“It’s In The Constitution”


Debate on universal background checks is ongoing as I write.  As Senator Coburn just said “the Second Amendment isn’t going away.”  As if the Senate and House could simply vote away, repeal the Second Amendment.  Any amendment or repeal to the Constitution must be ratified or defeated by a three fourths majority vote of the States [Article V].  The likelihood of the repeal of the Second Amendment is nil, less than zero.  Still, this is the argument that republicans, the NRA, and avid gun owners are making.  We are coming to take their guns away.  The government is coming to confiscate everyone’s guns.

It’s in the Constitution” is what a close childhood friend said to me yesterday.  I agreed with him, but I stated that isn’t what is being debated in Congress.  Just background checks, keep guns out of the hands of criminals.  He kept yelling “it’s in the Constitution.”  There is no reason a citizen needs an assault weapon.  He was incredulous. 

“have you forgotten the Second Amendment? That amendment is the one right after the First Amendment, guaranteeing free speech.”  I guess he  feels our Founding Fathers figured the Second Amendment was pretty important because you can’t “support the First without the Second.  Remember, George Washington didn’t defeat the British by talking to them.  He shot them. They want to ban all private possession of guns. The primary reason for the Second Amendment was and is to protect citizens from tyrannical government, not to protect hunters.  Some say, how can you protect yourself from the state? Well, if you can’t match their firepower, then you lose.”   I was beside myself.  My evil twin sister was about to show up.

Constitutional rights are not absolute.  They never have been.  They are limited by the rights of others.  The Courts have upheld limitations numerous times.  We have freedom of speck, but that is limited by laws against slander and inciting riots and violence.  We have freedom of the press, but that is limited by libel laws and laws against false advertising etc. There are , in some cities, limitations banning   political signs on public property and how long such signs may be placed on private property. 

If taken literally, the Second Amendment give a person the right to bear arms only if he or she is a member of a well-regulated militia, generally considered an arm of the state or federal governments.  An argument also could be made that while the amendment gives the right to bear arms, it says nothing about the right to fire those arms. Presumably, that right would come about only if the individual got the command while a member of the aforesaid militia.  Uncle Sam wants and needs you. 

Sounds of Silence: La Pierre and Friends

The NRA and its supporters have gone into hiding.  Oh yes their is talk from their clones, Huckabee, Fischer and Erick Erickson [Red state].  They talk of God, or the lack there of.  They tell us that God wasn’t wanted and so did not go to Sandy Hook Elementary School.  God killed these children.  So Fischer and Huckabee state.  Good Christians that they are.  Still, they have nothing on Erick Erickson, who not only blames God, but also single parents.  The collapse of the American Family.  So it is God and single parenthood that picked up the guns and shot their way into a school and killed 28 people.  It is remarkable.

I found the RedState argument remarkable, not because I had not heard it before, but because I was hearing it now at murder of 20 innocent children.  He even goes so far as to equate this with King Herod’s killing of the innocents, the birth of Jesus was answered by this world with the loss of the innocents.  Was he implying that this was an act of God and the second coming of Christ?  That all single parents, the collapse of the American family,  were in reality the newest version of King Herod?  

He doesn’t want to discuss gun control, because gun control will not end the violence.  He doesn’t want to discuss mental health.  He just wants to say that the mentally ill boy that killed these children would not have done so if he had come from a stable traditional family.  Which is of course crapola.  The Columbine killers came from stable traditional homes, and yet they killed.  So he blames single parents.

I was afraid of an argument such as this.  I thought it would be a different argument, one of don’t take my Second Amendment Right away, don’t take my guns away from me.  I thought they would be willing to have a meaningful discussion on ways to manage guns and the ease in which they can be obtained.  An open and frank talk about mental health.  I was prepared to declare that I don’t want to take their guns away from law abiding citizens.  I don’t want to end the Second Amendment.  Only that this madness must stop.

I knew that I would have to be careful.  Not to rush to condemnation of all gun owners.  In each case of mass shootings, the immediate response is that we need more security and more guns.  I expected this manner of conversation.  I didn’t expect to defend God and single parents and the mentally ill.  

How many times do we hear “it doesn’t happen here.”  We should know that has never been true.   What does that really say?  That it only happens in large cities, LA, NYC, Chicago and New Orleans?  Cities with large black and Hispanic populations and huge crime rates?  We know that isn’t true.  

Now, it is different.  All of us are outraged that five and six year old children were gunned down.  Now, we are finally determined to act.  Rightly so, but it diminishes those killed at Virginia Tech, Columbine, Springfield, Oregon, Aurora, Colorado and on the streetsw in cities, large and small, all over America.   Our outrage is great now.  High school students and college students gunned down only brought muted outrage all those years ago.  Shame on us.  Killer older students seems a more acceptable shooting of human beings.  Shame, Shame on all of us.  

We must turn our attention toward the National Rifle Association.  They have a choke hold on both houses of Congress, Democrats and Repbulicans.  Until that ends things will not change.  Oppose the NRA and you will be crushed and destroyed.  In an earlier post I called Congress cowards, and cowards they remain.  Money is so more important than the lives of their constituents.  And now those cowards have run away.  Silent as the grave.  

Instead we are blessed with likes of Fischer, Huckabee and Erick Erickson.  Each invoking God. A God who kills.  Single parents who raise killers.  But wait, maybe we should do for them what they aren’t willing to do for others….Help the mentally ill.


Ohio Diary #18: The Republican Party is No More

I may be one of the most hated people in Ohio.  If today is any indication, I am truly despised.  Why?  I was  relentless in my disgust, opposition and repudiation of everything republican.  Not for what they stand for, since they stand for nothing; with the exception of bigotry, racism, hatred and lying, but  because I was right.   But I am again wandering off message.  Then again, maybe not.

Thank Ohio for the end of the republican party.  I know, Obama got lots of other electoral votes, but it was Ohio that put the dagger in the heart of the republican party.  It ended their lives as they know it.  All their bluster that night and before, that it would be a landslide for Romney and that Ohio would go red was put asunder Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:15 p.m.  Now, you might ask how is it the end of the republican party?  Karl Rove had nervous apoplexy on Fox News and demanded that they take it back.  Their lives were over.  As the evening went on, my reaction was “let them have Ohio now if they want it.  It won’t help, and we still win.”

I’ve heard my republican friends today say “it is pathetic that a republican can’t republican  Ohio, Florida and Michigan.”  They still don’t get it.  They ran a candidate who lacked character, honesty, policy, communication,  He exuded hatred and racism.  That was his message to his faithful and they bought it by the barrel.  They couldn’t get enough.  You just can’t come to Ohio or Michigan and tell them that his plan was to let the auto industry go bankrupt. That Jeep was moving its entire operation to China and expect to get their votes.  He truly thought that those words would endear Ohio to him and carry him over the top.  Rove spent $430 million dollars to spread that message of lies and hate.  Ohio hated him right back, and it hurt.  Romney and Rove are the poster boys for everything that is wrong and evil in the republican party.

Read the conservative blogs or watch if you can bear it Fox and all you see is desperate cry babies.  You could say as Maureen Dowd did that Romney won the election, he is president.  Of a limited number of white people.  Everyone else voted Obama.  The repugnicans lost everything they wanted.  And cry they are.  Most of all they lost because they had nothing to offer.  They committed suicide and screamed rape and murder.

I am one of the 47%.  That video was his ultimate betrayal.  He plunged the tagger straight into his own heart.  They condemn the use of “identity politics” only because they themselves have no identity.  Romney didn’t know who was.  Near they end he pretended to be a democrat, only to get votes.  Even that didn’t help.  The 47% comment was crucial because republicans can not identify with everyday Americans.  They do not know what that means.  Romney and the republicans avoided social issues.  They went silent.  Latinos and blacks overwhelming share social values as do women and the middle-class Americans.  The moderate GOP has avoided it for years.  They could not or would not attract minorities or women with social values.  They in fact drove them away.  They will never reach minorities short of becoming democrats themselves.  It is the reason they underestimated Ohio.  It is why they lost Ohio.  It is why Ohio ended the republican party.  The party is in shambles, a shell of itself and bleeding all over itself.  Can’t you hear them cry?  They were doomed by their hatred and prejudice.  Their violence against women in the name of ending abortion is perversion.  Their stench of superiority over the common man has turned their party into a sewer.  It is why they lost.  It is why they will always lose.  It is why they are are no more.

I guess we were must too smart.

Ohio Diary #17: Turn Out The Vote – Prove Ohio Isn’t All Racist

The day is almost here.  If you haven’t voted early, do it now.  Get out the vote.

Now you may say Ohio isn’t racist not just Ohio but Florida, Pennsylvania and all other red states.  Voter suppression is racist.  They know if they can keep democrats from the polls they will win the election.  Over these many months we have been “informed” by the press and media about the “horse race” with no real discussion of policy and racism.  Like television, they are only interested in entertainment and not knowledge.  Selling newspapers is so much more important.

Hatred and racism is the hallmark of the republican party.  It is what they do best.  They have told so many lies that that believe them to be fact.  So many lies that it has shown itself for what it truly is……….Racist.  It is not new and we should already know this.  It is only now more obvious.  A black man is President, living in the Whitehorse.  Billboards in poor and black neighborhoods, lies about voter ID and then there is Trick the Vote [ True the Vote].  True the Vote is an oxymoron for republicans.  For them there is no truth in the voting process.  They promised to follow the Constitution and then pervert it.  They say they are Christians, but speak hatred and racism.  Hypocrites and contradictory positions.  New Left Media said it best:

  Well, perhaps the capacity to hold so many contradictory beliefs at once reflects the fact that the public school curriculum has become solely oriented around series of standardized tests, robbing a large portion of our citizenry (among other things) of the capacity for critical thinking skills. Or maybe it is because the internet has enabled people to exist in completely different social and political realities wherein they seek out and find only the type of information that will confirm their pre-existing worldviews. Or maybe it’s because local media has essentially collapsed and the mainstream media, interested less in delivering the news than in acting as faithful defenders of the status quo, is unable to effectively help the public to thoroughly vet the Republican nominee.

The republicans are not meant to think.  Just follow.  So, it is time to get out the vote.  We can stand in line for hours to get into a football game, so we can stand and wait to vote.  Your vote is so much important.  Don’t get tricked.  Stand up for all of us, women, the poor, the middle-class!!!!!  We need to make American proud of herself.



Shut The Flock Up!!!!!

 Well, Mom, to answer your question… some people get the warm and fuzzies thinking about what wonderful, compassionate progressives they are. It just feels so damn good to be so open-minded and CONCERNED about all of these poor VICTIMS in our society. Unfortunately for “progressives”, socialistic ideas have been proven failures throughout history, time and again. Europe is a mess at the verge of utter collapse. Libs love to cite European countries where the lifestyle is supposedly better than ours. These countries are about the size of Vermont, so whoopee whoo for them. Maybe socialism works for a country with a population of 200. Meanwhile, the U.S. props up the world economically and militarily and pays for it by borrowing from China. If people think the “progressive” way is so wonderful, I’m sure Cuba would happily accept them…it’s only a short boat ride away after all.

The above was taken from a Facebook message sent in response to her stating that some people thing that if you are not in favor of every social program thought up you must not be compassionate.  Several people commented.  They were of both parties.  But this girl went after the “progressives” and liberals.  She needs to shut the flock up.

She made an unwarranted attack.  It is obvious that she does not know very much about the affordable healthcare act, Europe, North America, and socialism.  This is reminiscent of the Vietnam War days in reverse…..if you were against the war you were a communist.  Does anybody remember “Love it or leave it”?  So we have come to that now.  But even in her rant above she lies.  Libs do not site European countries where the lifestyle is better than ours.  What we do cite is that the healthcare in all these countries is so much better than ours.  Germany, France, Greece, Spain, Italy and let’s not forget Canada,  are not the size of Vermont, and their populations exceed her 200 standard.  And we should self-deport….to Cuba.  This is the mentality in the state of Ohio.  This is my front and backyard.  Their only recourse is to degrade and denounce democrats, progressives and liberals.

If you don’t like the truth, then make up your own.  Lie about the lies you told.  Live in a parallel universe if you can’t accept the truth.  For this girl real facts are not acceptable.  It is what they do.  They have no argument, no logical argument, so they go off the reservation and declare that we are all socialists and love Stalin.  She even uses the word Romney made famous VICTIMS.  They just buy into the we are leeches theory.  She like so many others has seen and heard the Devil, and she believes.

What did you think the Devil is going to look like if he’s around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red pointy tail.  No. I’m serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing…..he will just bit by bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance…..just a tiny bit.    Broadcast News

They have forgotten how to persuade people who don’t agree with them.  They have created their own environment and remain entrenched inside it.  They only listen to themselves and of course the Devil. They just lie about everything   Deniers about everything.  They lie about their lies.  The biggest error of the Conservatives  the Republican Party was naming Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate  They did it simply because Ryan had a “policy” a budget, a plan.  Romney obviously has none.  Unless you count trying to take President Obama’s.  But remember, if you are a liberal, a Democrat, a progressive you are scum…..a socialist that needs to be put a ship and sent to Cuba.  A modern-day voyage of the damned.

Still, for all their talk I feel this all comes down to race.  They wont shout it out, but it is truly white against white.  Rich against poor, middle-class, women, veterans  Latinos and working families.  Just consider the extreme effort republicans have taken to eliminate voters, violate women, starve families, deprive veterans, the elderly and all hard-working Americans.  We are progressives and we should disappear.  That is their vision.


First Debate: Obama Didn’t Show Up

First I must admit that I didn’t watch the complete debate.  I did watch most of it and I was stunned.  Where was President Obama.  I saw someone who looked like him staring down, shaking his head and smiling, but the man was not there.  Romney on the other had, was assertive and kept looking Obama in the eye.  Even when he lied about Social Security and Medicare.  That is when I knew Obama wasn’t there.  When The Stench lied, President Obama should have said so, and gone on the attack of Romney’s record.  Obama has said many times that he fighting for the middle-class, for me and for you, and stands silent.  No mention of Bain, the 47%, healthcare and taxes.  It was past comprehension.

I have no idea what Obama team was not thinking.  Obama had control tonight and he let Romney back in the game.  Tonight Romney looked determined and Obama acted as if he didn’t care.  Obama appeared to lack confidence.  Romney used Obama’s act and personalized the debate.  He talked about people he met and how he would help.  But most importantly, Obama did not go after Romney.  Romney said tonight that he would move to the center and disavow the Right, and Obama didn’t jump on it.  Romney said he would take his healthcare plan he put in place in Massachusetts and make it national.  Well, isn’t that Obamacare.  Hello?!!  Obama stood there as if didn’t know what to say.  Romney sounded specific about his plan.  And Jim Lehrer.  He should have been in charge and not let Romney control.  Mostly though, Obama was invisible.

I am just so angry. I have to stop.

And so it goes!!!!!!

“The Stench”

” The Stench”  is becoming the invisible man.  Soon he will be gone along with “The Stench”




Mitt Romney is a Lying Stupid Bobble-Head White Rich Man, But You Already Know That

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones to concentrate on.  ~ George W. Bush

I am not a leech.  Rat Romney thinks that I, we are leeches, chase government money to live on, are lazy, love our country only for the money it gives me and am not a responsible human being.  True I am in good company, military veterans, students, seniors, the disabled, the working poor, women, pay no income tax and all those other leeches.  Wait a minute.  Was he really talking about the middle class, the 47% or was he secretly speaking about himself.  After all, he pays no income tax.  I at least work hard for my paycheck, I take all the deductions that the Republicans gave me so I could pay less income tax so I could have more money to pay bills and redistribute funds to small businesses when I make a purchase.  That secret video shows that stupid people will listen intently only to even more stupid people.  Stupid people who lie.  Think about it.  It was a fundraiser…. please.  He doesn’t need the money to pay for his campaign to oblivion.  He can just write a check and move on.  This is only to try to convince other stupid rich people that he is just as stupid as they, just richer.  These are people who are going to pay higher taxes to help the poor and middle-class.  How dare they pay more.  He will cater to their basest political desires.  He is a racist – like his party.  Joan Walsh said it best:  “Mitt Romney should be ashamed of himself, and so should anyone who votes for him.”

I am a Democrat and proud of it, but I vote for people not parties.  There used to be good republicans once upon a time, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Dirksen, Ford and McCain.  Yes McCain.  I would have voted for McCain if the real McCain was running.  He started out the maverick, saying what he though and what he believed.  You knew where he stood and he held his ground.  He may not have always been right, but you knew who we was, what he believed and what his vision and hope was for America. Then he went off the cliff doing what the party wanted and there he lost my vote.  He was no longer a real man.  He showed up again when he conceded in 2008.  That McCain I would have voted for.  Call me crazy, but I would have.  Romney believes in nothing.  He can’t articulate what his vision is for America, what his plan for the economy is, how he plans to make the country better and stronger, how he will represent all of us.  He has no clue.  That was made clear and bright in the secret video.  He proved that he is not presidential material.

I had hope for Romney.  I would not vote for him, but I was willing to listen to his ideas, plans, hope and fears for our country and have those open to discussion.  I felt that we could have an open view of two different visions, if in fact they are different.  I had that hope.  What that video tape revealed is that Romney has written off the government check recipientsthat won’t vote for him, and almost half the people don’t pay taxes and undoubtedly won’t vote for him.  That is a hell of a lot people that won’t vote for him.  He announced that is has lost the election.  He told it to his supporters and the party.  It must be hard for him to get up in the morning.

I recently wrote of an imagined rural Ohio woman sitting on her porch, watching the campaign go by. She’s 60, she identifies as conservative, she likes guns, she thinks the culture has gone crazy. She doesn’t like Obama. Romney looks OK. She’s worried about the national debt and what it will mean to her children. But she’s having a hard time, things are tight for her right now, she’s on partial disability, and her husband is a vet and he gets help, and her mother receives Social Security.

She’s worked hard and paid into the system for years. Her husband fought for his country.

And she’s watching this whole election and thinking.You can win her vote if you give her faith in your fairness and wisdom. But not if you label her and dismiss her. ~ Peggy Noonan ~ Time for Intervention http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2012/09/18/time-for-an-intervention/

Romney has no understanding of what life is and means to ordinary people.  He can’t associate with hardworking people, because he never had to work a day in his life.  He has dismissed millions and millions of people.  He has no conception of who they are, what they do to get by each and every day.  We don’t have stock that we can chip at to pay the rent and buy food as he did.  We have to work hard every day to make life better for ourselves and our families.  He just doesn’t know much or anything about America.  We are people with hopes and aspirations.  We are not just democrats and republicans, we have feelings, souls, ideas for our families and our country.  This is about America and the American people.  He doesn’t yet understand that.

Still, before the secret video, I was willing to listen.  I wanted to see if he could prove that he was qualified to be president.  I wanted to see his character.  How he would handle difficult situations.  I wanted to imagine him as president.  Then the Mideast exploded.  Here was his chance to be presidential.  Blue background and American flags.  When he stepped out to the podium on September 11,  we got cruel opportunism.  His smugness showed all over his face.  He was not presidential.  He condemned the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and accused the U.S. Government of sympathizing with terrorists.  The next morning he had a chance to make it right.  Instead, he intensified it: “When our grounds are being attacked and being breached, the first response should be outrage.” “Apology for America’s values will never be the right course. We express immediately when we feel that the President and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of America.”  He had a chance to make it right.  Instead while the U.S. Consulate in Libya was being attacked, while Libyans were defending Americans, While Americans and their defenders were being killed; he denounces and condemns these and Americans and their defenders.  With each word he spoke there was a dead body to accompany those words.  It was an opportunity, a chance for Romney to prove his quality. His character.  We now know he has neither.  He proved that he is hateful and self-destructive.  He showed his racism in this press conference and in the secret video.  Nothing he can say or do now will change that.

When I look at Romney now I see and hear Richard Nixon: “I am not a crook.”




Pseudo-President Romney – Republicans Believe




Right-Wing Media or Mainstream Media? They Are All The Same

They have welcomed Ryan as the wonder boy for Romney.  Now, with Ryan they can lie even more and use the press to do it.  Case in point:  the Richmond Times Dispatch. This manner of reporting has been done before, but this time it was blatant and unrepentant.  The Richmond Times Dispatch ran an editorial on the then new campaign ad from Romney/Ryan, you know the one, welfare to work requirement was being removed.  It was a lie.  The Richmond Times Dispatch ran an editorial: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/rtd-opinion/2012/aug/15/tdopin01-gutted-ar-2131149/.  Which was a lie taken from the lie Romney initiated about welfare.  They ran it as truth.  I said it before, republicans see lies as truth, and truth as lies.  Today the Richmond Times Dispatch ran a news piece saying that the Romney ad had been proven false; http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/aug/20/new-romney-ad-pushes-debunked-claim-against-obama-ar-2142116/.  There was no apology for their blatant lie, pro Romney editorial or failure to actually do their job.  Even the newest journalism grad knows that you need at least three confirmations before you run a story.  They did nothing.  It was simple:  whatever Romney/Ryan say is the gospel truth, and our editorial board is going to say so.

So ti be clear. The Romney campaign runs an ad that’s a complete lie. Some editorial writer from the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes in defense of the ad, using the ad as the only source of material and doing no fact-checking. The Romney campaign then uses the editorial (which was based only on the original Romney ad) as evidence that their ad wasn’t a lie. When in doubt always lie, lie, lie, lie.  It makes Romney/Ryan the perfect Republican candidates.


Don’t let them make clowns of us.  Vote.  Tell the truth.  When newspapers lie, we must write the truth.  Expose them for what they are…hacks.