Why are Republicans so desperate to destroy our country! instead of trying to find ways to help our people they are hell bent on making sure they have absolutely nothing good to say about the President. Or even worse, they do not come up with viable alternatives to the administrations actions. They just whine, complain and call people names. Recently I have been encouraged by what the younger Republicans like Megan McCain have been saying, maybe there is hope for them after all.
Republicans continue to play games, calling President Obama a “socialist,” a “communist” and/or a “Marxist.” Republican Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, was so unhappy with his party’s desperate games that he lashed out at them yesterday in an interview with the Huffington Post. Secretary LaHood “ scoffed at the recent talking points emanating from the congressional leaders of his own party. His voice rising at times with emotion, the transportation czar tackled first the notion that the president was a socialist in disguise.”
“I don’t agree with it,” LaHood said. “If you go out and interview these people working on this road in Maryland… these people are thrilled. They are thrilled that they are working in March on a good paying job building roads, which is what they were trained to do. That’s going to be happening all over America. So the idea that this is socialism — it is not socialism, it is economic development. It is going to provide an economic engine around communities all over American for jobs; good paying jobs; and help people pay their bills. I don’t call that socialism…. We are the model for the world when it comes to infrastructure. We are the model for the interstate system. I don’t call that socialism. Our $40 billion [for the Department of Transportation]: not socialism. It is good paying jobs that is going to drive the economies in a lot of states and a lot of communities.”
A large proportion of the American public agree with Secretary LaHood and President Obama on the stimulus spending and the government’s efforts to save our country’s failing financial institutions. President Obama recently accurately pointed out to the New York Times when asked whether the was a socialist that “…it wasn’t under me that we started buying a bunch of shares of banks.” Now Republicans have gone so far as to call the “recession” the Obama recession, notwithstanding the fact that the recession started well before Barack Obama assumed office and the near total collapse of the United States’ financial institutions occurred during George Bush’s watch. Americans are too smart to fall for this ridiculous attempt at revisionist history.
Wow Meghan McCain is an intelligent, mature, sensitive young woman for a Republican! You go Meghan GOOD ON YOU Girl!!
Meghan McCain gets off the topic of dating today on The Daily Beast, instead taking shots at Ann Coulter and her role in the Republican Party. The senator’s daughter calls Coulter “offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time.”
I am not suggesting that extreme conservatism wasn’t once popular, nor am I suggesting I should in any way be any kind of voice for the party. I have been a Republican for less than a year. Still, even after losing the election, I find myself more drawn to GOP ideals and wanting to fight for the party’s resurgence. And if figureheads like Ann Coulter are turning me off, then they are definitely turning off other members of my generation as well. She does appeal to the most extreme members of the Republican Party — but they are dying off, becoming less and less relevant to the party structure as a whole
Excellent! The President is moving in the right direction!
Signaling another break with his predecessor’s expansive view of executive power, President Barack Obama is essentially nullifying hundreds of so-called signing statements in which George W. Bush took issue with provisions in bills he signed.
Bush used signing statements to express opposition to about 1,200 items in legislation passed during his eight years in office. In many instances, he told federal agencies they should ignore the offending provisions because they intruded on duties he said the Constitution reserved exclusively for the executive branch.
On Monday, Obama issued a memorandum effectively negating Bush’s signing statements by telling agencies not to follow on them without consulting with the Justice Department in advance.
“There is no doubt that the practice of issuing such statements can be abused,” Obama’s directive said. “Constitutional signing statements should not be use to suggest that the President will disregard statutory requirements on the basis of policy disagreements.”
Go to the link above or click on the author David Frum to read the whole story! FINALLY a Republican has grown a set of COHONES or BALLS to say Rush Limbaugh is not the LEADER of the REPUBLICAN Party!
But I for one hope that the Grand Old Party keeps kissing Limbaughs rather ample ASS. Republican still cannot see how bad it makes them look to be following Limbaugh like SHEEPLE, fawning over him, bowing to him etc. Keep it up Rush
On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of “responsibility,” and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him. And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence—exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word—we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time. Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined. But do the rest of us understand what we are doing to ourselves by accepting this leadership? Rush is to the Republicanism of the 2000s what Jesse Jackson was to the Democratic party in the 1980s. He plays an important role in our coalition, and of course he and his supporters have to be treated with respect. But he cannot be allowed to be the public face of the enterprise—and we have to find ways of assuring the public that he is just one Republican voice among many, and very far from the most important.
Many followed the CPAC this week wondering if conservatives would actually have any sort of self-analysis as to why their agenda has been rejected in the last two elections. I don’t know what I was thinking! Conservatives will have none of that. The voters are all wrong! Rush and the other Republicans believe that we will come to our senses as soon as President Obama fails, largely helped by conservatives in Congress of course. In reality, despite all the blow hard talk, CPAC showed me that conservatives are terrified, absolutely terrified, that the Obama way will work because when it works (over their opposition), much of what conservatives stand for will be obviously seen as wrong.
Watching CPAC was a bit like watching cult members listening to their gurus while they are drinking the kool-aid that binds them together even as their membership dramatically shrinks. There were many bizarre moments such as applause for the former Ambassador to the United Nations when he made a “joke” about the nuking of President Obama’s home town, Chicago. There was plenty of references to socialism and Marxism. They did the same thing to Clinton 8 years ago and I am sure that the prosperity that the country enjoyed under Clinton was very uncomfortable for them. That would have accounted for their numerous shrill and baseless attacks against him.
I heard nothing about Sarah Palin who was the darling of the party late last year. I was looking for some of that suburban urban off the hook hip hop that Michael Steele promised to use to revive the party. That was absent. In fact, I only saw old white men with an occasional white, bottled blonde woman and some pretty tired old very nasty rhetoric.
At the end, when Limabugh had finally concluded his speech, I was just left to wonder “who are these people?” I used to vote Republican. I would not do that now beause they stand in the way of the progress of this country. I don’t want to go back to poodle skirts, saddle shoes and playing Elvis records on my 45 player. I have no doubt that global warming is real. I believe that endangered species should be saved. i am thrilled about pursuing green technology. I am ecstatic that we will have high speed rail at last. I want fuel efficient cars produced and I think we should save our automakers because when we save them, we help to save our fellow Americans who are very much in distress. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the government helping out those in need until they get on their feet. These are the biggest differences between the party of no and the party of hope.
It is no wonder that the New York Times reported this morning that:
- Americans identifying themselves as Democrats outnumber those who say they are Republicans by 10 percentage points, the largest gap in party identification in 24 years.
- 38 percent of Americans say they are Democrats, 28 percent call themselves Republicans, and another 29 percent identify as independents
At this defining moment in our history, I don’t think Americans want to hear angry white men complaining about having lost power. They don’t want to be intimidated by fear anymore. The Republicans have been doing that for over 25 years and their predictions have NEVER come true. The party of McCarthy is alive and well. This is all they know. That party has taken us down a path that has brought our country to the brink of ruin and now they ask the country to trust them again without offering a single new idea.
Despite their attempts at revisionist history, Reaganomics (also known as voodoo economics) was a bust and Bush’s economics were just as bad if not worse. When you cut taxes for the rich, not enough of it trickles down. That has been demonstrated mnay times now. It breaks the back of the middle class.
The majority of Americans favor civil unions for gays because Americans are good and kind people. Once they understand that by pursuing these amendments banning gay marriage that they have ensured that gays cannot get health care for their partners, cannot say goodbye to them in hospitals if they are dying or visit them if they are sick and estate planning, and they have to pay more taxes. I think that if more people understood the practical effect of these amendments, Americans would not only not vote for them, but oppose them.
The abortion issue is another dividing line. Most Americans do not want Roe v. Wade overturned. Certainly most women do not. It is a highly personal issue and what the Republicans fail to see is that the majority of Americans want that decision to be made privately and to not have the state interfere with that decision.
These issues and many more show that the Republican party has deluded itself into believing that the country is right of center. No, it’s not. The seismic shift in the old way of politics that President Obama talked about during his inaugural speech took place over time and it was pushed by the Roger Ailes, New Gingrich, Tom Delay, and Karl Rove way of governing, which has lead us down a path of divisiveness and ruin. The New York Times poll shows that Americans want change and right now the only party offering real change is President Obama and the Democratic party.
Written by Catherine March 1, 2009 at 9:25 am
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. – JFK
He called it his first address to the nation and it was a rambling, very angry, hate-filled, nasty spew that was packed with lies. If you have the stomach to watch it as I did, the videos are above. The full text of this word salad is here. Some colorful and telling excerpts are below:
President Obama has the ability — he has the ability to inspire excellence in people’s pursuits. He has the ability to do all this, yet he pursues a path, seeks a path that punishes achievement, that punishes earners and punishes — and he speaks negatively of the country. Ronald Reagan used to speak of a shining city on a hill. Barack Obama portrays America as a soup kitchen in some dark night in a corner of America that’s very obscure. He’s constantly telling the American people that bad times are ahead, worst times are ahead. And it’s troubling, because this is the United States of America.
To us, bipartisanship is them being forced to agree with us after we politically have cleaned their clocks and beaten them. And that has to be what we’re focused on. [Applause] Why would any of us in this room who hold the core beliefs we believe, somebody tell me where is the compromise on all of this spending?
Where is the compromise between good and evil? Should Jesus have cut a different deal? Serious. From the standpoint of what we have to do, folks, this is not about taking a policy or a process that the Democrats have put forward and fighting around the edges. If we’re going to convince the minds and hearts of the American people that what’s about to happen to them is as disastrous as anything in their lives in peacetime, we’re going to have to discuss philosophy with them. We are going to have to talk about principle, because our principles are not present in what’s happening here. So where the hell do we go to compromise what we believe in when our principles are not their principles, they’re just the opposite of what’s happening? [Applause]
So you say how is he getting it done? Dumb down public education. Dumb down public education. Emotions. And the ongoing — this is why I think it’s such a waste for a man as gifted as President Obama with the communications skills, you know he could wipe out the Republican Party. He can wipe out the Republican Party if he would inspire this country to be the best it could be, but we don’t have to worry about that because that’s not what he wants. He wants people in fear, angst and crisis, fearing the worst each and every day because that clears the decks for President Obama and his pals to come in with the answers, which are abject failures, historically shown and demonstrated. Doesn’t matter. They’ll have control of it when it’s all over. And that’s what they want. Because they think they can do it better. They see these inequalities, these inequities that capitalism produces.
John Kerry [Boos], who served in Vietnam. [Laughter] Think about this, and, by the way, Barney Frank got involved with this, too. Northern Trust, a bank in Chicago — by the way, which holds the mortgage to the Messiah’s house, purchased by Tony Rezko, Northern Trust holds the mortgage. Northern Trust was forced, like Wells Fargo was forced, to take TARP money. The Wells Fargo CEO said they were taken into Paulson’s room and they were given until 5:00 to sign it. They weren’t getting out until they did. They wanted it spread all over the banking business. Northern Trust was in there. They didn’t want it. They took $1.6 billion. As you know, they went out and they sponsored the LA Riveria Open two weeks ago that Phil Mickelson barely hung on and won. [Applause]
And we find out they hired some liberals to entertain, but it still wasn’t good enough. They hired Sheryl Crow. And they hired the rock crooner group Chicago, but they had the audacity, Northern Trust did, to entertain their clients, to try to reward their best customers, to get new customers, banking is in trouble, Northern Trust is trying to do what they always do, what all businesses do, and that is mine for new clients and reward existing good customers. Not since they took $1.6 billion, I guess. The haughty John Kerry wrote a piece of legislation said: He’s getting sick and tired, sick and tired of these CEOs using taxpayer money to throw all these lavish parties. And I’m saying where do you get yours, Senator? [Applause]
But all of a sudden John Thain’s thrown out. John Thain is thrown out. He’s humiliated and embarrassed; how dare he? He did it a year before they took the TARP money. And all these Congressmen are standing up saying this is not going to happen. We are not going to watch these people capping executive pay while Obama tries to live like one.
Well there you have it, at least a portion of the New Republican Leaders speech. I feel like I am watching a rather large adolescent upset because they did not get the keys to the car. The bad thing is, these people do not care one bit that they can hurt this country!
I grabbed this post from My friend Catherine, she said: OK, I have reached my fill of right wingnuts for the day, especially after having seen this speech. I think he’s still on drugs.
I grabbed this post from My friend Catherineat her blog and by the way she has all of the Republican Leader Rush Limbaughs videos on her blog, please go visit her. at http://catherinemacivor.com