We've all seen it on the news and the web. Days after Georgia passed it's "guns everywhere" legislation, there was some man, walking around a local park. Where children were playing. Openly carrying his weapon. Why? Because he could. He wasn't concerned with the Constitutional rights of the children playing baseball or the families in the park. He was basically saying, as Leslie Salzillo pointed out in her diary, 'I've Got A Gun & There's Nothing You Can Do About It'.
Now that attitude has escalated with the activist from "Open Carry Texas."
Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of gay marriage in Massachusetts. And just as James Dobson of Focus on The Family, predicted in a July 2004 letter to supporters:
"...Barring a miracle, the family as it has been known for more than five millennia will crumble, presaging the fall of Western civilization itself..... the homosexual activist movement has sought to implement a master plan that has had as its centerpiece the utter destruction of the family."
50 years ago, it took six seconds in Dallas, Texas, a place known because of its rightwing fanatics as the “City of Hate”, to changed the course of America. A youthful president who offered us a Peace Corp and dreams of the moon was gunned down in the street. The president who started us on the path to ending segregation, a nuclear test ban treaty and a “New Frontier” was no more.
The right thought he was a communist appeaser. Dallas extremist had “Wanted for Treason” posters printed and distributed accusing the president of “betraying the Constitution” and giving “support and encouragement to the Communist inspired racial riots.” Businessmen had taken out a full page ad in the Dallas Morning News with many of the same charges.
There have been a lot of explanations as to why the Romney-Ryan ticket went down in defeat. Bill Maher's Dispatches from the Bubble theory seems to have played a big part. The right wingers really didn't know what was going on. Karl Rove's inability to do math was fun to watch. There were the failed Fox predictions before the election. But of all the theories out there the one that caught my eye was the one about the "extraordinary gifts".
I've been called a socialist, a communist, a follower of Saul Alinsky. I have debated my Facebook friends and my FB friends' friends, and even a few of my wife's FB buddies. I have been called nasty names and some even (gulp), defriended me. But throughout this election I have engaged any and all who attempted to mislead with rumors, lies or distortions about this presidential election.
Imagine, just imagine if the GOP would have been as engaged then, on September 11, 2001, when Osama bin Laden struck the US. They're really into it now with the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. But then, when over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in our country, in New York City, in Washington, D.C. and in a field in Western Pennsylvania,...then when Americans died on American soil including more than 400 police officers and firefighters, then they were not so engaged. They are concerned now, that extra security they had voted against, was not in place. But back then, on August 6, 2001, their party leader, President Bush, also wasn't engaged when at the presidential daily briefing they were given a document entitled "Bin Laden determined to strike in US". Maybe they would have questioned that. Maybe they should have questioned sending Americans to die in a war with the wrong country. But that wasn't an election year. So George Bush was tough on terrorist and kept us safe (not counting the 3000 who died on 9/11 or the 1000's killed in the wars). But Obama, the man who approved the mission to get bin Laden, is soft. Only in the GOP world do these attacks on Obama's foreign policy decisions hold any water. Lets hope the voters live in the real world.
Been a Sox fan since I was a youngster. That's the way I was brought up. We were all fans. When I was a young boy, we'd travel to Fenway Park in school buses for church trips. We'd sit in the bleachers and love it. I'm old enough to remember Teddy Ballgame late in his career. I was a big fan of Tony Conigliaro and remember sending get well cards to the hospital after he was hit by that fateful pitch.
So needless to say, the 2004 Red Sox will always be special to me. When Curt Schilling came to end the "curse", I rejoiced. The comeback against the Yankees, the "bloody sock", all the memories bring a smile to my face.
But then there's Curt Schilling the political animal.
Rachel Maddow really came down hard on Fox News for their role in the Shirley Sherrod affair. And Bill O'Reilly fired back.
In Massachusetts the Lion of the Senate had his seat fall into the hands of the uninformed.
The Coakley campaign was lacking, there can be not doubt. But why Scott Brown?
He's photogenic? His daughter was on Idol? What is the attraction?
Like many on this site I have been a lurker. I recommend a diary here and there. Post a comment or two. But haven't published a diary. I hope this isn't my last.
Like many of you, I also check this site daily. I check the Huff Post and other sites. Watch Keith and Rachel when I can. Lately, you can't like what you have been reading. It's been a tough week. Every time you turn around there is another distortion and lie about health care. I am happy to see so many progressives fighting the good fight. But I get nervous that Democrats are trying too hard to include the Republicans and have given up too much of what we actually stand for.
With that in mind I wrote a note to the president. I wanted to remind him of why I supported him. What a working guy like me thinks about health care. The rest is below the fold. Your thoughts welcome.