Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Constitution is Only a Piece of Paper

Why am I not surprised? The NY Times has reported that Cheney urged Bush to deploy the military to arrest a group of terror suspects in New York. Fortunately, Bush used his head for once and decided against it. The constitution and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prohibit the use of the military in a law enforcement role. Should Bush have decided in favor of the Dark Side, we would have been yet another step closer to the police state that Cheney and some of Bush's minions apparently envisioned.

What a relief to have that group out of power! It seems that the revelations continue to come out about the abuses of power from the Bush White House. One has to wonder how much more there is to know and whether we will ever know the entire story. One thing for certain, we need to watch the GOP very closely as it continues to spout racism and violence and build its rhetoric toward the next election. There are some very scary people in charge of that party at the moment. People like Cantor, DeMint, Bachman, Palin, Gingrich and the list goes on and on. These people make strange and scary comments almost daily.

It seems that to most of the Republican leadership over the last eight plus years, the Constitution is only a piece of paper fit to be trod upon and should take a back seat to partisan politics. Oddly, the GOP has accused the current administration of abusing the Constitution, but they have no leg to stand on. The abuses of the last administration, however, are well documented and will continue to be revealed for years to come.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wanna Be a Right Wing Republican? It is So Easy!

We have had Sarah Palin forced upon us for the better part of a year, now. She has proven to be a mental lightweight with a penchant for dirty politics and a lack of ethics. She will take no blame for anything she has done, always blaming her problems on someone else, mainly the press. Yet, like so many others of her ilk, she seems to be the darling of the Republican base.

Why do those who claim to be the Christian right seem to fall for slime ball politicians and preachers? When the facts are presented to them, they turn a blind eye and, like Palin, blame the issue on someone else, usually Democrats. They blasted Bill Clinton, and he should have been blasted, yet they embrace the likes of Vitter, Ensign, Sanford, and Gingrich, the biggest adulterer of them all.

Gaining the support of the right wing Christian base is so easy. All it takes to buy their vote is to shed a few tears, invoke the name of God, and get the wife's "forgiveness." Pretty simple, and the politicians know it. Sarah Palin knows it. She invokes the name of God regularly, blames her unethical behavior on others, and continues to wow the Republican base. She is so confident in this type of strategy that she feels she can quit her job halfway through her only term as governor and still succeed in politics.

I could do it. You could do it. All one has to do is to appear to be a right-wing Christian, bash gay marriage, and embrace the "right to life." Pick a church, join the GOP, and build the facade. Mark Sanford did it. He presented himself as a Christian family man, devoted to his wife and children. He espoused fiscal conservatism, putting up a great front by sleeping in his office to save money. Yet, the real Mark Sanford is a womanizer and a big spender, flying first class to see his girlfriend on state money. The family man abandoned his sons on father's day in favor of his squeeze in Argentina.

These people do not "slip up." They know exactly what they are doing. They are professional con men and women. They know how easy it is to con the so-called Christian base. Newt Gingrich continues to do it daily. He has now made a big thing of converting to Catholicism. That will work until he finds another woman that he likes. Then he will simply re-invent himself again as Mark Sanford is attempting to do.

The Christian right is so easily fooled, and it never seems to waiver in its support of low life pols and preachers. Just like the trusting family dog, it is easily spoon fed political hogwash and swallows it whole without question. As long as the "right" words are spoken and the "right" positions taken on two or three issues, a politician can do just about anything he or she wishes and take their re-election for granted. The under the table dealings, the broken commandments are all someone else's fault. Poor old Satan gets blamed for so many of these things that really aren't his fault, you almost feel sorry for him.

So take heart. Set them up for the kill. There are a host of them out there now, working their way into the minds of the Christian right. Why shouldn't we get a piece of that pie? If we play it smart and keep our noses clean, there is no mountain we can't climb on the backs of the self anointed ones.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Watch Buzz Aldrin Debunk a Myth

At the end of this interview about skeptics (imbeciles) who do not believe that man landed on the moon 40 years ago today, watch Buzz Aldrin debunk the myth:

Palestinian-Israeli Issue

For a short, but thoughtful, analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, please take a look at Tony Cartledge's current blog: