President Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech last night and as always it was amazing to see the GOP sitting like string-less puppets whenever he mentioned anything that benefits middle and worker class Americans. For example, when he proposed closing loopholes for billionaires to help with tax breaks for workers, the GOP was silent. Making community college free for all, the GOP was silent. When he discussed raising the minimum wage, the GOP was silent. When he promoting climate change remedies, the GOP was silent. Explaining the growth in Obamacare to 10 million people, the GOP was silent. When Obama said basically the hell with the Keystone pipeline and promoted real infrastructure spending, the GOP was silent.
If you noticed, there is kind of a pattern here set by the GOP. They don't support anything for the 99% and refuse to support anything that actually benefits the country and promotes growth. The party of selfishness and greed, mixed with a large number of David Duke supporters, will do nothing for America. Their solutions given to them by the fascists ALEC, The Chamber of Commerce, Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, and Sheldon Adelsons will never benefit working people. For the next two years the country will be in a stalemate of the status quo. Hopefully when intelligent people vote we can remove some of the garbage from the Senate and House and leave fools like Joni Ernst to sit in the corner with their thumbs in their ears.
Today America honors Dr. Martin Luther King. After watching Rachel Maddow give an informative and accurate monologue on the racists, including Ronald Reagan who signed the law, who opposed establishing his birthday as a holiday, I cannot overlook the other holidays that this country celebrates. While King was vilified as a communist sympathizer for his anti-Veitnam War stance no one deals with what other holidays honor in America. For example, President's Day honors George Washington, a slave owner, Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner and child molester, and Abraham Lincoln who married a woman whose family traded slaves. None of that applies to King. Or consider Columbus Day in honor of Christopher Columbus a notorious murderer, rapist, and thief. None of that applies to King.
So one must ask what other holidays does America celebrate which actually honors something of moral high-ground? Well, there is Veterans' Day and Memorial Day, okay. How about the Fourth of July? We won our war with Britain and established a free country but a free country which had begun the genocide of the real inhabitants, American Indians, of America and had been engaged in slavery since 1619. Then of course we must include the religious holidays of Easter and Christmas in which we celebrate a religion based on myth and legend. And finally there is Thanksgiving, a day we celebrate according to American "history" as a day when the new settlers sat down with Indians and had a meal and gave thanks for their coming prosperity or whatever. No one ever talks about the genocide of those same Indians that followed.
I guess in the end the only holiday I can really respect is MLK because it honors reality and not lies.
In today's NY Times opinion page, Jonathan Martin tried to explain the dilemma that Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee face in trying to pacify the conservative and ideological wings of the GOP. He claims that Huckabee is trying to dictate how people should live their lives and be "good" based on some doctrine of morality as dictated by his fraudulent religion, etc. While exploring how Jeb Bush, the man who was instrumental in orchestrating the fraudulent election of his idiot brother to the presidency, is somehow a viable alternative for younger GOP pols to move the party forward.
He claims that they are in a battle to garner support from the "small government" wingnuts and compassionate conservatives. What a joke! Neither of these candidates are representative of what America needs or wants and the wingnuts and compassionate conservatives are nothing more than self-serving buffoons who posit a bogus economic theory of less taxes, less government, and less regulation means prosperity for all. Really, look at Kansas which is governing by one of the most ignorant men in America's history, Sam Brownback.
What Bush and Huckabee represent is a party which is caters to racists, white supremacists, and greedy corporate interests, They represent a party that has hoodwinked Americans for decades and its survival has relied on the stupidity of the middle-class, blue-collar, and rural voters to win elections while catering exclusively to special interests. This was publicly evident when Sheldon Adelson showed up for the swearing in of the new Congress. I guess he had to let the new GOP majority know who they worked for. There is no ideological struggle in the GOP. The struggle is between which fraudulent candidate can garner enough money and support from the largest number of greedy corporations, racists, and "dumber than dogshit" voters to win the nomination. The idea that these buffoons represent some high-minded conservative values, etc is laughable.
Well folks the GOP is finally coming out of the closet. No not as a group of homosexuals which would admirable but as racists. Yes, they have been exposed as having a meeting-going, white supremacist representative in the House known as Scalise from Louisiana. But you say that is just one, no don't forget about the racist Tea Party faction, numbering about 50% of the GOP members and 20 or so Senators, who are the 21st century version of the KKK. They have been in the House and Senate since 2010 but were well hidden years before that until Scalise was exposed.
And let us not forget about the Jesse Helms, Trent Lott, Strum Thurmond, and many others over the past decades who have used a myriad of tactics and fear to maintain apartheid in America. Whose very existence in Congress and state legislatures have undermined the principles espoused in the Constitution to deny the rights and opportunities of minorities in America. Through the elections of racist presidents (Nixon and Reagan for example) they have had their feet on the backs of hapless Americans who believed they were equal under the law and that opportunity existed for all.
Now they have come out of the closet with one member openly supporting the "Klansman" Scalise and the rest of the cowardly GOP, hiding in the corner and giving tacit support to a being unworthy of representing anything that America is supposed to value but unfortunately falls amazingly short.
Comments to think about.