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Get Out The Vote!

5 Nov

Tomorrow is election day and I cannot underscore enough how important it is to get to the polls and vote.  Not only are we voting for President (at this point, I don’t think it is a surprise that TSM is endorsing President Obama), but there are myriad other issues and seats that will be decided. On the national level, control of the Senate is clearly tied to tomorrow’s votes. The House is less clearly up for grabs, but there may be hope. Hundreds of state and local issues, including ballot measures about taxation and marriage equality also abound.

Let us hope that intelligence, compassion, and the social contract prevail over the homophobia, bigotry, lies and lunacy that are so pervasive in the GOP/Tea Party — the party that seeks to crush all who are not white, heterosexual, male, and wealthy.  Let us hope that we stop the victimizing of women, people of color, and the LGBT community. Tomorrow is our opportunity to say: “We will not be intimidated and we will not be deterred.  We will cast our ballots for hope and solidarity.”

We must not succumb to the intimidation tactics from the white rich Republicans who have purchased billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin to threaten minority groups and keep them from voting. Two days ago, in Clackamas County, Oregon, Republicans started tampering with ballots by filling in blanks with Republican candidates. Mailers in Florida are clearly designed to compel Republicans to vote, while intimidation tacics are in place to keep minorities from the polls.

There is only one sound reaction. Stand up and vote. Do not let anyone tamper with your rights. Do not stand for intimidation or suppression. Many issues — including most of the significant ones — will be decided by slim margins. Every vote counts. Let yours be among them.

Hero of the Week Award: October 26: John English and company

26 Oct

Hero of the Week

Once again the lies of a Republican politician have forced an everyday American to come face to face with vicious hypocrisy; once again an everyday American has found the strength to speak truth to power. It started with an ordinary political ad.

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is running a spot featuring three people who lost loved ones to mesothelioma resulting from exposure to asbestos. The three thank Warren for her work representing their families and achieving a settlement from the corporations that refused to take responsibility. They also mention Sen. Scott Brown, Warren’s opponent, and his attempts to lie about her record of defending corporate victims.

When asked about the ad, Scott Brown brushed it aside, claiming, “A lot of them are paid. Listen, you can get surrogates and go out and say your thing.” REALLY? Three decent people relive their personal tragedies to stand up for something they believe in and you call them liars and whores? You are Klassy with a K, Sen. Brown.

John English, who lost his father to the disease, was outraged and refused to let Brown get away with it. Taking time from his workday to set the record straight, he was very clear.

After taking care of my father for so long, it’s a little insulting. I’m not an overpaid actor. I’m an ordinary construction worker just like my father. […] Let Scott Brown tell me to my face that I am nothing but a paid actor, and I’ll set him straight on what it was like to watch my father suffocate to death.

Thank you, Mr. English. Thanks also to Ginny Jackson, who lost her husband and was subjected to the same outrageous abuse. Ms. Jackson replied

Sam and I were childhood sweethearts and we had been together since I was 15 years old. I came forward in this campaign because Massachusetts voters need to know the truth about what Elizabeth Warren did to help families like mine who were affected by asbestos poisoning, rather than Sen. Brown’s misleading attacks.

It’s horrifying that these people should have to defend themselves, but gratifying that they took the time to do so. If more people like Scott Brown were called out on their lies regularly, they might start to think before they speak.

Brown and Scalia: The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

3 Oct

You can judge a man by the character of his heroes

Oops! There goes Sen. Scott Brown (R – MA) again. The tea partier in moderate sheepskin made a rare statewide win for a Republican and grabbed the Senate seat vacated by the death of the legendary Ted Kennedy. He campaigned on a middle-of-the-road, everyday guy image (Joe the Plumber) and continues to try to present himself as an independent and a moderate. (An independent who votes with his party 81% of the time while representing a progressive state, imagine that!)

Based on another Republican who won statewide office in Massachusetts >cough< Romney >cough< I am forced to conclude that there is something special in the tea there. Those words, Sen. Brown, don’t mean what you think they do. As his opponent, the marvelous Elizabeth Warren, begins to poll stronger and stronger against Brown, his smug veneer cracks and the odious reality emerges.

Sometimes it’s the little things, even a short answer to a simple question. In Monday’s debate, moderator David Gregory asked each candidate, “Who is your model Supreme Court Justice?” Brown’s first instinct? Justice Antonin Scalia. He quickly pulled a Palin, randomly naming other justices (including Scalia’s polar opposite, Justice Sonia Sotomayor) and claiming that an independent doesn’t have to have a favorite. But you do, Scott, you do, and you picked the nastiest creature to lurk on that bench in at least a century.

Regular TSM readers are familiar with his ethical challenges and inappropriate behavior, but here are a few greatest hits.

  • He provided a scathing rebuttal to the Court’s rejection of Arizona’s blatantly racist immigration law (one of five Bigot of the Week Awards he has won or shared!).
  • He supported the majority in the Lily Ledbetter case, effectively blaming the victim and demonstrating his persistent misogyny.
  • On which note, he consistently champions the war on women, including this lovely statement in a dissent in a Planned Parenthood case: “The issue is whether the right to choose is a liberty protected by the Constitution of the United States. I am sure it is not.”
  • Scalia’s bitter dissents in a handful of gay rights show the depth of his homophobia. As another famous Massachusetts lawmaker, Rep. Barney Frank, observed, “I wouldn’t want it to go to the United States Supreme Court now because that homophobe Antonin Scalia has too many votes on this current court.”
  • He was the architect of the Bush v. Gore decision that violated his supposedly sacred Constitution. In the years since, when questioned about the decision, he has said “So there!” and “Get over it.” My he is charm free!

I find myself channeling Doralee Rhodes from 9 to 5… “I never thought I’d say this about another human being but you are evil, Justice Scalia, downright evil!”  And yet this is who Scott Brown admires — this is the kind of Justice he would support if returned to the Senate. Scott Brown has proved that he’s a racist, sexist, opportunistic pig. Now we know he venerates them too.  As the true Brown emerges from the rank and mire (I am picturing Goldman’s Fire Swamp from The Princess Bride, with Brown starring as one of the ROUS), it is clear that Massachusetts must rely on the integrity and authenticity of Elizabeth Warren for the benefit of the entire country.

Bigot of the Week Award: September 28: Archbishop John Myers of Newark

28 Sep

Bigot of the Week

Oh what bounty! Sadly, there were many choices yet again this week. We won’t pick on the Romney / Ryan ticket for their serial lies, hypocrisy, racism, classism, bigotry, and oppression since everyone else has been kind enough to do that for us. Instead, the BWA goes to (brace yourselves) yet another Catholic Archbishop. John J. Myers, Archbishop of the Diocese of Newark, decided to wade into election season and instruct his flock (enjoying that tax exempt status, Archbishop).

Archbishop Myers released a “sweeping pastoral statement” this week. Feeling that many Catholics were “at odds with church teaching” he decided to apply his privilege and abuse his power. “No one has said things clearly to them for years,” he said. Well he took care of that. When looking at candidates, he said that true Catholics should examine the full spectrum of each candidate, including how they stand on abortion and a “proper backing of marriage.” He clarified why opposition to marriage equality is valid by using this old false equivalency:

Even those who propose radically altering the definition of marriage would not advocate allowing two brothers or sisters or an uncle and his nephew to marry.

Not content to spew his misogyny and homophobia, he went on to take an extremist position even for the Catholic church, saying that people who disagree with his guidance or who might vote for candidates who take different stands should “refrain from receiving Holy Communion.” That’s right, folks, vote my way or no eternal salvation for you! How very christian (in my best Church Lady (Dana Carvey) voice).

Dishonorable mention this week goes to Sen. Scott Brown (R – Mass. of Bigotry); he only came in second because of his previous win last July. Infamous for pretending to be a moderate Republican while marching in lockstep with the worst of their obstructionist behavior, the Senator managed to become even more odious this week. As part of a series of attacks on his opponent, the wonderful Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Brown has latched on to her Native American heritage. Defying the truth and common decency, he has accused her of trying to “cash in” on that heritage, something she has demonstrably not done.

As a result of these attacks, his campaign staff got a bit out of hand at a rally, shouting down Warren supporters with war whoops and tomahawk chops. The Senator (after a delay of days) finally said that this behavior wasn’t very nice, although the whole thing was Warren’s fault for not being white enough. Anyone wondering where they got the idea, however, should look to Sen. Brown’s words during the recent debate.

Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color, and as you can see, she’s not.

REALLY? What should a Native American look like, Senator? Just to round out his GOP credentials, when he was interviewed about his comments, plainly recorded and available for public consumption, he said, “I never made that suggestion at all.” It looks like he’s hoping for a place in a Romney Administration…

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