I've added another blog to the blogroll, All Hands On Deck by The Only Adult In The Room. It is primarily focused on the presidential campaign, and working hard for President Obama.
I need to be very clear here.
a.) I am a real liberal. Universal healthcare. Cradle-to-grave education, without fucking intelligent design. Fix the damn roads and pay the damn public employees, who unnoticed, make a great deal of our lives easier (when is the last time you got poop-poisoning from your water tap?). Give people every chance to succeed.
b.) I have not been the greatest fan of the President. He has given away much to republican creatures who wish for nothing less than the destruction of the United States as we know it, and want nothing more than to replace it with a feudal theocracy. People who vote republican? Let me be blunt - unless you are one of the 'blessed' few, you are stupid.
c.) I nevertheless believe that the President has a good heart, has empathy, and while no longer one of us little people, he has been a regular guy. He has done a number of remarkable things. He has a streak of naivete that concerns me, in that he truly seems to believe that someday republicans will work with him on something, anything. He's wrong. They will burn the country down rather than let a black president succeed, much less succeed at cleaning up the mess left behind by an ignorant, coke-addled frat-boy installed by daddy's friends and kept in his place by a Sith Lord.
As an aside, it says something that the last three Democrats who held the Presidency had been, at one point in their life, regular folk. And all of them quite decent human beings who did good things while in office. I would very happily have a conversation with Pres. Carter, Pres. Clinton, or Pres. Obama. But one of the Bush Crime Family, or Zombie Reagan, or "I've got $10,000 in my pocket, let's bet on it" Mitt $. Rmoney? Why would I want to pollute my life with gibberish, soil my soul with the stench of hate, hate for the poor, hate for women, hate for any person who dares be less than eggshell white? For FSM's sakes, President Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House roof, and the ROI was going to be remarkable. The guy who was second billing in a movie with a chimp tore them down as soon as he took office, because the oil company guys didn't like the symbolism.
Romney is a collection of subroutines, a perfectly programmed republican robot, a memorized list of talking points. To steal a phrase, "there is no there, there." He is a windsock, a puppet, wants to be president of the Koch Brothers, by the AIPAC, and for the ALEC. He is completely gutless. For example, he nominated Richard Grenell to be his foreign policy advisor, a man far, far to the neocon right; praised by such human rights luminaries as John Bolton and the Timecube guy; called for war on Iran, Switzerland and North Dakota for the oil reserves. However, Grenell is an openly gay man, and had participated in same-sex-marriage advocacy, and despite his huge, dramatic desire to get blood on his hands, in republican circles he is ravenous animal, dedicated to turning boys to lives of depravity. Sorta like a Catholic priest. The outcry from social right movement leaders such as the Family Research Council, Liberty University, and the Timecube guy led Romney to gag Grenell (and not in the good way), telling him to shut his piehole if any republicans were in on a phone call. This led, not surprisingly, to Grenell's departure before even officially taking the position, with a half-hearted Romney statement to the effect of "Please don't go well if you gotta." Even Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said, "... if Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, coopted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me?"
Please. Yes, I'd love President Bernie Sanders, or President Paul Krugman, but they are not running. Obama has been fine, not thrilling, has a lot to work on, but fine. Romney is NOT an option.
We need to re-elect President Obama.
We need to kick the rotten republicans out of Congress, out of public discourse, and ideally out of the country. Same goes for Blue Dog Democrats and the Democratic Leadership Council/Third Way. Get out, you Koch-sucking bastards! Let's get the United States of America back from the swine.