-elect Barack Obama should get his economic team in place and take charge, or sit back and await his turn at the helm.

“Somebody has to speak up soon,” said CNN senior political analyst David Gergen, explaining that he understands why Americans are growing anxious and yearning for direction and leadership.

“I think … sort of the bottom feels like it is falling out for many people,” said Gergen, who has advised four presidents. “They sense there’s a total lack of leadership in Washington, that the White House is silent, the treasury secretary has been battered, the Federal Reserve can’t speak up. These automakers come up to Capitol Hill and fail. And the president-elect is silent in Chicago.”

Obama noted shortly after his election that “the United States has only one government and one president at a time, and until January 20th of next year, that government is the current administration.”

CNN

In the meantime the economy is falling apart, banks, businesses, entire industries are failing. People are losing their homes, jobs, and their sense of security. So where is our leadership?

President Bush has done nothing more than a cameo appearance in September with a two minute speech one night that was reminiscent of any Hoover speech given at the beginning of the Great Depression. A man completely out of touch with the world around and no idea what to do next. The next day he came back and made another cameo appearance, looking defeated and impotent. Bush, the lame duck president, has not been seen or heard from since.

On the other hand, President Elect Obama is in Chicago selecting his cabinet and planning for the day when he is sworn into office, January 20th, 2009. He is not the President of the United States yet, so he has no real power to do anything of any consequence. He might be able to influence George W. Bush, but that would be his limit.

So here we are, waiting to exhale just like we did after the election of 1932, only then it was different, there was a four month waiting period between the election and the inauguration. Hoover was a president incapable of stopping the freight train and FDR was a president in waiting. That was four months for the Great Depression to accelerate.

What happened at that time was the ratification of the 20th Amendment shorting the lame duck period by five weeks. It went into effect on January 23, 1933. The reason behind such a long period between the election and the swearing in of the new president goes back to our early days of a nation.

Early in the political history of the nation, the period between the election and swearing-in of elected officials was a small issue. With slow methods of transportation and the nature of the politician in the 18th century, the lame duck period was almost a necessity. In fact, once the November election was established, it was more than a year before newly elected congressmen met in December.

Given that the reason behind why there was such a long period between those two events it made sense then. Then in 1933 when the lame duck session was shortened. Since 1933 the world has sped up, a lot can happen in twenty four hours in the 21st century. Our method of transportation has definitely sped up, communications have sped up, and the world is integrated well beyond the scope of our Founding Fathers imagination. In fact, the world is even a much different place than it was when the 20th Amendment was ratified.

The waiting period between the election in November and the inauguration in January has become a detriment to modern America. The gravity of today’s problems demand immediate attention that cannot wait until January. They need immediate attention. It could be time to amend to the Constitution and have the swearing in moved to a month, or some other shortened period of time. Today’s world demands instant responses, not delayed responses from an era gone by.

I have no answer as what to do with our current situation. We have a weak, spineless president who will not do anything to lead and we have a president  elect who cannot do anything because he is not the president.

We need a new Amendment to the 20th Amendment. We no longer need a lame duck session any longer than is necessary to select a new cabinet and get the new government ready.

20th Amendment

1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.

6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

 

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November 8, 2008

The Knives Are Out

The Republican Party lost the 2008 Election, not just the McCain Palin ticket. The Republican Party also lost more seats in both Houses to add to their losses suffered in the mid-term election of 2006. The Democratic Party may not have a filibuster proof representation in either House, but the Republican Party has greatly diminished role in both Houses. They are now a Party out of power and without a uniting philosophy.

The losses suffered in the 2008 election cycle by the Republicans have the Party looking for someone, anyone, to blame, so they are picking Sarah Palin for this. Although I did not like Sarah Palin as I found her to be too extreme, too unqualified, and too much of a liar, I do not put all of the blame squarely on her shoulders. To me, in the final days of the campaign, she turned out to be a drag on the ticket for one reason, she appealed to their base and their base only. That was and is the problem with what has become of the Republican Party in the 21st Century, Sarah Palin is a symptom to of a much larger problem; the Republican Party has become a Party for only one school of thought, the far right agenda.

The problem that I see with the Republican Party as of late is that they suffer from jingoism, and megalomania. They had become a Party that needs scapegoats in order to propel their agenda. They seemed to favor referring to anyone who did not follow their neocon philosophy as unpatriotic, a traitor, and a sympathizer of the “radical” Muslim terrorists out there who were determined to destroy “our way of life”. Toward the end of the campaign they publically added socialist and Marxist to their mantra, while only offering innuendo and flimsy evidence to support their claims. It was not just the McCain Campaign that was doing this it was their puppeteers as well: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter contributed as well. They peddled a message of exclusion, not inclusion, which drove people away from them, not drawing them in, which is what the Republican Party needed to do to win the 2008 elections. However, their negative campaigning, their McCarthyist message, a message that only appealed to the far right of the Party, was heard loud and clear by the rest of America, so they lost and they lost big time.

So here we are in the recent post election days of a failed bid for the White House and both Houses, and they need a scapegoat, so they chose Sarah Palin; a woman they claim they vetted, a woman that was sold as qualified, fit to be Vice President and, in turn, fit to be President of the United States. What the Republican Party is doing is further exposing themselves as a Party not to be trusted and that they are what many of us believe to be, McCarthyists, not the Party of Abraham Lincoln, or Ronald Reagan. Until they are willing and able to do self introspection and reframe themselves as a Party of note, they continue to flounder in the wilderness, by their own choosing.

CNN

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November 4, 2008

I’m Voting Republican

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November 3, 2008

Palin Dragging the GOP Ticket Down

Filed under: Daily Observations,McCain,Palin,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 2:49 am
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It has been said that people vote for the person at the top of the ticket, well not for the McCain Palin ticket.

Fifty-seven percent of likely voters questioned in the poll said Palin does not have the personal qualities a president should have.

“Just after the GOP convention in early September, 53 percent said they would vote for Palin over Joe Biden if there were a separate vote for vice president. Now, Biden would beat Palin by 12 points if the running mates were chosen in a separate vote,” said CNN Polling Director Keating.

“It would be a 4-point edge for Barack Obama, 52 percent to 48 percent.  Since the McCain-Palin tickets is currently getting 46 percent in a match-up against the Obama-Biden tickeet, it looks like Palin’s oresense on the GOP ballot is taking 2 percentage points away from McCain.  In a close race, that might represent the margin of victory, ” Holland said.

The unfavorable numbers for Palin, Alaska’s governor, also have been growing.  They are 8 points higher in the current poll than in early October, and they’re twice as high as they were when McCain accounced his running mate in late August.

I have been saying this along, Palin is too extreme, too unqualified, and too much of a liar to be of any value in the White House. In the waning days of this election she may very well be one of the major reasons why the Republicans lose the White House. She was not properly vetted in a desperate attempt by McCain to shore up the far right of the Republican Party, but not one thought was given the independent voters who largely help close the deal on the race for the White House.

Well, John, you reap what you sow.

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November 2, 2008

History in the Making

The two year race for the Oval Office is winding down. This coming Tuesday Americans will head to the polls and close the deal. No matter the outcome whoever gets into Office will make history. If it is a McCain Palin win, America will have elected with McCain the oldest president into Office, not to mention one of a few senators into Office. Palin would be the first woman as Vice President. If it is a Obama Biden win, two, not one Senator would be elected into the two highest positions in the land. Obama would be the first mixed race as president.

As the polls stand and with a heavy voter turnout, which historically favors Democrats, it appears as though that the Obama Biden ticket will close the deal and make history.

CNN

The Polls

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November 1, 2008

October Surprise?

With the General Election just days away could there still be an October surprise? Anything is possible, but does it make it probable? Listen, there are only 72 hours remaining in the election of 2008 and unless something extreme happens like in 2004, it looks like an Obama win is impending.

Osama has not released an audiotape, much less a videotape, in a very long time, even his lieutenants have not. I agree and felt that the release of the Osama tape in 2004 did throw the election, and if the tape was to scare Americans into thinking Osama would attack again if Bush won, it backfired. It had an equally opposite reaction. It kept Bush in Office.

It is the homestretch of election 2008 and Americans have grown savvy of events that are designed to throw elections. We are not going to be fooled again. Come Wednesday morning it looks as though Obama will be referred to as president elect.

CNN

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October 29, 2008

Pathetic, Truly Pathetic Claims About Obama

Filed under: Daily Observations,McCain,Palin,politics — Julie P @ 10:12 pm
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Pathetic, this is truly pathetic. Sarah Palin is truly, unequivocally beyond redemption in her effort to win the White House for the Republican ticket. If Sarah Palin was the last woman on Earth, I would demand a recount.

Listen, Sarah and John, you are behind in the polls and you are going to lose. Deal with it.  Making another unfounded claim about Obama and terrorism really shows how mentally unstable you are.

CNN

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