And their families, too!
In trying to defend the bigoted Kim Davis, who refused to allow her or her staff to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, Rick Santorum seriously stuck his foot in his mouth. He tried to say that what Kim Davis went through was the exact same thing that one of the people killed in Columbine – shot because of her religious beliefs – that both situations are comparable, and equal.
He couldn’t be more wrong. If you want to make a comparison, then compare her to George Wallace, standing in the doorways at the University of Alabama, decreeing “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” Because if there’s a comparison, that is the closest.
In case you haven’t heard it yet, Scott Walker has dropped out of the 2016 Republican clown-car of candidates. Not a surprise, when he’s been polling in the low, low, low, single digits (his last poll came out where he was statistically at zero percent support).
So who are the Koch Brothers going to funnel their money to now that Walker is out?
If you didn’t get a chance to watch Bernie Sanders at Liberty University, then here is your chance. It’s embedded below, and absolutely well worth the 27+ minutes. Sanders, a man of Jewish heritage, takes his economic inequality speech to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, and makes the religious case for economic equality amongst all Americans.
In talking about how we really don’t need a minimum wage tonight, Scott Walker said that people should get paid more for the higher technically challenging jobs that they do. And they can qualify for those jobs by getting additional education – like from college.
Scott Walker, college dropout, wants the most prestigious, hardest job in the world.
And did I mention he’s a college dropout?
So everyone remembers when Mitt “Corporations are people, my friend” Romney’s campaign started to go down in flames when the infamous 47% discussion – that was supposed to be private – went public. That really was the beginning of the end for Mitt’s chances at the Presidency.
Well turns out Jeb Bush just had his 47% moment, or as the Washington Post so eloquently put it, “Jeb Bush suffers from Foot in Mitt Disease“. Jeb, though in public to the New Hampshire Union Leader and not to a private meeting, said of American workers:
people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families.
So in other words, American workers are slackers. If they’d just do their job, they’ll be okay.
Hillary Clinton knocked it out of the park when she countered with this quote:
Well, he must not have met very many American workers. Let him tell that to the nurse who stands on her feet all day, or the teacher who is in that classroom, or the trucker who drives all night. Let him tell that to the fast-food workers marching in the streets for better pay. They don’t need a lecture. They need a raise.
These two quotes show you which candidate is more on the 1% side, and which candidate is with the 99%.
It’s clear that Doctor Ben Carson doesn’t know anything about gay people. It wasn’t enough that he said being gay is a choice – for which he caught a ton of slack. But now he’s pushing on, saying that gay rights aren’t civil rights. Why?
I’m sorry, Doctor Carson – have you forgotten “You’re gay so you can’t get married. How about a domestic partnership?” Because domestic partnerships are the moral equivalent of “colored only” water fountains. But Ben Carson doesn’t believe gay people have had to endure hardships – so it doesn’t count.
In a party where women are shuttered to the background, Carly Fiorina is speaking out. Indeed, there’s an interesting writeup on her in the Washington Post that talks about Fiorina trying to take back the term “feminism” – from the Left. But it’s quite ironic with what her message is. Take for example, this quote from the article/from Fiorina:
Fiorina’s definition of a feminist is “a woman who lives the life she chooses.”
So… In other words, a woman that is in charge of her destiny. So Fiorina just made the case that people who are pro-choice make; a woman has the right to choose. Whereas Fiorina has stated she would like to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.
If Fiorina really wants to take back the feminist argument from the Left, maybe she should start with people of her own party, like Mark Kirk, Republican Senator from Illinois who refers to women as “Ho’s”. Or Rush Limbaugh who calls these same women, “feminazis”.
Do not get me wrong – religion can be a beautiful, wonderful thing. It’s something that is very personal to every single person, and can be an awesome source of good.
But some candidates use religion more as a weapon against others. Just look at how religion was used by Christians in the 1900s to keep interracial couples from getting married, and up until just recently to keep LGBT couples from getting married. Or look at Islamic extremists that kill anyone who doesn’t follow their chosen religion in the Middle East.
A bunch of elected officials here in the United States, including Senator and Candidate Ted Cruz, have pushed to get 1,000 preachers to run for office here in the United States, and Cruz is even speaking at the event. Why the push? Because they want elected officials to push for a Christian evangelical dogma when it comes to shaping our nation’s laws. Laws like Indiana’s Religious Freedom law that was designed to use religion against LGBT people’s rights. Or the new law in North Carolina that allows civil magistrates to not only turn away LGBT people from marriage, but “any union they object to” – which can include a divorcee, an interracial couple, or an atheist couple, just to name a few examples.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is calling Iran a country run by “religious theocrats that can’t be trusted.” This is probably the most ironic thing out of Santorum’s mouth, since he would like nothing more than to establish the United States as a theocracy.
Teabagger darling Scott Walker is literally taking money away from kids to give to millionaires and billionaires. Don’t believe me? Check this article out.
Basically he’s taking $250Million in public funding from the University of Wisconsin so that he can give it to the millionaires and billionaires that want a new stadium built. What’s worse, he has pledged to go after those that have unpaid debts to the state so that he can throw that money into the pot.
Scott Walker may be good for the 0.1% of Wisconsinites, but he’s bad for the other 99.9% of the population.
There’s an excellent piece by the New York Times that everyone should read if they’re interested in Marco Rubio. It talks about how he has, time after time, been so bad with money that he’s caused things like a house to be foreclosed.
And this man wants to try and run the country?