After his speech honoring those in Tucson who were killed and injured and those who acted to subdue the lone gunman, the talking heads and radio mouths praised President Obama’s speech. Even those morons at Fox news got in on the praising.
The part of the speech that I liked best:
“But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”
If only the politicians on the left and right would heed his call for civility in the debates that will take place this year and in 2012 during the presidential election.
And some of you bloggers need to tone down your language, too.
The president’s critics on the right deride him as a radical socialist seething with anti-American rage. To them, he’s a frightening success who has transformed the federal government, ruined the economy, and undermined national security. To the left, Obama is a tragic failure who squandered his chance for dramatic change: no single-payer health-care plan, no heated battle against Wall Street, and endless war in Afghanistan. If the president is struggling these days, the critics say, it’s perhaps because he’s out of touch with Americans, and even at odds with his own principles.
In his article in Newsweek dated November 17, James T. Kloppenberg, defends President Obama’s presidency. As he notes, critics notwithstanding, Obama “is doing exactly what he said he would do.” He refers readers to Obama’s two books Dreams From My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006) for confirmation.
The purists on the left and right accuse the President of not doing what they think he ought to be doing. They in effect want to tell him what he must do in the name of the American people (always be skeptical of anyone who says he or she is acting for the American people, or even more dangerous, acts as if they know what the American people want).
For those on the right, the main goal is to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. This means demonizing him and any policy he favors. Their idea of bipartisanship is to just say “no” to anything the President wants to do. Why? Because the American people don’t like what this President is doing.
The left’s self-defeating attitude is if the President doesn’t do exactly what he promised or, better yet, what they think he ought to do in the name of those nonrich folks, they’ll abandon him in the next election. Man, that’ll teach him and the next Democratic president a lesson. That this course of action will return the governing of the nation to the Republicans and Sarah Palin and her ick seems to have escaped them.
The right-wingers ain’t gonna change their attitude. But you on the left remember this: politics is the art of compromise.
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As an ex-navy man, I’ve thought a lot about whether gays should be allowed to serve their country in the military. It was an open secret that one or two men on the ship I was on were gay in the mid-1950s. None of us resented the men. They did their jobs and did them well.
The don’t ask, don’t tell rule doesn’t always work. For instance, if someone sees a person who is off duty engaging in sexual activity with another person of the same sex and tells the commanding officer, the commanding officer calls the offender into his office and asks him if it is true. Now, technically, the commanding officer shouldn’t ask, and the offender shouldn’t have to answer. But he or she had better answer or be charged with insubordination.
Why doesn’t the rule apply to a witness?
I don’t like the situation of gays in the military being compared to the situation of African Americans in segregated units before President Truman ordered integration. We African Americans were allowed to serve (except, of course, for gays) but in segregated units. Today gays are barred from serving.
However, the same excused used to keep the military segregated is being used today by those who don’t like the idea of gays serving their country: it will negatively affect unit cohesion.
No one has presented any evidence that this is true. In fact, evidence from foreign militaries suggests it is a false assumption.
We must take advantage of the talents of the young gay men and women who want to serve their country in the military.
Strike the don’t ask, don’t tell rule from the books.
The Tea party now has many of its followers in the Congress, which is indeed a triumph. Congratulations are in order. You fought hard and you won.
Someone said politics is the art of compromise. I say governing is the art of politics. Smart alecky sound bites aint leadership and won’t get the job of governing this nation. You have, as it were, taken back America. From whom is still not clear.
What is your agenda? In what direction do you plan to take the nation? Saying cutting spending, making the Federal government smaller, saving the tax cuts without showing how you plan to do these things aint gonna cut it.
Reality will soon smack you in the face. And you will have to prove you can lead the nation to better economic times.
The biggest problem we have is the slow economy. How do you plan to put folks back to work?
How to you plan to improve the economy?
Do you plan to waste the tax payers money (we are, after all, paying your salaries) trying to stop the Healthcare law from becoming effective? Do you truly believe that is what the voters sent you to Washington to do?
Time for you Tea Partiers to shut up and lead.
A whole lotta folks are mad at the politicians now running the country and they just want to get rid of them. I’m talking bout folks that don’t belong to no crazy anti-government organization. No, these are right thinking folks what don’t like how things are going, such as unemployment. The mortgage mess, and few other things. They want to throw the rascals out.
But you got to be careful bout doing that, cause you may be putting in office some real nut cases. Look at what’s happening in Nevada. The good citizens of Nevada want to get rid of Harry Reid. Man, they willing to let Sharron Angle go to the Senate just to get rid of him. The woman wants to completely change the U. S. Constitution cause them liberals have some how perverted it. She ready to say “no” to anything the Obama administration wants to do. Of course, she’ll fit right in with some current republicans in congress.
How in hell did that woman in Delaware get to be a candidate for the Senate? If you think Angle is bad, man just read about Christine O’Donnell. Each day, it is another gaffe. But there is one good thing about her. She admires Hillary Clinton.
The country is supposedly in a recession, but you the way the Republican party is able to raise money sho’ don’t look like we in a recession to me.
Several groups favoring the GOP have raised $56 million to give to GOP candidates this year to help defeat them democrats.
Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota done raised $5.4 million dollars in the last quarter.
But that woman in Nevada, Sharron Angle, who is challenging Harry Reid for the senate, did Michele one better. Angle raised $14 million in the third quarter.
Them Republicans, man, they experts at raising money. They done raised 75.4 million dollars, and that aint hay.
The government is running a humongous deficit. Well, now, why don’t them Republicans donate some of that money to the US treasury?