Tuesday, October 15, 2013

For Shame

A Tea Bagger practicing sedition in front of the White House


Hey folks, I've held my powder for long enough on this one.  I know that quite a few of my followers, friends, family and neighbors are of the conservative Republican bent.  Even of the far "wing nut" bent.  Of course I am not of that bent, never was.  For many years, I was also a conservative Republican.  In fact, the first time I voted for president I voted for Barry Goldwater (1964).  But my conservative Republican "bent" changed when I watched Pat Buchanan give his "culture war" speech at the 1992 Republican Convention in Houston Texas.  A chill ran down my spine when I saw all the "good Republicans" in the audience cheer on Buchanan's hate filled divisive speech against anybody who was different than straight, white folks. Seeing those well dressed and WHITE Republican convention goers reminded me of the "good Germans" who cheered Hitler on even as he and his evil henchmen were planning the Final Solution against Jews.  As Edmund Burke said "The Only Thing for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Men to Do Nothing."


"Good Germans" cheering Hitler

I find the irony that so many of the tea baggers party folk who are SO RELIGIOUS, are capable of such hate.  Their public displays of hate boggle my mind.  Where are the Christian values?

I've exercised great restraint to avoid generating a contentious conversation in this blog about the evil that is being perpetuated right now in our nation's capital by this version of the Republican party, the very same people who purport to respect the Constitution but who are now trying to circumvent the Constitution to bring down this president because they hate him so much.  The very same Republican Party who purport to care so much about the average American but whose real master is their own political skin that they are willing to take this country down because they are not getting their way.  Never mind that the majority of this country rejected the Republican Party candidate, the odious Mitt Romney, who ran on a platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Never mind that the Supreme Court of this nation reaffirmed the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act.  No folks, this version of the Republican Party would rather bring this whole country down just to get their minority way. 

Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan at the 1992 Republican convention in Houston Texas

But what was really offensive was a photo I saw the other day of a Tea Bagger protestor standing in front of the White House with a Confederate flag.  Uh.....excuse me.  We fought that war and you  lost folks.  YOU LOST.  And just how offensive was that photo?  And even more offensive, none, not even ONE Republican leader would take a leadership role and denounce such an obscene display right in front of the White House?




People who support this kind of display of disrespect to the occupant of the White House are repugnant, ignorant, imbecilic individuals and they bring shame upon the nation.

Hey folks, we can have our political differences but when it comes to displaying the Confederate flag in front of the White House, can't you Republicans and sympathizers agree that this is going too far?  Really? Do you all really hate Obama that much?  Really?  




20 comments:

  1. yep, they are the traitors, not the true patriotic americans they claim to be. h8 is their game.

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    1. Well said Anne Marie, they are traitors.

      Ron

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  2. I am kind of lost about politics and how Americans always vote against their best interest. I know we live under a corporate dictatorship and that a lot of people are not very well educated, not well traveled and probably don't want to know what really is going on and feel more secure listening to propaganda. It is such a shame as we are losing what our parents and grandparents fought really hard for. The least we could do is to keep what we have but unfortunately, we are losing more and more everyday. It is very frustrating to live in a such a selfish world.

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    1. Nadege,

      Your explanation of what is going on right now is very articulate. You are correct in that we do live under a corporate dictatorship and a lot of people are not well education (low information voters). The extreme right wing of the Republican party knows this and that's why they have no qualms about their blatant lies. And what really gets me is that these people are protesting and voting against their own interests. You're right that we are living in a very selfish world. I would never have expected this to be the state of affairs at this time of our lives. I have to think the root of all this hate is the fact that there is a black man in the White House. I try to figure out "why?" and I keep coming back to that reason. Very sad.

      Ron

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  3. Ron, you've served your country well, served democracy well and still do. But there is a species of brain in the world that, like the iris of the eye, constricts in the presence of light. It doesn't think so much as convulse in a series of irritable mental gestures. So long as somebody in a suit tells them to wear teabags or wave stars and bars, they will swing like dingle-berries on that animal's hindquarters and believe they're alive. I guess it's the motion. Anyway, they want to feel they're on the side that's winning. I can think of no other reason to embrace theo-neo-conservatism. I remember a GOP that believed in government by discussion but it was upstaged and taken over by strange enthusiasms. It's just a cruel sport now. Republicans and Democrats alike must shun these extremists.

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    1. Geo.,
      They may think they're winning but they will lose because they're losers. And that I think is part of their problem, they've been losers all their lives and that is why they are so easily manipulated by the cynical extreme right wing Republicans into protesting and voting against their own interests. I would like to know that that trailer park trash (and my apologies to trailer park folks) who waved his Confederate flag in front of the White House does for a living. I bet he does nothing and I KNOW he has never served his country in any capacity.

      Ron

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  4. Anonymous8:58 PM

    Ron, when I see everything going on, I think that this goes beyond Republican or Democrat. It seems to me like there are entities at work trying to destroy this country from within, by inciting us against each other. My feeling is that that extremists on both ends of the spectrum are being used as pawns in a much bigger game. (I try not to go all "conspiracy theory", but sometimes I can't help it. I misplaced my tinfoil hat today.)

    SR

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    1. SR,

      This one is all Republican, none of this "both sides do it." This is the Republicans trying to bring the country down if they can't destroy Obama. They will pay the price.

      Ron

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  5. I have no words other than I AGREE 100% with you, Ron.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      I truly don't know what is happening in this country. I knew there was a certain faction that couldn't stand a black man being in the White House but I didn't realize how bad it was and how deep the hatred. The willingness to take the country down with them unless they destroy Obama which is what they're trying to do by destroying his Affordable Care Act, his signature achievement.

      Ron

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  6. Ron,

    I now live in the south and it astounded me when I first moved here as to the narrow mindedness of the "true southerners" who have not been anywhere in their whole lives both physically and mentally. I live in a pretty diverse area of Virginia due to the amount of military bases that have people from all over the country living here. The politics of the cities around me is still working on the good old boy way of doing business and I view the mayors and city councils with an open mouth in wonderment. How can supposedly educated people live and work the same way their parents and grand parents lived and worked. The answer? They learn from those that bred them. Most true southerners are still fighting the war that ended over 140 years ago. The tea party whackos in congress feed on the uninformed and the religious extreme right wingers and there is no one more uninformed than those who do not see past their own beliefs and do not tolerate those with differing opinions or beliefs (just listen to Pat Robertson) I have seen more confederate flags since living in the south than I probably saw in a lifetime of living up north. I like you was a staunch republican until George W. was voted into office (I am sorry to say I voted for him the first time but not the second time. Sometimes I might be dumb but not stupid. I fear for this country and for those we leave behind to clean up the mess. It will be cleaned up because I have faith that even some of those narrow minded republiclowns that voted the tea party in will realize the error of their ways and vote them out. Maybe not this time around and It might be wishful thinking on my part but it is all I have to hang on to.

    Sorry this is a long comment, you got me started and I could not stop.

    Jack

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    1. Jack,

      I'm not surprised at all. Bill and I travel South every year to visit his hometown of Toccoa Georgia. We often see the Confederate flag still flown, just like they don't realize they lost. Hell, they even call it "The war or Northern aggression". I feel sorry for those die hard southerners because, otherwise they are very hospitable but when it comes to gays or blacks, they back in the 1800's with their unbridled hate. Maybe things will start to change with new generations as they realize that blacks and gays aren't the end of the world.

      The religious right wingers preach fear of anyone who is different from them, which is white, straight and conservative. All others need not apply. Ironic since that isn't what Christianity is about. What do they learn in churches after all? Hate?

      I too was a staunch conservative until George Bush was elected or stole the presidency. He wasn't actually voted in office, he was put there by the Supreme Court. Thank God, I don't think in my lifetime we will ever see anyone as awful as Bush elected to office again but then, you can't put anything past this current crop of Republicans who seem to have no compunction about lying and stealing. I remember there was a time when there was honor, even among most politicians. But this current version of the Republican party? They're not Republicans, they're anarchists.

      Ron

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  7. TRUE Tea Baggers are not extremists nor do they endorse hate. I'm sure the guy in the photo is merely one of the MANY loons who will do anything to get media attention.

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    1. Jon,
      Here we disagree. The "TRUE Tea Baggers" are seeking to circumvent the democratic process as stated in our Constitution by holding the government hostage (closing down the government and now the debt ceiling crises) just to get their way. The MAJORITY (which in democracies the majority rules) voted for the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act was verified by the Supreme Court of the United States. The tea baggers cannot now circumvent this constitutional process (and the irony is the way they worship the Constitution) by holding the government hostage. Of course their ultimate goal is to destroy the Obama presidency and Obama himself because they do not consider him the legitimate president. Another irony is that if they had just waited until the AFC went into effect and the disastrous roll out of the AFC and the website unable to handle the traffic they would have proven their point that the government is incompetent to handle health care. But they are so blinded by their hatred of Obama and the democratic process that they let this golden opportunity slip through their fingers to prove what they are so vocal about. The Tea Baggers are nothing but a bunch of bullies who care nothing for the democratic process but only want things their way and when they can't get it, like all true bullies they cry just as they are doing now because they want to desperately to "save face" and get out of this mess they got themselves in. The Tea Baggers will lose just as the Confederates lost the Civil War because they are on the wrong side and their cause isn't just. Will they do damage in the process? Did this country lose over 600,000 lives during the Civil War? There are those who build and there are those who destroy. The Tea Baggers are disruptive and loud but they build nothing, they only destroy and that's why they are losers including that trailer trash holding the Confederate flag in front of the White House. I'm still waiting for ANY of the other Tea Baggers to denounce him and all I hear are crickets.

      Ron

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  8. Interesting that you were a supporter of Barry Goldwater. Being of the generation that I am, I remember his short-lived 'celebrity' status clearly too He appeared like a shooting star, though a very dubious one, and thankfully, only briefly. Around that time I was also a strong Conservative Party supporter and, if there'd been a referendum I'd have even voted against our 1967 de-criminalisation of homosexuality for men over 21 (and only in certain restricted circumstances). But then I was terrified of anyone thinking I was what I knew I was at heart, so put on this rigidly anti-gay exterior. Looking back from decades later I can see that I fooled no one, least of all myself. But you, Ron, seemed to have seen the light quicker than I did, even though I myself was actually 21 at that particular moment. And today, we still see all over, right-wing politicos caught with their trousers round their ankles - and even then, often not blaming themselves so much as homosexuality itself, for 'making' them fall into this 'weakness'. Fifty years on and things haven't changed a bit. I wonder to what extent the numbers of the Tea Baggers would be reduced if all their gays (assuming there is a significant number), even if closeted, were suddenly to withdraw their support..

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    1. Ray,

      I'm not sure how wise I was when I was 21 years old when I voted for Barry Goldwater. However, I also voted for Ronald Reagan even though I didn't always agree with his views, one knew where he stood. When I heard Barry Goldwater, many years later, advise President Clinton to overrule the generals who opposed gays in the military and if any general didn't like what the president ordered, they could resigned. Unfortunately, Clinton folded thus I lost all respect for Clinton since he threw "the gays" under the bus. Having said all of this, there is no way I could ever support today's Republicans because they do not have the best interests of this country but instead their own personal interest and their corporate masters. Also unfortunately there are a lot of stupid or otherwise known as "low information voter" who will buy into the Republican lies. And of course there is the hatred of Obama simply because he is black. One cannot reason with these people.
      Ron

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    2. Had no idea about that Goldwater & 'gays in military' story, but I thought he was a bit of a maverick anyway. Still, it's worth knowing.
      I always remember Clinton signing that order (or whatever they call it) meaning that States didn't have to recognise a married gay couple (in that case it was in Hawaii, I recall) if that other State didn't wish to. My heart sunk at that one. He clearly thought then that not losing votes was more important than justice, though I think he's since said that he regretted he did it.

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    3. Ray,
      I don't have much respect for Clinton. He's the ultimate politician. He will thrown anyone or any group under the bus for his own personal gain. In fact, I have no respect for Clinton. None.
      Ron

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  9. Ron

    I agree with democracy. To try and disrupt government when one side doesn't get their way is not fair process. It's undermining those who support a system. If you don't like something protest peacefully and try to get your side voted in. But to riot or cause harm is against the very grain of freedom.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      The tea baggers make a lot of noise about "the Constitution" for don't practice what they holler. Our democratic system worked in passing the Affordable Health Care law and the electorate rejected Romney who ran against the AFC and the Supreme Court solidified the constitutionality of the AFC. And yet the tea baggers had no qualms about circumventing the democratic process by taking the government hostage (by shutting it down). What's really sad is that so much of the American public are in the tea bag bubble of disinformation.

      Ron

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