Posts tagged ‘politics’

August 28, 2012

My Personal Political Platform, Plank #1

I would vote for any candidate today who would say the following:

“I will never use ‘tradition’ over substance to justify any of my policies. All tradition ever does is stand in the way of progress and reason.

August 21, 2012

A message for anyone who’s thinking about voting Republican

To anyone who is thinking about voting for Romney/Ryan, or any other Republican this season, largely on their economic plans and rhetoric on fiscal responsibility and without regard to their other policy stances, I have a message for you:

Wake the hell up.

To have an idea of what will really happen if Republicans win a majority of the contests this year, we need only look back to the midterm elections only two short years ago. The “Tea Party-backed Republicans who stormed into the House and into state legislatures around the country promised to focus on jobs and fiscal responsibility,” much like they are doing this year. But once elected into office, their true MO becomes clear:

1. Attacking abortion and women’s rights

2. Attacking evolution and trying to push religion back into schools

3. Attacking Obamacare and the very notion of cheaper health care for everyone

4. Attacking gay rights and same-sex marriage

5. Disenfranchising as many voters as possible using voter id laws, specifically to win elections

Absolutely none of this has anything to do with job growth and economic recovery. In fact, pushing these policies often comes at the expense of the more pressing economic problems we face.

The point is this: the modern day GOP has no other way to grasp the more general class of voters needed to win elections than by focusing on the poor economy. But all their other agendas often go against the majority of these voters. Somehow, they’re able to convince people that if you vote for them on this one issue, then they’ll be fine with not pressing all these other issues that would make them look bad. They’re trying to do it again this term, and if it works, it’s going to result in the same bullshit.

Don’t let them keep winning with this strategy.

June 15, 2012

It’s suddenly so easy to be so offensive

Vagina.

June 14, 2012

Welfare State? What Welfare State?

Sheldon Adelson tells Forbes he is willing to spend $100 million on the US election.

He probably ain’t doing it for Romney’s autograph.

Meanwhile, the median household US income is approximately $26672.

$100 million / $26672 = 3749.

One man using 3749 households’ worth of money to sway one election.

I could probably go the rest of my life without hearing a better joke than that.

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June 13, 2012

Bribery by Another Name

Sheldon Adelson donates $10 million to Mitt Romney.  (h/t Daily Show)

American Politics is officially a joke.

June 8, 2012

GOP tearing itself apart

LA GOP Convention Descends Into Chaos, Violence

Several supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sustained injuries while being arrested during the Louisiana Republican Party’s state convention over the weekend, in a conflict that engulfed the meeting after Paul’s supporters overwhelmed other delegates and voted in new leadership, only to be ignored.

So now there are two entirely different sets of delegates, one selected by the Ron Paul alternative convention and one selected by the regular convention, and there’s going to be a big fight over which ones will actually represent the party in Tampa. A similar problem is going on in Nevada, where the RNC has threatened to block the entire state delegation from the national convention after Paul supporters took it over.

I think overall, the best thing for American politics would be to abolish the two-party system. It’s just ludicrous to think that two parties is sufficient to best represent such a wide range of people that we have in this country, and only serves to divide us in purely-artificial ways. Of course, the two parties are the only ones who could make such a change, so it’s just as ludicrous to think that it would ever happen in our lifetimes. Still, this story goes to show that it is something this country desperately needs.

And no, I do not think bi-partisan politics is the same thing.

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June 7, 2012

A Step Backward – Walker Recall Edition

If you are a Wisconsin resident, and you understand that Scott Walker had to be recalled, and you did not show up at the polls, then you are my enemy. You are everybody’s enemy. You are worse than the yahoos who wanted him to stay and showed up and voted, because at least they participated in the process.

From the X-blog

June 5, 2012

This is why I hate American Politics

$63 million has been spent on the Wisconsin recall election.

The 2012 Presidential Election is going to cost approximately $6 billion.

Even in 2010, a non-presidential election year, $3.6 billion was spent on all federal elections.

In American Politics, there are no financially responsible politicians.

May 31, 2012

The birther nonsense

“I have a very large Twitter,” – Donald Trump

I have very little patience for birthers and the incessant questions about Obama’s birth certificate, to the extent that I long ago devoted a facebook group to it. To me, being American is more than just a piece of paper, and I think Obama represents what it means to be an American, for the most part, and that should be enough. I would not stand for it, and I feel that Obama, let alone any other person choosing to identify themselves with American values, should not be subjected to it.
To me, the controversy over Obama’s birth certificate is nothing more than an outlet for birthers to publicize their rejection of Obama as President. While they are free to feel however they want, questioning his citizenship as an American should be off limits, because I bet that every single one of these birthers would be offended, even outraged, if some stranger were to deny that they were American unless they presented their actual birth certificate. Most people express that level of offense just for being carded for alcohol or tobacco. I know that I am not a supported of everything Obama, but to question his roots without any regard for who he is as an actual person is, to me, the lowest type of prejudice.
People who try to deny another person’s right to call themselves an American, need to take a long hard look at themselves, and ask what makes them more American.
May 28, 2012

Posts That I’ve Read Today, 5/28/2012

I usually link posts I find worth sharing separately on facebook, but to try to reduce the facebook spam this causes I thought I’d try compiling them in a single post, in the style of Mike the Mad Biologist. For what it’s worth, I read the entirety of any post to which I link.

Mike Huckabee calls opponents “morally repugnant political whores,” then denies. H/T Mano Singham

A Realistic View of Deficit Spending

I worked for Reagan and wrote for National Review. But the new hysterical right cares nothing for truth or dignity.” H/T Ed Brayton

Opposition to gay marriage has hit a new low among Americans, weeks after President Barack Obama announced his support for it, according to a new poll Wednesday.”

Tomorrow, I attempt to get back to research.

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