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When will we and the Democratic Party speak up consistently, and fervently, about the republican hatred of America and the prosperity of its people?  People are noticing, as with Krugman's observation and question:

What do the government of China, the government of Germany and the Republican Party have in common? They’re all trying to bully the Federal Reserve into calling off its efforts to create jobs. And the motives of all three are highly suspect.

He and others understand quite well that as long as there is a Democratic Presidency or Democratic control of the House or Senate, the republicans want a weak economy that they can exploit.

We already have heard that repubs see as their goal the destruction of the Obama Presidency.  People reading my comments know that I have no love for this administration, but it is indefensible to act as traitors in the manner of modern republicans.

Especially this weekend in posts on Mother Jones and Washington Monthly, Kevin Drum and Steve Benen make the case that regardless of the motivation, the republicans will continue to deliberately act to damage our economy and reject anything that will promote jobs for American workers and public prosperity.

You want change and giving our congressional Democrats cover?  Then all of us must consistently speak about the treasonous behavior of republicans in their sabotage of our national well being.

Benen closes his article with the following:

The media tends to avoid holding congressional parties accountable, and voters aren't really paying attention anyway. The Boehner/McConnell GOP appears willing to gamble: if they can hold the country back, voters will just blame the president in the end. And that's quite possibly a safe assumption.

If that's the case, though, then it's time for a very public, albeit uncomfortable, conversation. If a major, powerful political party is making a conscious decision about sabotage, the political world should probably take the time to consider whether this is acceptable, whether it meets the bare minimum standards for patriotism, and whether it's a healthy development in our system of government.

We cannot let a day go by, especially in the public media, without emphasizing the real Republican agenda of ensuring the continued economic pain of the preponderance of Americans.  I'm going to be writing my local papers.  Are you?

Originally posted to Fossil on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

    by Fossil on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 11:17:17 AM PST

  •  Yes, very sad indeed. In fact, the tables (4+ / 0-)

    were turned and it was Democrats openly advocating such a self-serving strategy to interfere with efforts to help the economy to enhance our elections chances later, Michelle Bachman, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and others, would denouce such activities as un-American.  (and this time be on solid ground.)

    This reminds me that during the Reagan administration, either Reagan, Atwater, or one of his advisors admitted that one reason they wanted to run the deficit and national debt up as high as they could, was to hamstring any future Democratic administrations from being able to expand social programs like Medicare, and Social Security.

    And no one accused them of treason.  But, what treachery would be worse?

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 11:27:57 AM PST

    •  This is the part that (4+ / 0-)

      blows my mind

      his advisors admitted that one reason they wanted to run the deficit and national debt up as high as they could, was to hamstring any future Democratic administrations from being able to expand social programs like Medicare,

      They are not shy in saying what they are doing and we still don't hear them. We hear the BS and dog whistles but completely ignore the realty of what's happening.

      I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

      by JupiterIslandGirl on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 11:31:50 AM PST

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    •  Oh, say, sabotaging Iran hostage negotiations? (2+ / 0-)
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      Fossil, Bluefin

      That might be worse.

      Or, you know. Candidate Nixon/Kissinger hinting to the South Vietnamese in October 1968 that they should hold out and not agree to any peace with the North because an incoming Republican administration would cut them a better deal. That would also be more directly treasonous.

      Just sayin.

  •  I saw a poll (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    although not a very good one that said many Americans didn't even know the Republicans had won the House in the midterms.

    and voters aren't really paying attention anyway

    The ones that did know, thought they had also taken over the Senate.

    It's hard for me to dog out folks completely because I haven't always taken an active role in politics either but I have tried to stay informed.

    I agree we have to place the focus on the Republicans but we're so busy fighting amongst ourselves, how will that happen? How do we drop the egos and personal beliefs long enough to honed in on the real enemy? (which sometimes I think is ourselves)

    I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

    by JupiterIslandGirl on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 11:29:22 AM PST

  •  Not as a group, maybe, but in local media (4+ / 0-)

    NH's Nashua Telegraph, endorsed new GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte -- but apparently didn't realize that the Republican sweep would endanger the arms treaty with Russia. Oops.

    The Nashua Telegraph and other local papers around the country are much less credulous and swayed by "narratives" than big media. Let's hope they help voters keep an eye on their elected officials.

    •  My concern though (0+ / 0-)

      I don't have a lot of faith in the American people in general, only in individuals. (I question is that enough)

      I'm sure it happens in your area but you should see the commentary in editorials in our local paper.

      I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

      by JupiterIslandGirl on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 11:35:35 AM PST

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    •  I don't mean to sound pessimistic (0+ / 0-)

      and I do try to be an active participate in fighting back. It's also great see others doing the same but Republicans are counting on, and winning on the fact we are letting the noise detract us.

      I will Not give up, I will Not give in, I will Not quit!

      by JupiterIslandGirl on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 11:42:33 AM PST

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  •  Republicans explicitly using "Weimar" ploy. (3+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan, Fossil, Bluefin

    The Republican strategy is now plain for those with the eyes to see it: to turn America into the Weimar Republic, circa 1930. To make Americans so economically desparate, so socially helpless, that they'll vote for a Republican "National Savior".

    This can only work if the previously energetic and free system of journalism is first subverted and transformed into the obedient lapdog of corporate interests. Oh, "Mission Accomplished" on that score.

    Honestly, I am genuinely beginning to worry about the ascent of Palin, Beck et al. Americans are desparate and ignorant enough, and Our Craven Corporate Media™ obedient enough, that a serious shitstorm of badness may be coming in the next few electoral cycles. Smart Republicans can read the demographic tea leaves; they know they'll be toast in a straight-up contest in 8 or 12 years. They may be hoping to forestall that possibility by permanently setting up Dick Cheney's 'security state'.

  •  shall we germans prepare for war (0+ / 0-)

    what a BS.
    sorry but how can a ca. 3.4 trillion and a 1.8 trillion economy destroy a 14 trillion economy by critisising the 14 trillion economy.
    all what was done was telling the USA that we have a difrent view of things.seeing krugmann lumping all that into one enemy tells me more about the desperation then anything else.
    but hey yeh we  are germans we must be evil and the repubs are evil anyway.
    in a situation that is so critical to see selfasureing articels like the one above makes me shiver. of course all can be fine but it is no universal rule that it has to be.
    all this critic from germany should not be seen as schadenfreude because it is not it is much more the fear of götterdämmerung to see a long established finacial world beeing restructured with not much influence from the govs world wide and that the USA as the reserve currencey of the world gives out the battle cry everyman for it self is far more then a warning

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