“I’ve had enough of hearing things, from uptight, short-sighted, pig-headed politicians. All I want is the truth, just gimme some truth.”-John Lennon, 1971.
As much as things change, it would seem as though some other things are destined to remain the same. The Republican Machine’s hipocrasy and obstruction to solving problems continues. With every chance they can, they obfuscate and stall and lie. I was reminded the other night of Nathan Thurm, the nervous, slick-haired, chain-smoking character Martin Short gave us on SNL. “Is it you or is it me? It’s you, right? It is. It’s not me.” He could literally be another John Boehner or Eric Cantor or Mitch McConnell. They dwell in their own little Bizzarro- backwards universe, where they can go back in time and re-write history. It’s the same thing Sarah Palin did with her book. When “W” was in office, and they were in power, where were all the great Republican ideas for eliminating waste and fraud in MediCare? Where were all the great ideas about improving Health care? They didn’t do a damn thing when they were in the majority, and now that they’re not, they suddenly have all these great ideas, that, if only the Democrats would listen, would magically solve these issues. But the truth is they don’t actually have anything to present to the American people. So they stall, lie, and fill people with fear. The Republicans have been doing this for as long as I can remember. “W” did it when he ran for re-election in 2004. Don’t elect a Democrat, he’ll get us all killed. They’re soft on national defense. Even though the guy running, John Kerry, was a decorated hero and fought in Vietnam. They swift-boated his ass right off the election. What did Bush & Cheney do during Vietnam? Bush was in the Guard here in the states, was given poor performance grades, and was still a party animal. Cheney got deferrment after deferrment, because, in his words he “had other priorities.” Karl Rove had them link Saddam to 9/11, another load of pure fear-based fiction. Yet people actually believed that crap. They continue this strategy today, going after peoples fear’s on the economy, racism, and defense. They are becoming what I consider to be the worst of the worst, the bottom feeders.
John McCain said in Oct. 2006, that we should be listening to the top Military leaders on policies affecting the military, because they know what’s best. This was in response to the “Don’t ask-Don’ tell” policy. Yesterday, the first hearing in 17 years about repealing the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” law concerning gays in the military was held. There was Mr. McCain, front and center, being told by the Military brass that the law should be repealed. Did he take their advice? Of course not. What a hipocrite. Today, Colin Powell also came out in favor of removing this out-dated policy. Perhaps Mr. McCain will reconsider. You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight. I, for one am so sick of this refusal by anyone in the Republican Party to go to work to solve the myriad of serious problems we’re facing.
The President is right to continue to try and work with them. His historic visit to their retreat last Friday was nothing short of brilliant. Today he visited the Democrats and reminded them of who they are, and why so many of them came to serve in Congress. The Dems share the blame as well. For a Party that has so much going for it, I find it incredible they can’t get their act together. There’s no cohesion. Everyone has their own little self-interests first, so nothing gets done. If they don’t change this soon, they’ll be in the same boat as the Republican’s were last year. People want things fixed, like the economy and healthcare. We’re tired of the gridlock, and the party of No. We’re fast approaching the boiling point.
Don’t say you weren’t warned. I’ll continue to write about this, and point out things as I see them. I’m a registered Independent voter whose voted both sides of the aisle. I want what’s best for my country and her people. We are the greatest nation on Earth. I’ll continue to go after the liars and obstructionists and the hipocrits, whoever they are.
Did you hear about the latest poll taken of just over 2000 self-identified Republicans, sponsored by the Daily KOS? As Sam Stein wrote: This poll indicates the incredible paranoia enveloping the Republican Party, and the intense pressure drawing lawmakers further and further away from political moderation.
Wait until you read this one. All I can say is hold on to your hats, folks. Stay-tuned till next time. ‘Nuff said.