I’m DISGUSTED with all the money Democratic Party organizations and candidates and progressive groups now have to cravenly beg from me, to have a shot at making a showing in elections in this brave new Scalia/Citizens United world we’re forced to live in! I guess Repugs like him think it’s a fair clawback for the personal government assistance some of us need … nevermind the Corporate Wealthfare you KNOW they’re now pouring through the floodgates. That illegal, immoral ruling was “the mother of all Nuclear Options.” Apparently “limited government” only applies when the GOP is out of power, and “originalism” and “judicial activism” and “legislating from the Bench” only when they’re IN power.
Naturally, we can’t hope to win the money race against our own Corporations, most rich people, and corrupt government officials/politicians, which is exactly how Scalia et al. timed this unprecedented procedural power-grab, a coup d’etat under color of law.
What can we do?
Actually, “conservative” support for Corporations attacks the culture, family,* tradition, family farms, small towns, etc., so they should be with us in trying to oppose this new trend by somehow MAKING CORPS.’ MONEY IRRELEVANT.
(*–As theologian Stanley Hauerwas pointed out a generation ago.)
OK, this time it’s personal. The Service Employees International Union is one of my labor unions, and they came to my aid when I was being targeted by management on the job apparently because I wasn’t enthusiastic enough about … well, that’d go off-topic. 😉
As tonight’s Rachel jag continues(!), she’s revealed that, thinking prematurely that they’ve run ACORN into the ground [“Unless a seed falls to the ground…!”], the Right Wing Conspiracy — Big Business, Big Lobbyists, astroturf, AM radio, the Republican Party — may target SEIU (video) next for teaming up with ACORN to try to make poor people’s and workers’ lives a little less awful. How does this hurt them? Business has to pay slightly higher wages, sharing their massive profits (often already subsidized by one or more levels of government one way or another) with THOSE WHO ACTUALLY DO THE WORK THAT CEOs AND OWNERS GET THE CREDIT FOR.
And these guys attack US for “class warfare”?!! or “revenge”?!!
And if her guest’s idea that soon they’ll attack the National Council of Churches too, sounds exaggerated… Conservative Evangelical leaders have long considered this Mainline Protestant ecumenical organization Communist. (The Catholic bishops’ conference, too, though that group has swung Hard Right as they smell a Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade, and in reaction against same-sex marriage.) Furthermore, they’ve been dancing on the grave of the Mainline for about a generation now, even though it’s not really going away (even though many of the Mainline think it is too), and recent research suggests that the relatively slight gains of Evangelicals vs. Mainline proportionately, are only because Evangelical women/couples are adopting artificial contraception more slowly than Mainline women/couples. The Evangelical ‘bulge’ (no pun intended) is already slowing, but will continue growing for about another generation before ISTM the numbers start returning to their classical proportions. (This is research sociologist Andrew Greeley has been involved in, but where I read it I can’t recall now. [Many Years, Father!])
Two other things: What they’re now calling living wage has sometimes been called family wage. So much for “family values”!
And another Greeley truism is that Democratic bigwigs, candidates, campaigns, either take their Catholic voters for granted, or don’t care about/are embarrassed about them … risking losing them to the Reagans and Bushes of this world. Are workers and unions in the same fix? Just like Official Dems, natural allies of/advocates for “bitter” small town and rural residents, don’t give them reason to switch their generation-long Republican voting habits? Folks, I don’t see WASP “Limo Libs” reproducing fast enough anymore to warrant such a cavalier attitude towards our Party’s traditional coalition, the “Patchwork Quilt Majority”!!! And many People of Color who get richer go Republican….
A droll piece purporting to be from a Manitoba newspaper. PLEASE!!! VOTE FIRST, THEN SPLIT!!! I know it’ll be a month colder up there, but we can’t give up YET, and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!!! Besides, I’m disabled, I’d never make it, even if I was an English major!!! 😉
Then again, if Palin’s gonna get away with hinting about Rep. “Uncle” Barney Frank as a pedophile*…. Race-baiting, pedo-baiting, Red Scare / McCarthyism (I don’t mean Jenny!), bigotry, woeful judgment, a hot temper and violence, questionable health, corporatocracy, potential PTSD, faked assaults — If we let them steal this one, it might be hard to get it back from them. So much for your vaunted rights and freedoms, “inventory and investments”**…. 😦
(*–Honestly, that’s right up there with Dick Armey’s “Barney Fag” — as if a guy named Dick Armey has any right to talk!)
(**–Yeah, that’s Joe the Plumber, “inventory and investments”! TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH AND OUT OF CONTROL!)
Florida once again highlights election farce. Especially this memorable line from Palm Beach’s election head: “‘The accuracy that the public in this country demands in elections does not exist,’ said Judge Barry Cohen, head of Palm Beach County’s canvassing board.” What’s so difficult: I cast my vote for a candidate, you count it. It isn’t quantum physics!If anybody invents an election method that complicates THAT, we must question their agenda — which of course they have, many times over!!!We really need to go back to simple hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public right at the polling place, like most of the voting world.
Palin meltdown: Said to be “going rogue,” which must be pretty bad given what we’ve seen from that campaign!!! Meanwhile, appearance of impropriety between Palin and that celebrated natural gas pipeline in Alaska; “that’s not a maverick, that’s a sidekick!” Stuff like this makes me wonder if this ticket isn’t just being offered up as a sacrificial lamb, and the GOP is just phoning it in for this election cycle, realizing that W. and cronies have got them in it up to their eyeballs. Why else would McCain forego all that rich Republican / corporate campaign cash, and be out-fundraised and outspent by a Black Democrat and all his small donors?!?!?! (Try as the MSM might to get McCain elected anyway…) Why would he just keep hammering the same tired slurs instead of campaigning imaginatively, creatively, with initiative? He’s even running against the ’60s and the ’40s?!!!
“Spread the wealth around”? If Repugs were really against redistribution of wealth, they’d support labor unions, welfare, monetary reform, and all other kinds of things. ‘Cause right now we’re redistributing it from the lower classes to the rich and corporations, and foreign investors and offshored workers!!!!!
One of their ads claims under Obama’s healthcare plan “bureaucrats will decide” what we get and when. This only shows how out of touch they are — and McCain, since he “approved this message” — because unless one gets his/her healthcare on a cash-and-carry basis, BUREAUCRATS ARE ALREADY DECIDING ON OUR HEALTHCARE!!!!! HMO and insurance company bean-counters who are paid to NOT pay for US!!!!! And if you’re on Medicaid or Medicare, also government bureaucrats, legislators, governors, President, corporate lobbyists, etc etc etc. This is the problem with what Orthodox Christian Holy Tradition alludes to as Mercenary medicine, ie, profiteering — profiting from people’s illness, injuries, bad luck, victimization, etc. What a sin.