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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Democracy out to lunch

By Aussiegirl

Where's the orange revolution when you really need one?

Democracy is now officially out to lunch in America. After this weasel "compromise" sellout last night it is clear we have a government by judicial fiat, media manipulation coupled with dem shenanigans, and now -- a senate run by a cabal of 14 -- 7 RINOS and 7 democrats.

Media adoration is too strong a siren call for these weasels to resist - couple that with the knowledge that they are now in charge of the entire legislative agenda and will be dictating to the president what he can and cannot submit -- and who he can and cannot submit -- and we have a complete coup d'etat in this country.

Get ready for the McCain express -- every day, in perpetuam -- his sniveling little breathy voice lecturing us and hectoring us at every camera opportunity. It is simply shocking how he has managed to take over Frist's job and completely coopt the Republican majority in the Senate. I can't help but feel that this was done with the imprimatur of the president as well -- I can't get out of my mind the chummy campaign stops with Bush and McCain arm in arm which followed so closely on so many Quisling pronouncements by McCain which hurt Bush at every turn.

What happened last night makes it clear that these 7 now officially run the senate. So much for all those of us who turned out to vote in the last election!

Forget about the Republican majority, forget about Frist, the spineless majority leader (he keeps forgetting the "majority" part). What's the point of having a legislature and a president when it only takes a few enlightened individuals telling us all how to live in peace and comity???

And I'm afraid that Bush is out to lunch as well. Fox just had live shots of him on his perpetual Social Security road show -- employing his broadest "aw shucks" style -- and his Texas drawl wider than a Dan Rather homespun simile -- drawling on about Social Security -- and banter about how glad he is to be there -- and Fox is breathlessly waiting for him to comment on the issue at hand. But in vain.

Our president seems strangely disconnected on the most important domestic issue of his presidency -- the necessity to turn the activist judiciary around and to appoint judges who follow the Constitution.

Since the election he seems to have only two memes (since meme seems to be the meme of the day so I might as well capitulate and use it) -- Social Security reform and the same democracy speech he has been giving for the last 4 years. (Can't we all just recite it with him -- repeat after me, blah, blah, blah.)

I'm afraid I'm beyond disgusted.

Republicans have been living on hope for years now. If only we can elect Bush and a large Senate majority, etc. And every defeat that comes our way, dealt by the cabal of the dems, the weasel rats of the RINO party, and the media pushing the agenda of moderation -- we say - hang on, Karl Rove and Bush have the dems snookered, just wait, you'll see.

I am just waiting now to see if Rush and the other Republicans continue this spin that tells us that this utter defeat is actually a victory in disguise. They must think we are really gullible.

Further, we must have known the president wasn't exerting leadership when he said during the press conference "He sure HOPED (!?) his judicial nominees would get an up or down vote." HOPED??? How about -- "I EXPECT that the senate gives them all an up or down vote!!"

We are just finally waking up to the fact that Karl Rove and Bush and Co. are moving the party to the center -- and have consigned the religious and conservative faction of the party to the same position as blacks occupy in the democrat party.

We know you'll vote for us because you have no place else to go.

COMMENTS:

At 12:13 PM, BonnieBlueFlag said...
Ditto, Ditto and Ditto!


At 1:35 PM, Michael Morrison said...
At the risk of boring you with repeating myself: Please come on over and join the honest and principled party, the Libertarian Party.
Ours is the only party not seeking power, but seeking to dismantle the machinery of power in order to have a free people and a free country.
Please note Republicans in toto voted for the sovietization of America by passing the REAL ID bill.
The premise, passed by Republicans, is that you do not belong to yourself, but to the government, to the state.
You have to have a governmental permission even to work for a living.
One other little complaint: It has been the Republican-appointed Supreme Court "justices" who have acquiesced in giving even and ever more power to the federal government.
As I have said, Democrats are more honest: They tell you right up front, during their campaigns, that they will raise our taxes, confiscate our properties, send as many of us as possible out to be cannon fodder.
Republicans try to tell us they believe in the Constitution and in individual rights -- and then, in office, vote to raise our taxes, confiscate our properties, and send as many of us as possible out to be cannon fodder.
If you want liberty, join the Libertarian Party.
If you want an honest theocracy, join the Constitution Party.
If you want honest socialism, join the Green Party.
With any of the new parties, you will at least have honesty and principle.


At 2:29 PM, BonnieBlueFlag said...
My dear Michael, I went looking for you yesterday afternoon, but was unable to find a way to contact you.

I was having a moment of blind rage, after watching the McCain show yesterday afternoon. I wanted to tell you that you had previously been correct in your assessment of the Republican party, especially their hot shot TV personalities.


At 3:58 PM, Michael Morrison said...
My very dear Bonnie and Aussie, please note that I am NOT gloating, I am not happy that you two -- and no doubt millions more -- are unhappy.
I hate to admit it, but I too was once a Republican, but I found God ... no, I will not joke about it.

I started a Libertarian Party, just about the time the real one was getting founded. That happens, by the way, a lot. Edison, the Lumiere brothers, Frieze-Green -- they all invented the movie camera about the same time.
Anyway, believing as I did in the sovereignty of the individual, in the sacredness of individual rights, I quit being a Republican not long after I became one, realizing way back then -- in the era of Richard Nixon -- that neither of the two old parties will or would ever advocate real liberty.
The two old parties have merely gotten worse, with the Republican Party even more worse because some of its spokespeople pretend to advocate liberty -- and then those of us who might have had hope, briefly, are again thrown to the wolves of statism and collectivism.

We need a support group, I think, for you and people like you who are being shocked and misled and, frankly, lied to on a daily basis.


At 6:47 PM, Timothy Birdnow said...
The apple does not fall far from the tree, according to an old saying. George Bush was not my first choice in 2000 for this very reason; I figured he was a warmed over version of his old man. His second term has certainly proven my initial sentiments correct.

President Bush has been a domestic disaster, spending money hand over fist and placing political gain above most moral principles. (Why didn`t the President directly intervene in the Terri Sciavo case, for example.) He has refused to veto ANYTHING. (The man has yet to exercise a veto after 5 years in office!) He is killing us with immigration. I am really ticked about the real I.D. act. All of those insidious social programs like affirmative action have grown during this era.

Meanwhile, the War has soured because of a lack of political will. The President is afraid of what Newsweek will say, so is fiddling while Rome is burning. Why has the ``insurgency`` smoldered on this long? Because the terrorists have sanctuaries in Syria and Iran. Bush has pretended Iran is not a problem. They will soon have the atomic bomb because of our inaction. Syria, I am convinced, has Saddam`s WMD`s. The President and his genius Karl Rove early on adopted a policy of accepting the left`s defining of the terms of the debate; they were saying one week into the invasion that the weapons weren`t going to be found. This despite statements by the Russians, despite evidence from EVERY intelligence agency in the world. Why? Because Bush didn`t want to broaden the war right away for fear of a political backlash, and now he is boxed in because he conceded the argument. As a result, the media is currently in the process of Vietnamizing the war with bogus stories of torture and mistreatment of prisoners, and general malfeasence. If matters continue, we will see a slow, agonizing public disgust with the war, and the leftists will have succeeded in reliving the glories of their youth at the expense of the nation. We have TOO MUCH at stake!

Michael, I understand the sentiment, but can`t go along with a third party. The fundamental structure of the American political system is such that going third party is essentially wasting your effort; multi party elections work well under a parliamentary system, but just don`t work with our winner-take-all system. What we need is regime change in the Republican party! We need to overthrow the leadership, and make it our own. I see no future in third party politics (except maybe on a local level, which is how third parties should try to market themselves.

7 Comments:

At 12:13 PM, Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

Ditto, Ditto and Ditto!

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

At the risk of boring you with repeating myself: Please come on over and join the honest and principled party, the Libertarian Party.
Ours is the only party not seeking power, but seeking to dismantle the machinery of power in order to have a free people and a free country.
Please note Republicans in toto voted for the sovietization of America by passing the REAL ID bill.
The premise, passed by Republicans, is that you do not belong to yourself, but to the government, to the state.
You have to have a governmental permission even to work for a living.
One other little complaint: It has been the Republican-appointed Supreme Court "justices" who have acquiesced in giving even and ever more power to the federal government.
As I have said, Democrats are more honest: They tell you right up front, during their campaigns, that they will raise our taxes, confiscate our properties, send as many of us as possible out to be cannon fodder.
Republicans try to tell us they believe in the Constitution and in individual rights -- and then, in office, vote to raise our taxes, confiscate our properties, and send as many of us as possible out to be cannon fodder.
If you want liberty, join the Libertarian Party.
If you want an honest theocracy, join the Constitution Party.
If you want honest socialism, join the Green Party.
With any of the new parties, you will at least have honesty and principle.

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

My dear Michael, I went looking for you yesterday afternoon, but was unable to find a way to contact you.

I was having a moment of blind rage, after watching the McCain show yesterday afternoon. I wanted to tell you that you had previously been correct in your assessment of the Republican party, especially their hot shot TV personalities.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

My very dear Bonnie and Aussie, please note that I am NOT gloating, I am not happy that you two -- and no doubt millions more -- are unhappy.
I hate to admit it, but I too was once a Republican, but I found God ... no, I will not joke about it.
I started a Libertarian Party, just about the time the real one was getting founded. That happens, by the way, a lot. Edison, the Lumiere brothers, Frieze-Green -- they all invented the movie camera about the same time.
Anyway, believing as I did in the sovereignty of the individual, in the sacredness of individual rights, I quit being a Republican not long after I became one, realizing way back then -- in the era of Richard Nixon -- that neither of the two old parties will or would ever advocate real liberty.
The two old parties have merely gotten worse, with the Republican Party even more worse because some of its spokespeople pretend to advocate liberty -- and then those of us who might have had hope, briefly, are again thrown to the wolves of statism and collectivism.
My e-mail address for quickest response is morrison_himself@yahoo.com and you are invited to contact me there, and I can even send you a telephone number.
We need a support group, I think, for you and people like you who are being shocked and misled and, frankly, lied to on a daily basis.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

The apple does not fall far from the tree, according to an old saying. George Bush was not my first choice in 2000 for this very reason; I figured he was a warmed over version of his old man. His second term has certainly proven my initial sentiments correct.

President Bush has been a domestic disaster, spending money hand over fist and placing political gain above most moral principles. (Why didn`t the President directly intervene in the Terri Sciavo case, for example.) He has refused to veto ANYTHING. (The man has yet to exercise a veto after 5 years in office!) He is killing us with immigration. I am really ticked about the real I.D. act. All of those insidious social programs like affirmative action have grown during this era.

Meanwhile, the War has soured because of a lack of political will. The President is afraid of what Newsweek will say, so is fiddling while Rome is burning. Why has the ``insurgency`` smoldered on this long? Because the terrorists have sanctuaries in Syria and Iran. Bush has pretended Iran is not a problem. They will soon have the atomic bomb because of our inaction. Syria, I am convinced, has Saddam`s WMD`s. The President and his genius Karl Rove early on adopted a policy of accepting the left`s defining of the terms of the debate; they were saying one week into the invasion that the weapons weren`t going to be found. This despite statements by the Russians, despite evidence from EVERY intelligence agency in the world. Why? Because Bush didn`t want to broaden the war right away for fear of a political backlash, and now he is boxed in because he conceded the argument. As a result, the media is currently in the process of Vietnamizing the war with bogus stories of torture and mistreatment of prisoners, and general malfeasence. If matters continue, we will see a slow, agonizing public disgust with the war, and the leftists will have succeeded in reliving the glories of their youth at the expense of the nation. We have TOO MUCH at stake!

Michael, I understand the sentiment, but can`t go along with a third party. The fundamental structure of the American political system is such that going third party is essentially wasting your effort; multi party elections work well under a parliamentary system, but just don`t work with our winner-take-all system. What we need is regime change in the Republican party! We need to overthrow the leadership, and make it our own. I see no future in third party politics (except maybe on a local level, which is how third parties should try to market themselves.)

 
At 2:03 AM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

Tim, it doesn't happen often, but you're dead wrong about not switching to a new party.
If you keep on doing what you've always done, you keep on getting what you've always got: more government, less freedom.

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

Relevant news story to my comments above: The May 25 New York Times carries a story about Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, considered the front-runner in the Iran presidential election next month. Rafsanjani is quoted as saying, “There is only a veneer of democracy in the United States. Election laws are so complicated that people have no choice but to vote for one of the candidates who are with one of the two parties.”
In other words, the U.S. "two-party system" is so corrupt, even an Iranian politician notices.

 

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