Posts Tagged ‘politics

17
Jun
09

Republicans, Adultery and Hypocrisy AGAIN

Politicians need to stop criticizing each other for having affairs. You know the ones who protest the loudest are in the back room boning their secretary or their friend’s wife or some prostitute when they’re not in front of their precious cameras.

And I really don’t think having an affair makes you a bad legislator or should immediately designate your pink slip.

But, for chrissakes, Republicans! All the bastions of morality who spewed faux indignation after Clinton’s Cigar Adventures with Lewinsky are, one-by-one, revealing themselves card-carrying members of the Scarlet H club – Hypocrites.

Sanctity of marriage, my ass. Newt Gingrich, Larry Craig, David Vitter and now John Ensign have all emerged as pathetic boobs committing the same sins for which they’ve ordered others’ political executions.

Furthermore, these are all men (old and white) who have called for the preservation of the their version of marriage and would keep same-sex marriage from being legal. Yet, they grind their own marriages to a pulp. How they think adultery should remain legal while same-sex marriage not, according to their own logic and dogma, is beyond explanation.

It is always the Christians, always the right wingers, the Sarah Palins, the Carrie Prejeans and now the John Ensigns who make the Religious Right-Wing Hypocrites-R-Us Party so unpalatable. They hold everyone else to a standard they themselves cannot meet.

Every week, another of my Republican friends (mostly white and 30) tell me they are abandoning the Red Party and heading over to the Libertarians. And you can thank, in large part, the never-ending, vomit-inducing mountain of hypocrisy that eminates from the right side of the aisle. It’s beyond grotesque.

05
Feb
09

Card Criticizes Obama Wardrobe

Last week, I saw that Andy Card, Bush’s chief of staff proffered a snide schoolyard comment about Obama not wearing a jacket in the Oval Office.

Obviously, Card should go to hell. Or at least go away. Maybe one of the biggest problems with his crowd was worrying about dress codes while failing to offer the American people what they really needed – competence.

You want to know how you give the office of president respect? You don’t run the country into the ground. You don’t go to war because of your daddy issues. You don’t out your own intelligence agents. You don’t ruin every executive department from the EPA to the Justice Dept. Etc., etc., etc. (I could write pages)

If Obama wants to wear a speedo in the Oval Office, I don’t give two shits as long as he’s exercising good judgment.

Oh good judgment – under that umbrella is…let me think…a member of the outgoing administration not criticizing the current administration on irrelevant issues.

UPDATE: hehe. The Huffpo, in all its smart assed perfection, put together a slide show of all the recent presidents in the Oval Office with their jackets off. Click here to view.

02
Nov
08

Top Ten Things I’m Looking Forward To After The Election

I used to think I wasn’t looking forward to the end of the campaign season. I’m a political junkie and this has been my amusement park, replete with nausea-inducing roller coaster and euphoric rivers of sugary foods. But, these last few weeks have offered the basic, boring repetition of the same stories over and over and over again: Obama’s probably going to bring it home, Republicans are trying to suppress votes – AGAIN, early voting lines are 50 hours long, McCain’s campaign sucks huge donkey balls, Palin’s literally foaming at the mouth over her 2012 chances and our economy has gone from theĀ  shitter to the cesspool.

It’s like that torture method where they play the same song over and over at full volume. Enough already!! I need some new news and new opinion and something else to blog about. I want to know what John Edwards has been up to and who Obama is going to put in his cabinet and whether the Iraqi government is going to sign the agreement continuing the efforts of our troops in their country past the New Year. I want to hear about Alaska approval numbers of Palin plummeting (hopefully), the removal of Lieberman from his Senate chairmanship, if Jesse Jackson’s kid is going to replace Obama in the Senate.

There is so much other news out there and yet every website and every news channel has had the same story for the last two weeks and it is killing me. And words I thought I would never utter are now tapping the edge of of my brain and begging for release, “I can’t wait ’til it’s over!!” I’m so excited, I’ve concocted a top ten list of things Wednesday morning will herald much to my glee:

10. No longer seeing Nancy Pfotenhauer’s unnaturally upturned nose sit atop her lying mouth. Yeah, I said it.

9. No longer watching the absurd circus of Joe-the-plumber fame serve as a reminder that much of this country’s IQ sit’s below that 100 median.

8. No longer having all four candidates’ speeches memorized word for word, saying them under my breath as their aired, causing my husband to hang his head in silent shame.

7. Having other stimuli and activity in my life so that when my non-Obama-supporting mother calls and asks me what’s going on, I can say something other than “nothing” because I know she’ll change the subject or have to get bread out of the oven as soon as I mention politics. She’s resorted to talking about to me about college football lately (damn you, Texas Tech!) – a clear sign of her determination to find something in my universe apart from politics suitable for conversation.

6. No longer wondering what the hell color Cindy McCain’s hair is. A cross between platinum-blond and old-lady silver? It’s like a yellow highlighter on steroids. Makes my pupils hurt.

5. No longer having to yell, Serenity Now! Serenity Now! every time some damn McCain surrogate spews ridiculous lies and accusations that may very well be typical fodder for election season, but have caused a nearly-permanent vein to bulge from my forehead.

4. No longer watching lately unfunny SNL only for the political intros and priceless MacGruber sketches.

3. No longer simultaneously being disgusted with McCain and feeling sorry for him. Granted, this might not end after the election, but at least it won’t plague my waking thoughts.

2. No longer sitting through a Joe Biden speech with white knuckles, yelling No Whammies! No Whammies!

1. No longer spending hours upon hours pouring over every website, peering into every nook and cranny, searching under every rock and in every cave for some hidden nugget of new and insightful information on the state of the race and the nation and the economy. I haven’t seen the sun in weeks, my skin is translucent, I would be losing weight if I wasn’t self-medicating my stress with copious amounts of beer and wine. Christ, I almost don’t even want to waste time blogging over anxiety one more little revelation might be evading my attention. You know those camps in Asia where they send kids who have addictions to video games? If this election weren’t over soon, we’d need one for information-obsessed adults barely recognizable to their friends and family. I’d be ashamed, but you know what? Fuck that! I love this election!! And the politics! And the possibility! The argument and debate and practice of democracy – what will I do when it’s all over?! Did I say I want it to end? How could I say that?! I lied! I lied! I hope this never ends – NEVER!!!

11
Jul
08

Did Obama Just Lose My Vote?

This is serious. I’ve been saying for quite a while that Obama has not yet earned my vote and I am quite happy voting for Nader to help strengthen efforts toward a multi-party system. However, I voted for Obama in the primary here in Texas and was excited to vote for the first viable African-American candidate in the U.S.

Also, this is the most important election in years, if for no other reason than the necessity to populate the Supreme Court with judges who will protect civil liberties unlike those Bush has appointed or McCain would appoint.

While I have continuously lambasted the lack of character Hillary Clinton and her husband have shown during the primary season, I would not say I have been sipping “Obama Kool-Aid.” I understand that his “Change We Can Believe In” slogan is only as effective as his ability – to put it simply – to get things done. And politicians have to work together to accomplish progress. (Unless you’re President Bush, in which case you use the 9/11 attacks and existence of terrorism to scare Americans and politicians alike into marching behind your efforts to make the U.S. more of an authoritarian regime than ever before. Ugh, the thought makes it difficult to keep my coffee and chocolate granola cereal down.)

Obama is a politician first. With a degree in Government, I never lose sight of this. While Democrats fall in love (and Republicans fall in line) we must not forget that politicians must operate within the existing confines of the Washington Dance. This will inevitably lead to widespread disapointment with Obama, when he’s president, because he simply cannot please everyone and will have to compromise in order to accomplish certain goals. A president must make decisions when no option is the right one. It’s a hard gig – the hardest one in the world; I thoroughly recognize this.

However, much of my free time this week has been spent trolling the internet for a reasonable justification for Obama’s approval of the new FISA Act of 2008. Of course, I already have my fair share of underlying bitterness because the Democrats have performed disgracefully since taking control of the Congress. They are inexplicably banner ankle-grabbers again and again despite Bush’s record disapproval ratings. Yes, they do not want to seem weak on national security, but they are greatly underestimating the American people’s desire to have their civil liberties protected in this era of heightened danger.

Congressional members have far more concern with the length of their federal careers than casting the appropriate vote – rendering them impotent in the areas of war profiteering (Diane Feinstein’s husband is a defense contractor and why she still enjoys support in California, I have no idea. BTW, she vote AYE on FISA as well), criminal activity at the executive level (erasing emails, Karl Rove and Harriet Miers refusing to testify, Valerie Plame, fixing EPA reports and much, much more), reforming health care and national energy policy, policing unfair lending practices and allowing the establishment of a credit industry that works against the American people, not for them. It inexplicable that Congress has utterly failed to inhibit Bush’s harmful activities when the majority of Americans do not favor his policies in the slightest. It is frustrating and goddamned ridiculous.

So, Obama is Change personified, right?

Apparently, not so. Yes, I have read his blog on The Huffington Post regarding his FISA vote, which proffered no substantial logic for his approval of the bill. A few gems from the piece are:

Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, I’ve chosen to support the current compromise. I do so with the firm intention — once I’m sworn in as president — to have my Attorney General conduct a comprehensive review of all our surveillance programs, and to make further recommendations on any steps needed to preserve civil liberties and to prevent executive branch abuse in the future.

Democracy cannot exist without strong differences. And going forward, some of you may decide that my FISA position is a deal breaker. That’s ok. But I think it is worth pointing out that our agreement on the vast majority of issues that matter outweighs the differences we may have.

The problem with our agreement on the vast majority of issues is that his vote on the FISA bill illustrates his inherent weakness and willingness to compromise when no comprise is needed simply to prove (which he fails to do with this vote) that he is strong on national security. This “aye” was unnecessary, dangerous, wrong, hurtful and potentially, yes, a deal breaker. Especially when assessing the guts of the bill, along with those who voted against it. On The Huffpo website, David Bromwich provides a very concise, yet in-depth look at the governmental powers granted with this legislation. I strongly recommend reading the blog and the readers’ comments below.

Among the senators who opposed the vote are Biden, Boxer, Dodd, Clinton, Byrd, Durbin, Feingold, Harkin, Kerry, Leahy, Reid and Levin.

The bottom line is that political agreements with a candidate are moot if the candidate does not have the political strength or fortitude to operate in accordance with that agreement.

Of course, Obama’s folding on FISA was a political calculation – that’s practically consensus. And I wish he could offer an honest defense of his vote; but, alas, this theater of election season would lead any such candor to damage the candidate.

Obama will be elected president barring any unforeseen, intensely damaging and highly unlikely circumstances. Though the media portrays the presidential race as close – it is a facade. McCain’s chances of succeeding in November, in my opinion, are around 1 in 5. Incumbent parties do not win when the economy is in the tank – mentally or not (and it’s not mental, Phil, when milk, bread, cereal, gas and all other necessities are more and more expensive and the dollar is weaker and weaker). McCain is not galvanizing and voter trust of most election issues points toward Obama. I wish Obama the best and will be hopeful as he takes his oath of office.

Furthermore, I applaud Obama’s willingness to work across the aisle and understand there will be areas in which he will break with Liberals. Support of faith-based community initiatives, for one (and this coming from an agnostic).

The FISA Act, however, is so detrimental to democracy itself, my respect for not just Obama himself, but the very idea of Obama has been irreparably damaged. I would encourage hardcore Obama supporters to keep this particular vote of his in mind when daydreaming of the days to come as he takes on the heavy mantle of President of the United States of America. Perfection at this level does not exist and any romance with a candidate will certainly abate over time.

I would never cast a vote for McFlip-Flop, nor would I ever stay home and waste a voting opportunity. Also, I am a thorough, complete supporter of a multi-party system. While I wanted to vote for Obama – and was excited to vote for him – my decision was not cast in stone. It still is not cemented. However, the odds I would pull the lever in support of him this November are greatly diminished. Truthfully, I am ever more looking in Nader’s direction.

If Obama’s political contributions continue to decline, I encourage him to address his FISA ’08 support with increased seriousness. This is no small issue for those of us who follow politics and government activity.

This weekend, I plan on purchasing Obama’s two books and will begin reading them with a large grain of salt. Perhaps this will allow me some insight behind this recent mind-boggling decision of his.

As of this point, Obama is not Hope and he is not Change We Can Believe In. He is merely Better Than Bush, but isn’t everybody else?

08
Jul
08

Freaky Friday: John Edwards & Karl Rove to Debate

Did anyone catch this last Friday? The Buffalo News has learned that the University of Buffalo intends to include in its Distinguished Speaker Series a debate between John Edwards and Karl Rove on September 26. John Edwards and Karl Rove. Naturally, my mind immediately searches for the nearest comparison to such an unpredictable and unlikely competition of the minds (I use that term loosely).

The fastest duo to surface is, of course, Dopey vs. Beelzebub. But that’s too easy. I’m looking for something more nuanced. More apropos. Barbie vs. Cobra Commander? No…. Nemo vs. Ursula? No…. Luke Sykwalker vs. Jabba the Hutt? No! Not even close. John Edwards has no Force.

Gumby vs. Squealer from Animal Farm. That’s it.

Yes, I remember that John Edwards is a former trial attorney, but the images of him getting smoked by Dick Cheney in 2004 are seared into my brain. And while Karl Rove may have the morality of a dung beetle, his ability to misrepresent facts with a straight face is supernatural and would require Edwards to acquire an encyclopedic knowledge of politically-related statistics and their sources to properly refute Rove’s machinations. My not-so-amateur prediction is that John ain’t got the stuff. And I’m being kind.

If the debate is televised, I will certainly perform the masochistic duty of viewing the event – with a fist firmly planted between my teeth. Naturally, I try to avoid having Rove’s visage offend my home from the television and relegate my involvement with him by reading his erroneous comments online. Blech.

In the meantime, I’m going to entertain myself with paint.net and make fun graphics with hopeful themes.

john edwards curshes rove\'s ehad

john edwards crushes rove

I made Rove’s eyes red, but they may be too small to tell.
And did you see the headline on The Huffington Post this morning that Rep. Henry Waxman is considering legislation that would prevent a White House employee from being paid by taxpayer money to work on political affairs? He might wait until Obama is elected to launch this legislative attempt.
I’m encouraged by the possibility that Obama will roll back a number of powers Bush and Cheney concentrated at the executive level. McCain, of course, would not. Checks and balances are so silly, aren’t they?!
And one last tidbit of morning news – let’s give Howard Wolfson a big round of applause and wish him good luck as he joins Fox News. In a way I get it – he wants to bring a democratic voice to the network. But I also think he’s selling his soul to do it. Although, he seemed comfortable bending the truth when he worked for Hillary, so maybe he’ll fit right in.
19
Feb
08

The Perfect Vacay for Political Junkies

Sign me up! Apparently, The Nation magazine hosts cruises! I never knew – and really, never had the money for such a fun jaunt, but at least Henry Alford’s NYTimes article let me live vicariously through his stimulating experience. It was fun being a gay man vicariously for a while. I recommend the read.




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