In a diary comment yesterday, I stated that the MoveOn & PCCC ads were a good start toward trying to exert influence on the government. It got me to thinking "what else can we do?" Since one of the things that bugs me the most is when people complain without offering solutions, I spent some time coming up with a proposal.
Today I checked the mail on the way home from work, only to find something more precious than gold...a fundraising letter from Sharron Angle. Imagine my thrill of glee as I perused the envelope. I guess subscribing to the RedState daily sewage will continue to pay off in comedy gold. I thought the emails from Michal Steele and Mike Huckabee were the prizes, little did I know...
I have some observations & opinions that have been rattling around & thought I'd throw them out there. Some meta as well as just some observations about people's priorities around here, especially regarding the separation of powers and "holding elected officials' feet to the fire."
So, After their great success predicting that President Obama secretly wanted to kill the public option and wanted to push some hollow "HCRINO" (HCR in name only) to say he did something, the presidential mind readers got busy on Afghanistan. (some other time, I'll pose the question of why a man who won by treating people like they are intelligent would make a 180 degree change as soon as he got into office)
I know it's painful to watch when our President employs his strategy, but it works. It's not even that hard to figure out.
I know it's probably bad form to post a diary that's mostly links and quotes, but I want to get this out before I go to work, so apologies in advance.
Some days it's hard to live in Texas, even in Austin. I work for a technology company that is in the process of offshoring as fast as they can, both personnel and manufacturing plants. We've had continuous rounds of layoffs for the last 3 years. The CEO took the opportunity last year to host a McCain rally featuring Phil "degregulatin'" Gramm on company property. To top it off, yesterday and today I had to listen to the emboldened wingnuts yammering about "tea parties".
I was lucky enough to sign up for the "Red State Morning Briefing", which is sent out to email subscribers and "media outlets" (which is sweet, I'd hate for "media outlets" to miss out on all the stupid).
Here's a selection of the breaking news so far...
I've been reading a lot of the posts on this and other lib/progressive blogs where people debate whether we need to focus on loyalty to the man we elected or we need to hold his feet to the fire for any misstep. I started off pretty firmly in the first camp, but I've come around to the second lately.
My first reaction in 2004 upon seeing Obama speak at the convention was "this is the guy we need to be putting at the top of the ticket." I believe more than ever that he is the right person for the job. I have no doubt that he is competent, serious and as "moral" as an effective politician can be. But he is not perfect. As some have pointed out, the people who have all to lose from the rule of law being re-applied will be making their voices heard. We must do the same.
More after the jump if you care to read on...
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