Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reticence - Why are the Democrats So Nice to Republicans?

"Reticence" Hannah Stevens
Lawrence High School, Kansas

Reticent: Standards of modesty (also called demureness or reticence) are aspects of the culture of a country or people, at a given point in time, and is a measure against which an individual in society may be judged. Wikipedia.

Temperamentally disinclined to talk
Restrained: cool and formal in manner
Reluctant to draw attention to yourself.

Republicans in the United States House of Representatives think they will win back the leadership come the midterm elections in November. I don't know why. They've done nothing but try to impede the progress the President is desperately attempting to set into place, have in fact earned the moniker: "The Party of No," by obstructing at every turn advances Obama and the Democratic Congress have proposed. They have even stomped on the faces of their own constituents while doing so by blocking extended unemployment benefits to their own people, when it was they themselves who promoted those polices, or lack thereof, that lost these jobs, and got this country on the road to recession, or even depression, to begin with. And as the true sociopaths that they are, they continue to blame Obama and the Democrats for not doing enough, not improving the economy enough, not creating jobs fast enough, when it is themselves who are always obstructing progress.
Republicans must win 39 seats in November to take back the House, which White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs states may be possible.
I suppose that mathematically it is, but I see no other evidence for that statement. Congressional Democrats insist it will not happen. I don't believe the Republicans have a chance in Hell to win back the House, or Senate, which the Republicans also believe they will take back. I sure wish I knew what it is these Republicans are smoking so I could make sure to avoid it because I tend to want to be firmly entrenched in reality these days, rather than wishful fantasy.
It is true that historically if the country is facing uncertain times, or faced with continuing high unemployment such as we are now, that the party out in power traditionally wins the majority of Congressional seats during the mid-term elections. It makes no sense but this remains an historical fact. The populace is dissatisfied with those in power, who they feel are responsible for continuing the countries woes, and strike back by voting the opposition party back into power, or as close to it as possible.
That would make sense if the opposition party hadn't done everything in its power to obstruct the progress of the party who is in power, and their polices from taking effect, such as the Republicans have done. The Republicans are counting on their constituents being stupid, or uninformed, or low information voters, which is the polite way of describing it. They wish to trick their voters into placing them back in power so they can continue the very same policies that got us in this mess to begin with. Unfortunately, voters have short memories and attention spans, and they may gain a significant number of seats. It still makes no sense, just the opposite should happen. The party in power which is attempting to affect change for the better; affordable health care, financial reform that protects the consumer rather than leaving them at the mercy of exploitive capitalism, stopping the recession, ending hostilities in Iraq, etc., etc., etc., in this case the Democrats should be given the tools it needs to continue these policies unimpeded. They should be given more power, not less.
But we have all of these uninformed voters, and the so called Tea Partiers, who will cast their ballots based on their emotions rather than their intellect (whatever intellect they have after being giving their marching orders from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh), and what seems to be complacent Democratic base, who appear to be upset that Obama isn't progressive enough, or fulfilling his campaign promises fast enough, ignoring the political realities he faces with the obstructionist Republicans.
That makes no sense either. The left should be more energized than ever, insuring the Democrats gain more seats, not lose them.
Well, we shall see. I think my Republican friends may be in store for a nasty awakening. We shall see.
In the mean time some Republicans are already mouthing off about what they will do when they regain power: House Tea Party Caucus leader crazy Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) and House Minority Leader (The Red One) John Boehner (R-Ohio) agree: If Republicans win back control the House in November, they'll start issuing subpoenas, repealing legislation, and holding hearings to investigate the Obama administration.
"I think all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another and expose all the nonsense that has gone on," Bachmann said last Thursday at the GOP Youth Convention in Washington.
Boehner said last Wednesday that if he became Speaker of the House he would immediately repeal health care reform (which, by the way, he wouldn't have the power to do) as it "not only ruined the best health care system in the world (which it hasn't), it'll bankrupt the country (which it won't. Here once again the Republicans display a shocking lack of logic and morals. In the same statement Boehner implies the US has the "best health care system in the world," which is laughable, it has been rated 37th by the World Health Organization in 2000, the last time the list was made, and only may be true if one is rich enough to afford it. But he also states that health care reform, which has not even been fully implemented, has already "ruined the best health care system in the world," which it couldn't have done because it's not even in place yet. But he also states it will "bankrupt the country," sometime in the future, so now he's stating he's a fortune teller, and he knows all things past, present, and future, and he's very willing to bet your, and your families health and financial stability on his omniscience, as he does not offer a speck, not even a tiny little particle of evidence for his claim)." And last week, minutes after the Wall Street reform bill passed, Boehner said, "it ought to be repealed."
Well, I'll say this for them, they aren't shy about making their intentions known.
Liz Cheney, the Dick's daughter, who appears regularly on Fox News as an... well I don't really have any idea why she appears on Fox News, or any other news program as she has no qualifications other than once working in the Bush State Department in some capacity, and of course being the Dick's daughter. Well she recently demanded an independent investigation of a job offer the White House made to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) to get him out of the Pennsylvania Senate race. She demands! This is the same lady who was the biggest opponent of the idea of investigating the Bush administration's authorization of torture on terrorist suspects. She stated that an independent counsel looking into the matter would cripple (cripple) the intelligence community and be a big waste of time and money. And of course, she says, the harsh interrogation techniques used during the Bush years worked, so everything is just fine (again, no evidence for this statement has been presented by Liz, or anyone else).
Like most Republicans Liz feels it's okay to investigate Democrats for anything, no matter how minor, but when the investigative lens points in their direction, all of the sudden it's a big waste of time, money, and certain to send the country down the toilet.
My point is here that Republicans time and again have clearly demonstrated they are brutal hypocrites, willing to sacrifice the country for the sake of political gain, they only favor the richest among us, and the most powerful corporations, and will do anything in their power to promote the interests of these entities. They admit it! If not in word (which they quite often do), then in deed.
And what do the Democrats do? Nothing. They do nothing in the name of justice when we the people have given them the power to do so. The Obama Administration has steadfastly refused to investigate or prosecute members of the Bush Administration for obvious war crimes, including the former President himself, and Liz's dad. Investigations have not been held for Bush and Cheney lying us into at least one unnecessary war (Iraq), the use of torture which Cheney has openly admitted to and which is a crime of war (and which John Yoo has been exonerated by Obama's Attorney General), the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, US attorney firings (which just got a pass from the Department of Justice), the outing of a CIA covert operative, domestic wiretapping (something the Obama Administration may be guilty of as well). I could go on and on.
And the Obama Administration's reticence to investigate and prosecute does not end with former presidents and their cronies. Recently ten so-called Russian spies where arrested in the US to great fanfare, brought to trial, and deported within a virtual blink of an eye, but when it comes to those responsible for the financial malfeasance demonstrated on Wall Street during the latest meltdown, has anyone been held accountable? The answer is quite simply no, they haven't. 1,500 bankers went to jail after the S&L crisis of the 70's, but the Obama Administration and the Democrats have held no one responsible for bringing the country to it's knees in the worst financial crisis since the 1920s.
Despite Obama's campaign promises to the contrary, their does seem to be two sets of law in his world, one for the rich and powerful, even formerly powerful, and another for the rest of us ordinary citizens. Even when those rich and powerful are devoted enemies of the current administration and Congress, they get the most flagrant passes from the Democrats and Obama's Department of Non-Justice.
That is why despite whatever advances Barrack Obama makes during his presidency, no matter what good he does for this country, and he is doing a great deal of good, I feel his is a failed presidency because he has not acted swiftly to bring justice to those responsible for the greatest crimes this century will probably witness. I hold him personally responsible for this, and if there is a viable alternative Democratic candidate who will challenge Obama in 2012, I will certainly give them my vote.
There can only be one law in this country, one law for everyone, and if Obama has broken the law by not investigating Bush and Cheney, then he should be prosecuted as well.
We shall see.

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