CRUISIN’ FOR A BRUSIN’ — For the record, theAffordable Care Act(AKA Obamacare or Romneycare 2) was originally a Republican idea spawned in the Koch-funded “think tank,” the Heritage Foundation. Gov. Romney embraced it and implemented it in Massachusetts where it has been a big success.
But…when the Black man in the White House embraced it for all of America, thinking he’d find bipartisan support in Congress, suddenly the frightwingers changed positions and have been fighting it tooth and nail. What the Republicans initially liked about the law was that it covered the insurance industry, by requiring everyone to have insurance. Yet it is this SAME mandated coverage that the Republicans now use as the main thrust of their opposition. “This is America. You can’t make us buy anything we don’t want to!” goes the Tea Party mantra.
Front and center to this opposition is TEAbully Senator Ted Cruz from Texas who was only elected because of radical redistricting, ensuring his victory. Last week his own hometown newspaper withdrew its previous endorsement of him. Cruz went to Washington to seek and destroy Obamacare, NOT to work with Democrats to create laws needed by most Americans.
One of the foundation planks in Obama’s election platform was passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It passed both houses of Congress, President Obama signed it into law, and the Supreme Court upheld its basic principles. BUT the TEAjadists couldn’t stand it. They refused to believe Obama won reelection (by the largest margin since Clinton), so they shut down our government, costing us $24 billion in economic injury, not to speak of the human suffering and the international disrespect. Cruz and the TEApublicans lost that battle too.
But now Cruz refuses to surrender, mounting an effort to destroy “Obamacare” in any way he can. In so doing, this Cruz Missile is destroying the Republican Party by elevating the ignorant radicals to command-and-control positions, and raising money (via the Koch Machine) to challenge in the upcoming primaries anyone who supported reopening our government and raising the debt ceiling. America has so many challenges facing our leaders. Yet Senator Cruz’s utter disdain for our government motivates him to destroy our two-century-old form of democratic rule in favor of sectarian, minority party rule.
It’s time to put Cruz in his place. If the establishment Republicans won’t or can’t do it, then the Democrats and Independents must. His ill-conceived, personally motivated efforts must be stopped.
Treason, Sedition, and the Defense of Democracy’s High Ground
I think Attorney General Eric Holder now has all the ammunition he needs to charge the Republican Party/GOP/Tea Party with treason, sedition, “economic destruction of government, direct economic harm and a form of violence against millions here and abroad, and procedural coup by blackmail…end Obamacare or they will destroy government. Now the Republican Right’s economic warfare – it’s blackmail, no getting around it – to shut down the government and to destroy its international credit worthiness, has directly surfaced inside the very heart of our democratic processes, our legislative mechanisms. This is a form of “leverage” that a democracy, however flawed, cannot allow.” http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/04/1244246/-Treason-Sedition-and-the-Defense-of-Democracy-s-High-Ground
Rep. Eric Cantor Will Profit in Stock Market if U.S. Goes into Default
The Confederate Flag Won’t Help Conservatives Win the Shutdown
Flying the Confederate Flag in front of the black President’s house is an abomination and direct threat to him and the will of the majority. They hate the President and blacks more than they love the country so much they are willing to destroy it.
It’s been almost two weeks since my last post. I had a close call with a bacterial infection. I’m on the mend and will do my best to post a bit more frequently. Thank you all for for subscribing. It is appreciated! Marion
What do you call a system where the will of 90% of the people is ignored? What do you call a system where financial institutions are deemed “too big to prosecute” and are raking in profits while the rest of the country is stagnating in the mess they created? What do you call a system where one party gets one million more votes in an election but loses leadership of the House of Representatives? What do you call a system that allows the theft of people’s homes, even when those people have never missed a payment? What do you call a system that then pays the victims of the theft pennies on the dollar and then those checks are hard to cash?
That system is called an oligarchy, defined by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as 1: government by the few 2: a government in which a small group exercises control esp. for corrupt and selfish purposes; also: a group exercising such control 3: an organization under oligarchic control. Boiled down, it’s just a word to describe the actions of people who are doing what the feudal lords of old did to our forbears – only worse. The feudal lords of today aren’t dressed in velvet head-dresses and long flowing robes. They are attired in Brooks Brothers suits. The power they wield is dizzying and they are drunk with it. They OWN this country and any little irritant, like an upstart black guy in the White House or the will of the people, isn’t going to upset their applecart because they hold all the cards and they intend to keep them.
Just like the serfs cowered in front of the lord who could kick them off the plot of land they farmed for him, the citizens of the United States have been kicked out of their homes, watched their retirements evaporate, and stood helplessly by when our Supreme Court endowed corporations with the same rights as individuals, thus dictating who is important and who is not. And now, the Supreme Court is going for an encore in McCutcheon vs. FEC.
…When a small minority dictates policy for the majority, you no longer have a democratic republic. You have an oligarchy and the people who run it, people like the Koch Brothers and Mitt Romney and Sheldon Adelson, are the ones calling the shots. They keep themselves hidden and send out their lackeys to do the dirty work; those lackeys being people like Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and John Boehner. Those guys want a crack at getting a big piece of the pie from the feudal lords and so they’ll sell you down the river while they look you in the eye and tell you it’s for your own good.
Our system is broken and one wonders if it is beyond repair. When the Attorney General of the United States tells us that the big banks are too big to prosecute, when not one of the fat cat bankers who pushed this country off a fiscal cliff is called to account, when the will of the people for sane and sensible gun laws takes a back seat to the will of the entitled few, then you know we have reached a point in time where we are in danger of losing it all.
The feudal lords use fear and prejudice to divide people. Just look at what happened with the Tea Party. This was a movement that originated in response to the bank bailout. They were angry and they let everyone know it. A lot of liberals were just as angry as all those original Tea Party folks. But the Tea Party has morphed into something else entirely. It didn’t happen because they were all “right wingers.” It happened because they were manipulated by the feudal lords who were behind the scenes and pulling strings. They watched as their puppets danced to their immigrant hating, racist tactics and they loved the great divide. We were already a country deeply scarred by the events of September 11, 2001. We were already at odds with each other about things that heretofore we NEVER would have countenanced, namely war crimes committed by an administration that was composed of oligarchs. Any chance at measured, productive conversation between the two sides is crushed without mercy in a barrage of misinformation geared to widen the gap between people who used to be able to, if not amicably disagree, at least respect that the other side has a right to their opinion. Now it’s just name-calling and shouting and nothing gets done. Which suits the feudal lords just fine because they are getting richer as they continue to steal the wealth of a nation. And those lackeys? When their usefulness is done, they will be turned out just as the serfs who were no longer needed were turned out. In the meantime, the rest of us will be wallowing in the mudpit we have been cast into, arguing about who should be allowed in this country and who shouldn’t.
It’s disgusting, really, how malleable the American public has become. We let it happen. We have allowed the feudal lords to tell us that no matter the cost, we must have our guns because the government is out to get us. They tell us that we have no money, so we must cut police and fire and, their very favorite for the chopping block, education. Education is always the first to be cut and the last to be restored. We are told that women should have no choice and to even think it is tantamount to murder. We are told that climate change is just an unproven theory, even though 97 per cent of the world’s scientists say otherwise. That doesn’t matter to the feudal lords who could care less about an oil spill or a fracking explosion in your back yard. They live in their grand homes, far from the danger and they are so blinded by their own greed that they don’t see that the demise of the environment will mean their demise as well as ours. So they’ll lay down and die covered with thousand dollar bills. But you know what? Dead is dead, whether you’re a prince or a pauper.
The only remedy lies with the people, and I am cautiously optimistic.
…The reason the people in government don’t do our bidding is because we have allowed a system to be put in place that effectively negates our power. People have DIED to protect our right to vote and yet, people stay home in droves on election day.
If you want to take this country back, no matter if you are on the right, on the left or somewhere in between, it is up to you—indeed, it is up to all of us—to stop bickering, to find common ground (because it IS there) and take back our democracy. It has never been easy and sometimes it hasn’t been pretty, but it has always worked. It can work again, but it will take the will of the people to overcome the will and the vast resources of the entitled few. Until then, we must come to terms with the fact that we no longer live in a democracy. We live in an oligarchy where the modern day feudal lords rule and we the people are expendable.
Disability/Troop Benefits. Tax Cuts For Millionaires /Billionaires.
Corporations Are People. Tax Increases On Poor/Middle Class.
N.R.A. Idiocy. Fast and Furious Lies. Benghazi Fiasco.
Global Warming Denied. Missing Exploited Murdered Children.
Women’s Rights Denied. Americans Massacred.
Fiscal Cliff. Government Waste. Do NOTHING Congress.
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.
Amanda Todd. Michael Clarke Duncan.
Elizabeth Collins. Lyric Cook-Morrissey. Junior Seau.
Lance Armstrong. Tavis Smiley. Cornell West.
To say that I am still reeling from this past year’s events is an understatement. Yet, with all the shocking, horrible, obstructionist, evil actions that hit our nation like a tidal wave, there was plenty of love, courage and a fighting spirit that saw us through this eventful year. Let us all promise to get involved and engaged in 2013 to prevent another 2012 from happening again…or at least keep the man-made events to a minimum.
In my media news life, I’ve covered a couple of state legislatures. Politically I’ve testified before a committee, been announced from the floor and actually have befriended some state senators and representatives. They’ve either told me stuff on background or have been half in the bag when they spilled the beans. My incentive for this story is to ‘vote the bums out’. We no longer have a citizen representative democracy in most states
Lets start with access. As an average Joe or Jill you can’t get through to the Governor or assorted legislative big shots. But money talks. A prime example is the February 2011 phone punking of Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker by an online newspaper editor pretending to be David Koch. When Walker thought it was one of the Billion-dollar brothers, he dove for the phone. Power, money and those who preside over large voting blocs get the attention of your elected officials.
A second money example is Howard Rich, a 72-year-old New York Real Estate Mogul who routinely pours sizable contributions fronted by his LLC Corporations into even the smallest of districts in states where legislators are voting on school choice or voucher issues. In South Carolina, Rich got his money’s worth. He contributed to 58% of the state’s House members who passed a school choice bill he supported. The bill was approved, by a 65-49 count. All 65 were Republicans. You can track more info and assorted SC Rich contributions listed in my September 12th submission. It’s the same Rich pattern in other state legislatures. Your $50 buys no access or influence. Ergo, you should know that General Assembly squatters get their marching orders from the same people who over-stuff their campaign coffers.
…The best chance you have to advance this country to the next step in recovery is the mid-terms in 2014. Be proud Democrats and no matter how many voting roadblocks the right-wing plants in front of you, get to the polls and “throw the bums out.”
Could this be the October Surprise? Because when seniors, the middle class, low income people, disabled and those with children hear about this, I expect to see pitchforks coming after Ryan and Romney. Unbelievable.
“Seniors are looters.” Wonder how that would have gone over at the AARP? “Disabled veterans are looters.” How would that play at the local VFW?
This recording confirms that the GOP’s Vice Presidential candidate is the most politically extreme major-party candidate in living memory. His views have already drawn the opposition of Catholic theologians, as well as advocates for lower-income people, the middle class, seniors, the disabled and children.
If those views were better known, they’d also alienate independents, Democrats and seniors, as well as most Republicans and Tea Party members.
This masterpiece was written by my dear friend, Tom Robinson. The images after the article are disturbing and are a reminder of what many of today’s racists would like to take us back to. The hate in the air today is thick, fueled by the greed of the GOP / Republicans / Tea Party who use the hate and ignorance of their base to achieve their agenda for the 1% rich and corporations WHO CARE NOT A WHIT ABOUT THEIR RACIST BASE. In fact, the GOP policies to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and all social programs that were implemented years ago by FDR to keep Americans out of poverty are the same safety nets the GOP base needs…as do all Americans. In other words, they vote against their own interests out of ignorance and hate.
Today, we have one of the most humane, compassionate, wise, capable leaders this country has ever had who is fighting against almost 100% opposition from the 1% to help 99% of the people of this nation. The vast fortunes these 1% have are being poured into propaganda machines like Fox News, right wing politicians, pundits like Rush Limbaugh in a relentless bombardment to fuel the hate and lie to these people who listen to them. These people have no idea what the truth is. All they know is “We want our country back” and “get the black man out of the White House!” I hope this article goes viral as it is a powerful teaching lesson for America, and what is at the core of the rot that prevents this nation from moving forward. ~ Marion
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( Because it needs to be said again and again and again ) by Tom Robinson
( Please understand that when I say ‘you’, I am not talking about everyone, but the one’s that I am talking about, know who they are.)
You can not snatch a person from their home, take them to a strange place, sell them like cattle, strip them naked literally, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, rob them of their language and culture (the very things that make them who they are), deny them an education and the bonds of family for 350 years and 100 years of Jim Crow, ( then expect them to be (“well-adjusted or healed” ) after only 48 years of (not so) ‘equal rights’.
The fact that there has been unprecedented Black achievement in America is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and resilience of a magnificent people. ~ Karen Stephens
Yes, in spite of not only throwing the kitchen sink at us, and all the appliances too, and putting every conceivable obstacle possible in our path and creating laws that only apply to us, so that we can be easily convicted and warehoused, and denying us a proper education with which we cannot get proper employment and treating us with disgust and disdain; for the last 450 years, ( still we rise…) And that is what burns your ass to the point that you have ( bought and paid for ) lawmakers; to re-double their efforts to strip away laws that were meant to help us and provide opportunities, and creating shams to prevent us from voting.
Yes, yes, yes, we understand that you think that everything is our fault; that if it wasn’t for us, your jobs would not have been out sourced or you wouldn’t have lost your homes and the economy would be better, and gas prices would be lower, and your savings wouldn’t have been wiped out. We understand that you’ve convinced yourself that we have international connections with multi national drug cartels, Customs and other law enforcement officials and the banking industry and are able to wash billions of dollars in drug money and have those same drugs shipped into the country, and then funneled into our communities where they have caused generations of devastation and havoc, and you blame us for broken homes due to systemic high black unemployment, and a lop-sided educational, judicial and justice system. And our children’s bright futures, have been dimmed, because we are lazy.
And oh, yeah, lets talk about the guns too. You know the one’s that are readily available and sold in this country; and protected by 2nd. amendment rights and the NRA and our corrupt politicians. Sure, you remember that, the guns that any sick lunatic can walk into any gun store and purchase, because some people are so fearful that some one is going to come and take them away, so they stockpile them as if their was going to be an apocalyptic invasion from another planet, or maybe a race war, that Fox News keeps warning you about.
Yes we know; that you think that it is all our fault, as well. And you’ve managed to convince a good portion of Americans too. You’ve convinced them to continuously vote against their own economic interests and excoriate programs that also help them; for fear that they would have to share something with us; and they have and they still do??? How else can you explain the Tea Party? ( Man, talk about selfishness to the extreme.)
But guess what? The world has been watching you; and some of those Americans are beginning to wake up, and they are sick and tired of having a national identity and description in the world, that Americans are motivated by hate…
We understand that you refuse to take any responsibility for situations that you created or have allowed to happen right under your nose; because of greed, blatant racism and willful ignorance. We understand that you suffer from the psychosis of privilege and are so blinded by hatred that you don’t realize ( or won’t accept ) that you are getting played too. You refuse to admit to yourself that the views we are forced to peruse are the exact same one’s that light your vista’s too, because you have someone else to blame, right? Well, just let me ask; how is that working out for you?
You cannot hold a man down without staying down there with him.
The only difference between us, and you is that you volunteer to stay down there with us and you do it to protect the rich and the powerful, who tell you that if you just keep believing their bullshit, then scraps from their table will trickle down to you too. And they continue to demonstrate; time and again, that they don’t give a rat’s ass about you, your jobs, your children’s future, your homes, your outsourced jobs, your college loans or your families’ health or well-being in general. But all of your problems are our fault; right?
Oh, did I forgot to mention that they really don’t care about your husbands, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, ( some raped ) that they send off to wars for corporate profits who come home bruised and broken, spiritually, emotionally and otherwise. Only to be denied benefits and discharged from the military because of a personality disorder.
When will you get it; that we are all Americans and if this country is going to live up to it’s potential and ideals, we are going to have to start to embrace our differences and stop letting hate cloud our judgement.