The fiscal cliff is really something that we need to really avoid. Republicans are acting as if they actually won the election and that they have a mandate. However no mandate was ever given to the Republicans and despite that they do not want to do what is right and what the American people asked them to do. This is the same tired story that we run into each in every year when we come to this point.
We need to come together as Americans. Democrats and Republicans alike, thinking in the same manner in a way that we work together to bring this country together. The question is do we have the talent and skills to make cooperation between party lines a reality?
This is an interesting article from The Root that touches on the apparent inability of Republicans to cease the demeaning attacks not only in the President, but also on his wife. This is getting to be hard to take and ridiculous. It is racist, insensitive, and disrespectful. Of course Republicans apparently think black people do not deserve respect. Racial insensitivity training and racial tolerance training is in order here. Until they see black people as equal and worthy of the same respect that they themselves demand from everyone else, this will never change. Here’s the article for review.
This Article Was Originally Publish By The ROOT……………………
One thing I hate to do is act as teacher to the clueless. But it’s clear, after the speaker of the Kansas House, Republican Mike O’Neal, forwarded an email with pictures making fun of first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance and calling her “Mrs. YoMama,” that school is once again in session. You would think these folks — including Wisconsin GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner, with his unhealthy obsession with what he called the first lady’s “large posterior”; the South Carolina Republican activist who once compared her to a zoo’s escaped gorilla; and all the other offenders — would have at least learned self-control. But since they can’t seem to help themselves, some lessons bear repeating. Read and learn.
1. When people who aren’t black use slang that purports to be “black,” it just makes them look incredibly foolish. To all who thought the email O’Neal sent was hilarious, you need to know that black people don’t go around saying “YoMama” in conversation. (After holiday visits with family, I can report that the term did not come up once.) Use the term around anyone, particularly your actual mother, and random black people within earshot will make that circle-around-the-head motion and slowly back away. (Hint: Black people call other black people by their names.) Words such as “YoMama” are used by people who don’t know anything about black people to mock them. It’s how they imagine black folks speak, and the fact that they spend so much time imagining such things is something they probably should discuss with a doctor. Either that, or spend some time with black people.
2. The cartoon in O’Neal’s email showed Mrs. Obama’s hair blowing in the wind and compared it to an image of Dr. Seuss’ Grinch. Hair is hair. A black person’s hair is no exception. It comes in all different textures and styles. We wash it, dry it, curl it, straighten it or leave it be — and sometimes it even blows in the wind. Our hair is not a secret weapon or a hiding place for one.
3. An apology goes something like this: “I messed up; I’m sorry.” In O’Neal’s apology, first reported in the Lawrence Journal-World, he said he didn’t read the email before he forwarded it and had no idea it labeled Mrs. Obama with a racist slur. He made clear that he did indeed intend to share the cartoon, which he thought was a real thigh-slapper. In a statement, O’Neal said, “I’ve had bad hair days too … To those I have offended, I am sorry. That was not at all my intent.” Did you write that statement — the one that repeats one part of your insult before implying that anyone who had a problem with the email might be too thin-skinned — with a straight face, Mr. O’Neal? No apology at all would have been better.
4. No woman likes to be insulted and demeaned or compared to cartoon characters. Just because black women are used to such treatment (and worse) in America does not mean they think it’s OK. Would your wife or mother, daughter or sister, like it? What would you do to the guy who spread insults about them? Keep it up, and even no-drama Obama might be tempted to punch you in the mouth.
5. A little history and geography lesson is also in order for those who continue to grumble that the president and first lady took a Hawaiian vacation on the taxpayers’ dime. All presidents take well-deserved breaks; many Americans, for that matter, return home for the holidays. For me, that meant seeing hubby’s mom in New York and my family in Baltimore. President Bush loved to clear brush in Crawford, Texas. President Obama returns to Hawaii because he was born and mostly grew up there. (Yes, it is a state.) It’s where the grandmother who helped raise him lived until her death in 2008. He can’t help it if his home has beaches, warm weather and killer optics. In November 2012 there will be an election when all those who want a new family in the White House will have the chance to make their dreams a reality. It’s how America works. Until then, the first family we have is the image the United States presents to the world. Some respect, or at least good sense, is in order.
And one final lesson: When you receive a nasty email, “delete” works so much better than “forward.” Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning Charlotte, N.C.-based journalist, is a contributor to the Washington Post’s She the People blog, The Root, NPR, Fox News Charlotte, Creative Loafing and the Nieman Watchdog blog, and she was national correspondent for Politics Daily. Follow her on Twitter.
President Obama has to be very pleased about the news of 200,000 jobs added in December 2011. This is the highest uptick of jobs since February 2009. All rational economists know that the cause of this recession was not on Obama’s watch; however a shell game, played by the Republicans was instrumental over the last two years to place blame on the Obama Administration. This dubious strategy put forth by Republicans is in a word irrational and a failed strategy. Much to the Republican’s deep alarm, the economy has taken a turn for the better and now the spin doctors are hard at work to deny any gloating from the Obama administration. The last thing they want is for Obama to gain traction with this good news.
Already there is little they can do to pin the recession on him. He has virtually won the terrorist war. He has brought home the troops from Iraq. He has begun to withdraw troop from Afghanistan. Republicans now have nowhere to go in pointing out deficiencies in Obama’s policy. Not only that, the best candidate that they can put up against Obama is Mitt Romney. They certainly will need to bring someone stronger than that. At this late date, it is highly unlikely that they will find the perfect candidate with the attributes to beat Obama. So the next few months will be interesting to say the least as the election season gears up.
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate. – Proverbs 22:22
Politicians like Ron Paul want to take away Health Insurance Reform and have everyone start over. They want to stop programs for the poor, because it is breaking the government’s back and causing hardship for us Americans who have the means to take care of ourselves. Somehow, we are missing the point of what Jesus taught, which was to love our fellow-man and be our brothers keeper. Tell that to a Republican and you get a message of self-reliance. Funny how we rely on ourselves until no one on this earth can save us, then we conveniently turn to Jesus Christ. But that’s alright he will still accept you into his kingdom. In fact that’s absolutely a good time to do it. Don’t ever rule out Jesus!
Use see He is a forgiving God, no mater what you done, no matter how big a scoundrel or sinner you are, He’ll forgive you, because he gave you the gift of grace, eternal life, as long as you acknowledge Jesus Christ the Son of God is Lord. Maybe these Republicans will wake up and see the true word, the word of eternal life from the Lord. There is no separation of Church and State, don’t forget that, it’s the difference between receiving eternal life or eternal misery.
The death of Senator Teddy Kennedy was not a surprise. Many of us knew he had an uphill battle to fight against a very aggressive brain tumor. The passing of Ted Kennedy has brought on much reflection not just about Ted Kennedy, but about the family of service; the Kennedy’s. This family faced many tragedies, more than many of us could ever dream to confront. The Kennedy’s are survivors and no matter what you think of their politics, no one can deny the flair and the resolve that the three brothers, John, Robert, and Teddy showed during the latter half of the twentieth century.
Ted and his brothers were not perfect, but that is certainly human nature. Yet all three brothers managed to leave a mark on society like no other family in the history of American politics. Ted Kennedy is said to be the most liberal of the three brothers, with Robert running a close second. President John Kennedy was more of a conservative, despite popular opinion to the contrary.
Ted Kennedy was an expert of compromise n the Senate. Despite his politics, Ted Kennedy had gift in finding common ground with Republicans. So many Republicans have come forward to talk about Kennedy’s capacity to bring Democrats and Republicans together in order to get bills passed. This was Ted Kennedy’s legacy. The Kennedy family has given an incredible gift to the American people. Let’s not forget their legacy and their service to America. Let’s not forget Senator Ted Kennedy.
OUR nation is now engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. And over the past few weeks, much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices. What we haven’t heard are the voices of the millions upon millions of Americans who quietly struggle every day with a system that often works better for the health-insurance companies than it does for them…… “Barack Obama”
This is a small sample of the extreme violence that is being condoned by Republicans and right wingers in the fight for health care reform.
It’s getting ugly out there.
All across the country, right-wing extremists are disrupting congressional town-hall meetings with venomous attacks on President Obama’s plans for health care and clean energy.
- Last night in Tampa, Florida, a town hall meeting erupted into violence, with the police being called to break up fist fights and shoving matches.1
- A Texas Democrat was shouted down by right-wing hecklers, many of whom admitted they didn’t even live in his district.
- One North Carolina representative announced he wouldn’t be holding any town-hall meetings, because of safety concerns.
- And in Maryland, protesters hung a Democratic congressman in effigy to oppose health-care reform.4
We’ve got a plan to fight back against these radical right-wingers. We’ve hired skilled grassroots organizers who are working with thousands of local volunteers to show Congress that ordinary Americans continue to support President Obama’s agenda for change.
President Obama learned from the mistakes of Bill Clinton in rolling out the Health Care Reform Initiative. Obama has the benefit of wide spread political support from the American people, but not from Republicans in the house and senate. The American people put Obama in office. The election was more a repudiation of 8 years of Republican strategy and certainly not an endorsement of Republican doctrine.
Republican ideology is the same. Spend less, Taxes Less. That is their only message. The trouble is Republicans have never cared about the working poor or even those who are laid off, trouble is Republican have never given much thought to helping those less fortunate receive a job.
When raising the minimum wage for workers came up time and time again. Republicans voted against it. When the issues of providing Health Care for Children came up, Republicans voted against it. They do not believe in “trickle down” theory of economics. Article of Health Care Reform.
President Obama, challenges lobbyist and special interest groups in his weekly radio address. He is gearing up for a fight and he will not back down. President Obama calls it the change that the people who elected him believe in.