Posts tagged ‘Tea Party’
Given the the charged question of how prevalent he believes sexism or racism are within the Republican Party, Weicker didn’t flinch.
“Oh, I think it clearly shows… it seems to me when I hear Republicans talking, I hear a lot of sexism, I hear a lot of racism,” Weicker said.
The sun is hot. The sky is blue. The GOP attracts racists and sexists. We know. But thanks for acknowledging it, Weicker.
That’s the first step to fixing it and fixing is what the Republicans need. As you said, they’ve moved really far to the right over the past two decades. I found my views and the Republican views separating about 20 years ago. It started with the environmental issues. Across the board, all Republicans are nearly always voting against environmental protections (or voting to reduce them). But they’ve also gone way (way) too far to the right on race, sex, and religion. It was too far right for me 20 years ago and they’re getting farther and farther away. How many 2008 Republican candidates for the Presidency reject evolution? If it’s greater than ‘zero’, it’s concerning that they weren’t weeded out. (It’s more than zero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Cc8t3Zd5E).
I know a fair amount of Tea Party fans who have medical conditions…and they’re quietly whispering that they want the Tea Party Republicans to shut the hell up because they’re thrilled about not being denied coverage. Talk about a vocal minority…it’s the Tea Party Republicans. And people like Palin, Bachmann, Huckabee, and Cruz are just taking it further and further to the right.
So everyone’s talking about the shutdown and everything’s already been said. Still, I feel like just adding my two cents to everyone else’s two cents.
In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president saying he would attempt to implement a healthcare system that required people to insure their kids, required insurance companies to provide insurance coverage despite the discovery of a condition, require businesses of a certain size to offer a plan, etc. And he was elected.
The House passed the law. The Senate passed the law.
Obama ran for president again, this time against a man who’s primary platform was that he would take down Obamacare. And Obama won by 5 million votes.
The Supreme Court affirmed the law is Consitutional.
EVERY branch of government has weighed in on this.
The voters have weighed in on this. Twice.
The Republicans are getting jerked around by a couple of 1st year politicians.
Larry Taylor, leader of the House Republican Caucus, very casually dropped a Jewish slur in a legislative committee hearing. He then remembered that he was in public and and in front of microphone, and that he shouldn’t be using his household language. He then immediately said that this was “probably” a bad term. Probably? There is no doubt about it.
To the insurance company and the speed at which they process claims, Larry instructed them: “Don’t nitpick, don’t try to Jew them down.”
Of course we will now all act surprised that a Republican uses racial slurs so casually.
Some Hank Williams Jr tweets!
Hank Williams Jr new song: “Are you ready for retirement??”
Hank Williams Jr, says President is his enemy – compares President to Hitler, says the
#TeaParty is unfairly labeled as extremists.
Hank Williams Jr, commonly seen on confederate flags, says he & the
#TeaParty are unfairly labeled as racist.
if we’ve learned anything from hank williams jr comparing obama to hitler it’s that you can’t ask a guy in a cowboy hat about black people
Fox News to Hank Williams Jr.: “so you gonna run for office?” Fox News on Dixie Chicks: “Natalie Maines BLASTS President”
It’s a dangerous period with time winding down quickly – and the entire economy hanging by a thread… now is NOT the time for amending the Constitution.
Everyone who is (A) planning to live past 67 and (B) Has less than $4 million, should be against cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.
But the point is that a Constitutional Amendment is not something you rush through at the last hour. I’m not saying that we should not consider a balanced budget law (though I’m not sure a Constitutional amendment isn’t a bit extreme). I’m saying that it is a significant proposal that needs to be thoroughly examined and studied before it’s implemented so that it doesn’t blow up in our faces in 10 years.
When you have a gun to your head, you don’t start examining how to build bullet-proof headgear. Tea Partiers need to quit playing around and get a deal done, instead of trying to get their name in a history book.
How scary is the debt-ceiling debate? The consequences of a default are pretty scary. Predictions are difficult to agree on, but none of them are good. It’s well explained here:
U.S. Default Would Likely Cause Stocks, Bonds, Dollar To Collapse
So cut whatever – anything but Social Security and Medicare.
– Legalize it. “Legalize what”, you say? Whatever. Legalize marijuana. Legalize prostitution. Whatever. Only legalize it for 1 year. I bet we can cut the deficit in half in 12 months! Kidding? More or less. Some say marijuana is less dangerous than booze. We forego tons of tax revenue and instead spend tons of tax dollars hunting and prosecuting the traffic.
– Raise the taxes on smokes and booze.
– Increase fines and decrease jail time. Decreases costs while increases revenue.
– Increase penalties for companies hiring illegal aliens.
– Declare a date and give illegals who have proof of being here by July 22nd a subset of Social Security numbers that allows them to work and pay into Social Security, but not withdraw benefits.
– Stop fighting on foreign soil for a few years. The cost of buying and transporting gas to power generators that provide AC in battle areas is larger than NASA’s budget. Blackhawks, tanks, and armored transports get less than 1 mile per gallon. I’m thrilled we got Bin Laden – and my hat is off to Obama for getting it done after 1 1/2 years in office. Now, pack everything up and head home. We can’t police every country forever.
I’d rather see a Constitutional Amendment on term limitations for Congress. I don’t think we need to rotate everyone every few years – but I don’t think we need to have the same lawmakers for 40 years, either.
Remember the secret “one if by land, two if by sea” signal that Revere carried while sneaking past the British patrols?
Here’s how Sarah explains Paul Revere’s midnight ride – she learned about it from a Bugs Bunny cartoon:
“He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.”
She makes him sound like some drunken redneck riding with a giant bell in one hand and a gun in the other. Like Revere was just blaring through town yelling “Yeeeeee-haaaaww” – while firing his musket in the air (and then stopping and getting off his horse and putting his bell down so he can pack another shot into his muzzle-loaded rifle).
I think that in her head, she see Larry the Cable Guy riding in a monster truck, with the Liberty Bell mounted in the bed of the truck, and a Dukes of Hazzard horn on the hood, shouting “git r dun” into a megaphone, while firing a Dirty Harry revolver out the window.
How stupid does someone have to be to look at Sarah Palin and say “wow, Sarah Palin is really smart!”
As Rick Ungar (Forbes) humorously writes:
While I had been led to believe that Revere’s historic ride was actually for the purpose of warning our forefathers that the British were coming, it turns out that his midnight ride, complete with ringing bells and warning shots, was really all about letting the English know that we were armed.
No wonder the British lost. They apparently went into the Revolutionary War in the mistaken belief that we would not be armed and, as a result, failed to bring sufficient weaponry of their own.