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Well, the GOP is still spinning its wheels three days after its shellacking, and watching the seams come unraveled has been the highlight of it all (secondary only to our great President's resounding and decisive re-election).  I've been listening to their surprise, their confusion, their attempts to rationalize what has happened, their attempts to console their bruised hearts and egos, and their so-called plans for how to reinvent themselves in the face of this "new" America that they are convinced is too lazy and ignorant to understand the ramifications of what it has done.  They ask the questions; "how can we Republicans talk to those who don't look/think like us"; "how do we convey our message to people who just want free stuff?"; "what do you say to people who just don't understand how the economy works?".  Well GOP, if your questions continue to be framed in that way, the answer is, you can't and you will never be able to. Your party is doomed because "traditional" America is dead, and "new" America is alive.

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Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:48 AM PDT

Romney Win = 7th Amendment Loss?

by D W Mason

Without a doubt, the hot-button issues for this election are the economy and jobs followed strongly by the healthcare/medicare/medicaid/social security debate and maybe taxes.  For some, social policy and entitlements weigh heavily on their election decisions.  For others, foreign policy, war-mongering, military strength and national security will carry the day.  A less touted, but strongly republican sentiment rallies behind states rights (which to those of us in the deep South still gives us nightmares) and many might possibly fight their grandmas if the government starts talking about taking away their guns.  But for all these issues, one remains in complete and total danger with a Romney election. And the discourse on it is deafeningly silent.  It isn't the kind of dinner table issue that keeps middle class Americans up at night, but it is hugely important.  After all, it's a constitutional right.  You have it now, but 4 years from now, you either might not have it, or you will be effectively foreclosed from seeking redress within it.  What is this issue you may ask? Keep on reading...

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Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM PDT

I'm Angry I Can't Get Angry

by D W Mason

Not to beat a dead debate-horse to death, but in relation to Obama's debate performance that many have perceived as passive (and that is probably the kindest way to put it), I have seen many references to the "angry black man" syndrome. Too many.  Waaaaay too many.  I was talking to a colleague of mine today, who is a black male, and in our discussion of the debate, he brought up the fact that Obama has to be careful to not appear angry.  Because you know, black people can't get angry.  It scares white people.  It feeds into the very basest notions they have of us.  Anger trods down the path to violence, and you know what happens when black people get violent, right????

Well listen, I am a black woman. And I am angry that I can't get angry. I am angry that when something happens that deserves my outrage, I must repress it for fear of being misunderstood, for fear of being unfairly judged, for fear of scaring white people, for fear of being discarded as just another "angry" black woman.  I bet it makes our President angry too that he even has to think twice before reacting in a way that could be characterized as such, especially when his reputation, record, and integrity are being attacked. I bet it makes him livid when he hears media sources reference his wife in that way.  Which leads me to this question - why is anger the one base human emotion common to us all that only black people are not allowed to have?

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Hi everyone. First, let me say that this is my first diary.  I love to come on this site and read diaries and comments, but I must admit, I was a bit afraid to step out there and actually post something. I was afraid of people not caring or being interested in what I had to say, or being ridiculed because I'm not as well versed in the issues, or that I'm simply repeating someone else's views posted in a diary I missed. But after last night's debates, I feel the need to say something and I really want to say it here.  If no one or a few hundred people read this post, I am now strong enough to say it doesn't matter to me either way, because ultimately, posting this will somehow make me feel better and that is what I need right now.  Second, since this is my 1st time, I'd like to introduce myself to those of you who do choose to read this, as I hope this will be the first of many diaries I post, and I want to become a part of this very special family that I have watched from behind the curtain for so long.  

I am a black female from the south who is a very proud mother, wife, and democrat.  I am also a trial lawyer. I spend every day fighting for people who have been injured by products made by corporations who spend their days trying to figure out how to make as much money as they can selling products that can seriously harm or even kill the consumers who use them.  I am used to being berated for my choice of career, until someone actually needs me, then they want me to move heaven and earth to give them justice.  I follow politics not just because I'm interested in it - I follow it because in a lot of ways, it sets the framework for what I do, and the mechanisms by which I can try to achieve that justice.  It is exhausting work but I do it because I believe in giving average people a voice against a raging and very noisy machine.  

I am used to speaking to juries and trying to find ways that I can deliver a set of facts in a way that convinces them that I am on the right side, so I can sympathize with what political candidates have to go through in debates. It is about much more than just what you say.  Everything is being judged - your looks, your demeanor, your body language, your tone, your inflection, your sincerity, your passion (or lack thereof) etc. etc. etc.  That is why it is so hard to declare a "winner" in these things, because some people are going to hold more value to one or more of these things than others. That's how we all watched the same debate but came away feeling very differently about it. And I realized that after arguing with my husband last night about whether or not Obama "won" or "lost" the debate, and after reading many of the diaries that have been posted on here so far. Last night, I actually said Obama lost the debate, but now I've done a 180 and here's why:  WIN THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS, NEVER THROUGH ARGUMENT

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