Friday, December 10, 2010

No, No, No, No, No!

Woman stabs new husband
seven times with steak knife
as he refuses to give up TV control.

The party of “no” is still at it. Republicans vote no on a bill to give financial aid to 911 responders who are suffering from health problems relating to their heroism. They also voted no on the Dream Act that would give citizenship to immigrants who are willing to serve our country. Similarly, they voted no on the START treaty, widely regarded as absolutely necessary for our security. Finally, they voted no on DADT, the terribly discriminatory policy that has to do with Gays in the military and has widespread support from most everyone else.

Obviously this is just more of the Republican vow to vote no on everything Obama wishes to do. It seems to me unlikely that among the 42 Republican Senators who voted against these bills there is no one who believes that none of them have merit and should not be passed. The fact is, President Obama is not to be allowed a victory on anything, Republicans are admittedly on a campaign to destroy his Presidency at any cost. Is this really what the voting public voted for when they voted to give the House back to Republican control? It makes me wonder if the voting public is even paying attention to what is going on in Washington, D.C. One or more of these bills will probably manage to get passed before the end of the year, even Republicans cannot block everything, no matter how much they desire to destroy Obama. We know destroying Obama has been their plan from the beginning as they announced it rather proudly, and they have managed pretty much to stick to this indecent plan. While some things are hard to prove, I personally believe there is an element of racism involved here. You have to ask yourself if (1) there is any precedent for a party of “no.” And then (2) would they have attempted to do this if the Democratic President was White, say even Hillary Clinton or John Kerry? I could of course be wrong about this, but I don’t think so. However consciously or unconsciously, I think White Republicans (and quite likely some Democrats as well) are not willing to acknowledge that Blacks can truly compete in traditionally White professions, tight ends and linebackers maybe, but not quarterbacks and managers. It is true there are now Black quarterbacks, coaches and managers, but this is fairly recent and is still not without controversy.

I could also be wrong about this, but it seems to me that only in America could someone like Sarah Palin be considered a candidate for the highest office in the land, or Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell be considered Senatorial candidates. The fact that they are (at least by some) leads me to believe that Americans are just not serious about their government and who represents them. I will not be surprised to see Michelle Bachmann announce she is running for President (although I am not so demented yet as to believe she could win, but, hey, who knows, this is America).

Is anyone surprised to learn that the Israeli/Palestinian talks have basically been dropped? The Israelis simply refuse to give up stealing and the Palestinians won’t talk unless they do. So, once again, and again, and again, and again, there is going to be no solution other than the status quo, just as Israel prefers (why not, they are in the driver’s seat, no one seems to be able to stop their drunk driving, and I guess most of the world doesn’t care about Palestinians, fairness, decency, or even slow genocide). Obama seems unable to stand up to Netanyahu and aside from withdrawing his offer of free bombers as a bribe, once again nothing is going to change. And is anyone surprised that Alan Dershowitz is blaming the Palestinians? The single greatest obstacle to anything like peace in the Middle East is Israel, but, hey, let’s blame the Iranians, or better yet the Palestinians. The entire world, and especially the United States, should be profoundly ashamed for allowing this problem to fester year after year after year, and in effect participating in this indecent charade.

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Moshe Dayan

Maine Coons are known as “the gentle giants of the cat world.”

1 comment:

Bubblehead said...

When did they vote on the START Treaty? I didn't hear about that. I know they're supposed to vote on it by the end of the year...