Sunday, September 05, 2010

Losing It

The Bush Administration drove the nation into a ditch. Instead of rallying behind the next administration to recover from the worst economic catastrophe since the great depression, we not only say the black guy caused it, but then thwart his efforts to resolve the problem. Bush spent half his presidency on vacation, and we said nothing. Now we're bitching about a weekend.

The redecoration of the oval office? What?

Arizona is about to elect an unelected governor who can't even hold a coherent conversation, won't speak to reporters, and only after weeks of mounting pressure reluctantly admits she outright lied about beheaded bodies in the desert. It is the weeks of standing by the lie, not the lie itself, that is so telling about the nature of this character.

The GOP nominee for Senate in Nevada wants to eliminate the IRS, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, Social Security, and unemployment insurance. The GOP nominee for Senate in Kentucky thinks restaurants should be able to refuse to serve spics, jigaboos, queers, red heads, teenagers with too much acne, Ukrainians, or people with false teeth.

Then, of course, we have Glenn Beck at the Lincoln Memorial talking about God and civil rights while the freedom of religion nation screams that certain kinds of churches should no longer be built, at least not anywhere close or important.

The GOP's most popular figure is a weakly educated know nothing that proudly proclaims her ignorance as "common sense" and denounces the aware and informed as elitists.

How long does this have to last? How ridiculous does it have to get before the critical mass wakes up?


Anonymous Another Anon said...

We are SO screwed.

9/05/2010 5:55 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

The Greek philosophers rejected democracy because the masses were too stupid and too ignorant to vote responsibly.

Hitler was elected, and Germans are a lot smarter than Baptists, let alone Mormons or evangelicals.

I've commented before that I think Obama is a one term president. His election picked a scab off a deep wound, and so sadly, it has uncovered a lot of pus.

9/05/2010 6:22 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I agree, Anon, it is beginning to look more like a certainty that this is it. Much like the alcoholic who has to hit rock bottom to either save himself or die, the nation seems to be on the same kind of downward spiral.

It should be noted that the window of opportunity was not very large, and to be very honest, I place most of the blame with the congressional Democrats. They have not supported President Obama as they should have and a significant number of them haven't supported him at all. The current "Democratic" Senate is incompetent, self-serving, controlled by corporations and lobbyists and is hardly recognizable as a "Democratic" Senate. The congressional Democrats are mostly responsible for the diminishing support for Democratic candidates in these midterm elections. With their top priority being their own re-election, it is ironic that they now face down an electorate that is increasingly in the mood to punish incumbents.

As for the Republicans, they have yet to do anything that was not close to 100% predictable. After the weekend of Reverand Wright in March of 2008, was there really a Democrat out there who did not understand that Republicans would constantly cast Obama as the racial other? They can't call him a nigger, at least not publicly, so they call him a Muslim (which they equate to terrorist and someone who hates America.) They question his citizenship and call him a communist, socialist, fascist, a Hitler, a Stalin, and so forth.

The wingnut buffoons are always with us. If it were not Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin it would another set just like them. These clown acts are not an excuse for the congressional Democrats to have failed to act on the mandate of the 2008 presidential election. Their timidity and fear of Republicans in the wake of such a mandate is almost incomprehensible. Quite predictably, their opponents have used the moment to prey upon racism, ignorance, and fear that they can convert into votes and noise to attract even more votes.

It will be interesting to see if Jan Brewer defeats Terry Goddard after her debate performance. It really shouldn't even be a question, but of course, this is Arizona. She seems more ready for assisted living than being the governor of a state for the next four years.

9/05/2010 7:10 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I was thinking more about the congressional Democrats after I wrote the above comment.

How many of them have spoken out against these racially motivated attacks on President Obama? I would say the greatest majority have not. If anything, they are trying to distance themselves from the president, apparently believing that their problems with the electorate are more related to him than their own failures.

I think there are only two conclusions we can draw regarding the congressional Democrats:
1. They prefer the less stressful underdog postition and do not want to lead because the majority of them are in congress for self serving reasons.
2. They want a different Democratic presidential candidate in 2012.

9/05/2010 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Liza makes some good points. The news is really depressing, especially about the Democrats.

It seems like we have the ultra rich serving Republicans fighting against the self serving Democrats.

No one gives a shit about the country itself.

I still think Obama genuinely wants to do what's right for the country, but people have indeed lost it. The man can do no right no matter what. He could balance the budget, establish peace on earth, cure every disease, eliminate crime, and everyone would be screaming about Michelle's dress, the oval office carpet, or what he ate for dinner last night. It is insane.

And sickening.

9/06/2010 9:57 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I believe (then and now) that the turning point for the Democrats was their failure to legislate a health care reform bill with a public option. The voter mandate was clear on this. People wanted the Democrats to take care of the 48+ million uninsured and guarantee access to health care for all Americans. The single payer system was not even on the table, and the public option was actually a compromise for the left. And, of course, we all know what the Senate did to the health care bill.

The majority of Americans do not even understand much about the health care bill that was passed or how it will address the problem of unaffordable health care. This is why Republicans can claim that "Obamacare" will bankrupt the nation if it is not repealed because no one knows what is supposed to happen in 2014 when most of the provisions take effect. What is painfully obvious now is that the congressional Democrats do not seem to consider it to be an achievement worth noting in their re-election campaigns.

Health care reform should have been a crown jewel for the Democrats along with Social Security. Instead, because they made it about the insurance industry instead of the American people, their whole "achievement" is politically neutral at best.

And the shortsightedness is absolutely astonishing. Legislating a public option, just that one victory, would have retained the loyalty of the left. And, in return, the left would have worked to get Democrats re-elected. Just that one victory would have opened the door to the possibility of a more progressive Democratic agenda, and the left would have stayed on board with their support.

Without that support, we are no longer discussing health care reform as we once were, nor are we discussing any of the other progressive ideas that could move America forward. How many people know what the financial reform legislation, another Democratic achievement, is really about? Is anyone out there besides President Obama talking about high speed rail and other major infrastructure projects? And what happened to all of the discussions we were having about climate change and the environment? The noise from the right is always there to fill up the holes and vacuums, and that seems to be all we are hearing.

The lack of support for President Obama within his own party is astounding, and we are less than two years into his term. Apparently, it soon may not matter. The congressional Democrats will be able to assume their favorite position - bent over at the waist and holding a jar of Vaseline. And they seem to find that preferrable to political courage and unity.

9/06/2010 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

Liza, a friend of mine said she thought Jan Brewer was having a stroke during that debate. Reviewing the video (as I have a number of times, plus the parodies), it does look that way, and perhaps that would have been a blessing.
Agree with all your comments about the Senate, both sides of the aisle. They are all "owned" by interests that are quite different from my own.

9/06/2010 4:56 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I wish we could put Liza in office. She makes more sense than most of what I see in the news.

"Losing It" is a good title for this post, x4mr. That is exactly what is happening.

9/06/2010 5:12 PM  
Blogger Pamela Jai Powers said...

Let's not forget that thanks to the corporate personhood/campaign finance decision from the Roberts' Court earlier in 2010, capitalists can literally FLOOD this election with money to fight against progressive ideas. Also, there are several right-wing fundraising groups that do not have to divulge their donors-- thus freeing up even more cash to buy the election and put an end to Obama's progressive agenda.

Thanks to the flood of corporate cash, the masses are (once again) being manipulated to fight against each other and their common interests. :(

9/08/2010 2:22 PM  

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