President Obama holds up his proposed American Jobs Act legislation while making a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, September 12
The American Jobs Act
Good morning everyone. I was in a class all day yesterday and unable to watch any of the ceremonies. I am looking forward today to go back and read all the diaries and comments. Thank you Chips for all the beautiful pictures and words you have given us. You are a real treasure. I love this TOD family. Have a great day everyone. Now lets listen to the President.
Good Morning TODVille. PBO reached 10 million Twitter Followers and chipsticks reached 4 million hits this weekend. Congratulations to you both. Off I go to tweet CNN and give them the awful bad News about these 2 important milestones :lol: guys we have lost the “base” :lol:
:-) please by all means give CNN the terrible awful news LOL
Why? Is their another msm blackout?
Sometimes, they cut him off, which is worse than not showing him at all!
Sometimes, one channel will show it, and if it is a detailed speech, the panel will come on afterwards and say the opposite from what he said!
No Jovie, there is not a blackout. We simply want to avoid the worthless pundidiotry of CNN and MSNBC. CSPAN-2 is also covering the speech live so you can view it there as well :)
Jovie I was watching the speech on CBS and they cutt off half way as well JOBS may not be importan or sexy subject to
cover, but this is very serious it’s time to start writing to all the MSM and complaint. the people are looking for jobs are
important to the msm what a bunch of Fucks sorry. Yes i watched the whole speech from the WH live stream. it was
great seen all those diverse people you Mr President and yes we can.
They cut it off? WOW, I thought JOBS,JOBS,JOBS was the most important thing to the American people, and they were sooooo disappointed with the President because he hasn’t given them jobs. Clearly it’s not so important to show the whole speech.
They cut it off, right back at you CBS….cut them off. I’ll write and register complaint.
Question: I just sent Speaker Boehner 2 e-mails, after submitting I received nothing acknowledging they would be delivered….did anyone else have the same experience…did I send my e-mails into the great unknown that is the ether?
Maybe a tweet campaign to turn off MSM and turn on C-Span for unadulterated coverage. America start thinking for yourselves.
I totally agree with you Sue! I think this country would be better off without all the self-important pundits who try to filter everything and try manipulate viewers and listeners.
Wow. John King on CNN just asked a question relating to the Republicans and how they are looking for a way not to go along with the President’s jobs plan: “Are they stuck in the same old political argument?”
First time (seriously) I’ve heard him question a Republican tactic.
did he really? :shock: King must be sick for asking an honest question;for once :roll:
I know he’ll be back to his typical predictable republican hack assholery in a minute but good on him
Yes, I’m almost holding my breath hoping it will last 10 minutes. (Oops – King just said the Republicans are looking for shenanigans from the White House. Well, that’s at least honest!)
Even the financial pukes on CNN are saying they understand what the President is doing to ease the economy, with the jobs bill; “it’s about policy not politics.”
CNN has been broadcasting from Tampa for a couple days in front of what looks like the entrance to a Carnival or Circus.
feel sorry for Don Lemon :lol:
I don’t feel sorry for Don Lemon, I sent him an email and told him that I wasn’t planning to watch that GOP circus debate Monday night. I have something better to do, watch my President jobs bill speech again.
Wait a second; didn’t the repubs have a debate just last Wednesday? The one that was so important that the President had to delay his jobs speech by one night? Why the hell are they having another debate tonight?
They are down there to cover the rethug debates.
Linda I so glad I do not watch cable anymore . PBO has BOXED the GOP big time . he will be talking to the people
directly locally. so Republicans where are your ideas about creating jobs we are waiting??????
Good Morning Everyone – I will be repeating this post on every thread until you guys make me do all 50 states. Put me to work people.
CALL TO ACTION
The more I learn about the JObs Bill the more I like it.
The White House released PDF files that explain how many infrastructure jobs, teachers, unemployed helped, etc. PDFs are great for printing out and distributing to a crowd, but Web pages are more popular. So I converted 5 states yesterday. I have also included a video clip of the President speaking in Richmond, a link to the page that lists government contact info, and a link to the PDF file.
I need your help in spreading these web pages around, and in making more. I will make your state page if you send me the addresses of 3 local media sources or a letter to the editor. If your state has already been done, you can help out by sending a suggestion for how we can get the word out.
California – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-california.html
Florida – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-florida.html
Ohio – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-ohio.html
Kentucky – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-kentucky.html
Virginia – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-virginia.html
Let’s ignore negative articles on the Web or comments and just focus on supporting this bill.
I will check back here all day and make state pages as requests come in. Once people read what
Can you do one for Montana. Thanks WIW!
Despite Gov Rick “GoodHair” Perry, Texas, please! ;) :lol:
Posting the Florida link on FaceBook and emailing it to my Congress critters… THANK YOU WIW :)
This is great, I’ve already tweeted those!!
Will you do one for Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa.
WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here’s Texas: ;)
The American Jobs Act: Impact for TEXAS – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-for-texas.html
How about forwarding the video clip of Robert Reich to our Republican elected officials. We’re not BAMBOOZLED by YOUR BIG LIES!
Please provide one for GA, WIW. Thanks!!
Please do one for Georgia.
Check out this article from the Georgia Democrats. Nathan Deal needs to have this shoved in his face daily!
Fellow Georgia TOD’ers. Please make this video go viral.
Heck, I’ll just post the whole artlcle that I referenced above.
Georgia Nearly Last in Job Creation under Nathan Deal —
Georgia – Despite Governor Nathan Deal’s repeated campaign promises that creating jobs would be a top priority for his administration, Georgia ranked #49 out of 50 states in job creation for the month of July and is ranked #47 in the nation over the past five year period.
In the past year, Georgia has had nine months of job loss, including a four year streak of unemployment higher than the national average. This job loss stands in direct contrast to the pledges of then-candidate Deal, who pledged to “kick-start the economy” while making job creation the theme of his campaign bus tour.
In October, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson stated that the future governor would “serve as Georgia’s top ambassador and salesman to bring new jobs here.” Yet, more than 470,000 Georgia citizens remain out of work.
“Republicans remain silent about their job record because they don’t have one,” said State Representative Virgil Fludd (D -Tyrone). “Georgia needs effective state leadership to produce a job-friendly environment.”
When asked if federal politics were inhibiting job creation in Georgia, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler stated that a “lack of leadership in Washington is a contributing factor to the overall lack of confidence in the (Georgia) economy.” Yet this explanation doesn’t address why 48 other states operating under the same federal leadership created more jobs than Georgia.
“Governor Deal and Commissioner Butler need to stop playing politics and start introducing solutions,” concluded party chairman Mike Berlon. “Georgians are hurting. We need our leaders to take their campaign promises seriously and fix our broken economy.”
Atlanta Business Chronicle “Georgia 50th in job creation in July”; August 22, 2011.
Atlanta Business Chronicle “Georgia 47th for recent job creation”; July 25, 2011
WIW, Once again you are showing us how to focus our energy and time on important things and less time on dealing with the silly stuff. Thanks for the wonderful job you are doing. I will share your web pages. And if it’s o.k., I will also print out the pages dealing with California and make copies for distribution. Really wonderful stuff, Linda!
Also from last thread (sorry for the repeats Chips)
I received an email from my Senator, Barbara Boxer asking for my support of the Jobs Bill. If you live in California, please sign this petition.
DONE. Thank you WIW.
Thanks WIW for this. I’ve signed and have passed it on to my California friends. Keep up the good work and we will support you :-)
I received the same and signed it right away! Senator Boxer is always on top of things. I hope our other Senator, Diane Feinstein, is as also a strong supporter. I am going to send her an e-mail to urge her to come out strongly for the Jobs Bill. I will do the same for my Representative, Susan Davis who is usually very supportive of the President.
Lawmakers call on the President to take drastic action to make sure the Pistal service does not default! Wait,… What?
Seemingly, they want him to deliver mail? Lol!
LOL – pistal service. :) :)
Bwahahahahahahahana, I won’t mind my president delivering my mail if that’s what it takes to save the postal service.
If all Obama supporters just bought one roll or one book of postage stamps, as someone here suggested, we could put the Postal Service back on track!
This…..jacuelineoboomer, I thought of your suggestion last night as I was writing out and stamping some bills that needed to be paid.
I don’t know what the short fall is for the Post Office, but imagine if a couple million people went out immediately and bought stamps, and then some extra stamps right now. As much as I dislike junk mail, I can’t imagine not having the services of our post office.
The problem with the Postal Service is the funding of the retiree’s health benefit. They have to prefund it. While you all are calling your representatives please ask them to support HR 1351 and to oppose Issa’s HR 2309. Issa is trying to break the back of the Postal Service. Thanks everyone.
Off to harass my Tpublican…….he’s yet to represent me in a single vote.
No! The USPS isn’t in any trouble! It’s the batshit crazy REPUBLICAN voice vote law of 2005 — they have to pre-fund their health care 75 in advance, and do it in a 10-year period. Yeah, right — that’s how ‘businesses are run, right?
Then there was the 50 bn error that, if fixed, would wipe out the alleged 9 bn they are in the hole for the last two years, but Repubs refuse to fix it.
Repeat: THERE IS NO SOLVENCY PROBLEM FOR THE POST OFFICE. They are doing quite well, due to eBay and other businesses. It’s Republicans who set out to bankrupt the USPS.
Why, you ask? In order to decimate the union for the second largest employer in America.
So guys — if we don’t know these facts here, I really worry about what less engaged Americans believe. And that includes my husband who wouldn’t listen to me because he’s treated rudely at the post office and therefore they get what they deserve.
I screamed at the poor old guy yesterday. Couldn’t take it.
Really a splendid idea! I will do just that first thing tomorrow. I will also urge friends and family to the same. It is absolutely crucial that we save the post office. Where I live there is always a long line whenever I go to the post office. That is clear evidence that U.S. Postal Service still plays a crucial role in people’s lives. Especially poor and middle class people.
Does the Congress need a refresher course on what their job is? I thought they read the Constitution the first day of the session. I guess they didn’t understand the reading materials.
And, they work for us…
So, WE need to remind ‘em of that…TWEET/RT ‘EM, FB ‘EM, EMAIL ‘EM, et al!
If they don’t “get it,” VOTE ‘EM OUT! ;) :lol:
YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’! ;)
Republicans Say They’d Rather Hurt Obama Than Create Jobs
DUH!!! This should go VIRAL. I’m going to call everyone, fax everyone, tweet everyone, mail everyone this info.
Good morning TOD’ers,
Surprise surprise, like we didn’t know that already.
They can say what they want, it’s not like they’re holding back, corporate media will always protect them and control the narrative.
I can’t wait for one thing, when President Obama will be reelected next year, I won’t care about the corruption in the media, the lies and propaganda. No more anger and frustration.
4 years to follow President Obama without the irritation.
Yesterday was another proof of the blatant disrespect. It’s always President Bush, President Clinton…..and Obama, or Mr. Obama. The can’t put his title in front of his name.
We spend as much time as we can today promoting this bill. Phone, tweet, email
talk about this in the lunchroom,
Make a sign and put it in your yard
Make a sign and put it in the back window of your car
Write a letter to the editor supporting this bill and post it here.
Find facebook pages where Dems gather and post your comments
The Republicans are counting on us loosing focus, getting distracted or giving up – that’s not going to happen.
In August many of them faced angry town hall constituents, they need to know the pressure will not let up just because they are back in Washington.
Everyday from this day forward needs to have the intensity we felt hours after his speech.
Virtual Hugs – I love this blog and the energy it generates.
Thank you for pushing us. I am going to work on information for my city for you today.
I am with you 100%!
the President is hitting them hard without naming names.Me LOVES IT :D :D
Thank you for the call to action, WiW. Fred says Obama is hitting them hard without naming names. I wish he would, though. I wish, instead of blanket “congress should act” he would make a clear line between the t-thugs and the Dems. Nancy Pelosi and Clayburn is not who he is talking about, and so while we know it, a lot of low info people don’t. Everybody is fond of saying congress sucks. No. The T-thugs who rule congress suck. Make it clear.
Wow. John King just said it’s the American people who sent in the tea party in 2010, and they’re responsible for the current situation in Congress. He said he gets mail from the tea party when he says stuff like that.
Maybe I’m dreaming. That was about a half hour of fair commentary from John King, and even some of the financial types (with only a couple RW talking points from one woman on the panel).
Here’s the President!
they can only blame themselves for the high unemployment #
President Obama to congress: LET’S PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK – PASS THIS BILL.
Our Prez *IS* on F-I-Y-A-H! :grin:
YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
Pass this bill!!!
The Barack and Joe, good cop-good cop, act! Love them!
I love that he actually quoted the Wash Post that Repubs would not help Obama. Tell it like it is.
about time he said it too
I hope he continues to remind the American people when goes around the country that they pledge Allegiance to the United States Constitution and that it should NOT be to Grover Norquist and that until McCain it was “Country First” but now it’s “Party Only” .I know I made that last part but I am right about that one
These pledges are a particular sore spot for me. They have NO business giving allegience to anything other than the sworn oath they gave upon entering Congress.
In my ‘legally challenged’ mind I still can’t understand how this is not a violation of their oath. I would think it is an actionable offense.
Almost missed this, thank you so much Chips… you are soooo on the job at all times :) Thank you also yesterday for your complete coverage of the days events, I did peruse it off and on throughout the day- yours was the only coverage I visited, as you made it comfortable and the comments were all so thoughtful. Happy Monday to you all.
The President says we can use “one of those airplane skywriters” to get the message to Congress! He’s enjoying this.
Yes he is! ;) :smile:
Hahaha. Loving his wit.
I love dust off the fax machine. Well off to get all the numbers I need.
Me, too! :grin:
“The only thing stopping us is politics.”
LET’S GET SOMETHING DONE.
LET’S PUT THIS COUNTRY BACK TO WORK.
SEND ME A BILL I CAN SIGN.
Hell yeah, they betta! ;) :lol:
So – we now have a Texas Jobs Bill page – thanks to snoopy4eva2. Snoop sent me a link from the WH that has even more info. I will convert the PDFs at that site to web pages tonight. Thanks Snoop
Keep those requests coming – I want to have all 50 states covered and I need your help.
It’s always my pleasure…
And, I want to thank you for all you do! (((WiW)))
He’ coming to North Carolina on Wednesday. Please do one for my tortured state.
Can you please do one for Missouri What is Working? Thank you so much for your leadership on this!
We heard you loud and clear! Let’s get to work and do what we do so well! Call, write, fax,email,skywrite,make signs, go to offices…etc! Let’s do this!
Yes WE did…
And, yes WE will! ;)
have a good day TOD family.Heading to hospital to talk about maybe further treatment or treatment plans
Take care, Fred! Sending healing vibes (((((((((((((Fred)))))))))))))
Hoping everything goes well Fred, you’ve been through a horrible time. Take care of yourself.
Good luck, Fred.
Feel better, soon! (((Fred)))
Take care Fred. We’re sending prayers to you.
All the best to you, Fred!
We’ll be thinking of you Fred!
We will all be rooting for the best for you, Fred. Take good care.
You are in my prayers Fred…..I hope you get encouraging news.
Healing energy sent your way.
Love our President. He was ready for them today. Here’s the bill. Now pass it. Immediately. Excellent.
OT: We’ve been on Mark Knoller on twitter today about his snarky tweets on the President. It’s been fun.
Can’t believe how stubborn he is. He’s really a very strange guy. His obsessions, sense of privilege, complete tone deafness to his insularity – just weird.
His head is stuck up his own ass! He needs an extraction..pronto!
Great pics. I like the variety and diversity of professions represented. See that, police, fire, and teacher unions???
Pass the Bill. Immediately.
Am I wrong, or did the President just add the word “immediately” today? Not sure he used that at the joint session.
Maybe tomorrow he’ll add the word “pronto”!
By Friday, maybe “andale.”
In a week, maybe “dépèchez-vous” (had to drag that out of my brain from high school French!).
I want the information concerning where and when the President will be in cry baby Speaker state.
Columbus, OH! :grin:
Boehner’s phone line is “experiencing heavy call traffic.”
And I smile, again.
Good morning TOD family from the West Coast. Chipsticks you did a marvelous and tasteful coverage yesterday – thank you!
WIW – I have family in Georgia, Utah and North Carolina. Can you add links for them that I can email to them?
Thanks TOD family for being willing to support our President!
Okay, Boehner’s office in DC is not accepting calls. They put you on hold with a msg that they’re currently experiencing heavy call traffic and after a while you just get disconnected. Anyone with a different experience from what I just described, please let us know.
His e-mail box was full this morning also.
Are you calling the congressional office or the Speaker’s Office? Anyone from outside of a member’s district (or certainly the state) should be directing their communications to the party leadership offices. Here is a link with that information http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/cgi-bin/leadership.cgi?site=congressmerge. I like to fax ‘em cause I can do it late at night and know I’ll get through. Also I’m not so sure how impressed these guys are with tweets. If their office staff ain’t bitchin’ bout it, I don’t think they pay attention.
Yes, that’s the number I called. And they apparently are experiencing very heavy traffic and disconnecting callers after putting you on hold for some time.
I have already email my Democratic Congressman and Senator and I asked them to please support the President’s bill.
Now I am going to contact the Republicans.
“The Hour of the Jackals” is upon us. Press Secretary Jay “Clark Kent” Carney will be briefing the GOP Press Corps at the White House momentarily. Currently scheduled for 12:15 PM ET.
I think of the press briefing as the sandbox hour…they are such children, and Jay ‘freakin Clark Kent’ has to lower himself to ‘sandbox patrol.’
Jay is awesome…..his patience is awe inspiring, at least to me who could always use more.
Sue, I can’t believe Jay lost his Clark Kent glasses. He is back to his old glasses.
I know, right? Losing a pair is terrible AND expensive. He’s going to replace them.
Maybe his darling wife was worried they made him too ‘sexified’……if she reads here she’ld know that he has more than a few ‘groupies’ :shock:
(she really needn’t worry..it’s all GOOD! We love and respect committed family men!)
Losing glasses is a bummer, and the ones you lose are always the ‘PERFECT PAIR.’ Been there, done that.
why do comments await moderation?
Hi Mae, unless people sign in here their comments automatically go in to pending, it’s part of the effort to keep Fire/Teabaggers from polluting the place!
Ok thanks, thought you all were giving me the finger. Panic mode for few minutes.
Lew says that their is more than enough pay for to cover tge jobs act!
Look at what pays for it, the republicans are not going to like this! Lol!
This is what smart and efficient government looks like. President Obama has assembled a brilliant and hard working team. You won’t find any unqualified cronies in this administration. I watched OMB Director Jack Lew today at the briefing with Press Secretary Jay Carney and he was terrific. He is a no nonsense kind of guy. Nothing but the facts. He answers questions thoroughly and completely. He knows his stuff.
It is clear to me that this flawless rollout of the American Jobs Act has frustrated and flummoxed the GOP Pres Corps and the media talking heads. They are beside themselves trying to find something wrong with it. They just hate it when PBO has the upper hand. The GOP is in a bind and they know it. Taking the AJA on the road is their worst nightmare because the facts will get out.
The WH jackals also asked Jay where his old glasses are?
Because, you know, America has not been the same since!
Shh, Uncle Tom, I mean Don Lemon is on CNN! I must hear his biased tea bagger reporting!
I’m getting more lazy by the day, thanks to Chips.
Just thought to myself: Wonder what’s on the President’s schedule next? I’m sure Chips will tell us. (Like I couldn’t find it myself.)
Peel me a grape, somebody.
“Peel me a grape, somebody.”
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Ohio tomorrow, North Carolina Wednesday to push that jobs plan ;-)
The Republican (anti-government) Party and the MSM heads are spinning from the meticulous rollout of the American Jobs Act. They are in quite a tizzy. They seem to be stunned. And of course they just don’t like it when PBO neutralizes their firewall by taking his message directly to the people. I hope the crowd in Ohio is as frisky as they were in Richmond, VA.
Oh ho, that brings back memories. Don’t laugh, I actually used to peel my grapes (unconsciously) before eating them, until others in the staff room at work started staring at me and commenting. Thing is, it was a way of taking up time (I had 1h 15min for lunch) and it made my lunch ‘last longer’. In those days I always used to take fruits for lunch because I hated sandwiches. I saw nothing wrong in happily peeling the skin away before eating. In the end I stopped doing so when I saw how fascinated they were by the practice. :lol: Now that I remember, they also thought I had a ‘weird’ way of peeling oranges, by taking the yellow outer portion off with a knife, then cutting it in halves. Man they were an ‘odd’ bunch (ahem! ;) ), they couldn’t understand why I’d pick the chocolate nuggets out of chocolate chip cookies and discard them, or scrape icing off cake when these ‘treats’ were brought in for sharing. They were a great staff to work with though, with a whacky sense of humour.
The American Jobs Act Targets Enduring Economic Change
Last week, President Obama told Congress they should pass the American Jobs Act right away. Here is how President Obama’s American Jobs Act (hallelujah, a clear and simple name!) addresses what has happened to the economy while learning from the 2009 stimulus (ARRA)
Thanks for sharing this Ladyhawke! It’s an excellent article.
Just an encouraging FYI – Was on a national conference call with WH staff this morning (they did an excellent job) and there was lots of positive questions, response and support from Latino participants for the AJA. Bravo!!
I love Ladyhawke’s Hallelujah on the name. This is so important. This is the stuff that the Dems often fail so terribly on when communicating ideas. A lot of our leaders suffer from the John Kerry overtalk. While the bastards on the otherside know how to come up with a punchy, gut-level phrasing that favorably casts their terrible ideas in patriotic, truely American solutions to problems. This is how they keep getting away with shit.
Jesse Jackson asked George Wallace ( yes that George Wallace) for some advise when he was running for president. Wallace told Jesse to keep it low enough for the goats ’cause goats don’t eat high grass. That’s how the pubs always beat the Dems with messaging. But this time President Obama got it right. He’s talking to the goats. The bill’s title is simple, clear, and direct. Who can defend a vote against American jobs? The action plan is simple: Call, write, fax, email. use carrier pigeons. Use anything, but take action and ownership. This is masterful.
This is just hilarious…..(but at the same time horrifying).
Perry v. Bachmann: TNR’s Scientific Analysis of Who’s Crazier
I wrote Boehner, and I thought I was so clever. I told him I was aware of his accompolishments on the golf course, as overheard just prior to the President’s address to the joint session. I congratulated him, and said it would be comforting and economically beneficial to the American people if he would preform as well in his duties as Speaker of the House, and pass the JOBS PLAN NOW. We should retire him so he can go be a golf pro at the local country club.
Writing Cantor was challenging, the guy is such a snake…I wanted to ask him if the rumors were true…..that he had recently been inked. Little tramp stamp action going on underneath his cleverly disguised tail……666. (Thanks Lisa, you little devil) Wonder where he parks his pitchfork?
Retire Boehner, but Cantor deserves to go to hell…..
@Sue in Minesota: BWA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Sue – thanks so much for sharing this, it is inspiring and exactly what i have been encouraging folks to do. Share the stories of action!! virtual Hugs
Hahaha Sue. Good one.
Heads up guys our girl Randi Rhodes is BACK. I can’t wait to hear her take on the debates last week, the American Jobs Act rollout and 9/11 remembrance.
She is back in the saddle. Happy dance.
For those who don’t subscribe to her show, here is the link to the talk show on radio.
Here’s an excerpt from a post where Sullivan talks about the GOP as a ‘religious’ entity vs a political party. The entire post is worth a read.
‘If your view of conservatism is one rooted in an instinctual, but agile, defense of tradition, in a belief in practical wisdom that alters constantly with circumstance, in moderation and the defense of the middle class as the stabilizing ballast of democracy, in limited but strong government … then the GOP is no longer your party (or mine).
‘Religion has replaced all of this, reordered it, and imbued the entire political-economic-religious package with zeal. And the zealous never compromise. They don’t even listen.
Think of Michele Bachmann’s wide-eyed, Stepford stare as she waits for a questioner to finish before providing another pre-cooked doctrinal nugget. My fear – and it has building for a decade and a half, because I’ve seen this movement up-close from within and also on the front lines of the marriage wars – is that once one party becomes a church with unchangeable doctrines, and once it has supplanted respect for institutions and civility with the radical pursuit of timeless doctrines and hatred of governing institutions, then our democracy is in grave danger.
If you ask why I remain such a strong Obama supporter, it is because I see him as that rare individual able to withstand the zeal without becoming a zealot in response, and to overcome the recklessness of pure religious ideology with pragmatism, civility and reason. That’s why they fear and loathe him. Not because his policies are not theirs’. But because his temperament is their nemesis. If he defeats them next year, they will break, because their beliefs are so brittle, but will then reform, along Huntsman-style lines. If they defeat him, I fear we will no longer be participating in a civil conversation, however fraught, but in a civil war.’
This is very true – 2012 is a fight for this country’s future. Either the crazies win, and they will be uncontrollable and dangerous. Or they lose, and retract back into their caves.
The crazies CANNOT (Please God) win! If only more and more Americans wake up to this realization in time!
Thanks for sharing this article. It was quite illuminating.
Looks like the President may be heading to Australia in mid-November.
Sue what you wrote to Boehner is priceless!!!!!
George Bush Reveals Most Nervous Moment Of Presidency: World Series Opening Pitch
Not 9-11 ?
Not the Wars ?
Not Katrina ?
Not the Collapse of the Economy ?
This man has no soul..
But a bunch of idiots cheered him like crazy at the game and at the memorial. There are a lot of stupid people operating heavy machinery.
Know what, Linda? It makes perfect sense to me. The opening pitch is simple enough for him to understand – pitch the ball, it’s hit or it isn’t. That’s about the level of his knowledge/thinking IMO, straight ‘black or white’ stuff. The other areas mentioned had nuances WAY beyond his ability to grasp. When I’m feeling compassionate I admit to myself that Bush shouldn’t be held responsible for being asked to do something he really was NOT capable of doing. He just didn’t get it IMO. In those moments I’m more inclined to blame those who pushed him into the role, those who cheated for him, AND those who voted for him (some of whom, quite frankly, don’t get it any more than he).
Here is sn example of bridge work being done by ray layhoods team:
Interesting that President Obama mentioned the comments referenced in this post today in the Rose Garden.
The GOP Crack-up on Jobs
REPORT: As Their States’ Bridges And Roads Crumble, GOP Leaders Remain Opposed To Infrastructure Investment
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