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The Tea Party hits a tree…

Good morning, Netizens…


Here we go again, with another fanciful visitation to David Horsey's view of national politics. My God, as if we needed an excuse, given the divinely chaotic fracas over the National Debt! To most Americans, allowing the U.S. economy to default on its debts would be as unthinkable as the Republican Party to compromise. Wait a minute: are the Republicans even listening to American voters? Or do they see American voters as socialists?


Now simply to avoid any ambiguity, let us borrow the definition of the word socialism as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, shall we?


1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods


2: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state


3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done


Now I left the links to the various definitions embedded in this quotation, also to avoid any ambiguity or confusion, with people disputing any facet of what socialism is or is not.


Now to be totally honest, I have not seen any overt signs that socialism has overtaken our form of government, with the possible exception of medical care. According to today's Horsey cartoon, the Tea Party members, on the other hand, insist, often with great vitriol, that President Barack Obama is a socialist, or at least that he is advocating socialist programs to the exclusion of normal democratic principles. I demur. Confusing President Obama with socialism simply is confusion in action. He is, in my opinion, an economic centrist, and it sounds as if the Tea Party, in their rush to label him a socialist, are about to drive our collective government economy over a cliff.


If we manage to screw this up, our entire republic is at risk.


Of course, your opinions and beliefs may differ from this view.



Tea Party crybabies want it all???

Good morning, Netizens…


Cartoonist David Horsey set off a political bonfire this morning with this cartoon of John Boehner being derailed by a Tea Party baby. Oh, Lord, there are so many ways to read this. After all, didn't the Tea Party members all get elected by promising on their honor to never raise taxes? While I am not a Tea Party advocate, I do find it unusual, even odd, that an elected official actually keeps their campaign promises, and it appears that is what they have done.


Of course, all Tea Party members and Republican wing-nuts might spend a few quiet moments in the corner thinking about what would happen if a national default were to take place.


There are many of us out here, who have faithfully paid into our Social Insecurity funds who stand to lose everything. This, of course, does not include Medicaid payments and those on military retirement who would stand to lose everything; that is simply unacceptable.


Are the Tea Party members saying they are willing to stop all funding for these?


I not only say no, I say Hell no! Of course, your results and opinions may differ.



Find the cost of freedom…


Good morning, Netizens…


Was the person who shot and gravely injured Arizona's Rep. Gabrielle Giffords partially motivated by a website filled with rhetoric by Sarah Palin that featured gun sights in Giffords state, among others? Political rhetoric that encourages violence is not unknown in America, but yesterday's event, which resulted in the deaths of six people, clearly crosses over the line of freedom of speech, in my opinion.


When are angry statements, even implied statements that promote violence on the Internet, such as the gun sights, to be condoned in American politics?


Ultimately Sarah Palin is responsible for the content of her web site, While this web site has been pulled down in most regions, questions remain, grave questions about civility and propriety still linger and all the apologies by Sarah Palin for the death of many and grave wounding of Arizona's Represenative Gabrielle Giffords will not undo one iota of the horrific damage done.


What motivated the shooter? Although we may never truly know that answer anytime soon, once one stirs the pot of righteous indignation by encouraging violence, you have left the world of politics in the dust.



Who wins and who loses?

Good morning, Netizens…

Here we have a David Horsey depiction of what might happen if the Republicans ever hitched a ride with the Tea Party faithful. Say, didn’t anyone notice that neither of the two Republican faithful have their seat belts fastened? In Washington State that could get them a pricey ticket, now couldn’t it? Shame, shame. But it’s only a cartoon, right?

If one can believe this cartoon, could it be possible that the Tea Party faithful could turn moderate Republican party members into an endangered species? Or, on the other hand, once Republican moderates actually begin reading the fine print on the Tea Party agenda, perhaps the opposite is true, that the Tea Party might become endangered, themselves.

Or, perhaps what the Tea Party faithful might fondly wish for, the Democratic Party might end up being an endangered species, themselves.

Which is it? Who actually ends up losing if the Tea Partiers succeed?


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