This is going to be pretty short and sweet. I have been in the hospital with what doctors refer to as a "violent" stomach virus. I got out yesterday. While I was there, what I watched was a thing of beauty. More about that below.
I'm just going to come right out and say it. It's 20 months until the 2016 election and I already have Clinton fatigue to the point where I have to turn away from the TV when Bill or Hillary is on.
I don't believe that anyone can attack my loyalty to the Democratic Party as I have been involved in an ongoing manner since 1968. Maybe it's just me, but when it comes to Hillary I simply have no enthusiasm. My God, we have been following the Clinton's around for at least 23 years; and as often as not, it seems that the news involves a controversy.
I need to vent because I am really pissed. Some of these views may have already been shared here in other diaries. I strongly believe that Democrats lost yesterday because they have no spine!
Way back since Nixon and Reagan; on through Fox and right wing hate radio, Democrats have allowed to opposition to define them. Democrats apologize for their position on issues. Hell, they won't even call themselves liberals - we have to be called progressives - a name I hate! Can you imagine a conservative ashamed to call them self a conservative? Their yard signs try to out do each other in who is the most conservative. I can't remember the last time I saw a yard sign with someone saying they were a liberal. It was probably before Reagan. Democrats lost yesterday because many of their candidates ran away from the core values of the party. Hundreds of thousands of people did not vote because they had no one to vote for who stood for something. There was no one that represented these voters.
In 2010 the Supreme Court declared that corporations are people.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court declared that businesses can deny certain benefits for women based on the businesses religious beliefs. Consequently, if corporations are people; then people can deny certain things based on religious beliefs.
According to a report released today by Save The Children, there are 68 other countries where newborns are healthier than in the U.S.
I am one of those faceless, nameless statistics that you hear thrown about when it comes to people without health insurance. More below the fold.
The voter suppression efforts under way in Florida and Ohio are ridiculous. Governor Scott in Florida and Ohio Secretary of State Husted should be arrested. Millions have given their lives protecting the right to vote. No one should be able to just take it away from them.
I believe Presidential year elections and mid term elections should be nationalized. Every state has the same early voting hours and the same regular hours on election day. That way, no matter which party is in control of the state apparatus, no one will be able to play politics with it.
As an Obama supporter, I am terrified that in an election this close, the suppression could make a significant difference. I guess our best weapon is to knock on every door we can, make every phone call we can, and get virtually everyone we know personally to vote.
Today there is a story at the Huffington Post entitled "Paul Ryan Mocks 'War on Women' at Private Fundraiser." In that story Ryan says "Now it's a war on women; tomorrow it could be a war on left handed Irishmen or something like that."
Bill Clinton has been a champ going out and campaigning for President Obama. He has spoken for him, raised money for him and tried to rally the base. However, twice in the past two weeks, Clinton has gone off-track from the President's positions. One was praising Romney for his work at Bain, and the other was regarding the tax increase on the wealthy. I don't think this was by accident. I have absolutely nothing to base this on, but it seems like deep down he still harbors a great deal of resentment toward the President, since 2008.
Tuesday night I was filled with despair as I watched the election results come in from Wisconsin. I was also filled with anger and hopelessness. Anger at the national Democratic Party for not doing more, and anger at President Obama for not doing more. I know the reasons they kept an arms length distance. They didn't think we could win and they did not want to be embarrassed; but sometimes you have to put yourself out there with the base on the ground. I was filled with hopelessness due to the fact that with Citizens United; the wealthy can now buy any election seat they want. I don't think there is anything more we could have done in Wisconsin. Everything that could be done was done, and we still lost.
With apologies to those who don't watch Mad Men; Pete Campbell is a character in the series.
Are Scotty Walker and Pete Campbell one and the same? Let's investigate shall we.
Right now Chris Hayes is receiving a river of shit because in a very heartfelt message, he said that he had trouble thinking of all fallen members of the military as heroes. I have no such trouble - to put it bluntly, dating back to Viet Nam, I have known many who have fallen in wars, and they were anything but heroes. Some that I can think of, came home on leave from Viet Nam bragging about how many innocent women and children they killed. They carried body parts of those they killed as kind of a trophy, made into tobacco pouches, etc. When they returned to Viet Nam, some of these people were killed. They were not heroes.
Certainly the U.S. Calvary that killed American Indians and stole their land, were not heroes; as well as members of other units that stole half of Mexico from the Mexicans. We can say they were brave and courageous; most were heroes; but not all.
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