Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Life-and-Death Election, 2012

Unless Mitt Romney (or Jeb Bush) stops the Rick Perry steamroller, we are heading toward a referendum on the value of human life next year.

When Sarah Palin invented death panels to bash health care reform two years ago, with perfect pitch for political devastation, she planted a seed that has now flowered in the Tea Party frontrunner, who is being cheered for multiple executions in Texas by crowds who are also thrilled by the prospect of letting uninsured young people die.

How did Hope and Change so quickly morph into hate and fear? The confluence of a sinking economy, an African-American president and the Rupert Murdoching of the media? Too many signs point to the possibility that even a mild economic upturn might not be enough to a keep a cardboard cutout of a Texan from evicting Barack Obama from the White House.

Rick Perry won his first political race for agriculture commissioner running against a rule requiring farmers to get their workers out of the fields before they sprayed pesticide on them. Now, firing guns in the air at rallies, he presides over a state with more executions and less health insurance than any in the union.

As the Tea Party celebrates Constitution Day, one official brags about its schools program: “We go right back to the founders when it comes to the Constitution. The material we’re bringing in is very historical, there’s no agenda in either direction.”

It’s also historical that the founders didn’t let women vote and kept a whole race of people as slaves, but they tried to limit government and keep taxes down, and that seems to be enough for Tea Party patriots.

Unless something changes between now and next fall, Barack Obama faces a reelection fight not only against an ideological caricature but to preserve Social Security, Medicare and everything else life-affirming in American history for over a century.

8 comments:

Lesley said...

As Pogo said...I have found the enemy and he is us.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

There's a lot of talk now about Obama deciding not to run at all. What are your thoughts on that? Do you think it likely that someone like Hillary Clinton (as suggested by the Chicago Tribune) would be a good replacement for him on the ticket?

heubler said...

Do you think it likely that someone like Hillary Clinton (as suggested by the Chicago Tribune) would be a good replacement for him on the ticket?

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Yes, the conservative Chicago Trib would suggest something like that to divide the party, but what thinking person wouldn't discount their opinions because of their obvious bias against the president, and the democrats?

Anonymous said...

interesting how he berates the tea party people for their reverance to the founding fathers even though they were slave owners, but it's okay for him to adorn his blog title banner with a quote from Harry S. Truman, a war criminal personally responsible for dropping an atomic bomb in Japan when the country was nearing surrender, then dropping a second bomb 48 hours later, slaughtering over 200,000 innocent women , children and the elderly.

Anonymous said...

"the value of human life"?

This coming from Rick Perry who killed living baby Sun Hudson against his mother's wishes because he was an inconvenience to the state of Texas.

ralph4america said...

DID YOU KNOW THAT PART OF NEW YORK STATE WAS ONCE CALLED THE “BURNT-OVER DISTRICT” ON ACCOUNT OF ITS BEING ON FIRE IN THE FLAMES OF REVIVAL?!??!?!

NOW WE HEAR THAT IN ANOTHER PART OF THAT SIN-SICK STATE, PEOPLE OF THE 9TH CONGRESS IONAL DISTRICT HAVE REPENTED IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION!!!!!!!

OBVIOUSLY, THIS MINISTRY’S MISSION TO NEW YORK IS BEARING RICH FRUIT!!!!!!

SOUL-WINNING, MOUNTAIN-MOVING, DEVIL-KICKING, PIAPS-DEFEATING, AMERICA-STRENGTHENING, RAPTURE-READY, MARK 16:18 REVIVAL ACROSS NEW YORK AND THROUGHOUT THE EAST COAST!!!!!!!

THE 9TH DISTRICT’S NEW REPRESENTATIVE, BOB TURNER HAS TAKEN A STRONG STAND AGAINST THE GROUND ZERO TERROR VICTORY MOSQUE!!!!!

CONGRESSMAN TURNER, PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT GROUND ZERO’S OTHER TERROR SHRINES!!!!!

SO TOO, NOW IS THE TIME TO MOBILIZE AGAINST THE 2012 TERRORIST VICTORY MARCH IN NEW YORK!!!!!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO DEEPER REVIVAL IN TEXAS AND ACROSS AMERICA!!!


http://americaphile.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/revival-underway-in-nyc/

Fuzzy Slippers said...

[quote]Yes, the conservative Chicago Trib would suggest something like that to divide the party, but what thinking person wouldn't discount their opinions because of their obvious bias against the president, and the democrats?[/quote]

Actually, this has been coming from Dems pretty much since the dem operatives wrote "One and Done." The Tribune, btw, also supported BO back in '08. There is a long list of dems who are either running from BO or flat-out saying he's in big trouble (among them Carville).

It's nice to be supportive, but it's rather dangerous to ignore the fact that this president is in trouble.

Personally, I'd be very happy if he and his followers kept plowing ahead in utter ignorance of the facts, but I was just asking about this because there is still time to save the party, if not this president. As a former Dem, I would like to see the party restored to what it once was. There's a reason there are so many independents in this country, you know, and they aren't all former GOP. ;)

Anonymous said...

What we've learned since 1/20/2009 is that a vocal minority and a couple of DINO senators with 41 votes in the Senate can block the agenda of a president with a solid popular and electoral majority.

Obama will win next year and Boehner will lose votes because the pathetic Tea Bag Republicans are simply beneath contempt.