Why Your Life Sucks As Your Country Goes Down The Tubes
July 6, 2012

Wanna see the truth about your politicians? One of the truths anyway. The truth about why you have no voice, why they don’t hear your voice, why your life/job/finances/economy pretty much sucks. Take a look at the Upworthy site.


John Judis: Republicans Are Insurrectionists
September 6, 2011

Over at The New Republic John Judis has called out the Republicans for what they are, and it ain’t pretty. The remarks come in the midst of an analysis of President Obama’s confusion about what comprises courage and what comprises compromise. It should be obvious by now to anyone with three live brain cells that Obama lacks courage and has no clue about the skills of compromise. But on the Republicans, here’s Judis:

Over the last four decades, the Republican Party has transformed from a loyal opposition into an insurrectionary party that flouts the law when it is in the majority and threatens disorder when it is the minority. It is the party of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but also of the government shutdown in 1995 and the impeachment trial of 1999. If there is an earlier American precedent for today’s Republican Party, it is the antebellum Southern Democrats of John Calhoun who threatened to nullify, or disregard, federal legislation they objected to, and who later led the fight to secede from the union over slavery.

Today, Republicans are threatening a government shutdown and an international monetary crisis over raising the debt ceiling. They have demanded a set of ruinous concessions as a condition for raising the ceiling. These conditions would include draconian budget cuts at a time when economic growth has virtually stalled—it grew a mere 0.9 percent the first half of this year—because of the exhaustion of the 2009-10 government stimulus. To gain Tea Party votes, House Speaker John Boehner set another condition for raising the debt ceiling again in six months: the passage by the House and Senate of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. An amendment of this kind would make it impossible for the federal government to reverse economic downturns. The Republicans are, in effect, demanding a major constitutional change in return for not shutting down the government and undermining the American economy. That’s insurrectionary behavior.

No argument here. The Republicans are elitist scum, out to destroy the country for no reason other than to feather their own nest. Too bad they don’t understand that they’re crapping in their own nest too.


Obligatory Bush Post On ‘The Speech’. (Shucks, Do I Hafta?)
September 14, 2007

You can find all the analysis and parsing you could possibly dream of out there today, on the tube, in the papers, on the web.  The Lion can’t really add much to any of it, nor is he inclined to do so.

The Lion notes that George Bush is a sad, pathetic little man who should be taking antipsychotic medication in a locked room. Unfortunately, he has gained political power in this country and is propped up by a Republican party intent on putting party over country, party over the law, party over the Constitution. When one of their Presidential candidates, Governor Huckabee, praises the President and calls the disaster in Iraq a theological war, as he did after the speech last night, you know that the Republicans have gone around the bend into madness and intend to take us and the world with them.

Thousands of Americans and Iraqis will die in the next year for no other reason than to maintain George Bush in power and to allow the Republicans to pretend that they have anything meaningful to say or do.

While those of us on the side of light may criticize the Democrats for failing to stop the war, to stop the psychotic in the White House, we have to accept that they are almost as powerless as we are. The Republicans have and use their votes to keep the war going, to keep their insane little poppet propped up. And yes, the Democrats could do more, could swing harder, could hit harder, and I wish they would. But it’s the Republicans who are responsible, who keep the madness and chaos going, who keep the killing fields open, and who must be made to pay, the sooner the better.

This country will see neither peace nor sanity nor harmony, neither justice nor fairness nor equality until the Republican party lies shattered on the ashheap of American history.

And a special note for Republican John Boehner, of ‘small price’ fame – you are beneath contempt. If you had the slightest shred of decency and integrity you would resign from the Congress. But a person who is so contemptuous of democracy and law that he hands out lobbyist checks on the floor of the House of Representatives obviously not only has neither decency nor integrity, but does not even know the meaning of the words. Unfortunately, to hear a Republican demean and denigrate every soldier who has ever fought in this country’s wars, to spit on their families and their graves, is no longer a matter of outrage. It’s business as usual for the Republicans.