Before you read this, I want to be up front with you and tell you that this article is probably not what you expect. But allow me to entertain my wild fantasies…Please watch this clip from The ED Show and then read the text below.
This impending strike on Syria has been weighing very heavily on my mind the last few weeks and really, the last few months. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out why in the world President Obama, who rallied so hard to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, seems to be so bent on striking Syria. Now keep in mind this event and the events that have preceded it in Syria, are not national security risks to the United States. What is going on in Syria, as terrible as it has been, are the results of a civil war, not an international conflict.
But on September 6th I was watching The ED Show on MSNBC when host Ed Schultz (whom I have the utmost respect for and watch daily) talked about the issue of striking Syria in his opening monologue. Now his stance was the same as mine – confused as to why Obama has been so passionate about striking Syria, regardless of whether it was 1 missile or 1,000. But it wasn’t until after watching his opening monologue that I realized what Obama is doing. It just clicked for me. The light bulb went off over my head. Reverse psychology.
Now I’m sure you probably went “Pffft how stupid is that!? That is so childish. That’s not how the United States works.” Well, I agree that it is stupid and childish but that doesn’t mean it’s not accurate. If there is one thing I could say that I’ve taken from Obama’s years in office it is this: Republicans hate him. No matter how good or bad his idea is, they oppose it every step of the way and then some. It’s completely treasonist in my book (and I’m pretty sure according to the laws of the United States as well). When Ed starts going on about how the Republicans have (starting at the 3:30 mark until the 5 minute mark) obstructed Obama’s efforts, regardless of what the issue is, since he came into office. That’s when the light went off for me. Obama doesn’t want to go into Syria, he wants to do the exact opposite. And with as childish and ridiculous the Republicans have been since he came info office, something as puerile as reverse psychology could actually work. And THAT is exactly what I think Obama is doing – risking being labeled as the ‘bad guy’ or the hypocrite by publicly saying and rallying for support for a ‘limited military strike’ against Syria, while expecting the Republicans to do exactly what they have done since day one: Reject anything Obama suggests and do the exact opposite. It’s actually quite genius if you ask me.
While listening to CNN a short while ago I came across this blurb and recorded it. Why? Because this 15 second clip shows exactly how full of shit the Republican party is and has become. Now let me be clear: I DO NOT condone this program the NSA is practicing because it is an invasion of my privacy and I’m disappointed President Obama has continued on with Bush’s ‘Patriot Act’ nonsense that allows the government to spy on innocent civilians that are not in any way, shape or form committing a crime or suspected of committing a crime – which is the basic premise needed for conducting surveillance on someone.
However, as much as I don’t want to say I agree with Rand Paul, I must in this instance. But here’s my issue with Rand Paul and Republicans: Rand Paul put forth legislation called the “Life at Conception Act” which, as you can probably glean from the context, makes it LAW that life begins at conception and outlaws abortion completely – ultimately stripping women of their right to choose.
“The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known- that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore is entitled to legal protection from that point forward,” Sen. Paul said. “The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all Members of Congress.”
The fact that Rand Paul is a physician absolutely appalls me. To suggest that one ten-thousandth of a second after a sperm penetrates an egg that life is formed and that that fertilized egg should now get all the rights a living and breathing human being has is absolutely ridiculous. How far do you have to have your head up your ass to tell women with a straight face that men have decided they don’t get to choose what happens to/with their body and then turn around and say how violated you feel by the possibility of Big Brother listening in on your conversations? If that’s not the epitome of full of shit, I don’t know what is.
Bottom line: Republicans you can’t have selective criticism! Especially since the illegal wiretapping began under the previous administration, a Republican administration, as part of the post September 11th “fight against terror” where miraculously no Republicans had an issue with the practice. So…what’s the difference Republicans?
Video has been leaked a few days ago of Mitt Romney talking to people in a private campaign fundraiser, supposedly from earlier in the year. Once again, Mitt Romney has out done himself by letting more idiotic shit come out of his mouth.
This time he says “All right there are 47% who are with him (Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”
Now as a person who voted for Obama in 2008 that is NONE of the above, I find this statement extremely divisive, hypocritical and just flat out stupid – and quite frankly, exactly why I would never vote for him. I’m not rich like him, so he could care less about me. Which is fine. In a way that most people won’t understand, I actually don’t have a problem with him not caring about someone who isn’t wealthy like himself. I get it. I really do. But I don’t need Mitt to “have my back.”
But here’s the thing – I do think every single person should have access to basic health care. It might be a surprise to some people to know that not all people who are poor, CHOSE to be poor. Are there people who ARE poor that are content with being poor because they’re taking advantage of a broken system? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean only rich people should have health care. But this is a whole other topic, which I’m sure I’ll be diving into in the coming weeks.
Now to say that almost HALF of Americans don’t pay any income tax is very misleading and here’s why:
Many who don’t pay income tax fall under the ‘extremely poor’ category – making less than $20,000 a year
Over 10% are elderly and are retired so they have no income tax to pay
Many are fresh out of highschool or college and haven’t officially joined the work force
The difference between being one groups President and being everyone's President
So for Mitt Romney and the Republican party to say that President Obama is “the most divisive figure in American History” is such a slap in the face of Americans when Mitt Romney is spewing nonsense numbers like this – grouping enormous amounts of Americans into a group they don’t belong in – then comes to Miami a few days later all of a sudden talking about the “100%” and how he’s here for ALL of America. Now on the other hand I do think the comment was taken a little out of context, just as his “I like to fire people” comment. I like to fire people too. But his 47% comment really shows me how Mitt divides people up in his mind and quite literally, writes a lot of them off. I get what he was saying – roughly 50% of Americans are going to vote for Obama no matter what. Nothing wrong with that. But to take that 10 steps further and to say that half of Americans consider themselves “victims” and want and expect the government to “take care of them” is the epitome of having your head up your ass. Are there those type of people out there? Absolutely. But it doesn’t constitute 50% of the population.
I just can’t wait to see what good ol’ Mitt has to say next! He’s certainly giving me a lot to write about.
trea·son/ˈtrēzən/: The crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
I want you to keep that definition in mind as you watch this video of Republican Mitch McConnell in 2010 saying what his, as well as the Republican Party’s, absolute MAINpriority are over the next few years is:
Then in this interview in 2011, Mitch McConnell says, in regards to his above comment: “But that’s in 2012. Our biggest goal for THIS year is to get this country straightened out, and you can’t get this country straightened out if we don’t do something about spending, about deficit, about debt and get this economy moving again.”
Ahhh…Ok I’m sorry I must have misunderstood what you meant by your top priority is to make President Obama a one term President because you see, your actionsare completely ass backwards from what you said – so clearly you can see how I am confused – Because this is what your actions have been:
How many filibusters under Obama? The Republicans have used the filibuster an unprecedented amount of times, blocking absolutely every idea (good OR bad) of the Obama administration that could have accelerated getting out of the recession we’re in.
REFUSED to act on President Obama’s Jobs Bill, that you have refused to vote on since September of 2011 – which absolutely could’ve brought millions of people back in to the workforce
REFUSED mutual compromise on passing a new balanced budget
REFUSED to cut ANY money from our defense budget, even though the United States Military is larger than the NEXT 16 LARGEST MILITARIES COMBINED
REFUSED to raise the debt ceiling, claiming Obama “spent money like a drunken sailor” which is completely false since it doesn’t allow the government to spend more money, it’s to pay EXISTING bills – and ironically has been done multiple times a year, without question, under every other President – including the Republican “poster boy,” who they CONSTANTLY rave about, Ronald Reagan, in which the debt ceiling was raised an unprecedented 18 times during his term
REFUSING to raise the debt ceiling, literally almost forcing the government to completely shut down, and ultimately causing Americas pristine credit rating to be downgraded
REFUSING to raise taxes, particularly on the richest people in America but instead wanting to give them MORE tax breaks (trickle down economics) which has been absolutely disproven in the last decade
Actually signing a pledge, exactly like a 10 year old signing an abstinence pledge in school, called the “Americans For Tax Reform Pledge” brought forth by Republican nut job Grover Norquist, that says “the candidate must oppose ANY and ALL tax increases.”
Violating women’s rights that have been in place since the 1960’s by passing laws in Republican ran Virginia and Arizona stating “Any woman who wants an abortion will be forced to have a NON MEDICAL, transvaginal probe to create an ultrasound – which is clearly meant to shame the woman for being pro-choice.
And a slew of other things, but this will do for now
That was the Republican party as a whole. I do acknowledge that there are a FEWRepublican politicians that do not fall under any or all categories I described above – although I have no clue who they are. There’s your benefit of the doubt, so you can’t say I’m some far left extremist or whatever else you can conjure up. I am an INDEPENDENT VOTER – and my interpretation of that is I vote for reason, common sense, compromise and policies that will benefit the nation as a whole – which is something the Republican party is NOT for now, as I’ve clearly made my case. I’ve introduced FACTS, which is something this new extreme Republican party does not entertain. Even former Governor Jeb Bush has publicly came out and said that Ronald Reagan and his father George Bush would not be accepted into this new extremist Republican party, which is quite telling, especially since Republicans diarrhea Ronald Reagan’s name 24/7.
Why I Cannot and Will Not Vote For Mitt Romney
As for Mitt Romney, he’s completely phony. His premise for running for President was “look at all the great things I did and companies I ‘turned around’ at Bain Capital.” So people said “Alright, let’s check out his record at Bain Capital.” Once people started seeing what his ‘business’ was, people were shocked. Then when the news started reporting all the negative practices Bain Capital engaged in, he actually said “Bain Capital should be off the table.” Wait what? That was your platform for running for President and now you don’t want to talk about it!? So now it’s “I made a shit ton of money at Bain Capital so I can be the President of the United States?” Making money doesn’t equate to you being qualified to be the President. So apparently we’re supposed to just take Mitt at his word. But here’s where it get’s really interesting: Mitt Romney’s firm, Bain Capital, would be brought in to “help” failing companies – except all they did was borrow money against the company, usually resulting in the company going bankrupt and being sold off. But guess who emerged with millions of dollars after each deal!? Yep…Mitt Romney. Romney’s father was successful because he started from nothing – Mitt didn’t. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Going to the absolute best schools while not having to work (due to his parents funds) he could focus completely on his studies, which is extremely rare for a majority of college students now.
Two great videos with Bill Maher talking about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
Then there’s the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare as it’s been dubbed. Mitt Romney and the Republicans have harped so much on how “bad” Obamacare is and how the plan to “repeal it on day 1.” But, ironically, Obamacare was modeledEXACTLY after the program Mitt Romney put into place in Massachusetts, which he claims was absolutely fantastic and helped tens of thousands of people. From what I have read, I think that’s true. But again, all of a sudden now that President Obama wants to implement a Massachusetts style health care mandate for ALL Americans, it’s the worst thing in the world and they have NO idea where the crazy black man in the White House got that idea. Hmm…If that’s not one of the most severe cases of hypocrisy I’ve ever seen, then I don’t know what is.
Now we come to Mitt Romney’s finances. It has been standard procedure for the last 40+ years that Presidential candidates release around 10 years of tax returns to the American public, a procedure pioneered by Mitt’s father! In 1967 when George Romney was running for President he released 12 years of his tax returns! How many has Mitt himself released? 1 year – 2010. And a measly “estimate” for 2011. So not only has he not followed what has been standard procedure, but in traditional Mitt fashion we’re just supposed to take him at his word that there is nothing in his taxes or finances that would be inappropriate or outraging to the American people. He has absolutely refused to release any more of his tax returns claiming “They’ll just ask for more if I give in” and “I’ll just be giving in to the Democrats demands.” Um….Well Mitt, you absolutely should. And it’s NOT just Democrats saying this, it’s people within your own party Mitt! Especially since you seem to be allergic to keeping your money in AMERICA, the country you madeyour money in; the country that has made your wealth possible! Now why would he not keep his money in the United States and not release his tax returns? Well that answer is simple – Because if he did release them, the American people would find out that Mitt Romney has used every loop hole in the book to keep from being taxed the appropriate tax rate – the very laws he and his lawyer friends help write. Mitt Romney uses tax loopholes to evade taxes by claiming “charitable deductions” and loads of other nonsense, bringing his effective tax rate down to a measly 13% – while on the other hand, President Obama is paying almost a 30% effective tax rate. If that doesn’t outrage you, I don’t know what will.
And my final reason I will not vote for Romney, which is very simplistic, is this: The Republicans haven’t even warmed up to Romney. They don’t see a President in him. In a national poll done in January, when given the choice between Mitt Romney and Tim Tebow, 31% of Republicans said they would vote for Tim Tebow over Mitt Romney. Yes you read that correctly. TIM TEBOW. 69% said they would vote for Romney; 31% said Tim Tebow. Why? Because people don’t like Mitt Romney. He’s inauthentic and completely disconnected from Americans. People know what Tim Tebow stands for. They don’t know what Mitt Romney stands for. Hell, I don’t even think HE knows what he stands for because he’s been on both sides of literally every issue. He is the top 1% trying to pass himself off as “plumber Joe,” just a regular ol’ guy. Since the run for the Republican Presidential nomination has began, the Republicans have had over 8 front runners before finally settling for Mitt Romney. It’s like he just happened to be the last guy sitting at the end of a game of musical chairs and the Republicans went “Ehh…we’ll wing it.” Before settling for Mitt Romney, here were the other front runners:
Yes. Somehow even Donald Trump was a front runner for the Republicans – despite the fact he wasn’t even in the race! Shouldn’t that tell you something?
So the Republicans plan has been to tank the economy and blame it on Obama – then have Mitt Romney swoop in as the savior to pull us all out of the hell hole Obama put us in – except it isn’t the one Obama put us in. It’s the one the REPUBLICANS put us in to further their own agenda. So I leave you with this: Now since you know the Republican party’s objective has been to methodically keep Obama a “one term President” by blocking, stonewalling and filibustering any and all attempts put forth by the Obama administration to get usOUTof this economic recession – also known as high jacking – it isYOURduty as a citizen of the United States to stand up and vote against this treasonous practice – sending a message to ALL politicians, past and future, that this is NOT the America we want to live in and that it’s NOT ok! Vote AGAINST treason and vote Obama back into office! #OBAMA2012
Video has emerged of a Rick Santorum rally last week where Santorum addresses President Obamas stance on higher education and how Obama wants to make college more accessible to everyone. This is what Santorum had to say:
Now I’m going to give a minute for that to sink in to your brain.
Let me just recap some of the highlights in that clip:
“President Obama once said he wants everyone in America to go to college……what a snob.” “Oh I understand why he wants you to go to college! He wants to remake you in his image.”
That clip is the most idiotic and disturbing video I’ve seen in regards to politics in the last decade, and on so many different levels. I’ve watched it no less than a dozen times and each time I watch it I have the same dumbfounded reaction. Since when did attending college (or WANTING to) make someone an “elitist” and a “snob?” Towards the end of the clip he says “I want to create jobs so people can remake their children in their image not his.” I’m not entirely sure that statement even makes any damn sense, but what I do know, is that this, along with many of the other things Santorum regularly says, proves why he’s the most insane religious freak that’s ran (AND IS AHEAD IN THE POLLS) for President in recent memory.
Here is an excellent exert of an article written by Steven Cohen via The Huffington Post on what Santorum said: “The absence of truth in Santorum’s statement is breathtaking. First, much of the president’s emphasis on higher education has been directed toward sciences and technical education — especially in two-year community colleges. Second, the president’s emphasis on education has little to do with elitism and everything to do with America’s economic survival. We are in an increasingly brain-based economy. Labor that used to require muscle now must have the capacity to run complex, labor-saving machinery.”
How do you expect to have a nation that is succeeding and ahead of the rest of the world when education isn’t important? Well the answer to that is simple; you don’t. Education is the core reason why America lacks in producing entrepreneurs and the next generation of thinkers. These people come from Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Now in contrast to that statement, a lot of these people do come to the U.S. to study at American Universities. North Korea has roughly 95% of their high school students graduate on time whereas the U.S. has only about 70% graduate with a diploma, and with another student dropping out every 26 seconds, it’s only getting worse.
But back to what Santorum said; If he’s so concerned with the next generation of college kids being “elitists” then why are his kids going to college? Why are his other children home schooled? Does being home schooled somehow make his kids exempt from the “elitists snobery” he accuses President Obama of being? Not in my book.
Now a friend of mine had posted this video earlier and said “The response to his “snob” comment (laughter, applause, and whooping) is frightening” and I absolutely agree with her. It is frightening to see people actually buy into this bullshit way of thinking. I know it’s hard to get information into peoples brains like the ones clapping for Santorum, but I’m going to try. You see, there’s this little known thing called ‘research’ that I, along with other educated individuals, utilize when crazy people like Rick Santorum are running for President and they say insane things like he did in the video. Wouldn’t it be crazy if I found Rick Santorums campaign website when he was running for reelection in the Senate in 2006? Wouldn’t it be even crazier if in this website Rick Santorum very clearly states the opposite of what he says in the above video? But that’d be crazy. The odds of finding that are just huge.
BUT WAIT! Say that wasn’t just a bunch of theoretical questions and I actually found said website? Crazy right!? Well I did, and here is a wonderful exert from his website:
Hmmm…..That doesn’t seem like it would come form the mouth of someone that just said Obama is an elitists and a snob for wanting people to go to college now does it?“Rick Santorum has supported legislative solutions that provide loans, grants, and tax incentives to make higher education more accessible and affordable.”That’s exactly what Obama wants and has stood for; This is what Americans stand for; This is what I stand for; Lowering the cost of college in this country.
Now this extreme type of flip flop…..better yet, this extreme type of hypocritical political garbage is what’s wrong with the GOP candidates. They’ve all transformed into the candidate they think the people they’re standing in front of want them to be, rather than being who they really are. Thinking about it now, I don’t believe Newt, Santorum or Romney even know who they are and what they stand for. Which is like most American voters; They don’t know what they stand for. This brings me to the horrifying truth that the type of people in the above video are bountiful, and that scares the shit out of me because it gives crazy ass people like Santorum a real chance at winning the nomination and winning the Presidency. Bill Maher said “Half of me sees Rick Santorum and says, bring it on, he could never win! Other half says, Fuck, I don’t put anything past this stupid country” and it’s the sad reality we face here in America.
Do your research people! Don’t vote based on what you hear them say when they’re on TV! Don’t vote for a candidate just because of their religion! VOTE BASED ON THEIR RECORD AND WHAT CAN BE PROVEN! Rick Santorum has a proven track record of being full of shit, being a religious extremists and for all you women out there, he’d take away virtually all the rights you enjoy today about your body and throw them in the trash. Just a little something to think about…….