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Afterall they have all the hallmarks of it.

Like Lucy "pulling the football away" at the last minute, in hopes of causing injury, or even worse. Ha, ha, ha -- funny stuff.

GOP Senator Won't Retreat from "Waterloo" Comment
by Daniel Carty, CBSNews -- July 22, 2009

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint refused to back down from comments last week in which he said a White House defeat on health care reform would be President Obama's "Waterloo."

"If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him," the South Carolina Republican, pictured center, was quoted last week as telling fellow conservatives.

Waterloo is a reference to French Emperor Napoleon's final defeat in 1815 at the hands of a British-led coalition, before finally being sent into permanent exile.

Like, holding fast to a contrary, Just Say No to Everything Agenda -- no matter who gets hurt by their robotic stonewalling.   Just. say. NO! ...

Republican leader identifies party's priority
by Michael A. Memoli, LATimes, Tribune Washington Bureau -- Oct 27, 2010

   McConnell explained that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

According to the Stonewaller's leader -- THAT is the People's Business ...

Of course Republicans are not beyond using more "crude levels" of Bullying, when needed -- including veiled treats of violence, volatile lies, sneering hate-filled slander.

Republicans Crank Up Their Bully Machine Vs. Progressives
by Eugene Robinson, -- 04/20/2012

Nugent ended by exhorting his listeners: "We are Braveheart. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Am I — any questions?" No, I think he made himself quite clear.

Violent metaphors aside, Nugent's argument was: "If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don't even know what you're made of."

Vile? Evil? America-hating? Nugent doesn't just characterize those with different political views as misguided or wrong. He seeks to paint them as alien and anti-American rather than as citizens with whom he disagrees. In a subsequent interview, Nugent called Nancy Pelosi a "subhuman scoundrel" and referred to liberals as cockroaches to "stomp."

Even plain spoken milk-toast GOP leaders, will gladly put the country's well-being LAST on their To Do Lists -- if it means they can blame their targeted victim(s), for the outcomes of their non-stop juvenile behavior.   Elitist opinions rule remember, whether or they have the majority of the votes.  (It's called social privilege.)

Sen. McConnell: Making Obama A One-Term President Is My Single Most Important Political Goal
by Matt Schneider -- July 10, 2011

On Fox News Sunday, Bret Baier asked him if he stands by his previous statement that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President.” McConnell confirmed that his goal remains unchanged.

Is Bullying just a way of life for GOP Obstructionists?

"Who cares" if shut-in seniors are harmed by their Waterloo mission ... They don't.

Cutting 'Meals on Wheels' is Political Suicide
O'dwyer's Blog -- May 8. 2012

It’s not clear how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to achieve his most important goal of making Barack Obama a one-term president. [...]

The heartless GOP, led by Private Ryan in the House, wants to cut $260B in domestic spending to shield the Pentagon from automatic budget cuts at the end of the year. Those programs include food stamps, Medicaid and the child tax credit.

[...] Wall Street Journal today reported the severity of the slashing, pointing out that Ryan’s plan would strip funding from the “Meals on Wheels” program. [...]

Republicans blocked the measure because they don’t like the Democratic plan to fund the extension of the student loan program by tinkering with tax law that allows the super-wealthy to avoid paying Social Security and Medicare taxes. Instead, it wants to raid Obamacare, a program that benefits the rest of America.

That's all in a day's work for that frat club of GOP preppies. "What fun, eh?  Did you see that Senior walk into the locked glass door, looking for food?  What a hoot!"

"Who cares" if the students get saddled by twice the debt, to make the bankers richer -- long as the GOP can whistle by the public's inattention ... and put the blame for their perpetual pranks on 'those liberal bleeding-heart advocates of socialism.' ???

Student Loan Debate Highlights Senate's Dysfunction
RTTNews -- 5/12/2012

"Over the last two weeks, Senate Republicans have repeatedly claimed they support efforts to keep interest rates low for federal student loans. There is only one way to prove it: end the needless filibuster of Democrats' plan to stop rates from doubling this summer," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

He added, "Our plan creates no new taxes. It would simply stop wealthy Americans from avoiding the taxes they already owe... Republicans want to ax investments in preventive care that save the country money and save lives."

Republicans, for their part, accused Democrats and President Obama of simply playing politics by courting the youth vote for November -- "a cynical election-year strategy," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Perpetual Obstruction by the GOP, at the expense of the American People (young and old) -- is an abuse of power -- and so in that sense, it IS Bullying. The victims of their cruel actions inactions, have little recourse but to endure the brutal fallout of their callousness.  Student Loans, Preventive Care, Meals for shut-ins, Child credits -- Who cares about those things, the GOP "tough-guys" certainly don't.

There is one way to push back on the cruel tactics of Bullies -- that is to call it out. That is for others in authority to make clear this IS predatory behavior -- make it plain for ALL to see.  Gentlemen's club senate etiquette -- be damned!

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Harkin said on Thursday. "When you filibuster, it becomes totally dysfunctional."

He added, "The way to go forward is for Republicans to quit their obstruction. You can't say both sides are to blame. No, I'm sorry. The Republicans are to blame. People have to understand what obstructionism is around here."

Is Bullying just a way of life for GOP Obstructionists -- or are they really just the "good intentioned" public servants that they claim to be

-- about everytime Election Bragging season comes around again ???

Just wait for that collective GOP chuckle, and all the choirboys pretending "not to be able to remember" anything about what just happened ... on their legislative watch.

Not to remember all the pranks they pulled over the last four years. "Hope no one took that stuff seriously, eh? ... Boys will be boys.  Just ask Mitt.   Ha, ha, ha, ha.  What a leader of the Pack that guy was in his day."

Quick, someone run and get Paul Ryan's scissors!  They've got even more over-grown budgets to shear ... November 2012 public-enablers willing, of course.

Because for Bullies to get their way, someone has to let them.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun May 13, 2012 at 06:54:20 AM PDT

  •  the modern gop (5+ / 0-)

    built itself on bigotry and fear-mongering as distractions from its class warfare. mitt is iits apothosis.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun May 13, 2012 at 06:58:42 AM PDT

    •  make me wonder (1+ / 0-)
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      Laurence Lewis

      why so much of America, just stands back

      and let's them get away with it?

      It's NOT their problem, I guess ...

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:03:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  susceptibility to baser instincts (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, Gooserock

        but people are evolving. and republicans don't believe in evolution.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:07:37 AM PDT

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        •  Evolution Does NOT Have a Direction. (3+ / 0-)
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          Egalitare, jamess, Laurence Lewis

          Feathers gain flight, feathers lose flight. Heads gain bigger brains, heads lose bigger brains.

          The dinosaurs were way ahead of us in respiratory systems. We mammals are throwbacks, we just happened to make it past a cull that didn't select for that.

          Civilizations gain enlightenment, civilizations lose it.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:19:30 AM PDT

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        •  Some people are evolving and some people aren't. (1+ / 0-)
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          We have about another 20 years before the throwbacks die off so that they country can move forward.  I hope we make it that long, we are in a serious world of hurt in education, deteriorating infrastructure, a lousy SCOTUS(that alone will keep us from moving forward), a terrible healthcare system.
          We are headed for a 3rd world economy and culture unless something changes soon.    

      •  Far too many of our fellow citizens... (4+ / 0-)

        ...believe that the cuts won't be directed at them, but only and exclusively at those of us they view as "the other."

        They don't understand that if there really was some way to get Hispanics to "self-deport" en masse, compel African-Americans to "go back to Africa" en masse, etc. some new definition of "other" would conveniently present itself.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:21:53 AM PDT

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      •  America isn't aware of the LEVEL of obstruction (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, myboo

        They vaguely know that republicans block some bills, but they don't know the extent of the obstructionism. They blame "both sides" for not collaborating.

        Reading a lot of articles quoting ordinary americans, I'm getting increasingly convinced that for democrats to win in 2012, there needs to be a relentless effort to convince voters of two things:

        1) if it was not for republicans in Congress, the recovery would be much stronger.

        2) Romney may be a "successful" businessman, but his ideas for the national economy are BAD.

        The Obama team is working hard on #2, but in my opinion they'd better work on #1 too. Convincing people of #1 will go a long way to prevent them from going out on a limb and "try the new guy" even if they KNOW that on a personality level, he's a jerk.

    •  I don't think it is an accident that the last (4+ / 0-)
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      jamess, jan4insight, Vayle, myboo

      three Republicans to run for president were all known as bullies and all-around a**holes as young men.

      I believe the Republican Party not only recruits, but is a powerful magnet for this type of personality.   They don't want visionaries, they want people in office who will execute the plan to destroy this Democracy.  

  •  sigh. people fear change (1+ / 0-)
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    The only charitable explanation I can find (and it's difficult to be charitable here) is that the republican base really wants to go back to the 1980s, if not the 1950s, for a more stable and financially secure society.  Sorry that neither in reality fit the bill.  This all began when the segregationist Southern democrats like Richard Shelby and Trent Lott and Strom Thurmond decided they could no longer be Democrats if they had to vote the way the "nigras" did.  Bigotry, fear-mongering and (when they can) race-baiting.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:17:12 AM PDT

  •  "Bully" Isn't the Right Word for Napoleon, (0+ / 0-)

    Attila or Hitler. "Bully" refers to weak people who get their kicks picking only even weaker people. That's not the GOP. It's many of their voters but it's not the party or its interests.

    We have to start using the right concepts for what's happening here.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:17:38 AM PDT

  •  Bullying is a Conservative Tactic (3+ / 0-)

    make them FEEL Big and Important.  

    Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. -- Grover Norquist

    by Paddy999 on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:25:18 AM PDT

    •  Ask any Republican (0+ / 0-)

      which is the Superior Party?

      they will say they are without a pause.

      Ask any Democrat ...

      and they will pause and think about it.  Any eventually say Dems are, with a long list of caveats.

      Ask any Independent ...

      and they shrug and say neither.  Where's the remote?

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:39:19 AM PDT

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  •  People like bullies - want to be bullies. I don't (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Dave in Northridge

    think Mitt's turn as a barber hurts him with most people. Those who agree that long hair is bad applaud him for his guts.

    I don't know how many times I have heard people tell me that they wish they could hold down a teen with long hair and cut it. They go through with it, but they would really like to do it. It doesn't happen as much today as did 20-30 years ago, but I have heard it from a lot of people including my teaching peers.

    These same teachers tend to be conservative. They believe anything outside the norm is evil. Many of them were coaches.

    •  I had quite long hair (1+ / 0-)
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      in high school.

      It led to frequent name-calling, periodic bullying,

      and occasional fights.

      Much of it ended, when I finally stood up for myself,

      and dished it right back at the brutes.

      It seems like Bullies only like Bullying, when no one publicly fights back.  Because that makes them look like the "bad guy" then.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun May 13, 2012 at 07:52:26 AM PDT

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  •  That's the CORE of the GOP motus operandi (1+ / 0-)
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    This was how GW Bush "negotiated" with other countries... Remember: "You are either with us or against us".

    That's how John Bolton acted at the UN...and boy did Republicans supporters like it!

    That's how the Koch, Rove and similar act! Look at Grover Norquist: "If you signed the pledge and vote for an increase, we will sink you at the next election".

    NEVER has the GOP be this TRANSPARENT about their ways of bullying. "Bipartisanship is getting Democrats to side with our arguments".

    They keep reminding me of Krutchev's "We will bury you"!

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