Saturday April 6, 2013, 4:08 am
Because they had no scruples in choosing whom to embrace in their quest for power, the Republican Party is now a cesspit of wing-nuts that change the conspiracy theories they embrace more often than they change their socks. This has led to interference in foreign policy in ways that make the world more dangerous for us all.
We let it all slip away. Many people have aliened themselves with the republican "new" think, most because it serves their personal interest. Others have one agenda when voting, guns. They simply do not bother to learn or understand how these issues actually affect their lives or how it impacts the simple idea of peace. Obama said it was one of his goals was to clean the world of nuclear debris, by the end of this year most that goal will have been met. No one talks about that. He is and has been working toward a nuclear free world. A tough task when the Republicans are hell bent on blocking each goal he has. The gun issue is not about the second amendment, but it's been so saturated in propaganda for so many years, that many people have a "knee-jerk" reaction, that's not by chance. "Rid of the world of guns? That's what makes us free". How often we hear that. When in fact, that is one more element that keeps us tied to the massive corporate influence in Washington. Congress and the president rarely hear from their constituents, to the point that as few as 6 phones will can sway a vote. Yes, people do sign petitions, but if there is no personal follow up, those petitions can be easily ignored.
The NRA is nothing but a lobby group, and the general public sees this as a group that speaks in DC for their personal rights. Care2 is community that offers people the ability to read and learn more about many issues, this is one. For those who were not aware, they do now know that NRA speaks for those who manufacture guns, they could care less about individual rights, beyond making a purchase(s) of weapons and ammunition. This also affects the world community. The NRA is not interested in making the world a safer place, they oppose the treaty because it affects sales, and for no other reason.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 6:52 am
YAY, TomCat is back! We have missed you, Tom, and your succinct phrases like "cesspool of wing-nuts". LOL
Any and all respect I ever had for the GOP died many moons ago - they do not care what is good for this country, only what is good for their career and their bank account. The only question is whether to be angrier with the GOP or the apathetic dorks who let them get away with it all.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:27 am
Good to see you TomCat.
“It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.” ―G. K. Chesterton
“There are few genuine conservatives within the U.S. political system, and it is a sign of the intellectual corruption of the age that the honorable term 'conservatism' can be appropriated to disguise the advocacy of a powerful, lawless, aggressive and violent state, a welfare state for the rich dedicated to a lunatic form of Keynesian economic intervention that enhances state and private power while mortgaging the country's future.” ― Noam Chomsky, The Culture of Terrorism
"The best thing that can be said of it is, that it is a sign of the intellectual narrowness—in plain English, the stupidity which is still the average mark of our culture.” ―George Eliot
“I quote others only to better express myself.” ―Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533―1592
Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:47 am
Personally, it looks just like an exceptionally overextended gravely dysfunctional so-called western civilization grade school playground. The most scared. . .the whiners and the bullies. . .are constantly devising new ways to distract--disrupt--obstruct so those with ideas worth doing won't get a momentum. . .ridiculous use of life's energy on earth--pathetically stupid. . .such a waste of beauty so unique it will never be again. . .
". . .The world was a library and its books were the
stones, leaves, grass, brooks, and the birds and
animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and
blessings of earth. We learned to do what only the
student of nature ever learns, and that was to feel
beauty. . . .Life was vivid and pulsing; nothing was
commonplace. . ."
"The Indian loved to worship. From birth to death he revered his surroundings. He considered himself born in the luxurious lap of Mother Earth and no place was to him humble. There was nothing between him and the Big Holy. The contact was immediate and personal, and the blessings of Wakan Tanka flowed over the Indian like rain showered from the sky. Wakan Tanka was not aloof, apart, and ever seeking to quell evil forces. He did not punish the animals and the birds, and likewise He did not punish man. He was not a punishing God. For there was never a question as to the supremacy of an evil power over and above the power of Good. There was but one ruling power, and that was Good."
"Regarding the 'civilization' that has been thrust upon me since the days of reservation, it has not added one whit to my sense of justice; to my reverence for the rights of life; to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity; nor to my faith in Wakan Tanka—God of the Lakotas. For after all the great religions have been preached and expounded, or have been revealed by brilliant scholars, or have been written in books and embelished in fine language with finer covers, man—all man—is still confronted with the Great Mystery."
"So if today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the white man's present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian!"
―Ota K'Te/Mochunozhin, (1905-1939) Oglala Lakota [aka:Chief Luther Standing Bull
“A Native American grandfather talking to his young grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, Greed and hatred. "Which wolf will win, grandfather?" asks the young boy. "Whichever one I feed," is the reply.” ―1st Nations Wisdom
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8:09 am
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.-- Winston Churchill
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. ---Josh Billings
Welcome back TomCat--we so need your supply of truth!
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:08 am
Thank you, TomCat, for speaking truth to power! We need that on the major network news media. I love Rachel Maddow too, so thanks for the video as well. In addition, thanks to everyone for the superb comments. I enjoyed each of them.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:19 am
Look people there are 3rd Parties out there, why would anyone want to support the Republican disasters in the making, and if you can't possibly go to the Democrats for whatever reason then look to other Candidates. This isn't the Republican Party of your Grandfathers.
Please when we must cut the throat of babies of low income Mothers receiving food in order to help another family in a disaster zone, we have reached a new low, but that is the Republican stance for you. The same policies and agencies that the Republicans had supported in the past, some even helped to get started are now thrown off a cliff as somehow an awful program. Amazing, and yet too many people blindly follow along because of blind allegiance to Party.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 5:02 pm
It always amazes me that RepubliCONs are SO afraid of Everything that they seem to want to kill anything that moves..but Never see that as a Problem! Reich-wing "Christians" obviously Never read the New Testament (the Christian part!) because they would realize charity, tolerance, & turn-the-other-cheek peacefulness IS the whole point of Christianity and totally Alien to Their mind-set! So of course they're the MOST afraid - they don't even understand their own religion!
Saturday April 6, 2013, 5:19 pm
So glad to see you back Tom we have missed you so glad you are doing better, As for the republicans I have yet to hear one with make any sense, Love the Fox New cartoon.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 5:28 pm
Yes republicians are ....DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!!.....WHAT was everyones first...CLUE????. They are not christians....even.....AYN RAND....remember...HER....dead...ATHIEST?????, SHE IS THEIR ...GOD!!!!!!. They rule by her teachings, they cater to rich....and worship....AYN RAND....While pretending to follow...JESUS/&TRUE GOD!!!!!!!!!. AND IDIOTS FALL FOR THEM....the...KOCH brothers fund lies for them to be...elected!!!!! I am glad to be INFORMED....not to vote in the......AYN RAND HATE PARTY.....used to be known as the...REPUBLICIAN PARTY....NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!. Diana.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 6:10 pm
Had a nice, long reply, nearly completely written out, then my browser closed abruptly. I'll try to recreate it, although I may summarize. In fact, I will summarize.
--Yes, Republicans do make the world more dangerous. But it's only the modern ones. The earliest ones (think Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, Teddy Roosevelt), although far too warlike in the latter two cases (I don't think Lincoln wanted a war, or gloried in it the way the other two did) were still essentially honest people who cared about the human race more than money and personal wealth.
--After World War II, and the return of troops from overseas, the political climate shifted, and what Democrats and Republicans stood for swapped over a few times. In other words, The Republican Party of today isn't the Republican Party of Lincoln, much as the GOP would have you believe they are, And luckily, the Democrats aren't the same as they were in the early 1800s, either. (Which is a good thing if you're in the South and have dark colored skin.) But the difference is that the Democrats recognize that they've changed, and as I said, the Republicans still think they're the party of Lincoln.
--I had another point I was going to make, too--possibly about the Republican's' misuse of religion to suit their own ends. I'm not saying anything against religion, only that it's none of their business! Yet until this country is properly turned into a theocracy, they won't rest.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:22 pm
So GREAT to see you back TC. Hope you're doing well.
Seems to me, we've accepted and made excuses for the ignorance, outright and deliberate lies, lack of integrity, overt racism and bigotry, complete obstruction of our democracy, suppression of individual rights and the again, overt agenda of rigging votes and elections from the Right Wing as "just the way things work" and we're paying the BIG price now. The total arrogance and un-apologetic self-righteousness and hypocrisy is astounding. If this country doesn't come out full strength in 2014 and start removing the self-gratifying, game playing idiots from Congress we are going to be in a whole lot more hurt in the coming years. If folks think it's been bad so far, just wait until they get finished with ripping apart Social Security, Medicare, the USPS and the decent programs that actually help those that are not fortunate enough to have "Big Daddy" money from their privatized butt kissing businesses. The separation of poor vs. greedy rich continues to grow and we dive further into the tyranny of an oligarchy. Hate to spread doom and gloom but to me it's as clear as glass where we're headed with a legislative gun to our head and held hostage in our own Country until we make them irrelevant and demand that majority rule is put back in place. It's pretty disgusting to get to the "golden years" in life and be more frightened for our nation more so now than ever before. For America's sake vote Democrat in 2014, vet the candidates, look into their history and voting records before going to the polls. The current Republican Party lives in such an alternate universe, trying to appeal to common sense, morals or American values just doesn't even come into play with them anymore. THEY ARE DANGEROUS AT HOME AND ABROAD.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:33 pm
Repugs are the REAL "evil-doers" in this country, starting with Cheney/Bush, et al, themselves. They're all bought and sold by criminal corporations including the despicable NRA.
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:05 pm
Glad to hear that you're on the mend, TomCat! I've missed your unique perspective on the issues (especially on the subject of the Republican wing nuts) and your unparalleled power of description (especially with regard to the Republican wing nuts)!!!
They're truly not "their father's Oldsmobile," and if they want to survive, I really think they're going to have to behave more rationally. Or at least I'm hoping that's the case.
Sunday April 7, 2013, 12:08 am
They are looking bad and soon will be Obsolete, Just want to take- a- way what we all have worked hard to get. Not a care if it affects their own families! Their very own families don't want Vouchers and Medicaire cut, Social Security, Way too much 'Filibustering" just to stall and make things go their way. No common sense! Hope they get voted out and replaced with better.
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:43 am
Senator Jim Inhofe called it “another attempt by internationalists to limit and infringe upon America’s sovereignty.” — And just how many times has the US infringed upon another country's sovereignty? Iraq comes to mind with a US lead illegal invasion.
This treaty will no more infringe upon American sovereignty than Republican/Teabaggers will raise the tax rate on the 1% and corporations to 50%! With the US Senate likely to refuse to ratify the treaty, the US will join North Korea, Iran and Syria in turning it down — what great company. Since the US is not likely to ratify it, and since the Rt disHonourable PM Twit Stephen Harper is such a Republican/Teabagger at heart, it would not surprise me that Canada refuses to ratify the treaty either. Arrggghhhh!!!!!
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:49 am
Thanks everyone. Kudos to more than I can list. Remember that my complaints an against Republicans refer to the leaders and those ho agree with them. Many rank and file Republicans are decent people, whose party has deserted them.
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:52 am
EXCELLENT reminder TC. Those of us that live in the REAL world no matter what party or beliefs, are usually able to "live and let live" maybe not agreeing all the time but the "clear thinking" either debate their issues or agree to disagree and do manage the compromise of living peacefully without stepping on each others toes or interfering in each others personal lives to the extent of strident immovability or hateful actions. Some of my family and two of my friends that I would trust with my life or my family's life are Republican and we have some good discussions at times but love each other dearly and have always found the compromise to exist together and support each other no matter how staunch our personal beliefs. I've been so disgusted with Congress, worried about our country and the horrid actions of the Bush/Cheney regime in the last decade plus that I tend to forget when I voice my opinion to make the GOOD point you made that most of our American rank and file Republicans are good, caring, decent people and have been taken over by the loudmouth, over the cliff extremist. We have to have multi-party system for democracy to work but unfortunately the too many of the losers in Washington are not representing the mainstream of their party, too afraid of their own shadow and running scared of the bullies that have accumulated so much wealth they feel untouchable. The Republicans have used the divide and conquer even to the point of dividing their own party. The good news is, the bullies, extremist and strictly power driven are losing this fight with the American People at large no matter the party. That's our only saving grace and our only power is at the polls. Americans are seeing that you don't have to give up core beliefs and that staying loyal to a group or party that has thrown all manner of fairness and sanity down the drain is not what America needs or is our collective history. Decent People and Common Sense PREVAIL
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:00 am
Thanks guys. Every once in a while I need to remind us all of that, including me. I do volunteer work helping prisoners realize their efforts to redeem themselves. Since they can do it, even Republicans are redeemable. ;-)
Monday April 8, 2013, 12:33 pm
Two things have to be accomplished in the United States in order to have a true Democracy. We have to make lobbying illegal and campaign funds from corporations have to be banned. It is greed not common sense and decency that keeps the GOP afloat.
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:07 pm
Noted. I think that the most dangerous thing is the level of out-of-touch (edness) probably most of our politicians have, even the ones we admire. Their aides at home may have a clue because they have to deal with the phone calls, emails, stop-bys, etc. A relative of mine recently retired from a long term aide job. He worked for a great guy. But said great guy didn't realize how angry people are because he didn't have that kind of contact. The Republicans, at least those that had the audacity to have the first-ever-in-American-history filibuster are so out of touch it is indeed scary.
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:38 pm
This is off topic a bit but need help and couldn't get individual message to work.
TC et al - I want to start a Pledge/Petition to tell the Republicans in Congress that if they vote No to bringing the Gun Safety Reform to a vote on the floor or filibuster it, the people that sign the pledge will ABSOULTLY NOT VOTE FOR THEM in their next election. Time to turn the damn tables on them as in their very stupid PLEDGE to Grover Norquist about never raising taxes and it's past time to make the NRA irrelevant. The bastards have blood on their hands and are going for broke to do more damage to our people. With 91% of the American people supporting Gun Reform maybe it will get their attention if it will go viral. I don't really care who or how it gets out there, just that this particular message is sent loud and clear to the idiots. What do ya think? I don't know how to get it done.