The numbers don’t lie.
The numbers don’t lie.
This is the tagline of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but as the nastiest presidential election in collective memories of every American alive today grinds to a close, the few of us that proudly remain on America’s left need to ask if it makes any sense to even consider common cause with our fellow citizens.
For over 30 years, since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural, the right has been on an unrelenting campaign to turn America’s progressives and liberals into demons—and oh how they have succeeded. Even the Democrats, who might be expected to provide cover for liberals, broke with them during Bill Clinton’s campaign, and cast us off as relics impeding the party’s ability to win elections. And so, lacking any champion at the national level, we were branded as libtards, feminazis, and traitors. The blowback has even reached the center-right Democrats represented by Clinton, as unhinged racists openly talk about revolution, assassinating the former Secretary of State before she can assume office, and rounding up the leftists preparatory to stripping them of their citizenship and deporting them. (That last, by the way, is unconstitutional, but that hardly matters to your average Trump supporter who cheers their candidate’s promises to lock up his opponent till she rots.)
So here’s the thing… Evangelicals lament America’s drift toward immorality. They claim that America has abandoned them and their way of life. Southerners, 150 years after the Civil War’s end, lament the loss of separate identity and curse the nation that took them back. Citizens in the rust belt lament lost industries and the jobs that went with them. White males lament a lost patriarchy and curse the crushing political blow that they are about to receive. But in this festival of loss not one of these constituencies conceptualizes that, through each political or economic spasm, the coasts with their liberal politics, inclusive values, and vibrant multi-cultural populations have continued to keep America chugging along. These states and regions are the ones that put $2 into federal coffers while taking back $1. These states and regions are the ones that provide the innovation that brings the country back from massive financial misdeeds and might provide a way forward.
We didn’t abandon the evangelicals. They chose to abandon us, branded us as immoral “others”. We didn’t force Southerners to chose separation. They chose it for themselves. We did not take coal jobs from Appalachia, automotive jobs from Detroit, or steel jobs from the midwest, but once those jobs were gone we tried our damnedest to provide the money for training and retooling. We can’t help white males who feel threatened. Being forced to compete on equal terms with women, other races, other creeds, and other orientations is the imperative of our Constitution.
There is no longer any reason to reach out, no reason to compromise.
Clinton has it wrong. We are not stronger together.
This the the kind of rhetoric we hear from racist, bumpkin, anti-American, Trump supporters in Wisconsin, just after they grope and then pepper spray teenage girls at point-blank range.
But let’s not screw around on this issue. We’re talking about making America great again, right? I mean…that’s what was on the t-shirt of the of the ignorant ass with the loud mouth. So here’s an America improving suggestion: Find the child-molester who groped the young woman and THROW HIM THE-FUCK IN JAIL! 5 to 10 in the state pen, accompanied by sex-offender rap would certainly go a long way to improving Wisconsin.
And as far as the loudmouth’s opinion goes…count me the-fuck in! I’ll thrown in my lot with the communist nigger-lovers any day of the goddamned week.
I don’t want a war, but if that’s what you want you’re going to lose it, … We’re going to sink your navy and shoot your Air Force down… We’ll leave when we’re safe, … If you’re war weary, don’t vote for me.
— Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican Presidential Candidate
…as Eric Cantor has discovered, and all we have to say here at Ragebot is: It couldn’t have happened to a bigger asshole.
Cantor’s primary opponent, Randolph-Macon College economics professor David Brat, sounds like an authentic wacko. Among the questionable theories this Tea Party nobody champions, the moral superiority of capitalism, ranks high. Get that? Not economic superiority…moral superiority. And that’s not all. Dr. Brat has a warning for us heretics who don’t find the “moral righteousness of capitalism” to be in line with our values: Get on board, lest this lack of conviction bring about the return of a ‘Hitler’.
You have to read the article because you just can’t make this stuff up. But I say: Brat for President! Let’s get a robust debate going between future Representative Brat–I mean, after all, no Democrat is going to win Cantor’s central Virginia district–and Senator Cruz!
In conflating those who, “…will vote for Obama no matter what,” with that segment of Americans who pay no taxes—mostly people who are so desperately poor that further taxation would be an insult—Romney demonstrates that he is so politically tone-deaf, so monstrously out of touch, so brazenly contemptuous of those who don’t support him—regardless of their reasons—that a vote for this dangerous, small-minded, creature of privilege is a waste of a ballot.
I’m not wealthy like Mitt, though in middle-age I’ve made it into the 5% and stand a chance of making it into the 2% by the time I retire. Thus, I’m the perfect demographic example of a potential swing voter, but I’ll be voting for Obama…no matter what!
You know what that makes me, at least to ‘Mitt the Sh*t’ Romney? A freeloader—a person who won’t take personal responsibility for my life. This, despite the fact that I’ve been continuously employed for almost 30 years, with the only breaks being those of my own choosing…well almost all.
I have been laid off twice, and one of those times it was because a parasite like Romney saw an opportunity to make a whole lot of fat easy cash from the labor of others. I suppose that makes me one of Romney’s ‘victims’.
I have taken unemployment insurance exactly once in my life, for 4 months, and I was damn glad it was available, but in Mitt’s world I’m, “…dependent on government”.
As a percentage of income, I pay way, Way, WAY more taxes than Mitt Romney, always have and always will. Mitt Romney, whose budget wrecking policies will literally crush this nation under debt, can afford to talk tough to us 47%’ers. With $240M in the bank and a privileged life free of budgetary anxiety, he has never had to pay his own way, and he can’t conceptualize that government might have to as well.
Arguably, I have done more good in my life and career than Mitt Romney will ever do in his because at least I care about my country, my neighbors, my family, and those less fortunate than myself. The only people Mitt Romney cares about are those more fortunate than himself, and if he becomes the President, I guaran-f*cking-tee he’s going to prove it.
So F*CK YOU MITT ROMNEY!!! Much as I think Barack Obama has been a waste as our President, you never had any more than the slimmest chance of getting my vote. Now? You and you’re whole so-called conservative, screw-the-99%, tea-bagging, cabal of addled dimwit Rethuglican leeches have got no chance.
I’m sick and tired of this bullsh*t. Anybody…and I mean ANY-F*CKING-BODY…who deliberately attempts disenfranchise voters—whether it consists of limiting polling hours (Arizona), cutting down the number of polling places (Wisconsin), attempting to throw eligible voters off the voter rolls (Texas)…especially when there’s no god-damned evidence to back up their sorry arguments (Florida)—needs to be hauled off and thrown into the closest penitentiary.
Ohio’s sorry excuse for a Secretary of State, Jon Husted, is just the latest example. But in this case, Husted’s refusal to implement a federal court order restoring equity to the rules governing early voting in Ohio, should get him a all-expense paid trip to Leavenworth, Kansas if nothing else, than for contempt.
Sorry, stupid, partisan, mother-f*cker!!!
What a week! First Todd Akin steps into a hornets nest with the comment that circled the world (twice!):
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
I practically had a seizure when I read that. Okay, let’s break it down. First “legitimate rape”, what the hell does that mean?! Is there a legitimate reason to force a woman to have sex with you? Not in my world buddy. Second, “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down”…wha? I mean seriously this guy knows NOTHING about females if he can say this with a straight face. And last, and in my humble opinion most egregious, “but the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child”. So choosing not to give birth to your rapist’s child is “attacking” it? I loathe this idea that a child in utero is somehow more valuable and important than the fully grown woman carrying it. This entire thing is just reprehensible. It belittles us women.
So he apologized. He “mis-spoke” in his off the cuff remarks. Yeah you did. You revealed to all the world how little you value women. Akin won’t leave the Senate race because he’s gotten where he is now by standing by his morals. Your morals are repugnant sir. But I’m glad you stayed in the race. The GOP tried to talk you out, Ryan tried to talk you out, even the crackers in the Tea Party tried to talk you out, but you stayed. And now you are just the gift that keeps on giving.
On top of that this week Rick Perry, governor of Texas won a suit to defund Planned Parenthood. Yup, he’s removing them from the Women’s Health Initiative and, get this, calling it a “win for Texas women”. Again I’m flabbergasted. How is removing a low income health provider going to help women in a state with no income tax which is hostile to illegal immigrants and has a governor with his head up his ***?
It’s 1960 and you’re feeling flush because you have a thousand extra bucks to invest. Do you vote for John F. Kennedy or Richard Nixon?
Well conservatives would say, “…vote Republican because we’re better stewards of the economy.” In fact Mitt Romney is ‘banking’ on the notion that you’ll think his Bain Capital experience makes him the obvious choice, but the facts are otherwise. Here’s the real story:
Appreciation of $1000.00 during all the Democratic administrations since 1960: $10,920.00
Appreciation of $1000.00 during all the Republican administrations since 1960: $2,087.00
In other words, during the 28 years that Republicans have held the White House, your $1,000.00 has just barely doubled. But in the 23 years that Democrats have been in office, you’re money would have multiplied by a factor of 10! So which party should we be entrusting the economy to?
Republicans are good an enriching somebody…no doubt, but it’s not the average investor.
Prior to the 2008 election, I suggested that Mike Huckabee was the perfect candidate to run against the Democratic nominee, regardless of whom the nominee turned out to be. Well here it is 2012 and, with no credible primary challenger for President Shill, I am once again left wondering which of the truly awful Republican choices would provide the kind of conservative repudiation that I so long for. With that in mind, I’ve update my earlier post for this election season. “But who,” you might ask, “…really fits the mold of the right candidate (and by that, we mean far…far right) this time around?”
Romney? Not a chance. He’s not really a conservative, nor really much of anything except maybe a corporatist, and although you can fault him for that, social conservatives won’t make Romney “their man”. They’re simply not going to vote for a Mormon with televangelist hair and more money than most counties in Utah. Gingrich? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Gingrich isn’t a social conservative. He’s a wacko whose verbal indiscretions are only exceeded by his sexual indiscretions. So who then fits the mold of the perfect far right social demagogue? Oh…come on. We all know it has to be Santorum.
Santorum doesn’t have a liberal or progressive bone in his body. He’s a certified nightmare straight from the 15th century who has the benefit of sincerely believing all the dangerous, paranoid, hillbilly nonsense that spews from his pie-hole. Unlike Gingrich, who only plays a social conservative on television, Santorum could give the pope a run for his money, and keep in mind that we’re talking about the man ran the Holy Inquisition before he became God’s vicar on earth.
So please…let it be Santorum. Let’s have all the evangelicals and Tea Baggers line up to support him. The “Christian Nation,” O’Reilly watching, Dittohead pukes have controlled the political debate in this country for far too long, and it’s high time that a true conservative standard bearer got a McGovern style ass-kicking!
On election night I want to see all the Fox News talking heads choke on the word LANDSLIDE, even if I have to endure four more years of Obama in order to get my wish . In short, I want there to be wailing, rending of clothing, and gnashing of teeth from Sarah Palin’s Alaska to buckle of the Bible Belt!
I want to see the Koch brothers and their SuperPAC, ATM, trust-fund for the political class backers squirm for 8 months. I want them to flush $500 million down the toilet trying to get Santorum, a man they don’t really want in the White House, elected.
I want every Republican who mutters the term “fetal personhood” this election season to have to watch their daughter experience the institutionalized rape of an trans-vaginal ultrasound. Then…I want their daughters to decide to keep their babies! “Oh Mom…Dad I just can’t take care of a baby and attend Vassar at the same time. You’ll have to raise it for me. You don’t mind, do you?”
In short, I want Santorum because he’ll be a great standard bearer for a group of Americans that typify everything that is wrong with this nation. I want Santorum because he’ll lose…and lose badly.