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Pushback…finally….

Well…I have been really quite irritated with those of us on the left that have let the right set the terms of discussion over the past decade or so but that appears to be changing…and not a damn day too soon. I know that Bernie has been a lone voice in the woods for years now, railing against the lies and rigging of the country by the repubs, and his voice is now being joined by others that are changing the narrative by calling the right out on it’s lies. Starting with Elizabeth Warren and her truth telling on Wall Street and it’s manipulation of the economy which has been going on for a year now…we now have President Obama pushing back on the NRA’s program of lies that he and Hillary are going to take away everyone’s guns…reacting to a gun store owner repeating those talking points at a town hall just last week. The pushback really took on a new life with Hillary’s dismantling of Trump last week in a great speech on foreign policy….and it appears that we on the left are finding our voice again…that we are no longer scared of the lies of the right and are countering them with the truth…and shouting that truth everywhere possible….it’s about damn time….

11 dimensional chess….

Well…I was a little chagrined earlier in the week when a conservative repub was floated as the new supreme court justice to be appointed by Obama…but then I found that Sandoval’s name was just part of the 11 dimensional chess that Obama is playing…he is actually trolling the repubs to make sure their reactions are as terrible as they can be…making sure that they go on record as saying that no matter who is nominated, the repubs will not do their constitutional duty to advise on the legal appointment of a new justice that Obama has every right to do…thereby ensuring that we will take back the senate later in the year when the new dem president will appoint a true progressive and tilt the court back to sanity for a generation….and the cool thing is that the repubs just don’t see it…only seeing their obstructionist path that is going to lead to their doom…please proceed, repubs…

Let the voters decide? They already did…

Well….over the past two elections, after Obama was elected, the repubs have led an unprecedented campaign to nullify the results of those two elections by their obstructionism; choosing to not do their constitutional duty on the debt, the budget, and especially in approving judges that have been presented by Obama. Their dis-ingeniousness continues with their new meme they are pushing in regard to the right that Obama has to appoint a supreme court justice: that the selection should wait until the voters decide in the 2016 presidential election. Now, if these liars would just look back to  he 2012 election, one of the main themes was that if Obama was elected, he would appoint judges to the court that would be too liberal, that would grant equal rights to gay people…etc, etc…..and ole Mitt went on and on about the fact that he would appoint judges like the radical activist right wingers on the court…and when people were surveyed, almost 60% said that the supreme court was very important to their voting decision. So, the people have already voted and put Obama in for a second term to carry out his required duties of appointing judges to supreme court vacancies…and no matter what the repubs say, that is the truth….geez…

This is what Obama should do…

Well…with all of the repubs in the senate promising obstruction to any nominee that Obama puts up for the supreme court, I think Obama needs to take those threats seriously and appoint a true progressive while the senate is in recess. This would not only really piss off the repubs but would get the court to a 5-4 liberal majority for the rest of his term…and, with the court docket having so many cases that could hurt women, unions, and really screw up this country if there was a conservative majority, Obama needs to do this right now. Then, when we win the presidency and the senate later in the year, we have the chance of making the progressive majority permanent…at least for a while anyway….get it done Obama….

An adult in the White House…

Well….not sure if you saw Obama’s news conference last night…it was a nice, measured response to a complex problem that is still unfolding daily…but, to hear those on the right comment, he just gave the country to ISIS and surrendered….not sure what they wanted but the adult in the WH did what was necessary with a thoughtful speech that was devoid of the posturing and spittle spewing that the right takes for action…I wonder if they wanted him to unfurl a “Mission Accomplished” banner behind him or to use the “bring it on” rhetoric that ole GW used for red meat to his rabid followers? The only thing we need to remember about all of those on the right that are criticizing not putting more “boots on the ground” in Syria is that they are always wrong…wrong to invade Iraq, wrong on weapons of mass destruction there, wrong on tax cuts, wrong on disbanding the Iraqi army….wrong on fricking everything….and I am happy to have an adult in the WH that doesn’t posture and shout and act agitated…that’s leading……not that the right would recognize that…geez…

Trump slush….

Well….just had to do a short one on ole Donald’s latest comment on Obama and his presidency….the other day, ole Donald said that it will be generations before we elect another black president since he thinks Obama has been a “failure”…..yep, a failure..who helped end the financial crisis, who worked to get millions of more Americans health insurance, and who worked with our allies to negotiate an end to Iran’s nuclear bomb program. I wish more presidents would fail like that. but the funny thing here is, by the Donald’s logic, we won’t elect another white president since the last one was such a failure…do you ever think before you open your mouth, you idiot? Man…have to try to figure out when stupidity became a requirement for the repubs to run for president…geez…

The only thing you need to know about the TPP…

Well…with the cloture vote that happened today and the scheduling of the full senate vote on the TPP (the trans Pacific Partnership) trade agreement there is only one thing you need to know about the president selling out the working people of the US…and that is that it has the overwhelming support of the repubs in both the senate and house…in fact, without this support, there would be no TPP agreement…remember that, it is a repub supported plan and that is all you need to know…that the repubs, that hate American workers and do everything in their power to help the owners screw them are the ones that are lauding this monstrosity that gives away the country…more than that, the entire world to corporations…the workers days are over and it was done with the unholy alliance of a dem president and the repubs that have hated him from the start…why would they now work with him unless this agreement is everything they want? This is crap and Obama knows it…what legacy is he trying to leave behind? Not the one he wants, I’m sure…geez…

Doing nothing against ISIS?

Well…just finished reading about another ignorant right winger, Lamar Smith, a congressman from Texas who said today that Obama is doing “nothing” to combat ISIS in the middle east and it is a shame that Jordan and Egypt are doing more….how many more times do we have to use facts to try to puncture the bubble of ignorance for these folks? The facts are that the US has launched 8 times more airstrikes against ISIS that all of the other countries in the middle east combined…that our command and control systems like AWACS are used to plan and control every attack no matter what country the planes come from…and our satellites and intelligence gathering assets are the only ones that have the capability to find out what is happening on the ground. I think it would be a big surprise to our pilots and planners over there that they are doing nothing and it is just a part of the truth of the right these days…that they don’t give a damn about the service of the military unless they can use it to attack Obama…even lying about the truth and denigrating the contribution that our military has given in the fight against ISIS…what an idiot…call ole Lamar and tell him to shut the hell up…

One last thing about Cuba…

Well…in all of the stuff I’ve read about Cuba over the past few days, one thing I thought of has not been mentioned…that is the fact that with this stroke, Obama has taken the reason away that the Castros’ have used to explain away the poverty and lack of growth that Cuba has seen over the past 50 years..it has always been the US’s fault…everything that has ever gone wrong has been blamed on us but now that is going to go away and the people running the place are going to have to put up or shut up…just my thought….

Circling each other…

Well…it is a little bit of an interesting time in politics right now with the changes that are coming and the parties circling each other like fighters waiting to land the first punch….and it looks like it was Obama that landed with the executive order on immigration and now we wait for the repub response…and the thing that I don’t understand is why the repubs just don’t do what Obama asked…pass a bill that would make the executive order unnecessary. That way, they could take credit for it and take a big chunk out of their Hispanic problem…but they just can’t do anything that would look like they caved in to Obama…and that is the master stroke of Obama’s comment of  “pass a bill”…the repubs will look petty if they just attack and they will lose their base if they agree to do their job and pass a bill on immigration….it just may be interesting the rest of the year after all….