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The Anti-American GOP

15 July, 2010

How’s that for an inflammatory title?  I think I can support it, though.

Democracy is the philosophy which holds the United States of America together.  The rules apply to all.  We all pay taxes1, taxes which we, through our elected representatives, have agreed to pay as an admission fee for a civilized country.  We all obey the same laws, laws which we, through our elected representatives, have agreed to obey to make our lives safer.  Yet one of our major political parties, the Grand Old Party, the Republican Party, is attempting to short circuit this grand experiment in self-government.   

Democracy cannot be enforced at the point of a bayonet2.  It is a social and governmental compact to which we, as citizens and residents, have agreed.  The idea that all men are created equal, that there are certain inalienable rights which apply to all, requires fealty to the idea that we all must follow the same rules, tolerate the same red tape, stand in the same lines.  We expect there to be no special privileges such as the hochadel of the 1600s enjoyed, such as the lords of England enjoyed, such as the party members of the USSR enjoyed.

But democracy also requires three basic conditions — literacy, free time, and wealth.  And, since the Reagan Revolution of the early 1980s, what has been under attack by the new conservatives?  Education and middle class wealth, and the free time that wealth created. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Hunger is Not a Positive Motivator for Children

18 July, 2009

Yesterday, I posted an older story about a religious cult in Baltimore in which a 21-month-old boy was starved to death because he would not say ‘amen.’  Starving a child is a notably ineffective way to change a child’s behaviour (and starving him to death even is even less effective).  Sadly, one state representative from Missouri would disagree. Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Response From a Clued-In American to a Clueless Brit

16 April, 2009

Yunshui asked (on my post Happy Teabagging Day!) for an explanation of what the hell the right was trying to do with the whole teabagging thing:

Somebody fill me in here – as a Brit who, frankly, can’t be arsed hunting through an infinite pile of porn sites to find the current (political)definition of “teabagging”, I’m at a loss as to what all these teabaggers clogging up the intertubes are actually protesting about. Something to do with taxes? Can somebody please explain to me what “teabagging” is (I know enough slang to realise that it’s a very unfortunate choice of moniker, but I’m not entirely sure what the Republicans mean by it)?

Cheers in advance, clued-up Americans! Read the rest of this entry ?

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Governor of Vermont Vetoes Human Rights Bill; Legislature Overrides.

7 April, 2009

Vermont just became the first state in the union to legalize gay marriage via the legislature, rather than the courts.  After the Republican (big surprise) governor vetoed the legislation  (he claimed that, in this economic climate, it would be a ‘distraction’): Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Ultimate Dummies Book

2 April, 2009

Obstructionism for Dummies.  Like they need it.

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College Football and the Morons at GMAC

6 January, 2009

My father had a couple of sayings which I heard again and again while growing up:  “The key to happiness in life is to find something you enjoy, and then find someone stupid enough to pay you for doing it,” was one.  Another was, “Take responsibility for your life.”  And, of course, “Attention to detail is the key to success in life.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Republican Voting and Death

17 December, 2008

The Republican Party has,  for the past several election cycles, become a regional party based primarily in the intermountain west (Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, parts of Colorado and Arizona) and the evangelical south (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri).  This map shows it pretty clearly:11-09_election-countypurplemap

 

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