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Difficulty Feeling Bad For John McCain: The Point Of No Return

26 Jul

Yesterday marks a very sad day in the history of the United States, albeit we have had too many sad days since 45 was elected. Yesterday was particularly unconscionable, in that we witnessed 50 senators and the Vice President actively taking steps to take away health insurance for millions of Americans — a new low, even for the GOP. Yes, the Republicans are moving forward on Trumpcare when it does not even exist yet.

Another exceedingly problematic part to this equation is that Senator John McCain (who has been on the wrong side of history for at least the past two decades) showed up to Washington, DC only to vote the wrong way. The irony is more than just heavy, given his recent diagnosis of a brain tumor while he has the best healthcare plan possible in this country, paid by taxpayer dollars. Yes, while McCain and all of Congress don’t have to worry about healthcare, Mr. Maverick voted to take away health insurance for over 20 million Americans. I am having a very difficult time trying to have compassion for the homophobic, misogynistic, racist, John McCain. While he frothed at the mouth about how ridiculous this whole process has been, he nevertheless decided to participate and is part of the ridiculousness and he is a part of the problem. I’m quite nonplussed as to how this is “Making America Great Again,” a quote by 45 that has always felt like coded racist language to me, for “Making America White Again.” McCain’s hypocrisy is emblematic of the hypocrisy that is the Republican party.

It has been difficult to keep up with the blog in the past six months, as I find it more than a little bit depressing to keep up with how destructive 45 and this administration have been. I seem to get at least two or three new stories from the New York Times every day about how 45 has embarrassed the nation yet again. For those that are holding hope that he will be impeached, it is not going to happen, as much as I would love to get rid of this entire administration. The sociopathic duo known as Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are not going to bring 45 up for impeachment. Let us instead take action and prepare for the 2018 midterm election.

For those experiencing great 45 Fatigue ( a new diagnosis that I am introducing and should be in the DSM), I would offer this: finds ways of taking care. For me, I have to cut off any news after an hour. I am also watching a lot of good television. I highly recommend watching Daytime Divas with Vanessa Williams and Tichina Arnold.

Updated July 28, 2017

While McCain eventually voted the right way, why did he not vote earlier NOT to proceed? Why participate in the drama and waste of tax dollars? I also feel the need to underscore that McCain is NOT a hero here. In fact, I want to applaud Senator Lisa Murkowski, rare that I applaud a Republican. Murkowski was threatened by 45 and his administration and she refused the bribes from McConnell.

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Wednesday Word of the Week: March 2

2 Mar

More Similar Than We Imagined

This week’s word is RHINOCEROS.

a large animal with very thick gray skin and one or two horns on its nose. It lives mainly in southern Asia and Africa – Macmillan Dictionary online

I have always been fascinated by rhinos. They are so large and yet so peaceful. I enjoyed pretending to be a rhinoceros when I was a child and have many toy rhinos as a result. My favorites are the two-horned varieties, the enormous black rhino and the relatively small Sumatran rhino (which is also fairly furry for a rhinoceros).

As you might imagine, I did a real double-take the first time I heard the acronym RINO: Republican In Name Only . Associating the Republican Party with my favorite animal leaves a bad taste in my mouth to start with; the disparaging tone of the label also seemed disrespectful. After the last election cycle, however, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the RINOs and their fate.

The concept of the RINO is a politician who does not adhere strictly enough to the national party platform. In general, as the Republican party has become more conservative, fundamentalist, and compromise-averse, this has meant that so-called moderate Republicans have been considered RINOs. Standard examples are Maine’s two Senators (Collins and Snowe), Florida’s former Governor Charlie Crist, and Delaware’s former Congressman Michael Castle. The stands these politicians take on abortion, the Iraq war, gay rights, the Federal stimulus, and other issues make the far Right look at them askance.

As the Tea Party has ascended in Republican circles, those politicians deemed insufficiently conservative have seen much more aggressive electoral challenges than ever before. Whereas once the Republican party would tolerate the seniority of someone like former Senator Arlen Specter (Flip-Flop, PA), many of these politicians faced stiff opposition in primaries.

Although statistically the number of incumbents who lost their seats in 2010 was not far from the average, the nature of those unseated is remarkable. Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett, generally considered a moderate, lost his primary. Specter switched parties to avoid a similar fate (to no avail, since the Democrats wanted a candidate of conviction, not of convenience.) In Delaware, Castle could have easily won the Senate seat, but his primary defeat by the colossally underqualified and incompetent Christine O’Donnell let the Democrats keep the seat. Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski also lost her Senate primary, although she kept the seat by going Independent.

In all of these cases, the moderate, experience politician was pushed aside by a strident, narrow-minded opponent bent on opposing everything the President does and adhering to a very strict conservative code. As a result, the chances of a collaborative Congress went down as the nation’s need for bipartisanship went up. All of this got me thinking, again, about my friend the rhinoceros. The two R(h)INOs have more in common than I thought at first.

  • They are generally peaceful (often opposing the Iraq war, for example)
  • They are slow moving (not quick to rush to judgment or escape a vicious target)
  • They may survive in a refuge (just ask Sen. Murkowski)
  • As far as I can tell, neither species is fond of tea

Most tellingly of all, however, if the Tea Party has their way, both seem to be headed toward extinction.

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