Mad Hatters

 Posted by at 10:54  Republicans
Feb 262014
 

We are slowly and painfully working our way toward the Texas primary elections on March 4. Meanwhile, we are being inundated with television ads by all the Republican candidates trying to out-Tea-Party each other. We’re not seeing many ads from Democrats, as most of them are running unopposed. There is one Congressional district, currently held by a Democrat, where there are three candidates. One of those (reminder: a Democrat) is running on the platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act and impeaching President Obama. This is Texas, after all.

Dallas Morning News columnist Jacqueilynn Floyd published a column in yesterday’s paper entitled Tea party brings out a lot of Mad Hatters. (That was the headline on the column in the paper. It did not survive, it seems, to the online edition.) In it she published the script followed by all Republican/Tea Party candidates…

Candidates for all kinds of office follow variations on this script:

I will stand tall against Washington, “Obama,” liberals and every combination thereof. No matter how much chaos it causes, I will never cooperate or work with them in any capacity. If they get on the same elevator as I’m riding, I will not push their floor button.

My all-time favorite constitutional amendment is the second. I love it more than all the other amendments put together. I support a constitutional amendment that would replace the First Amendment with the Second Amendment so that the Second Amendment would come first.

My opponent says he is a lifelong Republican — if this is true, why did he appear in a 1971 grade-school history pageant as Grover Cleveland? Why has he offered no explanation for this troubling contradiction?

If elected, I will seal off all 1,900 miles of the Texas-Mexico border with a wall made of red-hot cast iron and topped with live flames and protected by a 50,000-member armed security force. This will be funded by my plan to raise new Homeland Security funds by eliminating entitlement benefits to anyone whose cellphone ring tone plays the opening bars of “La Cucaracha” or who owns one of those oversized souvenir sombreros with “Hecho en Mexico” embroidered on the brim.

I will stand very, very tall to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The only legal exceptions will be the case of a union between one person and one firearm or between me and Ted Cruz — I’m just crazy about that man.

I believe life begins not just at the nanosecond of conception, but when your great-great-great grandfather was conceived. I would support the concept of all human life beginning at the conception of the first single-celled organism to crawl forth from the primordial ooze — if I believed in evolution, which I don’t.

If you subscribe to the paper (does anyone anymore beside us?), you may have missed the article. It was in the bottom right hand corner of the Metro section. Anyway, I’d like you to read it… either online or in print. She pretty much hits the old nail right on the old head.

Edited on 03/02/14 to add this very relevant illustration:

Weekly Address 02-22-14

 Posted by at 10:28  Politics
Feb 222014
 

“Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama says this is a year of action, and he will do everything he can to restore opportunity for all. The President already lifted the wages for federal contract workers, and he calls on the American people to tell Congress to finish the job by boosting the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 and give America a raise.

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Weekly Address 02-15-14

 Posted by at 10:55  Politics
Feb 152014
 

“Calling on Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage”

From the White House weblog:

This week, President Obama took action to lift more workers’ wages by requiring that federal contractors pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour. In this week’s address, he highlights that executive action and calls on Congress to pass a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers.

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Feb 132014
 

To be expected:

Democrat Davis says she supports gay marriage

SAN ANTONIO — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports gay marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman.

The state senator from Fort Worth told the San Antonio Express-News editorial board on Thursday that two people who want to get married should be allowed to do so regardless of their sexual orientation.

A federal judge in San Antonio heard arguments Wednesday that the voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

You could just as easily write the headline for the story to read “Democrat Wendy Davis supports the United States Constitution.”

A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that the gay marriage ban in that state is unconstitutional.

Federal Judge Rules Va. Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled late Thursday evening Virginia’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision makes Virginia the second state in the South to have a ban on gay marriages overturned. It comes the day after a similar ruling in Kentucky and following similar rulings in federal courts in Utah and Oklahoma…

Thursday, Wright ruled the ban violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

Finally, judges are beginning to confirm what I have been saying all along… laws denying gays and lesbians equal rights to marriage violate the due process and equal protection guaranteed in the 14th Amendment. Took ’em long enough.

Feb 112014
 

Dale Hansen has been the sports reporter on our local ABC affiliate, WFAA, for as long as I can remember. He goes ‘unplugged’ every once in while. He did that last night while discussing Michael Sam, the star collegiate football player and prospective NFL draftee who recently announced to the world that he is gay…

Remember, this is in Texas. Brave words, Mr. Hansen. You have earned my respect.

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UPDATE: Ellen invited Dale Hansen to her show yesterday, February 14. Here’s what happened…

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Weekly Address 02-08-14

 Posted by at 11:12  Politics
Feb 082014
 

“Expanding Opportunity for the American People”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama says he will do everything he can to make a difference for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class, so that we can expand opportunity for all and build an economy that works for the American people.

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