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JUST GET IT OVER WITH

September 12, 2009

 

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Is the Republican Party trying to commit suicide?

There is no other way to explain what most of us watched during and after the President’s speech on healthcare to a joint session of congress and the American people.

The “You Lie” outburst of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was, of course, deplorable.

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Any publically elected official who can’t show respect for the office of the President of the United States does not deserve to be sitting in that chamber.

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Yes, he apologized. But let’s face it, there’s no real way to apologize for being classless. His apology only came after party leaders told him to man-up. I realize a political party can’t be held responsible for every member’s actions, but they can make sure he doesn’t receive any support in the next election. They also could have denounced his actions in the rebuttal. Whoops. Never mind. That was pre-taped. (Another stupid move.)

Speaking of the rebuttal: why on earth would you pick Rep. Charles – call me “Lord” – Boustany (R-LA)?

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Obviously, the party didn’t research him any better than McCain researched Palin.

A simple Google search would have yielded enough negative information to give most leaders pause.

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Boustany actually tried to buy the title “Lord” from a couple of conmen in EnglandWhen he realized he got scammed, instead of just letting it go so it wouldn’t become public, he sued them! He has hauled in $1.25M from Health and Insurance Industry. He was a “Birther.” He’s been sued 8 times for malpractice. He co-sponsored the end-of-life consultation portion of the current bill in the house (HR 3200), saying that it was a good idea – then backed-off when things got heated. Surely, the Republicans could have found someone with less baggage.

Let’s don’t leave Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) out. He could be seen texting nearly every time the camera went to him.

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Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, wrote an article highlighting the events that took place on the floor while the President was speaking.

Add the “Tea Parties,” the “Birther” Movement, the “Deather” Movement, the “Socialist Indoctrination” of our children, the ministers that believe (“according to the Bible” no less) that President Obama should die, and the staged town hall meetings on healthcare, to the above events, and you have a party that is not only shrinking, but is on a path to self-destruction.

Why prolong the agony?

Take the pills, lie down, and get it over with.

Sincerely,

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R.I.P. GOP

May 7, 2009

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Let me begin by saying I want AT LEAST two strong political parties in Washington D.C. This is how our system of government works best. The graphic is an illustration of where the GOP seems to be headed as long as they allow Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin – via Rush – to be the loudest voices in the party.

Republicans continue bowing to Rush’s every word. I illustrated this back on March 12, 2009 in Checkers and Chess and it happened again a few days ago with Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). During the first NCNA (National Council for a New America) “stop” on their “Listening Tour”, Cantor, along with (Jeb) Bush and Romney said that the Republicans were there to listen to Americans – to get their thoughts on the issues. Then Rush “educated” them, forcing Cantor to retract the “listening tour” statement.

As for Sarah Palin, Rush thinks that SHE is the future of the GOP.

If the intellectually challenged Limbaugh thinks that the educationally challenged Palin is the future of the GOP, and the GOP will not separate itself from Limbaugh, then maybe a Palin/Limbaugh ticket isn’t so far fetched!

Bottom line: the Republican Party needs to get as far away as possible from Rush Limbaugh and his support of Palin – now – while there is still time to repair its reputation. Here’s a few lines from his Heritage Foundation Speech in September:

LIMBAUGH: “But during all this growth I haven’t lost any audience. I’ve never had financially a down year. There’s supposedly a recession, but we’ve got – what is this May? Back in February we already had 102% of 2008 overbooked for 2009. [applause] So I always believed that if we’re going to have a recession, just don’t participate.” [laughter]

Here he is talking about food stamps.

Homeless veterans are “another myth.”

How the current recession isn’t that bad.

On the 1 out of 50 children that are homeless.

Limbaugh doesn’t care about the Republican Party or the Conservative Movement. He has an eight-year, $400,000,000 contract and he feels that gives him a license to say and do anything. He is intentionally throwing all the moderate Republicans “under the bus” because… he can. And the GOP just continues to kiss his… (insert your choice of body part.)

My idea of a moderate Republican is Colin Powell. No one can deny that Powell is one of the eloquent, rational, calm voices in the GOP. Here’s what he had to say about the “far-right” elements within his party that seem to be the dominating the conversation.

Rush shot back, calling Powell a “turncoat” for supporting Obama in the 2008 election.

Being the gentleman that he is, Former Secretary Powell never said a word about Limbaugh going after him during the 2008 election – a perfect example of how all public officials should conduct themselves.

The fact that Limbaugh supports Palin should tell every rational-thinking Republican that Sarah Palin should NOT be a leading voice. She’s a long way from being a viable candidate for any national office. Even her popularity as Governor of Alaska has greatly diminished.

Besides ignoring Limbaugh and Palin, there are three things Republicans must do to even begin to be relevant in the 21st Century.

(1) Quit talking about Ronald Reagan! Jeb Bush – a member of the “listening tour” – said it. The conservative Wall Street Journal said it. Nothing says “backwards thinking” like the name Reagan. His ideas have come and gone. They will not work going forward. Our country is too diverse for such narrow thinking.

(2) Get past the cultural issues. Let go of the religious right – what’s left of it – and move on. They will still vote Republican long after gays are allowed to marry in all states and the Roe v Wade decision is no longer debated.

(3) Tell the NRA (National Rifle Association) to pipe down! No one in this country is going to lose their right to lawfully own firearms. The Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2008 makes this a non-issue.

Republicans need to start seeking REAL leaders. They’re out there. And they are not attention-seeking egomaniacs like Limbaugh and Palin.

True leadership is recognized for the good ideas it brings to the table – not for how much noise it makes.

Honest debate is healthy and necessary, but it must also be intelligent and respectful.

Sincerely,

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IF YOU CAN’T DAZZLE ‘EM WITH BRILLIANCE…

April 26, 2009

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You may remember the saying, “If you can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance, baffle ’em with bullshit.” I remember trying the BS portion of this “strategy” in high school on essay exams when I thought the teacher wasn’t thoroughly reading each paper. I’m nearly certain it never worked.

Unfortunately, the BS portion has been successful for Republicans – until the 2008 Presidential Election. However, since the inauguration of President Obama, it has been a monumental failure.

I’m not sure if people are finally starting to see through their tactics, or if there are simply more of us now demanding the nuance that has been painfully absent in politics and policies over the last decade. Either way, the Republicans are desperate to redefine themselves in what they are calling “Re-branding.”

Many corporations have used re-branding to revitalize their image. They create a new marketing plan which is usually followed by new products, fresh ideas and new business concepts.

The Republican Party thinks it can do the same thing with one big difference: They intend to use the same ideas that have failed to address the real needs of this country for nearly 30 years.

And the name for their “new” idea? The National Council for a New America, headed by none other than John McCain. And his is not the only “fresh face” in this new council. There’s also Mitt Romney, Dick Army, Haley Barbour, and many more. They have also recruited not-ready-for-prime-time Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Rep. John Boehner’s (R-OH) echo chamber, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

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This is stupidity on steroids.

The NCNA will be answering to congressional members such as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell – two leaders that helped the Republican Party to lose BIG in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

One additional “new” face is… Newt Gingrich. (Eye roll, please.)

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His website, www.AmericanSolutions.com shows a 12-step plan for revitalizing our economy. It’s basically two words: Tax Cuts. The rest is fluff. No nuance. No substance. It’s similar to what he espoused 15 years ago, when he was Speaker of the House and concocted “The Contract with America.”

Much like Barney Fife, the Republicans are about to shoot themselves in the foot.

An old man who used to come into the little pub I owned years ago once told me, “You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken shit, no matter how much mayonnaise you put in it.”

Words to live by.

Sincerely,

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