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April 26, 2010

Crayola Thanks the Tea Partiers

Filed under: Humor,politics,Tea Party,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 3:21 pm
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April 17, 2010

WWW.HillbillyReport.Org

Filed under: Humor,Palin,politics,Tea Party,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 1:11 pm
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Waiting For the Other Shoe To Drop

Over the course of President Obama’s presidency I have been watching the right’s reaction to having Barack Obama as the president, as their president, and it was clear from the moment that he won the general election they were not taking it well.  For a long time I have been chalking it up to many things, but mainly that the right are very bad losers, but I knew in my heart that there is more to it than that.

Since Obama won the election I have been watching the right over react, first it was with running out and buying guns and ammunition with the false fear that, “Obama is going to take our guns.”  It does not matter that he never said he wanted gun control or to take away guns from Americans, but there was a rush on guns and ammo to the point that an ammo shortage was created.

Since Obama won I have watched his former rival in the presidential contest continue her pattern of playing the victim and blaming everyone else for it.  She started her sermon “Obama is a Marxist/Terrorist/you’re a victim because of him (and later added Speakers Pelosi and Reed) and because I tell you are” in the campaign and has not stopped.  I watched her quit her governorship and launch a career based on nothing more than continuing those speeches, which is like throwing gasoline onto the fire of a very frightened and angry right wing.  She likes to use a lot of fear, and self righteous rhetoric to attack Obama with.  She likes to use violent imagery when talking about Obama and our speakers of both houses, plus the Democratic majority.  She is fueling hate and making a living at it, at the expense of Obama and more than half the people in America who voted him.

Since Obama won I have watched FOX News go on 24/7/365 days a year campaign, we are going to do whatever it takes to make Obama a one term president, even it means fabricating stories and outright lying about him.   I have watched the ant crawlers at the bottom of the screen “promoting” a special show “Obama A One Term President” for hours at a time.   I have witnessed FOX News become the Tea Party Channel.

I have watched the rise of the right visa vie the Tea Party and have listened to their use of terms like “liberty,” “freedom,” “tyrant,” “tyranny”, and other words from the American Revolution, which somehow makes them the final authority on it.  I have listened to them speak as if they are the only ones who know what freedom is and that they feel they need to “restore America to their brand of freedom” not realizing that they are contradicting themselves.  I listen to them speak for our Founding Fathers as if they are channeling them.  I listen to them warp the message and meaning of the Era of Good Feelings when myths were created about our Founding Fathers, the Enlightenment, and the Revolution that were designed to keep a new country together because we had no history.  But, unlike that time period that was steeped in nationalism, I only hear the Tea Party’s exaggerated jingoism.

Since Obama won the election I see people taking guns to Tea Party rallies, or signs that read “did not bring their gun – this time.”  I hear their calls of Marxist, of Socialist, of Fascist, of “liberal,” and I hear their hyperbolic anti-government message.

Since Obama won the election I have heard Tea Party organizers call for the hanging of a congresswoman in the state of Washington because they do not like her politics.  I have witnessed Sarah Palin become their unofficial leader and tell them to “not to retreat, reload” and put rifle crosshairs over congressional districts of Democrats who she wants to see get defeated in the mid-term elections.  I see Teabaggers deny they are not inciting violence; it is a “political revolution,” or “voting”.  I see the Tea Party trying to hijack the Republican Party and evict moderate Republicans, because they do not represent real conservative values, aka “RINOS”, people who are Republican in Name Only from the Republican Party.  I see the Tea Party trying to force their political philosophy on to a legitimate political party and send everyone who does not embrace their beliefs packing, so much for a big tent party, so much for freedom.

Since Obama won the election I have seen the Tea Party penetrate one state government, Oklahoma, wanting to start a state militia to protect themselves from the Federal government’s intrusion into a state’s sovereignty.  It was that morning not so long ago that when it all started sinking in, the over the top out of control, the far right are going over the edge.  Not only are they sending messages, intended or not, that they want violence, but wanting to start a state militia for the previously mentioned reason smacked of violent civil war, or something that over the edge and extreme because the far right lost the general election by a sound margin one night early in November of 2008 and that man and both of the houses are doing what the majority voted them into to do that night.  It began to sink in that they are unable to accept that simple truth and because of this things are going to end, and end badly.

Then it happened, and then I was reminded by former president Clinton today about:

Bill Clinton Wolf Blitzer Interview (video)

Clinton Warns Against Violent Anti-Government Attitude

Former President Bill Clinton said he sees parallels in the mood of the country now and on April 19, 1995, when the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City killed 168 people while he was in the White House.

“There’s the same kind of economic and social upheaval now,” the former president told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview to air on Friday on “The Situation Room.”

“Then you had the rise of extremist voices on talk radio. Here you have a billion Internet sites,” Clinton said.

And while the hard-core, anti-government radicals are still a minority, “they can communicate with each other much faster and much better than they did before. The main thing that bothered us since the time of Oklahoma City was that already there was enough use of the Internet that if you knew how to find a Web site – and not everybody even had a computer back then, but if you knew how to find it, you could learn, for example, how to make a bomb.”

“Now everybody has got a computer, Web sites are easily accessible. And you can be highly selective and spend all of your time with people that are, you know, kind of out there with you,” he continued.

Clinton said the Oklahoma City bombing – then the worst terror attack in U.S. history – was the “last in a series of very high-profile violent encounters” during the 1990s between anti-government activists and authorities.

Clinton said that the country is better protected to prevent such an attack now than it was then but when asked if the anti-government mood now is more intense than in the 1990s, Clinton said, “Now there are all of these groups, you know, saying things like the current political debate is just a prelude to civil war, all of that kind of stuff.”

In an interview with the New York Times on Friday, Clinton warned of the affect that angry political rhetoric might have on anti-government radicals like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, pointing to Rep. Michele Bachmann calling the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress “the gangster government” in speaking to a tax day Tea Party rally on Thursday.

“They are not gangsters,” Clinton told the newspaper. “They were elected. They are not doing anything they were not elected to do.”

Clinton said demonizing the government with incendiary language can have effects beyond just rallying a crowd.

“There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,” Clinton told the newspaper – pointing out that McVeigh and his conspirators “were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.”

But Clinton said he didn’t want to draw too tight of an analogy between then and now. And that it’s not his intent to stifle criticism of government.

“I’m not interested in gagging anybody. I actually love this political debate,” Clinton said.

“Most of the Tea Party people, though, are explicitly political. You’ve got to give that now,” he said. “Forget about whether we disagree with them or not. It’s really important to be able to criticize your government and criticize elected officials. That doesn’t bother me.”

“Most of them have been well within bounds,” Clinton also said. “And they’re harsh but limited criticism, in other words, they’re not advocating violence or encouraging other people to do it.”

“But I just think that we have to be careful,” the former president added. “We’ve been down this road on more than one occasion before. We don’t want to go down it again.”

It is like waiting for other shoe to drop.  It is like waiting for the far right to explode, only this time bigger.

Tea Party Attracts National Attention

Oklahoma Tea Parties and Lawmakers Envision Militia

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April 10, 2010

An Unbroken Imperial Line

Filed under: GOP,politics,Tea Party — eartothaground @ 11:37 pm
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It is often said that Japan has an unbroken imperial lineage… what isn’t said is that for hundreds of years, the Emperor had no power.  Michael Steele would know a little about that.  The men who controlled Japan during its feudal period kept the figurehead around for religious and ceremonial reasons, but relegated him to the stands while they kept a tight reign on the game.  Nominally loyal to the Shogun, the military leaders known as daimyo fought amongst themselves for power, wealth, land and prestige.

Today’s Republican party echoes of that distant and disjointed past really loudly.  They keep Michael Steele around for show.  That’s how he got elected, his losses in almost every other contest he’s participated in notwithstanding.  He is the Emperor drawing the eye with his “hip hop” style and his “street wise” manner.  He’s trotted out to show the inclusion of the GOP, to give a dark face to the Tea Party, and to demonstrate inclusion.  But he has no power.  The money behind the elephant is going elsewhere.

And the lieutenants are squabbling.  The Daimyo that pledge their loyalty are shoving and shifting, fighting for billing and bankSarah PalinNewt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor… all these have designs on the Shogun’s title, because the Shogun is weak and about to be cut from the herd (can you hear me, Senator McCain?)  They are smiling in each other’s faces, all taking swipes at President Obama, hoping to gain the loyalty of foot soldiers and soul merchants to make their run at the presidency.

A witness to history would suggest that in their battles to gain prominence, they are damaging themselves and their “allies” because the worst in each of their characters is revealed.  At the end of the day, the Emperor sits there, a voyeur to the squabbling with absolutely no impact, and hence, no import.  That’s why they let him stay.  He draws the eye and is a useful distraction.  His continued reign over the GOP will allow them to say, in much the same tones used to reference Japan’s unbroken imperial line, that Republicans are diverse and inclusive, too.

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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

The Poor Loser Party

It has been a while since I wrote and a lot has happened, both politically and personally. There have been times when I have had a lot to say about current events, clearly healthcare reform certainly has been, and will continue to be, controversial with plenty to write about. However, I predict that over the years, there will be volumes written on it, both favorable and unfavorable. I am going to wait until all of the legal proceedings have finished and a ruling made, probably by the United States Supreme Court, before I say much on the subject beyond I think some are overreacting. Unfortunately, healthcare reform has come to this. That said, I am going to rename the GOP, Grand Old Party, the PLP, Poor Losers Party. It is unfortunate that American politics has degenerated to us against them, but it has and it started the night Barack Obama won the presidential election. The PLP has been nothing more than obstructionists and, I predict, will be for the remainder of President Obama’s first term in office. The PLP have not just been obstructionists about healthcare reform, it includes the PLP either blocking or doing nothing for the seventy seven high level federal appointments that President Obama needs to make and soon. When former president Bush was this far into his first term, he only had five more federal appointments to make. The PLP is doing their best to make doing the people’s business as difficult as possible.

Since I last wrote, Sarah Palin continues her bitter rhetoric. Palin is nothing more than spiteful agitator. She does not bring anything that is substantive to American politics. She thrives on spewing hate and dividing Americans. She is not the patriot she claims to be, she is anything but. In fact, she proves her critics right when it her comes to her intelligence, or lack thereof. Her Facebook account flaunts rifle crosshairs over 20 Democratic Congressional Districts of Democratic Congressmen, or women, she wants to see lose their jobs. Once healthcare reform passed she also tweeted, “Don’t retreat, reload.”  That is not very bright.

Sarah Palin’s  defense has been that she is not doing that over their homes and that she meant the latter was to have a revolution at the ballot box. It was about voting. Okay, Sarah, let me explain this to you. I promise to type slowly since it is blatantly obvious you cannot think quickly, or at all. Anyone who is in elected office has to live in the district they represent. In Georgia congressional districts have been gerrymandered, so an elected official is living in the congressional district they were elected to. I remember one instance where the district could not be gerrymandered enough to constitutionally have the person living in the district. The person retired instead of move. Also elected officials have offices in the districts they were elected to represent. The congress people you put in your rifle crosshairs can be easily found.  Furthermore, no one other than you and your brainwashed minions believe your position that you “meant voting”, like the Tea Party member in Washington State “knew” she meant voting when she called for the hanging of her Democratic congresswoman. Yes, it is contagious on the right, stupidity. “We all know” what you really mean. “We all know” your intentions. Let us overlook that that one called for murder and you, Sarah, are inciting violence, even though you protest otherwise and blame the “lamestream” media. Really, Sarah, Rush Limbaugh coined that phrase, so could you at least put forth some sort of effort with coining a phrase of your own? Can you also quit blaming everyone for calling you out on your behavior? You tweeted that, that picture is on your Facebook page, and your name is on both, you therefore are responsible for it. Finally, Sarah, and I will type very slowly here, you forget your social status, you are a former vice presidential candidate for the highest office in the land, a former governor of Alaska, an influential author, and a leader in the Tea Party and in the PLP (GOP).  Sarah, what you did for someone of your status is unconscionable, and beyond the pale of stupidity. It is not just your status, but if something bad does happen to any of these Democrats it will come back to you.   Sarah, again very slowly, not everything is protected free speech. What you said is really stupid and only proves that you are stupid. And there are people who want you to run for the White House!?! It really goes to show that some Americans really are stupid.

One final thing, Sarah, you think your words do not have influence? This picture was taken at the last Tea Party rally. I bet it makes you proud.

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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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March 8, 2010

Welcome to the Twilight Zone

Right after Sarah Palin gave her key note speech at the first annual Tea Party Convention she was lambasted in the media, blogs, and other outlets for having notes on her hand after criticizing President Barack Obama for using Teleprompters early on her key note address to the convention.  True to her nature, the following two speeches she was to give reporters were not allowed to film or record her speech.   Sarah Palin likes to criticize, but she cannot take it.  She likes to play the role of the victim, yet time and time again she only exposes her hypocrisy.

What Sarah Palin did not consider when she made her media blackout is that people have cell phones and that many have video recorders in them.  It was because of this we learned the real why she did not want to be videotaped or have audio taped, besides her being a hypocrite; we were reminded how frightening her ideology is influenced by her Pentecostal roots.  Her views are extreme, are divorced from reality, and frankly, out there.  Sarah Palin is a religious crackpot.

Sarah Palin was recorded saying the following:

Isaiah 49:16 reads: “See, I have engraved on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”

“Hey, if was good enough for God, scribbling on the palm of his hand, it’s good enough for me, for us.  He says, in that passage he says, I wrote your name on the palm of my hand to remember you.  And I’m like OK, I’m in good company,” Palin said to laughter.

You know, Sarah and the Republicans, I have one thing to ask you.  So how is that crackpot Sarah-ey Palin-ey thing going for ya? This is what the right wing religious nuts want in the White House and then has the nerve to criticize the president?  People you live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Sarah Palin on Sean Hannity defending herself after the Tea Party Convention:

Sarah Palin using a teleprompter:

Sarah Palin talking about getting blessed by the visiting witch hunter and praising him:

Yup, Sarah Palin and the religious religious far right live in the twilight zone and throw stones.

Palin On Her Palm Notes: God Did It Too (Video)

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February 19, 2010

Showing Their True Colors

Filed under: Daily Observations,GOP,politics,Tea Party,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 2:30 pm
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The Tea Party Movement has been a group of people who have been trying to position themselves as a group of people who are harkening back to the days of the Enlightenment in the run up to the American Revolution.  Not once did I believe them.  They have come across as angry, hate filled people with an extremist agenda.  In Washington this week they exposed themselves for just that, angry and hate filled.  The Tea Party exposed themselves not as the American Patriots they claim they are, but the out of control megalomaniacs of 1930’s Germany.

For years I have been adamantly warning people about the right wings tactics being used on the right visa vie McCarthyism.  They cry Marxist, socialist, and communist at everything they disagree with and launch hyperbolic hate campaigns at those they disagree with.  FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and Johnny Come Lately – Glenn Beck have been trumpeting the McCarthyism of the 21st Century.  They have bleated and brayed for some time, then the de facto leader was plucked from obscurity and began her meteoric rise to the top of the McCarthyist pile with her “Obama is a Marxist” or “Obama is a Terrorist” speeches.  Sarah Palin does nothing more than preach and incite hatred.  She is not a patriot.  She offers no solutions.  All Sarah Palin offers is hate filled rhetoric and divides.  She preaches to the minions that she is a victim and so are they.  Sarah Palin has provided that last element needed to stir up megalomania on the right.

The Tea Party claims they are against the perceived out of control spending in Washington DC.  It is impossible to believe this when there had been out of control spending going on in Washington DC under former president Bush for the entire eight years he was in office.  There have been dozens and dozens of articles written about Bush’s lack of fiscal conservatism by Reagan Republicans that can be found on the Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation websites.  (The Cato Institute is the nation’s leading libertarian think tank and the Heritage Foundation is the nation’s leading conservative think tank.)  So their claim of wanting fiscal responsibility back rings hollow and false.  What it comes down to is the disenfranchised right have been seduced by the siren song of the McCarthyists long enough that since they lost the 2008 presidential election to a centrist black man and lost both Houses of Congress to liberals, they have been duped into becoming the McCarthyist’s Brown Shirts and have showed their colors this week in the state of Washington at a Tea Party rally.

At the rally a Tea Party organizer called for the hanging of a Democratic senator.  Organizer Diane Capps is quoted saying the following about US Senator Patty Murray:

“How many of you watched the movie Lonesome Dove?”  Capps asked the crowd.  “What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd?  What happened when he ran with the wrong crowd?  He got hung, and that’s what I want to do with Patty Murray.”

The Tea Party is now calling for lynching.  Yes, lynching, also known as murder.  Murdering people they disagree with.  Murdering the opposition over political differences.  How patriotic.  How totalitarian.  How Hitleresque.

Since Ms. Capps is claiming that her words are taken out of context, here is the link to the video of her making those comments:  http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/84743992.html?video=YHI&t=a Here you can listen to her say those very words, uncensored and in their entirety.

This is the movement that had held a conservative litmus test for Republicans running in Upstate New York’s congressional race this past fall, a litmus test that was lead by none other than Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin.  They lost that one, but they won recently in Massachusetts.  Yes, they are proud of the victory.  Senator Brown now proudly displays the number 41, because that makes him the 41st Republican senator, so he can block bills and be an obstructionist.  Of course, the Tea Party isn’t through with the Republican Party.  They are going after Charlie Crist in Florida too.  He does not meet their conservative litmus test.  The Tea Party is trying to take over a legitimate political party with megalomania extremism.  As if the Republican Party did not become extreme enough under former president Bush.

So the Tea Party has shown their true colors.  The Tea Party has started using litmus tests to take over one party and calling for the murder of the other party.  Dangerous megalomaniacs, not patriots.

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February 11, 2010

Time for Obama to go ‘gangsta’ on GOP

Filed under: Daily Observations,GOP,Obama,politics,Tea Party,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 7:48 pm
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“Time for Obama to go ‘gangsta’ on GOP,” begins Roland Martin’s column on CNN.  It struck me right between the eyes, because truer words had never been spoken.  After more than a year of hearing nothing one objection after another coming from the GOP it was long overdue for someone to stand up and say “enough!”  Mister President, say to the GOP, “enough!”

Roland went on to write:

“For me, I’m sick and tired of Democrats having power and being unwilling to use it.  I’ve always respected Republicans when they had because they were willing to use it and maybe apologize later.”

I agree with the sentiment, but I would like to add that Democrats are not afraid to have a public brawl, to debate issues publically unlike Republicans who follow Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment:

“Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

That commandment unifies the Party, and has the GOP walking in lockstep, which is good in some ways, but can gridlock government.  The Democrat’s brawling approach to government when faced with the unity of the GOP when the Democrats are in power creates gridlock as, but it has the added feature of making Democrats appear as if they cannot lead when they can.

Solution?  Read on:

Roland went on to write about how Republicans were blocking many of Obama’s appointments by taking aggressive measures.

President Obama was quoted as saying this concerning his appointments:

“In our meeting, I asked the congressional leadership to put a stop to these holds in which nominees for critical jobs are denied for months.  Surely we can set aside partisanship and do what’s traditionally been done to confirm nominations.

If the Senate does not – and I made this very clear – if the Senate does not confirm these nominees, I will consider making recess appointments during the coming recess, because we can’t afford to allow politics to stand in the way of a well functioning government.”

Roland Martin commented:

“This is where the president needs to show his toughness and just do it.  Forget the threats.  The actions of Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, and other Republican obstructionists will continue if President Obama allows them to run roughshod over him.

If all of them choose to support a filibuster, then you take it to the American people and show the obstructionists for what they are.  You get your grass roots movement fired up to stand up and do something.  The political right used its base to go after Democrats who blocked appointments to the federal bench.  So why not be just as aggressive?”

Roland Martin added:

“Obama’s critics keep blasting him for Chicago-style politics.  So, fine.  Channel your inner Al Capone and go gangsta against your foes. Let ‘em know that if they aren’t with, they are against you, and will pay the price.”

Here is the thing.  Republicans like to and are good at playing and being the bully.  Instead of trying to play the nice guy on not only federal appointments, let’s make it about everything.  The Republicans are going to play the role of the obstructionist no matter what President Obama and the Democrats put forward.  The political right has a history of being obstructionist dating back to FDR.  If they want hardball give it to them, they are already doing it.  They have doing that since the instant Obama won the election.  It is long overdue for the grass roots base of Obama’s to unify.  The political right has been doing that for eons, and continues to do it recently with a bunch of ignorant rednecks via the “Tea Party” that has its own de facto redneck leader: Sarah Palin.  This may be the best way to break the obstructionist gridlock in DC and get the people’s business done.

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