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The Poison of Being Republican

It isn’t really all that hard anymore to show how Republican candidates are awful people.  The tragedy of this is that it making the actually moderate Republican voters lose faith in their party.  But if one wants to examine this issue in a serious way, it really doesn’t take more than looking beyond Rush Limbaugh.  His comments about Sandra Fluke made the front page.  45 advertisers and counting have backed away from his show, not wanting their brands to be forever tarnished by him.  Given this, one would naturally conclude that he would back off a little, be more careful.

But this isn’t a perfect world.  In this world, Limbaugh comes back from making incredibly sexist comments, by making more incredibly sexist comments.  He talked in his latest show about the author, Tracie McMillan.  Apparently, according to him –

“What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent.”

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Limbaugh doesn’t like women.  That much is clear beyond a doubt.  He didn’t argue with McMillan’s work on its merits, he simply dismissed it because she is a woman.  This man is a sexist.  And his audience is sexist too.  There are women who call into his show, hopping on that bandwagon, but the number is very small.  The fact is that the bulk of his audience is men who are just as hateful of women as he is.  This, of course, leads to the modern problem of the Republican Party – it’s poison to everyone who is a part of it.

Take a look at the presidential campaigns of the Republican candidates and its easy to see what’s wrong – nobody likes ANY of these guys running for the oval office.  The primary voting numbers are beyond dismal.  It’s to the point where Republican candidates are showing up in states are aren’t able to come close to filling up a room for them to speak at.

And it makes perfect sense.  People like Rick Santorum, who wants to get rid of all pornography, all abortion, and all birth control.  Over 90% of women in this country use birth control, either for the sexual aspect, or for the health effects it can have on things like ovarian cysts.  Santorum wants to throw away any and all chance of them being able to get help.

Next up, there’s Newt Gingrich.  It isn’t hard to see why Gingrich isn’t popular.  He’s scum, and the Republican voters know it.  He cheated on and subsequently left one wife while she was dying.  He then ditched that one later.  He is a horrible person.  The voters know it, and they have no interest in him.

Ron Paul still have a very large cult following, but because he doesn’t go for the Republican establishment’s side of things, he is never going to get the nomination.  He talks about issues I don’t agree with, but at least he is consistent, which is something that the one who is looking to be the front runner isn’t.

Mitt Romney, what can you say?  Oh, right – he’s a flip-flopping, pure politics Republican.  He will say anything to get elected.  He tries to come off conservative, but the hardcore conservatives see right through that.  He will try to be moderate, but the moderates just don’t care.  They don’t like this guy, and it shows.

The fact is that it is becoming poisonous to be Republican right now.  The female vote has jumped ship, once and for all (pretty much).  Minorities are barely involved with them, because they have clearly been against them.  The LGBTQ community knows that they are not their friends (though neither are the Democrats, which leaves them high and dry on all sides).  The Republican base now is almost entirely made up of middle-aged and elderly white men.  This isn’t a good number to work with, and it is showing in the polls how little it is helping them.

To put it into context how little faith people have in the Republican Party – Joe Miller, from my state of Alaska.  He ran the most hardcore-conservative race that I have seen in this state (in my lifetime).  He lost to Lisa Murkowski because the Republican voters didn’t find him palatable, and a lot of Democrats that I know voted for her because Scott McAdams was a nobody, and they knew it.  Republicans don’t like these people, because they aren’t moderate.  The Tea Party got rid of their moderates, and now, it is becoming a battle of values, not issues.  That’s not what voters want to hear right now.

So, Limbaugh isn’t that big of a surprise.  He is just a symptom of the overall illness within America’s conservative movement – it’s dying.  The people who make up its base are dying or getting too old to care.  Women aren’t on board.  Minorities are scarcely on board.  The LGBTQ community hates their guts.  It’s poisonous to be a Republican right now.

Peace out,

Lefty

Can our government please grow up?

There is a story in the news right now about a girl named Jessica Ahlquist.  She is a 16 year old high school student in Rhode Island.  She joined with the ACLU and got a prayer banner removed from her high school.  She did this amidst endless amount of bullying, taunts and threats from not only students, but parents too.  She’s a brave kid, standing up for the Constitution.  But the really sad part is that Ahlquist has been getting flak not just from her high school, but also from people in government.

No joke, a Representative from Rhode Island was quoted saying that Ahlquist is “an evil little thing.”  He went on to say “she is being coerced by evil people.”  The idea is that all atheists are evil, or at least the ones who endorse the idea of keeping a public school from endorsing religion.

When will our government grow up?  Can we please have a moment where people who lead this nation don’t appear to be angry children?  Between all the bigotry coming out of Rick Santorum’s mouth, and all the insanity from Rick Perry, it is getting so hard to see where the grown-ups are.  We need a grown-ups right now.  America needs some adults to be in the room and actually lead this country, rather than do their usual routine of blaming other people for what is wrong.

That’s all.  It’s a short post, but it needed to be said.  America, we need some grown-ups to run for office.  Any ideas?

Peace out,

Lefty

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Rick Santorum vs. Healthcare

In the world of stupid statements, this has got to be one of the best.  For real, this couldn’t be any more stupid.  When Ron Paul said that asinine quote about the churches and other people helping those without health insurance, that wasn’t nearly as stupid as Rick Santorum’s latest documented quote.  Get a load of this –

The answer is not what can we do to prevent deaths because of a lack of health insurance. There’s — I reject that number completely, that people die in America because of lack of health insurance.

Wow.  Just, wow.  That’s powerful stupid.  That’s like the kind of epic stupid that exists in books.  You hear people talk about other people this dumb, but you never actually see them.  Until now.

Basically, Santorum is arguing that nobody dies from medical causes.  Hear me out.  If nobody dies from not having health care coverage, that means that nobody dies from medical causes, because the only way that they could die from not having coverage is if they had a medical problem.  That’s Santorum’s argument.  And it’s stupid.  People die from medical problems all the time.

According researchers from Harvard, roughly 45,000 deaths a year can be attributed to lack of health care.  Over 2,000 veterans die each year from lack of health care.  That’s something interesting.  But the fact is that Santorum doesn’t stop at saying nobody dies from lack of health insurance.

He has always been quoted talking about how people without insurance need to stop whining about the high cost of medicine and advanced medical treatments and pay less on non-essential things like cable and cell phones.  Yes, because all poor people have these things.  He has also said that the insurance companies should deny coverage of people with pre-existing conditions.  Isn’t this guy a peach?

While he is talking about how gay sex is wrong and how straight sex is good, he will also never stop finding ways to make the poor out to be the enemy.  What a piece of human garbage.  Santorum goes on to say –

People die in America because people die in America. And people make poor decisions with respect to their health and their healthcare. And they don’t go to the emergency room or they don’t go to the doctor when they need to.  And it’s not the fault of the government for not providing some sort of universal benefit.

Yes, they don’t go to doctors when they need to.  Gee, I wonder why?  Could it be because going to the doctor is ungodly expensive?  Even seeing a family practitioner can be up at $100 a pop.  At an emergency room, they will treat you, but only to the point where you are no longer in mortal danger.  After that, they have satisfied their Hippocratic Oath and will kick you out, head-first.

And by the way, why is it that the government is required to do nothing?  Apparently Rick and Ron didn’t read this Constitution that they all love so much.  There is a claus in the First Amendment stating that all services that are deemed of national importance should be run by the government.  It’s the reason that Republicans can’t privitize the Postal Service.  But now we have more necessary services.  Medicine should be one of them.  Why it isn’t is simply beyond conception.

This man is so blind to the problems of the poor that he simply doesn’t care.  Rick Santorum doesn’t care about poor people.  It is clear that in his utopia, the poor would be living on the street or dead, with no tools available to help them, while the rich lived in golden paradises without taxes.  What a pity such a world couldn’t exist.

It’s time to shut Rick Santorum down.  It’s clear that he’ll say whatever his dim-witted base wants to hear.  Is sad, really, because most of his base is poor middle to senior-aged white people.  People who could use universal health care the most.

Peace out,

Lefty

Rick Santorum vs. Sex

A recent article in Salon magazine kind of spells out a lot of what is happening right now in this country.  The pro-life movement has always said that they are against abortion.  They want to preserve life (how many of them eat meat?).  But that argument is really falling by the waist-side when you think about it.

With new prescriptions being made, like the Morning-After Pill, Plan-B, and emergency contraceptions of all kinds, the fact is that with modern pharmaceuticals, it is getting so that abortions are less and less necessary.  One would think that this would slow down the anti-choice (pro-life) activists, right?  If there are no abortions happening, how can this be a problem?

In the article mentioned above, it talks about how Rick Santorum, the presidential candidate who came in only eight votes behind Romney is against birth control.  All birth control.  Here’s a quote from the man himself –

One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.

Add to that quote (from the article) –

Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.

So, how are things supposed to be?  That’s an easy question to answer, when looking at Santorum’s religious affiliation.  He is a hardcore and old-school Catholic.  This means that he is one of the Catholic crowd who believe that any sex that isn’t missionary and for the express purpose of procreation is wrong.  It is a telling sign of something that the pro-choice crowd doesn’t think about nearly enough.

It’s not enough that anti-choice individuals are against abortion.  That at least makes a modicum of sense.  As Bill Maher said –

I get that, I just don’t agree with it.

But this isn’t that.  In fact, the disturbing part seems to be that the more options that are created to prevent having women to have to go through an abortion, the louder the opposition becomes.  The question is – why?  To answer it for Santorum, one must, unfortunately, look to his holy book.

According to Genesis 38: 8-10, the story goes that a man named Onan had a brother, but the brother died before he could bear offspring.  In accordance with tradition, it was customary for the brother to have sex with his brother’s widow.  However, when in the act of intercourse, he pulls out from her, and his “seed” fell to the ground.  Of course, God got angry (he does that a lot) and struck the man down for his actions.  Now, thanks to that verse, the Catholic church is of the mind that no sperm must be wasted.  All sex must result in reproduction.

This brings us back to the current situation with Santorum.  He is against all forms of contraception, even in the case of married couples.  For real, if a couple doesn’t want to have kids, too bad!  Not only is this non-sensical, but it is also wrong.

But one just has to ask – why?  What possible good comes from this kind of ideology?  This is more evidence that religion and state mixing always has negative consequences.  Now we have a Presidential candidate who wants to get rid of any and all possible ways of practicing safe sex.

And the worst part is that he isn’t done there.  There was a quote from Dan Savage on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

One of the things I’m constantly reminding people about Rick Santorum is that he doesn’t merely have an anti-gay agenda, he has an anti-straight agenda too.

Santorum is against gay marriage, against all forms of abortion (even in the case of rape and incest.  Who knows, crazy as he is, maybe against saving the life of the mother too), against pornography.  This guy is against sex.  He is totally against sex.  This is a problem, and it needs to be addressed, because the bigger societal question becomes – how did this guy get into public office?  How did he become so powerful?  How do people this deranged acquire so much political status?

America, we can do better, and we need to.  Now, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Santorum isn’t going to win the primaries.  He is too extreme for the majority of Republicans and right-leaning moderates.  But this needs to be addressed.

We need to save our rights to have sex.  Sex is fun.  Protect it.  Otherwise, we may not have any choices.

Peace out,

Lefty

Republican Debates: The Latest Round of Conservative Farce

So, there were the GOP debates on CNN.  If anybody didn’t get to see it, you missed a good show.  As my friend John Aronno said on the Shannyn Moore show that he was subbing in on –

If any of you were playing the word game the night of the debates, as I was, and woke up feeling sick the next morning, you are in good company.

Those who were involved were Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and Herman Cain.  You couldn’t find a better rogue’s gallery for asking questions.  Even among the progressive community, people are still getting off on the idea of Ron Paul being president.  I will never understand why.  If that man actually, or rather, at least, understood the issues, then perhaps he would be a viable candidate.  But he is just another imbecile who says that he speaks for the Constitution, and people just get all dreamy over him.  Then there is Pawlenty, who looks way too much like a Ken-doll to be human.  There is someething so eerily disturbing about Michele Bachmann.  It is like she is not a real person.  The way her skin looks, it is like something stretched over a metal form.  She is the person that people see in their nightmares.

One of the word games that people could have been drinking to was tax cuts.  Another big term that could have involved drinking was Obamacare.  This goes to a larger point – that all Republicans pretty much sound like broken records.  Some have wondered why Sarah Palin hasn’t thrown her name in for the 2012 election.  Well, that is pretty simple, because she is much happier with her job as a conservative money-grubber who is leeching all the funding she can from every conceivable source.  From her appearances on Fox News, to her big rallies that she is paid over $70,000 a pop to talk at.  It was pretty clear that she doesn’t want to be an actual politician after she quit her job and pretty much told all of Alaska that they could just get lost.  But I am getting away from the debates.

If only a single conservative candidate had even the slightest understanding of how the economy works.  It is such a shame that the bulk of the American population is equally ignorant and stupid, then they might understand how ridiculous phrases like this are from Rick Santorum-

 What we need is an economy that is unshackled.  And what’s happened in this administration is that they’ve passed oppressive policy and oppresive regulation.

One should be very curious – how exactly is the market being oppressed?  It leads a person to think that people are almost slaves in this country these days.  Of course, Healthcare Reform was attacked by Ron Paul, the great zion of ignorance as being against the free market.  It never ceases to amaze how these people believe that bringing down regulation will make things all better.  Let’s ask Reagan how it worked out for him when he was the cause of a recession himself.  Of course, green energy is the enemy.  Oil is the friend of the Republican Party.

The moderator asked a good question – if lowering taxes solves the problem, where are the jobs?  Pawlenty didn’t answer it remotely, but that is no surprise.  It is the magic question that is never answered in a way that makes two bits of sense.  Spending cuts was something else that one could drink to and would have been completely smashed.  One counter that was given that Obama didn’t create the recession, but rather made it worse.  Yeah, except for all that improvement of the economy that happened while Obama has been in office.

Plus, where did this obsession with calling everything Obama-whatever come from?  There’s Obamacare, Obamanomics, Obamneycare.  What exactly does the conservative community hate so much about this guy?  There is always the idiots of the Tea Party who can rampantly accuse the President of being a genocidal maniac (see all the Obama-Hitler signs, anybody?), but that is just bigotry.  That makes sense.  That is a perfectly understandable (not good, mind you, but at least it makes sense) thought process, racist as it is.  But the conservative elements of this country seem just bent on making the President look as villainous as possible.  Maybe I am just wishing that the GOP would mature a little.  That’s a lot to ask, I know, but here’s hoping.

Of course, to justify their farce, the rattled off a bunch of figures about how many people are going to be put out of work because of “Obamacare” and all the legislation that he has ever passed.  Newt Gingrich apparently thinks that Healthcare Reform is some form of fascism.  For real, he believes that if you have the government legislating healthcare, they are suddenly going to start being thought police and controlling everything.  Playing to fear, anyone?

Then there was one guy who actually asked a question of merit – will the candidates not be swayed by the hardcore groups within the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party.  Finally, a decent question.  This is a good one, because Bachmann has sold out her entire political career to the Tea Party.  Rick Santorum didn’t bother answering, but just ego-stroked.  Bachmann defended her Tea Party masters and blame the media.  Cain said he would “surround himself with the right people,” which answered nothing.  This is how the Republican Party does things.  They don’t want to anger the Tea Party because they don’t want to lose the hardcore conservative votes.  But the problem with pandering to the hardcore bigots, as Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell found out, is that the moderates don’t buy your position later on.

The debates were a lot more involved than I could realistically talk about here without dragging on forever, so I’ll end this here.  If you want to see the entire bit, go on YouTube.  A user posted the entire event, from start to finish.  You can hear the entire farce for yourself.  Trust me, you will lost your faith in the Republican Party.  Those of us who think already knew they were garbage, but see for yourself.

Peace out,

Eli

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