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This originated as a comment in LaFeminista's We're not amused post from yesterday. I was surprised by the reaction and elected to post it as a diary, fleshed out and spell-corrected.
In this piece by pundit Eugene Robinson Republicans are portrayed as "entrenched" is a poor assessment.
Here’s the basic problem: The Democratic Party seems likely to grow ever stronger nationally while the GOP remains firmly entrenched locally. This means the stubborn, maddening, unproductive standoff between a Democratic president and a Republican majority in the House may be the new normal.
It is just too nicey-nice.  And in being so,  it misses the reality: Republicans are powerfully, systematically and successfully fucking the entire process.

Obama is allegedly quite intelligent and a key aspect of intelligence is pattern recognition. Here I use it simply to suggest that one would, by now, notice a pattern as blatant as GOP obstructionism.

One would imagine, rightly, that Obama would have noted the republican's "lack of good faith negotiation” and outright stonewalling; that he should - by now- realize the GOP would rather he died of some congenital heart defect than do anything he suggests or demands or orders.

Obama HAS extended the whole bipartisany olive branch to them more than enough. He did this more than enough his first 2 years in office.

That he came into a second term still sticking to this Mr Rogers approach is - I guess - largely his business but it is, I think, now more than fair to suggest  he has wasted time, cost millions of people jobs, ruined lives, shoved people down the economic ladder (I myself type this in the midst of my 6th layoff in life). Yes – the GOP has the lion’s share of blame in this – beyond a doubt, but Mr Obama has, I think, failed to approach it with the aggression required.

I am NOT amused by what I will call "lame shit'.

Obama has a full 3 years remaining  to abandon the Mr. Rogers act: take off his blue sweater and tell his neighbors to go fuck themselves.

Dems, as ever, despite the appearance painted in Robinson's piece, are either spineless or complicit.

Complaining that congress is "do-nothing", is having "gridlock" is wholly missing the point:The so-called 'gridlock" is purposefully created and that is unacceptable: This so-called "entrenched-ness' is artificial. It is not actually based on something immovable. There is no reason for this.



It's kabuki. It's as real as 'rasslin' on the TV.  It’s 100% fake.   All kabuki, all the time.

I wish I could do fucking nothing and get paid out the wazoo for it. I'd like to be going on a useless 1 month vacation - I'm 53 and I have never had a 1 month vacation. I have been laid off for the last 2 months, and despite what those fucking republicans try to say, it's ain't no vacation.

I'd like to not be held accountable and just do whatever I wanted - though I have been told those poor babies spend 5 hours a day every day begging for money when they are already rich.

Fucking wastoids.

And in the midst of it, what is not fake, is that the GOP is very organized and they are systematically taking over states, one at a time with the same playbook - if you do not see this I am formally questioning your IQ.

Democratic process hobbled
democrat transam

Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina,, Texas, Wisconsin – these are the main battlegrounds on fire as the faux-gridlock drama plays out in Washington DC. These are the states where #republicanbumrush is plain to see.

Voting is a game at this point given this "entrenched-ness" Even as a minority, repubs manage - too often - to run roughshod over the law and anything dems try to do. They have an agenda and they are sticking to it.

Harry Reid's blustering of them to get 3 appointments confirmed after a 2 year waste of life itself, is NOT supreme wrangling - its glacial movement.

The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
People are right to protest vociferously, right to occupy their statehouses, right to cost their local government lots of money in enforcement, right  to make local leaders look like the tin-horn dictators they are, and they are right to find whatever method they can to fuck with the systematic bum-rush agenda as much as possible before the firehoses, teargas, and dogs are turned loose.

Wisconsin has the Light Brigade and the Capitol Singers; North Carolina has Moral Mondays; Florida is witnessing The Dream Defenders occupying the statehouse.

In the face of this #republicanbumrush of your rights and your very future, you should want to bum-rush them back....if you value your future and quality of life, or that of your children.

Republicans are gaming the process quite successfully, they are thrilled with the sequester, and wholly undeterred by the prattle of Eugene Robinson or anybody else: talk is really cheap and they know and bank on Americans remaining in their slumber.

They don't care if you're not amused: they do not give a rat-fuck what you think.

I suggest you ponder that and then act like you're under siege.

Because you are.

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  •  Too bad there is no one opposing the republicans (9+ / 0-)

    I agree that the republicans are trolling democracy and pissing on freedom and liberty.

    Wouldn't it be great if there was a national political organization that sought to fight back and increase access to the voting booth?  Or working to safegaurd women's reproductive rights?  Or to institute protections for whistle-blowers?  Or maybe protect the rights of workers?  Or even protect the rights of citizens who want to petition their government for a redress of grievences?

    It turns out there are organizations like that.  But those organizations don't get the support they need because everyone seems to be sitting around waiting for the Demcoratic Party to do something.

    Not to worry folks: the Democratic Party will get right to these other problems after it has finished "fixing" social Security!!!

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 07:48:46 AM PDT

    •  I don't doubt that many Democratic leaders (3+ / 0-)

      are willing to let someone else do the heavy lifting, once enough progress has been made they'll swoop in to share the credit for accomplishments others made possible.

      It's frustrating, but that is the reality in many instances.

      What it really tells me is that we haven't been active enough. Once we build sufficient momentum we will be awash in allies. Getting started is up to us, though.

      It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 10:15:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  1000% agreed. We are in the Seige warfare part (13+ / 0-)

    Of the class war, as the GOP has a strategy of starving us out while the shot clock on Obama's Presidency runs out.

    Spot on, Doc. The corporations who the GOP work for want to take away your right to vote against their agenda. It's time to bring back the Freedom Fighters who used to register folks to vote and its time to call the GOP what it is, a Corporate attempt to sabotage America.

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 08:00:11 AM PDT

  •  That old adage still rings true: (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans fear their base, Democrats hate their base.

    With a few exceptions, Democrats in Washington like things the way they are. I'm afraid, though, that things will have to get worse before they get better.

    •  Definitely a huge part of the problem (6+ / 0-)

      But I don't want to get HR'd for "over-criticizing them' as they kabuki us to death.

      •  This has been going on for far too long (0+ / 0-)

        Longer than Obama and even Clinton.  

        Essentially we have 1 party that bows to the needs of the 1%.  There are 2 branches of that party and one branch tends to feel a little badly about screwing us.

        What they fail to realize is that a populist agenda pushed by a full throated appeal to Americans would doom the GOP to oblivion.  Perhaps they do realize it, but the money masters who pull their strings won't allow it.

        Perhaps this is all a game to dupe us into throwing our hands in the air and giving up all hope.  Because when the GOP is busy destroying itself, Democrats suddenly become incompetent or stupid or both.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:57:38 PM PDT

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  •  What democratic process? Nt (4+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 08:11:39 AM PDT

  •  Why actually do something about it (1+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx

    when you can simply rationalize it?  /snark

    Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

    by democracy inaction on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:11:26 AM PDT

    •  People do more than just rationalize it (8+ / 0-)

      they deny it.

      They think polling and stats will somehow do something.


      Sign petitions.

      Lecture others about maintaining decorum.

      I'm just being too harsh, the GOP is a-feared, the GOP is on the run.

      Just you wait - in 2 or 4 or 6 or 8 years, we'll show them (after millions have suffered utterly needlessly because people refused to see the problem correctly.)

      Would the Voting Rights Act ever have been implemented without protests and firehoses and tear gas and dogs?

      Not a chance in hell.

      People need to understand the old warrior saying: Do not ask for what you cannot take.

  •  It has taken the Koch bros decades to (5+ / 0-)

    reach this point. They KNEW what they wanted. They HIRED all kinds of folks to get the propaganda out to the news media. They USED their advertising dollars to nudge the news media to go their way I would be willing to bet.

    What have we got after "crashing the gates?" Do we get respect? Do we get a seat at the table? Do we get a microphone (other than dKos radio?

    We need to have a lot better plan than we got now.

    It is no accident that we find ourselves on this cliff looking at the ground crumbling beneath us. The Kochs have been working for years to get us to this point and they have been highly successful because nobody saw them coming.

    Koch expose by Jane Mayer

    But the Kochs and others in their class knew what they wanted. They knew they wanted the new deal destroyed. They knew they wanted the civil rights acts destroyed. They knew exactly what they wanted and they created think tanks and they created a vast propoganda machine. And they have been busy especially in the last few years creating their own fiefdoms in the states. The Scott Walkers, the Rick Scotts, all of the rrepublican governors and all of the republican state houses are a result of this blitz on our democracy.

    So what do you want? Do you want to just hang around and watch the ground crumble? Or do you want to rumble? And what is the result that you want after the rumbling?

    What I want to do some peeling too. Just as the Koch's have peeled back the new deal and voting rights and cemented the Chamber of Commerce as the chief constituent of the pols and the SCOTUS, I want to do some pretty tall peeling of my own. I want to take down the MIC. I want to take down the revolving door between K street and the Hill. I want to reinstate the New Deal with a frickin vengeance. I want to create a voter's rights act that will ensure that every one gets a fair shot at voting and everyone's votes count. AND they have the information needed to make a fair vote.

    And I want an education process that will ensure that people KNOW when they are about to shoot themselves in the foot for voting for some ahole. I want people to KNOW the extent of the Koch conspiracy and the extent of the rot and treason that exists in our government and I want every person to be as upset and offended by the stench as I am.

    One cannot seriously debate an issue when one side controls access to the facts and is economical with the truth, while at the same time introducing blatant falsehoods into the discussion. - Joe Shikspack

    by glitterscale on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 10:14:42 AM PDT

  •  those states: 36 rush stns piggyback their Univers (2+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx, Puddytat


    the key to GOP local control is RW radio. all those states

    Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina,, Texas, Wisconsin

    (plus many more) are states where talk radio is not only strong and loud, but the state funded universities endorse it.

    state and national GOP and it's think tanks have direct influence on the content and guests and weekly programming at those radio stations. they have been critical components in selling the voter fraud fraud (immigration, racism, etc.) over many years, and of course, it kicks liberal/democratic/internet ass. i'd say little of this teabagger voter suppression crap, or any teabagger obstruction would be possible if the left hadn't ignored talk radio.

    and now those stations are going to play another big part in enabling the debt ceiling hostage taker bullshit because there is no organized opposition to it from the left outside of stoprush.

    those stations depend heavily on state funded universities for community standing and ad dollars. but they have no excuse for not looking for non partisan alternatives. without those universities those stations and state GOP will suffer significantly.

    if a few unis were shamed into taking their mission statements seriously and declared they would not renew licensing with those stations and would look for non-racist alternatives many others would follow eg and the GOP would lose a big part of its most important weapon.

    from the list at my sig: Fla 1, Fla St. 2, Ohio St. 6, Wisconsin 2, NC 8, Mich 3, Mich St. 7, Tex  3,  Tex Tech 3, Texas AM 1= 36 (prob a few more, and then more RW stations in each state )

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 01:14:35 PM PDT

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