The rants, the blockage, the finger-pointng, the pontificatons, the judging, the holier-than-thou attitudes of the right-wng in the U.S. are getting worse and worse. It isn't enough to try and shut down the government and stop the majorities in Congress from passing legislation. They have to do it from a fictional perch from whence they camouflage their own sins and shortcomngs. Haven't we had quite enough of the holy right-wing politicians who have passed judgment on others while we find their own private lives are filled with shady behavior? For goodness sake, the very people pointing fingers at Bill Clinton's sleazy activities were themselves leading a life of double-standards. Do I have to list these right-wing phonies for you?
The recently passed health care reform legislation is a case in point. The Republcans were unanimous in voting against these reforms. They did everything they could to stop it. Strangely, it was originally their own proposed legislation that they suddenly developed a dislike for when proposed by the Democrats.
"Republcans were for President Barack Obama's requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it.
"The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that's been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton's failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. These days, Republcans call it government overreach.
"Mitt Romney, weighing another run for the GOP presidential nomination, signed such a requirement into law at the state level as Massachusetts governor in 2006. At the time, Romney defended it as 'a personal responsibility principle' and Massachusetts' newest GOP senator, Scott Brown, backed it." -"Health insurance mandate rose from Republican ideas" by Ricardo Alonson-Zaldivar of the Associated Press, March 28, 2010.
How much of this anti-Obama shouting is due to racism and bigotry? There is an old saying: if it waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it's a duck. You do not have to go any farther than to read the comments posted with this blog. Read them. They are not only racist, they are sexist, immigraton bigoted, anti-Moslem, and single out specific groups for sweepingly bigoted charges. Most bigotry is frankly not that unsophisticated as it is here with the comments below each posting. Most bigots cover their prejudices better. But that is no safety net. The anti-Semitism in Germany and the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s [and today] was quite often very crude and unsophisticated. Ignorance or naivety are not assurances that they will not prevail.
I am proud of the intellgence and hard work of our current president. Do I agree with him all the time? Of course I don't! But I would not unite with like-minded people to stage a unanimous vote or rant as the right-wing has done in the U.S. Our natonwide stupidity is showing. Such unanimous opposition is a danger to our democracy. I did not like the actions and presidencies of Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush, but I never thought of joining a conspiracy to unanimously halt the movement of our government. That is not democracy in action, that is ruthless, self-defeating gang warfare.
To want to win at all costs is masochistic, whether unsophisticated or smoothly done. Our nation deserves more. Using bigotry, hatred, gangland tactics, lies, deceptions, prejudice, ruthlessness, etc. should have no place in a democratic society. And if you do not like the way government is being conducted, for goodness sake, don't make sweeping and bigoted comments, instead act democratically. Being a citizen of the United States carries with it some responsibilities. One of which is to act in a civilized manner. If you do not know what the responsibilities are of a citizen of the United States, perhaps a return to an elementary civics class is in order for you.