Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Cud Chew Of Current Events

Today a melange of Oracle ruminations:

 Last week Senate Republicans decided to give the middle finger to veterans by using a procedural vote to kill the Veterans Jobs Corp Act, 58-40.

The unemployment rate for Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War II-era Veterans is now nearly 11 percent, but Republicans blocked this bill because they don't want anything that could remotely help anyone to happen under President Obama's watch. 

That, and they don't really care about veterans, much like Mitt Romney, who explained that he didn't mention the men and women fighting in Afghanistan during his speech at the Republican National Convention because "when you give a speech you don't go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important."

Obviously, the thousands of American men and women coming back from this country's wars dead or with missing limbs are not important to Romney, but he and many in the Republican party are the very people who seem to have no qualms about committing this country to another war or two.

Presidential wanna-be Romney said that the 47% of Americans who will vote for President Obama are "dependent" on government, think of themselves as "victims," and will never "take personal responsibility for their lives." Want to know what an awesome great-grandma named DeEtte thinks of Romney's comment?

Spotted on a bumper sticker on a vehicle in South Florida: 2012 Don’t Re-Nig

It should come as no small surprise that Florida is mentioned here, and it definitely should come as no surprise that racism is the crux of the hate and resentment many in this country feel for President Obama. 

The seething anger directed toward Obama has nothing to do with how well he is performing as president. What tightens the sphincters of the Teabilly assholes is the fact that there is a nigger in the lily-White House. There would be a whole hell of a lot less teeth gnashing if the president was simply a white democrat.

And yes, I used the word "nigger." That's the term used behind closed doors and in back rooms because the right-wing conservative douche bags are too chicken shit to openly express such things. So instead, the word gets hidden in oblique language, false controversies and putative “jokes.”

These are the very same people who pound their chest and trumpet "American exceptionalism." To these neoconservatives American exceptionalism is like the biblical "shining city on a hill." The simmering cauldron of racism in this country does not unbosom American exceptionalism to the world, and it certainly belies the assertion that this is a Christian nation.

In closing:

It’s been said that “democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.”

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