“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, quoted in National Journal, November 4, 2010
Nothing sweet about heckling Obama in the Rose Garden
By Dana Milbank, Published: June 19
What does conservative pundit Tucker Carlson have to do with an outhouse in Montana?
More than you might think.
Over the weekend, the Montana Republican Party proved wrong those of us who believe our political discourse has gone down the toilet. In fact, our political discourse has gone to a place where there isn’t even plumbing.
Outside the Montana GOP convention in Missoula stood an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library” and painted as though it had been shot full of holes, according to the local paper. Inside, a fake birth certificate for “Barack Hussein Obama” was stamped with an expletive referring to bovine droppings. A message in the structure gave fake phone numbers for Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi “For a Good Time.”
The state party chairman, Will Deschamps, said that the structure was not in “real good taste. We do have a president of the United States, and we have to honor that.” But he also dismissed the matter as a “sideshow” and “not something I’m going to agonize over.”
By Ruth Marcus, Published: June 19
“In the age of eight-figure checks to super PACs, is it time for a constitutional amendment that could end this dangerous farce?
“The notion of fiddling with the First Amendment should make anyone nervous — especially anyone who has spent a career benefiting from it.74
“Then again, so should Sheldon Adelson’s $10 million check to Mitt Romney’s super PAC.
“The mere “appearance of influence or access,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in striking down the ban on corporate independent expenditures in Citizens United, “will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy. By definition, an independent expenditure is political speech presented to the electorate that is not coordinated with a candidate.”
“Take a look at the incestuous staffing of any super PAC, and consider whether you think it operates truly independently — and whether it bolsters your faith in democracy…”
Cassi Creek: The Citizens United ruling by the Roberts SCOTUS should be recognized as a clear signal that the GOP/teavangelists are willing to go to any extreme in order to retain power. When they are handed apparently limitless financial backing, in concert with the other changes in the election process it becomes all too easy to write the obituary for our nation.
McConnell laid out the game plan for the 2008-2012 electoral campaign. The GOP, the political bastion of bigotry and inherited wealth, aided by the teavangelists, who further object to intelligence, reason, and who also wish to initiate theocracy, intended to overturn the 2008 election by any means possible. Failing that, they plan to remove all respect for the office of POTUS because the current occupant is a black male.
I find it highly disturbing that the publicized intent to do away with the will of the people expressed in the election of Obama as POTUS was not met with an immediate and overwhelming call for the recall of the elected officials who plainly choose to ignore the popular vote of 2008.
The plan to discredit the President bothers me, too. While I had nothing but disdain for Nixon and Reagan, I had and have respect for the office they held. That it was degraded by their actions is a given. But they were afforded civil treatment by Congressmen and Senators. Even during the last days of the Nixon presidency, no member of the press interrupted him. I believe that we invaded Iraq for falsified reasons. I think Bush lied to the nation, probably with too much pressure from Cheney and the money machine. Still, I had and have respect for the office Bush filled and that Obama now fills.
We are at grave risk of seeing our electoral process destroyed, to be replaced by a purchased head of state. In other years, this might not be such a risk. The underlying core belief in a democratic republic might hold enough voters to retain the nature of the government we now have. Unhappily, the oligarchs who want to buy the nation are aided by the racism, religious intolerance for non-Christians, anti-intellectualism, limited educational goals and opportunities, social safety nets, anti-contraception/anti-abortion rights, and other remnants of the GOP southern strategy that have been used and re-used as wedge issues to divert popular attention from the real problems the nation faces. If the public is stirred up about, who marries whom and who is allowed contraception; if the voters are fighting censorship as well as imposed theocracy at every turn, it becomes less noticeable when someone walks in with a fortune and buys the government.
Like fish in a school, we swim and turn at the smallest flicker of potential urgency. Our carefully sculpted Constitution is not an unchangeable Aegis. We must all work together, with compromise a primary tool. in order to maintain the strength of the system we were handed by the founders. We must avoid the efforts to drag the nation backwards to make it a theocracy. Our GOP/teavangelists are horrible frightened of the Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral win in Egypt. They acknowledge that a retrogressive government would by a disaster. Yet, they are quite willing to allow teavangelists to impose similar regression upon our citizens and government. How stupid have we become? What we can’t impose by legislation we will allow by oligarchic acquisition.