Nov 112013
 

You got off easy over the weekend as there was no Sunday reading assignment. For those ambitious enough to go for a little extra credit, here’s a Monday reading assignment. If you’ve been paying attention, not much in this article should be new to you. However, go ahead and read it anyway. You never know when a little wisdom or new knowledge may come your way…

How Republicans Rig the Game

As the nation recovers from the Republican shutdown of government, the question Americans should be asking is not “Why did the GOP do that to us?” but “Why were they even relevant in the first place?” So dramatically have the demographic and electoral tides in this country turned against the Republican Party that, in a representative democracy worthy of the designation, the Grand Old Party should be watching from the sidelines and licking its wounds. Not only did Barack Obama win a second term in an electoral landslide in 2012, but he is also just the fourth president in a century to have won two elections with more than 50 percent of the popular vote. What’s more, the party controls 55 seats in the Senate, and Democratic candidates for the House received well over a million more votes than their Republican counterparts in the election last year. And yet, John Boehner still wields the gavel in the House and Republican resistance remains a defining force in the Senate, frustrating Obama’s ambitious agenda.

How is this possible? National Republicans have waged an unrelenting campaign to exploit every weakness and anachronism in our electoral system. Through a combination of hyperpartisan redistricting of the House, unprecedented obstructionism in the Senate and racist voter suppression in the states, today’s GOP has locked in political power that it could never have secured on a level playing field.

Click on the article’s title to continue reading.

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 Posted by at 09:00  Election 2010, Politics
Sep 282010
 

President Obama recently granted quite an extensive White House interview to Rolling Stone Magazine. It will be published in the October 15, 2010 issue of the magazine which will be available on newsstands on October 1. It is online now.

At the end of the interview, he had a serious word for Democrats and others who care about the immediate future of the United States of America…

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One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.

The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.

Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.

We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard — that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.

If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.

He’s serious about this, folks. We should be, too. If you’re planning on sitting on your thumbs and sulking come November 2, I really hope you rethink your plans. So does your president.
 

Oct 012008
 

There is an article in the new issue of Rolling Stone that is going to make the right wing Republicans absolutely livid. It is going to drive them crazy… even crazier than they now are. I am sure they have their big guns aimed at this article (and its author) already. If not, they sure as shootin’ soon will.

The article is entitled “Make-Believe Maverick” and it is today’s reading assignment. I’ll give you one paragraph…

This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

For the rest you’ll have to follow the link and read the article. Or, you could just click on this image of the magazine’s cover…

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Get there before they do because I’m telling you… they ain’t gonna like it!