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Bigot of the Week Award: July 6, Rep. Joe Walsh

6 Jul

Bigot of the Week

Today a familiar face returns to bigotopia. Regular TSM readers may remember Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) who sat out a chance to work with the President on jobs for Americans and played the racist elected-while-black card when criticizing the President. This week he sank to a new low in his bid for re-election.

Walsh’s opponent for IL-8 is Tammy Duckworth. A Black Hawk helicopter pilot, she was one of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq until November 12th, 2004 when her helicopter was hit by an RPG. She lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm in the explosion, and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries. Duckworth ran for Congress in 2006 and narrowly lost. Since then she has served as Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and as Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Walsh, whose career consists of venture capitalism and lobbying for school voucher schemes, has no record of public or military service until the Tea Party swept him into office in 2010 (after three failed election attempts). He has mounted an attack on Duckworth because she has the audacity to mention that she served her country and was injured.

Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we’re so indebted and in awe of what they’ve done.

Bizarrely, Walsh was comparing Duckworth to the supposedly reticent John McCain, who has mentioned his military service and injuries just as prominently in every campaign he has ever run. This is nearly identical to the sadly successful campaign run against Sen. Max Cleland, a disabled U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, by Saxby Chambliss, who sat out the war on deferments. Clearly, these Republicans believe serving your country only counts if you preach the Republican gospel.

As a delightful side note, musician Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang, etc.) has endorsed Duckworth, disgusted by his namesake’s behavior.


Bigot of the Week Award: September 9, Republicans in Absentia

9 Sep

Bigots of the Week

The Republicans have been acting as though they are concerned about jobs for Americans.  Thursday evening, more than a handful of Republicans told the American people to fuck off!  President Obama tried to engage a country and the elected officials who are supposed to represent the citizens of the United States about the economy and about jobs.  What message does it send to the American people when a gaggle of  very wealthy and employed Republicans can’t even be bothered to attend a speech by the President? Here is the list of Republicans/Teahaddists that share the dubious honor of Bigot of the Week Award:

Of course,

  • Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.):  the first Mad Hatter to announce he would not attend the President’s speech.
  • Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.): “I would go hear him explain it, but frankly right now I’m so frustrated I don’t think I’m going to go.” Exactly what are you so frustrated about? How are you going to be part of the solution?
  • Sen. David Vitter (R-La.): Could not be bothered to hear the speech or to advocate for jobs for the American people because he was too busy hosting a New Orleans Saints party.  Shame on the American people for expecting Vitter to do his job!

I do not conceal my admiration for Nancy Peolosi who aptly stated:

In nearly 250 days of being in the majority, House Republicans have not passed a single piece of legislation to create jobs. The Republican silence on Thursday evening will speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs.

With these three joining the examples set by John Boehner, Samuel Alito, Joe Wilson, and others, it is clear that the Republicans are more intent on a culture of disrespect and obstruction than solving America’s problems. If we are going to start talking about being “unpatriotic” and “un-American,” as we heard George W. supporters screaming at peace activists, we have no further to look than these Republican bigots to really understand the meaning of unpatriotic.

Rep. Joe Walsh: My What a Lovely White Hood

27 May

Don't Call Me A Racist Just Because I am

Am I the only one that is terrified that we, as a country, are experiencing a whole new wave of vicious racism?  I am so tired of people saying we are no longer racist because we have a black president.  If anything, the racisim in the United States seems to have reached a fever pitch since President Obama was elected.

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is just more proof of completely unacceptable racism. When talking to Slate, Walsh said:

Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this. It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast…They were in love with him because they thought he was a good liberal guy and they were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.

Really?  Really?  Did you think of all this on your way back from a Klan meeting?  How many white freshman are there in the House right now, you fool!  Are you really going to tell us that Rand Paul won his seat in the Senate because of all of his experience?  Click here to read the full article.

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