Feeling Some Post-Mid-Term Blues

November 7, 2018

By Karen

The mid-term election yesterday was supposed to reject Trump’s first two years of mocking and dismantling every constructive thing this country has ever achieved. I expected decent, disgusted people of all political stripes, women, millennials, new voters, LGBTQ and minorities to turn out in droves and tell the GOP loud and clear that “treason” is not the new word for “policy.”

WTF happened? Yes, the numbers were up, but what’s with the tepid results? Democrats won only 28 seats in the House and actually lost ground in the Senate.

Today, Dems should be able to tell Trump and his spineless enablers in Congress to “STFU. We’re back in charge. We’ve had enough of your bullshit. Don’t even try pushing through any more. Ain’t gonna happen.” But they can’t. And Republicans are gloating.

One bright spot happened in my neck of Virginia. Senator Tim Kaine (Hillary’s running mate) beat Corey Stewart by 16 points. Stewart’s a Minnesota-born Trump Mini-me who brands himself a Confederate neo-Nazi and promised to run a “vicious” campaign. In this victory speech, Kaine said voters had sent a message of “good over evil, light over darkness, understanding over ignorance.”

Amen.

In my congressional district, VA-7, Democrat Abigail Spanberger beat Dave Brat, a Trump-loving, misogynistic tea party darling, in a satisfying upset. True to his name, Brat refused to concede, probably hoping for divine intervention from Putin.

And in New York, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. But the district she won is already heavily Democratic. Whereas on nearby Long Island, racist misogynist Republican Pete King won his 14th term.

It was also gratifying to see Wisconsin voters finally kick their scheming, lying scumbag of a governor, Scott Walker, to the curb.

But in Montana, Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte who body-slammed a Guardian reporter, and who Trump proclaimed “his guy,” kept his seat.

In Florida, sharp, classy, articulate Democrat Andrew Gillum lost the governor’s race to Ron DeSantis, a bigot who urged voters not to “monkey up” the election by voting for a black man.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams should have easily buried Brian Kemp to become the country’s first black female governor. Kemp refused to stop overseeing the election he was a candidate in because he was too busy rigging it to disenfranchise minority voters every which way he could — and now the results are too close to call.

And probably the most stomach-turning result came in Texas, when that sleazy hypocrite everyone loves to hate, Ted Cruz, managed to beat Beto O’Rourke by 3 points and keep his Senate seat.

Whenever California manages to drag in its results, Democrats will probably pick up a few more seats, but not enough to assuage my disappointment with the bottom line.

I really, REALLY believed this country had enough good people to slam the lid on the Pandora’s box Trump has opened with his celebration of greed, ignorance, hatred and oppression, but it simply didn’t happen.

Either too many reasonable people stayed home in the mid-terms, or we really are eyeballs-deep in stupid, backward-looking racists who think their best interests are served by a con man who preys on rubes while he runs the country into a ditch to enrich himself.

The Senate is still poised to rubber-stamp whatever acts of treason Trump proposes. I hope that when the House committees investigating Trump’s myriad crimes switch to Democratic control (buh-bye, Devin Nunes!) they will crank up the heat to full-blast, get the subpoenas flying, and stoke Trump’s fears about spending the rest of his life jail until resigning seems a safer alternative to running for re-election.

And then there’s always Robert Mueller. Our last hope.

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Time to End the Schmooze of the Union

January 29, 2014

By Cole

Last night, Obama delivered his latest laundry list of the same old problems that need fixing yet never get fixed — education, jobs, war, poverty, immigration, equal rights.

Why do we perpetuate this preposterous gathering of pompous phonies? At the very least, coverage should begin after the nauseating glad-handing and air-kissing, as all those well-dressed crooks pretend they haven’t seen each other in years.

As usual, Eric Cantor entered right behind Obama, like Woody Allen’s Zelig. When future historians study all the major events of our time, they’ll see Cantor, with his perpetually curled lip, hovering behind the real center of attention. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

They should also ban the practice of clapping every 5 freaking words. It’s stomach-turning to watch them applaud, oblivious to their own shameful failure to DO whatever they’re clapping about and move the country forward.

If I had a nickel for every time a politician has talked about ending incentives for businesses to outsource and lowering their taxes, and then doing nothing, I could buy Purina — the company.

As always, Obama’s speech was another spin on “Yes we can,” when we all know by now that no, he can’t.

Republicans were the most interesting part, particularly John “You Can Never Be Too Orange” Boehner. He sat behind Obama, looking painfully constipated, withholding his applause when Obama mentioned extending unemployment benefits.

Screw you, lazy bums.

When Obama brought up “equal pay and opportunity for women,” Biden jumped to his feet for a standing O, while Boehner stayed seated.

Screw you, too, ladies.

When Obama said, “No one who works full-time should ever raise a family in poverty.” Boehner gave a few limp claps. Why should he agree? Boehner’s doing great in DC and has plenty of time for golf.

When Obama said that the ACA makes pre-existing conditions irrelevant and ends women being overcharged, Boehner and many Republicans kept their hands in their pants laps. So Obama told them to come up with something better and stop wasting time on 40 repeal attempts.

Obama sprinkled his speech with stories of “little people” he had planted in the audience, and saved the “best” for last, about a disfigured man sitting in the balcony next to Michelle. No doubt the man’s struggle has been heroic, but hearing about it from Obama made it sound contrived.

I want to support a fellow black cat, but Obama’s soaring rhetoric feels empty now. He got in to the White House on the promise of change, but the resentment and racism has been so ferocious that his opponents would rather see the country die than agree with him on anything.

Obama said he’s going to go it alone and do what he can with executive orders if Congress won’t cooperate. That had Rand Paul on CBS This Morning today whining about Obama’s lack of “conciliatory tone” and the loss of “checks and balances.”

The CBS team did a good job tag-teaming him on his baloney. In defending his recent dredging up of Clinton-Lewinsky, he said, “People don’t like hypocrisy.”

Gee, Rand, ya think?


A 9/11 What-If

September 20, 2011

By Adele

I waited until eyes were dry and everyone calmed down after the frenzy the media re-whipped up over 9/11 to ask this question. But let me preface by saying the passengers and crew of Flight 93, which went down in Pennsylvania, absolutely did the right thing. They proved how courageous and selfless some Americans can be.

But what if nobody on Flight 93 had realized the plane had been hijacked or was part of some bigger plot?

What if Flight 93 had reached Washington and hit the Capitol, taking out a few dozen senators and congressmen in the biggest mass-assassination in our government’s history?

What if our legislators had tasted mortal vulnerability first-hand, and their own families had been subjected to the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one to senseless violence?

Do you think the halls of Congress today would be filled with the arrogant, greedy, self-serving liars whose behavior is now disgusting the whole world?

Might ramming discriminatory, oppressive, fact-free ideology down everybody’s throat lose its charm if zealots knew they might bite the dust at any moment at the hands of some bigger nut too fed up to let them keep living?

Instead of standing on the Capitol steps smarmily singing “God Bless America,” what if our representatives had been picking through the rubble, searching for colleagues’ body parts?

Since they’ve turned the Capitol into a temple of dishonesty and discord, if they knew how easily it could become their tomb, would they still want to be there? Or would politics start attracting people who feel compelled to serve regardless of personal risk, who would be willing to put the country and its people first and do the right thing, no matter what?

You know, people who think like American soldiers.

Today, would our leaders still be shouting that the U.S. is the greatest civilization in the history of the planet while we steadily lose our grip on education, healthcare, employment, and financial stability? Or would they display some humility?

Instead of trying to buy or impose our myopic beliefs on intractable enemies, would we be concentrating instead on putting our own house in order?

What if Flight 93 had not helped Congress evade the terrorists, but instead reap the inhumanity it had sowed…?

Thoughts?


Eric Cantor Needs to GO

August 9, 2011

By Adele

Despite polls that resoundingly reflect Americans’ disgust with intractable brats in Congress, Virginia’s Eric Cantor can’t bring himself to grow up, and he’s trying to rally the other bullies.

Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch’s front page ran excerpts from a memo Cantor just sent to House Republicans…

Over the next several months, there will be tremendous pressure on Congress to prove that (the Standard & Poor’s) analysis of the inability of the political parties to bridge our differences is wrong.

In plain English…

Keep fighting. Let’s shut the government down unless the Dems lay off our bread and butter, the rich and big business. Don’t give an inch. Never cooperate. Make Obama regret he was ever born.

If John Boehner was worth his weight in self-tanner, he’d take Cantor out behind the woodshed and give him what-for, then jerk a knot in Cantor’s leash and muzzle him.

Cantor and those impressionable reps who dance to the Tea Party’s tune may not know it, but to plot the downfall of your own government is to flirt with treason.

Cantor probably sees it as heroically seizing the moment, showing what a strong, tough leader he can be. He probably already has “PC” (“President Cantor”) embroidered on his towels.

But “Just Say No” is a suicidal strategy when it comes to the potential collapse of our economy. Shooting down everything the Democrats suggest and offering no viable alternatives but cutting programs that actually help people isn’t leadership. It’s insane.

Eric, when S&P downgraded the country’s credit rating, they were looking straight at YOU.

Cantor’s been playing both ends against the middle for years. He keeps his cushy congressional seat by pretending to be “for the little people,” then stabbing them in the back to serve special interests.

Virginia voters need to bounce the weasel out of Congress or they’ll deserve every smarmy, lie-filled “Cantor for President” ad they get in 2016.


Cantor Stomps Obama’s Last Nerve

July 15, 2011

By Yul

It was a sweet moment when John Boehner put his arm around House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and reassured everyone he doesn’t think Cantor’s an asshole. But “Boner” is in a dwindling minority.

Cantor is MY Congressman, and if cats could vote, he wouldn’t be elected dog-catcher. His insatiable need to top his own douchebaggery knows no limits.

Cantor looks like the creepy kid everybody either ignored or bullied in school. He probably entered politics just for spite, and fell into a tub of butter when the Republicans regained Congress in the mid-terms and made him House Nerd Majority Leader, with endless opportunities to diss the president.

Who can forget the time Cantor met with Obama on healthcare and showed up lugging the 2,000+-page bill as a prop to piss Obama off?

Or during the initial debt ceiling meetings with Biden, when Cantor flounced out with his tail in a fluff?

Cantor misses no Obama-baiting opportunity to show his solidarity with Virginia’s 7th District closet bigots who have kept Cantor in Congress since 2001.

Just this week, when Obama headed the latest debt ceiling meetings, Cantor allegedly interrupted Obama 3 times, repeatedly suggesting a short-term fix. Obama finally smacked Cantor down, warning, “Don’t call my bluff.” Cantor later claimed Obama “stormed” out of the meeting in a hissy fit.

No, Eric. That’s what they have you for.

These talks themselves are ridiculous. A bunch of suits throwing around trillions as if they really know how much money that is. Making grand 10-year projections they won’t be around to carry out.

And it came as no surprise to learn that Cantor is betting AGAINST the government that furnishes his livelihood and healthcare. He invests in ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury EFT, which is projected to skyrocket if the U.S. financial situation tanks.

It’s maddening that gullible voters can be snowed by Republicans who scream, “No tax increases…!” without listening to the whole sentence, which is, “No tax increases for the WEALTHY and BIG CORPORATIONS!”

Meanwhile, Obama, the Great Compromiser, is prepared to throw 60-somethings under the bus AGAIN to appease those greedy SOBs. He’s offered to raise eligibility for Medicare to 67. Why not? Obama tossed near-retirees like bloody chum to insurance industry sharks, lettng them be ripped to shreds on premiums until 2014, before any meaningful healthcare reform kicks in.

The further into poverty with no safety net Cantor and other avaricious Republicans can shove the poor and middle class in any way, while claiming to be saviors, the bolder they become.

When are voters going to wake up and stop the madness?


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