The Republican Un-Civil War

•August 10, 2012 • Comments Off

I wont be back full time until after the conventions, in the mean time I will try to find some of the best articles out there dealing with that idiotic group known as the Tea Party, as I and alot of others refer to them as, TeaBaggers ….Enjoy the following from truth-2-power.com ;

This election is not about Obama-Romney as much as it is about the very uncivil Civil War being conducted in the Republican Party, where one of its two factions is culminating a 35 year party coup that will reshape American politics forever. Even though the Republicans may seem, particularly to Liberals, like one unified front, they have been anything but.

As we noted earlier this year, the Republican Party is deeply divided between old-school Reagan Neocons, the Karl Rove faction whose standard bearers include Mr. Romney, and the 19th century-revisionist, extremist John Bircher Libertarians of Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers, et al who control the money that funds the Tea Party.

We saw those divisions emerge as the Neocons’ candidates, Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich, were slammed hard by big money tossed primarily at Rick Santorum.  Romney struggled to clinch the nomination because changes in campaign spending rules allowed Tea Party backers like the Kochs and Foster Friess to stick monkey wrenches into the nominating process, just as they’ve been tampering with the Congress and state houses around the nation.

The GOP is a political party that registers barely 2 in 10 Americans, yet billions from a handful of Citizens United donors,  the richest handful of the 1%, will have a significant impact on this election.  Not on the presidential race as much as the local races for the state and federal legislatures.

It is common, particularly for the TV talking heads, to lump both groups into one GOP whole. Frequently as they rant on to the host, though, you can still pick up the distinct agendas of the two camps.

What makes Neocons and The John Birch-backed Tea Party different? NeoCons are not anti-big government. They like big government, particularly when it:

  • Privatizes. From schools to prisons to hospitals to roads and tunnels big corporations, with shrinking profit centers for exporting goods, Neocons try to cannibalize government functions that bring in billions by privatizing them, with little broader public interest in the common good. It has yielded no net public gain. In many cases, privatization has been a societal negative.
  • Protects loose regulations for friends on Wall Street and Big Oil, but not too loose. Many GOP supporters make money off of clean air and clean water legislation selling industry the insurance and the tools to clean up;
  • Provides revenue for companies that do business with the federal government, particularly in military-defense establishment, construction companies that make money from infrastructure improvements like roads, bridges, tunnels and schools;
  • Provides corporate access to cheap labor markets
  • Creates anti-competitive means of acquiring energy products, and dumping marked-up finished goods;
  • Keeps America a politically manipulative, militarily-backed arm of American super-corporates;
  • Keeps the Bush Tax cuts in place for the very wealthy.  There is more wiggle room exists in Neocon position on this subject, if freed from the Tea Party’s orthodoxy, as most of the neocons can read the numbers from places like the independent Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that show their ambitions in terms of both domestic and foreign interventionist agenda rely on that capital.

By contrast the John Birch strain of Libertarians and their puppet show, the Tea Party hate government, and engage in its destruction from within. They differ from Ron Paul Libertarians in that Paul’s broader populist utopianism doesn’t appeal to them.

Birchers don’t seek the government off of the back of all citizens, just the anointed few of the 1%.  Bircher Libertarians want a government with no fiscal controls and low taxation, but with extreme social controls of the population to keep parts of society with whom they either disagree or those that they find distasteful under control and unequal. It is their agenda that has driven so many into the Independent column politically.

The John Birch Libertarians/Tea Party seek:

  • To return America to the pre-Great Depression, robber-baron industrial age. The return of 19th Century laissez-faire capitalism. What’s that? A pre-Herbert Hoover America, free of all regulation on industry, and on the very wealthy, to do as they see fit for their own personal benefit;
  • To turn America into their Theocracy - An extremist, narrow, largely protestant religious world-order dominant over every other religious faith or philosophy.  The Founding Fathers were leery of putting God into the political realm, particularly in the early colonies when there were so many faiths and sects.  Tea Party candidates frequently inject inaccurate blending of their religious and political views, God’s political warriors.  Extremist poli-religious groups like the Family that include congressmen, senators, and high-ranking members of the military align with the Bircher Libertarians. This is probably the most dangerous aspect of this GOP sect.
  • To foster extreme control of minorities and immigrants. Xenophobia and racist dominionism drive their desire for a traditional White America with containment of the growing tide of minorities and immigrants that it fears. Some of the larger donor families have histories of encouraging eugenics, which ranges from the forced sterilization of poor women and men, to the most extreme extermination programs of the Nazis, who took great interest in American eugenics programs in their day. Programs funded by the same 1% families now attempting to take over the GOP and dismantle the U.S. Government.
  • Anti- Feminist -  The Birchers and the Tea Party have spent a great deal of their time in vaginas and uteruses. While jobs legislation sits on the sideline, they have lobbed hundreds of invasive anti-women pieces of legislation, ranging from attacks on birth control and reproductive rights in general to the ability of women to seek fair compensation in the workplace.
  • No unions, or restrictions on setting wages for private or public enterprise. No voice for those who labor to collectively bargain, or to fight workplace rules that disadvantage them or endanger their safety;
  • Rubber Stamp Government - Politicians of low intellect and high social and religious dogma who follow orders well on fiscal issues beyond their comprehension, and who will be the standard bearers and warriors for absolutist, unyielding positions handed to them by the 1% via ALEC and the GOP high command that are, by definition, fascism.  [See: The Rubber Stamp President];
  • Taxes The preservation of the Bush Tax cuts in place for the very wealthy, even when fiscally conservative organizations point out the unsustainability of their tax policy. Their viewpoint is that they are not responsible for the ills of the poor. [4];
  • Elimination of the Social Safety Net – They espouse the complete dismantling of Medicare, Medicaid, and all other state-run welfare systems. They want to balance the federal budget with the elimination of assistance to those more in need.  Cutting off government-backed aid forces the very poor back into the hands of their theocracy as churches would be the only last resort for millions.
  • Fascism - They seek to end compromise, the glue that has kept the country together politically since its founding, in favor of their unilateral, dogmatic absolutism, with no compromise with those with different principles and beliefs than their own.  John Bircher Libertarians and their minions, like Ann Coulter, talk about people with opposing points of view as sub-humans, or those unworthy of living.  Their political views often border hate speech, racism and fascism.

What would have been passed off in Ronald Reagan’s time as lunatic fringe nonsense is now mainstream Republican Party dogma.  Ronald Reagan, whose name is oft-invoked by the Tea Party, could never run for President under the draconian standards which they set.

Grover Norquist signalled to those willing to listen in a barely watched CSPAN-covered speech that the White House is more of a figure-head office in the hard-Right new world order. The keys to the castle lie with Congress.

Norquist’s Teahadis, aided by powerful wealthy groups like the Club for Growth, have hunted ”RINO” (Republican in Name Only) moderates out of the party over the last few decades. Today that endangered species is on the border of extinction.

The hunting ground has shifted from the House to the Senate. Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana was a more prominent recent casualty of groups that have purged the party of moderates. NeoCons who won’t vote in absolutist terms to bring down the government, or at least state publicly that they back the radical Right, find themselves with primary opponents from the Tea Party.

The recent bludgeoning of David Dewhurst by Teahadi Ted Cruz in Texas’ Republican primaries in 2012 is another troubling sign that the Norquist’s Libertarian faction has its sights set on seating Teahadis in the Senate as well.

Karl Rove is the Neocon’s General Custer. He’s making his last stand with his American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS funds. Their stated aim is to take on Mr. Obama, and they do try to off-set Democratic seats with Republican ones, but they are primarily waging war with the Norquist’s John Bircher Libertarians to prop up dozens of neocon-schooled Republican regulars.

Who’s winning? The Tea Party owns the House, and more than 20 state houses.  Speaker Boehner, a Neocon, is unable to keep them in line. They now have their eye on the big prize: The United States Senate.

Right now, the only thing that prevents the Senate from grinding to a halt is that the Democrats hold a slim majority. The Senate, built by those patrician Founding Fathers, was supposed to be the bastion of calm and sober deliberation of policies and laws, the back-stop to filter the popularly-elected House’s heated passions and possible take-overs like the one we are witnessing now by a powerful few manipulating an ill-informed electorate.

Today both bodies of Congress are popularly elected. Norquist and his allies are looking to unseat more moderate Neocon senators, and replace them with more of the same monkey wrench Teahadis who have turned the House into a born-again farce.

Senators wield great power in the body. One or two, via the rules of the Senate game, can hold up legislation indefinitely. They can threaten a filibuster, and stop up the works for days, weeks, or permanently.

Senator Jim Demint, who has been slush funding the Tea Party and turning as many Neocons in the House and Senate into Teahadis, eyes Neocon Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s job.

Tea Party senators are not immune from their own, either.  Marco Rubio, the Florida firebrand, a Teahadi darling, was raised into the cross-hairs of the Club for Growth when he suggested that there was a place for government in American life and that there was a need for some level of social safety net. [5]

If the Tea Party is able to put a few more of its regulars into Senate seats, the kind of gridlock that we saw in 2011, particularly around issues like taxes on the 1% and the phony debate on the debt ceiling, will look like a garden party.

A minority of a minority will be able to hold the United States Government, and our much valued credit rating, hostage in exchange for the most radical fascist restructuring of this country in its history.

This is far more than a simple shift of power.  The changes being wrought by the Libertarian Birchers are disenfranchisement on a monumental scale.

The government of, for and by the People shall be in name only.

My shiny two.

60 Quotes from a True Leader!

•March 8, 2012 • Comments Off

 

It seems like the American people have heard plenty of statements, both past and present, from the Republican Presidential candidates. Indeed, it seems we have been so tuned in to the divisive and destructive things that the Republicans have had to say, that we have overlooked the man that they seek to defeat in November. President Obama has had much to say over the last four years to the American people, but the distracting dialogue of the GOP has overshadowed him, rendering the great words of a true leader to non-headline status on most news sites and programs. It used to be that the words of the President were of the utmost importance to Americans. But a certain political faction in this country has made every effort to delegitimize Barack Obama’s Presidency and have worked hard to keep the focus on what they say and what they want, regardless of the will of the people. Over the course of his life in public service and especially the last four years, President Obama has been the steady hand that Americans have desperately needed. What’s sad is that not many Americans have been able to listen to him because of the constant prattling of Republicans. So here are 60 quotes by President Obama that put the Republicans to shame and show what a true leader sounds like.

1. “Given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our bibles. Folks haven’t been reading their bibles.”
~Barack Obama, Speech, November 2008

2. “It’s been funny to watch some of these politicians completely rewrite history now that you’re back on your feet. These are the folks who said if we went forward with our plan to rescue Detroit, “You can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.” Now they’re saying they were right all along. Or worse, they’re saying that the problem is that you, the workers, made out like bandits in all of this; that saving the American auto industry was just about paying back unions. Really? Even by the standards of this town, that’s a load of you-know-what. About 700,000 retirees saw a reduction in the health care benefits they had earned. Many of you saw hours reduced, or pay and wages scaled back. You gave up some of your rights as workers. Promises were made to you over the years that you gave up for the sake and survival of this industry, its workers, and their families. You want to talk about values? Hard work — that’s a value. Looking out for one another — that’s a value. The idea that we’re all in it together — that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper — that is a value. But they’re still talking about you as if you’re some greedy special interest that needs to be beaten. Since when are hardworking men and women special interests? Since when is the idea that we look out for each other a bad thing? To borrow a line from our old friend Ted Kennedy: What is it about working men and women they find so offensive?”
~Barack Obama, addressing United Auto Workers in Washington DC, February 2012

3. “I reject the idea that asking a hedge fund manager to pay the same tax rate as a teacher or a plumber is class warfare. I think it’s just the the right thing to do. Both parties agree that we need to reduce the deficit by the same amount, by $4 trillion. So what choices are we going to make to reach that goal? Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes or we ask seniors to pay more for Medicare. We can’t afford to do both. Either we gut education and medical research or we’ve got to reform the tax code so that most profitable corporations have to give up tax loopholes that other companies don’t get. We can’t afford to do both. This is not class warfare, it’s math.”
~Barack Obama, during a speech, September 19, 2011

4. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
~Barack Obama, speech, February 5, 2008

5. “Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market.”
~Barack Obama, Business Roundtable, February 24, 2010

6. “A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, ‘Huh. It works. It makes sense.’”
Barack Obama, The New Yorker, May 31, 2004

7. “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
~Barack Obama, Cairo University, June 2009

8. “We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get a tax break I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference – like a senior on a fixed income, or a student trying to get through school, or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right. Americans know that’s not right. They know that this generation’s success is only possible because past generations felt a responsibility to each other, and to the future of their country, and they know our way of life will only endure if we feel the same sense of shared responsibility. That’s how we’ll reduce our deficit. That’s an America built to last.”
~Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2012

9. “As a nuclear power – as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon – the United States has a moral responsibility to act.”
~Barack Obama, Speech in Prague about reducing nuclear arsenals around the world, April 2009

10. “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”
Barack Obama, The New Yorker, May 31, 2004

11. “I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived – at great cost and great sacrifice – to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful world. Our allegiance has never been to any particular tribe or kingdom – indeed, every language is spoken in our country; every culture has left its imprint on ours; every point of view is expressed in our public squares. What has always united us – what has always driven our people; what drew my father to America’s shores – is a set of ideals that speak to aspirations shared by all people: that we can live free from fear and free from want; that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose and worship as we please.”
~Barack Obama, Berlin Speech, July 24, 2008

12. “I think what you’re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they’ve got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out. I think we’re moving in a direction of greater equality and — and I think that’s a good thing. And we have done more in the two and a half years that I’ve been in here than the previous 43 Presidents to uphold that principle, whether it’s ending “don’t ask, don’t tell,” making sure that gay and lesbian partners can visit each other in hospitals, making sure that federal benefits can be provided to same-sex couples.”
~Barack Obama, Presidential News Conference, June 2011

13. “In the absence of sound oversight, responsible businesses are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses, who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the environment, or take advantage of middle-class families, or threaten to bring down the entire financial system.”
~Barack Obama, Remarks by the President Announcing the President’s Export Council, July 7, 2007

14. “It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.”
~Barack Obama, commemoration remarks, September 11, 2010

15. “It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.”
~Barack Obama, Labor Day Speech, September 7, 2010

16. “On every front there are clear answers out there that can make this country stronger, but we’re going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling. Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress, that we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.”
~Barack Obama, Remarks at DSCC fundraiser, October 16, 2010

17. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and a latino America and an Asian America – there’s the United States of America.”
~Barack Obama, Democratic National Convention, 2004

18. “This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.”
~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 2009

19. “This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.”
~Barack Obama, Berlin Speech, July 2008

20. “We didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn’t come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn’t do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.”
~Barack Obama, Labor Day Speech, September 2010

21. “We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.”
~Barack Obama, during a speech, April 2011

22. “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old – and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”
~Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood Conference, July 2007

23. “When I heard that BP was not moving fast enough on claims, we told BP to set aside $20 billion in a fund – managed by an independent third party – to help all those whose lives have been turned upside down by the spill.”
~Barack Obama, remarks at Xavier University, August 2010

24. “Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.”
~Barack Obama, speaking about international cooperation in 2008

25. “One of the great strengths of the United States is… we have a very large Christian population – we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”
~Barack Obama, press conference in Turkey, April 2009

26. “With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.”
~Barack Obama, speech to Congressional Black Caucus, September 2011

27. “That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hiring somebody’s son. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted — or at least, most of the time.”
~Barack Obama, speech at Democratic National Convention, 2004

28. “Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent and heal a nation; what led young women and young men to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through Selma and Montgomery for freedom’s cause. Hope is what led me here today–with a father from Kenya, a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be.”
~Barack Obama, speech, January 3, 2008

29. “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.”
~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 2009

30. “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a pre-requisite.”
~Barack Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress, February 24, 2009

31. “The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women. If it’s educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. But if women are oppressed and abused and illiterate, then they’re going to fall behind.”
~Barack Obama, Ladies’ Home Journal, September 2008

32. “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”
~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 2009

33. “With the magnitude of the challenges we face right now, what we need in Washington are not more political tactics — we need more good ideas. We don’t need more point-scoring — we need more problem-solving.”
~Barack Obama, press conference, March 17, 2009

34. “There’s something about the American spirit -– inherent in the American spirit — we don’t hang on to the past. We always move forward…. We are going to leave something better for our children –- not just here in the United States, but all around the world.”
~Barack Obama, speech during DNC fundraiser, October 2009

35. “You know, there’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit – the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us – the child who’s hungry, the steelworker who’s been laid-off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town. When you think like this – when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers – it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.”
~Barack Obama, speech, August 2006

36. “When we send our young men and women into harm’s way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they’re going, to care for their families while they’re gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.”
~Barack Obama, speech at Democratic National Convention, 2004

37. “I trust the American people to realize that while we don’t need big government, we do need a government that stands up for families who are being tricked out of their homes by Wall Street predators; a government that stands up for the middle-class by giving them a tax break; a government that ensures that no American will ever lose their life savings just because their child gets sick. Security and opportunity; compassion and prosperity aren’t liberal values or conservative values – they’re American values.”
~Barack Obama, speech, May 2008

38. “Acts of sacrifice and decency without regard to what’s in it for you create ripple effects. Ones that lift up families and communities, that spread opportunity and boost our economy.”
~Barack Obama, Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009

39. “There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there. There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”
~Barack Obama, Election Night Speech in Chicago, November 4, 2008

40. “Everyone here knows that we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over this country. Our highways are clogged with traffic. Our skies are the most congested in the world. This is inexcusable. Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us an economic superpower. And now we’re going to sit back and watch China build newer airports and faster railroads? At a time when millions of unemployed construction workers could build them right here in America?”
~Barack Obama, speaking about infrastructure during jobs plan speech to Joint Session of Congress, September 2011

41. “I trust the American people to realize that while we don’t need big government, we do need a government that stands up for families who are being tricked out of their homes by Wall Street predators; a government that stands up for the middle-class by giving them a tax break; a government that ensures that no American will ever lose their life savings just because their child gets sick. Security and opportunity; compassion and prosperity aren’t liberal values or conservative values – they’re American values.”
~Barack Obama, speech, May 2008

42. “We have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.”
~Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2012

43. “I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity. For history tells a different story. History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation has responded with bold action and big ideas. In the midst of civil war, we laid railroad tracks from one coast to another that spurred commerce and industry. From the turmoil of the Industrial Revolution came a system of public high schools that prepared our citizens for a new age. In the wake of war and depression, the GI Bill sent a generation to college and created the largest middle-class in history. And a twilight struggle for freedom led to a nation of highways, an American on the moon, and an explosion of technology that still shapes our world. In each case, government didn’t supplant private enterprise; it catalyzed private enterprise. It created the conditions for thousands of entrepreneurs and new businesses to adapt and to thrive.”
~Barack Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress, February 2009

44. “What I’ve tried to do since I started running for President and since I was sworn in as President, is to communicate the notion that America is a critical actor and leader on the world stage, and that we shouldn’t be embarrassed about that, but that we exercise our leadership best when we are listening; when we recognize that the world is a complicated place and that we are going to have to act in partnership with other countries; when we lead by example; when we show some element of humility and recognize that we may not always have the best answer, but we can always encourage the best answer and support the best answer.”
~Barack Obama, press conference, April 2009

45. “The only way to fully restore America’s economic strength is to make the long-term investments that will lead to new jobs, new industries, and a renewed ability to compete with the rest of the world. The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at last the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care; the schools that aren’t preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit.”
~Barack Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress, February 2009

46. “Hostility and hatred are no match for justice; they offer no pathway to peace.”
~Barack Obama, speech, February 2009

47. “If we neglect or abandon those who are suffering in poverty … not only are we depriving ourselves of potential opportunities for markets and economic growth, but ultimately that despair may turn to violence that turns on us.”
~Barack Obama, press conference, April 2009

48. “I know that there are some on Wall Street and in Washington who’ve said that we should only focus on the banking crisis and one problem at a time. Well, we’re spending a lot of time focusing on this banking crisis, and we will continue to do so because until we get liquidity flowing again, we will not fully recover. But the American people don’t have the luxury of just focusing on Wall Street. They don’t have the luxury of choosing to pay either their mortgage or their medical bills. They don’t get to pick between paying for their kids’ college tuition and saving enough money for retirement. They have to do all these things. They have to confront all these problems. And as a consequence, so do we.”
~Barack Obama, press conference, March 2009

49. “The state of our union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now. As long as I’m president, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.”
~Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2012

50. “I know some have argued that brutal methods like water-boarding were necessary to keep us safe. I could not disagree more. As Commander-in-Chief, I see the intelligence, I bear responsibility for keeping this country safe, and I reject the assertion that these are the most effective means of interrogation. What’s more, they undermine the rule of law. They alienate us in the world. They serve as a recruitment tool for terrorists, and increase the will of our enemies to fight us, while decreasing the will of others to work with America. They risk the lives of our troops by making it less likely that others will surrender to them in battle, and more likely that Americans will be mistreated if they are captured. In short, they did not advance our war and counter-terrorism efforts – they undermined them, and that is why I ended them once and for all.”
~Barack Obama, speech, May 2009

51. “Discrimination cannot stand — not on account of color or gender; how you worship or who you love. Prejudice has no place in the United States of America.”
~Barack Obama, speech, July 2009

52. “We should all want a smarter, more effective government. And while we may not be able to bridge our biggest philosophical differences this year, we can make real progress. With or without this Congress, I will keep taking actions that help the economy grow. But I can do a whole lot more with your help. Because when we act together, there is nothing the United States of America can’t achieve.”
~Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2012

53. “I don’t believe that the American people want us to focus on our job security. They want us to focus on their job security. I don’t think they want more gridlock. I don’t think they want more partisanship. I don’t think they want more obstruction. They didn’t send us to Washington to fight each other in some sort of political steel-cage match to see who comes out alive. That’s not what they want. They sent us to Washington to work together, to get things done, and to solve the problems that they’re grappling with every single day.”
~Barack Obama, remarks to GOP House Issues Conference, January 2010

54. “I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. But here’s the thing — even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy-efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future -– because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation.”
~Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2010

55. “I believe in a strong financial sector that helps people to raise capital and get loans and invest their savings. That’s part of what has made America what it is. But a free market was never meant to be a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it. That’s what happened too often in the years leading up to this crisis. Some — and let me be clear, not all — but some on Wall Street forgot that behind every dollar traded or leveraged there’s family looking to buy a house, or pay for an education, open a business, save for retirement. What happens on Wall Street has real consequences across the country, across our economy.”
~Barack Obama, speech, April 2010

56. “We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.”
~Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2012

57. “We need to give consumers more protection and more power in our financial system. This is not about stifling competition, stifling innovation; it’s just the opposite. With a dedicated agency setting ground rules and looking out for ordinary people in our financial system, we will empower consumers with clear and concise information when they’re making financial decisions. So instead of competing to offer confusing products, companies will compete the old-fashioned way, by offering better products. And that will mean more choices for consumers, more opportunities for businesses, and more stability in our financial system. And unless your business model depends on bilking people, there is little to fear from these new rules.”
~Barack Obama, speech, April 2010

58. “We’ve been fighting about the proper size and role of government since the day the Framers gathered in Philadelphia…. But what troubles me is when I hear people say that all of government is inherently bad…. When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us. We, the people — we, the people, hold in our hands the power to choose our leaders and change our laws, and shape our own destiny. Government is the police officers who are protecting our communities, and the servicemen and women who are defending us abroad. Government is the roads you drove in on and the speed limits that kept you safe. Government is what ensures that mines adhere to safety standards and that oil spills are cleaned up by the companies that caused them.”
~Barack Obama, speech at University of Michigan, May 1, 2010

59. “There’s no reason why Congress shouldn’t at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation. So far, you haven’t acted. Well tonight, I will. I’m directing my administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power 3 million homes.”
~Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 2012

60. “Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction. And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts…. For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda. Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad. As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity…. Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.
~Barack Obama, announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden, May 1, 2011

Americans are lucky to have a man like President Obama in the Oval Office. He cares about the future of our country more than the Republicans, who only care about political power, corporate greed, and domination over others. President Obama has made every effort to create jobs, improve health care, protect the environment, develop clean energy, and protect the rights of everyone in this country. He has restored the reputation of America around the globe and has executed a responsibly sound foreign policy that has kept America safe. His progress on all of these fronts have been hindered by Republicans who seek to sabotage his policy goals, all in an effort to seek revenge for their heavy loss in 2008. Despite his incredible and serious efforts to compromise, Republicans refuse to work with the President out of sheer hatred. It doesn’t matter what President Obama tries to do, Republicans will always oppose him and are willing to destroy the country to get their way. And since President Obama supports everything that has made America great, Republicans will only seek to wipe out all of those things and have admitted as such. That is not true leadership. It’s treason. President Obama is the only true leader in the 2012 Election and it’s time to take his words seriously and give them more respect than the Republicans have shown him.

Boycott these Advertisers that are sticking by Rush Limbaugh!

•March 6, 2012 • Comments Off

Write to these Advertisers and ask what they are thinking when they support a buffoon such as Rush Limp Balls, how can one person have so much influence over an entire political party! Read on….

All the Advertisers Who Are Sticking by Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh said he wasn’t motivated to apologize to Sandra Fluke by the number of companies pulling ads from his show. He insists he’s turned away “millions” in ads and he can always “replace” the ones who’ve left! But it made us wonder exactly who does advertise on Limbaugh’s show. We paid close attention to Limbaugh’s ad breaks on Monday’s broadcast on D.C.’s WMAL. Limbaugh’s sponsor base  reveals a lot about how those angry white men of the 1990s are aging — they care a lot more about weight loss, teeth, and gold. So far seven advertisers have pledged to pull their ads: AOL, ProFlowers, Quicken Loans, Sleep Number beds, Sleep Train, Citrix Systems, LegalZoom. Here are all 31 advertisers we heard on Monday’s show Update: Several of these advertisers have pulled ads from Limbaugh’s show since this post was published — if so, the company’s statement is noted next to its logo.

Amberen‘s ad promises their supplement will cut your belly fat. Update Tuesday 1:36p.m.: On Facebook, Amberen explains the nitty-gritty of buying ads on the radio and says it can’t pull its ads: “We understand that some of our customers are concerned that Amberen ads are still airing on the Rush Limbaugh show. Lunada Biomedical assures you that we take these concerns to heart! Most of our employees, including the CEO, are female. And like millions of other Americans we were outraged by Rush Limbaugh’s incendiary and offensive comments. However, we are a small company that buys remnant (leftover) media time and, as such, we cannot, by definition, be considered the “sponsors” of Mr. Limbaugh’s show or, for that matter, any other show. Because we purchase this leftover airtime in bulk, we have no control over when and where our ads are going to be aired. Nor do we have the ability to “pull” ads from any specific show. The only way for us to do that would be to put our entire advertising campaign on hold. Again, because we are a “remnant” and not a “premium” advertiser, this action will exert no influence on Mr. Limbaugh’s show.”

Lear Capital’s ad doesn’t name the “simple investment” that has grown every year for eight years. The website gives you the answer: gold. “If the people who control the money are investing it, shouldn’t you consider it too?” Update Tuesday 1:42p.m.: Lear says it’s evaluating the situation on Facebook: “At this time we are evaluating our advertising relationship with the Rush Limbaugh Show as well as having open and honest dialogue with Mr. Limbaugh and program executives. We are awaiting further information and response to this matter.”

Carbonite is a data backup business. On Saturday, CEO David Friend announced that his company “decided to withdraw our advertising from his show.” We’re giving him the benefit of the doubt and assuming the order didn’t make it to ad office in time for Monday’s broadcast.

The ad asks for donations. Update Tuesday 9:20a.m.: Goodwill posted this message on its Facebook page: “Goodwill is a non-partisan nonprofit organization. Public service announcements are not paid advertisements and should not be considered endorsements of a particular political or ideological point of view. The Goodwill public service announcement that aired on WMAL or other stations affiliated with the Rush Limbaugh show aired without Goodwill’s knowledge or consent. No further Goodwill public service announcements will be aired without our permission.” Update Tuesday 1:13p.m.: Goodwill clarifies the mistake in an email: “The PSA that aired was intended for a DC-area music station but a sister station that airs Rush Limbaugh ran the PSA without our knowledge or consent. “

Polycom Federal is a product that makes teleconferences easier. Update: Polycom emailed Tuesday morning to say: “Polycom does some syndicated radio advertising, including spots on WMAL, however we had no intention to run ads on the Rush Limbaugh Show.  The recent comments by Mr. Limbaugh go against our core values, and we have taken action to discontinue advertising on this program.”

Snell Heating & Air Conditioning could be a D.C.-local ad.

Winning Our Future is the Newt Gingrich-backing superPAC.

IncomeAtHome.com is apparently a way to make money from your couch.

You can print stamps. From home!

The insurer still advertises with Rush. Update: Commenter Richard Careaga says after emailing Geico, he got this response: “In 2004 when Rush Limbaugh’s  program also carried remarks that were inappropriate, we ceased all advertising on his show. We don’t advertise there to this day. On occasion, a local station may mistakenly run a GEICO ad in the wrong time slot. We are directing our ad buyers to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Exergen advertises its thermometer on Limbaugh’s show.

Capital One. Update Tuesday 1:19p.m.: Capitol One’s Pam Girado emails to say, “Just wanted to let you know that Capital One does not advertise on the Rush Limbaugh Show (and hasn’t for some time).  If a Capital One ad ran during the program, it was without our permission. We are investigating to see if an error was made by one of our media partners.” Geico and Netflix appear to be in similar situations.

An online drugstoreUpdate Tuesday 8:37a.m.Vitacost tweets: “We’ve removed our ads from his show. His comments don’t reflect our brand values.”

The tractor maker.

FixItFast.ServiceMagic.com advertises on Rush’s show. It’s a collection of home remodeling professionals. Update Tuesday 10:57a.m.: ServiceMagic emails this statement: “It has come to our attention that some of our advertisements have inadvertently been airing in conjunction with the Rush Limbaugh show. While we at ServiceMagic respect the individual political beliefs held by our customers, recent comments on the show do not align with the values we hold at the core of our company and as such, have requested to remove our support as an advertiser.”

The Nova Armament ad notes that it also caters to ladies who have historically felt neglected by the gun-selling community.

Sensa is some kind of weight-loss supplement. Update Tuesday 8:37a.m.: Sensa tweets: “We have made the decision to pull our ad from the Rush Limbaugh Show. It will be removed within the next couple of days.”

 It’s sort of unclear who this advertiser is — it mostly urges callers to call a number that lists all the foreclosed properties in America — but it briefly mentions it’s called “hot props.” This might be the website.

Network Capital advertises for home mortgages. Update Tuesday 1:36p.m.: Network Capital’s Alex Ramirez emails to say the company buys ads on WMAL, the D.C. radio station, not Limbaugh’s show. He writes, “Our ad campaign is directly affiliated with WMAL as a broadcast station; their programming director dictates the placement of our ads daily. Network Capital does not agree nor condone Mr. Limbaugh’s opinions or statements.”

Insperity advertises “high performance HR solutions.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs advertises aid to veterans having trouble adjusting back home.

A dental center in Virginia — probably not a national ad.

Netflix is sticking with Rush. Update Tuesday 9:07a.m.: Netflix emails to say it doesn’t advertise on Rush. We’re waiting to hear back whether the company just bought ads on the local radio station or what.

Yet another weight-loss plan.

Another local ad for a DC-area dentist.

United Health Care advertises on Rush.

Ackerman sells monitoring devices.

Alan Thicke autoplays on this company’s site, RealGoldCoins.com.

Merit Financial – “the gold people.”

Robert Steinberg — a lawyer seeking mesothelioma patients.

Hillsdale College — Rush reads a radio ad for a free class on the Constitution.

Call these Advertisers and tell them to pull out or get lost!!

The DEVIL in Santorums Details!

•February 22, 2012 • Comments Off

Is it me or has Santorum always been this wacky and delusional? Enjoy the following article from Free Wood post;

Rick Santorum is currently underway developing a new peace strategy with Satan. He thoroughly believes that Satan himself is a direct terrorist threat to the United States of America. He has even stated that “Satan has his sights on the United States of America!” He is steadfast in his approach to rid the nation of Satan and his comrades.

Santorum is being very careful devising his plan for peace talks with the Devil. He knows that Satan can be very tricky and deceiving, and he will have to watch and listen to every detail during the peace negotiations.

“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

Free Wood Post was able to catch up with Satan for the rebuttal and defense of his actions:

“What Rick needs to understand is that I’m not trying to attack America, but rather offer an alternative to the strict theological rules of my old boss, the Notorious G.O.D. From what I hear and have read, the United States even allows for people to worship me if they so choose. It’s pretty neat that they have freedom of and from religion there…. Where I come from the issue of religious freedom is pretty hot and cold, you’re either in or out, and religion is the law of the land… I get stuck with all the ne’er-do-wellers that choose not to follow the rules of my old boss. Fine by me… I just don’t get why Rick doesn’t understand the Constitution of the country he is trying to lead.”

 

Santorum plans to meet with Satan sometime next week to hash out a plan to negotiate between their theological differences of opinion. The talks will happen in an undisclosed location, and Santorum will surround himself with 35 priests as his security detail. As the power of Christ compels Santorum to meet with the Dark Lord for the good of his country, only time will tell to see if the two of them can come to some sort of agreement without the need for force.

Santorum is prepared to do everything he needs to do to protect the nation from Satan, he will put the entire military budget towards Holy water, crucifixes, and nifty travel-size Bibles and prayer booklets for each and every citizen of the nation. He will not allow Satan to overcome this land, he will purify its intent and lead the nation into Glory! OR so he thinks.

It’s Gods Will…

•February 20, 2012 • Comments Off

According to Santorum, God’s Law supersedes the Constitution, I don’t know about you but that sounds downright UN-American and definitely not Patriotic. How in the world is this guy leading the GOP party in the polls? Is this a cruel joke being played on us by the GOP Establishment? Something they will pull away at the last minute so we all breath a sigh of relief that at least Romney isn’t as crazy as Mr. Frothy? Watch for Santorum to come close to taking it all only to be taken down by the same people who propped him up in the first place, he will crash because he is just a distraction right now while Romney looks like the sane one. When Mr. Frothy loses, he of course will say that “It was God’s Will” Was it?

Enjoy this article regarding Mr. Frothy’s view on Home Schooling;

Rick Santorum has declared war on modern day America. He doesn’t think Protestants are real Christians. He thinks we should be at war with all of Islam. He believes Americans should suffer because in his sick mind, suffering “is a good thing.” He believes strongly in income inequality. He also believes women should be relegated to the home and controlled by men. And now he wants to destroy the minds of our children.

During a speech at the Ohio Christian Alliance, Santorum told the crowd that public education is “an artifact” that must come to an end, and that parents should withdraw their children and rely on home schooling and online education.

The Los Angeles Times reports,

In the nation’s past, he said, “Most presidents home-schooled their children in the White House. Parents educated their children because it was their responsibility.

“Yes, the government can help, but the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic.”

Aside from schools for the children of military personnel, the federal government does not actually operate schools. Most U.S. schools are supported primarily by state or local funding, or a combination of the two.  Santorum said the public education system was an artifact of the Industrial Revolution, “when people came off the farms where they did home school or had a little neighborhood school, and into these big factories called public schools.”

Rick Santorum has been very vocal about his preference for home schooling. There’s a reason for this of course. He holds a grudge. Santorum enrolled his children in the Western Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and stuck the taxpayers for 80% of the costs which were paid through the Penn Hills School District. In November 2004, Penn Hills asked Santorum to repay $67,000 in tuition costs because he and his family were spending most of the year in Virginia and did not meet the qualifications for residency status. So Santorum pulled his kids out of school and has home schooled them ever since. If parents are supposed to be responsible for teaching their own kids, how come Santorum wasn’t home schooling his children before 2004?

It’s clear that Rick Santorum has a problem with publicly funded schools. A public school caught him taking wrongful advantage of Pennsylvania taxpayers and he’s mad about it. So instead of taking responsibility for his actions like a real man would do, Santorum throws a hissy fit and decides that public education must be destroyed. Of course, if Santorum manages to destroy public schools, millions of lives will change. Home schooling is not easy and it’s not cheap either. Many parents simply do not have the time or money to home school their kids.

How does Rick Santorum expect a single mom to educate her children when she needs to work two jobs to feed and clothe them and pay the bills too? That may be a dumb question, since Santorum thinks single moms should just get married and stay at home. And that’s another topic altogether that’s equally offensive. Online classes are even more expensive and would still require a parent to stay at home and supervise.

Americans are already going in debt paying for college, they don’t need to go in debt paying for a K-12 education, but apparently that’s what Santorum wants.

8 Reasons Why We Endorse Newt Gingrich for the Republican Presidential Nomination

•January 24, 2012 • Comments Off
After reading the below article at addictinginfo.org, we at stupidpumas.net wholeheartedly endorse Newt Gingrich for the Republican Nomination, by nominating Newt you definitely make our job easy and the result of that means more relaxation time for us, Thanks Republicans!
Wife #1: New Gingrich had a secret romance with Jackie Battley, his high school geometry teacher and married her after graduation.Wife #1: New Gingrich had a secret romance with Jackie Battley, his high school geometry teacher and married her after graduation.

Just yesterday, a conservative Republican just suggested that I and others who were defending President Obama in on-line discussion were guilty of being “fanatical defenders the black messiah.”  The fact that the person resorted to highlighting President Obama’s race and tried to employ grandiose sarcasm with the intent of deriding us, is unfortunately, not the exception but the rule among conservatives these days.  Barack Obama is not just another liberal Democratic President, he is seen by many as the most diabolical, untrustworthy person to have ever been elected to high office.

For that and other reasons, this left of center Democrat really believes that to do justice by their die-hard constituents, the Republican Party must nominate New Gingrich to be their nominee in 2012.

Here are but a few reasons why the-Newt deserves the nod:

I. DERISIVE, FACT-LESS HYPERBOLE:  Conservative disdain for Barack Obama is so emotionally charged and consistently devoid of facts or reasoning, that the Republicans must nominate a skilled demagogue like Gingrich who can rally the faithful without any concern for the intellectual integrity of his rhetorical prose.  No Republican candidate is more qualified to charismatically deliver emotionally charged babble than Gingrich.

Wife #2: Gingrich had an affair with Marianne Ginther while married to wife #1.

II. WORLD-CLASS BULLY: Grassroots Republicans love a bully who can offer no constructive new ideas about anything, but who can easily denigrate more sophisticated, more thoughtful, more tolerant people who dare to challenge the convoluted, selfish reasoning of conservative populism.   Mitt Romney may be a bit too emotionally stable to offer the kind of bombastic, condescending rhetoric about the “cultural elite” that gives tea-party Republicans the kind of patriotic orgasm that makes them sure they are the real Constitutionally-correct Americans.

III. NO TO ANY HEALTH-CARE REFORM: President Obama will undoubtedly have to defend health-care reform in the upcoming campaign. Romney is intimately familiar with the issues involved and has, in the past, promoted programs that require government policies and regulation. Not “kewl.”  Conservative Republicans believe with every fiber of their being that government involvement in the delivery of health-care would result in nightmarish scenarios reminiscent of communist life under Stalin; decent Americans will be sent away by death panels to die in Obama’s secret gulag. Please, don’t try to convince them otherwise even though the same people who subscribe to such fantasies will kill anyone who threatens to stop their monthly Social Security, Medicare or Veteran benefit checks. Newt will never disappoint the masses with anything less than the standard Republican bull about how the private sector will treat everyone fairly if the big, bad government just gets of the way.

Wife #3: The-Newt was schtupping his staff member, Callista Bisek, while married to wife #2.

IV. NEWT ISN’T AFRAID TO BE POLITICALLY INCORRECT:  While Newt Gingrich “may” not personally be a racist, he knows, all to well, how to subtly acknowledge those politically incorrect “facts” about Muslims, Latinos and people of color that in their heart of hearts, conservatives know are true! Isn’t it wonderful that one Republican has the courage to acknowledge the truth about “them.” 

V. NO ONE FEIGNS RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION BETTER: Social conservatives cannot back up most of their knee-jerk, holy roller clamor with facts. e.g. No where in the Old or New Testaments are there any definitive statements that say that life begins at conception or that falling in love with a members of the same gender is a sin. Like creative statisticians, prolific clergy have for centuries have been spinning religious propaganda to protect their power, jobs, institutions and the emotional equilibrium of simple people. In spite of all his posturing about having made peace with God over his countless affairs, failed marriages, deceitful verbiage and unethical back-room political shenanigans, New Gingrich is the quintessential, sanctimonious Christian hypocrite: “My cause is so holy, that I can do and say anything to insure my ultimate success!”

VI. AMERICANS NEED AN ENEMY TO HATE & ARM THEMSELVES AGAINST: Conservative Republicans tend to be provincial, xenophobic tribalists. Incendiary rhetoric about threats to America’s security come as easily to Newt Gingrich’s lips as lying to any of his wives does. And let’s be honest, except for the prospect of seeing naughty pictures of Ann Coulter dressed up as a dominatrix, is there anything that gets a down-home, grassroots conservative more excited than the prospect of a an enemy we need to arm ourselves against?

VII. GOVERNMENT IS THE ENEMY: President Obama has time and again made it clear that he is committed to embracing and nurturing an inclusive American society that is first in the world in education, high tech, manufacturing, health-care and social responsibility. Those Utopian “socialist” ideals are easy fodder for a professional agitator like Gingrich who incessantly promotes the lie that government cannot possibly be the catalyst for anything good. In fact, in keeping with GOP gospel, the-Newt will tell you with passion that government is the enemy of the American people. That said, he wants you to vote for him to  be the “enemy’s” CEO. If that makes any sense to you, you must be a Republican.

VIII. THE ULTIMATE HYPOCRITE:  Conservative Republicans want you to know that they are the party of common decency and family values. That said, they have an ever-growing list of “to hell with” causes:

  • To hell with taxes
  • To hell the environment
  • To hell with government regulations
  • To hell with workers rights
  • To hell with expensive, unnecessary government expenditures like education
  • To hell with immigrants, legal or not
  • To hell with all Muslims
  • To hell with all sexual deviants (LGBT people)
  • To hell with thousands of other issues that make people think too hard

Now honestly, which Republican presidential candidate is more qualified to promote a thoughtless, cynical, selfish, anti-people, pro-corporate agenda than the man who had a secret affair with his high school geometry teacher until he graduated and then married her (he was 19, she 26); the man who shamelessly tried to impeach a President for sexual indiscretions while he was having an affair with a staff member in his office; a man who time and again has proven have less scruples than a Koch brothers lobbyist?

Newt Gingrich is THE commensurate Republican.  No one can represent the morals and ethical standards of the Grand Old Party better.

Newt Gingrich: 23 Years of Quotes

•January 23, 2012 • 1 Comment

This is from my new favorite blog addictinginfo.org written by Matthew Desmond…. Enjoy!

Newt Gingrich has said some pretty wild things throughout his career. Here’s a list of some of the wacky things he’s said, compiled by the website Mother Jones;

1978 In an address to College Republicans before he was elected to the House, Gingrich says: “I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican party is that we don’t encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, and loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words.” He added, “Richard Nixon…Gerald Ford…They have done a terrible job, a pathetic job. In my lifetime, in my lifetime—I was born in 1943—we have not had a competent national Republican leader. Not ever.”

1980 On the House floor, Gingrich states, “The reality is that this country is in greater danger than at any time since 1939.”

1980 Gingrich says: “We need a military four times the size of our present defense system.” (See 1984.)

1983 A major milestone: Gingrich cites former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on the House floor: “If in fact we are to follow the Chamberlain liberal Democratic line of withdrawal from the planet,” he explains, “we would truly have tyranny everywhere, and we in America could experience the joys of Soviet-style brutality and murdering of women and children.”

1983 He compares Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill to Chamberlain: “He may not know any better. He may not understand freedom versus slavery…in the tradition of [former British Prime Ministers] Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain, whose only weakness was they left their nation with war with Nazi Germany.”

1984 “I am not a super hawk.”

1984 Gingrich takes advantage of the arrival of C-Span to deliver scathing condemnations of his colleagues. He accuses Democrats of appeasement and distributing “communist propaganda,” and threatens to press charges against them for writing a letter to Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega. House Speaker Tip O’Neill calls it “the lowest thing that I’ve ever seen in my 32 years in Congress.”

1984 Gingrich touts a study being compiled by conservative House Republicans, noting it “will argue that it is time to stop challenging or seeming to challenge the patriotism of Democrats and liberals. Enough historical evidence exists.”

1984 “It used to be called socialism. It is now just sort of liberal Democratic platform pledges.”

1985 Gingrich calls Reagan’s upcoming meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev ”the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Chamberlain in 1938 at Munich.”

1985 Gingrich compares a disputed House election in Indiana to the Holocaust. “We have talked a lot in recent weeks about the Holocaust, about the incredible period in which Nazi Germany killed millions of people and, in particular, came close to wiping out European Jewry. Someone said to me two days ago, talking frankly about the McIntyre affair [in which Democrats refused to seat the winner of a House race until they'd conducted a recount] and the efforts by the Democratic leadership not to allow the people of Indiana to have their representative but, instead, to impose upon them somebody else, something in which he quotes [German poet Martin] Niemoller, and I have never quite until tonight been able to link it together—Niemoller, the great German theologian, said at one point: ‘When the Nazis came for the Jews, I did nothing…and when the Nazis came for me, there was no one left.’”

1985 Upset with Democrats’ foreign policy stance, Gingrich observes, “Adolph Hitler must somewhere be burning in hell, wishing he had lived two generations later, so he could manipulate Americans instead of Englishmen.”

1985 He’s got the world in the palm of his hand: “I have an enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet…I just had breakfast with [administration officials Richard] Darman and [David] Stockman because I’m unavoidable. I represent real power.”

1987 Gingrich takes to the House floor to decry…pretty much everything about the Democratic-run House: “After the first five months of this Congress, I must report to my fellow citizens that this 100th Congress may be the most irresponsible, destructive, corrupt, and unrepresentative Congress of the modern era… In future weeks, I will make a series of speeches outlining the threats of corruption, of communism, and of the left-wing machine which runs the House.”

1988 Gingrich discusses his midlife crisis: “I spent a fair length of time trying to come to grips with who I was and the habits I had, and what they did to people that I truly loved. I really spent a period of time where, I suspect, I cried three or four times a week. I read Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them and I found frightening pieces that related to…my own life.”

1989 He explains to the Washington Post why he fights with his second wife, Marianne: “It’s not even that it matters to me. It’s just the habit of dominance, the habit of being the center of my staff and the center of the news media.” Newt gives the marriage a “53–47″ shot of surviving.

1989 After taking down Speaker Jim Wright (D-Texas) by filing a string of ethics charges, Gingrich basks in his role as giant-killer. “If you’re not in the Washington Post every day,” he says, “you might as well not exist.”

1989 Gingrich lays out his electoral roadmap: “The left-wing Democrats will represent the party of total hedonism, total exhibitionism, total bizarreness, total weirdness, and the total right to cripple innocent people in the name of letting hooligans loose.”

1989 “These people are sick,” he says of congressional Democrats. “They are so consumed by their own power, by a Mussolini-like ego, that their willingness to run over normal human beings and to destroy honest institutions is unending.” He also warns that unless the Democrats are stopped, “we may literally see our freedom decay and decline.”


1990 Gingrich’s political action committee, GOPAC, sends out a memo titled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control” to several thousand Republican candidates running for state and local offices. It includes a list of words they should use to describe Democrats:

decay, failure (fail) collapse(ing) deeper, crisis, urgent(cy), destructive, destroy, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, they/them, unionized bureaucracy, “compassion” is not enough, betray, consequences, limit(s), shallow, traitors, sensationalists, endanger, coercion, hypocricy, radical, threaten, devour, waste, corruption, incompetent, permissive attitude, destructive, impose, self-serving, greed, ideological, insecure, anti-(issue): flag, family, child, jobs; pessimistic, excuses, intolerant, stagnation, welfare, corrupt, selfish, insensitive, status quo, mandate(s) taxes, spend (ing) shame, disgrace, punish (poor…) bizarre, cynicism, cheat, steal, abuse of power, machine, bosses, obsolete, criminal rights, red tape, patronage.

1990 Speaking privately to a group of supporters, Gingrich says he’s changing his public role from “explainer of political tactics to explainer of cultural change.”

1992 While campaigning for President George H. W. Bush in Georgia, Gingrich uses Woody Allen as a symbol for what Democrats want to do to America: “Woody Allen had non-incest with his non-daughter because they were a non-family.” He adds, “It fits the Democratic Party platform perfectly.” Bush distances himself from the remarks.

1994 A South Carolina woman, Susan Smith, murders her two sons. Gingrich draws the only logical conclusion: “I think that the mother killing the two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things. The only way you get change is to vote Republican.”

1994 He sums up his political philosophy: “People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz. I see evil all around me every day.”

1995 Following the House GOP’s triumphant 1994 election victory, Gingrich sends all the Republican freshman House members copies of the GOPAC memo suggesting they refer to their opponents as “traitors.”

1995 Gingrich releases a novel he co-authored, 1945, in which the Waffen-SS invades eastern Tennessee. But most critics fixate on the opening scene, in which a high-ranking Washington politico, unsatisfied with his marriage, engages in an affair that ultimately brings about his own political demise:

Playfully, to drive home the potential loss, she bit his shoulder, then kissed it better.

“Aw, hell, I don’t want to…I wish I could just divorce Mrs. Little Goodie Two-Shoes!”

“I like this arrangement,” she laughed softly. “Mistress to the chief of staff of the President of the United States. Nice title, don’t you think? Such a book I could write.” …Suddenly the pouting sex kitten gave way to Diana the Huntress. She rolled onto him and somehow was sitting athwart his chest, her knees pinning his shoulders. “Tell me, or I will make you do terrible things,” she hissed.

Gingrich calls the book “PG-13.”

1995 Marianne tells Vanity Fair she will “undermine everything” if Gingrich runs for president in 1996. Gignrich tells reporters his wife was “just making the point hypothetically.”

1995 Gingrich examines the United States’ handling of the conflict in Bosnia and falls back ona familiar refrain: “The UN acts totally impotently and undermines the morale of every law-abiding democracy on the planet. This is the worst performance by the democracies since the 1930s.”

1996 Gingrich applies the same analogy to President Clinton’s policies in the Middle East, in a speech to the Center for Security Policy: “The democracies are in a greater danger than they have been at any time since [British Prime Minister] Stanley Baldwin lied to the English people about the Luftwaffe and Hitler’s Germany.”

1998 Gingrich steps down as Speaker, amid ethics complaints and rumors of an extramarital affair. He frames his decision in pragmatic terms: “I’m willing to lead, but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals.”

1998 Gingrich divorces Marianne. A later Esquire profile offers a glimpse of the last days, from Marianne’s point of view:

Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. “‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.’”

2004 Gingrich tells Fox News that liberal financier George Soros’ opposition to George W. Bush might be due to his ties to drug cartels: “[He] wants to spend $75 million defeating [President] George W. Bush because Soros wants to legalize heroin.”

2005 Gingrich’s latest greatest threat to America is the American Civil Liberties Union. “[I]t’s almost as though they were into destruction for its own sake and weakening and undermining America for its own sake.” He also labels the group “a consistently destructive organization that is opposed to and undermines the values of most Americans, and takes positions that are consistently weakening the security of the United States.”

2006 Asked whether he agrees with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s comments that opposition to the Bush administration’s Iraq policy is tantamount to appeasing Hitler, Gingrich responds, “Yes.”

2006 Gingrich casts the Bush administration’s War on Terror in the kind of sweeping terms he normally reserves for, well, everything else: “We’re in the early stages of what I would describe as the third World War.”

2007 Gingrich makes the case for war in Iran and Syria by using his favorite analogy: “It makes no sense to have a Holocaust Museum in Washington and yet have no honest assessment of the threat of a 21st century Holocaust.”

2007 “We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.” Two years later, Gingrich unveils a new Spanish-language website, The Americano.

2008 Following the presidential election, Gingrich calls for a new era of “tri-partisan” cooperation in Washington.

2008 Gingrich tells Bill O’Reilly that “there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us.” The gay and secular fascist movement, Gingrich charges, is “prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it.”

2009 On Democratic opposition to the continuing war in Afghanistan, Gingrich breaks out a familiar line: “The last few weeks have been worse than Chamberlain. This is Baldwin in 1935, just willfully blind because he didn’t want to tell the British people the truth because it would offend them.”

2009 Gingrich compares the Obama administration to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. “I just have this interesting idea of asking [then White House communications director] Anita Dunn if this is her idea of a cultural revolution and if she really wishes that she could get Sean Hannity and the other Fox commentators to go to a farm and work the way Mao sent the intellectuals out.”

2010 Gingrich warns that Obama’s agenda “would mean the end of America as it has been for the last 400 years.”

2010 Gingrich argues that Muslims don’t have a right to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan: “They’re trying to make a case about supremacy…Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington.”

2010 Sign of the times: Gingrich swaps gay secular fascism for “secular-socialist machine“—which he says “represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.”

2010 A year after writing a book about noted anti-colonialist George Washington, Gingrich suggests that the current president holds a radical, anti-British worldview of his own. “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

2010 Gingrich sounds the alarm about a new threat facing America: “We should have a federal law that says Sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States.”

2011 Gingrich tells the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody that he was driven to his cheat on his previous two wives because of his one true love: America. “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

2011 Secular-socialists give way to atheist-Islamists: “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time [his grandchildren are] my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” His spokesman later clarified that Gingrich meant either Islamists or atheists would take over America, not both.

 
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