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?
In a stunning display of ignorance, Rick Santorum equated the fact that women who are on welfare are being abused, and that abuse stops when they get married.
To a group in South Carolina, Santorum said:
Does Santorum even understand what women on welfare go through? Or that the majority of women that are being abused are actually married to their abusers, 98% of which use financial abuse to keep the woman from leaving?
Rick Santorum doesn’t understand women, much less domestic violence.
Lindsey Graham is an opportunistic obfuscater. What do I mean by this?
He’s a liar.
Graham has said multiple times that he is a US Military Veteran of the Gulf War. And while he did serve in the Air National Guard, his service never took him out of South Carolina.
What is wrong with a man that he feels the need to lie about his past like this?
You know, it’s really sad when people don’t understand another group of people. There are examples everywhere, like radical Islamic followers who don’t understand people of the West. Or Christians who push hate instead of love towards gays and lesbians.
But Mike Huckabee brings transphobia to a whole new level.
Not only does Huckabee not understand people who are transgendered, but he’s gone off on a rant against them. Worse yet, he basically let them boil down to a masturbatorial fantasy, saying about when he was in school:
“I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said: ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’”
Huckabee is as tasteless as he is clueless.
There are several buzzwords that the Right uses when it comes to decisions they don’t agree with. We’re all familiar with “activist”, as in an “activist judge” when it comes to the Right losing a lawsuit, whereas when there is a decision that comes down on the Right’s side, they do nothing but praise the justices for their work (like the NRA’s espousing of the “historic ruling” by the US Supreme Court in Columbia v. Heller).
So take the recent article on the ABC News website about the “Delicate Path for Gay Marriage in Red States“. Mixed throughout the story are quite a few conservative terms/allusions. In the very first sentence, Evan Wolfson from the Freedom to Marry Coalition, is labeled an “activist”. And it’s not until the 9th paragraph that it’s even mentioned that Wolfson is from an official organization. Then it goes on to mention Wolfson is “forcing social change” on other states in the second paragraph. They even mention Wolfson several times, but don’t quote him at all until the end of the article – but they sure get quotes in from marriage equality opponents early on in the article.
The final straw, for me is this bit:
Wolfson’s group, Freedom to Marry, is scouring Oklahoma and Utah for same-sex couples who can put a human face on the new rights.
Scouring? Because what – there isn’t a single gay couple in Oklahoma or Utah that wants to get married? I think Wolfson has the couples that have brought the lawsuits which have ruled bans against marriage equality are unconstitutional. Sure, they may be looking to add to that list of couples, but they’re not having to “scour”.
It’s articles like this that really leave a dirty taste in my mouth for what passes as mainstream media reporting these days.