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I’m tempted to just giggle sometimes, when I watch and listen, read and imbibe the various machinations of the Rethugs and their attempts to paint the town Red.
We’ve expressed on many occasions the fact that they are killing their own with abandon, unable to resist the temptation to force everyone on the GOP side to march to the same crazy piper.
Michelle Bachmann is out ramping up the teabaggers to storm Congress and scare them into abandoning health care reform. She chose today, unmindful as only Michelle (no fact ever stuck in my brain) could be that Guy Fawkes day is today, and perhaps another day might have been more judicious?
And then there is our very on wingnut, Steven King from Iowa who when asked how many uninsured there were in his district, ignored the question twice as it doesn’t really matter, since he “represents freedom loving Americans.” Apparently he doesn’t bother to represent those who are dying and bleeding from lack of health care.
Most hysterical of all is Rush (da man) Limbaugh, who blames the Hoffman loss in upstate NY to none other than Newt (I can be drafted) Gingrich. Newt was insufficiently supportive of Hoffman’s candidacy you see. No matter than when Hoffman opened his mouth, nothing much came out except a vague sentence or two of obvious platitudes.
Sarah, (the quitter) Palin, being the rather limited intellect that she is, of course, said that things were right on track for 2010! Yeah, right Sarah, that was the plan all along right?
Course we have already learned about the importance of these elections. Depending of course on whom you might conversate with. Rethugs tell you that Obama is doomed and Limpaugh actually claims that he will lose in 2012 regardless of the GOP candidate. Done deal. Of course the exit polling suggests that most races were local in nature and most voters claim that Obama had nothing to do with their vote. It remains unclear just what we can surmise from any of them, or all of them collectively.
It was disheartening to say the least, that Maine’s population decided that it could not abide same sex marriage. No wonder given the horrific lying commercials I saw them running. Worse, most of this anti-gay thing is of course perpetrated by the extreme rightwing evangelical nuttery. Sad to see that they as usual, don’t find anything sinful in lying.
Britannica Blog makes a very good argument that where issues of minority rights are concerned, the electorate should never have the final say. That would seem obvious wouldn’t it? It seems to me that the solution is for a gay couple to apply for a marriage license, be denied, and sue. The issue will then end up before the state supreme court. Generally speaking, courts have found no legal basis for the denial. So this may end the same way that Iowa ended. Course, there is plenty of planning to try to get the subject on the ballot in Iowa, but it will take some years to do so by constitutional means. And the people at large are moving steadily and slowly toward gay rights with every day. Next generation folks suspect this will be a non-issue by the time they are adults.
You might want to keep a watch out for a new documentary about God coming soon. Peter Rodgers travels the world and asks everyone he meets: “What is God?” No doubt the answers say as much about us as they do about our faith. Stop by and read the full article at Religious Dispatches.
And don’t miss Ezra Klein’s nice piece on the fiasco that is the Rethug Health (?) care bill. It covers a whopping 3 more million people, and is not nearly as cost effective as the Democratic bill. Nice try, dead heads.
Well, enough of all that. The sun is shining, another book showed up in my mailbox (that’s two this week), I’ve been reading about Abraham all day on and off, and it’s popcorn night in the meadow. Life is good. More fun and frivolity tomorrow.