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This was published as an op-ed in the July 6, 2012 edition of the Conway Daily Sun newspaper in Conway, NH.

Election season is here, and the signs are springing up everywhere. One new sign proclaims: Save America, Vote Republican. I’ve reflected on those signs on a number of occasions during the last two weeks.

After the Supreme Court’s decision that the ACA is Constitutional, Merrimack, NH Tea Party founder Mike Malzone told the Merrimack Patch that he hoped the majority justices all got colon cancer. He posted a lot of ugly and obscene commentary on his Facebook page. The next day he stood by his remarks. A few days later, however, after the story went national, Malzone issued a retraction, saying he’s not a hateful person. Boy – he sure fooled me!

Undoubtedly, the makers of the signs were thinking about Republicans like Mike Malzone when they urge us to Save America and vote GOP.

I reflected upon those signs again, when I read about a study done by State Rep. Robert Kingsbury of Laconia. It seems that Rep. Kingsbury has been gathering data since 1996 that shows a link between kindergarten and an increase in crime in Belknap County. Laconia has a lot more crime than other area towns that don’t have kindergarten, according to Rep. Kingsbury. One wonders if perhaps population density was a consideration during the course of this study, but then one decides that examining the methodology too closely could be damaging to one’s mental health. Representative Kingsbury states that other causes for the increase in crime include declining gun ownership and the fact that boxing is no longer taught in schools.

Sadly for us all, that wasn’t the end of it. Rep. Kingsbury felt compelled to elaborate on his statements. He believes that children are taken away from their mothers too soon. He was quoted in the Huffington Post as saying, “Children go to kindergarten at the point of a gun, children go to day care and it's not the same; there is no point of a gun.” Given that he seems to like guns, this is a little confusing. What if we assigned the kindergartners firearms and boxing gloves?

Kingsbury blames the fact that teachers can’t discipline the way they used to because of pesky lawyers. This all translates as: women should be home with the kids, and teachers should be able to smack the little brats around. You may recall Rep. Kingsbury was one of the sponsors of the 2012 bill that called for the insertion of a relevant quote from the Magna Carta in each new piece of NH legislation. At age 85, Kingsbury has just finished his freshman term in the NH House and is running for reelection. Save America, folks. Vote Republican.

Speaker of the NH House, William O’Brien is also running for reelection. To give credit where it is due, he certainly has done his best to turn NH into a running joke for late night TV comedians. The man who has bullied, browbeaten, and punished members of his own party thinks he deserves to be reelected to the House, and reelected speaker. O’Brien spends a lot of time cozying up to special interests in DC (where do you think that terrific cigarette tax gambit came from?) and on a recent junket to the place he clearly intends to go next, he did an interview with right wing blog Politico. In this astounding interview, O’Brien claims that Governor Lynch isn’t running for reelection because he’s too intimidated by the Freebaglican majority.

Governor Lynch is finishing his fourth term, and has chosen not to run for reelection. He’s the longest serving governor in the state for about 200 years. The last was John Taylor Gilman, who served 14 one-year terms from 1794 – 1816. Lynch has served longer than even the sainted Mel Thomson, for crying out loud. Is O’Brien ignorant or arrogant? You decide. And remember, voting for this ethically challenged, ill-tempered braggart is not just a vote to ensure your property taxes will continue to rise; it’s a vote to save America!

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh recently disparaged his opponent in the upcoming election. He told voters that Tammy Duckworth is not a “true hero”, and talks about her military service too much. Duckworth, a helicopter pilot, lost both legs in Iraq when an RPG hit her helicopter. Walsh, on the other hand, has been sued by his ex for being a deadbeat dad, to the tune of over $100,000, and never served in the military. A vote for him will surely Save America.

The Supreme Court’s health care ruling brought all manner of unpleasant commentary forth. Matthew Davis, a former GOP spokesman in Michigan sent out an email after the announcement with the heading, “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?” On the Conway Daily Sun’s Facebook page teletalk question about the health care ruling, Josh Keys wrote: “Liberals are Mentally Ill, My question is when men like me do not comply with mandates and refuse to allow themselves to be arrested for it. What actions will other Patriots take in response? It is a thin line you Progressive Commie loving Liberals are walking right now, I recommend you brace yourselves.” That’s a direct quote, with faithful recording of the author’s spelling and punctuation.

It’s almost amusing to think that these guys weren’t threatening armed rebellion when shrink-wrapped pallets of cash were being sent to Iraq by the Bush administration. They weren’t and still aren’t upset about warrantless wiretapping, secret prisons, or rendition. None of that stuff is worth a moment of concern. Spending trillions on the invasion of a country that wasn’t a threat to us? So what. Health care for everyone? Now, them’s fightin’ words.

The United States is often called a Christian Nation. The day of the Supreme Court decision I received emails from groups like the Family Research Council, bemoaning this decision. These doughty Christians want to force women to serve as involuntary incubators, but don’t care if they have access to health care. They don’t care if women die in the process. They weren’t the only ones. Convicted terrorist Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue sent out a similar missive. Apparently nothing says “I’m a follower of Jesus Christ,” like denying insurance coverage to babies born with pre-existing conditions. But hey, these are the folks who intend to save America.

“Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.”  Harry S. Truman

© sbruce 2012

cross posted at: susanthebruce and Blue Hampshire

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    207wickedgood, futilitismo

    "Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day." ~ Harry Truman

    by susanthe on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 07:28:42 PM PDT

  •  Amen to this: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Apparently nothing says “I’m a follower of Jesus Christ,” like denying insurance coverage to babies born with pre-existing conditions.
  •  Agree Rethugs psycho, but Dems vs. Bill of Rights? (0+ / 0-)

    Haven't you noticed how little energy there is here at DKOS compared to four years ago? There is one political party with two right wings, and more are becoming aware of it.

    Rethugs are mean and incoherent robots and I would not trust them with the usurped authority to detain indefinitely without a charge or a hearing before a magistrate, and I certainly would not sit idly by if they controlled the executive branch and killed US citizens through a secret assassination program and proclaimed doing such a thing was necessary and legal.

    I cannot trust Obama with such Bill of Rights shattering authority and he has made it easy to dismiss him as not a significantly better choice. The congress is even further rabidly to the corporatist right than Obama, so we accept we are helpless to defend the constitution through our vote, and we consider whether to seek a saner country to reside in.
    The peril of valuing celebrity over history
    ....Yet, speaking of history, this conjuring of the appearance of opposition where none actually exists has been mandated by the American political system since the onset of the Cold War......
    ....Sinclair Lewis, for his part, showed how the simultaneously banalizing methods of capitalist enterprise (false advertising, consumerism, pieties of affluence, amoral bureaucracy) are exactly what that enterprise created to keep from being criticized. ......

    Problems With Preventive Detention
    White House Watch - Problems With Preventive Detention
    By Dan Froomkin
    1:10 PM ET, 05/22/2009
    .....But -- after torture -- indefinite detention without charges was the Bush administration's most radical departure from traditional American legal principles. It's hard to see how Obama and Congress could set up a process that would make it okay. Indeed, you could argue that trying to codify it and normalize could actually make it worse.
    Another term for this is preventive detention. The government would hold people indefinitely not because of something they did, but because of what they might do.
    Obama's remarks on this issue were by far the most alarming of several deeply troubling bits in his otherwise soaring speech about national security and American values yesterday.......

    Government Asks for Another Delay in Targeted Killing FOIA Lawsuit
    May 18, 2012 – ... about the targeted killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen: Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan.

    Azeem Ibrahim: The Assassination of Al-Awlaki, American Citizen and al Qaeda Martyr
    Posted: 10/06/11
    .....Obama has repeatedly said that we do not have to make a false choice between security and values, but his subsequent actions seem to raise uneasy questions about accountability and due process.....

    ....The justifications for killing Al-Awlaki will continue, but in the meantime, little has been said about the death of his companion, also a U.S. citizen. Samir Khan was an editor of the al Qaeda publication Inspire and has never been accused of plotting attacks against Americans. He was collateral damage in an increasingly murky world where...

    •  As with most single issue voters (0+ / 0-)

      you are not seeing the forest for the trees.

      Even if I grant your assertions, which I most assuredly do not, to claim "he has made it easy to dismiss him as not a significantly better choice." is short sighted and foolish.

      There are a host of issues on which President Obama has shown that he is a MARKEDLY better choice than RMoney. To deny progress on those issues because on your single issue, you have chosen to interpret events in such a way that he is, at worst, equal to Romney (and indeed, a credible argument can still be made, that even if you were correct-which you are not- Obma is still better than Romney on this issue as well).

      Open your eyes. You need to vote on the totality of every issue, not just on a narrow subsection of a single issue.  To vote on such a tiny piece of such a complex puzzle harms the country, perhaps irrevocably, and does great damage to the cause you claim to care about as well.

      "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

      by Whimsical on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 04:57:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Damn. That's what I get for posting before coffee (0+ / 0-)

        To deny progress on those issues because on your single issue, you have chosen to interpret events in such a way that he is, at worst, equal to Romney (and indeed, a credible argument can still be made, that even if you were correct-which you are not- Obma is still better than Romney on this issue as well) is truly cutting off your nose to spite your face.

        Actually, on further reflection, it's worse than that- it's not just cutting off your nose, it's cutting of your nose, my nose, and every single one of your fellow citizens' noses as well.

        I strongly urge you to broaden your viewpoint, and consider doing what is right for the country overall, as opposed to what makes you feel good about a tiny portion of the massive, complex, issues facing our nation.

        "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

        by Whimsical on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 05:01:39 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  trivialized as a "single" issue (0+ / 0-)

    You consider my dismissal of
    Obama as a single issue concern.
    You don't or won't understandthat it is about loss of credibilityThe president broke his oath to preserve and protect the constitution. What he claims
    authority to do to one of us, counter to our Bill of Rights guarantees, he threatenfs the potential to do against many of us. He broke his most sacred oath and you'll vote for him anyway and you urge me to because you say he is the better choice. There is no choice. I blame Obama for that.

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