It seems to me…
“Isn’t it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another term in office.” ~ Peter Schmuck, Baltimore sports writer (concerning the indictment of Roger Clemens).
This is election season and many of the statement being made by both political parties are either partially or totally untrue, misleading, or to some extent – insulting to both our country and the President. While I do not agree with all that President Obama has proposed or said, he still is our President and I respect the office. While he holds that office, I will support him as I tried to do with previous administrations. President Obama has not been even a fraction as untruthful as his direct predecessor so to label him as a “liar” as has been done by rightwing extremists is not only disrespectful but a direct distortion of the facts.
Similarly, while I do not approve of Congress’s inability to function as charged, the people of our country elected them in free and open elections. To single out Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid without equally mentioning John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Jeb Hensarling, or Tom Price in the House or Mitch McConnell or Jon Kyl in the Senate who have opposed every bill attempting to aid our nation’s recovery is to buy into the Republican lie. It is obvious that the only thing Republicans care about is regaining the White House and are willing to sacrifice our country’s future to do it.
Regardless of Conservative claims, there has not been any attempt by the current administration to pass any legislation that is Socialistic and anyone using that term in relationship to any laws passed in the last fifty years hasn’t any idea what Socialism actually is:
Socialism: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
This is another of the Republican “Big Lies”. (Even our early colonies passed “social” legislation to assist the needy.)
Republicans also have claimed it “was the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democrat Congress”, yes, the majority (53 percent) of seniors voted for McCain but that certainly is not an overwhelming percentage. And haven’t younger voters an equal voice in determining our nation’s leaders? Again the claim of “hype and lies” best applies to the fabricator of these types of messages.
And for the attempt to blame the current administration for “no jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom”, while I might be getting older, there isn’t anything wrong with my memory and anyone failing to remember that these are the legacy of the Bush administration would have to be senile. Yes, Obama has had four years to reverse those policies but every attempt at change has been opposed by the Republicans.
We do need to carefully consider whom we elect in the coming elections but – at least so far – the current crop of Republican candidates appear to have lost touch with reality and if their campaign statements were enacted, would continue the recent Republican-motivated decline into ultra-rightwing conservative extremism. Not only are they the Party of “NO”, they have become the party against nearly everything; they are the party attempting to destroy our nation’s middle class, they are the party unwilling to let scientific facts interfere with wishful thinking, they are the party willing to sacrifice our nation’s future for narrow ideological doctrine. The list of what they oppose is endless – and the results of their stated agenda if enacted would be fewer jobs, less police and fire protection, fewer teachers, more expensive college education, worse environment, worse health, elimination of retirement benefits, deterioration of our entire transportation infrastructure. Where does it end?
I believe the best days of our country still to be in our future but our country must get beyond current ultra-conservative attempts to destroy all that our nation stands for. We must rebuild the educational and research foundations upon which the innovational capacity necessary for our very survival depends. Similarly, we must bring the entire infrastructure which serves as the foundation of our country to a level where it is able to support the manufacturing, transportation, and commerce necessary to begin a re-growth to what our country once stood for. I believe in the potential of our future rather than some figment of a past that never really was. It is time for us to start moving…
I always have been told that the way you can tell when a politician is lying is if his mouth is moving. Listen to the candidates in the upcoming elections and ask yourself one question: “Would I buy a used car from this person?”
That’s what I think, what about you?