All my liberal friends are coming over tonight.

January 28th, 2012

It’s been awhile, but I just wanted to say this. If any of my friends, who more less appreciate what Obama’s done in his first years think that this one’s gonna be a breeze, we do so at our own peril. Romney is a smart guy and while he may seem like a robot, he’s been shown to have some middle of the road appeal when he’s not touting a more right wing mantra. We’re about to see if the Tea Party has as much sway as they think they have, the 99% movement, while we understand the sentiment, is largely not a huge factor in most of our lives.

Romney could win.

He’d be somewhat more moderate than his more ideological political persona in the White House, but, to me, he represents an agenda that furthers lower/middle/upper disparities and returns us more less to the same system that ruined our economy. This is about the people with the money, the power and the education taking full advantage of a system that benefits their debt driven profit motives and then blaming less benefitted people (some of which are irresponsible morons in their own right) for poor judgement. But at least the morons aren’t so immersed in greed that they can’t see when enough is enough. Please, job creators, you say the government shouldn’t create jobs, then you do it. Your taxes are as low as ever, you get unlimited borrowing power the stimulate the economy, and you sit on everything you earn. If we were good neighbors, I’d do everything to pay my share of the fence after I knocked it down with my car. We’re just asking that the most benefitted people in our system realize why (more than mere “I worked hard”) they may have been successful. A lot of us work hard. we just don’t expect it to weigh on other people’s lives they way you do.

Mitt Romney champions the tactics of a purely capitalist system. Capitalism is good, but not when it’s the only ideology on the table. Obama has shown preference for both sides of this fight. As much as some may reject that, it’s true. His more left leaning decisions get blasted as a Communist, Mao-loving, terrorist-loving agenda. His more right-decisions are seen as not ever enough or pandering to the right. The truth is, he’s a moderate. That’s why everyone’s somewhat disappointed. I say, “long live moderation”.

I could go on, but this can be tedious for a lot of people. Just don’t get caught sitting on your hands this go. Obama’s not perfect by any stretch, but anti-union, anti gay-marriage, anti-more moderated tax system, anti-sensible regulation, anti-moderate diplomatic relationships is knocking at the door.

Many Healthcare Reforms Go Into Effect This Week

September 20th, 2010

Here comes the Healthcare “Nuclear option”. These aspects of the law go into effect this week:

• No out-of-pocket costs for preventive care.
• Sick children can’t be excluded: Insurance companies will not be able to withhold coverage from kids with pre-existing conditions.
• Parents’ coverage extended to young adults
• No dropping sick people
• Restrictions on annual limits
• No lifetime limits
• Easier appeals: Insurers offering new plans will have to develop an easier appeals process for consumers disputing denial of medical coverage.
• Patients are free to choose doctors: Members of new plans can pick any participating primary care provider and don’t need authorization before a woman visits an obstetrician-gynecologist, for instance.

Deep Thinking, Good People

August 31st, 2010

Finally!! Death Panels are Here!

March 24th, 2010

Someone very close to me was recently telling me how she’d been left with the decision to resuscitate her husband in the event of a heart attack. He had fallen into a coma and had no Advance Medical Directive. I know this is very depressing to think about. Who wants to even consider it, but the truth is, I want to be in control of my medical treatment in the case I’m left incapacitated. And who REALLY wants to leave this decision to loved ones who, if had their way, would never want to see you go. By simply filling out this form and talking with your doctor, you will effectively be visiting a “death panel”. Seems more like “personal independence and responsibility until the end” to me…

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Tea Parties are fun

March 23rd, 2010

I don’t mean to assert that there aren’t many, many on the left that are ignorant to the issues that they support. It’s unfortunate that ignorance is so pervasive. The more informed a population is, the better our civilization will be. However, for Tea Party protesters to rant on and on about their liberty and rights being ripped from them, while at the same time showing little, to no actual knowledge of the issues that they are protesting makes me cringe. If you don’t understand what it is that you’re against, please inform yourself in a responsible way or shut up. That goes for both sides. Ignorance is no excuse and no way to run a country.

This clip is a bit worrisome, and reassuring at the same time. To recognize that much of the adamant opposition to healthcare reform is uninformed and rooted in something else makes this newly enacted law even more important. Maybe, just maybe, after the smoke has cleared, some who blindly followed the dishonest rhetoric of many of the people who claim to represent them will realize that they were the ones being led down a false path and will reconsider their alligiances…

Who Cares about Global Warming

March 15th, 2010

Unless you drive a Prius and belong to the Sierra Club, sorry, the global warming argument isn’t going to get anybody’s ass off the couch to do anything. Until warming rots the potatoes that fill our bags of chips and makes it too hot to pick up the remote control, no one cares about a steadily warming climate. It’s just one of those unfortunate, short-sighted plights of many Americans.

What should get people’s asses off the couch are all the other reasons.

Let’s pretend global warming or “climate change” is simply a motivational item—perhaps a giant American flag floating above one of our greatest cities while the camera slowly pans by. What a beautiful sight that is. It represents independence and self-reliance. It represents power and prestige. It truly represents what all Americans hope for our country and often perceive it to be.

Unfortunately, being a beacon requires constant reassessment and soul-searching and we, as Americans, have a terrible time with this bit.

Right now we consume 20,680,000 barrels of oil a day. That’s 66% of America’s oil being imported from foreign countries. As oil goes, we’re dependent, not independent. One way to fix this, is to invest in serious alternative energies. Build solar, wind, hydro and nuclear and begin to phase out coal and oil.

On another note, when we consume so much oil from foreign countries, we are effectively not only dependent on, but beholden to, foreign countries. Our addiction makes us much less safe because without foreign oil, our country would grind to a halt. No oil to run our cars, trains, or planes. No oil to run our military. Take a second to ask yourself, what do we do when the oil that we depend on is in the hands of our enemy? You could reckon back to the Iraq war and realize that we’ve already explored what we’d do. It’s an unfortunate reality to continuing to be the most powerful economy in the world.

These oil reserves are quickly being lapped up by other developing countries who have many, many more consumers than we could ever imagine. It’s only a matter a time before we are faced with a market that is unsustainable. There will simply be too much demand with a finite supply. We should start considering the consequences now, because if we don’t, we face being consumed ourselves.

I love being American. I love the freedom that I have and I recognize that I’m fortunate to have been born here. But being born in a great country does not give Americans the right to think that greatness is a God endowed right. Greatness is built and sustained by smart, forward-thinking, dare I say, progressive agendas. Simply sitting back our laurels and depending on WWII victories as a ticket to an unending splendor, is delusional. Right now we need to be making ourselves the true independent people that we see ourselves as. Right now, we need to focus on what it is that we need and how to best provide it for ourselves. Alternative energy infrastructure could easily shift us from a consumer driven society by building a new foundation for America’s working class producers. This and, of course, the fact that we would no longer be begging for our next black, slimy, grimy meal.

Stewart’s Awesomely Smug Beck Beatdown

March 11th, 2010

I enjoyed this with every smug bone in my body…

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The Republican Candy Store

March 2nd, 2010

While Republicans may tout their strength on matters of military protection and protecting our freedoms, I’ve never seen a more hypocritical movement. If they were really going to protect freedom for Americans, wouldn’t they, hands down, want to protect gay rights? If they wanted to forge a path for everyday citizens to reap the benefits of a free-market society, wouldn’t they be first in line to make sure that those citizens weren’t being abused by profiteering corporate thugs? If they were so interested in deficit reduction, wouldn’t they recognize that unpaid for tax breaks for the wealthiest 10% of Americans would be a terrible idea?

It must be so easy to rail against big government and taxes and effectively kick the serious issues that face this country down the road. Anyone could win if they promised over and over again to give you all the candy that you wanted for free. It’s an affliction that seems to be quintessentially American. “If I want to eat as much as I want, I will, and no one but me will suffer…me and the tax payers that will end up paying for my Medicare bills when I’m bed ridden with heart disease. If I want to drive the biggest car I can and I will, no matter the origin of the oil that fuels it and the inability to provide that fuel for myself.” Aren’t Republicans all about self-reliance? If so, wouldn’t it figure that energy bills that help to make America more self-reliant would be a great thing? Or are corporate profits more important than the difficult task of building a strong country with a sustainable healthcare system, a self-reliant energy grid, a military and inclusive social fabric.

That is unless they really don’t believe the things that their entire platform is built on. It seems to me that there are many smart people in the Republican party. Smart enough to recognize that most people are sheep and are easily manipulated. It takes a true coward to twist trusting people’s thoughts and feelings into passionate ignorance. It takes real guts to make the hard decisions that are absolutely necessary for a sustainable future. We’re a very myopic bunch. We want what we want and we’re used to getting what we want at the speed of light. That’s why the idea of less taxes makes us shake with anticipation, but also keeps us from the reality that huge, unnecessary wars, tax cuts that wipe out revenues, out-of-control military spending, a failing healthcare system all begin to take their toll on American education, economy and security. I’d be willing to bet if Republicans had not done some of the unsustainable things that they’ve done over the last 30 years, we’d not be being strangled by a powerful and ever-growing China.

Why take on the tough decisions when it’s easier to rot America’s teeth slowly with loads and loads of candy that tastes great but, in the long run, leave you sucking on a straw and licking the wounds your once powerful self.

Do you KNOW “The Pledge of Allegiance”?

February 24th, 2010

I recently saw a bumper sticker that said “One Nation. UNDER GOD!” It got me thinking. Who wrote that anyway? I didn’t remember that being among the founding father’s collection of country birthing texts so I did a simple search. Yahoo Answers had an interesting blurb about it. We all grew up saying it, but I doubt many of us even knew why and who wrote it. The answer may be a bit disheartening to the folks crying themselves to sleep over socialism’s great takeover of America…

Dear Yahoo!:
Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance and when was it written?
David
Dear David:
The Baptist Minister Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892. He was forced to leave his Boston church the previous year because of the socialist bent of his sermons. (He shared the political sentiments of his first cousin, Edward Bellamy, who wrote two socialist utopian novels, Looking Backward and Equality.) Francis Bellamy was later hired by the The Youth’s Companion, a popular family magazine at the time. His writings reflected a Christian Socialist vision of a government-managed economy with “political, social and economic equality for all.”While writing for the journal, he was also on the Massachusetts State Education Board and was charged with organizing the state’s Columbus Day celebrations in 1892. He decided to craft a pledge that school children would say aloud in front of the flag — a pledge that would reflect his socialist beliefs. As published in Youth’s Companion, the first version read, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Mr. Bellamy considered using the word “equality” as well, but was aware that several members of his education committee were firmly against equal rights for women and African Americans. The phrase “under God,” which was added by President Eisenhower in 1954, would not have met with Mr. Bellamy’s approval. In his later years, Mr. Bellamy stopped attending services, dismayed by the openly racist sentiments of his church.

Eisenhower’s Military Industrial Complex

February 7th, 2010

This video showcasing Eisenhower’s foresight should be studied by all. We’re approaching this moment very quickly.