Dialogue On A Summer’s Day

I spend many hours reading, researching and writing…..and from time to time I get out of the bat cave and venture out into this big wide world…..I stop by a cafe shop owned by a friend, Gail……she has blue mountain coffee and I have a great desire to drink good coffee.  Awhile back I was sitting reading the news when I overheard a group next to y table talking about my state’s new open carry law……as listened I realized that these guys were part of a local militia group….I will call them Southern Guard…….

They talked and argued and seem to want to boycott or protest the business that had posted signs that called for NO guns on their premises…..remember I was eavesdropping a bit……well after a bit the loudest voice and I guessed he would be the leader of this group, went for a coffee refill…..

On his way back I stopped him and asked if I could have a word with him……he agreed and sat down at my little table…….Rambo (not his real name but for the sake of this post it is)……”What can I do for you?”

ME:  “I am sorry but I couldn’t help but overhear your talk about the open carry law……”

R:  “So?”

ME:  “Are you guys part of the Southern Guard”?

R:  Yep

ME:  “Do you guys support the tea Party”?

R:  Yep and we will make sure that McDaniel is elected (McDaniel is the TP candidate running against Cochran in Mississippi)

ME:  Do all of you feel the same way?

R:  Yep….but why all the question, chief?

I explained to him that I was a blogger and write a lot about politics…….

R:  What about you…..Tea Partyer?

ME:  In some ways yes….but I am trying to inform myself about the Party and what they are standing for and how they will help the country.

ME:  Are most militias supporters of the Tea Party?

R:  Most of the ones that I know are supporters of Tea Party candidates.

ME:  So you guys are kinda like the military arm of the Party?

R:  I may not go that far but to my thinking the answer is yes…..

ME:  Do you support all the ideals of the party?

R:  As long as it is pro-gun, pro-life, socially conservative and small government….America for Americans….we will protect our country against all foes.

ME: So most of you guys are on board with these ideals?

R:  Every damn one of us….we want to protect America for REAL Americans……

(I wanted to ask him just what he had meant by America for Americans but I had already promised Gail, the owner, that I would never start a political debate in her place again………and then real Americans….. pretty sure I know what that means….but I had given my word….so I had to let it go…..)

ME:  Thanks for letting me pick your brain and hope to see you at the polls…..

R:  right on brother

After my encounter with Rambo I got to thinking that just about everything he had said I had heard all before….in history books.

It was sounding like the “Southern Guard” was a present day remake of the old Brown Shirts….that thuggish group in 1930′s Germany…..

I have tried to give the Tea party the benefit of the doubt but as time has gone by, since the election of Obama, this party is sounding more and more like a racist group that thinks that there are sub-humans in this country and they need to be purged.

The comments from the extreme Right….the attitude of the people who claim to be party members towards the different races and religions….smacks of racism.

I have tried to be fair to the Party but as time goes by I cannot any more…….to me they are just a re-make of the racists from the 1950′s……..the sooner the Party gets put away the better……they try to hide behind these cool sounding memes…..they are NO better than the racists I fought against so many years ago…..

Just my thoughts……take them or leave them…….matters not……..

Just Like A Novel

As most of my readers know I live in Mississippi….on the Coast which is a bit more progressive than the rest of the most conservative state in the country……I seldom write about the political life of the state because it is just too predictable to be interesting……but recently it became a nationwide story……..I am talking about the runn0off election for us Senator between the incumbent Cochran and the Tea Party brainless McDaniel…..

In case you missed it….it was about as nasty as two rednecks can get…….accusations, blackmail, break-ins, and voter fraud (well this one is just McDaniel whining over a lost to Cochran)….but there has been a development that would be perfect for a novel…….

Mark Mayfield, a Tea Party official and member of the board of directors for the Central Mississippi Tea Party, was found dead in an apparent suicide Friday morning, TPM reports.

Mayfield was arrested in May and charged with conspiracy after he allegedly directed a political blogger to break into a nursing home in order to photograph Cochran’s ailing wife. The photo was apparently planned to be used in an anti-Cochran video.

Mayfield’s case was scheduled to be held before a grand jury in July.

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Just like a true pundit I first thought of a conspiracy…..he was killed to make sure he did not testify about who ordered the break-in at the hospital where Cochran’s wife is being treated…….I find it hard to believe that this guy was so upset with a McDaniel loss that he had of oft himself……..his day in court he would have been asked pertinent questions and he would have had to place his hand on a Bible and “to tell the truth nothing but the truth so help you god”.  Mississippi is also the most religious state in the country and maybe Mayfield could not lie after his ‘swearing in”…….

Or could another operative have made sure that this person would keep his mouth shut…..shame this will not start a trend….we could be so much better off…..

You guys reading the news…..whatcha you think?

Benghazi Drives Islamophobia

I have recently come to the conclusion that most Tea party people are haters and racists…….I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt for years now but they write and speak and it just becomes more clear with every post on the blogosphere………they hate anyone who does not agree with them……

The Heritage Foundation use to be a respected think tank….well respected by most pundits but that means very little to me…….but it has become a Tea Party hate mill…..it has lost all credibility in the past couple of years……and recently even more has been lost…….

A panel on Benghazi at a conservative think tank devolved into finger-pointing and “ugly taunting”—targeted at a law student wearing an Islamic head scarf, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post. Asking a question from the back of the room, Saba Ahmed noted that “we portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam,” adding that the 8 million American Muslims didn’t appear to be represented at the meeting. As Elias Isquith notes at Salon, from there the panel quickly deteriorated into an “Islamophobic freak show.”

Panelist Brigitte Gabriel replied that “180 million to 300 million” Muslims are “dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization.” She noted that “most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda.” She asked Ahmed whether she was American, then dismissed her “political correctness” as belonging “in the garbage.” When Gabriel asked why others weren’t “speaking out,” she got a standing ovation, Milbank notes. Then moderator and radio host Chris Plante asked, “Can you tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?” Ahmed’s quiet reply: “I guess it’s me right now.” “The facts never had a chance,” writes Milbank, amid “anti-Islamist rhetoric that too often sounded just anti-Islam.” Media Matters has video of the exchange; Milbank’s full piece is here and Isquith’s is here.

The Right is so afraid of the rest of society that it must find someone to demonize……..who knows who it would have been if 9/11 had not happened……..we can only guess……..

I have seen NOTHING about the so called “Christian Right” that is either Christian or Right……I refuse to believe that any of these people, the religious types, knows what it means to be Christian.  Personally, I want no part of their form of “Christianity” if it means treating others as some how sub-human.  The whole world would be better off without them!

Why Big Business Fears the Tea Party – Michael Lind – POLITICO Magazine

Even though moths ago some pundits were claiming the the Tea party was all but dead……..wishful thinking……as the 2016 election approaches the Tea Party is making some great strives and could very well be a force to contend with…..Cantor’s defeat has reinvigorated the party…..

Personally, I think that Americans need to be afraid….very afraid of the party……and it seems that business is not liking the resurrection of the party either…..

 

Why Big Business Fears the Tea Party – Michael Lind – POLITICO Magazine.

Domestic Cold War

By now even if you live under a rock you have heard all the stuff about the Repubs and their internal civil war….Party vs Tea Party, if you will……..we know, for instance that the TP is not happy with Boehner and the old guys for their kowtowing to Obama….at least if is as they see it…..what if anything can be done?

Glad you asked that all important question.

The so-called GOP civil war may be going from cold to hot. The conservative group ForAmerica tells CNN that it intends to spend six figures on a campaign it’s calling “Dump the Leadership,” aimed at deposing all the GOP’s leaders in both the House and Senate. “Time and again, year after year, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate has come to grassroots conservatives … pleading for our money, our volunteers, our time,” the group’s chairman says. “It’s been years. There is not a single conservative accomplishment this so-called ‘leadership’ can point to.” The group is vowing “significantly” more spending than the $200,000 it dropped to promote defunding ObamaCare, notes the Hill. The group says it’s got digital ads online now, but it’s unclear if those ads will attempt to convince voters to oust John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Co., or attempt to convince other GOP lawmakers to depose them. It’s not the group’s first swipe at leadership, either; it has repeatedlyattacked McConnell for striking deals with Democrats, once dubbing him a “chicken” for not fighting hard enough to defund ObamaCare.

Now from my perspective……is this the best idea?  I know there are many that are unhappy with Boehner and his cohorts….but removing them may not be the best idea……why?  The agenda that is being pursued is not necessarily the agenda of what the people want to be done….I know people?  Who among them gives two craps in Hell what we want done by our elected government?

This, if successful, could give them a temporary win….but in the long run they will be thrown from office….the American people are very close to that now……the people do NOT see these toads doing their jobs….only massaging the genitals of high dollar donors…..what is it that Kenny Rogers sung about……you gotta know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em……..a better strategy needs to be found…a winning strategy….the course they are on now is NOT a winning one……

This is just plain silly…..they had rather beat their own leadership than a Democrat……explain the logic there please?

Beliefs Of The Tea Party

Recently a friend and loyal reader and I had a conversation about the Tea Party….I said that I was not opposed to the Tea Party per se, as it was in the original movement just that, IMO, the movement had been hijack by people with an alternate agenda and that my problem is with the people that describe themselves as members of the Tea Party and their thoughtless comments which is picked up and given a lot of undue notoriety…..I try to ignore stupid but sometimes it is just too blatant to ignore….

But I was told that the Tea Party principles were as follows……..(a neo-liberal in any other clothing is still a neo-liberal)…….

  1. THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.”
  2. CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role.
  3. DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminsh profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.
  4. PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
  5. ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

I understand their thinking in #1-4….it is 5 that I have a huge problem with…….”individual responsibility”…….don’t get me wrong….people should be responsible for their actions….all their actions and decisions…….but where I have my confusion is the laws and wanted laws that take responsibility from the people like what we eat or smoke or religion or abortion (now here is the one that most small minded people will fixate on…it is an EXAMPLE Only!)…..each one of those is a personal choice that some want to take away from the people…..it should be a total commitment to “individual responsibility” or let it go!