I wrote a post some time ago about Paul Ryan, more or less venting my frustration at how indifferent and willfully cruel this nasty little monster was to those he, technically, did not understand or want to.
What I did not consider is how widespread this attitude is here in the United States. If you ask the typical Swede whether it's fair they need to pay more in taxes to accommodate a healthcare system that works for everyone they'll give you a quizzical look and wonder why you would even ask that.
There is such a lack of respect, sympathy and consideration for others coming from the right side of the isle it's grotesque.
Here is a comment from NYT regarding the article,"Chris Christie Could Show the Path"
As a young conservative and College Republican, I'm often asked the question "why are you a conservative, do you hate everyone who isn't a white man of European descent?"
I believe in traditional American values, but I am also accepting of the changing world. For instance, I'm pro-life but I don't think politicians the right to decide who can marry who. I believe in God, personal accountability, small government, and a strong national defense. I'm a dying breed, and it scares me. I have plenty of friends who are Republicans, but the traditional "conservative" is disappearing.
From a commenter on the Huffington Post, this is one of the most spot-on descriptions of the financial terrorism Republicans have wrought on us for the past 12 years:
Contrary to GOP ideals, the GOP love to spend. The GOP spend as much as Democrats when the GOP is in power. They give tax cuts and run up deficits while spending continues. Bush literally gave out checks! Wiped out huge budget surpluses, essentially fleecing the government. Presumably to put smiles on people's faces so they'll vote GOP.
Read a blog post here that, short of the call to inflict punishment at the end of a stick, jibes with my beliefs about a lot of the bad things that happen out there:
This, to me, is sickening:
More than 1,000 people attended a hearing before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday to share their views on gun control, USA Today reported. Among them was Heslin, who held a large framed picture of himself and his son Jesse as he urged officials to consider strengthening gun laws in Connecticut.
But as he gave his emotional testimony, pleading with lawmakers to improve mental health options and to ban assault weapons like the one Adam Lanza used to murder his child and 25 other people, his speech was interrupted by dozens of audience members, The Connecticut Post reported.
You live long enough in this life (or sometimes not so long) and some tragic event will touch you. For most of us, these events change us. And our opinion about such events matter.
As for me, I'm lucky. My uncle was murdered by the mob before I was born. A childhood friend committed suicide by hanging when I was 10. A cousin died of leukemia at 13 when I was a teen. I was attacked by seven mobster wannabees in college, had my head smashed into a windshield several times fighting them, but got out fairly unscathed.
This is a post from a commenter on Huffington Post. It's the kind of list that should infuriate anyone who feels the government should cater to those who vote and the country it supposedly represents.
It's also a perfect counter for any of you who have Fox news addicted family or friends (even though they'll never believe what you put in front of their faces anyway).