After the State of the Union address by the President of the United States, self-appointed Tea Party spokeswoman and probable candidate for the Presidency, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota gave her unofficial response. Shocking was the inclusion of Ms. Bachmann’s recitation of the history of slavery in the US. Where did this woman learn her “facts?” According to Ms. Bachmann, the Founding Fathers eradicated the “scourge of slavery” from our shores. This would have been in the 18th Century by her history. Every schoolboy knows that some of the Founding Fathers owned slaves and cohabited with them producing illegitimate heirs. George Washington did not free his slaves until after his death. In fact, slavery in the US was ended by President Abraham Lincoln near the conclusion of the Civil War in the 19th Century. An extremely ugly chapter in our history followed which included “Jim Crowism,” many hangings of black people (ex-slaves), segregation and finally integration in the 20th Century! Somehow this true history was not taught in the school where Rep. Bachmann received her instruction. Ms. Bachman’s Bio says she went to Anoka High School in Anoka, MN.
Rep. Bachmann has offended every afro-american in the United States with her ludicrous rendition of the suffering of black people throughout our history. Her callous lack of regard for this sensitive subject is immeasurable. No mere apology will suffice! Rep. Bach gave her “herstory” of slavery during a speaking engagement in Iowa where Presidential candidates go to test the water. I am sure the good people of Iowa were shocked and alarmed that such an unworthy politician could have risen to her level of the Tea Party and actually be a well-known republican member of the US House of Representatives. Ms. Bachmann, you have embarrassed yourself royally! Please return to that dark night of your obscurity and be heard of no more. You cannot recover from offending millions of potential voters in this way. Bye bye!
|SOTU|”LET’S FIX WHAT NEEDS FIXING AND MOVE FORWARD!” President Obama gave an excellent address which gave one hope and was filled with many new ideas. He wisely did not include remarks about gun control. He did say he would not support cuts in Social Security and Medicare. He said much about infrastructure. There was much applause when he urged us to become teachers.The President mentioned his support of DADT and urged colleges to participate in ROTC and move beyond battles of the past. The President called for a five-year spending cut freeze. Support for the DREAM Act was mentioned. I won’t try to give complete coverage of the speech but suffice it to say the SOTU was warmly received by both sides of the aisle.
The republican response to the SOTU was “dark” and CNN elevated Michele Bachmann, member of one teaparty group, to spokesman of the whole movement. Yes, there were two (2) republican responses to the SOTU. There were others.
Tonight at 6:00pm, coverage begins on “THE STATE OF THE UNION,” an address by President Obama to the full Congress and the people. SOTU AT 9:00PM ET
Barack Obama Offers Change We Can Believe In
President Obama will give us his assessment of the health and future of the country as he sees and plans it. Would that the losses in the mid-term election were a dim memory. Will the flame of change be rekindled? Will we be reminded of why we chose this President? Will President Obama take us on an auspicious journey into our future with him at the helm? It will be a great speech, of course, but will it offer propitious hope for the changes in our lives…Ones that democrats have been stymied from making for decades? Will there been revisions to current initiatives? Will there be even newer changes to make come true?
One thing for sure, God will bless this State of the Union and the humble man who delivers it. Many prayers will have been said for his success. The headlines of the morrow will be his. God bless Barack Obama!
Wikipedia quotes The Fuehrer: “The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one”. My sociology teacher, Miss Ross taught me “The Big Lie.” She said, “If you tell an outrageous lie over and over and over…people will begin to believe it.” This is what happened in Germany. Hitler and his regime falsely blamed the Jews for Germany’s economy woes. They told that lie over and over until there were concentration camps and extermination. While browsing on YouTube this supporter of Keith Olbermann found the following videos on FoxNews which might have escaped your attention. I found them shocking!
Mr. President, President Bush, “W”, left you two poorly managed wars. He went on to write a memoir and he thinks history will be kind to him. 😦 It is admirable that you want to end Bush’s wars with conventional victories. You brought the troops out of Iraq and left a group of trainers. Now Iraq has a functioning government and they have asked us to leave their country. Iraq had a history of being a modern day country, unlike Afghanistan which is a collection of waring tribes who live in another century. For years we have been helping them with nation building which we deny officially. It was the height of arrogance that President Bush thought we could do what Alexander, the Great, could not do, et als. It is time. The generals have had enough of waring…and our boys need a rest after so many tours of duty. Sir, bring them home. You just sent 1400 marines over. The ratio of our numbers versus their numbers is hard to fathom. After all these years in Afghanistan how many safe, fully functing cities have we created? How are we doing winning “the hearts and minds of the AFghans? The American people see no virtue in our continuing this war. We just cannot solve all the problems of the world even though we are an “exceptional nation.” Bring the boys home. Order General Patraeus to come up with an exit strategy that we can accomplish this year. Yes, this year. We thought we had a loyal and credible partner in President Karzai, but, recent events show the contrary. If Karzai is ever to govern, let him begin now!
It was so satisfying to watch our troops on TV as they withdrew from Iraq without incident. We left and “the world didn’t come to an end.” Let’s leave Afghanistan! Of course that means we will need even more jobs for those men and women when their service ends. 😦 But, we must do what Freda Payne sings, “Bring the Boys Home.”
A SPECIAL APPEAL TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION
No one wants to touch your guns, but, as the Tucson Massacre has taught us: We do not need a pistol magazine clip that holds 30 bullets.
May We Count on You?
Will you work with Congress to outlaw these “high-capacity” magazines?
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy has dedicated her service in Congress to reducing high-capacity magazines. She just introduced a bill to ban them. Colin Ferguson used one of these magazines when he murdered the Congressman’s husband and injured her son.
Ed Schultz, Radio Host and Host of "The Ed Show" on MSNBC
Ed Schultz of the “Edshow” on MSNBC has come out supporting the Congressman’s ban saying that he is the owner of several guns and is an avid hunter. He can see sportsmen don’t need high-capacity magazines to enjoy hunting and recreation.
Any legislation that abridges gun rights, control or ownership has no chance of becoming law without cooperation from the NRA. That’s just a fact! We need grassroots gun owners to come out and back this proposal. Write to your US Senator or US Representative to give your support to ban high-capacity magazines. SUPPORT THE BAN ON HIGH- CAPACITY MAGAZINES introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.
No Stinkin' 31 Bullets Needed to Bring This Deer Down!
GOP Leader, Eric Cantor, has a constituent, “J.M.”, who wonders why he became a congressman. She said as much on the @EDSHOW yesterday. Eric Cantor’s bio shows a lot of highfalutin political accomplishments, but, no service to the people, the common man, the poor. No wonder at an early age he chose an intern job with a republican. From there he quickly scaled the political ladder to success as GOP Leader. With his matinée idol looks perhaps Eric should have pursued a career in Hollywood where his callous attitude would not hurt good people who look to government to help solve their problems…problems that an individual cannot solve…the kind of problems of the oppressed that are the mission of the Democratic Party.
As the republican two-day stunt ended, Rep. Cantor made a sad appeal to Senate Majority Leader to let the bill receive consideration. Senator Harry Reid has made it plainly clear that this repeal of the President’s signature accomplishment will go that graveyard where over 400 bills from the House went in the last Congress. Yes, 400 bills! WHERE WAS ERIC CANTOR’S VOICE THEN? Republicans in the Senate used their power to effectively kill hundreds of hours of good work for the people: a waste! This was a shocking example of just how connected Eric Cantor is to his district, IMHO. NOTE: On Nov. 2, 2010, Cantor told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that he would try to trim the federal deficit by reducing welfare. This is textbook republican outlook on the future of poor people in America and government’s role in serving humanity.
Do your district leaders in Congress know how you feel on issues of the day? It is easy to write them.
Full Disclosure: I did not watch C-Span yesterday, but, I watched MSNBC all day. I learned that the republicans are putting on a dog and pony showto go through the motions of keeping a campaign promise to the Tea Party. Who do they think they are fooling? Republicans want to repeal the most significant legislation won by the administration just because it helps President Obama in 2012. The American people are comforted by having their children up to 26 years of age on their insurance plans. Americans like having the federal government prevent rich insurance companies from discriminating against pre-existing conditions. The republicans will probably vote today to take away all that we have gained in healthcare reform, a/k/a “Obamacare.” elsewhere on this site you have read:
… that repealing “Obamacare” would add to the Deficit. He says, “That’s their opinion.” Opinion? The CBO is … OBAMACARE: REDUCES DEFICIT BY $143 BILLION OVER 9 YEARS REPEALING OBAMACARE:ADDS $1.3 TRILLION TO DEFICIT OVER 20 YEARS (Source: Dylan Ratigan …)
Who would benefit from repeal of healthcare reform? THE RICH INSURANCE COMPANIES who fund the Republican Party. You will recall that the US Supreme Court has unleashed the flood waters of money to republicans without limit, it seems. [Case: Citizens United] Democrats fund their campaigns that champion the common man with gifts of $5 here and $25 there. The power concentrated in this country is anti-middle-class and more.
I wonder how much how much the republicans are spending on this “debate” and vote? It’s pure waste because this bill will never see the light of day in the US Senate like the 400 bills we sent from The House to The Senate during the last congress. Note: President Obama would be the final check on this folly. Beginning Thursday Speaker Boehner should begin working on the economy and jobs which are the most pressing issues today.