Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Remember these moments?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Let’s think a moment: we need to see a stronger effort on the part of Democratic leaders to shape health care reform in a way that is meaningful to the American people. It is clear that the opposition is not interested in participating so it is time for the Dems to step up and get it done.
Nancy Pelosi announced during her weekly news conference, as reported by CNN, “she expects a final version soon that would have the support of the full Democratic caucus, which holds a majority in the House.”
Pelosi commented, "We're on course to be ready soon" to put out a bill to the full House.
This means that it is possible to have a Bill that could gain the full support of the Democrats without need of a single Republican vote. If we can get something passed, it will mean a great deal to the party and the President. It can also be a political pitfall for the Republican Party. That is what is at stake.
So to answer the earlier question, was the appointment of Paul Kirk political? The short answer is YES.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The 9 Principles
o I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
o The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
o If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
o I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
o I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
o It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
o The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
The 12 Values
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Perhaps it is time to get the House Un-American Activities Committee going again to investigate Joe Wilson. His behavior during the Presidential Address to Congress was certainly not what I would call collegial. The man actually called your President (and mine) a liar. “You Lie” could be heard across the chamber. My mouth fell open. I could not believe the disrespect Joe Wilson displayed.
The other thing I noticed was the cool enjoyment by fellow Republicans, some of whom “spontaneously“held preprinted signs during the speech expressing their quiet opposition. In case you missed it, the display was nothing less than choreographed. Nothing the President said was a surprise and therefore could not have allowed for spontaneous outburst. Obama did not say anything surprising to Congress since they get a copy of his speech before hand.
Clearly good ol’ boy Joe wanted to continue the ridiculous trend of disruption during town hall meetings. He wanted to step it up a bit by showing that our President was also subject to the anti-American behavior displayed by GOP-Limbaugh-Beck supporters.
Remember the run up to the Iraq War when President Bush actually did lie. Does anyone recall how many hecklers shouted out “You Lie” during any Bush address? ZERO. That is because the Democrats respected the office even if disagreeing with the policy.
No Matter the disagreement, Obama has earned everyone’s respect. Including Joe Wilsons’. We can all agree that health care is a difficult topic filled with heated opinions and wild speculation. But until we can tone down the nonsense in order to review the facts, there can be no real discussion.
Shame on you, Joe Wilson. Shame on you for your disrespect and veiled hatred for President Obama. Shame on you for failure to add any real ideas for reform. Shame on you and the GOP for “no-matter-the-issue”, oppose everything, approach to serving your constituents. You dishonor the American Government. You disgrace the American spirit. And above all, you showed the American citizen just how low your party is willing to go to protect the Insurance Industry.
Not willing to apologize again? You should apologize again and again, over and over, until the average American can believe you are truly sincere. You should stand before Congress like a man of honor and express your horror at your behavior. Give a very public apology face to face with President Obama to show us that you actually care about what happens to all citizens…not just the ones who support you.
For you see, this debate is not just about what is best for you, or the insurance industry, it is also about what is best for the rest of us as well. Until you start offering real ideas on how we can change health care in this country and significantly bring down costs, you will forever remain in the shadows, mere pawn of the insurance industry, devoid of character or compassion.
You brought great shame to Congress. You add insult to injury by actually autographing memorabilia related to your outburst. Shame on you.
I don’t expect much from you. I suspect you will seek haven among Republican peers who secretly support you; among Fox (Opinion) News Network who will ensure your celebrity among the extremist on the right; and you will go on encouraging more civil disobedience because you want nothing more than the total defeat of President Obama no matter what the cost to the American Citizen.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Can you imagine the controversy if Democrats had showed such disrespect for then President Bush? I mean, correct me if I am wrong, but Bush ACTUALLY lied to Congress.
Were I Obama, that South Carolina Senator would be persona non grata around the WHitehouse going forward.
Have you seen it? Take a look:
Friday, September 4, 2009
There is a photo of a U.S. Marine who had his leg severed during a rocket attack in Afghanistan. It can be seen at www.huffingtonpost.com. The photo shows the reality of war and the consequences…real consequences that come from it.
Up until now, we have been isolated from this harsh reality by our government. I think it interesting that we Americans claim the high ground on so many fronts including the invasion of other countries; all in the name of spreading democracy. Yet we fear showing the truth behind the consequences of such stances.
Why can’t we see this truth?
I understand the need for the family affected to have privacy surrounding the death of a loved one. I can only imagine their pain at such a devastating time. And yet I can also see the need to show exactly that pain for the population to see firsthand. By doing so, we force people to face up to the hypocrisy that permeates our society.
Yeah! Patriotism. Democracy. Freedom.
These words sound great on the surface. But most people don’t realize the responsibility and work that goes along with being part of this Democracy. Instead we would rather not think very much. We want others to do most of the heavy lifting for us. That is why we have so many following organized religions. Why so many gravitate toward opinion entertainment like FOX News, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and others. These people say the outrageous things that we cannot in our daily lives. It is easy. No thinking required.
So to answer my earlier question; “ Why can’t we see the truth?” The answer is: we don’t want to be reminded of the horror of our decisions. We just want life to be easy.