Saturday, August 28, 2010

Show Me the Money

I am ungrateful for our republican presidents since 1961.

The right wing in America are increasingly dominated by the the extreme right, embodied by the Tea Party, a creature of Fox News. The Tea Party tend to embrace libertarian figures like Rand Paul, or idiotic figures like Sharron Angle. Angle's position's include privatizing social secuurity, an idea that does nothing more than move your retirement from the social security administration to wall street, and is simply a scheme to ship a bunch of your money to corporations so they can use it to profit themselves.

But at the core of the current right wing agenda is the notion that government is spending too much. And that they are spending on stuff that's bad. In general, the right believe that any program like we see in our European allies like Germany or England, such as affordable health care for all, is bad, is socialist, is "taking away their freedoms" (freedom to be killed by a health insurance company denying you treatment? Ask me about that if you think it doesn't happen.), ad infinitum.

So the Tea Party and the rest of the right wing want to elect another republican administration, because republicans are supposedly fiscally responsible. Let's look at the facts.
 
Every republican president since 1945 has increased the deficit. Every single one.

Every democratic president since 1945 has decreased the deficit. Every single one.

Republican worst offenders on increasing the deficit? Reagan (21%) and George Bush 43 (20%).

And let's look at the offenses of the last republican and democratic presidents. This just to compare what is legally actionable in this country, and what is not.

Clinton lied to the American people about getting a blowjob, a private matter. Clinton behaved with fiscal responsibility and reduced the deficit; nonetheless republicans attempt to impeach him for getting a blowjob from a white house intern. No one was hurt in getting the blowjob. It was given voluntarily. It did cause some friction in the president's marriage. He was impeached, but they couldn't get enough votes to put him out.

George Bush and Dick Cheney lied to the American people about everything going on in the middle east, a public matter. They told us that Iraq had weapons that they knew they didn't have. They condemned the USA to what would be endless war at the cost of our economy, our jobs, our livelyhoods, and all for no good reason. They are the reason you are unemployed or working a shit job. They gave huge tax cuts to the richest american's, at the expense of your job. They cost us thousands of american dead, and hundreds of thousands of american wounded in wrongheaded wars.

And it got us exactly nothing, except an Iran-dominated Iraq, and an insanely dangerous Pakistan. It was a safer world before they went on this stupid misadventure.

I am ungrateful for our republican presidents since 1961.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Freedom for Some

As per usual, the right wing seize on an issue that will work for their weak-minded base. The hypocrisy on this one is butt-simple.

Team No Mosque: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Team-No-Mosque/147777358582990

Let's say you are a strict constitutionalist, by that I mean someone that feels that, for example, the Supreme Court's decision on Brown V Board of Education was a travesty (or pick your own progressive decision). You probably believe that the 1st amendment is pretty good, but that in this one case, the Mosque builders rights ought to be suspended, under what law I have no idea - just the notion that it might offend someone if a Mosque were built "near" the site of the World Trade Center (how "near" is too "near"? Two blocks? 2000 miles?).

Well, it's offensive to me when the KKK have a rally at Gettysburg NMP, but I''d never allow it to be prevented.

These folks own this property. They want to build a Mosque. We have freedom of religion in this country. They are not a hate group. They are going to build something legal, in a place that is legally zoned for a Mosque, and their right to do it is protected by the constitution.

So are we to have religious freedom, unless someone feels offended by the way we legally exercise our religious freedom? That's what these idiots want. Selective religious freedom in the USA, I guess dictated by, and managed by the right wing? Fuck that. We are either free or not.

I've said it before: The right wing are our own Taliban.

The right wing bleat endlessly on about their freedoms being taken away. But they want to take our citizens freedoms away when they don't like their religion. Shameless hypocrites is what they are.

Down with Team No Mosque: Weak-brained, idiotically against their own stupid principles, and hateful fucks. A scourge on them all.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Poem

Craig Triplett recently reminded me of the importance of poetry, and asked me for one I liked. Here's what I responded with. Thanks Craig, I needed the reminder and the distraction.

The Orange

by Wendy Cope

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange--
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave--
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It's new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I'm glad I exist.