The Class Wars

by David Schlecht

So, we’re not supposed to talk about this, but the Class Wars are in full swing and our side is losing. Soon, if the Republicans get their way, there will only be two classes of Americans, the Haves (yes, the Republican BASE) and the Have-nots (yes, this will eventually be everyone else). But, don’t be afraid to talk about it. That’s just what the top 1% want. Be afraid to talk about how you’re losing your income and benefits and how the top 1% keep getting richer and richer off the sweat of our labor.

The ultra rich are taking over our government and for the past 25 years have been getting their pet laws passed, and for the most part, the rest of us just went along with it. What, with the billions of dollars spent on lobbying and on factious advertising, we were all behind the “Free Trade Agreements”. Why wasn’t there anyone from our side standing up and saying, “Hey, that’ll ship millions of our jobs over seas.” But, no, all we heard was how nice it would be to be able to buy Wal-Mart products from China’s slave labor.

The ultra-rich are calling the shots and doing their best to make sure we’re doing with less while they do with “all”. It’s time to stand up and get money out of our election process and get the lobbying leeches out of our government.

It’s time to re-instate the old tax on Aristocracy. It’s time to cut the taxes on the working people and activate the 95% tax on the blood suckers. Keep the playing fields level.

Telecoms Own Your Government

by
Dave Speck

[Updated below]

With the latest pandering by the Democrats in Congress (yes Reid, I’m pointing at you), it is painfully obvious that the telecoms have infected the Democratic party. This is unacceptable, but painfully obvious.

Reid knows that it’s wrong to grant the telecoms blanket immunity for the crimes they’ve committed in spying on Americans. But, he’s trying to help his “base”, knowing it’s wrong and knowing that the vast majority of his party is flatly opposed to it.

Why are they voting against the good of their own party? Because someone else owns them, of course.

We have got to force our representatives to pass election reform that makes all Congressional and presidential election publicly funded. It sounds like it would be a great strain on our taxes, but it doesn’t have to be. We could easily pay for all the electioneering by fining the lobbyists 500% for every dollar they spend to bribe our government.

On that note, we should phase out lobbying from businesses. This is such an obvious crime, we need to get it stopped, now. There’s nothing wrong with individuals petitioning their representatives. That’s the American way. However, no paid lobbyists, and no gifts, period!

Without these two fixes, we will never be able to wrest control of our government from the crooked businesses.

[Update] Call Reid’s office at 202-224-3542 and let him know that the law isn’t just for some of us to follow.

Stop Apologizing!

by Dave Speck

My gosh! Stop apologizing, already. Finally, a Democratic politician shows a little ambition, a little passion, and so many of the rest of the Democratic Party runs and hides their faces and starts apologizing for the “over the top” comments.

That’s exactly why the Republicans call you spineless. Heck, even the Democrats call you spineless. If we all showed this much passion, we’d be out of this awful train-wreck of a presidency; we’d be out of this awful war, we’d have the Democratic voters showing a little ambition as well.

Hurray for Stark, and keep it up! America needs passionate leaders to show how awful this really is. With the wimpy, whiny, cry-babies apologizing, it’s really hard for the rest of us to get ambitious.

And, yes, we voters still need to show the ambition, if nothing more, then just to continue to show our leaders that we need more passion. A passionate leader can help energize this country. A spineless electorate will continue to put us to sleep. Grow a spine and show some passion!

What We Know by Personal Attacks

by David Schlecht

The Republicans are out if full force, this week, launching personal attacks against everyone who dares to show that the party and the president are devoid of any morals or even a collective heart.

Gore gets a medal! And, the Republican mouthpieces go wild! There isn’t a single one out there with the honor to congratulate Gore and compliment him on pursuing the Global Warming disaster. Whether they agree or not, anyone with any self respect will at least congratulate the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize.

So, why don’t they? Why don’t they attack his facts or his perspectives rather than launching personal attacks against him?

Obviously, it’s because, even with hundreds of millions of dollars spent by Big Oil to convince us there’s nothing wrong with spewing oil exhaust, over half of America knows there’s a growing and undeniable problem. So, if you can’t argue the facts, dishonor the enemy. That’s the Republican way, and this week has been rife with it.

How about the 12-year old boy or the two year old girl saying thanks for S-CHIP? How about a Republican representative saying, gosh, good for your great recovery. But, no, they don’t want to humanize the recipients of this service. They can’t argue the facts, either. None of them are silly enough to say it doesn’t work. So, instead, they smear the children and their families. That’s the new Republican Party.

Personal smears. That’s what the Republican Party is, nothing more. They don’t own a single argument. They’re bankrupt when it comes to ideas that work. “No Services for the Poor”, “No New Taxes”, “No Plan for Iraq”, “No need for a reason to bomb Iran”, “No government oversight for big businesses”, and the list goes on and on.

America has seen decades of the Republican’s failed agenda and see it to be bankrupt. Will the Republican Party recover from this? Only if they can come up with a platform — something other than just fear and smear, oh, and hate the queers.

Take Action on Media Control

by David Schlecht

It’s rare for media reform issues to make the front page… but they did today.

This morning, the New York Times revealed that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is rushing through a plan to rewrite media ownership rules, letting the biggest media companies control even more local outlets. And he’s doing it without giving the public a chance to respond. The rules could take effect as early as December.

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The Fundamentally Evil Nature of Man

by David Schlecht

Conservatives and Liberals view society and government differently, to say the least. We often can hardly believe that both sides are discussing the same issue. How can we ever agree on a conclusion as long as we view the issues so differently. Of course, it doesn’t help that some of us dogmatically defend a totally indefensible position just to make a point.

But, why do we view everyday things so differently?

The answer can generally be found by realizing the different role each expects from our government. Even the term, “our government” is charged with Conservatives viewing it as “The government”, not “our government” and view anything beyond protecting us from evil to be an over-reach of the authority of “the government”.

Conservatives view the role of government to be limited to protecting us from the evils inherent in all mankind. Anything more is just forcing us to be good citizens which we don’t need to be, forcing us to help the sick and poor and each other. “Why should I be forced to help all these inherently evil people?”

Conservatives view all people as being inherently evil. Liberals view mankind as fundamentally good.

If a person views most of mankind as inherently evil, what does that say about the thoughts and desires of the Conservative? There can be two options here: 1) the Conservative is fundamentally good and has been taught to fear everyone and fear his own desires, or 2) the Conservative is fundamentally evil.

The rabid Conservatives attacking the children helped by S-CHIP obviously fall into the fundamentally evil group and you can see why they think everyone else is evil. Unfortunately, these are the same Conservative who have hijacked the Republican Party.

Liberals believe people are fundamentally good and just can’t believe when they see Conservatives doing absolutely unethical evils (attacking kids on S-CHIPS for example). We are at risk of being easy targets by not believing just how evil Bush really is.

As mankind spread across the globe, having a strong sense of society and responsibility for our neighbors has enabled mankind to survive. Without it, we would certainly have perished long ago.

If mankind was driven by Conservatives, mankind would have perished.

Now that we have advanced beyond the “US” generations into the “Conservative Me Only” generation, we’re seeing a face of mankind that never survives for long.  However, the evil they can render can be atrocious.

Being Conservative is not a successful trait in society. It works great in dog packs, though.

So, where do people acquire such unsuccessful and sickly traits? Obviously this is taught by the parents. Hence, a sick Conservative generally raises lots of little sick Conservatives who are bullies, and socially unacceptable. Sound like anyone you know?

Eighty percent of America support the S-CHIP assistance for the poor and unfortunate. However, 20% still want them all to die. The fundamentally evil 20% who have taken over the Republican Party.

In Disgust we Trust

by Paul Johnson

We all know that a major part of the American revolution from England was about the need for religious tolerance. The “Church of England” or “The King’s Church” wasn’t to be imposed on America.

There are many references to this in the country’s founding documents, including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

So why do we exclude certain religious beliefs on every single piece of money printed by our government? Why do we denigrate so many of our fellow citizens who don’t view religions as we do? Why do we point out our intolerance of them every day in our Pledge of Allegiance?

Isn’t this exactly what our forefathers were trying to get away from?

You even hear some saying that America is a Christian Nation. Oh, come on, now. Get real! Nobody really believes that trash. Thirty seconds reading the Constitution or the Bill of Rights would convince even the the most thick skulled amongst us.

“In God We Trust” is saying “Anyone believing in another god is not part of WE THE PEOPLE. Yes, that’s exactly the opposite of what our forefathers wanted.

“One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all” means if you don’t pray to OUR GOD, you’re not Indivisible and aren’t part of Liberty and Justice.

Does anyone really believe that this is what our forefathers wanted? I’m all for holding my religious beliefs and don’t like others thinking they have liberty to try to convert me relentlessly. But, it’s immoral for me to force these views upon others just as much as if enough got together and passed laws to change our pledge to say, “One Nation, Devoid of God…” or having all our money changed to say “We Trust in No God”. It sounds silly, but that’s exactly what we’re doing to others.

It’s not right. Let’s take a breath and try the golden rule. Would we like others doing to us what we’re doing to others who don’t think like we do? We’d scream bloody murder, and so should they. And — we should be sensitive enough to know it’s wrong.

America, the Country of Warmongers

by Dave Speck

Yes, you heard me, warmongers! Ouch, does that hurt?

No, I’m not talking about being so easily lied into a war of aggression. I’m not talking about the deaths of 3000+ Americans, and the countless hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. That’s bad, but that’s not the war I’m talking about…

America, you could apply your resources to solve the Iraqi problem, but, no, let’s wage a war.

Let’s wage a war on terror, too. Yes, that’s a good reason for a war. Let’s do that! Let’s wage war on global terror. No reason to fix it, just start a war and then wonder how it will ever end. You do want to “win” don’t you? You’re not thinking of “cutting and running”, now are you?

Yes, war’s the solution. No reason to put our resources into finding the cause of the problem and working to correct it. Let’s go to war!

I know, let’s have a war against the middle class. That’s a good cause. No point in solving the problem, let’s have ourselves a little war. When will it end? Who cares, we’re at war! How about a war on poverty? Oh, yes, let’s war.

Ya, those Democrats who are soft on crime — what we really need is a war on crime. Yes, let’s have another war! WAR!!! No point in finding the cause of the crime and a solution, let’s have a war and wait for it to magically solve something. Oh, yes, WAR!!

While we’re at it, America, let’s have a war on drugs. That’s a good one. The war will be over when we win. You want to win don’t you? Stay the course. No point in trying to solve anything, let’s have a war, oh yes, oh YES, a WAR!!

WARGASM.

America, is this really us? Are we really this wrapped up in endless wars? Are we really this stupid? We need to know when to say no to war. Any time we hear a politician selling war, be it a war on drugs or a war on the innocent children of a foreign country, we need to stop and say NO to war. By the way, it’s okay to impeach, too, if the mood strikes.

Heritage Foundation Suffers Corrupt Foundations

by Paul Johnson

In keeping with our goal to avoid broad brush-strokes, I’ll refrain from classifying all Conservatives as morally bankrupt. But, Heritage Foundation, the lighthouse of the Conservative movement, demonstrates some serious moral deficiencies.

The World Health Organization along with the Guttmacher Institute have done a study and found that women do not have fewer abortions in countries where they are outlawed. In other words, social, religious, and political pressure does not reduce the need for or frequency of abortions. Of course, where they are illegal, abortions are considerably less safe and cause a considerably greater health risk to the patient.

Googling this brought up, as my second link, the “Abortion Facts” website. Hmmm, “facts”, maybe a good place to get “facts” on the effects of abortion restrictions. What a joke.  What a scam. What a lie. What a disgrace.

Oh Just-Say-Why you’ve seen countless articles of Conservative Corruption. This is just one more example. I’m not saying all Conservatives organizations are Corrupt. When I find one, though, I’ll be sure to let you know.

So, what’s so corrupt about “Abortion Facts” website? The moral corruption comes at many levels. Let’s look at the first two obvious levels.

Corruption One – Lying Liars:
Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows that God hates liars much more than queers. There are only a few references to homosexuality in the Bible but countless references to the moral crimes of deceipt. The Bible also says absolutely nothing about abortion. Nothing!

“Abortion Facts” website, owned and sponsored by the Conservative media outlet, Heritage Foundation, is deceiving thousands of unsuspecting women daily, into thinking they deliver something other than anti-abortion and anti-choice ramblings. The only “facts” about that website  is that they are trying to advance a political agenda.

We aren’t talking “Little White Lies” or “they’re just Lies to help the greater good” kinds of lies. We’re talking about lies to further a perspective that is not in anyone’s best interests and does not represent the opinions of the Bible or of God. Liars, plain and simple.

Would a person with any morals ever do such a thing? Would you, personally, try to deceive thousands of women daily to help furthure your personal pet projects? Of course not. Perhaps that’s what separates the Conservatives from the Human Race.

Getting back to the World Health Organization’s study, we see that the lies advanced by the Heritage Foundation regarding abortion do not represent God (but they do represent many organized religions) and they don’t improve the lives of unwanted children or the lives and safety of women. In fact, these lies make it more likely that thousands of women will be forced into the shadows for unsafe abortions, and many more will die or suffer life long injuries.

Stop and think about that. Compare the amount of “good” and who benefits by the Heritage Foundation’s “Abortion Lies” website. Now consider who is harmed. Would anyone with a single ounce of morals do such things? Of course not. They are morally corrupt.

Corruption Two – Purposeful Harm:
For many years, experts have been saying that outlawing abortions doesn’t reduce the need or reliance on the practice. Today we have actual numbers to review to prove the facts. But, will Heritage Foundation admit the error of their ways? Will they stop the immoral condemnation of women who need abortions? Will they apologize for the harm they have already done? Of course not. Would you expect a Conservative organization like Heritage Foundation to ever admit to the facts?

If they won’t change their opinions based on the facts, then it’s not the facts that dictate their position, but something else. What could affect someone’s judgment that is unrelated to facts? How about society? We are all molded by societal pressures every day. Every day we make decisions based on whether we would be accepted or banished for our actions (and thoughts).

This is even worse when it comes to religious condemnation. This seems to indicate that there is a tie between the unthinking fear of condemnation by an unthinking religion and the unthinking refusal to change opinions in the face of facts to the contrary. These pressures from the Conservative community and religion has created a Heritage Foundation that us unable to represent intelligent positions, and “Abortion Facts” is just more proof.

I love living in a free country where lunatics are allowed to spew their ignorance, where society is intelligent enough to discount and ignore their ramblings. Unfortunately, though, far too many people are beginning to actually believe the lies coming from Conservative “Facts”.

To be a Republican you need to believe

by Dave Speck

To be a Republican you need to believe:

1. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton

2. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s Daddy made war on him , a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.

3. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Viet Nam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

4. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

5. A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational drug corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

6. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.

7. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.

8. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our longtime allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

9. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health care to all Americans is socialism. HMO’s and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

10. Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

11. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

12. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet .

13. The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s driving record is none of our business.

14. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

15. Supporting “Executive Privilege” for every Republican ever born, who will be born or who might be born (in perpetuity.)

16. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960’s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the ’80’s is irrelevant.

17. Support for hunters who shoot their friends and blame them for wearing orange vests similar to those worn by the quail.

If you don’t send this to at least 10 other people, we’re likely to be stuck with more Republicans ’08.

Friends don’t let friends vote Republican

Why the Personal Attacks?

by David Schlecht

Ever wonder why the Republicans are always so quick to launch personal attacks against anyone that stands against their failures? Obviously, if you have no valid position, you can’t argue the position. But do you really have to stoop to launching personal (and untrue) attacks against the young, the sick, and the unfortunate.

Now, just imagine a real life American adult continuing to support a party that slanders 12-year-olds. There are plenty of uninsured sick kids but there are even more insured sick republicans. Sick, just plain sick!

Like it or not, this is what the Republican Party has become. Don’t like it? Change it or leave it.

Observe the Poisons Sickening our Government

by David Schlecht

Many of you may not know, but there is an organized effort to interfere with our process of government and prevent our politicians from doing their jobs.

These evil, unethical, unpatriotic crooks have been hiding under the apron strings of failed beliefs and argue that their abuse of the government is what their people want.

It’s time for the crooks to give up their crooked and immoral ways and get down to the business they have been elected to perform, government, not obstruction.

It’s time for America to turn off our TVs and get serious about saving our government.

Zero, Zip, Nada

The number of Republicans who voted to criticize Clear Channel’s Limbaugh for disgracing the “Phony troops”is zero, but 100% voted to condemn Move-On for what they say was disrespecting General David’s betrayal.

You’re asking me to not call the whole republican senate a total and complete moral disaster, when you go from none, nada, zip, zero avoiding the hypocrisy vote. Sorry, but there just is no “one or two” Senate Republicans who can demonstrate any honor or morals. It’s a total party disaster, plain and simple.

Not ALL Republican Conservatives are Mentally Retarded

by David Schlecht

My thanks to the gentle readers who have correctly noticed that many of the authors on this site condemn groups when they really should be focusing on the specific cases.

It’s not right to condemn all Republicans as morons, or all Nevadans as trailer trash or all conservative media as corporate corrupt or all  conservatives as immoral. Though many of the blog posts demonstrate these principles giving obvious examples, it’s not always correct to condemn the whole group for what the vast majority do.  I’m sure that out of the remaining 26%ers not more than 99.999% are immoral. The last two or three are just stupid. Hence, it’s not fair to blame the poor stupid for being immoral.

Just like you can say that the vast majority of Liberal blogs are accurate and offer plenty of evidence of their statements, there are one or two that don’t. Now we don’t want to be blamed for all being like the one or two, and we all know that not all the Conservative blogs will lie to show just that.  Two or three are just plain stupid.

Hence, I suggest that we all try to do a better job of exposing exactly what is so evident rather than assuming that the readers have the same knowledge foundation that you have.

Okay, enough comedy. There are some good Republicans out there just like there are some bad Liberals. Let’s stick to the specifics rather than generalities.

Senate Betrays Us

by David Schlecht

[Updated below]

The Republicans are all up in arms about what they consider the unpatriotic MoveOn advertisement. Not just that, but some spineless Democrats supported the amendment to criticize MoneOn, as well.

Yes, these are the same Republican traitors who lied repeatedly to disparage their ex-military political opponents. How many of these traitors were silent or openly behind the Swift Boating of John Kerry? Yet, when MoveOn buys an ad that is factual, they’re all up in arms. Does any of this seem just a little bit hypocritical?

Olberman has a great piece on this, tonight. Watch this over at Crooks and Liars.

Keep in mind that our own government, against the will of the vast majority of Americans, just now defeated the restoration of Habeas Corpus and defeated a bill to support the military, but they have the hypocrisy to object to free and honest speech.

This type of blind hypocrisy, as ugly as it is, is what we have come to expect from our Republican party. However, this amendment had the support of many Democrats as well.

I generally avoid disparaging remarks about the Democratic party, as there is plenty of lies, hate end venom coming from the Republican Party. However, this warrants a big acknowledgment on the part of the Democratic voters. We can’t just sit by silently while our own elected officials make a mockery of our rights and our government. Call your representatives and find out why they caved to the hypocrites. What? Is free speech no longer an American freedom? We can lie and slander Kerry, but can’t even ask if Political Hack Betrayus is betraying his position, his oath, and the American people?

Call and write your newspaper, and your representatives. I’m taking all my Democratic donations and giving them to MoveOn so they can keep up the good fight.

Update:
Here’s a list of the Democrats who voted to destroy America’s Freedom of Speech:

Baucus (D-MT), Bayh (D-IN), Cardin (D-MD), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Dorgan (D-ND), Feinstein (D-CA), Johnson (D-SD), Klobuchar (D-MN), Kohl (D-WI), Landrieu (D-LA), Leahy (D-VT), Lincoln (D-AR), McCaskill (D-MO), Mikulski (D-MD), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Salazar (D-CO), Tester (D-MT), Webb (D-VA)

State of Decline

by David Schlecht

Historians will be looking back at our generation in amazement, not for our great technology or our great artwork or at our great humanitarian achievements, but at the decline of America’s self respect. This week has brought to the foreground the total blockade the Republicans have successfully imposed on the American political process.

This week, the Republicans have, against the will of the people, blocked legislation to restore Habeas Corpus. The vast majority of American want to see justice restored, but the Republicans successfully prevented it from coming up for a vote. Even the vast majority of our politicians “claim” to support restoring justice, yet a small minority, the Republicans, kept us in the Dark Ages.

America, do you realize that your government has gotten out of your control? You are being controlled by an unresponsive government? The framers of our constitution, our country’s forefathers, repeatedly expressed the need to be prepared to revolt if it ever comes to this. I don’t think we’re at the point of revolt, not yet, anyway. But we are at the point that we need to remove the politicians who are refusing to represent the voters.

Today! Every Republican who decided to obstruct justice, needs to be recalled. Every single one! If they’re not representing America, they’re taking over the country and it’s either remove them now, peacefully, or be prepared to use force to extract them later.

The liars have repeatedly pretended to support the troops and repeatedly accused anyone else of being soft on terror or unsupportive of the troops. This week, in keeping with their true beliefs, the Republicans have again filibustered to prevent America from supporting our troops by giving them sufficient rest between tours in Bush’s war. The Republicans in our government have lied so repeatedly and so dependably that America has lost all confidence in their ability to lead the country. Liars left to infect the political system are causing this country extreme harm. They can’t say they support the troops and then vote against them. Liars!

Republicans do not support the troops or America.

Yes, history will look back, your kids and grand kids will look back and wonder where you were when America needed you.

Impeach the liars.

White House Missing Emails

by Dave Speck

So — the deadline has come and gone for the White House’s missing emails. So what?

Will the Democratic congress do anything about it? What’s that you say? Another non-binding panty-waist threat. Will the Democrats get their crap together before they get voted out next November?

If you ask me, I’d say probably not. And, that’s exactly what the Republican machinery wants. Their hate and fear filled followers will come out in droves to vote where the real Americans will stay home in utter horror of what as come of their country.

If there was ever a time for the Democratically controlled congress to do something, it’s right now. Today! Do something!

Lost 9 Soldiers in Iraq, Today

by David Schlecht

I’m sorry to say that we lost nine more brave soldiers, today, in Iraq. Nine soldiers die while General Betray-us betrays the American people. Yes, 6 more years. Yes. YES! Oh, God, YES!

Does anyone else find it worrisome that even our military has become so corrupt that they spew the White House propaganda, without a single shred of honesty or impartiality. Doesn’t that seem just a little scary? Will these same Republican operatives, responsible for our military, turn our military against us in a pinch? Does anyone really doubt that it’s exactly what they would do?

What would Hitler do with this power?

New By Lines

by David Schlecht

Dear gentle readers. Thanks for all the feedback on this site.

Due to popular demand, and due to the number of distinct authors contributing to this blog, you will now see By Lines showing who writes each article. I admit, it’s been rather confusing who we’re reading.

Who wrote the article? The mystery is now solved.

This will also make it easier to search on a particular author.