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Wish Me Luck

Posted: May 23, 2014 by Marner in Open Thread
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I’m about to install Wolfenstein: The New Order on my computer. The damn thing has 4 DVDs and from what I’ve read, an additional 90 minutes of updating through Steam. It better be worth it.

As we near the midterm elections and immediately start down the path of the 2016 Presidential elections, it seems as if the two sides of the political spectrum, liberal and conservative, are getting farther apart. Where once there was a sort of comity and willingness to work toward consensus for the good of the country, we are now so divided that nothing can be accomplished without a solid one-party majority. In my opinion, this gulf between liberals and conservatives boils down to one thing: The System. Conservatives believe if they can’t accomplish their goals, they must destroy the system to ensure it can never be used against them again. This has been on full display in the last few weeks.

Conservatives will destroy the system to get what they want without regard as to who may get harmed in the process. When Obamacare was passed and the States had to decide if they were going to accept Medicaid expansion, some states controlled by conservatives refused, but a number of them have taken steps to ensure those legislative or gubernatorial decisions can’t be reversed. Republican state legislators won’t allow voter referendums on Medicaid expansion in states where the public overwhelmingly supports expansion. In Tennessee, The Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill that would require any Governor to get approval by both chambers before he could expand Medicaid. Their intent was to prevent a future Governor from ever providing access to health care to the poor.

Conservatives believe the judicial system is not a co-equal branch of government when it rules against them. In Oklahoma, the State Supreme Court recently granted a stay in the execution of two men because of a question on whether or not the state had to release information on the drugs to be used for the execution. Governor Fallin refused to recognize the authority of the State Supreme Court and said the executions would take place as scheduled. At the same time, the state legislature immediately started impeachment proceedings against the five justices who voted for the stay. The blatant threat to the justices worked, because the day after the impeachment was announced they reversed their stay. Conservatives are quick to use the threat of impeachment against their opponents, especially the President, but when their own Governor blatantly violates one of the central tenets of the Constitution they are 100% behind her.

When domestic terrorists descend upon a small town in Nevada and threaten government employees, law enforcement officers, and the local residents with guns and bombs, conservatives are full-throated in their support and become incensed at the domestic terrorist label. However, when peaceful protestors stage demonstrations against income inequality, conservatives believe they are fully justified in calling them terrorists and want to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

Conservatives are trying to destroy the concept of voting rights. In state after state where they control the legislatures, they have passed draconian voter ID laws with the sole intent of making it harder for minorities, students, and the poor to vote. In press conferences and in arguments before the courts, they claim these laws are necessary to combat voter fraud, but they have yet to prove that voter fraud is a problem or that photo ID would do anything to prevent it.

We need a two-party system in this country that provides balance. While liberals have slowly been moving to the center of the political spectrum, conservatives have taken a radical turn to the right. They have embraced the radical fringe, like the Teahadists and the Oath Keepers, sacrificing their integrity in order to win statewide elections. We can never get back to a functioning productive government as long as the radicals control the right, so we must continue to fight them and put their beliefs and actions on full display. Shining light on them will lead to more and more voters seeing them for what they truly are. Radical conservatives will win fewer and fewer elections, only being successful in small areas where the Teahadists and Birthers dominate the electorate. Eventually the Republican Party will change, or it will disappear into history with a new moderate conservative party taking it’s place.

The BENGHAZI! Show Trial

Posted: May 7, 2014 by Marner in Current Events, Open Thread, Politics
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You don’t have to believe me when I say the House Select Committee on BENGHAZI! is a show trial that has already reached it’s conclusions before it has even been formed. You can just read what Rep. Gowdy has to say:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the special committee he’ll lead on Benghazi could continue into the 2016 campaign, when Hillary Clinton might be running for the White House.

Asked about that possibility Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Gowdy said the length of his work would depend on the administration’s level of cooperation.

 “It would be shame on us if we intentionally dragged this out for political expediency,” said Gowdy, the special committee’s chairman. “On the other hand, if an administration is slow-walking document production, I can’t end a trial simply because the defense won’t cooperate.”

That sure doesn’t sound like an unbiased search for the truth, now does it?

I’ve been busy as hell lately, but stopped in for a quick post.

I’ve been on the fence on whether or not Democrats should participate in the BENGHAZI! select committee. I think Pelosi did the right thing by insisting the committee be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans. As expected, the Republicans refused since that would prevent them from using the committee to conduct Anti-Clinton campaign activities. Now, Pelosi should refuse to provide any Democrats for the committee and let it be shown for the shameless, partisan PR stunt that it is.

Your thoughts or anything else you want to chat about in the comments.

This Has Got to Hurt

Posted: April 26, 2014 by Marner in Books, Current Events, Open Thread
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I haven’t been around much the past week because I’m ass deep in the silly season.

Casper mentioned a new book, so I thought I would tip you guys off to a hilarious  review of a review of Piketty (HT: Ballon Juice):

I apologize in advance, because I am going to talk about a piece that I have not yet read. To be clear, I do not intend to read Megan McArdle’s “Piketty’s Tax Hikes Won’t Help the Middle Class.” I’m afraid that I can’t wait to weigh in — not on the review itself, but on its topic. How much doesn’t inequality not actually not matter?

Enjoy.

Welcome to Left is Right

Posted: April 8, 2014 by Marner in Open Thread

Welcome everyone! For those of you who came over from AllPolytics now, we set this site up so that we could have a free exchange of ideas without the constant threat that comments would be edited or deted without the comment owner’s knowledge or permission. That being said, this isn’t anarchy and there will be rules.

1. No name-calling. Shortening names is fine (i.e., watson instead of watsonthethird), but modifying names in order to demean or belittle others is not. This includes modifying the names of public figures for no reason other than to be insulting. Such comments will be deleted.

2. Racist or tasteless posts will be deleted and the commenters banned.

3. When quoting from source material, please include a link to the source so that others can evaluate its veracity for themselves.

4. Be respectful of commenters with different opinions from your own. It’s probably too much to ask anyone to change their minds about anything these days, but perhaps an exchange of ideas might at least broaden our own thoughts.

5. Deleted comment text will be replaced with other text for two reasons: to let the commenter know it has been deleted and to maintain the integrity of the threads.

Mitch, Watson, and I are all original posters on this blog. If you see a topic that you think would interesting, let us know and we’ll see if someone wants to tackle it. Keep it civil, but keep it fun.