Friday, November 17, 2006

Democrats Show Independence From Pelosi In Hoyer Selection

Democrats, perhaps sensing the controversy that would follow John Murtha's nomination to Majority Leader choose a less controversial figure to help head the Democratic Party, Steny Hoyer.

Some sources say the Democrats "snubbed" Pelosi and that their choice shows division within the Democratic Party.

I think the move shows independence from leadership, which is an especially good thing when the leadership may be wrong and may be committing a move that will cause the Democrats more problems than it is worth.

Remember, leadership unity is not always a good thing, no matter how pleasant it may seem to have leaders who are in lock step with each other.

Lock step leadership within the Republican party helped contribute to it's own demise. The problem with lock step leadership is it does not allow room for new ideas and free thinking.

The Democrats made a few promises when they were elected. Those promises included a transparent and ethical Congress.

Having Jack Murtha as Majority Leader would have only stirred controversy and allowed the Republicans to say the Democrats were not even keeping their own promises.

I, for one, do not want lock step leadership to rule the 110th Congress the way it ruled the 109th.

If you have independent thinkers within your own party they are more likely to see mistakes being made and usually more able to fix those mistakes because they are thinking beyond the strait party line.

With that said, I hope Hoyer makes an excellent leader who can help lead the Democrats and America towards a better tomorrow.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Will Politicians Ever Learn? hahahahahahaha

Scandal, corruption, or even the hint of it turns most logical Americans off.

So why, why oh why do the Democrats and the Republicans insist upon embroiling themselves in it?

To me, John Murtha seems a good candidate for Majority Leader because of his strong stance against the Iraq War and the Iraq War playing so heavily into the elections.

BUT he was under investigation although never charged in the FBI's Abscam operation, so this leads to accusations of corruption. Not such a good thing in a "transparent" and "bipartisan" Congress.

And the Republicans choosing Trent Lott to be Minority Whip? Trent Lott will be a tsunami to any effort at bipartisanship from either sides and he also has his involvement in drooling all over and appeasing racial segregationist.

With Abramoff shuffling off to jail, Tom Delay looking like the Greedy Old Pundit and the general loses of the oh-so-powerful GOP it would seem both the Republicans and the Democrats would realize now is not the time to be pulling their radical and polarizing bullshit.

The strange and radical ideals of the far right and far left need to be put on the back burner, there are bigger problems and whether these people like each other or not they have a job to do.

Their job isn't really to bicker and moan about wedge issues that tear this country apart - but to keep this country secure without infringing upon our rights.

The politicians in Washington D.C. need to find a way forward in these forsaken wars. Outsourcing and an exploding deficit are just a few of the reasons we can't go on like this forever. They also need to help the lower and middle class and the elderly.

There are real issues at hand, these are the issues many Americans are concerned about.

And really, most of all these politicians need to quit believing they are infallible.

We will keep cleaning house until we get the job done, and they need to remember that and not get too settled into their new diggs unless they are going to start looking out for the welfare of the American people and humanity, rather than special interest groups and their pocketbooks.

That goes all around, by the way, to Republicans and Democrats alike.
Well, We Voted... Now What?

Same thing, different day? So far, it looks like it. But January is over a month away.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? I certainly hope not.

Promises of bi-partisanship but inevitable partisan fights? As above.

Is the war going to change? It doesn't look like it.

Will the Democrats take the blame? You can bet your ass.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

And They Still Wonder...

Question : What do you do when your political party becomes unpopular and loses the elections?

Answer : You ask the racist appeaser, Trent Lott to take the position of Minority Whip, ensuring the American people can be sure what the Republican party is still about...

The Mississippi Republican Trent Lott received criticism when he praised infamous racial segregationist Strom Thurmond at his 100th birthday.

Lott had stated at the birthday party, "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."

Thurmond was a staunch racist, and the Presidential campaign Lott is referring to is one in which Thurmond ran as a Dixiecrat with one of his platforms being racial segregation, their slogan was "Segregation Forever".

It's one thing for someone who grew up in the stupid ages (Thurmond) to believe in the backwards concepts of racial segregation. It's quite another for someone as young as Trent Lott to support such utter nonsense.

There was a time when Republicans actually did stand up for the rights of African Americans. One we should know, remember and cherish was Abraham Lincoln.

So, at one time, a long time ago a Republican or two stood up for the rights of minorities.

But now it is the Democrats who embrace the ideals of equality, and they are called "liberal" for something as basic as the concept that all human beings are created equal.

If I were a Republican I would be stomping my feet right now. No way can the racist Strom Thurmond lover hold a prominent position in my party.

But thankfully I am not a Republican and so far I have not witnessed any Republicans disagreeing with Lott becoming Minority Whip.

So what does that really say, without saying anything at all, about the values and ideals of the Republican party and what they really stand for?

It's just a question.