It is tough being a Republican, just ask them

It is going to be tough for me to keep up over the next few months.  I will be super busy with school, church, kid’s football and hockey.  Of course I am sure I will throw a post up here and there when I get worked up over a moronic comment made by somebody on the right.  For instance…
 
I listened to Michelle Malkin being interviewed about her views on health industry reforms.  She was asked about how she came to hold her views.  Malkin talked about being shunned at the “extremely liberal” university she attended because her opinions didn’t mesh with the other minority students.  She went on to say she has experienced “liberal intolerance first hand,” and has “experienced all the ad hominem attacks that conservatives in public life are subject to now.”
 
What a whiner.  She is speaking as if conservatives are some sort of a persecuted group.  It’s like white males asking for more rights.  No wonder the far right likes her so much.
 
Of course millions of people listened to the interview, and just a small percent who believe her affect the outcome of health care reform.   It bugs me that a little misinformation here and a lie there convert a few people.  Then another lie and a little more misinformation is spread just trying to make something stick.  If one in 100 people believe it and it keeps happening over and over, pretty soon you have a 5 or 10% change in opinion, all based on a dozen lies or misinformation pieces.
 
And how is it that people who lie, and are proven liars, can continue to build a base of followers simply because they oppose the left.  I will never understand that.  I wouldn’t defend a liar simply because they had the same political views as me.  Blogs and one-sided media with agendas that supersede the common good are propagating a conspiracy theory mentality in the United States that isn’t going to go away.
 
This is a prime example of what is happening with an irrational distrust of the other political party.  The House of Representatives State Fair Poll Results came out last week.  The third question asked was:

When a person registers for a driver’s license or state identification card, should they automatically be registered to vote?
Yes
51%
(4,438)
 
No
43.3%
(3,775)
Undecided/No Opinion
5.8%
(502)
 
Why shouldn’t they be registered to vote?  Can anybody give me a valid reason why people should not be registered to vote?  I really don’t know.  We are free citizens of the United States, and have the right to vote.  Why do we need to fill out a card separately to say “yes I want to vote”?
 
My guess is that hard-core Republicans made up most of that 43% who said “no.”  So why are they so hooked on these issues that don’t contribute to the common good?  Really, who are the constituents of the Republican elected officials?  It is not individuals who voted no to question 3.  It isn’t you and me.  Their constituencies are corporations.  Big pharma, big ag, big banks, big oil, big insurance, and the good ole’ military industrial complex .  While they are in office, Republicans spend as much as they can to make their constituency rich.  Then, when they lose they turn around and tell everybody that Republicans don’t spend like the “tax and spend” Democrats.  I guess they are right.  The Dems spend to make the public a better place.  Republicans spend to make CEO’s rich so they give more money to the GOP. 
 
I think you can compare the difference between Democrats and Republicans on issues like health care by using an example of this story paraphrased from Mike Yankoski, a college student who lived on the streets to see how we responds to the homeless:
 
A couple of homeless people sitting on the street: We’re on the same level as this little kid in a stroller walking with his family down the street.  The parents ignore the homeless person, but the little kid locks eyes with the homeless person refusing to pretend that they don’t exist.  As adults we pretend that people who do exist don’t.  Kids don’t do that.  Children are curious, but adults don’t know how to engage the homeless…
 
The Republicans ignore individuals with needs. Yeah, sure, they contribute to a charity, a middle man that takes a little cut and provides aid.  But the Democrats are looking the tens of millions of people without proper health care right in the eye and are saying “here, this is to help you.”   Democrats look right into the eye of the problems. Republicans ignore problems.
 
A couple of finishing notes: 
 
Get out and meet the candidates.  The local DFL obviously needs to do a better job of marketing.  I’ve had several people surprised that candidates show up at the CD2 meetings or Senate District meetings.  There is no excuse not to meet each candidate.  They are everywhere.
 
If you have not had a chance to watch the official Margaret Anderson Kelliher announcement video, take a moment to watch.  It is fantastically produced.  A+ for MAK.
 
Finally, I thought the sign at the State Fair Republican booth was hilarious:

September 2009 002
 
Yes, they really said “Real Solutions for Real People.”  I know, hilarious.  They only solution Republicans seem to have is to cut taxes.  We know how well that worked on our transportation infrastructure.  People die when Republicans implement their solutions.

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3 thoughts on “It is tough being a Republican, just ask them”

  1. Some thoughts for you … responding in the order that you have written them.

    #1. Family responsibilities always come first, but be aware that there are people that read your postings but never comment … so when you have the time, please continue offer your thoughts.
    #2. Did Michelle Malkin state WHY she applied for admission to Oberlin College ? Was she shocked to find that some of her fellow students were progressive thinkers ? That would be akin to someone going to Bob Jones, Liberty or Clearwater Christian College and finding out that they were intolerent to her personal religious views. Is Oberlin radical ? ? ? Well, let’s consider that it was the first to be a co-ed college … and to openly admit blacks … it was a hotbed of the Vietnam protest movement with links to the Chicago Seven. If anything, Malkin should be proud that she went to a College that allowed open debate … my guess is that she must have lost a lot of those debates.
    #3 “A little misinformation” is the basis for the axiom “the lie becoms the truth when people come to believe it”. (See Death Panels, Obama’s citizenship, etc.)
    In the world of politics, this works … Democrats are “tax and spenders” … may not be true but it is believed by too many people.
    #4. Although I want everyone to participate in elections, since the question is based on “automatically” registering to vote, I would vote no. It’s okay for the DMV to offer a voter registration card but not to automatically put them on the voter rolls. Some people are apolitical and don’t want to participate. Some people may be eligible for a driver’s license but are ineligible to vote. Keeping the processes separate makes some sense … a college student may define their residence as their college dorm and want to vote in the college towns elections (let’s say in Minnesota) but for insurance reasons want their driver’s license to be their parent’s residence (let’s say in Wisconsin). Also, I suspect that the typical college student makes at least four changes of address and may actually change precincts … they probably don’t want to change their driver’s license everytime. How do you handle the 16 year old that can get the driver’s license … does the elections department automatically register them to vote when they turn 18 ? Conversely, since some people do not drive, would this lead to a requirement for a State ID card before you could register to vote ? For some elderly people this could be a problem …as it may be for handicapped citizens. In conclusion, there are enough concerns that I would say No to the automatic process but by all means the DMV should offer the Voter Registration Card.
    #5. Yes, definitely meet the candidates … send them an email, you will be surprised at how many will reply. Express your ideas … they need them. Also don’t limit yourself to the DFL … look to the MN-GOP, IP, etc. …. They may have good ideas that should be considered … or bad ideas that need to be exploited.
    #6. “Real Solutions for Real People” … is that the shortened version of Palin’s “We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America” ?
    OK, I just checked my pulse, I am a “Real People” … so when do we get to hear the “Real Solutions” ? Not from the MN-GOP where the Governor ignores a Leadership Summit and instead goes to Eaton Corp. and Value Voters Conventions … nor from candidates who make promises that they don’t keep … such as candidate Bush who promised “As President… I’ll reform Health Care so every family has access to affordable health insurance…” well in 2001, the premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance were $2,652 annually for family coverage —with employees on average paying $360 and employers paying $2,292 and in 2009, the premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose to $13,375 annually for family coverage this year—with employees on average paying $3,515 and employers paying $9,860.

  2. Real Solutions For Real People … great motto which seems to be echoed by Annette Meeks, chief executive officer of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, a conservative think tank, reacting to the increased costs of Minnesota’s “welfare” programs in relation to other state spending.
    “We can still cut some programs and not necessarily hurt people,” she said. “No one wants to hurt people.”

    So IF you live in a public nursing homes or veterans homes, or enrolled in state’s Medicaid program, or obtain prescription drugs under a portion of the Medicare Part D program, you may experience a cut, but it won’t hurt !

    OUCH ! Somebody needs some sensitivity training … STAT.

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