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?
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:
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.