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Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 02:40 PM PDT

Dear Gop: You actually won.

by Matt Jordan

Dear GOP,

You lost on the issue of what is now known as Obamacare when it was initially passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by the president.

You lost again when the law was upheld by the Supreme Court.

You lost again last year when your presidential candidate ran on the repeal of Obamacare and was soundly defeated.

You are still losing in the court of public opinion as a majority of Americans want Obamacare implemented. (http://www.nationalmemo.com/...)

The irony in all of this losing is that you could have declared victory long ago. The essentials of Obamacare are, after all, your ideas. You won. We did it your way. Congratulations.

Now stop acting like two-year-olds, stop throwing repeal tantrums, and please get on with the business of governing. Thank you.

Your fellow citizen,

Matt Jordan

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I'm no Mark Fiore, mind you, but here's a spoof of Mitt Romney's constant quote mining.  I had high aspirations for the animation, but time is short.  Ah, well.  I hope it makes sense.  I'm too sleepy to type a proper intro.  :)

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I don't generally tell people to shut up because doing so is rude.  And I honestly don't think I've ever told anyone to STFU because, well, it's even ruder.  But, seriously, Republicans need to STFU about health care now.

In a sane world, Republicans would be crowing about the passage of PPACA and it's mandate provision.  After all, the mandate was their idea, their alternative to Clinton's approach back in the 90s.  And of course Romney - one of their guys and their presidential candidate - even got such a program going in Massachusetts and it seems to work fairly well.  Republicans talked up the individual mandate for right at two decades, if I have my math right.

Then, Obama and the Democrats essentially caved and agreed to do it the Republican way.  Hell, we didn't even get a public option.  In a sane world, this would be seen as a slam dunk Republican win.  If Republicans were serious about health care reform, they'd be crowing about this policy victory from every rooftop.  Their presidential candidate would never shut up about being father of real health care reform.  He'd be making the pitch every day at every stop that America would be better off with the party that came up with the idea and the man who got it running than a bunch of copycat Democrats with no leadership of their own.

But of course that isn't the world we live in.  The minute Democrats acceded to the Republican plan it was suddenly toxic, unconstitutional.  And now that the mandate is constitutional, Republicans want to repeal the whole kit and kaboodle.  "Repeal and replace," they keep saying.  Replace.  Yeah, right.

Well, I've got news for you, Republicans.  The mandate was your "replace."  If it were up to me, we'd take the death machine known as the American health insurance industry, rip it up by the roots, and cast it into the sun, never to be seen again.  If it were up to me, we'd have single payer.  And the furthest I personally wanted to go in compromise was to at least keep the lowly public option.  But, no, all of that got "replaced" with the mandate.  And now you want to repeal everything?  And replace it with ... what exactly?

Just how stupid do you think we are?  We've seen Lucy pull the football away from Charlie Brown too many times to trust you assholes any more.  So shut up.  Shut the fuck up.  You have nothing to contribute to this debate.  We've tried to meet you halfway, all the way, any possible way we could think of, up to and including adopting and implementing the plan you came up with.  And now you want to set the clock back and do it all over again?  While people continue to die?  Needlessly?

The answer is no.  I don't care what you have to say anymore about health care, the answer is no.  You've demonstrated beyond any remaining doubt that you're not serious about solving our health care problems.  I personally don't think Republicans are serious about solving any real problems, but now, at least as far as health care is concerned, there can be no doubt.  We did it your way and still you attack us.

So shut up.  Just shut the fuck up.

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(Cross-posted from my blog.)

In my opinion, there is no single entity more responsible for the dumbing down of America and the elevation of willful ignorance than the Republican Party. For decades now, the Republican Party has deliberately stoked fear and prejudice in order to put butts in the voting booth and no ruse has been deemed too ridiculous. (Death panels, anyone?)

For most of the modern era, however, the poor Republican patsies who have propped up the party have gotten next to nothing for their loyalty. They’ve been repeatedly baited to the voting booth by the hot-button issue du jour only to watch the nation continue to progress socially both without them and in spite of them. For instance, they’ve been unable to stop the spread of racial and gender equality; they’ve been unable to stem the tide of real religious freedom; they’ve stood by, helpless, as now even marriage equality rears its shining head in state after state. Time and again, they’ve been used by the cynical suits that run the Republican Party, only to see their ignorant, self-defeating dreams dashed against the rocks.

Until now.

The so-called Reagan Revolution is now a full generation old and the party faithful have grown weary of their masters’ broken promises, so they’ve taken matters into their own hands. Having been told for years that their myopic views are legitimate, they’ve begun running for office themselves. Now we see state legislatures enthralled to ignorance, Congress stained by it, and even the Republican presidential primary bent and twisted under its weight.

What’s worse, the steaming masses are beginning to exact their pound of flesh. The most obvious examples are the horrifying rollbacks of women’s rights bubbling up in various state legislatures this year. If ignorance, fear, and prejudice continue to hold sway, however, these changes could be but the first of many disastrous steps backward for the United States.

Let me make two things clear before I go any further. First, I welcome real debate about how to solve the challenges that face America and I fervently wish that the Republican Party would help provide that debate. Second, while I do believe that too many Republican voters are astonishingly ignorant, I do not believe most of them to be stupid. And so I make this plea to reasonable Republicans everywhere:

Speak up.

When you hear family members or your fellow party members saying ignorant things, speak up. You have more power to stop this train wreck of ignorance than I will ever hope to have, so, please, speak up. Real democracy cannot long survive a widely uninformed electorate and slippery slopes are often made of little more than silence, so say something.

Ignorance is running rampant among Republicans precisely because it has been cynically legitimized, even celebrated, by the upper eschelons of the party. You can start to undo that and help the rest of us put dangerous ignorance back in its cage. So say something. Do something.

Speak up.

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Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 11:58 PM PST

We are the wave!

by Matt Jordan

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I've got a thousand words of hope to share below.
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LA-LA-LAND, USA - President Bush launched a bold new attack on Democrats in the final days before Tuesday's election, blaming the Iraq debacle on an "awol" president Gore.

"The Democrat president didn't even bother to show up for work in 2001 and look what happened," Bush said to a cheering trio of paid supporters.  "President Gore was awol when America was attacked on 9-11.  Why should we trust any Democrat with our security now?"

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After listening to the last half of today's CT-Sen debate, I have an idea for a Lamont ad that plays off of his tendency to talk a bit too fast.
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Spurred by this diary on Abu Ghraib's hooded prisoner, I just watched this piece from the PBS program NOW on the US torture system comprised of Gitmo, Abu Ghraib and the rest.

And now I have this to say to our abysmal excuse of a president.

Mr. President, sir, you are very lucky that we're liberals.

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