I had this urge to jump on the "blame Obama" bus, but I think everyone who's written a diary criticizing the President's handling of this manufactured crisis has spoken for me. But this whole process that was such a charade in the beginning has done something much more to my beliefs than anything before.
First and foremost I am a former Republican. I'm not ashamed to admit it. The invasion of Iraq by this country turned me into a liberal and the rise of the tea party turned me into a socialist. I'm proud of my turn to socialism (I'm a Bernie Sanders socialist) if you want to call me an extremist, be my guest, because no matter how many well written diaries about the virtues of pragmatism are published on this website, you will never change my mind. But I'm not going to go further into how I changed from Moderate Conservative to Independent Socialist.
Before I get to the point of this I would like to tell you a little bit about my mother. She grew up on Chicago's South East Side, just a few blocks away from the steel mills. Her mother had 10 children, with 5 different men. And I got to tell you, my mother's life was as rough as anyone could imagine. She would tell me the stories about how she would visit my Grandfather in the taverns while he was getting drunk. In fact, I live across the street from the old tavern he used to frequent after working long hours in the mills. My mother's home life was anything but conventional. Because my Grandmother had children from different men, my mother's brothers and sisters were scattered throughout the neighborhood. Her brother, a man who I will call "Miguel" was raised in Mexico for the first 15 years of his life. Her older sister, a woman who I will call "Rosa" was raised by my Great-Grandmother, who lived just 5 minutes away.
Let's take a break from the Obama/Cenk wars to point out something that is quite obvious.
Our congress is being led by amateurs.
One side is clearly afraid of standing up to a political party that has gone so far to the right, that today's Conservative makes Archie Bunker look like George McGovern.
And that other side, well, when your political party is littered with theocrats, randians, racists, and war-mongers, you deserve to be called wackos. The "Let's get our civil" folks might think it's not cool to call them such, but when you were willing to shut down the Government because of Planned Parenthood, people should reserve the right to call you insane.
Before I go any further, I would like to share something an aquaintance of my wrote on his Facebook page during the "Jon Stewart let's get our Civil on" rage:
Hey fellow liberals - Remember how obnoxious it's been for the last two years listening to the other side blather about us being dangerous lunatics bent on destroying America? Can we maybe be the bigger people and not immediately start doing the exact same thing?
With all due respect to the gentleman, and to others who might share this same sentiment, you're all very naive.
It's been quite awhile since I've posted on here, but since the House of Representatives has fell into the hands of the Tea Party, I feel the need to vent my frustrations.
Here's a couple of things that I think need to be said.
I sympathize with many Gay Americans who feel disappointed at the direction Barack Obama is taking on the issues of Gay rights. To me, it strikes me as classic Clinton Centrism which is basically a poison that's killing the Democratic party, but that's the issue I'm going to address.
However, while it was also to see the city of Houston elect it's first openly gay mayor, it doesn't quite compared with the breaking news coming out of Mexico City.
My apologies if this has been diaried, but I couldn't resist.
I really wanted to know how are Dittoheads around this supposed great country are taking the news that their hero, Rush "I hope President Obama fails" Limbaugh, will not be a part of the group that has interest in purchasing the sad-sack St. Louis Rams franchise. Well, the website Deadspin.com did a little bit investigating and found this little poem that was written on Redstate.com
Now, I have the urge to deconstruct this poem, stanza by stanza, but, I rather let people enjoy it for all it's ridculousness.
Because, frankly if this isn't snark, then the individual that wrote this needs serious help.
I tend to believe that Conservatives, in this down time for their movement, will cling to the values of Freedom, Patriotism, families, and traditions, more so than ever before. The problem is, that those things that supposedly make up Conservative values, SHOULDN'T be confined to just Conservatives. There are many Liberals who adhere to those principles, but don't come across as simple-minded, irrational ninnies who don't have a clue of how the REAL world actually works.
So it didn't surprise me that the folks at the National Review would conjure up a ridiculous list of the Best Coservative Movies of the last 25 years. When I read the list, some made sense, the others absolutely didn't. Yet there's one constant that still remains: Conservatives tend to believe that Hollywood has and always will purposely produce films that will mock Conservative values. But it's Conservatives that suffer from historical impotence. Do they remember the time when you couldn't say the word pregnant on the television? Do they remember the time when it was prohibitied to see the wife and husband sleep together in the same bed? Do they remember the time when you couldn't say the word "higher" on TV? No, of course not.
To mark the end of the Bush Presidency, I thought about writing a series of essays about what this man's administration meant to the nation and what he'll leave behind but as I constructed the ideas in my head, I paused and reflected about what it really meant for me to live through 8 years of George Bush's America. First off, let me say that I don't really care for the man himself. In my eyes, George W. Bush is something akin to expired Dog food. To quote the late Norman Mailer, Bush is a spirtual terrorist. A man devoted to superficial observations about America and its so-called place in the world. I'm so elated to wash my hands of George W. Bush and his ilk that I wish he would leave right now. Tonight. In the middle of the night. He and Dick Cheney. Just go, right now, we can't wait.
When one mentions the name Colin Powell, almost immediately we revert back to that moment when he presented a fradulent case for war with Iraq to the United Nations. Obviously that particular moment brings up such strong feelings amongst the members of this community. And to be honest I don't blame you at all. In fact, I'm still puzzled why such an honorable and individual who had more integrity than all of George W. Bush's entire cabinet could go up there and deliver such outlandish lies that eventually led to the deaths of over 4,000 American soldiers in Iraq.
It was apparent after the disgraceful spectacle at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that the Democratic party was finished. It would've taken a miracle for the Democratic nominee, then Vice President Hubert Humphrey to win the Presidency. With the country on the brink of anarchy, Richard Nixon and his team devloped a plan that reached out to the dark side of the American Conscience. The goal was to appeal to the left out American. You know, the one who didn't do all the shouting and protesting. The one who was dismayed at the way the Vietnam War was being conducted, but did not, DID NOT want America to lose the war.
Mike Ditka gives his endorsement to the McCain-Palin ticket.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. While Barack Obama is picking up major endorsements from Colin Powell, Reagan's chief of staff Ken Duberstein and the Chicago tribune, the Republican ticket counters all that good stuff with...
former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka.