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A Plethora Of Stuff: Wednesday’s Potpourri


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Wild Things Going On In Kentucky:

 

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Is there a fight brewing in Kentucky? Clinton vs Ashley over the Senator to replace…….

 

 

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Turtle Feces Mitch???

 

 

 

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Sorry Wild Bill, but I choose Ms. Ashley Judd.

 

 

The Expert Pundits Speak:

 

Sen. Mitch McConnell Scared Stiff of Actress Ashley Judd in Kentucky Senate Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Judd: Look Out Mitch McConnell, Here Comes Hollywood To Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

Proof Ashley Judd really wants to run for Senate in Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Judd running for Senate?

 

Published on Mar 4, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky, a Democrat, talks with MSNBC‘s Craig Melvin about his colleague, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, and the possibility of Ashley Judd running for McConnell’s seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actress Ashley Judd Running For Senate? – Leslie Marshall on Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor” 2/7/13

 

Published on Feb 7, 2013

http://lesliemarshallshow.com Radio talk show host, Leslie Marshall, discusses actress Ashley Judd (a liberal democrat) thinking about running for Senator of Kentucky and Karl Rove‘s group American Crossroads putting out an ad blasting Judd for her liberal views, on Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor, FNC 2/7/13, along with Zerlina Maxwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: Actress Ashley Judd To Run For Kentucky Senate Seat

 

 

 

 

 

VPOTUS Joseph Robinette “Joey B.” Biden, Jr., visits the New Pontiff, Pope Frances The First:

 

 

CORRECTION Vatican Pope

 

 

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Meanwhile, back home, Dr. Jill is doing Her Thing.

 

 

 

And Lets End With A Hip Hop Tribute To POTUS Barack Hussein Obama & The First Family……

 

Hat Tip/Shout Out to Ms. Katrina Taylor of The Blog: the educability of perch.

 

 

Dedication to the Prez.

 

 

Published on Mar 19, 2013

Regardless how some feel about President Obama , we can’t dispute what this President has done and his role in history. I dedicate this video to him. Rap and lyrics performed by Cardiack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What A Year Was Twenty Twelve


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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What a year.

 

Racism.    Prejudice.    Fear.     Hatred.

 

 

Death & Destruction. Voter Suppression.

 

 

Natural Disasters.    Handgun & Assault Carnage.

 

 

Lying Politicians.      Jealous Envy.     Incompetence.

 

 

Selfishness.   Murder & Mayhem.    War On Women.

 

 

War On LGBT Community.  Homophobia.  Islamophobia.

 

 

 

Homelessness.   Bigotry.    Fear.

 

 

War On Veterans.    Cuts To: Food Stamps (TANF).

 

 

Welfare.   Social Security.     Medicare.     Medicaid.

 

 

Disability/Troop Benefits.  Tax Cuts For Millionaires /Billionaires.

 

 

Corporations Are People.  Tax Increases On Poor/Middle Class.

 

 

N.R.A. Idiocy. Fast & Furious Lies. Benghazi Fiasco.

 

 

Global Warming Denied. Missing Exploited Murdered Children.

 

 

Women’s Rights Denied.  Americans Massacred.

 

 

Fiscal Cliff.  Government Waste.  Do NOTHING Congress.

 

 

Obstructionist TeaTardedRepubliCANTS.

 

 

 

 Saints Disgraced.   Birtherism.

 

 

Jerry Sandusky.  RepubliCANT Primary Fiasco.

 

 

 

British Petroleum.    X.L. Keystone Pipeline.

 

 

 

Fracking.    Union Busting.

 

 

The Lyin UnFitt Mitt Romney Family.   Romnesia.

 

 

 

Lyin Paul Ryan. Ted Nugent. Meatloaf.  Grover Norquist.

 

 

 

Karl Rove. Conservative Talk Radio. Faux Spews (Fox News).

 

 

 

 

Wall Street.  Wells Fargo. Bank Of America.  Citi Corp.

 

 

 

Record Foreclosures.    Occupy Wall Street

 

 

Susan G. Komen For The Cure.     Abortion Clinics

 

 

 

Defunding Planned Parenthood.  Legitimate Rape.

 

 

Attacking The First Family.  Gas Prices.  David Petraeus.

 

 

The 47% “MITTstake”.  Bain Capital.

 

 

Clint Eastwood Speaks To An Empty Chair. Todd Akin.

 

 

 

Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Sikh Temple,

 

 

Oak Creek, Wisconsin.   Aurora, Colorado.

 

 

 

Clackamas Town Center, Oregon.

 

 

Cafe Racer Espresso in Seattle, WA.

 

 

 

Racist Rampage Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

 

Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, MN.

 

 

Oikos University, Korean College. Oakland, CA.

 

 

Chardon High School in Chardon, OH.  Syria.

 

 

 

Trayvon Martin.  MARISSA ALEXANDER

 

 

 

Jordan Davis.  Troy Anthony Davis. George Zimmerman.

 

 

Micheal Dunn.  Janepsy Carballo.  Daniel Adkins Jr.

 

 

 

Jamonta Miles.  Hernando Torres.  Diego Ortiz.

 

 

 

Whitney Houston.   Hurricane Sandy.

 

 

JP Morgan Chase & CEO Jamie Dimon.

 

 

 

High Gas Prices.   Sheldon Adelson.  Donald Trump.

 

 

 

Gangnam Style.  Amanda Todd.  Michael Clarke Duncan.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collins,   Lyric Cook-Morrissey.  Junior Seau.

 

 

 

Lance Armstrong.  Tavis Smiley.  Cornell West.

 

 

 

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (7).

 

 

Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (29).

 

 

 

Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (7).

 

 

 

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (6).

 

 

Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male (6).

 

 

 

Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (47)

 

 

Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (7).

 

 

 

Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male (6).

 

 

 

James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male (6).

 

 

 

Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female (7).

 

 

 

Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (52).

 

 

 

Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male (6).

 

 

 

Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (6).

 

 

 

Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (6).

 

 

 

Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (30).

 

 

 

Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female (56).

 

 

 

Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (27).

 

 

 

Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (6).

 

 

 

Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female (6).

 

 

 

-Nancy J. Lanza, (52)

 

 

 

-Adam Lanza, (20)

 

 

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Gabby Giffords DNC Pledge of Allegiance: Delegates Moved at Democratic National Convention

 

 

 

 

A Hat Tip/Shout Out To The ObamaDiary 2012 For the following videos:

 

 

2012: A Memory or Two

 

 

 

An image or two – President Obama: January 2012

 

 

 

An Image or Two – President Obama: February 2012

 

 

 

An Image or Two …. March

 

 

 

 

From The White House: A Look Back:

 

West Wing Week: 12/28/12 or “Best of the West (WingWeek)”

 

 

 

 

President Obama on Death of Osama bin Laden

 

 

 

 

 

2012 State Of The Union Address: Enhanced Version

 

 

 

 

 

Bo Inspects the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World from Cairo, Egypt

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address

 

 

 

 

President Obama: It Gets Better

 

 

 

 

President Obama and Jay Leno at White House Correspondents Dinner

 

 

 

 

1/24/09: Your Weekly Address

 

 

 

 

President Obama Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

 

 

 

 

Raw Video: Marshmallow Launch at the White House Science Fair

 

 

 

 

Tuskegee Airmen visit the White House

 

 

 

 

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2012

 

 

 

Raw Video: The First Lady Surprises Tour Visitors

 

 

 

 

In Honor of International Women’s Day

 

 

 

 

President Obama Signs Health Reform (“ObamaCares”) Into Law

 

 

 

 

President Obama Grilling with Bobby Flay

 

 

 

 

The President’s First Cabinet Meeting

 

 

 

 

President Obama: “I’m Really Proud of All of You.”

 

 

 

 

I guess that should hold you all until next year!!!!

 

 

 

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Maybe The GOPretenders Should Read This: How You Lost On 11/06/2012


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

Reposted from:

News and Views from the Left-Progressive Wing of the Coalition that elected Obama, formerly ‘Progressives for Obama,’ now pushing forward!

 

By Tim Dickinson 


Progressive America Rising via Rolling Stone

 

President Barack Obama has won re-election – his lease on the White House renewed by a multicultural, center-left coalition that ought to give GOP consultants nightmares, producing an electoral college landslide that surprised everyone not named Nate Silver. (The Five Thirty Eight guru’s reputation is as golden this morning as SuperPAC kingpin Karl Rove’s is tarnished.)

 

With four more years, Obama can now cement his historic legacy, fully implementing Obamacare, the most ambitious renegotiation of the American social contract since the 1960s. The president broke ground on his second term with an electrifying acceptance speech that recalled the best of 2008′s candidate Obama, and 2004′s convention Obama.

 

He hit again on the touchstone of his presidency, his belief “that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.”

 

This race wasn’t close. Obama secured a convincing win of the popular vote. And from his 2008 state-by-state haul, he surrendered only Indiana (which was never truly in play) and North Carolina (a surprise squeaker) to Mitt Romney.

 

Every other swing state – Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and New Hampshire – tipped again into Obama’s victory column. When counting is complete, Florida, too, appears poised to go blue.

 

In the end, Obama’s dedicated campaign volunteers proved themselves worth far more than anything the GOP’s moneymen could buy. Voters rebuked the mendacious Romney and his villainous platform to lard the rich and destroy the social safety net.

 

How did team Obama defeat Romney? Here, the six keys to victory:

 

1) The Turnout Machine I reported on Obama’s re-vamped get-out-the-vote machine this spring, previewing the technology that would enable the campaign to network its GOTV operations far beyond campaign offices and into the garages and dorm rooms of its supporters.

 

At the time, campaign manager Jim Messina and field director Jeremy Bird were making an early, unprecedented investment in the ground game – and that bet paid off like gangbusters. In a contest that couldn’t compare to 2008′s electricity, the 2012 Obama campaign reproduced – through brute force, dedication and will – a turnout in the swing states that in some cases bested the campaign’s remarkable performance of four years ago.

 

Yes, Obama lost North Carolina. But his final tally there was actually 35,000 votes greater than when he won the state in 2008.

 

 

2) Younger Voters Sorry, Boomer Nation: President Obama owes his second term to Generation Y. Voters under 30 turned out in greater numbers than senior citizens and broke for Obama over Romney 60-37. Gen X wasn’t too shabby, either: Voters 30 to 44 gave Obama a 7 point edge. (Romney, on the other hand, won convincingly among voters 45 and older.)

 

The numbers in Florida are particularly striking. According to exit polling, the Obama campaign not only improved turnout among the under-30 set there, it ran up the margin, too: Young Floridians broke 67-31 for Obama, better than the 61-37 margin over McCain in 2008.

 

 

3) The Latino Vote With 4 million more registered voters in 2012 than in 2008, Latinos accounted for one in every ten voters in 2012, and these voters broke for Obama by an epic 71-27 split nationally. That is almost exactly the margin Bill Clinton hung on Bob Dole in 1996, when there were only half as many Hispanic votes.

 

Messina told me earlier in the campaign that he was “obsessed” with the Latino vote, and that reproducing Clinton’s numbers against Romney this year would mean Game Over for the Republican. He was absolutely right – particularly in Colorado, where the split was even more lopsided: 75-23, up from 61-38.

 

 

4) African-Americans The historic turnout of African-Americans from 2008 held steady in 2012 at 13 percent of the electorate, nationwide. And the Obama campaign actually managed to increase black turnout in pivotal states like Virginia, where one in five voters was African American. Romney earned only 5 percent of that vote, compared to the 8 percent won by John McCain.

 

 

5) Ohio Working Stiffs Call it the “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” factor. In Ohio, where the auto industry employs one in eight workers, Obama actually gained ground – 2 points – among high-school educated voters without college degrees, about a quarter of the state’s electorate. Compare that to Wisconsin, where Obama lost 6 points among this cohort. Or North Carolina, where the drop off was 11 points.

 

 

6) All the Single Ladies Romney was haunted by a yawning gender gap, particularly among unmarried women, who accounted for 23 percent of voters (up three points from 2008). While Romney himself took awkward pains to reach out to female voters, he was yoked to his running mate’s moves to redefine rape, and to the GOP’s broader agenda to limit access to not only abortion but birth control.

 

Obama took this voting bloc by a 67-31 margin, nationally, and by nearly identical tallies in Ohio and Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin. The intersection of race and gender was especially powerful for the president in states like North Carolina, where black women accounted for 14 percent of the electorate – and 99 out of 100 voted to defeat Mitt Romney.

 

 

Now the real question is simply this….will the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS learn anything from this ass-whoooooooping?

 

I guess, not a single thing, judging from their continued alliance to the 1% and their refusal to acknowledge the 99%, in all the election day loss blaming. I for one, hope, pray and wish The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual  Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBT Anti-Feminist  Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag racist caucasian Party never figures it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Been Almost 3 Weeks,….Time To Gloat!!!


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Rove‘s election night melt-down over Ohio results on Fox News

 

Published on Nov 7, 2012

Karl Rove’s election night melt-down over Ohio results on Fox News

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fox News Announces Re-Election Win of President Barack Obama – 11/06/12

 

Published on Nov 7, 2012

Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly report that the Fox News team has called the state of Ohio for Barack Obama, realistically nullifying the opportunity for Mitt Romney to become President of the United States. There is initial confusion as the calling of Ohio essentially also decides the winner of the 2012 Presidential Election. Reactions from the crowd in Chicago, along with commentary from Juan Williams, Brit Hume, and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOX News reaction to Obama winning 2012 re-election (run da trap!)

 

Published on Nov 7, 2012

Brought to you by:http://www.facebook.com/jonzombiepro
The moment Fox news anchors Megyn Kelly & Bret Baier realized Obama had won the election. Thier faces of disbelief, truly a priceless moment in tv history. =)

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Lost Ones**Republicans Crying Election Night 2012 (My gift to Obama supporters)

 

Made By spittvicious

Published on Nov 10, 2012

I made this for the Obama supporters. It’s Pictures of Romney/Ryan supporters reacting to 2012 presidential election results.

 

 

 

 

 

And Finally, some American truth, facts and common sense……

 

24-11-2012: I OWE OBAMA AND EVERYONE AN APOLOGY

Published on Nov 24, 2012

Yes, I was taken in by the propaganda against Obama, believing a lie circulated about how many executive orders he has signed compared to other presidents. When I was told that it wasn’t true that he had signed more than all previous presidents combined, I did not believe it. I had seen it repeated again and again on the Internet; it had to be true. Yet when I got home and checked the federal register of the national archives, I was stunned. It wasn’t even close. Even JFK and Gerald Ford had signed more than Obama has so far, and that was less than three years in each case. How much of what we believe is true falls into the same category as this – only propaganda? No matter how many times we may repeat a lie, it will never make it the truth. I’m truly sorry, not only that I was taken in by this, but that I had repeated it several times in my videos in which my intent has always been to tell the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please sign the petition to tell Congress to Pass The American Jobs Act!!

 

 

Pass Obama’s Jobs Bill .The American Jobs Act.It Has Been Blocked By The House GOP Long Enough

 

 

The American People Need Jobs. So The American People Need Congress To Pass Obama’s Jobs Bill. The American Jobs Act Has Been Blocked By House Republicans For Way To Long. This Bill Would Put Americans Back To Work. So Pass This Bill And Put Americans Back To Work.

 

 

We ALL can have a wonderful, happy & safe Holiday Season if we ALL have jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.”

 

President Barack Obama, November 7, 2012~

 

 

“Disagree Intelligently, Use The Facts & Truth™”

 

 

 

 

 

An Insider’s Look Inside The RepubliCANT Party


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

I am fresh back home from a small trip overseas last week and a stunningly exciting trip down town to see POTUS Obama,    his wife, the Vice President and HIS wife as they all made a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids yesterday.

 

I was sent this piece by a twitter family member, this was written by Joy Reid of The Reid Report who I assume re-posted it from the original author, Mr. Mike Lofgren, whom I don’t know. Read this and then do some thinking…..especially if you are a TeaTardedRepubliCANT.

 

If you read nothing else today, read this: notes from GOPer who fled the ‘cult’

AUGUST 18, 2012

Stop me if you’ve read this before… I don’t know how I missed it when it was originally published, in September of last year (though maybe it was because it was scarcely mentioned in the media. I find almost no commentary about it online.) I’m not entirely surprised that the author, Mike Lofgren, wasn’t booked all over TV to talk about his 28 years as a staffer on the Republican House and Senate budget and other committees, often dealing with national security and defense issues, according to those D.C. journos who are very familiar with him. Lofgren’s critique of his own party, the Democrats and the media itself, is as thorough as it is devastating.

 

 

In short, Lofgren says the modern, post-Eisenhower GOP has morphed into a cult, led by plutocrats and their elected, media and faux intellectual minions, who have crafted an elaborate, continual ruse to serve the rich at all costs – even the cost of the country itself. And he explains how that cult recruited, and retains lower income, low information white Americans, and why they are pushing headlong to stop non-white/Christian/straight Americans from voting at all. (Hint: its partly Democrats’ fault for letting them do it unassailed.)

 

 

The piece is incredibly prophetic, touching on the very issues we are debating right now: Medicare, voter ID laws, and the Ayn Randism mixed with religious fundamentalism that defines the “modern” GOP. It is, to put it plainly, a must read. The author is clearly a Republican, and is no fan of Obama or Democrats. But his diagnosis of his own party’s pathologies, and his explanation of why he quit the business, is stunning and spot on.

 

 

A clip:

To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.

It was this cast of characters and the pernicious ideas they represent that impelled me to end a nearly 30-year career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill. A couple of months ago, I retired; but I could see as early as last November that the Republican Party would use the debt limit vote, an otherwise routine legislative procedure that has been used 87 times since the end of World War II, in order to concoct an entirely artificial fiscal crisis. Then, they would use that fiscal crisis to get what they wanted, by literally holding the US and global economies as hostages.

The debt ceiling extension is not the only example of this sort of political terrorism. Republicans were willing to lay off 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, 70,000 private construction workers and let FAA safety inspectors work without pay, in fact, forcing them to pay for their own work-related travel – how prudent is that? – in order to strong arm some union-busting provisions into the FAA reauthorization.

 

 

Lofgren also dings the media:

A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress’s generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner.

A deeply cynical tactic, to be sure, but a psychologically insightful one that plays on the weaknesses both of the voting public and the news media. There are tens of millions of low-information voters who hardly know which party controls which branch of government, let alone which party is pursuing a particular legislative tactic. These voters’ confusion over who did what allows them to form the conclusion that “they are all crooks,” and that “government is no good,” further leading them to think, “a plague on both your houses” and “the parties are like two kids in a school yard.” This ill-informed public cynicism, in its turn, further intensifies the long-term decline in public trust in government that has been taking place since the early 1960s – a distrust that has been stoked by Republican rhetoric at every turn (“Government is the problem,” declared Ronald Reagan in 1980).

The media are also complicit in this phenomenon. Ever since the bifurcation of electronic media into a more or less respectable “hard news” segment and a rabidly ideological talk radio and cable TV political propaganda arm, the “respectable” media have been terrified of any criticism for perceived bias. Hence, they hew to the practice of false evenhandedness. Paul Krugman has skewered this tactic as being the “centrist cop-out.” “I joked long ago,” he says, “that if one party declared that the earth was flat, the headlines would read ‘Views Differ on Shape of Planet.’”

 

 

He hits the issue of voter disenfranchisement,too. As you read this, recall that Karl Rove engineered the firing of nearly a dozen U.S. attorneys during the Bush years, for one reason: they refused to gin up phony cases of voter fraud:

Undermining Americans’ belief in their own institutions of self-government remains a prime GOP electoral strategy. But if this technique falls short of producing Karl Rove’s dream of 30 years of unchallengeable one-party rule (as all such techniques always fall short of achieving the angry and embittered true believer’s New Jerusalem), there are other even less savory techniques upon which to fall back. Ever since Republicans captured the majority in a number of state legislatures last November, they have systematically attempted to make it more difficult to vote: by onerous voter ID requirements (in Wisconsin, Republicans have legislated photo IDs while simultaneously shutting Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices in Democratic constituencies while at the same time lengthening the hours of operation of DMV offices in GOP constituencies); by narrowing registration periods; and by residency requirements that may disenfranchise university students.

This legislative assault is moving in a diametrically opposed direction to 200 years of American history, when the arrow of progress pointed toward more political participation by more citizens. Republicans are among the most shrill in self-righteously lecturing other countries about the wonders of democracy; exporting democracy (albeit at the barrel of a gun) to the Middle East was a signature policy of the Bush administration. But domestically, they don’t want those people voting.

You can probably guess who those people are. Above all, anyone not likely to vote Republican. As Sarah Palin would imply, the people who are not Real Americans. Racial minorities. Immigrants. Muslims. Gays. Intellectuals. Basically, anyone who doesn’t look, think, or talk like the GOP base. This must account, at least to some degree, for their extraordinarily vitriolic hatred of President Obama. I have joked in the past that the main administration policy that Republicans object to is Obama’s policy of being black.[2] Among the GOP base, there is constant harping about somebody else, some “other,” who is deliberately, assiduously and with malice aforethought subverting the Good, the True and the Beautiful: Subversives. Commies. Socialists. Ragheads. Secular humanists. Blacks. Fags. Feminazis. The list may change with the political needs of the moment, but they always seem to need a scapegoat to hate and fear. …

…I do not mean to place too much emphasis on racial animus in the GOP. While it surely exists, it is also a fact that Republicans think that no Democratic president could conceivably be legitimate. Republicans also regarded Bill Clinton as somehow, in some manner, twice fraudulently elected (well do I remember the elaborate conspiracy theories that Republicans traded among themselves). Had it been Hillary Clinton, rather than Barack Obama, who had been elected in 2008, I am certain we would now be hearing, in lieu of the birther myths, conspiracy theories about Vince Foster’s alleged murder.

 

 

He then gets to the heart of the matter:

The reader may think that I am attributing Svengali-like powers to GOP operatives able to manipulate a zombie base to do their bidding. It is more complicated than that. Historical circumstances produced the raw material: the deindustrialization and financialization of America since about 1970 has spawned an increasingly downscale white middle class – without job security (or even without jobs), with pensions and health benefits evaporating and with their principal asset deflating in the collapse of the housing bubble. Their fears are not imaginary; their standard of living is shrinking.

What do the Democrats offer these people? Essentially nothing. Democratic Leadership Council-style “centrist” Democrats were among the biggest promoters of disastrous trade deals in the 1990s that outsourced jobs abroad: NAFTA, World Trade Organization, permanent most-favored-nation status for China. At the same time, the identity politics/lifestyle wing of the Democratic Party was seen as a too illegal immigrant-friendly by downscaled and outsourced whites.[3]

While Democrats temporized, or even dismissed the fears of the white working class as racist or nativist, Republicans went to work. To be sure, the business wing of the Republican Party consists of the most energetic outsourcers, wage cutters and hirers of sub-minimum wage immigrant labor to be found anywhere on the globe. But the faux-populist wing of the party, knowing the mental compartmentalization that occurs in most low-information voters, played on the fears of that same white working class to focus their anger on scapegoats that do no damage to corporations’ bottom lines: instead of raising the minimum wage, let’s build a wall on the Southern border (then hire a defense contractor to incompetently manage it). Instead of predatory bankers, it’s evil Muslims. Or evil gays. Or evil abortionists.

How do they manage to do this? Because Democrats ceded the field. Above all, they do not understand language. Their initiatives are posed in impenetrable policy-speak: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The what? – can anyone even remember it? No wonder the pejorative “Obamacare” won out. Contrast that with the Republicans’ Patriot Act. You’re a patriot, aren’t you? Does anyone at the GED level have a clue what a Stimulus Bill is supposed to be? Why didn’t the White House call it the Jobs Bill and keep pounding on that theme?

You know that Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy when even Democrats refer to them as entitlements. “Entitlement” has a negative sound in colloquial English: somebody who is “entitled” selfishly claims something he doesn’t really deserve. Why not call them “earned benefits,” which is what they are because we all contribute payroll taxes to fund them? That would never occur to the Democrats. Republicans don’t make that mistake; they are relentlessly on message: it is never the “estate tax,” it is the “death tax.” Heaven forbid that the Walton family should give up one penny of its $86-billion fortune. All of that lucre is necessary to ensure that unions be kept out of Wal-Mart, that women employees not be promoted and that politicians be kept on a short leash.

It was not always thus. It would have been hard to find an uneducated farmer during the depression of the 1890s who did not have a very accurate idea about exactly which economic interests were shafting him. An unemployed worker in a breadline in 1932 would have felt little gratitude to the Rockefellers or the Mellons. But that is not the case in the present economic crisis. After a riot of unbridled greed such as the world has not seen since the conquistadors’ looting expeditions and after an unprecedented broad and rapid transfer of wealth upward by Wall Street and its corporate satellites, where is the popular anger directed, at least as depicted in the media? At “Washington spending” – which has increased primarily to provide unemployment compensation, food stamps and Medicaid to those economically damaged by the previous decade’s corporate saturnalia. Or the popular rage is harmlessly diverted against pseudo-issues: death panels, birtherism, gay marriage, abortion, and so on, none of which stands to dent the corporate bottom line in the slightest.

 

 

As I’m reading this, I’m thinking, “this is every conservative comment I read on Hot Air, or Redstate, or Mediaite, or on Twitter. The singularly focused rage against “others,” who are “un-American” or “ruining America” seems so misplaced, and liberals are just jumping out of their skins saying “no, look at the banks! What about the plutocrats! Don’t you get that they’re screwing you????” But we who are outsiders don’t speak their language – don’t understand their fears. That was what was s brlliant about Barack Obama’s famous “race speech” in 2008; he incorporated very frank discussion about the fears of working class white Americans, who have lost much, and don’t know quite who to blame. Republicans gave them someone to blame: immigrants, Muslims, gays, deadbeats who want or need food stamps and public assistance (though not the working class whites themselves, who “deserve” their federal aid…) and of course, Obama himself.

 

 

Later in the piece, Lofgren explains why he got out of the game:

I left because I was appalled at the headlong rush of Republicans, like Gadarene swine, to embrace policies that are deeply damaging to this country’s future; and contemptuous of the feckless, craven incompetence of Democrats in their half-hearted attempts to stop them. And, in truth, I left as an act of rational self-interest. Having gutted private-sector pensions and health benefits as a result of their embrace of outsourcing, union busting and “shareholder value,” the GOP now thinks it is only fair that public-sector workers give up their pensions and benefits, too. Hence the intensification of the GOP’s decades-long campaign of scorn against government workers. Under the circumstances, it is simply safer to be a current retiree rather than a prospective one.

If you think Paul Ryan and his Ayn Rand-worshipping colleagues aren’t after your Social Security and Medicare, I am here to disabuse you of your naiveté.[5] They will move heaven and earth to force through tax cuts that will so starve the government of revenue that they will be “forced” to make “hard choices” – and that doesn’t mean repealing those very same tax cuts, it means cutting the benefits for which you worked.

 

 

So prescient.

Ou simply must read the whole thing. It’s long, but it delves into the GOP’s belief system: their worship of the rich, their lust for war, and religious zealotry/scorn for science and reason. It’s called “Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult” and you can read it all at Truthout, where it was published n the 3rd of September, 2011.

 

And in the interest of fairness, here’s a thorough rebuttal of Lofgren, by a Republican. It mostly consists of accusations that Lofgren is slandering Republican voters and calling them stupid, and insinuations that the longtime GOP staffer might have rabies (“foaming a the mouth” is alleged.) and it doesn’t really get at the root of Lofgren’s critique, while also seeming to imply that Paul Ryan is among the “back benchers.” Heh. But I offer it as counterpoint nonetheless.

 

Happy reading!

 

I’ve never understood how any real American could ever vote for a candidate from the GOPretender Party.

 

 

If we ever needed to vote & vote DEMOCRATIC, we sure do need to vote DEMOCRATIC now. For us (Black America) the right to vote is not just a Constitutional matter but a right borne out of struggle, out of sacrifice and in some cases out of death. Think for a moment where we are in time and you will understand why: ”If we never ever needed to vote DEMOCRATIC, we sure do need to vote DEMOCRATIC NOW!!”

 

 
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