Castro may be dead or dying and the Cubans of MiamiÂ have beenÂ out banging pots and pans to celebrate.
Castro representsÂ a long standingÂ bone headednessÂ in America’s foreign policy. I wasn’t yet tenÂ years old whenÂ Fidel marched into America’s worst fears. I’ve watched ten US Presidents try to make life hard for him. They’ve only succeeded in making life hard for CubansÂ while making Fidel more popular at home.
The latest of our Presidents St. George the Lesser is only the latest to fall into the trap of mining votes from Cuban ex pats by putting the screws to Fidel. Maybe one of our presidents will finally outlast Castro. If so, it would put a merciful end to our futile attempt to force feed goodness toÂ the Cubans.Â Â
Bush and company have only succeeded in making our best confection, “democracy,” taste like castor oil to the people he wants to rescue.
from the Washington Post:
“I looked at this stump and said, ‘I’m a useless person now,’ ” he recalled. ” ‘What will I do in the world?’ My American Dream ended on that train.”
After fundamentalists took over the Republican Party they began redefining old Republicans out of it by derisively calling them Rino’s: “Republicans in name only.” In other words, what had once been perfectly respectable Republicanism was treated as heretical including such time tested libertarian idealsÂ as keeping the government out of its citizen’s personal lives and shunning deficit spending and a reluctance to go to war where we had no business being.
As a past Rino I take heart in seeing other Republicans turn their backs, on the party or better yet, turn their horns toward the party.
This remarkably succinct and pointed analysis was written by one of Sullivan’s readers. It beautifullyÂ summarizes what I’ve been thinking for the past couple of years.
From NPR this morning: a story about how moderate Republicans are switching to the Democratic Party in Kansas after years of being ostracized by the fundementalist Republican Party.
Chicago Sun Times conservative columnist Mark Steyn washes his hands of the GOP Congress. A sample:
“After all, the GOP’s 1994 Contract with America stated pretty plainly that henceforth “all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress.”
But that was a long time ago, wasn’t it?”
If you would like toÂ join dishonest Christians writing fake letters to the editor you can do it at James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Give them the information that they ask for and then they can use computer power to generate fake letters to the editor.
If you’d like to see how the letters are written butÂ you don’t want to join Focus on the Family you can click this link which will let you in behind the scenes to the fake letter generator.
I just read the best indictment of right wing punditry. Not coincidentally it was written by a conservative. He doesn’t even give the blogosphere’s myopic, pro-Bush supporters credit for being “conservatives.” It was a genuine pleasure to read.
Here’s one sample with an inspired observation about the value of the blogosphere:
“The combination here of rage and fear is potent and toxic. One of the principal benefits of the blogosphere — with its daily posting and unedited expressions of thought — is that it reveals one’s genuine underlying views in a much more honest and unadorned fashion than other venues of expression. For that reason, the true sentiments of bloggers often stand revealed for all to see.”
Why one group of independent minded people won’t become a third party anytime soon.
The rise and fall of the Republicans in Congress. a new book by Weekly Standard writer Michael Connetti.
I was just listening to Tom DeLay on the News Hour on PBS. He explained that he had to take a bullet for the Republic Party to protect them from rascally liberals like Barbara Streisand and Michael Moore.Â
Well, she is Jewish…….
You should have seen the round of applause DeLay got from his Republic friends. The Republics are deeply grateful that by giving up his Congressional seat the Republics may be able to avoidÂ being furtherÂ tainted by DeLay’s K Street Project or all of DeLay’sÂ staffersÂ who are copping pleas.
* “Republic” Party: I’m trying to honor the Republic Party through imitation. For years Republics have referred to their opposition as the “Democrat Party” so as to be gramatically correct. You see, Republics didn’tÂ want to confuse voters by callingÂ their oppositionÂ the “Democratic” Party.Â They didn’t want toÂ confuse voters by leaving the impression that Democrats were in any way “democratic!”Â Â
The Republics on the other hand are the greatest defenders of the “Pledge of Allegience” against the depredations of thatÂ dangerouslyÂ liberal 9thÂ District Court. That’s because when Americans make the pledge its made toÂ the Republic Party for which the flag stands.
Howdya like them big apples, Babs!
One of the legs supporting the Republican Revolution was a proliferation ofÂ think tanks headed by such folks as Grover Norquist. Here’s a lovelyÂ example of how the think tanksÂ could beÂ more motivated by thirty pieces of silver than the public good.
Congressman Tom Delay mired in corruption will not run for reelection. How much this will cripple his Congressional buddy Jim Oberstar remains to be seen. Here they are at the side of President Bush signing “Terry’s Law” into being. This is the brain death support and court interruption act.
Tom DeLay far right, Jim Oberstar 3rd from right.
From the DNT by way of the Orlando Sentinal
Another Bush hack attempts to squelch bad science news.
“When Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, posted data on the NASA Web site indicating that 2005 could be the warmest year on record, agency officials ordered him to withdraw the information because it had not been screened in advance.
A political appointee in NASA’s public affairs office, George Deutsch, tried to limit reporters’ access to Hansen. Deutsch resigned after revelations that he had padded his resume.”
I wonder if he trained Arabian horses too?
Unlike a lot of bloggers I like newspapers. Without the MSM (mainstream media) a great many of the bloggers who fancy themselves pundits would have little to say. My friend Tom West had it about right in a column he wrote for his little publication the Budgeteer last week. He pointed out that most of what the blogging community writes about originally came from newspapers.
Having an opinion is easy. Having someone else’s opinion is even easier. Since the Republican paranoia about the press bubbled over in the 1980’s Republican’s believe that all reporters are liberal and report accordingly That’s what group think will do once it has you in its grip.
Yes, reporters tend to be liberal. Surveys of reporters have borne this out. I think it comes from their college liberal arts degrees. The “liberal” in liberal arts means well-rounded more than it means politically liberal. In fact, that’s long been one of the aims of liberal arts colleges compared to community colleges or trade schools. Liberal arts graduates are expected to read widely, if shallowly, about a great many things.
I’ve always been struck by how many reporters, no matter how politically liberal, take their educations and turn it into healthy skepticism. Most have been quite open to conservative criticism of big government and our permissive society. I think its much more accurate to describe journalists as pragmatists rather than as polemicists let alone liberal polemicists. The blogging community on the other hand has a lot more polemicists. What is a polemicist? Think of them as being persuaders or, if you prefer, propogandists.
Because young people are abandoning newspapers in favor of second hand but free blogs I’m a little worried about our future. So, long as they don’t retreat into something like Fox News simply to have their prejudices reinforced America will likely survive this phenomenon and retain its open minded and vibrant culture.
Now that that’s off my chest, I can go back to my polemics.
Tom DeLay, humble as always, tells “THE WAR ON CHRISTIANS” conference; “Sides are being chosen, and the future of man hangs in the balance!” … “The enemies of virtue may be on the march, but they have not won, and if we put our trust in Christ, they never will.”
DeLay’s Christians will win when the world ends and they go to heaven during the Rapture. (I hope they don’t discover that the jihadists got there first and got first dibs on the virgins) The enemies warring against DeLay’s Christians are folks like me who are trying to prevent the Republicans from terracide.
More examples of Republican, er Christian, policies:
Jailing clergy who shelter illegal immigrants.
Waterboarding prisoners who may, or may not, be guilty of terrorism.
Silencing scientists whose research suggests a human impact on global warming or other environmental threats.
A recent poll suggests that a majority of Minnesotans now oppose the DOMA law (Defense of Marriage Act) being pushed by religious conservatives and their Republican lackeys. This is a change from a year or two ago when voters were afraid that gay marriage might be forced down the state’s throat.
Today it looks like the religious conservatives are the ones pushing DOMA down Minnesota’s throat and Minnesotan’s are spitting it back out.
There is, of course, no guarantee that DOMA would lose in a referendum. Having it on the ballot will drive social conservatives to vote and and possibly defeat less motivated voters. Stalling is probably the best defense that Democrats who oppose DOMA could pursue. Time is on their side as even religious conservatives rethink their opposition to the granting of civil rights for gays.
Republicans pushing for this referendum are in a death spiral on this and other subjects. Voters who object to gays being treated with some measure of legal protection are becoming more scarce. Yes, if this were on the ballot these voters would feel impelled to come out and vote but they will continue to shrink election by election until the Republicans get very little milage out of DOMA.
Additionally the Republicans are pushing hard on a very strict anti-immigration policy. While this might be good tactic for the next election it will have the long range result of scaring away hispanic voters who were poised to become part of a permanant GOP majority for years to come. Any party reduced to such short term strategies is foreclosing on its future.
Oh, and I heard Governor Pawlenty’s appraisal of Iraq on the radio today. Boy, was he ever subdued. Maybe he’s a traitor too, which seems to be what the most ardent Republicans think of anyone who expresses any doubts about Bush’s success in the middle east.