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Sun Feb 08, 2015 at 08:55 PM PST

Politics is a Dirty Business

by skepticalbrotha

Politics is a dirty business, but a necessary one.  We all have needs that only government can supply.  That reality dictates that we pragmatically deal with unsavory political actors to do what’s best for all of the people. It sometimes means that we do things that we ordinarily wouldn’t do in order to place our concerns on the table. It means that we stop daydreaming and grow up, suck it up, and do whatever is necessary to preserve that which we hold dear.

The time has come in the Deep South for Democrats, African Americans in particular, to abandon the Democratic Party on the state and local level as a vehicle for the aspirations of our people. We understand this intuitively, but cannot bring ourselves to utter the words or go through with changing affiliations. It’s time, been time, as we say in the vernacular.  

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This week saw a convergence of Republican mendacity and incompetence in the failure of the Farm Bill to pass the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, a new and sinister threat has been revealed: Congressman Steve Southerland R-FL.

Southerland apparently has a different Bible than the rest us. Reading from the book of Ayn Rand, Republican Jesus said, “Blessed are they that starve the poor in the name of personal responsibility for they shall be re-elected by an avalanche of corporate money.” According to Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Southerland offered an amendment so cartoonishly evil and draconian that it cannot be exaggerated.

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