As President Barack Obama proposes a program to get the U.S. out of the deep, deep hole the Bush administration put us into, the Republicans scream strange comments about "family values." Family values have been under attack since Ronald Reagan took the presidency and suddenly found Jesus. Reagan, who had a reputation in Hollywood for womanizing, and who had been a labor union advocate and Democrat, found that he could garner far more political capital by being a far right conservative. The right-wing hounds hovered around him eagerly because he could be manipulated by big money and big business. He was led like a puppet to put forth the greed-capitalist agenda. And he "succeeded." The immoral-but-moralizing right-wing was in its glory. And it went out to destroy everything that might get in its way. Labor unions, blacks, and liberals were favorite targets of the right-wing.
Watching President Barack Obama addressing Congress clearly indicated to me how long it has been since we had a president adequately equipped to handle the office. The current debacle in the U.S. developed over several previous administrations. It did not happen overnight. And with each man addressing the nation, Congress, or a large gathering, I have always been amazed how limited and sometimes outright inadequate have been our presidents.
It was George W. Bush who proposed, and obligingly received from a Republican Congress, a federal government bail-out of banks, financial institutions, etc. It is Barack Obama who is called a Marxist and Socialist when trying to do the same. The big difference: Democrats crossed the aisle to help Bush, the Republicans won't do anything to help Obama. The other BIG difference: it was the Bush administration that caused this financial melt-down. Greed-capitalism has failed us. And Obama has been stuck with the bill; and with Republicans in Congress who show their cooperation and patriotism by voting in unison against whatever Obama proposes. Republican agenda: do not allow President Obama to succeed. Republican agenda item #2: take the easy route and predict failure about everything...and then ensure that happens.
If the federal government helping people in danger of losing their homes is socialism...
In many ways we are still in the era of alchemy and witch hunts. Unless you believe that the Bible is the actual word of God, many so-called Christians will defile you and think you horrid. These people know better than science, better than your strange religious beliefs, better than history, better than logic, better than anything. If you point out that what they are saying is totally against any insightful or intellectual premise, they will tell you, as they are painted into a corner, that they KNOW they are right and take in on "faith." How's that for a glorious cop-out?