by snolan, Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 06:46:55 AM EDT
Some have suggested that the recent discovery that both South Carolina Republican Governor Mark Sanford and Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign were having extra-marital affairs would be schadenfreude (joy at the suffering of others), and I have to disagree. Likewise, the exposure of New York Democratic Governor Elliot Spitzer's visits with prostitutes is no cause for schadenfreude either.
There is no joy in the broken hearts and damaged relationships. No joy in the dishonesty, the deceit, the contempt, the lack of respect for their partners and voters. No joy in the hypocrisy that both of these Republicans pilloried then Democratic President Bill Clinton when he was caught having an affair in the 1990s, and now both have participated in the very same activity that they themselves claimed was reprehensible and grounds for impeachment.
by psychodrew, Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 01:53:50 PM EDT
Updated at 10:00am by Psychodrew
At the end of the post, I've added a letter to President Obama written by Michael Keegan, President of People for the American Way. He makes the case much better than I do.
Last month, when White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked if the president would intervene to stop gay soldiers from being kicked out of the military, Gibbs said "no."
"To get fundamental reform in this instance requires a legislative vehicle," Gibbs said. "The president made a promise to change this policy; he will work with the Joints Chiefs of Staff, the administration and with Congress to ensure that we have a policy that works for our national interests."
Noted a reporter at the briefing: "He is the Commander-in-Chief. I mean, if the president and the Secretary of Defense can bring about a new leadership in Afghanistan, replace the commanding general there, couldn't the president and the secretary of defense delay any more people getting fired under 'don't ask, don't tell'?"
Responded Gibbs: "Well, there have been discussions about the best way to move forward, and the only sustainable way to do that is through -- sustainable and durable way -- is through legislation, which the president has promised and has continued to work for."
Okay, fair enough. The executive branch is going to enforce all of the laws of the land, even the bad ones.
by the national gadfly, Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 11:33:55 AM EST
Sexism is the 'gateway 'ism'', that makes all other 'isms' possible. It precedes all other forms of discrimination, setting the example that there are some people that view others as inferior and they use brutality upon them. What I mean by that is that because our family and society models are built around the model of inequality, injustice and brutality - we accept that behavior as normal. So, too is racism, classism, speciesism and any other oppression by one group toward another. The behaviors of sexism are the behaviors of bullying, injustice, intolerance and cruelty.
(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)
by Arthur Ruger, Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 06:37:20 AM EDT
Although no one in my household is crowing about our economic failure and the plight of individual households, I strongly agree with this paragraph from beyond our shore: John Gray/Guardian/The Observer
Ever since the end of the Cold War, successive American administrations have lectured other countries on the necessity of sound finance.
Indonesia, Thailand, Argentina and several African states endured severe cuts in spending and deep recessions as the price of aid from the International Monetary Fund, which enforced the American orthodoxy.
China in particular was hectored relentlessly on the weakness of its banking system. But China's success has been based on its consistent contempt for Western advice and it is not Chinese banks that are currently going bust.
How symbolic yesterday that Chinese astronauts take a spacewalk while the US Treasury Secretary is on his knees.
by cobsjo, Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:28:43 AM EDT
To All Readers!
I saw this on another blog and thought this should be shared.
Maybe we can make this a Viral Email for reaching the voters.
It makes the case for Universal Health Care for those who say we can't afford it.
It shows the hypocrisy of governmant spending.
Basically were the government should be spending our money!
How many times?
Reader John writes:
How many times do we have to hear:
We don't have ENOUGH MONEY to fix Social Security.
We don't have ENOUGH MONEY to fix Medicare.
We don't have ENOUGH MONEY to provide health care to ALL Americans.
We don't have ENOUGH MONEY to help out Americans losing their homes.
We don't have ENOUGH MONEY to help all our veterans returning from war.
We don't have ENOUGH MONEY to rescue "no child left behind".
We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to bail out Bears Stearns.
We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to bail out AIG.
We DO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY to pay for an unnecessary TRILLION DOLLAR war.
When the LITTLE GUY needs help, they scornfully say, "GET A JOB!"
But when one of their BIG GUY CRONIES need a bailout, what do they say? SURE, NO PROBLEM. Where's the checkbook?
"But what about the debt we're leaving on the backs of our childen and their future?"
"Children? WHOSE Children? OUR children won't have to pay for this. YOUR children will."
The Republicans have had their hands in our pockets for well over 8 years.
Now they are robbing us blind IN BROAD DAYLIGHT and smiling about it!!!!
The Republicans have shown their true colors and now they expect us to vote them back into office?
What's next? Should we bend over and spread 'em? Oh, I'm sorry, but we've ALREADY DONE THAT!!
Vote for REAL change this November.