Monday, September 12, 2011

Meeting of the Meatheads

By now, Barack Obama has extended so many olive branches to the Republicans, they could plant their own vineyard and press up some pure virgin. Sometimes I wonder if he is a stealth Blue Dog Democrat, since he's more of a centrist than Bill Clinton, yet the right wingers continue to howl "socialist," and block his every attempt to drag the economy back from the precipice, at least before the election. More concessions were offered to placate the conservatives and get them on board with the president's jobs plan. Somehow, Obama is the last to realize that principled conservatives have lost control of the GOP to the rabid right and their single intent is to deprive him of any political victory that may lead to re-election, even if it means destroying what remains of the economy in the process. Yet Obama continues to refer to himself as an "eternal optimist." I'm reminded of the concerned parents who decided to cure their overly optimistic son's naivete at Christmastime by filling his stocking with horse manure. On Christmas morning, when the boy discovered his "present," he gushed, "Oh, thank you. You got me a pony but he must have gotten away."

School boards all over the country are passing stiff anti-bullying laws in their districts. Maybe we should enact anti-bullying legislation in Congress toward Obama. I'm not saying the President is compliant, but he gets pushed around more than Larry Flint; first by John Boehner and then by the NFL. He can't schedule a speech on the same night as the Republican debate because, God forbid, he should step on the official unleashing of Rick Perry into the fray. And he can't schedule opposite the grand opening of football season because it would cost him votes. I was going to rail about a game being more important than a major policy address on job creation, but right about now, even the most casual fan would prefer watching the Saints and Packers over yet another speech about unemployment. The president's speech to Congress was stirring, but the game was more exciting, partly because the House Republicans behaved liked teenagers forced to attend the opera. They chortled and snickered over suggestions to pass legislation extending unemployment benefits and squirmed about taxing the morbidly wealthy. Even the criminal Bush was never treated with such disrespect.

It occurred to me that Obama needs to spice up his joint congressional addresses NFL style. Instead of some dour schoolmarm intoning the president's name before he takes his handshaking stroll down the aisle, let Al Michaels bring on the major players to the musical accompaniment of Hank Williams, Jr. "Starting at State, from Wellesley, Hillary "The Crusher" Clinton; At Treasury, from Dartmouth, Tim "The Troublemaker" Geithner; and at Defensive Speaker, John "Big Orange" Boehner." Our team has the talent to win the next Superbowl, we just need to make a couple of substitutions. Joe Biden will never be elected president. He's only a few gaffes away from earning his union card. Hillary Clinton has announced she will be stepping down as Secretary of State at the conclusion of Obama's first term, so I say, "Clinton in for Biden." Hillary could spend the next four years preparing for a presidential run and Biden's long suit is foreign policy. It would be just like subbing Aaron Rodgers for Brett Favre. And Hillary can block for Obama, too.

Watching the president's address to Congress offered a stark contrast to the Republican presidential contenders who gathered the night before at the Reagan Library for another in a series of meaningless debates. I can sum up the Republican economic plan in three words; more tax cuts. The message came with many melodies, but everybody sang the same lyrics. The most sensible of the candidates is Jon Huntsman, which is like being the Lord of the Flies in this bunch. His rational approach automatically disqualifies him in this year of the irrational. Texas Governor Rick Perry's addition to the carnival, however, is most entertaining. Presenting himself as a virtual wild-west Nero, Perry questioned climate change science as "unsettled" while his state was being consumed by wildfires during the hottest August on record. A fiscal conservative, Perry had cut Texas Fire Department funding by 75 percent, including volunteer forces trained to fight just these types of fires. The pundits are already calling this a Perry-Romney contest, even though Perry makes the rigid Romney look like Socrates.

The most telling moment of the debate came not from a candidate's remarks, but from the audience's response to a question. When moderator Brian Williams pointed out that, at 234 and counting, Perry has executed more death row inmates than the next two states combined, the crowd broke into sustained and enthusiastic applause. In a previous life, this was the same mob that would gather to watch a public hanging and jeer at the condemned. Have we regressed to the point where our bloodlust and revenge fantasies cause us to cheer for more state executions? The West Memphis Three should be grateful they were in an enlightened state like Arkansas, or they'd be dead. Still, Rick Perry is the perfect Tea Party candidate. To him, Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme," and a "monstrous lie." The Lord told him to run and every word he speaks reminds voters of George W. Bush. Only, he's too extreme for even Karl Rove. When "Bush's Brain" thinks you're too radical, you've got to be pretty far out there. My conservative friends often ask me, "When are you going to stop blaming everything on Bush?" When you admit that this human wrecking ball was a tragic president whose wars of choice and reckless de-regulation of Wall Street brought this nation to the brink of economic calamity. Meanwhile, Rick Perry is exactly like Bush, minus the humility. Are you watching all this, Sarah? Always room for one more.

10 comments:

Henry Clay said...

I don't know....I heard that Joe the Plumber is also very interested in reducing taxes on the rich. Says he knows that it'll trickle down soon enough and then things'll be great --just the way they used to be.

Not sure if Joe is referring to pre-Civil War America or post-911 America.

Anyway,he'd make a great Prez, though. That's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Sputnik, we all know what the real politics are about..... and it ain't about Obama's policies, or abilities.... It's the everpresent undercurrent that's obvious to all who wish to see, but choose to dismiss in favor of a "valid reason". "That one" as McCain uttered in his debate, has never left the building..... It never will... Sorry...

zephyrman

Anonymous said...

That's the only card you guys have left to play. It's sad. You are so far in the shadows you can't see reality. And now we have a web site Attack Watch. Created to keep an eye on all those evil people who don't agree with Obama. 1938 was a great year wasn't it?

performs said...

Dear Zephyrman, your comment is so mysterious. It makes me think, "What in the world is this fellow referring to, he obviously believes that everyone knows about? Could it be that I am that far out of the 'loop'?" Is there anyone else in this category? Better yet, can anyone tell me what "that one" is? Also, sorry....

Anonymous said...

Thank God that the Jews are finally awakening to the danger that Obama poses to them. I was beginning to wonder how many times he could spit in Israel's face, while stroking his Muslim homeboys, before the Jews put their collective foot down and say, "That's enough". They didn't come this far to let the likes of Obama to undermine them and even contribute to the threat to their existence. I hope that they rise up and slap his anti-Semitic ass down.

Anonymous said...

Obama's "job plan" is just another ruse to rathole taxpayer money. He is either grossly incompetent or purposely trying to bring the American economy down. If the latter is the case then he is a resounding success. His so-called jobs plan provides for temporary government-funded employment and does nothing to stimulate the growth of more permanent jobs in the private sector. This is because Obama has no intention of growing the private sector. At the very least he is a statist, as are most progressives. He may not be a classical Marxist, but he is certainly a variant within the Marxist strain. I do agree with much of what you say about Bush. In effect he was a big-spending, big goverenment Democrat in Republican clothing. He made poor decisions in regard to the Middle East wars, his Bush Doctrine was naive, he drove the economy into the ground through bad decisions, he was in bed with the globalists, and he made it possible for the likes of an incompetent like Obama to be elected. All Obama was before he was elected President was a part-time, untenured law professor, and a community organizer. If he weren't black he would have remained an unknown community rabble-rouser and disciple of Saul Alinsky. But, he is a damn good con man. Actually, you should give Bush some credit for enabling the likes of a pimp/thug like Obama to be elected. I don't think much of Republicans either. It's pretty much a Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle -Dee affair. Both parties are destroying the country. By the way, the climate change issue is very much unsettled. Only the ignorant, or the gullible, or the dishonest will jump on a band wagon without knowing all of the facts. But then Sputnik is the author of this vehicle for the dissemination of mis-information. Goebbels would have been proud of you.

performs said...

Bush and Obama, the Dems and the GOPs act in accord with an agenda set by the Powers That Be. Those who own The Trillions of $'s Debt. They are behind the curtain pulling the strings attempting to run their show that allows the uninterrupted flow of debt interest into their massive coffers. Their SCAM is global. Their narcissism is Titanic. Is that an iceberg over there?
My bones are telling me that Shit is about to hit Fan.
This fellow can explain the esoteric gibberish above:
http://www.csper.org/renaissance-20.html

Anonymous said...

Performs, you are speaking of the global financial oligarchy, and you are 100% correct. They are engineering a global takeover (New World Order)in which they will control all of the Earth's resources and enslave humanity as a perpetual source of cost free labor. The only thing that stands in the way of the fulfillment of their plans is America. Once America is out of the way, the rest of their goals will be quickly realized. You have earned your diploma...congratulations.

Anonymous said...

This is too true to be funny. Gary Johnson, my favorite Libertarian,said during last night's Republican debate that his neighbor's two dogs have produced more shovel ready jobs than the Obama administration. He admitted later that the quip wasn't original. I wonder when folks will come to understand that Obama has no intention of growing the private sector. Everything that he says in that regard is a charade. Progressives want to dissolve the boundary between the private and the public sectors. They also don't like the concept of private property. They think that it all should belong to the collective.

Anonymous said...

The Palestinians aren't really interested in establishing their own state. What they really want is for Israel and all of Jewry to be eliminated from the Earth. They want to finish what Hitler started. Every American should march in lockstep with Israel in order to prevent the planned Second Holocaust from happening. It must be stopped at all costs.